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

Fifth Sunday After Epiphany
      February 4, 2018 

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

The Episcopal Church of the Province of New England

  All are Welcome!

           Sunday, February 4, 2018
           10 am:  Holy Eucharist 
Readings for the Fifth Sunday After Epiphany:
On the Calendar    
Sunday, February 4      - 10am Holy Eucharist with The Rev. Stephen Hayward 
                                        - Worship & Music Ministry Meeting after the service 
Monday, February 5      - 9:30-11:30am  Children and Parenting Group 
                                  - 12pm Timely Trader Investment Group (bring lunch)
                                  - 4:30pm Silent Meditation 
Thursday, February 8    - 1:30pm Vestry Meeting
Friday, February 9        - 1-4pm Rug Hooking group
Sunday, February  11    - 10am Holy Eucharist with The Rev. Vesta Kowalski
                                  - A survey of the Prayer Book
                                       with The Rev. Vesta Kowalski following the service

Wednesday, February 14  - 4pm Ash Wednesday Service (See below)

Thursday, February 15    - 6-8pm Third Thursday Music Gathering (see below) 
 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
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 5


Looking Ahead: 
February 11 -  A Prayer Book survey presentation by The Rev. Vesta Kowalski
February 18 - March 18  -  Weekly Lenten book discussions will be held after services,  based on  "Pilgrim Road:  A Benedictine Journey Through Lent"  by Albert Holtz.   The book consists of short daily meditations with a different overall theme for each week of Lent based on Holtz's pilgrimages and extensive travels.   If you have not signed up for a book and would like one, please email They are 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. Please consider inviting others to attend.



Third Thursday Music Gatherings

A series of monthly creative music gatherings will be held the third Thursday of the month, beginning 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.


wilderness retreat

Women's Wilderness Retreat  2018 

It's not too soon to mark your calendars! The annual St. Brendan's Women's Retreat to Katahdin Lake Wilderness Camps will be held Tuesday, September 4 - Friday, September 7, 2018.  This gorgeous and private 1885 camp is located inside Baxter State Park AND (the camp, not the park) is accessible by a 3.3 mile hike or by float plane.

More details are forthcoming.

...or contact:

Martha Dane  


Scripture Notes for the Fifth Sunday After Epiphany:
Today's Gospel continues Mark's account of the first events in  Jesus' ministry. Once again, Jesus was faced with illness which he cured and evil spirits which  he cast out. But rather than stay in that place as a healer, he moves on to announce the good news  of God's Kingdom in other places as well.
The first reading proclaims God as ruler and creator of all things. God is incomparable and inexhaustible, and God's power is the source of our life and that power animates our lives and our ministry. 
In the second reading, Paul is responding to another problem in the Corinthian church. Wandering preachers had come to them and, preaching for money, had proclaimed strange versions of the Gospel. Paul wants to make it clear that his is the Gospel of Christ and the proof that he is not altering it to be popular is that he does not ask for money.
It is the proclamation of Christ that is central. We are called and converted by that message and baptized into that faith. We gather at the Lord's Table in response, for empowerment, but we also gather in order to be sent forth in that power to proclaim the message to others.
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, Carolyn Angel, Colin MacNaught, Nancy Stearns, Andrew Harriman, Tom Davenport, Hannah Scaife, Marcia Scott, Sen. John McCain, Henry 'Hank' Millon, George A. Smith, Gladys Smith, 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, 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 all those in ministries of teaching and Christian formation. For the work of Episcopal Relief & Development.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for Arochukwu/Ohafia - (Aba, Nigeria)

On the Island and Peninsula, we pray for First Baptist Church, Brooklin.


                                          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