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

Last Sunday After Epiphany
February 11, 2018 

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

The Episcopal Church of the Province of New England

  All are Welcome!

           Sunday, February 11, 2018
           10 am:  Holy Eucharist 
Readings for the Last Sunday After Epiphany:

On the Calendar  
Sunday, February 11      - 10am Holy Eucharist with The Rev. Vesta Kowalski  
                                    - Parish discussion of Open Ended Questions  following
                                                    the service (please see below)

                                   - 5:30pm Second Sunday Suppers, Deer Isle Congregational Church 
                                                              All are welcome!       
Monday, February 12     - 9:30-11:30am   Children and Parenting Group                                                                    - 4:30pm Silent Meditation 
Wednesday, February 14  - 4pm Ash Wednesday Service (See below) 

Thursday, February 15   - 6-8pm  Third Thursday Music Gathering (see below)  
Sunday, February 18     - 10am Holy Eucharist with The Rev. Elaine Hewes                                         
 Click here to visit the  Events Page Calendar   on the website for  
  up-to-date information.  


                                St. Brendan the Navigator
                                     Parish Renewal Plan

Three Goals Accomplished, Six Goals In Process of Being Accomplished,  
              Two Goals - Not Yet Accomplished as of 11/30/17)
                            GREEN = ACCOMPLISHED
                            RED = YET TO BE ADDRESSED
 Please click link below: 
                                Renewal Plan Report Number Four


The Quest for the Tenth Bishop of Maine
The Diocesan Discernment Committee has invited us to participate in an open
conversation to help them in the Bishop Search Process. The responses we
provide will be used in creating a profile that describes our diocese to potential
candidates for Bishop, and will help clarify the qualities we are asking for in
our next Bishop. 

Following Sunday's service we will gather to discuss the open-ended questions  
below.  For our seasonal members and those who are away or traveling,  
I urge you to also think about and respond to these questions, and send them
to me via email ( or via hard copy to my attention at the church
office: P.O. Box 305, Deer Isle, ME 04627. Please have your input to me by
February 19th. As requested by the Diocesan Discernment Committee, parish
responses are to be summarized and submitted back to them by February 26th. 

Please think and pray about these questions for discussion:
1. Who are you as a parish?

            What do you value and how do you demonstrate that?
            What stories/foundational events have shaped you?
            What do you want the new bishop to know about you?

2. Where do you want to go as a parish? 
            How close are you to getting there?
            What gifts do you have that will help you get there?
            What challenges lie in your path?

3. How would you describe your parish's relationship with the diocese? 
             What would you like your relationship to be in the future?
             What qualities in a bishop would facilitate this relationship?

The questions are also available as a printable download: 

In addition, the new website offering all information about the quest for the
tenth Bishop of Maine is now live:
                 Episcopal Diocese of Maine Bishop Search 
Stay-tuned for information from the Discernment and Transition Committees  
as we begin our work.  
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions.

Thank you,

Lis Ingoldsby 
Senior Warden 
Member, Transition Committee  

From the Education and Spiritual Development Ministry:
Bringing Church Home is a resource created by Merle Marie Troeger of
St. Mary's, Falmouth for the six Sundays in Epiphany.   Each week's resource
includes short passages from the lectionary, prayers, and spiritual practices
to follow at home.    
Click below to read this week's offering:
                                      Epiphany 6



Lenten Book Discussions February 18-March 18 
The first discussion of our Lenten Book  "Pilgrim Road:  A Benedictine Journey
Through Lent" by Albert Holtz
will be held Sunday, February 18, following the morning service. Please read "Setting Out" pages 3-18 for our discussion. Narrative and Reflection suggestions will help lead us into Lent.  Please bring your responses and questions.

If you have not signed up for a book and would like one, please

The book is also available from Blue Hill Books or Amazon.



Ash Wednesday Service

St. Brendan's will mark the beginning of our Lenten season with a lay-led Ash  
Wednesday service at 4pm on February 14th. This brief, lay-led meaningful
service  includes the imposition of ashes and congregational participation. 
This is an  opportunity for each of us to join together and to prepare for
Lent and the Easter season to follow.

All are welcome to attend!


Nursing Home Service 
The Worship Committee is again asking for a volunteer to help Connie with
the Nursing Home Service on Sunday, March 11, at 2:00.  We have prepared
a very brief outline of what is to be done if it would be helpful to anyone. 
The service is short, mainly music, but needs leadership and a helper.  Please
contact Mickey if you are willing to volunteer for March 11.  This could be an  
excellent Lenten contribution.

Skip Greenlaw recently volunteered at the Nursing Home Service and with Connie  
shares the following:

It's the Little Things That Matter

      Connie Mayo and Skip Greenlaw

Joan Maxwell recently wrote in an email that Woody Osborne's "epistles" which 
he authored while he was senior warden were important for her keeping in touch  
with St. Brendan's when she was not on the island.

The following event took place on Sunday afternoon, January 14, 2018 at 2 PM at
the Island Nursing Home (INH). We think that this might fall into the category of
"what is going on at St. Brendan's" and might be of interest to everyone.

One of St. Brendan's oldest ministries is sharing responsibility with other island
churches for offering a service for INH residents. Connie has been the staple of
this ministry for some time with sometimes help from members. A call went out to accompany Connie on January 14 or this ministry would be terminated.

We arrived at 2 PM at INH. As we walked in the door, Skip was greeted by a
resident and old friend of 45 years whom Skip had not seen for more than a year.
"I know that fella", he said with a smile on his face. Talk about a warm welcome
and making this fella feel like a million dollars!!!

We gathered the residents into the dining room and distributed hymnals to a dozen residents. Connie introduced us as members of St. Brendan's and announced the
first hymn. Connie did a wonderful job of communicating the gist of the hymns and
the hope which the gospel gives us.

At the end of the hymns, Connie asked if anyone remembered singing any of the
hymns in churches they attended. Yes, some remembered the hymns. Connie
inquired about what church they attended on the island. There were several
responses. A woman, who was not an INH resident, said that her brother had
recently invited her to go to church and that she was pleased to have this invitation
and enjoyed the experience. What a wonderful response! Skip asked himself when
was the last time I asked anyone to go to church. Many of the residents thanked us
for coming and singing with them.

As Skip was leaving, he encountered his friend who greeted him at the door. With
tears in his eyes he said that he "couldn't do anything anymore". Skip told him
that he had done more than his share and had been very successful. Skip told
him how happy he was to see him and that he would return for another visit soon.

So we might have thought that our presence was not a big deal, but for the
residents it was a very big deal. Two people took the time to come and sing with
them. The woman who was invited to go to church reminds us all how very important
it is to ask someone if they would like to go to church. Sometimes, all the encouragement anyone needs is an invitation. We are constantly reminded that very often the effort
we make to shine some light on someone else is returned to us many times over.
The next time that it is St. Brendan's turn to have a service at the INH, Skip will
join Connie and we hope others will take the time to join us.




Third Thursday Music Gatherings
A series of monthly creative music gatherings will begin next Thursday
February 15th from 6-8pm at Saint Brendan's hall. Organized by Deer Isle
residents Tom van Buren and Hank Whitsett (Mountainville Records), the
monthly sessions provide a stage for  creative musicians and singers in multiple
genres to come together to share a tune -  folk, blues, jazz and beyond.

The gatherings continue the third Thursdays of the month, March 15, April 19,
May 17 and June 21st.

All are welcome to come listen and enjoy! Donations are welcome.

For more information please call (207) 348-6005 or the office (207) 348-6240.


Scripture Notes for the Last Sunday After Epiphany:
On this final Sunday after the Epiphany the Transfiguration of Christ is 
t he central theme. This event was the most striking manifestation of Jesus'
divine identity during the days of his ministry. It was also in this event that Jesus
made his first clear reference to his approaching death and resurrection, which is
the reason we commemorate it on the Sunday before Lent. The two greatest men
of God from the past, Moses and Elijah, joined him, representing the law and the
prophets, God's primary means of self-revelation prior to Jesus, and discussed
with him what lay ahead.
The Old Testament reading is the account of the prophet Elijah's departure
into heaven leaving his ministry to his disciple Elisha. Jewish belief in the days
of Jesus was that this, the greatest of the old prophets, would one day reappear
to signal the coming of the Messiah.
In the second reading, Paul describes the presence of Jesus in our lives as
the light of God.We are to be transfigured by Jesus that his light may shine
forth from us.
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 who are in special need of our prayers: 
Rev. Edward Dufresne, Gray Pierson, 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,
Charlie Budd,  Hannah Scaife, Marcia Scott, Sen. John McCain,
Henry 'Hank' Millon, George A. Smith, Gladys Smith, 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, 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 Church
of the Good Shepherd, Houlton and St. Francis-by-the-Sea, Blue Hill. For United
Thank Offering.
In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for The Anglican Church of Canada .
On the Island and Peninsula, we pray for St. Mary Star of the Sea, Stonington.

                                              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