St. Brendan the Navigator Episcopal Church

     The  Navigator    

Seventh Sunday After Pentecost
      July 23, 2017



Please welcome back The Reverend Vesta Kowalski who will
preside at our service  this Sunday.

Woody Osborne

Senior Warden                              

The Episcopal Church of the Province of New England

  All are Welcome!

           Sunday, July 17, 2017
           10 am:  Holy Eucharist 
Readings for the Seveth Sunday after Pentecost :     
(Please see scripture Notes Below) 




On the Calendar:

Sunday, July 23         - 10 am Holy Eucharist with The Rev.Vesta Kowalski
      Monday July  24        - 11am  Timely Traders Investment Group  
                                - 4:30  Silent Meditation/ Centering Prayer
Wednesday, July 25   -  11:15-4pm Bridge Group
                               -  4pm  Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, July 30        -  9am Finding Joy  book discussion-
                                          with The Rev. Dr. Edwrad Dufresne 
                              -  10am Holy Eucharist with The Rev. Dr. Edward

                               -  St. Brendan the Navigator Annual Meeting 
                                   (following the 10am service: please see information below)  

Looking Ahead:

Saturday, August 12          - 12noon Annual Lobster Picnic at the Tarlton's 
                                           (sign up sheet will be at the church)

Sundays, August 13 &     - Finding Joy  - with Fr. Edward Dufresne
        September 10                         (following the 10am service) 

For more details on the Finding Joy Seminars, click on the highlighted link above.  

Click here to visit the
Events Page Calendar on the website for    
up to date information.  



Pursuant of Article IV, Section 1, of the Bylaws notice is hereby given that the Annual Meeting of the Members of St. Brendan the Navigator will be held on Sunday, July 30, 2017, at 11:15 a.m. to conduct the following business:

1. To discuss a Parish Action Plan (This is the first discussion prior to the Vestry completing an actual plan for further discussion and vote. A second meeting will be held in August to consider and vote on a plan)
2. To elect a Senior Warden for one year
3. To elect a Junior Warden for one year
4.  To elect a Clerk for one year
5.  To elect a Treasurer for one year
6.  To elect one member of the Vestry to serve a three year term.
Dated: July 12, 2017
                                                                S/ Nathan Dane III                                                                                         Nathan Dane III, Clerk

                      For St. Brendan's  2016-17 Annual Report
click here:

                                         Annual Report      

Parish Renewal Process
(Annual Meeting Agenda Item #1)

Dear Members of St. Brendan's,

Your Vestry has asked me to work with you and with them as Consulting Priest to consider your views on where our parish has been, where it is now, and where we might be headed in the year ahead. The Vestry has decided to set aside 45 minutes at the beginning of the annual meeting, (11:15 a.m. - Noon), on Sunday, July 30 for us to consider the following questions:

1. Where do you think we have been as a congregation?

2. Where do you think we are now?

3. What do you hope St. Brendan's would be like in one to three years?

4. What are some strengths as a congregation St. Brendan's could build on in the year ahead?

5. What important issues should we address in the coming year as part of
a plan for parish renewal?

After the meeting, I will compile your responses and add them to those I've already received from the Vestry and will present them as a collection of "Findings" at a specially called congregation meeting to take place after worship on Sunday, August 13.

At that meeting, we will review those Findings, which will include parish strengths and parish issues that need to be addressed as we move forward. I will then, with the Vestry's approval, present a number of proposed goals designed to address those needs in the form of a "Parish Renewal Plan." If you as a congregation decide to adopt the plan, it will become the parish's "marching orders" for the coming year, focusing our common efforts toward accomplishing clear and measurable goals for the sake of renewal.

The Vestry and I look forward to your important participation in this
process for the the future of St. Brendan's.

Fr. Edward Dufresne, Consulting Priest




Seminar on Finding Joy Continues:

Edward Dufresne+ will lead and continue the discussion on the topic, "Finding Joy" following worship Sunday, July 30th at 9am.  To prepare for this second session, " Joy Comes with Perspective and Acceptance, and Humor",  p lease read pages 67-80, 193-202, and pages 215-228.

The main text for discussion is The Book of Joy by the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, (Avery, New York, 2016). Topics include: What Is Joy?, Joy and Suffering, Joy Comes with Perspective and Acceptance, Joy in Humility and Humor, The Joy in Forgiveness, Joy and Gratitude, Joy and Generosity, Joy and Compassion, Joy in Being
One with the World, and Joy in Being One with God.

The third discussion will be held August 13th, and the fourth and final session will be on September 10th.
All are welcome!



Reminder to Sign Up Now! 
Reduce your heating costs for next winter by more than 20% by purchasing and inserting transparent, insulating panels - that are now available for sale on island. These panels fit snugly into the inside of window frames, are light-weight, and inexpensive (approximately $25 each).  WindowDressers reserves 22-25% of the inserts for Special Low-Income Pricing, available for up to 10 pine inserts per household per season. Once again this year. St Brendan's Outreach Committee has set aside $2,000 to help finance the purchase of inserts for low income households.
The window frames are produced by WindowDressers a non-profit Maine-based organization that has produced thousands of frames since 2012.  The sale and assembly
of the windows is done by volunteers working in a Community Build.  Appointments are made for trained volunteers to visit homes and measure a customer's window openings
at an agreed upon time as soon an order has been placed.  The Deer Isle orders need to be placed and measured by the beginning of August.  The Community Build
will take place during the third week in September, making it possible for more seasonal folks to participate in the project.  Inserts can make "shoulder" season use of a house much more comfortable and save fuel and money when uninhabited houses are heated over the winter.
In Maine, winter is a year-long event; we are preparing for, living in, or recovering from winter.  Now is the time for 'preparing.' Jo Jacob is volunteer sales coordinator for this island program. Contact her at 348-6997 or  or Skip Greenlaw at 460-1260 or to have your windows measured and
to answer your questions.  You can find more information about this product at  For those who would like to view the inserts, you can visit St. Brendan's Church, 627 North Deer Isle Road in Deer Isle. on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Friday afternoons, and measurers will have a sample insert with them when they come to take measurements for the frames .
Bringing community volunteers together is what makes this program work.  There are many ways to help during the week of the build including unloading the truck load of building materials, assembling the inserts, cooking or baking something for one of the breakfasts or lunches, delivering completed inserts to someone who can't pick them up, vacuuming the hall each day of the build, doing dishes, making phone calls, etc.  Everyone ordering inserts is asked to join other volunteers in this community project.  News about signing up to volunteer will come out later in the summer.  
Please call 207-596-3073 or go on line to: to order your window inserts now. This program is dedicated to warming homes, helping the environment and building community.




Ann Tarlton is offering to lead a book group to read and discuss
The Divine Dance, by Richard Rohr.  The meetings will be on Wednesday evenings at 5:30. 

Please let Ann know if you are interested in participating.  We will have a sign-up sheet after church or call 348-9908 or email


Scripture Notes for Seventh Sunday After Pentecost
As we continue to read the Gospel according to Matthew each  Sunday, we are in a section
of Jesus' parables concerning the Kingdom of God. This parable of 
the wheat and the weeds reaffirms God's patience with the Church. While we are often impatient  with its failures,
God is merciful and waits until the end before separating the good from the bad. 
urges us to grow into fruitful members of God's family.
The story of God's ancient people continues today. Jacob, the wily grandson of Abraham,
is fleeing because he has cheated his brother out of the family inheritance. God gives him
a dream in which God renews the promise to Abraham, whose heir Jacob is. This story illustrates that God does not choose people because they are worthy but out of the love
and grace God has toward all people.
In the second reading, Paul assures us that the whole creation is moving toward redemption.Through our redemption will come the redemption of the whole creation.
The whole creation waits with longing for our redemption to be complete.
We share in the Eucharistic action in order that God's redemptive power may lead us toward the Kingdom. We share also in order that we may be the means by which redemption comes to the whole creation. That is our vocation as the people of God and as members of the Body of Christ.
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, Pat Stoneburner, Holly, Carolyn Angel, Colin MacNaught, Shannon Cormier, Nancy Stearns, Daniel Harriman, Diane, John, Tom, Claudice, Sidney, Kathy Gray, Hannah Scaife, Woody, Barbara Wright, Anne Burton,  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. Patrick, Brewer and St. James', Old Town.   
In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for  Osun North East - (Ibadan, Nigeria)  
On the Island and Peninsula, we pray for Church of the Nazarene, Stonington.


  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, and 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