St. Brendan the Navigator Episcopal Church
April 30, 2017
Please welcome back The Reverend Canon Michael Ambler who will be presiding at our service
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10 am: Holy Eucharist
Readings for Third Sunday in Easter
(Please see scripture Notes Below)
On the Calendar:
Friday-Sunday April 28-30 - Island Roadside Clean-up (see below)
Sunday, April 30 - 10am Holy Eucharist with The Rev. Canon Michael Ambler
Monday, May 1 - 9:30-12pm Parenting and Children
- 11am Investment Group Meeting
- 4:30pm Centering Prayer/Silent Meditation
Tuesday, May 2 - 4pm Tutoring Adult Ed
Wednesday, May 3 - 4pm Choir Rehearsal
Friday, May 5 - 1-4pm Rug Hooking Group meets
Sunday May 7 - 10am Holy Eucharist with Rev. John Allison
Message from the Vestry
Since the beginning of 2016, now nearly a year and a half, we have been blessed by our "supply clergy," Edward Dufresne, Steve Hayward, Vesta Kowalski and Jennie Reece. We have now lost Jennie, who accepted a full time position at a church in Rangeley. But we have recently added John Allison and Chuck Bradshaw. They have all enriched our worship and given us a great deal, each in their own way. But they, and we, agree that we must eventually move toward a more regular and sustained relationship with a priest.
In the short run, we have decided to increase our use of each of our supply clergy in particular ways. Edward has agreed to work with the Vestry, developing our governance capacities. Steve has agreed to work with our outreach committee, and Vesta is exploring the possibility of working with our worship committee. In addition, in the months ahead, Steve, John and Chuck have agreed to be available for pastoral care. If you have a pastoral emergency, or otherwise feel the need to speak privately to a priest, you may contact one of them. (If you wish, Anne Burton can help you with this.) Contact information for Steve, John and Chuck is appended to this message.
In the longer run, subject to consideration by the parish as a whole, the Vestry has decided to recommend that we seek to retain a priest in charge on at least a half time basis by May of 2018. Achieving this goal will involve both the raising of money and the availability of a suitable candidate. We estimate that the cost of a half-time priest could be as much as $50,000 annually. This will obviously be a very big financial stretch for all of us, requiring an approximately fifty per cent increase in pledge income. The location of a suitable candidate is, of course, a less precise process than the determination of cost. But we are quite hopeful that our intentionality and determination will ultimately produce a satisfactory result.
The Vestry's thinking will be the subject of ongoing discussion, beginning with our post service session with Michael Ambler this coming Sunday. In addition, we plan to have at least one other session in July, when our summer parishioners are with us and prior to the Annual Meeting, which we have scheduled for July 30th. And, of course, it will be the major focus of our stewardship campaign, which we hope to begin in August.
In the meantime, we would encourage you all to consider and discuss this among yourselves, as well as with any member of the Vestry.
Our best to you all.
Contact information for clergy available for pastoral care:
Stephen Hayward - 326-4191 (no answering machine); 301-275-1554 (cell)
John Allison- 606-356-4838; firstname.lastname@example.org
Chuck Bradshaw - 207-812-2988; email@example.com
Message from the Senior Warden-April 28, 2017
Charles Penniman, a theologian and educator, had a great deal of influence on the education program at my former church, St. Mark's Episcopal Church on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. One of his precepts which has particularly stuck with me over the years is to the effect that the process of learning starts not with the setting of goals, but rather with identifying and addressing our circumstances. As he put it:
"[W]e start with life (problems). . . We specifically do not start within the straitjacket of goals where life is hinted. We start with life and [t]he goals fasten themselves on us."
It is in that spirit, I think, that the Vestry has arrived at its determination to set as a goal the retention of a priest in charge within a finite period of time. (See the Vestry's message, just above.) We started the beginning of 2016 with "life," and the problems associated with a recently retired priest, a divided congregation, and a greatly reduced budget. Since that time, I think, we have experienced the sense of exultation that can sometimes come from the simple fact of survival. The budget, while down, has actually exceeded our expectations. We have also grown, adding several new members, and realizing in the process that we are still a community with something to offer and which is welcoming to newcomers. And as we experienced the variety of benefits conferred on us by our supply clergy over the course of this past year and a half, we began to feel a need for, as the vestry put it after last September's retreat, a greater "priestly presence." And so the goal has quite naturally "fasten[ed itself] on us."
As the Vestry's message makes clear, there is of course no guarantee that we will meet this goal exactly as we have outlined it today. Indeed, isn't that the very definition of a "goal?" But the thought is that by expressing it and putting it up for the consideration of the parish, we can, in the weeks and months ahead, begin to put ourselves more firmly on a path to the future-a path on which we share a common vision and can join together in working to achieve it.
Island Roadside Clean-Up
Deer Isle & Stonington
Volunteer officially, or unofficially, to clean up a stretch of road, or to pick up garbage bags along the roadsides on Sunday. This community spring cleaning not only shows our pride in keeping our island tidy, but also means less trash makes it from our roadsides to the the ocean! For more information call Marissa at 348-2455 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some of you may not know that the Diocese issues a license to a church member who has been selected to serve the congregation in a variety of roles. These include Eucharistic Minister, Worship Leader and Eucharistic Visitor. These persons are usually selected and trained by the priest in charge. The names are then sent to the Diocese and licenses are issued which are kept in the church office.
A Eucharistic Minister assists the priest at the celebration of the Eucharist and usually includes the distribution of the wine at Communion time, and any other duties that the priest may request at the altar.
Worship leaders conduct prayer services when no priest is available. This includes reading the scripture and leading in prayers or singing.
Eucharistic Visitors visit shut-ins and the sick and dying. They are sent out in pairs to carry the consecrated elements from the church and are usually sent out with a prayer to represent the congregation. Special training is required for this license including Safe-church Training which is offered by the Diocese 'on-line'.
All licenses for persons at St. Brendan's expired in December of 2014. Since then these roles have been filled informally by whoever happens to be available and willing. We have been encouraged by the Bishop's office to complete a list of persons and submit them to the office for licensing. As senior warden, Woody is responsible for providing these names and several of us have assisted him, using the old list of those previously licensed as a guide.
There are training requirements for the roles of Worship Leader and Eucharistic Minister and all of those who have previously filled these roles were considered to have the required training. The persons issued licenses were Anne Burton, Pete Dane, Richard Paget, Ruth Robinson, Skip Greenlaw, Jo Jacob, Ann Otteson, Mickey Jacoba, Carolyn Mor, Woody Osborne,
No one has been licensed as a Eucharistic Visitor as none of the above have taken the required Safe Church Training. While it is also recommended for Worship Leader and Eucharistic Minister, it is not a requirement.
Miriam Antich has taken this training which is offered on-line, and in my role as the head of the Pastoral Care Committee, I intend to take it this spring. When Miriam returns, she and I, along with any other interested persons can be licensed to make home visits and bring communion to those unable to come to church. Any member interested in this should see Woody or Anne as soon as possible.
If you are interested you can access online Safe Church Training at www.episcopalmaine.org. Use the A-Z Directory and search for "Safe Church." When registering select the position closest to Visitor/Pastoral. The Diocese also recommends but does not require that members of the vestry complete this training.
St. Brendan's Church Hall Brochure
This past winter
the Vestry appointed a committee to review use of the church hall and make recommendations for usage, rental rates and raising awareness of its availability for rental to the community. One of the outcomes of the committee's work was the recommendation to create a brochure with rental information about the church hall. This brochure along with application, rental rates and the other necessary forms are now available in printed form at the office as well as online on St. Brendan's web site: http: stbrendans-me.org. A link to the brochure is below.
If you know of an organization looking for meeting or event space, or a family
planning a reunion, birthday, reception or other special event, we hope you will share the brochure with them about St. Brendan's Church Hall!
St Brendans Hall Rental Brochure is available on our website. Click HERE to visit the page. Click on the line below the picture of the hall to open the brochure.
Women's Wilderness Trip Reminder - Deposits Due ASAP
St. Brendan's Women's Wilderness Trip has been booked for three nights September 11 through departure September 14, 2017 at Katahdin Lakes Wilderness Camps.
All women are welcome! The group will hike in to the camp 3.4 miles over relatively flat wooded trail in Baxter State Park. There is an option to fly in and out (moderate charge) on a float plane.
The cost for three nights is $444, which includes amazing food, sound of loons at night, maybe an otter or bear sighting - along with peace, laughter, heavenly stars, fun & camaraderie. The camp's setting is extraordinary, reportedly the most photographed wilderness lake in Maine and a continuously operating 1890's camp.
For more information, contact Julie Pierson at: email@example.com.
Deposits of $222(
50% of the cost made payable to KLWC) should be mailed to:
Julie Burger Pierson
232 High Rock Road
Each year on this Sunday, the Gospel reading reflects on one aspect of the
Scripture Notes for the Third Sunday in Easter
Lord's resurrection. Today's reading is an account of the risen Christ sharing food with his friends. Today we hear about his breaking bread with two disciples who encountered him on their way to Emmaus. Jesus expounded the scriptures to them and at table took bread, said the blessing and broke the bread. It was at that moment that they recognized him.
The first reading continues Peter's sermon on the first Pentecost day, which
we began reading last Sunday. The result of the sermon was a large crowd turning to Jesus as Messiah and being baptized. The church's way of living
and sharing its life is then briefly described.
Today's reading from 1 Peter continues the letter's theme: baptism and its results in our lives. We are all new people in the risen Lord and now live in him.
Each Sunday is the resurrection day. For that reason, the church has always made the Eucharist the center of its Sunday worship. As the disciples on the road to Emmaus discovered, Jesus really did rise, and meets us here in the sharing of God's Word and in the breaking of the bread. As he did on that evening, we take bread, say the blessing, break the bread, and meet the
From The Rite Light: Reflections on the Sunday Readings and Seasons of the Church Year.
Copyright © 2009 by Michael W. Merriman. Church Publishing Incorporated, New York.
In Our Prayers
We pray for those on our prayer list suffering and recovering from illnesses, especially Jan Place, William, Fred, Pat Stoneburner, Holly, Carolyn Angel, Colin MacNaught, Jim White, Shannon Cormier, Nancy Stearns, Daniel Harriman, Ingrid Bengis, Mary Adams, Diane, Sandy Nisbet, John, Tom, Connery, Jennifer Hulsey and her family Byron, Ben, and Clair. We pray, also, for those who love and care for them.
We pray for those struggling with addiction and mental illness.
We pray for all those receiving care through Neighbor Care and for all the residents of the Island Nursing Home, the Northern Bay Residential Facility, and their families.
We pray for the dying, and those who have died. We remember also those who mourn.
We pray for the victims of gun violence-in our cities and towns, in our schools, in our places of worship, and in our homes.
We pray for the victims of the violence of armed conflicts around the world. We pray for those made refugees by the violence of armed conflicts. We pray for the victims of terrorist attacks everywhere.
We pray for all who suffer the effects of domestic violence and the violence of bullying in our schools.
We pray for all peacemakers, and all those who work for justice.
We pray for all those serving in the armed forces of our country, remembering, especially, Craig, Chris, and Graham.
We pray for all who govern, and we pray for the concerns of our local community, remembering, especially, our children, our young people, and
our isolated elderly.
We pray for Justin, Archbishop of Canterbury; Suheil, Bishop of Jerusalem; Michael, our Presiding Bishop; Steve, our Bishop; for the members of our vestry; and for all our members, whose ministries are varied and far-reaching.
In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer
we pray for the congregations of
Church of the Advent, Limestone and St. John's, Presque Isle.
For all vocations, discerners, postulants and candidates for Holy Orders in the Episcopal Diocese of Maine.
In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer
we pray for
Nandyal - (South India)
On the Island and Peninsula,
we pray for St. Mary Star of the Sea, Stonington.
Note: If you know of someone you'd like to have added to this payer list,
please contact Anne Burton at 367-2266, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Icon of St. Brendan by Siri Beckman
Lord, I will trust you.
Help me to journey beyond the familiar and into the unknown.
Give me the faith to leave old ways and break new ground with you.
Christ of the mysteries, I trust you to be stronger than each storm
I will trust in the darkness and know that my times are in your hand.
Tune my spirit to the music of heaven, and somehow, make my obedience count for you.
-Prayer attributed to St. Brendan
St. Brendan the Navigator
627 North Deer Isle Road
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 305, Deer Isle, ME 04627
Office Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 12-5pm
Woody Osborne, Senior Warden
Skip Greenlaw, Junior Warden
For Pastoral Care