St. Brendan the Navigator Episcopal Church
Our Mission: "To Love, Praise, Welcome and Serve" 
              
                                  
              
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Fifthteenth Sunday after Pentecost
September 22, 2019
      



                    
 
Plea se welcome The Rev. Lev Sherman who will preside  
at our service this Sunday.  
                                       
 
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The Episcopal Church of the Province of New England


   
All are Welcome

Sunday, September 22, 2019 
     
 
 10 a.m. Holy Eucharist
     
Readings for the Fifthteenth Sunday after Pentecost:
(Please see scripture notes below)
 
   
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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, September 22
                                       10 a.m. Holy Eucharist with the Rev. Lev Sherman  
                                      
Monday, September 23        4:30 p.m. Silent Meditation/ Centering Prayer
 
Tuesday September 24        3 p.m. Discussion on Race Continues
 
Wednesday, September 25   11:00 a.m.Tai Chi for beginners
                                          4:30 p.m. Choir Rehearsal     
                                          7:00 p.m. Deer Isle Writers at St. Brendan's      
                                                         ( Click Writers for more information)
                                        
Sunday, September 29        10:00a.m. Holy Eucharist with                                                                           the Rev. Dr. Richard Mallory 
                                        11:30a.m. Sermon Talk-back                       
 
 
 
 For up-to-date information on events at St. Brendan's c lick:                              Events Page Calendar
 
  Click the picture above to visit our website 
 
 
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Please refer to the links below for minutes of the August 13th Vestry meeting, as well as a financial summary by Treasurer Bill Scaife.     
                 

                                    August 13, 2019 Vestry Meeting Minutes




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The Gratitude Corner

Many thanks for everyone's contributions of time and talent made to enrich St. Brendan's ministries:  to Martha and Pete Dane for a wonderful Coffee Hour and all who assisted with clean-up, to Skip for mowing the grass this summer, to the Worship Ministry who planned the Island Nursing Home service and everyone who went to help and be part of that service, to Tom and Ann van Buren and outreach committee for all the events they have hosted over the past few months as well as those now being planned and to Connie for our music which allows us to give voice to our gratitude to God. 
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Submitted online:  We are grateful for God's loving presence supporting all we try to do and be at St Brendan's. 


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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 mantichino@gmail.com 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   
 
 

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Pledges are continuing to be received.  If you have not been able to make your pledge yet, we invite you to do so soon.  A healthy Stewardship Campaign is vital to assuring potential Search Candidates that we are able to support a part-time priest.  Your Pledge can be placed in the offering basket any Sunday and there are extra pledge forms available at each service.  Confidential Pledges can also be made on the website by clicking  PLEDGE.  
 
You may also e-mail your pledge to Carolyn Mor at saintbrendantreasurer@gmail.com.   

THANK YOU!! 

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


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September

Vesta Kowalski - 1
Donna Downs - 8
Bob Walkling and & Jo Jacobs- 11
Curtis Flowers- 17
Allen Downs - 24
Alan Flowers- 24
Miriam Antich - 25
Jane March- 28
Barbara Kourajian - 28
Ann van Buren 



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We Want your Feedback!!

The Worship and Music Ministry is beginning planning for the coming year. 
We would like input on your experience of Sunday worship and lay-led services these past six months.  Please click the link below to respond to a few questions.  We look forward to hearing from both year-round and seasonal members.  Thank you!  
   

 
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Short Book Review
THE COURAGE TO BE
by: Paul Tillich
 
A Book Available to You in the St. Brendan's Library
 
Reading recent publications in the field of religion, theology,
spirituality brings insights and understanding that often help
to deepen and strengthen our faith. And it is also true that many
books in these areas of interest bear well through the passage of
time and continue to guide and challenge us. (Who would say a
rereading or a first reading of WINNIE THE POOH was a total
waste of time?)
 
THE COURAGE TO BE by Paul Tillich is one such book and
seems timely especially for those at St. Brendan's who have
heard sermons or sermon "feedbacks", or who have been recent
participants in Dr. Richard Mallory's discussion of depth psychology
and the Jacob saga. Individuation and Participation, concepts
explored by Mallory, are central also to Tillich as he explores their
relationship to courage and anxiety. He asserts that it is in the
unification of these two that we find the true "courage to be."
 
After opening with a discussion of courage, Tillich differentiates
between anxiety and fear and distinguishes three types of what
he terms existential anxiety; anxiety we all face: that of fate and
death, emptiness and loss of meaning, and guilt and condemnation.  
The first of these, anxiety of death is the most basic. The anxiety of
meaninglessness he describes as the most pervasive and destructive
to spiritual life; this for Tillich is spiritual anxiety. The last of these,
guilt and condemnation, can result in self-rejection or a "conscious
choice of nonbeing."
 
In the last chapter, "Transcendence and Courage," religion is presented
as the realm where the power to be can be accessed. Faith, Tillich argues,
uses despair and hope as tools in realistically facing life. Faith gives
us a way to embrace doubt, despair, and ambiguity and in the end enables
us to overcome anxiety and affirm the power of being-itself. Literally,
it gives us the courage "to be."

 
       -Mickey Jacoba

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St. Brendan's Outreach presents Deer Isle Writers reading from their work, followed by an open reading.  Please come and support our community of creative writers.

Admission is free, but donations to St. Brendan's Outreach ministry efforts are welcome.   
 
September 25th, from 7-9 PM, at St. Brendan's

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HELP FILL THE BOX!

 

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
 
 
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Fall Coffee Hour Sign-Up 
 
Please sign-Up to Help with Coffee Hour - See the Sign-Up on thw Bulletin Board!
 
 
 
 







Fifthteenth Sunday after Pentecost:  
 
In the liturgy, the spiritual and the material are joined in Holy Communion. This reflects the Christian concern with both matter and spirit. We cannot be faithful to the gospel if we limit our values to either one alone. 

Today's gospel reading about the unjust steward makes the point that how we use our material wealth is directly related to our relationship with God. If a "worldly" person like the steward uses money to secure friends, how much more should we, the children of God, use our material wealth to gain favor with God and our fellow human beings.

The first reading from the prophet Amos speaks to those whose material greed leads them to ignore the plight of the poor and helpless. He warns that a society that cares primarily for profit and acquisition will be destroyed by its own greed.

Today we continue the series of readings from the first epistle to Timothy. These letters, written after Paul's death by his followers, give practical advice to Christian communities about church life. The church is to be an intercessory body of people who, through their prayer for all persons (even the emperor, their enemy), are the means of bringing about God's salvation.

God's love is for all of creation and we are called in both liturgical worship and daily living to be God's instrument in bringing everything and everyone into God's Kingdom.


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.   
                                                                                        Amen
 
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  St. Michael's, Auburn;Trinity, Lewiston and For all ministries of racial reconciliation and racial justice.
 
In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer we pray for  the Church of the Province of Uganda;  The Most Revd Stanley Ntagali - Archbishop of Uganda & and Bishop of Kampala.

On the Island and Peninsula,  we pray for the for the Gallilean Gospel Church Stonnington

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                                                 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
E-mail: office@stbrendans-me.org

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
lisingo@msn.com

Josephine Jacob, Junior Warden         
Tel: 207-348-6997 / Cell: 207-664-4884
josephinejacob30 @gmail.com

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:  mantichino@gmail.com