St. Brendan the Navigator Episcopal Church
Our Mission: "To Love, Praise, Welcome and Serve" 
     The  Navigator    

Fourth Sunday of Easter
      April 22, 2018 

 Please welcome back The Rev. Vesta Kowalski
 who will preside at our service this Sunday.
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The Episcopal Diocese of Maine Bishop Search

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All are Welcome!

Sunday, April 22, 2018
  Readings for Fourth Sunday of Easter
(Please see scripture notes below)




On the Calendar:    
      Sunday, April 22      -  10am Holy Eucharist with The Rev. Vesta Kowalski
                                   -  Parish Forum to Discuss Worship Questionnaire Responses 
                                      following the service
      Monday, April 23     -  9:30 -11:30am  Children and Parenting Group
                             -  10am Timely Traders Investment Group

Tuesday, April 24    -  1-2:30pm  Clergy group

Friday, April 27       -  10am St. Brendan's Volunteer Roadside Clean-Up
                                                                            (See Below)     

Saturday, April 28    -  9:30am -3:15pm  Spring Training Workshops                                         in Augusta sponsored by the Diocese (see below) 

Sunday, April 29      - 10am  Holy Eucharist with Pastor Elaine Hewes


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



Please click link below for minutes of the March 15th Vestry/Renewal
team meeting:

                   Vestry/Renewal Team Meeting Minutes, March 15, 2018

                          St. Brendan the Navigator
                                Parish Renewal Plan

                                    Four Goals / Green /Accomplished
            Six Goals / Blue/ Ongoing/ In Process of Being Accomplished
                              One Goal / Red / Not Yet  Addressed
                                             (as of 2.15.18)
                               Please click link below: 

                                   Renewal Plan Report #5




Congregational Forum 4/22 Will Review Survey Results

Input and feedback on the three questions below regarding services between November and April will be reviewed and discussed Sunday: 
1) Have you noticed changes in the liturgy (Advent, Christmas, Epiphany,   Lent, Easter)?

     How do you respond to these changes?

2) What is missing in your worship experience?
What would you like to try?

3) How do you feel about lay-lead (special) services (i.e.: 
All Saints, Massacre of the Innocents, Ash Wednesday)
               Are more of these types of services desirable? Needed?



                                 Saturday, April 28, 2018
                                 South Parish Congregational Church
                                 9 Church Street
                                 Augusta, Maine

Diocese Offering Spring Training Workshops 4/28 
Gather with Bishop Steve Lane and Episcopalians across the diocese for a day of learning, sharing, and growth. A church leader? A clergy person? Someone generally interested? With 20 workshops to choose from, you'll find what you're looking for. There's no cost for this event, but please register in advance.

For more information please download the Spring Workshop flyer:

A Sign-Up sheet for anyone interested in attending will be available at coffee hour Sunday.


Volunteer to Help!

Friday, April 27th beginning at 10am, St. Brendan's volunteers will clean up between the church and the Causeway. If you are interested in helping out, please sign up Sunday, 4/22 at Coffee Hour or contact Woody Osborne.




Bishop Quest Update:
Profile, Nomination and Application Timeline Aonnounced

The Discernment Committee has completed its final draft of the diocesan profile, and it will be under design for much of April.

We intend to have the profile available in early May. We will receive nominations for the Tenth Bishop of Maine through the end of May.

Please prayerfully consider if there is an Episcopal priest you know whom you would like to nominate. We will have information on how to nominate at the end of April.

The diocesan profile, a nomination form, and application forms, will be published on the web site (link below) on May 3.

Nominations for the 10th Bishop of Maine will be open from May 3 to May 30. (Self-nomination is welcomed.)

The Discernment Committee will accept applications from May 3 to June 4.
Please check the Bishop Quest website for news and updates at
Bishop Quest Maine.

- The Rev. John Balicki, St. Mark's, Waterville
Chair of the Discernment Committee



Window Dressers Update
Below is the latest message from Window Dressers.   Locally, our engine will rev up very soon.   Several dedicated volunteers and someone I've only met recently by email are ready to pitch in when the latest measuring program is up and running.   We have a few orders that came in late last year to get us started while we work out our publicity strategy for this year. Window Dressers central is taking a much more active role in assisting local builds with this. However, "word of mouth" has been the best way of generating orders so far. So, start talking!    Skip and I are happy to field inquiries.    Jo at 348-6997.   Skip at 460-1260.    Emails can go to and they will keep us informed about inquiries.  

We have an ambitious year ahead:
  • Develop Community Workshops in six new communities 
  • Support the existing Community Workshops in 27 communities
  • Produce more than 6,700 insulating window inserts
  • Help Senior Citizens make their homes more cozy and less costly to heat.

                  Three Things You Can Do Right Now! 
  1. Tell friends and neighbors about the benefits of window inserts
  2. Encourage them to go to the website (link Below) to sign up to learn how inserts can work in their home. This is only an initial inquiry; no payment is requested at this stage of the inquiry process.
  3. Let WindowDressers know you would like to volunteer at your local Community Workshop that will be scheduled in the fall. 

                For More information please click link below:
                                        Window Dressers


Scripture Notes for the Fourth Sunday of Easter:

This Sunday of Easter is traditionally called "Good Shepherd Sunday." Each year we hear a part of Jesus' discourse on his relationship to us in the image of the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd loves his sheep so much that he lays down his life for them. We are called by him into his life, the life which he has given for us.
Today's reading from the Acts of the Apostles continues the story of the first days of the Church. Peter and the other Apostles are on trial before the rulers of the people because in spite of being commanded to speak no more of Jesus, they had continued to preach and to heal in his name. Today we hear portion of Peter's response.
The reading today from 1 John tells us that as God's children we are to reveal God's love by living in love with all other people. That love is to be more than a kind feeling. We cannot claim to have God's love if we do not care for the needs of our poor and neglected brothers and sisters. Our identity now comes from God and our lives are to reflect God's own nature and love. How we live reveals our relationship to God.
Thus the description of the Church as the Body of Christ is not merely an analogy. It describes our life together as the embodiment of Christ's love and mercy toward all people. We are not only "the sheep of his pasture," but we are to shepherd all his people in his name.
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 in special need of our prayers: Margaret Ann, Reed and Micki Henderson, Nancy Boothby, Rev. Edward Dufresne, Cody Roberts, William Rice Sr., Elaine Graham, Patricia P, Gray Pierson,  Pat Stoneburner, Tony Stoneburner, Kathy Gray, Holly, Carolyn Angel, Colin MacNaught, Nancy Stearns, Andrew Harriman, Tom Davenport, Hannah Scaife, Marcia Scott, Ross Gagnon, Sen. John McCain, George A. Smith, Gladys Smith, Sam and Isabelle Hulsey, Jennifer Hulsey and her family Byron, Ben, and Claire. 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, Graham, and Caleb.

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 Christ Church, Norway and Trinity (Lutheran), South Paris. For the reverent care of all creation as we approach Earth Day. For all preparing for and attending Spring Training Day this Saturday.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for The Nippon Sei Ko Kai (The Anglican Communion in Japan).

On the Island and Peninsula, we pray for Blue Hill First Congregational Church.


                                                 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:

Vestry Members:

Elisabeth Ingoldsby, Senior Warden
Tel: Home: 207-348-2586 / Cell: 207-266-4541

Josephine Jacob, Junior Warden         
Tel: 207-348-6997 / Cell: 207-664-4884

Pete Dane-Treasurer 348-5245 
Barbara Kourajian-Clerk 326-9153 
Rich Paget 367-6569 
Miriam Antich 972-849-7907
Peter Tarlton 348-9908

Pastoral Care: 
Carolyn Mor   374-2179
Diane Greenlaw   460-7230 

Prayer List Requests: