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

First Sunday in Advent
      December 3 , 2017

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

The Episcopal Church of the Province of New England

  All are Welcome!

           Sunday, December 3, 2017
           10 am:  Holy Eucharist 
Readings for the First Sunday in Advent :     

(Please see scripture Notes Below) 



On the Calendar
Sunday, December 3    - 10am Holy Eucharist with The Rev. Vesta Kowalski
                                  - 4pm Ecumenical Island Advent Program,  
                                           Community of Christ Church, Stonington  
Monday, December 4   - 9:30-11:00am  Parenting and Children Group
                                 - 11:00am  Timely Traders Investment Group
                                 -  4:30pm  Silent Meditation/ Centering Prayer
Sunday, December 10  - 10am Holy Eucharist with Pastor Elaine Hughes                                      
Monday, December 11  - 9:30-11:00am  Parenting and Children Group
                                  - 11:00am  Timely Traders Investment Group
                                  - 4:30pm  Silent Meditation/ Centering Prayer 
Thursday, December 14  - 11:15am Vestry/Renewal TeamMeeting 
Sunday, December 17   - 10am  Holy Eucharist with The Rev. Vesta Kowalski                                                                                     
 Click here to visit the Events Page Calendar on the website for     
  up-to-date information.  

                   St. Brendan the Navigator 
                        Parish Renewal Plan 
Updated Report!
           Parish Renewal Plan Report #4     
     Three Goals Accomplished, Six Goals In Process of Being Accomplished, Two Goals Yet to be Addressed (as of 11/30/17)
To Review Renewal Plan Report #4,  
                    please click link below: 
Please click on the link below for the Parish Renewal Plan in detail, as approved by the Parish August 13, 2017: 
The Plan is also available on our web site: 
                 For the November 16th Vestry/Renewal Team
                    meeting minutes please click link below: 
              Vestry/Renewal Team Meeting Minutes 11/16/17 

                  RENEWAL  AND  JOY!
Stewardship for 2018
The annual Stewardship letter was mailed out last week to members of our parish family.  If for any reason you have not received it and would like to have one sent, please notify Liz ( in the office.  We need everyone's help to h elp ensure a healthy and sustainable future for our parish!
Pledges can also be made on our website.  Click the link below to reach the Stewardship page and then scroll down to the Pledge Form.  Fill in the form and then be sure to click on the submit button!  You may also e-mail your pledge to Carolyn Mor at   
All pledges are strictly confidential.  
Thank You!
The Stewardship Ministry

Join the Choir!
Do you like to sing? Here's your opportunity to join others and participate in
St. Brendan's Choir. It's enjoyable and lends a wonderful musical addition to 
our services.
Interested? Contact Connie Mayo at, or speak with her after the Sunday service.
Thank you! 

Ecumencial Island Advent Program December 3rd
Mark your calendars for the Ecumenical Island Advent Program at the Community  of Christ Church Sunday, December 3rd at 4pm. Donation offerings will again go to the Island Heating Assistance Fund.  
Pastor Lorraine Knowlton invites us all to attend and be part of this program, 'sharing with many folks of various faiths and walks of life as we begin our journey into the Advent season.' 
 Slow down.  Quiet.  It's Advent!
As part of our goal to include seasonal members in our life here at St. Brendan's,  the Education and Spiritual Development Ministry sent out Advent Calendars and Christmas cards to our friends who are away.  In a unique way, the calendar offers ideas for prayer, helping others and being thoughtful about the true meaning of Christmas.   We hope that it will enhance your observance of Advent and that you know your friends here are thinking of you and sending Advent and Christmas greetings and blessings.
The Education and Spiritual Development Ministry

Scripture Notes for the First Sunday in Advent  
The season of Advent begins today. The name of the season means "coming," and it celebrates God's coming to us in the birth of Jesus and looks toward  Christ's return at the end of history as Savior and Judge.
The first reading from Isaiah reflects the intensity of the prophet's hope for the Messiah. In a  period of Israel's history when confidence in the people's own efforts to build God's Kingdom  had collapsed, Isaiah expresses that hope in a passage that has been a part of the Advent liturgy  since the earliest days of the Church: "O that you would tear open the heavens and come  down..." 
In the second reading we hear Paul's greeting in his first letter to Corinth. Recognizing the many  spiritual gifts of the Corinthian church (a source of their strength, but also a source of the  controversy which caused him to write) he says that those spiritual gifts are given to prepare us  to greet the return of Christ.
Jesus' message to his followers is an assurance that he will return and that our lives should be  lived in preparation for that return. This theme of watching for his return is always central on the  first Sunday of Advent. Today's reading from Mark is the parable of the door-keeper. It reminds  us that we are always to be on the watch for Jesus' 
The liturgy is the way the Church lives in the time between Jesus' first coming and his second  coming. In word and sacrament he comes to us again and again, veiled, but present to eyes of  faith. In the Eucharist and in ministry to others we are continually being prepared to greet him  when he comes again in glory.
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 Rev. Edward Dufresne, William Rice Sr., Elaine Graham, Patricia P,   Pat Stoneburner, Tony Stoneburner, Kathy Gray, Holly Zack, Carolyn Angel, Colin MacNaught, Nancy Stearns, Andrew Harriman, Tom Davenport, Hannah Scaife, Marcia Scott, Sen. John McCain, 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. 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 
The Aroostook Episcopal Cluster: St. Paul's, Ft. Fairfield; Church of the Advent, Limestone; and St. John's, Presque Isle.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for West Buganda - (Uganda)

On the Island and Peninsula, we pray for Stonington United Methodist 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 348-7745 
Peter Tarlton 348-9908

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