St. Brendan the Navigator Episcopal Church
Our Mission: "To Love, Praise, Welcome and Serve" 
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Palm Sunday
      March 25, 2018 

 Please welcome back The Rev. Stephen Hayward
 who will preside at our service this Sunday.
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           Sunday, March 25, 2018
           10 am:  Holy Eucharist 
Readings for Palm Sunday:

The Liturgy of the Palms:


On the Calendar*
     Palm Sunday, March 25  -  10am Holy Eucharist with The Rev. Stephen Hayward                                                  Lenten book discussion following the service
Monday, March 26       -  9:30-11:30am  Children and Parenting Group
                                       - 10:00am Timely Traders Investment Group
                                       -  4pm Holy Week Monday Service (TBD) see below* 
                                       -  4:30pm  Silent Meditation 
Thursday, March 29    - 5pm  Maundy Thursday Service with The Rev. Stephen                                                                                                         Hayward                                                                    
Friday, March 30          - 12 Noon  Good Friday Ecumenical Service, Blue Hill
                                                                                Congregational Church
Saturday, March 31      - 7pm  Easter Vigil  St. Francis by the Sea, Blue Hill 

Easter Sunday, April 1   - 6am Sunrise Service Stonington Fish Pier
                                  - Breakfast buffet following at Community of Christ                                             - 10am  Holy Eucharist with The Rev. Vesta Kowalski,
                                                                        followed by Easter Dinner 


*If six people would attend a Holy Week Monday service, Pete Dane has offered to conduct one at 4p.m, preceding the weekly Meditation. If you are interested, please contact Pete by Saturday at 348-5245.


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  up-to-date information.  


                            St. Brendan the Navigator
                                Parish Renewal Plan

                                    Four Goals /Green /Accomplished
            Six Goals /Blue/ Ongoing/In Process of Being Accomplished
                             One Goal /Red / Not Yet  Addressed
                                             (as of 2.15.18)
                                    Please click link below:  

From the Treasurer
At its meeting Thursday, March 15th, the Vestry, after careful review of the latest income reports, adjusted the 2018 budget so that it is essentially balanced. This is the first balanced budget the Vestry has adopted in three years. In each of the past two years, the revenue in fact ended substantially better than estimated, and we can report that as a result we were able to pay in full the abnormally high Diocesan assessments that impacted us these past two years (essentially twice the amount we would have been assessed had it been based on the actual current operating budget). Going forward we will be paying a 'normal' Diocesan assessment in line with our current revenue. A major concern for the Vestry in the past two years has now been completely erased. Bravo!!
In order to get a true balanced budget, significant cuts had to be made in non Sunday priestly presence and Outreach. Since the budget is truly balanced and conservative in its projection of income, I can hope that in fact by year's end we will come close to fully funding the normal percentage to Outreach. The Vestry has authorized the Outreach Ministry, should it choose to do so, to undertake a fund raising event in order to fill that gap.
While we have made the adjustments necessary to sustain our present operations, two major concerns remain to be addressed:

1. While most of us have thoroughly enjoyed the rotation of supply priests on Sundays (who also work with Ministries during the week), this arrangement  - for several reasons - is not sustainable for the long-term. Goal #5 of the Renewal Plan (link above) has not yet been addressed and includes the calling of a part time priest, which will necessitate a significant increase in revenues. The reality of our 2018 budget versus the parish/Renewal Plan commitment to an increased priestly presence, poses a challenge and call for serious and prayerful thought and consideration by each and every one of us.

2. We also need to address what is required to maintain the building. The operating budget simply does not adequately provide for funds to be available when major repairs or improvements become necessary. We need to address this important issue that comes with ownership of a facility of this size.

The Vestry has agreed to schedule a Parish meeting early this summer to address these concerns, and reach consensus on a stable path to continue our journey of Renewal together.     

Pete Dane

For a copy of the 2018 budget as adjusted, please click link below:

                              St. Brendan's 2018 Budget



Education & Spiritual Development Ministry

March 25  -  Join the final weekly Lenten book discussion this Sunday led by Ann Ottesen.  Based on  "Pilgrim Road: A Benedictine Journey Through Lent"  by Albert Holtz, discussions have focused on the daily meditations for each week of Lent, based on Holtz's pilgrimages and extensive travels.   

Looking Ahead:

April 8 -  A Prayer Book survey presentation by The Rev. Vesta Kowalski



                      Outreach Ministry News


Hancock County Food Drive

The seventh annual Hancock County Food Drive takes place during the month  
of March. St. Brendan's has been an active participant in this effort in the past, and the Outreach Ministry is once again asking for your support.

Food collected is divided between the various food pantries in Hancock County, such as our Island Pantry while monies raised are shared with several meal sites in the county.  Food for the drive will be collected this Sunday, March 25th and Easter Sunday, April 1st.  Items which are nutritious and in demand include canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, canned tuna, whole wheat pastas, and healthy soups. Toothbrushes, toothpaste, dog and cat food, and toilet paper are also items needed. Please bring your donations to church this Sunday or April 1st.

Monetary donations can also be made via check payable to St. Brendan's, with 'Hancock County Food Drive' noted in the memo line. Donations can be put in the Sunday offering basket or mailed  to the church, PO Box 305, Deer Isle, Me. 04627.   Carolyn will then make out a check and forward it to the United Way, which is the fiscal sponsor for this food drive.

Thank you very much for your continuing support of people who are
"food insecure".


Outreach Committee Sponsors Scholarships 

The Outreach Committee will again be sponsoring $1,000 scholarships for both DIHS and George Stevens Academy seniors. The $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to a deserving student from each school interested in pursuing a two or four year post-secondary educational program.

Anyone interested in serving on the review board for applications is asked to contact Mickey Jacoba at:


Notes From 'Away'


From Sun Valley Idaho

Who Knew?????? . . . that Robinson and Maxwell would find one another in Sun Valley Idaho?

That is where Joan had a date to deliver the sermon at St Thomas Episcopal Church where, it just so happens, Ruth attends church and sings in the choir
when she is on her skiing jaunt.

Joan delivered a bang-up sermon, partially about the gospel of the wheat seed and partially about her work as a palliative care chaplain. She had the congregation, including the rector Fr. Ken Brannon, in the palm of her hand the whole time.    What a way she has with words! After the service, she signed and delivered what seemed to be a ton of books to eager buyers.

- Ruth Robinson


Scripture Notes for Palm Sunday:

Today's liturgy is in two parts. The Liturgy of the Palms celebrates Jesus' entry into Jerusalem at the beginning of the week of his Passion. After we hear Mark's account of that event, we give thanks over the branches which we carry. A procession then moves into the church building with festive songs of "Hosanna in the highest!"
The second part of today's liturgy changes from triumph to tragedy as it focuses on the suffering and death of Jesus. The account of the Lord's Passion is read, often with several readers, including the congregation, so that we may have a fuller sense of sharing with him in his redemptive acts of dying and rising for our salvation.
The Old Testament reading is the poem of Isaiah describing the suffering of God's faithful servant. Originally referring to the suffering of Israel, which the prophet sees as bearing redemptive meaning for all people, this passage was understood by the first Christians to have been fully realized in Jesus' passion and death.
The reading from Philippians is an early Christian hymn announcing that Jesus' Lordship is revealed not in power and divinity but in self-giving love to the point of dying for us, his beloved.
Today we enter into the celebration of the mighty acts of God which brought about our redemption. During this week we will rediscover what God has done for us, rediscover the meaning of Baptism, and rediscover the meaning of our sharing in Eucharist.

Scripture Notes for Maundy Thursday:
Tonight's Eucharist on the eve of Good Friday begins the Sacred Triduum or Three Sacred Days of our redemption. This is a celebration: a celebration of our Lord's institution of the sacrament of his Body and Blood-but it is pervaded by the shadow 
of the Cross.
Jesus gathered with his disciples in the context of the greatest of all events in Israel's redemption: the Exodus and Passover. Yet the normal joy of such an evening was muted by betrayal, failure of his friends to understand what he was doing, and his own fear of what was to come. It was a farewell dinner in which Jesus, by washing his disciples' feet, sought to illustrate one final time the character of love and ministry which is central in the life to which he calls us: self-giving love to the point of dying for one's friends.
We hear the ancient instructions for celebrating the Passover; Paul's account of the institution of the Eucharist; and John's account of the moment when Jesus washed his disciples' feet.
After Holy Communion tonight, the liturgy will not end (it continues tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday when it comes to its conclusion). In many churches, we will take the Sacrament which remains tonight and place it on the Altar of Repose where it will be available for Holy Communion on Good Friday. You are invited to keep vigil there tonight in response to our Lord's question: "Could you not watch with me one hour?"
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 in special need of our prayers: Nancy Boothby, Rev. Edward Dufresne, Cody Roberts, William Rice Sr., Elaine Graham, Patricia P, Gray Pierson,  Pat Stoneburner, Tony Stoneburner, Kathy Gray, Holly, Carolyn Angel, Colin MacNaught, Nancy Stearns, Andrew Harriman, Tom Davenport, Hannah Scaife, Marcia Scott, Ross Gagnon, Sen. John McCain, Henry 'Hank' Millon, 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, 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 St. Peter's, Portland and Trinity, Portland. For justice and peace in the world.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the peace of Jerusalem. All glory, laud and honor, To Thee, Redeemer, King,  To Whom the lips of children  Made sweet hosannas ring.

On the Island and Peninsula, we pray for Saunders Memorial Congregational Church, LDI.


                                                 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 972-849-7907
Peter Tarlton 348-9908

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

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