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

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
September 29, 2019

Plea se welcome The Rev. Lev Sherman who will preside  
at our service this Sunday.  


The Episcopal Church of the Province of New England

All are Welcome

Sunday, September 29, 2019 
 10 a.m. Holy Eucharist
Readings for the Sixteenth 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 :
Sunday, September 29     10 a.m. Holy Eucharist with the Rev. Dr.                                                         Richard Mallory  followed by Sermon Talk-Back
                                     3-5pm DIAA Exhibit reception  
Monday, September 30     4:30 p.m. Silent Meditation/ Centering Prayer
Tuesday October 1           4 p.m. Discussion on Race Continues
Wednesday, October 2    11:00 a.m.Tai Chi for beginners
                                        4:00 p.m. Choir Rehearsal (note time change)    
Thursday, October 3       10:00a.m. Education and Spiritual Development Mtg 
Sunday, October 6          10:00a.m. Holy Eucharist with the Rev Karen Egerton
Looking Ahead:

Sunday, October 13        11:30am Community Compass Event (see below)
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 



The Gratitude Corner

Many thanks for everyone's contributions of time and talent made to enrich St. Brendan's ministries:  to Joan Maxwell and Chick White for a wonderful Coffee Hour, to Tom and Ann van Buren and outreach committee for Readings by the Deer Isle Writers, to Skip for his ministry to Marsha Scott, and to everyone who has added some toys to the big Alfred's Fund box by the door.
Submitted in the gratitude book:  
Thanks to Jo for the lovely flowers today and to Miriam for all the ways  she creates hospitality and Welcoming.

Thank you to all the generous members of St. Brendan's who share their resources through our outreach efforts and other endeavors to support those in need and to let people know how much God loves them.  Skip Greenlaw

Grateful to the young people who invite us to take care of each other and the earth. 

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.


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   


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   


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                            Nancy Green - 20
Regina Christianson- 21                KC Morrish - 22
                Linda Shepard-26                              Carolyn Mor - 29


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.

Readings from the Dear Isle Writers

I am grateful for St. Brendan's as a place for creativity, nurturing, and spiritual life. It was a joy to hear the Deer Isle Writers read their work on September 25th.  Poetry and prose by Dee Immonen, Hendrik Gideonse, Deb Marshall, Judith O'Callahan, Anne Burton, Mickey Jacoba, Lannie Anderson, Connie Carroll, Nancy Hodermarsky, Brenda Gilchrist, Kate Caldwell, Dottie Bonnet, and Jane LaChance filled the sanctuary. Many thanks to the Outreach committee for hosting the creative endeavors of our parishioners and friends. A special thanks to Miram Antich, for sharing her birthday evening with the church! Happy Birthday, Miriam!  Thanks also to the other parishioners and guests of St. Brendan's who were such an appreciative audience. As ever, I am thankful to my husband, Tom van Buren, for his continued support of my poetry habit and for setting up the sound and documenting the event.  
Additional Outreach this Summer 
I am also grateful to St. Brendan's for hosting events in support of H.O.M.E., VHCJR, and other community organizations that help people in need. Since Tracey Hare visited the church in June, the organization sponsored a craft sale in our parish hall. It was wonderful to be able to support the residents of H.O.M.E. in their efforts to earn a living through their handmade crafts. I would recommend stopping by H.O.M.E. for holiday shopping. It is wonderful to know that we are supporting fellow members of our community with our purchases. And I love the quilts, baskets, fir pillows and other beautiful objects that will be under this year's Christmas tree!  

The talk from fellow parishioner, Caroline Mor, and other representatives from Volunteers for Hancock County Jail Residents, was another highlight of this summer's events at St. Brendan's. So many people in our community find themselves in times of trouble and hardship and I always wonder how it is possible to help. It is good to know about the volunteer opportunities at  the jail, in Ellsworth. And it is good to remember the many people who are incarcerated- often because of an inability to pay a fine or because of an insurmountable drug addiction. I am going to include both organizations in my annual giving, and I hope to be "feet on the ground" in the future.
Ann van Buren  



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

Fall Coffee Hour Sign-Up 
Please sign-Up to Help with Coffee Hour - See the Sign-Up on thw Bulletin Board!
In the Gallery, September brings

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

Reception with Artists 
Sunday, September 29 
3-5 PM

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost:  
We invite you to be a part of our celebration of Jesus Christ dying and rising in the midst of His people. In the gospel reading today, we hear his -parable of Dives and Lazarus with its warning that failure to respond to the gospel in ministry to others can result in losing our place in his Kingdom. Christian living includes care for the poor, the sick and the helpless, actions fully as holy as worship and prayer.

In a similar vein to the gospel reading, the prophet Amos warns the rich of his own day. Their indolent enjoyment of their own riches, combined with lack of concern for the poor and needy, will lead to their exile from God's land and presence. Amos's prophecy came true when in 722 B.C. the Assyrians destroyed Israel and the wealthy nobles were the first to go into exile.

Again, today, we read from the first epistle of Timothy. This book of practical advice for Christian living urges that the Christian man or woman remain faithful to Christ's commandments. Furthermore, the rich within the Christian community are to practice generosity, lest their riches become a barrier to the new life in Christ, which God has given us.

When we celebrate the Eucharist, we gather as one people regardless of our material or social standing. As disciples we respond to God's love in worship and are sent forth to embody that love of God in concrete acts of care for the poor and helpless.

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  The congregations of  the Episcopal Church of Saints Matthew & Barnabas, Hallowell  Emmanuel Lutheran Episcopal Church, Augusta and For the Maine Council of Churches and all of our ecumenical and interfaith partners. 
In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer , We Pray for the Episcopal Church and
The Most Revd Michael Curry - Presiding Bishop of TEC 
On the Island and Peninsula,  we pray for the for the Soul's Outreach Church, Sedgwick

                                                 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: