St. Brendan the Navigator Episcopal Church

   The  Navigator    

Fourth Sunday in Lent
         March 26, 2017 


Please welcome The Reverend Stephen Hayward who will be joining us again this coming Sunday.

Woody Osborne 
Senior Warden  


The Episcopal Church of the Province of New England

  All are Welcome!

           Sunday, March 26, 2017
           10 am:  Holy Eucharist 
Readings for The Third Sunday in Lent :       
(Please see scripture notes below)



On the Calendar:
Sunday, March 26  - 10am Holy Eucharist with The Rev. Stephen Hayward
Monday, March 27  - 9:30-12pm Parenting and Children with Linda Shepard
                            - 4:30pm Centering Prayer/Silent Meditation
Tuesday, March 28 - 4pm Tutoring Adult Ed

Wednesday, March 29  -  4pm Choir Rehearsal
Friday, March 31     - Rug Hooking Group meets
      Sunday, April 2       - Holy Eucharist with The Rev. Stephen Hayward
Click here to visit the  Events Page Calendar  on the website for up to date information. 
Message from the Senior Warden

At its meeting this past Tuesday, the Vestry continued its consideration of the
various ways forward for St. Brendan's. (See link below to draft minutes.) Since my last report on this subject some weeks ago, it has turned out that while all of our supply clergy remain committed to us, none are currently in
a position to significantly increase their time commitment. This means that, while we retain our determination to move toward the retention of a priest
in charge at the best level we can afford, we must alter our plan somewhat. One interim possibility is for each of our present supply clergy, Edward, Vesta, Steve, and the recently added John Allison, to make a modest
increase in their work for us, especially in the areas of worship planning, pastoral care and outreach. Frankly, I don't know exactly how this might look. But, hopefully, discussions in the weeks ahead will bring some clarity for all
of us. I think it is fair to say that the consensus in the Vestry is that rather than conducting further surveys or opinion polls, the time has come to
decide on some definitive steps. We will be working on this in the days ahead. As we do, we naturally welcome further discussion of our future generally, and our short-run steps specifically. I for one would be glad to
hear from any of you that wish to bend my ear on these subjects.

On a related subject-the subject of our ongoing well-being: this Sunday we will be presenting a report on our year-end financial picture, and next week's Navigator will contain a link to that information.   

Woody Osborne
Senior Warden

Meeting Minutes:   Vestry Meeting Minutes 



Outreach Committee to Sponsor Scholarship  
The Outreach Committee has announced it will be sponsoring a scholarship for a DIHS graduating senior. The $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a deserving student interested in pursuing a two or four year post-secondary educational program. Anyone interested in serving on the review board for applications is asked to contact Mickey Jacoba at:



Hancock County Food Drive

The sixth annual Hancock County Food Drive takes place during the month
of March. The people of St. Brendan's have been active participants of this effort in the past. The Outreach Team is again supporting this food drive
and asking for your support

The food which is collected is divided between the various food pantries in Hancock County, such as our Island Pantry while monies raised are shared with several meal sites in the county. Dinner Is Served has been a recipient
of these funds in the past.

We are collecting food for the drive this Sunday, March 26. Please bring the food to church. Items which are popular, nutritious, and in demand include canned fruits, canned vegetables, peanut butter, canned tuna, whole wheat pastas, and healthy soups. Toothbrushes, toothpaste, dog and cat food, and toilet paper are also items which some may wish to donate.

If you would like to make a monetary contribution, please make a check out to St. Brendan's, put on the memo line: Hancock County Food Drive, put it
in the offering or mail it to the church, PO Box 305, Deer Isle, Me. 04627.   Carolyn will make out a check and forward it to the United Way, which is
the fiscal sponsor.

Thank you very much for your continuing support of people who are
"food insecure".

The Outreach Committee


Scripture Notes for the Fourth Sunday in Lent
Welcome to St Brendan the Navigator Episcopal Church on the Sunday of the Man Born Blind. This gospel reading has been used since early days of the church to help those preparing for baptism understand the process of enlightenment they are going through. In this story, the blind man progresses from the restoration of his physical sight to a deeper enlightenment about God until he is able to recognize Jesus as his Redeemer.

The first reading takes us to the point in the history of salvation when David
is chosen by God as king. As is so often the case with the outstanding heroes
of the faith, God's choice is not apparent to those who evaluate by human standards. David's anointing is an image of our own baptism in which God
chose us and set us apart not for our own merits but because God loves us.

The second reading describes how those who have been baptized and now
live in the light will carry on their lives. The final verse may be an ancient Christian baptismal hymn. 
We, like the man born blind, are now awake and filled with the Light from
Light through our baptism. As we continue in our Lenten pilgrimage toward Easter, enlightened by God's Word and nourished by the sacraments, we find ourselves in the company of a great family of believers. Let us continue to
pray for those preparing to be enlightened and anointed in baptism by the
Holy Spirit at Easter. 

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. Dunstan's, Ellsworth and Church of Our Father, Hulls Cove. 
For the Dioceses of Province One. 
In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer,
we pray for Mexico - (Mexico) 
On the Island and Peninsula, we pray 
for Eggemoggin Reach Society of Friends, Sargentville.
  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