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

Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost
September 9, 2018

    Please welcome back The Reverend Vesta Kowalski                          
    who will preside at our service this Sunday.  
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Sunday, September 9, 2018

10:00am, 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:
      Friday, September 7    -     10am Vestry Meeting
      Sunday, September 9  -     10am Holy Eucharist with The Rev. Vesta Kowalski
                                             Worship and Music Ministry Meeting
Monday, September 10  -    10am  Timely Traders
                                             3pm Bible Study
                                             4 :30pm  Meditation/ Silent Prayer       
      Wednesday September 12 - 4:30 Choir Practice                                                                                                                        
      Sunday, September 16   -  10am Holy Eucharist with The Rev. Vesta Kowalski
                                             Eucharistic Visitor and Atler Guild Meeting
    Click here to visit the   Events Page Calendar   on the website for  
  up-to-date information.  


Special Parish Meeting Follow-up  
Thanks to everyone who participated in the August 26th Special Parish Meeting.  
The Vestry/Renewal Team, joined by Fr. Dufresne, will be meeting September 7th  to discuss the meeting outcomes and more important consider opportunities to invite and encourage greater sharing of thoughts and ideas.  
Minutes of the meeting and the Resolution that was adopted are posted below. 
      Thank you for your continuing involvement and support of St. Brendan's! 
Lis Ingoldsby
Senior Warden
On behalf of the Vestry/Renewal Team
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The following resolution was passed by a majority vote* at the Special Parish Meeting 8/26/18:
Whereas the Diocese of Maine has given its consent for St. Brendan's to begin a search process for a 1/3-time priest-in-charge once the full funding for this ministry is secured in confirmed pledges;
And, whereas the Vestry has confirmed that, while conducting its own Search process, St. Brendan's may partner with Trinity Episcopal Church, Castine to secure, if possible, a single priest to pursue two separate part-time ministries in each congregation;
It is therefore resolved that St. Brendan's will conduct an every-member-contact stewardship campaign beginning Sunday, August 26 in order to secure the required $16,000 in additional pledged giving that will be necessary to support a 1/3-time priest in charge;
And, it is further resolved that, if the goal of $16,000 in confirmed pledging is reached, the congregation will consider entering into a Search process and appointing a Discernment Committee under the direction of the Diocese for a new priestly ministry;
And, finally it is resolved that, once the pledging goal is reached which will complete goal #5 of the St. Brendan's Renewal Plan, the congregation's renewal period will come to a close with all eleven Renewal Goals achieved.
Please note: the vote for the resolution was by a majority...not unanimously as reported in the September 2nd edition of this newsletter. Apologies for the error !
2019 Stewardship 
Passage of the Resolution above signaled the launch of our 2019 Stewardship Campaign, one that will help determine the path for St.Brendan's future. Please click the link below to read the Stewardship letter, print out a pledge form or you can make a confidential pledge online.
Thank you for your support of St. Brendan's! 
"Kaleidoscoping Christianity"
Beginning September 23rd: A six-week exploration at Reversing Falls Sanctuary toward a deeper understanding of the Christian faith in these days (wrestling with the tradition all the way to mystery).
Pastors, priests, professors and poets rooted in the Christian tradition and active in the Christian community will share ways in which they have taken some of the traditional symbols, words, and teachings of the Christian Church and have "breathed new life into them" through a process of deconstruction and reconstruction. Just as a kaleidoscope uses pieces of colored glass, rearranging them in new patterns for new visions and insights, these faith leaders will speak   of the ways they have broken open and rearranged pieces of the Christian  tradition in an effort to uncover the life and fire and mystery that lies at the    heart of the faith.
Each gathering is on Sunday afternoon, beginning at 4:00, and wrapping up about 5:30, with time before and after for participants to view art work done by local artists reflecting the themes of the series. The first Sunday, September 23, Rob McCall will offer "An Obscure Lecture on Natural Theology."
All are welcome. For information, click on this link: Reversing Falls Web Site 

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost: 
The Gospel reading today contains two healing stories. In the first, Jesus astounds 
the disciples by healing the daughter of a Gentile woman, an act unheard of in his day. Then he heals a man who is deaf and mute. These healings, like the others in the Gospel, is for Mark a sign that Jesus is the Son of God. Jesus' attempt to prevent the healing being made known, and the crowd's amazement at this event, is a characteristic of Mark's Gospel. Also characteristic of Mark is that the people healed are in every case people who were rejected by traditional religious leaders.

In our first reading, we continue to read portions of the Wisdom writings. Proverbs is one of the more important of those writings. Today we are reminded that the wise person is concerned for a good name more than for riches. To do good for those in need is the way of Wisdom.

Today we continue reading the Epistle of James. This brief letter, ascribed to Jesus' brother, is strikingly similar in tone and content to the Sermon on the Mount. James 
is particularly concerned that belief in God be accompanied by conduct congruent 
with that faith. Above all, James is concerned lest we settle for faith which does not produce good works for others, especially the poor and helpless. Faith without good works is an empty faith.

The People of God gather, week by week, to meet Christ, dying and rising in our midst. His presence is revealed in our liturgical gatherings in Word and Sacrament, and in us, as members of his Body, by our daily lives of ministry to others in concrete acts of love and caring.
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 in special need of our prayers: Pam Neff, Michelle Price, Michael Dunn, Donna Hallen, Kevin Zorski, Jesse Zorski, Ben Elkington, Craig Harriman, Roger Ingoldsby, Barbara Branum, Lindsey Bowker, Jerry Shepard and Linda, Sidney Peck, Linda,  Rev. Edward Dufresne, Margaret Ann Crumlish, Reed and Micki Henderson, William Rice Sr., Gray Pierson and the entire Stewart Pierson Jr. family   , Ross Gagnon, Nancy Boothby, Reed and Micki Henderson  Cody Roberts, 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 Isobelle Hulsey, Jennifer Hulsey and her family Byron, Ben, and Clair, and Gary and Susie Silman. 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, Graham, and Caleb.

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 t he  congregations of St. Peter's Bridgton and St. Ann's Windham, f or  students and educators in the new school year and   all Christian Education and Sunday School programs.
In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for The Province of the Episcopal Church in South Sudan.

On the Island and Peninsula, we pray for The Deer Isle Congregational Church.

                                                 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

Pete Dane-Treasurer 348-5245 
Barbara Kourajian-Clerk 326-9153 
Meg Graham 348-2639
Miriam Antich 972-849-7907
Tom van Buren 348-6471

Pastoral Care: 
Carolyn Mor   374-2179
Diane Greenlaw   460-7230 

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