St. Brendan the Navigator Episcopal Church

    The  Navigator    

Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost
      August 27, 2017

               Please welcome back The Reverend Stephen Hayward
   who will preside at our service  this Sunday.

The Episcopal Church of the Province of New England

  All are Welcome!

           Sunday, August 27, 2017
           10 am:  Holy Eucharist 
Readings for the Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost :   

(Please see scripture Notes Below) 



On the Calendar: 
Sunday, August 27          - 10am Holy Eucharist with The Rev. Stephen Hayward
                                             followed by informal "check in" and conversation
      Monday, August 28        -  11am Timely Traders Investment Group. All welcome.
                                         -   4:30pm  Silent Meditation
      Wednesday, August 30   - 11:15-4pm Duplicate Bridge group
                                          - 4pm Choir Rehearsal
                                          - 5:30 Book Group "The Divine Flow" by Richard Rohr                                                                        at the Tarlton's:  All are welcome
      Friday, September 1       - 1-4pm Rug Hooking group

Sunday, September 3     - 10 am Holy Eucharist, with The Rev. Michael Ambler,
                                                followed by an informal parish conversation.

Sunday, September 10th  -  9am Finding Joy with The 
Rev. Dr. Edward Dufresne 
                                     -  10am Holy Eucharist with The Rev. Edward Dufresne 
                                     -  11:30 Parish Meeting (please see notice below) 
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up to date information.  
Message From Bishop Lane  
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St. Brendan the Navigator
                    Parish Renewal Plan 

Vestry/Renewal Team Update:
An integral piece of the Parish Renewal Plan* is item #3, calling for the  
adoption of a Mission Statement for St. Brendan's within the first three months of  
the Renewal Plan: 
Mission Statement
3. Revisit, possibly revise and adopt a Parish Mission Statement that will inform and guide every aspect of parish life; 
    • Who: the congregation with the leadership of the Vestry
    • How: through the work of a drafting group, the Vestry and a parish meeting;
    • When: within the first three months of the renewal period;
The Vestry/Renewal Team met on Thursday, August 24th to consider 12 proposed mission statements for St. Brendan's.  it was decided to bring forth two for consideration by the Parish's at the September 10 Special Meeting.  
A decision was made to also craft a Values Statement, which will also be considered at the September 10th meeting.    The Vestry/Renewal Team will be meeting next Thursday to continue discussion of the five parish ministries.

  *  For a copy of St. Brendan the Navigator's Parish Renewal Plan approved  
August 13, 2017, please click link below:
Pursuant of Article IV, Section 1, of the Bylaws notice is hereby given by the Vestry that a Special Meeting of the Members of St. Brendan the Navigator shall be held on Sunday, September 10, 2017, at 11:15 a.m. to conduct the following business:
1. Consider the adoption of a Mission Statement and a Values Statement to  
          accompany the Parish Renewal Plan of St. Brendan the Navigator.
Dated: August 24, 2017
                                                                     S/Barbara Kourajian, Clerk
                                                                          For the Vestry
Buildings & Grounds Update 

The B&G Committee (Jo Jacob, Skip Greenlaw, Lynne Verhey, Connie Mayo, Stewart Pierson, Ann Tarleton, Rich Paget, absent, and Meg Graham, Chair) met on Tuesday August 22nd at 2:30.
The committee reviewed last year's budget and schedule and noted what had recently been accomplished, which included improvements to new building acoustics and estimates for fixing the balcony and for paving the driveway where it joins the main road. We learned that the paving project was under way, with a plan to grade and pave an area 30 ft deep by 54 ft wide and to remove the granite uprights at the end of the front stairs which block the line of sight,  while the balcony project has been deferred owing to cost.
The committee then reviewed a fuller set of projects, some already teed up, and some new requests, and discussed how they should be prioritized.
The larger projects include, in this order of priority:   
  • Driveway paving and line of sight correction already discussed
  • Moving boulders to complete the edging of the side garden 
  • Bringing in soil and/or compost for both driveway and gardens 
  • Mold and mildew evaluation and possible remediation in the church and church basement
  • Side garden plantings 
  • Further incremental improvements to the acoustics in both buildings 
  • New floor coverings in the church proper
  • A simple Nantucket porch or deck on the front of the church replacing the two stairways at the two doors 
  • A columbarium in the side garden by the stairs using the new building wall for small plaques 
 Other small but important items include:
  • Security system training for the vestry and others Widening the steps to the chancel 
  • Submitting an amended building use proposal to the vestry
  • Plans for a clear-up day for the basement 
  • Small repair (fix-it) days for both buildings.
With regard to two of the remaining larger projects: possible ditching of the church for drainage, and reinforcement of the balcony, it was agreed to experiment with incremental improvements as a first step, and/or to schedule and escrow funds over multi-year periods, while awaiting the results of smaller solutions that might take care of the problems.
There was also discussion of how better to communicate what is happening regarding B&G to the rest of the congregation. In addition to publishing meeting reports in the newsletter, it was agreed to experiment with posting pictures, proposed projects, and estimated costs in the newsletter and on the website, both  
to inform members, and to attract anyone who wanted to help fund, or volunteer  
for the work.
Seminar on Finding Joy Continues

The Reverend Dr. Edward Dufresne+ will conduct the final group discussion on  
the topic, "Finding Joy" at 9am Sunday, September 10th.

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 fourth and final session September 10th will cover pp 277-348 - Being One  
with the World and pp171-190 - Joy in Being One with the Sacred.  

All are welcome!  
Did You Know?...
Copies of past editions of The Navigator e-newsletter as well as Minutes of  
Vestry Meetings, Financial summaries, and the Renewal Plan are archived and available online on our web site.  
Please Visit and click on any issue you would like to revisit.  


Closing Up Camp or Your Summer Place? 
Bring your leftover and surplus non-perishable food items to church for donation to the Island Food Pantry baskets - located on the pew just inside
the parish hall entryway.
Thank You! 

Upcoming Event of Interest September 14th: 

Scripture Notes for The Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost
Today we reach a watershed moment in Jesus ministry as recounted by Matthew. Jesus asks his disciples who the people and they believe he is. It is Simon Peter who replies, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God." Jesus affirms Peter's leadership of  
the church even though Peter will show lack of certainty in this confession later.
As we continue the story of God's people, last Sunday found them living a privileged  
life in Egypt. Several centuries have now passed and today we hear that a new king arose in Egypt"who did not know Joseph." The Hebrew people, the children of Israel, are now slaves and suffering. However, to one of them is born a child who is saved  
and adopted, ironically, by the daughter of the Egyptian king. He, Moses, will be the central character in the next several weeks.
We continue to read from the Epistle to the Romans in the second lesson. The final section,which we begin today, deals with the way God's people are to live in  
relationship to each other and to the world. Today Paul focuses on the varied  
ministries of all members of the Church given to us in baptism.
All our attempts to explain our faith-from Peter's faltering faith to Paul's complex theology - rest upon the encounter we have as a people with God. That encounter  
leads us into the symbolic and sacramental expressions of Christian worship and that always leads us into the various ministries to which God has called us. Our most profound experience of faith is this action of Word and Sacrament, of story, song,  
meal, and bath, which is at the center of our worship.
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 Wilma Turner, Jan Place, William, Pat Stoneburner, Tony Stoneburner, Holly, Carolyn Angel, Colin MacNaught, Shannon Cormier, Nancy Stearns, Daniel Harriman, Diane, John, Tom, Claudia, Kathy Gray, Hannah Scaife, Marcia Scott, Sen. John McCain, Ann Ottesen, Henry 'Hank' Millon, 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, especially Bob Harris. 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 summer chapel congregations of Christ Church Dark Harbor, Isleboro and Our Lady of the Evergreens, Harborside. 
In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for 
Ruvuma - (Tanzania)
On the Island and Peninsula, we pray for  Reversing Falls Sanctuary, N. Brooksville. 

                                           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 348-7745 
Peter Tarlton 348-9908

Pastoral Care: Miriam Antich
Tel: 207-348-7745