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

Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost
      September 17, 2017

              Please welcome back The Reverend Vesta Kowalski
  who will preside at our service  this Sunday.

The Episcopal Church of the Province of New England

  All are Welcome!

           Sunday, September 17, 2017
           10 am:  Holy Eucharist 
Readings for the Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost :     

(Please see scripture Notes Below) 



On the Calendar: 
      Sunday, September 17        - 10 am  Holy Eucharist with Rev. Vesta Kowalski
                                             - 11:15 Worship Committee Meeting
       Monday September 18        -  9:30-11am Parenting and Children group
                                             -  11am  Timely Traders Investment Group                                                             -  4:30pm  Silent Meditation/ Centering Prayer
Tuesday, September 19      -  3pm Renewal Team/Vestry Meeting    
Wednesday, September 13   - 4 pm   Choir Rehearsal
Sunday, September 24        - 10 am Holy Eucharist with The Rev. Stephen                                                                               Hayward 
Saturday, October 7           -  9-11am  Ministry Launch Meeting (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 

             Parish Renewal Plan Report  
Two Goals Accomplished,  Three Goals In Process of Being Accomplished,  
  Six Goals -Not Yet Accomplished  (as of 9-17-17).  
Please Note:  
In the Plan Report linked below,  
         - Goals accomplished are represented in green
  - Goals in process are indicated in blue
  - Goals yet to be addressed are indicated in red 
To Review the complete Report on Renewal Plan Progress,  
                       please click link below: 
                  Renewal Plan Report # 
Commitment to Parish Renewal (Accomplished 8-13-17)
  1. Commit to a Plan for Parish Renewal and establish a Parish Renewal Team to coordinate and report to the Vestry on the implementation of the Plan;
   Mission Statement (Accomplished 9-10-17)
     3. Revisit, possibly revise and adopt a Parish Mission Statement that will          inform and guide every aspect of parish life;  
Update on Goal #3: 
Sunday, September 10th, St. Brendan's unanimously adopted the following Mission Statement and set of values that will drive our life and work as a congregation for the next 13 months of the parish renewal period.  
The Mission of St. Brendan the Navigator Episcopal Church is to
love, praise, welcome, and serve:
· To 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.
These are our values at St. Brendan the Navigator Episcopal Church.  We will:
· Welcome others with respect and compassion;
· Listen to others with trust and appreciation ;
· Seek God's goodness in each person;
· Strive for consensus and work collaboratively;
· Join in acts of loving kindness;
· Share our faith joyfully across the generations;
· Engage as many of our parishioners as possible, year-round,                     in our common life and min istries;
  . Learn from our past and look to the future with hope.
  Goal #10 - Leadership for Ministry (in Process of Being Accomplished)
10. Adopt an efficient and accountable leadership structure for the Vestry and the Parish, possibly dividing the work into five parish Ministries, Worship and Music, Education and Spiritual Development, Outreach and Evangelism, Stewardship and Finance and Pastoral Care and establish Ministry Descriptions for all leadership and ministry positions;
Update on Goal #10:
The Vestry/Renewal Team has met for the past several weeks to discern the Ministries of St. Brendan's and name Vestry Advocates to be responsible for each ministry area:
______Ministry                                                            Vestry Advocate
Worship & Music (includes Altar Guild & Flowers)             Barbara Kourajian
Education & Spiritual Development                                 Peter Tarlton
Outreach & Evangelism                                                 Richard Paget
Pastoral Care                                                               Miriam Antich
Stewardship & Finance                                                  Pete Dane
Property Management                                                   Jo Jacob  
Ministry Descriptions:
  • The Vestry/Renewal Team has also - with the consultation and guidance of Fr. Dufresne - drafted and approved a template to be used in developing Ministry Descriptions for each ministry area.
  • The Ministry Description delineates the areas of authority, responsibility and lines of accountability for the parish ministry.
  • A copy of this Ministry Description template is attached:
  •  Once finalized, each Ministry Description will be reviewed by the Vestry for adoption as a Continuing Resolution, establishing a policy and framework for the ongoing work of St. Brendan's.
Next Steps:
Ministry Launch Meeting October 7th:
There will be a Ministry Launch Meeting Saturday, October 7th from 9-11am 
for all those involved and interested in serving, to meet and develop Ministry Descriptions for the work of St. Brendan's as we move forward with implementing our Parish Renewal Plan.
Those who are  - or would like to be - involved but are not able to attend are invited to contact the Vestry Advocate(s) for the Ministry area(s) of interest.  
  Information Links:
Please click on the link below for the Parish Renewal Plan in detail, as approved by the Parish August 13, 2017:
           St. Brendan's Parish Renewal Plan

      The Plan is also available on our web site: Renewal Plan

Summary of September 6, 2017 Vestry/Renewal Team Minutes:   
The Vestry approved a request from the Buildings & Grounds Committee for  $4,725 to pave the highway end of the driveway, move the boulders needed to complete the side flower bed, remove the granite pieces on the old stairs at the front of the church, and improve the drainage on the driveway side of the old church building to keep water from flowing down to the basement windows.
The Renewal Team/Vestry continued its discussion and consideration  of mission and values statement(s), model Ministry descriptions and formation of the various Ministry areas.  
September 6, 2017 Vestry/Renewal Team Meeting Minutes: 
  Minutes of the September 10, 2017 Parish Meeting:
August, 2017 Financial Update Summary:
Note from Our Treasurer:
Below is a summary Income and Expense Statement through August 2017. It shows that not only do revenues appear to exceed budgetary projections but that so far expenses are less than projected. So while the Vestry took a plunge and adopted a deficit budget in order to increase priestly presence in the congregation's life, it appears at the moment that in fact that there is a good chance the actual revenue may in fact meet expenses. Except for one item... 
    August, 2017 Financial Summary:
                             August Financial Summary 
Reflection from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry  
on Post-Hurricane Relief
" It may be that we cannot solve everything, and we cannot do everything. But we can do something, no matter what,"
... Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry offers in a reflection.
Please click on link below for the video of the Presiding Bishop's reflection:
How You Can help  

About The Concert Across America
The Concert Across America will take place Sunday, Sept. 24th, the day before the date designated by Congress in 2007 as a day of remembrance for murder victims. This nationwide event will bring together a network of organizations, activists and artists with the dual goals of keeping guns out of dangerous hands and making the issue of illegal guns top of mind for members of Congress, the President and potential challengers, and the American people as they remained energized ahead of the 2018 and 2020 elections. In addition to grassroots concerts, a national sing a-long, spearheaded by Stop Handgun Violence in Boston, will take place in more than a hundred locations.
      For More information visit:   Concert Across America 

Scripture Notes for The Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost  
We continue to read from the section of Matthew's Gospel, which deals with God's forgiveness and our role in extending His forgiveness to all people. Peter
asks Jesus how many times he is to forgive someone who wrongs him.  In a parable, Jesus explains that God's forgiveness of us lays on us the obligations to forgive our brothers and sisters  unconditionally.
The first reading brings us to the most important event in the story of God and  
the people of  Israel. God saved them from the Egyptian army at the sea. The people were led to safety and  freedom. Jesus spoke of his own death and resurrection as his Exodus. We join him in that Exodus as God leads us to  
salvation through the waters of baptism.
Today we conclude reading through the Epistle to the Romans. Paul calls on Christians to refrain from judging one another. The differences between the  
ways various ones of us follow Christ are to be accepted. Our responsibility is  
to love God and each other.
We are a community marked by faith and obedience to God's Word. Our life reflects our relationship with God and our relationships with each other. We are  
to be a community marked  by acceptance of all and by forgiveness. Not a gathering of perfected saints - we are, rather, a  gathering of sinners who have known God's love and forgiveness and who in turn extend that  love and forgiveness 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.

In Our Prayers
We pray for those on our prayer list suffering and recovering from illnesses,  especially Wilma Turner, William, Pat Stoneburner, Tony Stoneburner, Holly, Carolyn Angel, Colin MacNaught, Shannon Cormier, Nancy Stearns, Daniel Harriman, Diane, John, Tom, Claudia, Kathy Gray, Hannah Scaife, Marcia Scott, Bob Harris, Sen. John McCain, Ann Ottesen, Henry 'Hank' Millon, Jennifer Hulsey and her family Byron, Ben, and Clair. 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, and Graham.

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 justice and peace in the world.
For the people and clergy of our Companion Diocese of Haiti.  
For our Jewish sisters and brothers who begin the celebration of Rosh Hashanah this week. 
In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for 
Sodor & Man - (York, England)
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