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

The Epiphany
January 6, 2019


 Please welcome back The Rev. Dr. Regina Christianson who 
 will preside over our  service this Sunday.
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10am Holy Eucharist
Sunday, January 6, 2019
(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:
Saturday, January 5    -  4-6pm Winter Concert with Scott Cleveland and Phil Kell

Sunday, January 6      - 10am Holy Eucharist with Rev. Dr. Regina Christianson
Celebration of January Birthdays
Monday, January 7     - 4:30pm   Meditation/ Silent Prayer      
        Sunday, January 13    - 10am Holy Eucharist with The Rev. Stephen Hayward
                                         Worship Committee Meeting following service.
 Click here to visit the   Events Page Calendar  on the website for  
  up-to-date information.  


Treasurer's Report to the Congregation
While final figures and adjustments for Calendar 2018 are still in process, I can report we had a very successful year, thanks to your generosity. We did significantly better than our working balanced budget. And for 2019 the Stewardship Campaign was remarkably successful, again exceeding our very ambitious goal. As we begin the search for a Priest in Charge, we can show any prospective candidate that we will raise sufficient funds for 2019 to fully fund the position; and I can with some confidence look ahead and be satisfied that there will be sufficient on-going commitment on the part of the members and friends that make up St. Brendan's to assure stability. Having met our ambitious goal, we are truly ready to enter the process of calling a Priest in Charge. Thank you all for your confidence and commitment to the path this congregation is taking.
The next challenge is to honestly meet the ongoing needs of preserving the building over the long term. To that end the Vestry transferred $50,000.00 to the Building Capital Fund, and future budgets will include annual contributions to that Fund sufficient to be able to meet capital expenditures as they arise without having to resort to special fund raising initiatives to deal with emergencies when they inevitably arise.

For a 2019 Budget Summary Report, please click 2019 Summary Budget.  
Increased use of the building for activities designed for the Island and Peninsular communities at large is going to be a major initiative for 2019. While this will carry financial costs, the congregation is ready to more intentionally offer this facility as part of our outreach commitment.  
By the end of the month I should be able to provide a Year End statement of activity and financial position to anyone who would like to review it in greater specificity. Just call or email me, and I will send it to you.

Nathan Dane, Treasurer

Outreach Ministry Update  
As reported in last weeks e-newsletter, Vestry has been carefully addressing how best to move forward with St. Brendan's Outreach efforts with the goal of broader collaboration and community engagement as outlined in the Ministry Description adopted last January. Prompting Vestry discussions was the realization and acknowledgement there has been much Outreach program activity that has taken place 'organically' this year including:
Food Pantry Donations
Alfred's Fund
Window Dressers
Holiday Meals - Thanksgiving & Christmas
Nursing Home Services
Tutoring (on request)
Uses of the Building in 2018:
Young Mothers group (Linda Shepard) Program
Third Thursday Music Gatherings (Feb. - October)
Salt Air Seniors Holiday Party
Tai Chi Exercise Class
Anticipated Additional Programs in the Building in 2019:
Scott Cleveland Music Program (January)
Spring Monthly Music Gathering (TBD)
Celtic Music and Poetry Reading (July)
Tai Chi Exercise Class
The Vestry is pleased to announce a renewal of the Outreach Ministry. A series of meetings will take place in the winter and spring to reconstitute the group; review our mission; goals; priorities; and communications, and to delegate responsibility for programs and projects. Ann van Buren has agreed to serve as an interim coordinator to begin these discussions leading to a Ministry group-led consensus on leadership later in the year. Tom van Buren will serve as Vestry Liaison. Our efforts will focus on creating and/or expanding programs - such as those listed above - offering opportunities for greater Parish access and engagement - both in the building as well as out in our greater island / peninsula community with a goal of building Ministry programs that encourage collaboration, participation and involvement in keeping with St. Brendan's Mission and Values.
Those interested in participating in the Outreach Ministry are asked to contact     Tom van Buren at, or phone (207) 348-6471.
2018 Outreach Expenditures:        2018 Outreach Budget: $6,120.00 
Two Scholarships @ $1,000 each                               $2,000.00*  
      10 Camp Scholarships                                                1,250.00        
      Thanksgiving Meals                                                   1,012.73 
      Alfred's Fund                                                                25.00*
      Christmas Meals                                                        1,231.71
      Island Heating Assistance                                               82.00*
                                                               Expenditures:      $5,601.44  
                                               * -less offset by donations of $1,107.00   
                                       Net 2018 Outreach Expenditures:   $4,494.44
December 9th Parish Discussion Summary
Following morning worship December 9th, a substantial number of congregants weighed in on a discussion concerning the lectionary readings of the Hebrew Scriptures on Sunday. The Worship Committee appreciates the expressions of interest in this topic from the Congregation.  All are invited and urged to communicate any further comments or suggestions at their earliest convenience   as the Committee will now attempt to decide on a course of action.  Our next meeting is Sunday, January 13th.
Please click link for the summary of the Parish Discussion:
December 30th Nursing Home Service


    Happy Birthday to:

Martha Dane 14,

Mickey Jacoba -21

Patricia Donahue -24

Lis Ingoldsby-24


  Join us Saturday 1/5 for a Special Concert at St. Brendan's:
Important Reminder: Walkabouts Begin January 18th!
Meet the Nominees for the 10th Bishop of Maine!
Walkabouts will be held*:
      • Friday, January 18th at the Senator Inn,  Augusta 
      • Saturday, January 19th  at Husson University, Bangor
      • Sunday, January 20th at the Westin Hotel, Portland
Walkabout gatherings begin at 1:30pm.
(*Please note: in the event of weather prohibiting travel, one session will be held and live-streamed January 20th - as scheduled above - at the Westin in Portland.)
For more detailed Walkabout information, including directions and parking c lick here: Walkabout Information. 
     Click here for a downloadable Walkabout Brochure. 

Directory Update for Mickey Jacoba 
Mickey is at her 'winter residence' at  Judy Miller's home until April.    Phone: 348-9342  -   Address: 44 Crockett Cove, Deer Isle 04627 
If you are aware of any other update or corrections, please let us know -



The Epiphany: 
The title "Epiphany" is from the Greek word for "showing forth" or "manifestation." This day, and the season which follows, celebrates the events by which Jesus was shown forth as the Son of God. The coming of the wise men at his birth reflects the recognition of him by the Gentiles. Thus, he is the savior of all people, not only his own people, the Jews.

In the first reading, Isaiah rejoices in the return of Israel to Jerusalem and foresees the time when all races and nations will stream to the Holy City and to the God of Israel, bringing gifts to God. This passage has long been read on this festival because of its striking resemblance to the coming of the wise men.

The second reading today expresses Paul's belief that in the unity of Jews and Gentiles in the Church, the fulfillment of God's plan of redemption is revealed.
We celebrate not only an event in Jesus' life today, but also (and more importantly) the manifestation of Christ in our lives. He is shown forth in Word and Sacrament in our liturgical celebrations, and through our lives, he is shown forth to the world as the savior of all people.

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 Shepard and family, 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 f or the spread of the Gospel to all 
the world.
In the Anglican  Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia. 
On the Island and Peninsula,  we pray for Eggemoggin Reach Society of Friends

                                                 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: