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

Seventh Sunday of Easter 
June 2, 2019


Please welcome the Rev. Donna Downs who will preside at 
our service this Sunday.   
A letter of introduction from Rev. Downs:
My roots are in Connecticut  where I was born, raised and married. I graduated from Yale Divinity School in 1987. As often happens, God had  a different plan for me. Whenever I began the process for ordination we moved. My husband, Allen, and our  three daughters moved with his job taking us to many   interesting places. 
Our three daughters were each born  in different places. It was not until  2004, after we returned to Connecticut that I was ordained a priest at St. Peter's-Trinity in Thomaston, CT where I was involved in youth ministry and faith formation. In 2004 I became the associate rector at St Paul's in Norwalk, CT    for 5 years. I then served as the rector of St. Paul's in Woodbury and  following at All Saints' in Oakville. In 2016, I moved to Cambridge, England to join Allen who had taken an assignment. We have been coming to Deer Isle for more  than 35 years and now are enjoying a new life in this wonderful area.

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10 a.m. Holy Eucharist
Sunday, June 2, 2019
Readings for the Seventh Sunday of Easter:
(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, June 2             10 a.m. Holy Eucharist with the Rev. Donna Downs
Monday, June 3            9-12 p.m. Linda Shepard's Children's Group 
                                        4:30 p.m. Meditation/ Silent Prayer
Wednesday, June 5      11-12 a.m. Tai Chi for Beginners   
Sunday,  June 9             10 a.m. Holy Eucharist with the Rev. Karen Egerton 
                                  Book Drive for Hancock County Jail Residents
Saturday, June 15         9-12+ noon Spring Clean-Up Day 
      For up-to-date information on events at St. Brendan's c lick:                              Events Page Calendar
  Click the picture above to visit our website 
                     Please find minutes of the 4/16/19 Vestry Meeting attached:   
                                    Vestry Meeting Minutes, April 16, 2019 
Nominating Committee Announced
The Nominating Committee for the July 28, 2019 Annual Meeting consists of Judy Miller, Ann Tarlton, Jackie Wilson and Pete Dane.  Nominations will be made for Senior Warden, Junior Warden, Clerk, Treasurer (all one year terms), one Vestry Member (3 year term) along with two delegates and two alternates to the Diocesan Convention. 
Parishioner Tickets for the Ordination and Consecration  
of the 10th Bishop of Maine  
Ea ch Maine congregation is being allotted eight tickets. T here are three seating areas in the Cathedral: Each congregation will receive 2 tickets for the Nave, 2 for Emmanuel Chapel, and 4 tickets will be for viewing Consecration on monitors in the Upper and Lower Parish Halls. Communion will be distributed in all seating areas.
      Doors open at 9:45am and close at 10:45am. Late arrivals will not be seated.  
At our May Vestry meeting it was agreed our elected convention delegates would be given preference along with fair representation from our parish ministries. 
Anyone interested in attending is asked to contact Lis Ingoldsby (348-2586) by 3pm Friday 5/31. 
Happy Birthday to:
Charlie Egerton - 4
Nina Dayton - 12
John Lofty - 14
Jean Wheeler - 18
Stewart Pierson - 25
Louise Lavine -25
Bill Reardon - 26
Chick White - 26
Julie Pierson - 26
Hancock County Jail Book Drive - June 9th
We are collecting books for the residents of the Hancock County Jail.  Can you contribute any books in the categories listed below?  The books should be in very good to new condition and only paperbacks are accepted.
Stories of  survival from hardship
Mental health  
Easy reads appealing to adult readers eg Hatchet, Gary Paulsen
James Patterson
Steven King
Lee Child
Dictionaries -- we go through these very quickly
Science fiction
Books that come in a series.  These go in cycles.  We seem to be done with Hunger Games and Twilight.  Harry Potter remains popular. Robert Jordan, also. 
Legal books - current
How to books - plumbing, electricity, carpentry.  With excellent graphics
How to draw  
Save the Dates! 
Outreach supports organizations in many ways. We have invited representatives from two organizations to come and address the congregation after coffee hour.
June 9: Volunteers for Hancock County Jails  June 23: Tracey Hair from H.O.M.E.
Food Drive:
There is an ongoing food collection at the church. Please leave non-perishable items in the basket outside of the kitchen in the entry hall.
Sedgwick - Paul Sullivan, celebrated pianist and composer, will hold a benefit concert to help raise funds for Families First Community Center (FFCC) on Saturday, June 8.  The 5 p.m. concert will take place at the intimate performance space known as The Palazzo at the home of Sullivan and wife, Jill Knowles. It will be immediately followed by a wine & cheese reception organized by FFCC volunteers Wendy Schweikert of Blue Hill and Julie Wang of Brooklin. Tickets are $50 each.
FFCC is a non-profit organization devoted to breaking the cycle of homelessness by equipping families with minor children the skills needed to gain self-sufficiency. The group is nearing completion of a large home at 41 North Street, Ellsworth, to house six homeless families, provide life skills classes, and outreach to Hancock County residents; planned to open this summer. Money raised by the concert will help FFCC with programming start-up costs such as recruiting, hiring, and staff development.  
"We are very grateful to Paul and Jill for using their talent and their home to help homeless families in our area. They are providing a soul-satisfying way to contribute to a really worthy cause," says Schweikert, who serves on FFCC's Board of Directors, chairing the Development Committee.
More than 65 local agencies, programs, civic groups and churches are supporting the FFCC transitional home by acting as community resources including Healthy Acadia, Emmaus, H.O.M.E., the Opportunity Fund of the UU Congregation of Castine, Community Compass, Ellsworth Adult Education, Ellsworth Police Department, GEAR Parent Network, Next Step Domestic Violence Project, Friends in Action, Downeast Community Partners, and MDI/Ellsworth Housing Authority. 
Concert tickets are available at  
For more information, contact Schweikert at 207-610-3035 or email:      

Spring Clean  - Saturday, June 15th
Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 15th - Spring Clean-up Day at                  St. Brendan's. Mowing, sweeping, window-washing, weeding are but a few of      the tasks needing attention. More to come in the weeks ahead!
For information, contact:  
J o Jacob
Junior Warden
348-6997; 207-664-4884

Education and Spiritual Development Ministry
Book Study on Thomas Merton

Thomas Merton, 1915-2018, bearer of many labels: Mystic, Social Activist, Teacher, Poet, Painter, Photographer, Prophet, Scholar, Diarist, Rebel, Hermit, Catholic, Contemplative, Christian Existentialist. Now, more than a century since his birth and months past the 50th anniversary of his death, people of diverse backgrounds and traditions continue to seek his wisdom. As the labels suggest, his legacy affords many avenues of approach.
We are planning a book study and discussion group to focus on a common text: Love and Living, edited by Naomi Burton Stone and Brother Patrick Hart, a selection of Merton's writings on a range of subjects and grounded in his core reality, Love.  
Anne Cushman, former Deer Isle resident and long-time student of Merton,
will select the readings and facilitate discussions. Interests and needs of
participants will help to shape conversations.  
These sessions will be held on June 17th, June 24th and July 1st at 2:30 in St. Brendan's Hall.  The book, Love and Living, will be available at the Blue Hill Book Store or can be ordered online.  
For more details and to register for this class please click here:  Merton

Traveling the Way of Love

new video series is being produced by The Episcopal Church Office of Communication s. Traveling the Way of Love shares stories of the ways people across The Episcopal Church practice the Way of Love with each episode highlighting one of the seven Way of Love practices: turn, learn, pray, worship, bless, go, and rest.  So far they have completed the first three, Worship, Bless and Rest. Click here to view these first three.



Seventh Sunday of Easter Sunday: 
Today we begin the final week of celebrating the victory Christ won over sin and death at Easter.

There were three aspects to that victory: Jesus' resurrection, his ascension into heaven, and his sending the Holy Spirit. Last Thursday the church celebrated the Ascension and in today's liturgy it is commemorated again. However, added to that is the theme of waiting for the Holy Spirit to come upon the church, empowering it for ministry.

Today's gospel reading is a portion of the "high priestly prayer" of Jesus for all his followers. This prayer, which he offered on the night before his death, was fulfilled at Easter. That unity between him and us for which he prayed was accomplished in the resurrection, ascension, and giving of the Spirit. We become united in his Spirit and his love by means of Holy Baptism and Holy Eucharist.

In our reading from Acts today, we hear how powerfully God's Spirit was at work in Paul and his friends. He and Silas were rescued from prison by an earthquake. As a result, the jailer was so impressed that he listened to their message, believed, and was baptized along with his family. The second reading is the concluding verses of Revelation in which the Lord's promise to return is anticipated.

Today's liturgy, then, looks forward to next Sunday when we celebrate God's presence with us in the Holy Spirit and the Spirit's gifts to us, equipping us to make Christ known to 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 seek to 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: Roseanna and husband Jason, Susan Wade, Ralph and Sandy Drayer, James Budd, Mary Ann Shaw, Pam Neff, Michelle Price, Jesse Zorski, Craig Harriman, Lindsey Bowker, Linda Peterson,  Rev. Edward Dufresne, Margaret Ann Crumlish, Reed Henderson, William Rice Sr., Gray Pierson , Nancy Boothby, 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 Isabelle Hulsey, 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 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 St. Thomas', Camden; St. Peter's, Rockland; For the victims of gunfire and those who have lost a loved one to gun violence.
In the Anglican  Cycle of Prayer, we pray for  La Iglesia Anglicana de Mexico,  The Most Revd Francisco Moreno - Presiding Bishop of La Iglesia Anglicana de Mexico & Bishop of Northern Mexico
  On the Island and Peninsula,  we pray for Christ the Savior Orthodox Church, Deer Isle.

                                                 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: