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

The Feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple
February 3, 2019



                              Please join us this Sunday  
                            for a Celebration of the Feast of  
                        The Presentation of Our  Lord
                           with a lay lead Morning Prayer Service.
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The Episcopal Diocese of Maine Bishop Search


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All are Welcome! 
10am Morning Prayer
Sunday, February 3, 2019
Readings for the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple:
(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, February 3         10am Morning Prayer Service with Celebration of the                                             Presentation of Jesus at the Temple - Discussion on                                             Bishop Candidates following service. 
Monday, February 4          9-12 Linda Shepard's Children's Group 
 4:30pm  Meditation/ Silent Prayer     
      Wednesday, February 6   11-12am Tai Chi for Beginners 
                                           4:30pm Choir Rehearsal      
        Sunday, February 10       10am Holy Eucharist with The Rev. Elaine Hewes
 Click here to visit the  Events Page Calendar  on the website for  
  up-to-date information.  

Vestry Appoints Search Committee
In keeping with Resolution #5 of the Renewal Plan, and with a sufficient pledge     goal met, the Vestry is pleased to announce formation of a Search Committee to discern a new priestly presence for St. Brendan's.   
Search Committee Members are:
                            Martha Dane
                            Curtis Flowers
                            Barbara Kourajian
                            Judy Miller
                            Bill Scaife
                            Luke Williams
                           Alternate (in the event a member becomes unable to serve):
                           Tom van Buren 
Criteria used to form the committee were the following: 
  • Representative of Parish make-up 
  •  Invitations extended to those not having the opportunity to serve on prior St. Brendan search committee
  • Collaborative/team players: good listeners open to diverging views
  • Organizational and leadership skills
  • Respectful/mindful of the importance of maintaining confidentiality
In making the appointments, the Vestry shared its 'charge' to the Committee, outlining several points and expectations, including regular communication with the congregation through this newsletter, the web site, Sunday bulletins and announcements.  The Committee will be working closely with the Canon of the Diocese and Office of Transition Ministry in developing a plan to move forward.  This will include an open and transparent process with members of the Parish to provide answers to a series of questions which will then serve to guide our discernment.    
A special Commissioning service for members of the Search Committee is being planned for the near future by the Worship Ministry.
Please join the Vestry in thanking these Committee Members for serving such an important and vital role in moving the Parish of St. Brendan's forward.
Our prayer of discernment:
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  and seek to be drawn closer to you,  Amen.  
On behalf of the Vestry,
Lis Ingoldsby
Senior Warden

Continuing Our Quest for the 10th Bishop of Maine  
Preparing for the February 9th Electing Convention:
A parish conversation will be held at coffee hour this Sunday to continue our discussion and share thoughts on the Nominees. Those who are seasonal members or away are invited to e-mail their thoughts to  Ruth Robinson and Skip Greenlaw will be serving as our delegates to the Electing Convention February 9 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.  

    Become Familiar with the Slate of Nominees: Visit 
  • Read Nominee Information available online
  • Download and print Nominee Brochure + Transition Prayer
  • Watch Nominee + Walkabout Videos


                                   Happy Birthday to:
         David Morrish - 4th
         Ruth Robinson - 4th
         Judy Miller - 10th
         Sam Hulsey - 14th


The Presentation of Our Lord: 
Today the Church celebrates our Lord's presentation to God on the fortieth day after his birth in obedience to the Jewish Law. This is a moment of manifestation of Jesus as the Messiah when Old and New Testament come together in the testimony of the aged priest Simeon and the prophet Anna. The words of Simeon are a regular feature of the Church's evening liturgies.

The first reading from Malachi reflects the hope of the prophets for the coming of the Messiah and the inauguration of God's reign over all the earth.

The second reading is from Hebrews. The writer explains that Jesus' work as Savior is made possible because he is God incarnate, fully human and fully divine. God saved the human race not from the outside but by entering into the world and becoming human and, having taking humanity into the divine life, redeemed the human race.

We return today to the joy of Christmas and in our liturgy we witness to the presence of God in the world coming to us in Bread and Wine and coming to the world through us, the Body of Christ.

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 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: Roger Ingoldsby, Ralph and Sandy Drayer, James Budd, Joan and Bob GagnonMary Ann Shaw, Pam Neff, Michelle Price, Michael Dunn, Donna Hallen, Kevin Zorski, Jesse Zorski, Ben Elkington, Craig Harriman, Lindsey Bowker, Linda Peterson,  Rev. Edward Dufresne, Margaret Ann Crumlish, Reed and Micki Henderson, William Rice Sr., Gray Pierson , Ross Gagnon, Nancy Boothby, Reed and Micki Henderson, 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 Isobelle Hulsey, Jennifer Hulsey and her family Byron, Ben, and Clair, and Gary and Susie Silman. 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; 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 t he congregations of St. Andrew's, Millinocket, St. Thomas', Winn, and for all prayerfully preparing to participate in the Convention to Elect the Tenth Bishop of Maine.

In the Anglican  Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Anglican Church of Burundi
On the Island and Peninsula,  we pray for for the Blue Hill Pentecostal Assembly


                                                 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

Pete Dane-Treasurer 348-5245 
Barbara Kourajian-Clerk 326-9153 
Meg Graham 348-2639
Miriam Antich 972-849-7907
Tom van Buren 348-6471

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

Prayer List Requests: