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

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
October 6, 2019

Plea se welcome The Rev. Karen Egerton who will preside  
at our service this Sunday.  


The Episcopal Church of the Province of New England

All are Welcome
Sunday, October 6, 2019 
 10 a.m. Holy Eucharist
Readings for the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost:
(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 :
Frid ay, October 4              2:00p.m. Welcoming and Hospitality Ministry Mtg
                                       Everyone welcome!

Saturday, October 5          9:15a.m. Weeding Party at St. Brendan's (see below)

Sunday, October 6             10 a.m. Holy Eucharist with the Rev.Karen Egerton
                                      Celebration of October Birthdays    
Monday, October 7           4:30 p.m. Silent Meditation/ Centering Prayer
Tuesday October 8           4 p.m. Discussion on Race Continues
  Wednesday, October 9    11:00 a.m. Tai Chi for beginners
                                      4 p.m. Choir Rehearsal (note time change)    
Sunday, October 13          10:00a.m. Holy Eucharist with Pastor Elaine Hewes
                                      11:30 Community Conversations-Community Compass                       
Monday, October 14        2:30 p.m. Pastoral Care Ministry Meeting  
 For up-to-date information on events at St. Brendan's c lick:                              Events Page Calendar
  Click the picture above to visit our website 

At our last two meetings, there has been much Vestry discussion of St. Brendan's ministries, and in particular Pastoral Care and Welcoming and Hospitality.  There was consensus among the Vestry that these two ministries carry out vitally important work and agreed both call for more involvement, focus and support.  As a result - and as indicated in the August 13th Vestry  meeting minutes - a new/separate ministry is being formed for Welcoming and Hospitality, for which Miriam will serve as Vestry Advocate/liaison.  In reviewing the ministry description for Pastoral Care, the Vestry tabled any action and has subsequently set a meeting date of Monday, October 14th at 2:30 p.m. to 'rally' and gather as many members as are able and interested to (re-)organize this ministry, for which there is a great and ongoing need (of which the current card ministry is an important part). Please save the date and plan on attending! 
Our ministries play a vital role in carrying out St. Brendan's mission - please consider ways you might serve.
Thank you!
Lis Ingoldsby,  
On behalf of the Vestry 

Attached are minutes of the September 29th Pastoral Care meeting:



The Gratitude Corner

Many thanks for everyone's contributions of time and talent made to enrich St. Brendan's ministries: to Curtis Flowers and Patricia Donahue for a wonderful Coffee Hour, to Rev. Dr. Richard Mallory and his wife Pam for the gift of their presence among us this past month, and to Diane Greenlaw and the Pastoral Care Ministry for their efforts to provide pastoral care as needed by our community.

Submitted by Email:

I would like to express my gratitude for the young people who are inspiring us to appreciate nature not only for all of the resources we depend upon but for the beauty of life itself. Here is scripture to inspire us. (Ecclesiastes) 7:13: "When God created the first human beings, God led them around the Garden of Eden and said: 'Look at my works! See how beautiful they are-- how excellent! For your sake I created them all. See to it that you do not spoil and destroy My world; for if you do, there will be no one else to repair it.

I wish to express my gratitude for sll the hard work that goes into writing the Newsletter which helps keep us all informed of the many services and ministries being performed by members of St. Brendan's and inviting us to be a part of  many opportunities to love and serve God in our daily lives.  Is it modesty that  prevents the editors from signing their names to this effort so faithfully done week after week?   You are in my prayers,   Anne Burtton

Grateful for a beautiful summer and reminded of all of the wonderful sermons, book groups, music and literary events that we've shared on the island. Thankful for Barbara Kourajian and all of the people who helped organize the poetry reading by Mick Delap,  and for inviting parishioners to join in.

A hearty thanks to all of the committees and the people who keep them going, especially to the Outreach committee; Skip Greenlaw, Jackie Wilson, Josephine Jacob, Julie Pierson, Martha Dane, Rich Paget, Woody Osborne and Tom van Buren.


The Gratitude Corner is a new feature in our newsletter where we can express our appreciation and gratitude for all the efforts made by each of us to make St. Brendan's a better place and to God for his presence with us.

Please send your expressions of appreciation and gratitude to to be included in the newsletter and website or you can submit them on the website.  

One of the best ways to show our gratitude for everything happening at St. Brendan's is to volunteer to help.  If you have not filled in a Time and Talent Survey yet, they will be available during coffee hour and can be submitted on the website by scrolling down to the bottom of the Stewardship page: Time and Talent   


Stewardship Update 
THANK YOU!! All but a handful of us have been able to pledge for next year.  With the pledges received in the last few weeks we have reached the amount raised last year and have a little toward the increased costs for music and cleaning.  We hope to come close to our goal once all the pledges are in. If you have not been able to make your pledge yet, we invite you to do so soon. 
Confidential Pledges can be made on the website by clicking  PLEDGE.  
Or email your pledge to Carolyn Mor at   

If you have any questions about the pledging process, or if you would prefer a mail-in pledge card, please contact Miriam Antich at



 Jackie Wilson -Oct 6                        Isabelle Hulsey- 7
 Karen Egerton - 10                            Kathy Burton - 15
 Julia Walkling - 20                           N ancy Green - 20
 Linda Shepard-26                            Carolyn Mor - 29
 Regina Christianson- 21                  KC Morrish - 22 
 Edward Dufresne -21                


Welcoming and Hospitality Ministry

A new ministry that will focus on Welcoming and Hospitality is being formed.
The first meeting is Friday October 4, at 2 p.m.  Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend as we meet to get this ministry started.   
Weeding Party Saturday at St. Brendan's  
Saturday, October 5, 9:15am.  Three people are already planning to be there so there is a party whether anyone else can show up or not.  The more the merrier and the more we can accomplish in two hours or less. I will bring extras from my motley collection of tools and we can rustle up some "s it-upons" to preserve cranky knees.  Coffee and muffins on the porch.
-Jo Jacob 
Take a Stroll - The Library is Open 
Did you know that just a few feet away from where you enjoy your Sunday morning coffee and refreshments is the St. Brendan's Library?  
Our library is open and awaits your visit. Come browse and take out a book for
leisure reading.  All books are shelved and labeled for easy access; simply search inthe category you are interested in.  There are many "gems" and good finds here.  A Bible anyone? Or a book on Spiritual Life? Or an addition to your Meditation and Prayer collection?  There are also books on Theology, Church History and even Children's Books, etc. An honor system for loaning out books is in place with instructions posted in the library and in the library notebook found on the music stand. The Library Committee hopes you will find St. Brendan's Library a positive addition to our outreach and education.  Please invite your friends to visit the library with you.
Library Committee: Meg Graham, Marilyn Verhey, Mickey Jacoba 


Community Conversation with Community Compass 

Sunday, October 13th, following our service we will have Robert Holmberg, President of Community Compass, Linda Shepard and Elaine Hewes speak about the organization wh ich is committed to helping people help themselves out of poverty.




Click the Red Text above to see the list of toys wished for.  There is a festive box near the Church entrance which awaits your generosity.  

Of course, your financial donations are also welcome.  You can either make a payment to St. Brendan's, marked for Alfred's Christmas Fund, or send a payment to:

"Alfred's Christmas Fund"
c/o Bobbi Billings 
300 Sunshine Road 
Deer Isle, ME  04627  
In the Gallery, September brings

September 24-October 6 
Tuesday-Sunday, 10-5

mustard seed

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost:  
Today's liturgy focuses on faith. In the gospel reading, the disciples ask Jesus to increase their faith. His response is to teach that faith is expressed by being God's obedient servants, not doing so in expectation of a reward.
The prophet Habakkuk, writing at a time when powerful enemies threatened the very existence of Israel, also speaks of faith. After describing the terrible power of their foes, he brings a message from God that the day is coming when God will intervene on the people's behalf. The prophet says that, while the proud will be destroyed, the righteous will live by their faith.
The second reading is from the second letter to Timothy. The writer, after reminding Timothy of his heritage of a faithful family, speaks of his own vocation. Paul as a herald, apostle, and teacher has persevered, certain that God will be faithful to the promise to all people.
We gather as people on pilgrimage toward God. Like our forebears, the outcome of our journey cannot be seen now, but we trust that it will bring us to our true home with God. Faith is not merely a vague yearning for God, nor is it summed up in believing the correct doctrines about God. It is remaining true to God's call as we persevere in the journey as obedient servants.    
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:
Marshall Rice, Rosanne McFarland, Fred Newman, Susan Todd, Roseanna and husband Jason, Ralph and Sandy Drayer, James Budd, Mary Ann Shaw, Pam Neff, Michelle Price, Jesse Zorski, Craig Harriman, Lindsey Bowker,  Rev. Edward Dufresne, Margaret Ann Crumlish, Reed Henderson, , 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 and their caregivers.

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 including Ken Mason, who died on Wednesday, September 4 and Kevin Gibbons who died September 13.  We remember also those who mourn including the family of Linda Peterson. 

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 and workplaces.

We pray for all peacemakers, and all those who work for justice, may we be found in their ranks.

We pray for all those serving in the armed forces of our country, remembering, especially, Craig, Chris, Graham, and Caleb.
We pray for Justin, Archbishop of Canterbury; Suheil, Bishop of Jerusalem; Michael, our Presiding Bishop; Thomas, 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   Trinity Church, Saco, St. George's, York Harbor,  For Seeds of Hope Neighborhood Center in Biddeford and For fulfilling the basic right of all people to adequate shelter as we approach World Habitat Day. 
In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer , we pray for the Church of Wales and  
The Most Revd John Davies - Archbishop of Wales & Bishop of Swansea & Brecon.
On the Island and Peninsula,  we pray for Eggemoggin Reach Society of Friends, Sargentville

                                                 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

Bill Scaife-Treasurer (413) 531-1762
Barbara Kourajian-Clerk 326-9153 
Meg Graham 348-2639
Miriam Antich 972-849-7907
Tom van Buren 348-6471

Pastoral Care: 
  Diane Greenlaw   460-7230 

Prayer List Requests: