St. Brendan the Navigator Episcopal Church

             The  Navigator    

Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost
      September 3, 2017

                Please welcome The Reverend Canon Michael Ambler 
    who will preside at our service  this Sunday.

The Episcopal Church of the Province of New England

  All are Welcome!

           Sunday, September 3, 2017
           10 am:  Holy Eucharist 
Readings for the Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost :   

(Please see scripture Notes Below) 



On the Calendar: 
Sunday, September 3             -             10am - H oly Eucharist with The Rev. Canon Michael                                                                                         Ambler, followed by a parish conversation. 
             Monday, September 4             -             9:30-12pm  Parenting and Children group  
                                                  -            11am  Timely Traders Investment Group       
                                                  -            4:30pm  Silent Meditation
      Wednesday, September 6        -            4pm  Choir Rehearsal
      Thursday, September 7           -            6:30  Children and Parenting meeting
            Sunday, September 10th         -            9am   Finding Joy with The Rev. Dr. Edward Dufresne 
                                                  -            10am  Holy Eucharist with The Rev. Edward Dufresne 
                                                  -            11:30  Parish Meeting (please see notice below) 
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   St. Brendan the Navigator
                      Parish Renewal Plan 

Vestry/Renewal Team Update:
Dear members of St. Brendan's,
In preparation for developing a Mission Statement and a Values Statement at the parish meeting following worship on Sunday, September 10, the Vestry/Renewal Team proposes the following two models that might  
serve as a starting point for crafting a single parish mission statement:
  1.  The Mission of St. Brendan the Navigator Episcopal Church is to love, serve and praise:
      • to love one another as Christ loves us,
      • to serve the needs of each other and those on the island and beyond, 
      • to praise God in all things.
2. The Mission of St. Brendan the Navigator Episcopal Church is to love one another as Christ loves us, to support each other on our journey in faith, and to minister to the needs of those on  
the island and beyond.
Our task at the meeting will be to consider adopting a single Mission Statement that will drive our life and  
work as a congregation for the next 13 months of the parish renewal period.  The Vestry/Renewal Team
suggests the following criteria to inform our deliberations at the meeting: 
The parish mission statement should be:
      1. Memorable and
      2. Memorizable: people need to be able to recall from memory at least the important features of the statement;
      3. Definitive: the statement should define who we are at St. Brendan's and where we should be headed as God's people;
      4. Distinctive, recalling what makes us unique as a parish;
      5. Comprehensive:  it speaks in relevant ways to all we try to do and be, especially in this time of transition and renewal;
      6. Comprehensible, easily understood by all.
      7. Succinct enough to be useful in all our publications and publicity;
In addition, the Vestry/Renewal Team proposes that we consider adopting a set of values to guide us in how we work together as a parish.  Here is a proposed Values Statement to serve as a possible guide for our work at the meeting:
These are our values at St. Brendan the Navigator Episcopal Church.  
We will:  
  • Treat 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;
  • Learn from our past and look to the future with hope.
At the end of this process, we hope to have a Parish Mission Statement, and a Parish Values Statement that, combined with the already-adopted Parish Renewal Plan, will set our agenda and guide our work and life at St. Brendan's into the new year.
We look forward to engaging together in this exciting and important work on Sunday, September 10,
following worship!
St. Brendan's Vestry/Parish Renewal Team 
To Download a copy of this update/letter please click on link below:     
The Vestry met August 15th to start the work of implementing the Parish Renewal Plan adopted by the  
Parish August 13th. We discussed the importance of communicating to our parishioners throughout this process. The Renewal Plan, minutes of Vestry meetings, and monthly financial summaries will be posted in The Navigator e-Newsletter, on the website, and in the church.   

The Vestry also met August 24th and 31st to consider and finalize drafts for two mission statements, along with a set of proposed values, to be presented at our Parish Meeting September 10th.  We continued the discussion around organizing for the various ministries, components of the ministry descriptions, and how to best utilize the talents of our parishioners for these ministries.    
To Download Copies of the 8/15/17 and 8/24/17 Vestry Meeting Minutes, please click on links below:  
Please read the weekly Navigator.  
We have much to communicate in the weeks ahead.    
Pursuant of Article IV, Section 1, of the Bylaws notice is hereby given by the Vestry that a Special Meeting  
of the Members of St. Brendan the Navigator shall be held on Sunday, September 10, 2017, at 11:15 a.m.
to conduct the following business:
1. Consider the adoption of a Mission Statement and a Values Statement to  
          accompany the Parish Renewal Plan of St. Brendan the Navigator.
Dated: August 24, 2017
                                                                     S/Barbara Kourajian, Clerk
                                                                          For the Vestry

Last Session Next Sunday!

The Reverend Dr. Edward Dufresne+ will conduct the final group discussion on  
the topic, "Finding Joy" at 9am Sunday, September 10th.

The main text for discussion is The Book of Joy by the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu,
(Avery, New York, 2016). For this fourth session please read:  pp 277-348 - Being One  
with the World and pp171-190 - Joy in Being One with the Sacred.  

All are welcome!  
Women's Wildreness Adventure: Last Call! 
Adventure o opportunity awaits for a few intrepid St. Brendan's women!!
There are one or two availabilities for the Wilderness trip that has been a memorable  
and enjoyable experience every year. This year the trip is booked for September 11-14 at Katahdin Lake Wilderness Camps- located in an ideal and secluded setting in Baxter State Park.  
If you are adventuresome and interested, please contact Martha Dane (348-5245), Patricia Donahue (348-6401) , or Chick White (348-7746) for more details and/or to sign up.   
Note: A deposit of $222 will needed by Monday September 4th in order to secure a reservation.
Upcoming Event of Interest September 14th:  

Scripture Notes for The Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost
Beginning with today's Gospel reading, the ministry of Jesus is  directed toward his approaching 
death and resurrection and his preparing the disciples for that  event. Peter, who moments before 
expressed his faith in Jesus as the Messiah, now recoils at the  thought of Jesus' death. Jesus 
begins  to explain that the way into the Kingdom of God is  sacrifice. His death and resurrection 
will be the model for that way.
Last Sunday, we heard of the birth of Moses into slavery, and his adoption by the daughter of the
Egyptian king. Now as a young man, he has fled Egypt to escape punishment for killing an
Egyptian who was mistreating a Hebrew slave. At Horeb, also called Mount Sinai, God revealed
himself and sent Moses to set the people of Israel free from their slavery.
Today's passage from the Epistle to the Romans deals with the characteristics of Christian living.
Note that we are called to love each other and to recognize that our lives are completely bound
up in the lives of our brothers and sisters.
We are given many ways of ministering and the Eucharist is a model of our ministry in caring for
others and the world. In the Eucharist, by remembering Christ's dying and rising, we become
participants in God's redemptive action. Our own lives are filled with meaning because we share
in his life, death, and resurrection.
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,  Jan Place, 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, 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, especially Bob Harris. 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  

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the summer chapel congregations of St. Andrew's, Newcastle, St. Mary & St. Jude, Northeast Harbor. For all the Deacons of the Diocese of Maine.  
In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for San Diego - (VIII, The Episcopal Church), San Joaquin - (VIII, The Episcopal Church)
On the Island and Peninsula, we pray for Sunshine Advent Christian Church, Deer Isle.
A Note of thanks: 
As some people are leaving for the winter, I won't be able to see all of you and thank you personally. Thanks for your prayers. My surgery and continuing recuperation have been successful. I also want to thank people who helped more actively by driving me and bringing me food. We are blessed to be together in our Christian community.
Ann Ottesen 

                                                    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