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

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
August 18, 2019


Please welcome the Rev. Lev Sherman who will preside at  our service this Sunday.   



The Episcopal Church of the Province of New England

All are Welcome! 

Sunday, August 18, 2019 
10 a.m. Holy Eucharist

Readings for the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost:
(Please see scripture notes below)
The Mission of St. Brendan the Navigator Episcopal Church is to l ove, praise, welcome, and serve:
· t o love one another as Christ loves us,
· to praise God in all things,
· to welcome and affirm all persons,
· to serve the needs of one another and of those on the island, the peninsula, and throughout the world.


On the Calendar :
Sunday, August 18          1 0 a.m. Holy Eucharist with  the Rev. Lev Sherman
                                     Reservation for Womens Retreat due to Patricia
                                          (See Details Below) or Click HERE
Monday, August  19          3:15p.m.   An Invitation to a Discussion (see below)
                                     4:30 p.m. Silent Meditation/ Centering Prayer    
       Wednesday, August 21    11:00a.m. Tai Chi
  4:30  p.m. Choir Rehearsal                                                                                              
Thursday, August 22        5:00 p.m. 6th Session of Book Group
                                        The Universal Christ
Sunday,  August 25           10a.m. Holy Eucharist with  the Rev. Stewart Pierson
                                     Stewardship Ingathering                                         
 For up-to-date information on events at St. Brendan's c lick:                              Events Page Calendar
  Click the picture above to visit our website 

A ttached please find minutes of the July 11th Vestry meeting and the July 31st Special Vestry Meeting with Bishop Brown. Copies of these minutes, along with the financials as of July 31st, are posted on the bulletin board.  A reminder that Vestry meetings are open and parishioners are welcome to attend. The next meeting is scheduled for Friday, September 13th at 10a.m.   Parishioners are also invited to contact me and /or Vestry members with any thoughts, ideas, questions or concerns (Vestry members' contact information is located at the bottom of this newsletter).

On behalf of the Vestry,
Lis Ingoldsby
Senior Warden



Search Update
We have had several conversations in our committee and with Michael Ambler about the high degree of confidentiality the Search process requires. 
The high degree of confidentiality is for two reasons:  1) the dignity of applicants, and 2) the unity of the congregation.  We need to protect the zone of privacy required for this process, so we cannot share any details about applications. Thank you for your understanding on this matter.

      The Search Committee:
Martha Dane, Curtis Flowers, Barbara Kourajian, Judy Miller, Bill Scaife, and Luke Williams


Invitation to a Discussion

I would love the opportunity to have time to talk with folks about our
various lives, with more detail and candor and reflection than is ordinarily possible. One thought I had following a conversation with one of you was that we might gather and discuss the role race has played in our lives. My thought is not so much that we would air our views on race relations-though that would surely come up given the country's currently fraught circumstances. Rather, I thought we might use our own individual exposure to folks of a different skin color than our own as a way to reflect on the various stages of our lives and how we look at those stages from our present vantage points. We might begin by posing questions such as "When did you first come in contact with people of color? What were the circumstances? How old were you? Where were you living at the time? What, if any, were your reactions? What were the reactions of those around you?" This might naturally morph into questions like "When were you first aware of race discrimination? What was your response? Were you able to do anything about it?" And then . . . who knows where we might go?
We've all lived a good while, and its strikes me that this sort of discussion could open the door to some rich exchanges and the sort of intimacy that doesn't always come naturally.

Anyway . . . just a thought.

If anyone is interested, you can join me at St. Brendan's this Monday, the 19th at, say 3:15. We can take an hour or so and then proceed to meditation at 4:30-after which we can decide how and whether to proceed.

If you can't make it Monday but are interest ed, let me know.
      Woody Osborne (  


Be sure to wish a Happy Birthday to:

Dan Reardon- 10
Nancy Allison - 12
Diane Greenlaw- 13
Woody Osborne- 20
Jim White - 22
Susan Wade - 25




T he Outreach Committee would like parishioners to help us to identify local/regional priorities for support and engagement in the coming year. We hope you will think about the various areas noted in the survey and consider if you are able to become more involved. Please click below to give us your input.


There is a festive box near the Church entrance which awaits your generosity.  

Through financial and in-kind donations the Fund provides Christmas gifts for some several hundred island children who would otherwise not have a Christmas.  The effort is led by Bobbi Billings of Deer Isle.  By filling our box with gifts, we can reduce the workload of Bobbi and her volunteers, while enjoying the good feeling that comes from worthwhile giving.  Gift suggestions include: Barbie dolls, Large Lego sets, Sleds, Remote control cars, trucks & planes, Jackets, Kids' boots, and Snow pants.  (A longer list is appended to the box.)
Of course, your financial donations are also welcome.  You can either make a payment to St. Brendan's, marked for Alfred's Christmas Fund, or send a payment to:

"Alfred's Christmas Fund"
c/o Bobbi Billings 
300 Sunshine Road 
Deer Isle, ME  04627




Stewardship Campaign for 2020
Our  Stewardship Campaign is under way and pledges are being received.  The Ingathering will be next Sunday, August 25th.  We hope you can be with us then as we bring the pledges up to the altar with the offering.  The Stewardship Committee will be holding a special brunch to celebrate following the service!  
Confidential Pledges can also be made on the website by clicking

If you will not be with us on the 25th, you can also
put your pledge in the offering basket any Sunday
or email Carolyn Mor at

We invite your thoughtful commitment and pledge
to help ensure the health and future of our parish.
J udy Miller, Curtis Flowers, Miriam Antich and Pete Dane

St. Brendan Women's Bishopswood Retreat 2019
Sign-up for St. Brendan's Women's Retreat at Camp Bishopswood is open.  Dates: Sept. 3 - 6: early afternoon on Tuesday until after breakfast on Friday.  Cost per person: $275. A deposit of $100 confirms your place.

As treasurer of this special event I would appreciate your letting me know by Sunday(pdonahue8@gmail) if  you want to come this year. We need to confirm with Bishopwood Camp and the caterer if we are coming 9/3-9/6. 

It is a three night retreat. When I get a count of those who want to commit I will get back to you with the details of finalizing your spot. If you have any questions about retreat please call me at 348-6041.
Thanks ...Patricia Donahue

For More information Click

Pictures from the Annual Lobster Picnic!
A beautiful day and the warm hospitality of the Tarlton's (Thank you Peter and Ann!) combined to make this year's Lobster Picnic most enjoyable. Much gratitude also goes to Skip for the lobsters (and cooking them!) and and Judy Miller for organizing the food and logistics. 




Tenth Sunday after Pentecost: 
In today's liturgy, we are confronted with some of Jesus' hardest words. As he traveled toward Jerusalem, certain of the great crisis that lay ahead, Jesus set forth the serious nature of discipleship. He referred to his approaching death as his "baptism." He revealed that faithfulness to God would produce opposition and division.

Again, we hear from Isaiah in one of his best passages. In order to reach his audience he presents a parable about a vineyard that refuses to produce grapes and gets the audience's agreement that it should be destroyed. Then he tells the people that Judah is God's vineyard and has been unfruitful.

In the second reading today, we are assured that regardless of the opposition and division which faithfulness to God may bring, we have hope. That hope is based first on the record of God's faithful people in the past, but is based above all on the record of Jesus. The "cloud of witnesses" of the past is now joined and led by Jesus "the pioneer and perfecter of our faith."

As we gather in Eucharist, we are indeed surrounded by the witness of those in ages past whose faith in God led them to hard and tough decisions. In Christ and with each other the joys and the hard disciplines of faith are united. We recall Christ's death and resurrection and our own incorporation into his dying and rising, which began in us in baptism.

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
    Prayer for St Brendan's:  
    Almighty God, giver of every good gift:  Look graciously on the people of 
    St. Brendan's and guide our hearts and minds as we seek to discern your will         for our future. May our discernment transform our spirits and draw us closer to       you.   
In Our Prayers

We pray for those on our prayer list in special need of our prayers: Rosanne McFarland, Fred Newman, Susan Todd, Roseanna and husband Jason, Ralph and Sandy Drayer, James Budd, Mary Ann Shaw, Pam Neff, Michelle Price, Jesse Zorski, Craig Harriman, Lindsey Bowker,  Rev. Edward Dufresne, Margaret Ann Crumlish, Reed Henderson, , Gray Pierson , Nancy Boothby, Elaine Graham, Pat & Tony Stoneburner, Kathy Gray, Holly Zack, Carolyn Angel, Nancy Stearns, Andrew Harriman, Tom Davenport, Marcia Scott, 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 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; Thomas, 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 summer chapel congregations of  St. Philip's by-the-Sea, Fortunes Rocks and St. Martin's in-the-Field, Biddeford Pool 

In the Anglican   Cycle of Prayer,  we pray  for the Anglican Church of Southern Africa and The Most Revd Thabo Makgoba - Archbishop of Capetown and Primate of Southern Africa

On the Island and Peninsula,  we pray for the Church of the Nazerene, Stonington.

                                                 Icon of St. Brendan by Siri Beckman

Lord, we will trust you.

Help us to journey beyond the familiar and  into the unknown.  

Give us the faith to leave old ways and break new ground with you. 

Christ of the mysteries, we trust you to be stronger than each     storm within us.  

We will trust in the darkness and know that our times are in your hand.
Tune our spirit to the music of heaven, and somehow, make our   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 

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

Bill Scaife-Treasurer (413) 531-1762
Barbara Kourajian-Clerk 326-9153 
Meg Graham 348-2639
Miriam Antich 972-849-7907
Tom van Buren 348-6471

Pastoral Care: 
  Diane Greenlaw   460-7230 

Prayer List Requests: