St. Brendan the Navigator Episcopal Church

   The  Navigator    

Last Sunday After Epiphany
         February 26, 2017 

           Please join us in welcoming The Reverend Dr. Edward Dufresne
           this Sunday.    
Woody Osborne 
      Senior Warden  

The Episcopal Church of the Province of New England

  All are Welcome!

         Sunday, February 26, 2017
           10 am:  Holy Eucharist 
Readings for The Last Sunday After Epiphany :       
(Please see scripture notes below)



On the Calendar:
Sunday, February 26     - 10am Holy Eucharist with The Rev. Dr. Edward                                                                                                Dufresne
Monday,   February  27    - 9:30-12pm  Parenting and Children with Linda                                                                                                   Shepard                                               4 :30pm Centering Prayer/Silent Meditation

       Wednesday, March 1     - 4pm Choir Rehearsal
                                           5pm  Ash Wednesday Service
      Thursday, March 2        - 4pm Island Heritage Trust Board Meeting
      Friday, March 3            - 1-4pm Rug Hooking group meets
       Sunday, March 5          - 10am Holy Eucharist with The Rev. John Allison                                                                           
Click here to visit the  Events Page Calendar   on the website for up to date information. 

       Message from the Senior Warden

As I noted last month, the Vestry has determined that it is time for us to move toward increasing our "priestly presence."  To this end we have approved a deficit budget for 2017 that includes funds to cover the cost of
a quarter-time priest in charge. As to next steps, we have been in correspondence with our three talented supply clergy, Vesta, Edward and Steve, to determine their availability to step up their involvement at St. Brendan's. All agreed that we have had a lively and productive relationship with them and that this would be the best place to start the process. It turns out that while they are all devoted to St. Brendan's, they also have other commitments-personal and professional--which impede their increased involvement with us. They would be glad to offer us some additional adult education and some attention to pastoral care, but at this point it appears that none of them is available to serve as priest in charge. These discussions will continue though, and may still bear some fruit. In the meantime, I expect that the Diocese will be sending us information concerning additional clergy available for interim or part-time work, and we will continue to explore a variety of options, including additional and expanded ways to work with our supply clergy.

Perhaps most important, I want to reiterate our determination to continue to move toward this goal, which we are convinced is a necessary part of our ongoing growth.
Woody Osborne 
       Senior Warden    


A Prayerful Word on Patience

You may be heading into Lent not having had an epiphany - that is, you're not sure how God is working in your life. Don't panic. Jesus' inner circle of friends didn't understand right away either. Like the disciples, you may need to work these things out with Jesus in your prayer. Ask Jesus to shed some light in your life, to transfigure it....and then be patient.

                                                                     -Br. Jim Woodrum 
                                                                    Society of St. John the Evangelist


                                         Ash Weds

Ash Wednesday Service

There will be a lay-led Ash Wednesday service March 1st at 5p.m.
      to include the imposition of ashes.

       Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend!

 Please bring your palms from last year to this Sunday's service.




Vestry Meeting Highlights

The vestry met on Tuesday, February 21, 2017. Barbara Kourajian, Richard
Paget, Jo Jacob, and Skip Greenlaw were present at the church while Judy
Miller called in from St. Simons Island, Georgia, Woody Osborne from Portland, Oregon, Peter Tarleton from Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and
Pete Dane, from somewhere in Colorado. Members also present were Tom van Buren and Lis Ingoldsby.

Tom requested the vestry to sponsor a meeting in the parish hall for Maine
All Care to show a movie, entitled, "Fix It". The movie addresses the
continuing national debate about health care insurance coverage and costs.
We agreed. This will be a public meeting, and it will take place on Tuesday,
April 25, 2017 from 6:30 to 8 PM.

Pete asked that we approve the parochial report which is due on March 1st.
Before we approved the parochial report, we had a lively discussion about
whether we applied the $11,000 balance from the 2016 operating budget to
the capital expenditure account or to the operating budget for 2017. If we
applied the balance to the capital expenditure account, we would save about
$1,500 in 2018 Diocesan assessment. If we applied the balance to the
operating account, we would reduce the 2017 operating budget deficit of
approximately $17,000. We decided to split the balance equally between
the two accounts.

Woody reported on the vestry's efforts to engage one of the three much
loved and respected clergy who have been with us for over a year to help
St. Brendan's move forward with a more "priestly presence". The discussion
was far ranging and expansive. Woody will communicate more specifics in
one of his weekly epistles.

Skip requested that the vestry improve and expand our communications
with members of the congregation, particularly with those who are not
present all year. Everyone concurred. These notes are a direct result of that
conversation, and we will continue this practice after each vestry meeting.
Lis strongly supported the suggestion by saying that more communication
was better and encouraged us to move forward with appropriate dispatch.

Mickey Jacoba inquired about an Ash Wednesday service. We will bring
palms to church on Sunday, burn them, and ask the celebrant, The Rev
Dr. Edward Dufresne to bless them. Ash Wednesday service will be at
5PM on March 1. Mickey will assume leadership for this service.

Skip Greenlaw

Junior Warden


Outreach Committee Report

The Outreach Committee met Tuesday, February 21, 2017. Members present were Anne Williams, Mickey Jacoba, Jackie Wilson, Diane Greenlaw, Skip Greenlaw, and Julie Pierson (by conference call).

We agreed to invite Dawn Coffin of Families First Community Center to talk about their plans for a transitional home for homeless families in Ellsworth as they "seek to break the cycle of homelessness by equipping families with minor children with the skills they need to gain self-sufficiency". The center will serve all residents of Hancock County. This will be a conversation in the parish hall in which we invite members of the community to join us and participate in the discussion.

We decided to defer the request to provide hot meals for our neighbors in
Sedgwick and Blue Hill until May or June when there are more people available to help cook a meal. We will ask the Deer Isle-Sunset Congregational Church if they would like to partner with us.

We will participate in the fourth annual Hancock County Food Drive, which takes place in March.

There was discussion about what is going on at the Island Food Pantry. We will invite Marshall Kaiser, who is on their Board, to speak with us or maybe have a discussion after church some Sunday about the operation of the Pantry.

The following organizations will be our primary focus for 2017:

HOME in Orland
Emmaus House in Ellsworth (homeless shelter)
Camp Kooky (summer camp for island children)
Island Community Center
Volunteers for Hancock County Jail Residents
Alfred's Fund (Christmas presents for island children)
Thanksgiving and Christmas meals

We also hope to finalize a proposal for two scholarships for Deer Isle-Stonington HS graduating seniors and support Windowdressers in
moving forward with another build.

The next meeting of the Outreach Committee will be held Tuesday,
March 14th at 2pm. 

      Skip Greenlaw
      For the Outreach Committee 



Pastoral Care
A reminder for anyone interested in participating in the important work of the Pastoral Care Committee - please contact Anne Burton directly at

Scripture Notes for the Last Sunday After Epiphany
On this final Sunday before Lent, we always have as our Gospel
reading the account of Jesus' transfiguration. This event is chosen primarily because it marks the turning point in the story of Jesus. It was on this
occasion that Jesus clearly foretold his approaching death and resurrection.
Thus we are pointed in our Lenten pilgrimage toward the cross and Easter.

The Old Testament reading records Moses' meeting with God on Mt. Sinai in 
an event like the transfiguration. His forty days and nights with God on the mountain are a prefiguring of our time with God in Lent.

The second reading records the memory of the transfiguration event as a sign that the writer's message is truth, being an eyewitness of Jesus' ministry. We
are also witnesses as God transforms us into the likeness of Christ.

Today the Church uses the Easter word "Alleluia" for the last time until the resurrection is proclaimed at the Great Vigil of Easter. In many churches, the ancient "farewell to Alleluia" hymn (Alleluia, song of gladness, Hymn 122 
or 123, The Hymnal 1982) is sung at the conclusion of the service today.
 "Alleluia" is omitted from the liturgy throughout Lent in order that its
restoration at Easter will underscore our experience of renewal on that day. 

F rom 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, Sydney, John, Tom, 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 
St. Thomas', Camden and St. Brendan, Deer Isle. 
For the families of clergy in the Episcopal Diocese of Maine. 
In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer,  we pray for Malek - (Upper Nile, Sudan)

On the Island and Peninsula, we pray for the Penobscot United Methodist Church. 

    Note: If you know of someone you'd like to have added to this payer list,  
   please contact Anne Burton at 367-2266,


                                          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
within me. 

 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


Contact Information

St. Brendan the Navigator
627 North Deer Isle Road
Deer Isle, ME 04627

Telephone: 207-348-6240

Mailing Address:  P.O. Box 305, Deer Isle, ME 04627 

Office Hours:  Tuesday & Wednesday 12-4:30pm, Friday 12-5pm
Emergency Contacts:
Woody Osborne, Senior Warden
Tel: 207-348-5274
Skip Greenlaw, Junior Warden        
Tel: 207-460-1260

For Pastoral Care:
Anne Burton
Tel: 207-367-2266