St. Brendan the Navigator Episcopal Church
Our Mission: "To Love, Praise, Welcome and Serve"
Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost
October 27, 2019
This Sunday at St. Brendan's:

10 :00 a.m. Holy Eucharist - Pastor Elaine Hewes, Celebrant

The Liturgy of the Word:

(See Scripture Notes below)
Weekly Calendar
Friday & Saturday, Oct. 25-26
Island Clean-Up (see below for more information)
Saturday, October 26
Diocesan Convention in Portland
(more information below)
Monday, October 28
4:30p.m.Meditation/ Silent Prayer
Tuesday, October 30   
4:00p.m. Discussion on Race continues
Wednesday, October 30
11:00 a.m. Tai Chi for beginners
4:00 p.m. Choir Rehearsal 
Friday, November 1
5:00p.m. All Saints Day Service
(more information below)
Sunday, November 3
10:00a.m. Holy Eucharist with the Rev. Barbara Clarke
200th Diocesan Convention
Saturday, October 26

Episcopalians from 59 parishes will meet to honor the bicentennial anniversary, conduct church business, elect deputies to General Convention and discuss various resolutions. Skip and Diane Greenlaw are our delegates to the Convention.

You can follow the proceedings HERE


The Seating of the Tenth Bishop of Maine
Cathedral of St. Luke, Portland 3:00 p.m.

All are welcome to attend the service or watch the livestream HERE

 
For further information including a link to download the worship booklet click HERE

All Saints' Day Service
The Worship and Music Ministry is planning a special service of music, prayers, silence, readings, and the lighting of candles to remember the victims of public gun violence in the United States this past year. Plan to attend this service on the Feast of All Saints, Friday, November 1 at 5:00 p.m.   This service is open to all and members of a number of peninsula churches will be participating. An informal gathering follows in the church hall.
The Gratitude Corner
Many thanks for everyone's contributions of time and talent made to enrich St. Brendan's ministries this week: to Linda Shepard for providing the wonderful apple treats and to Diane Greenlaw, Barbara Wright and all who stepped in to help with our coffee hour, to Rev. Dr. Regina Christianson for coming on short notice to preside at our service, to Barbara Kourajian and Miriam Antich for all their work on our newly designed newsletter, to Meg and Jo for the new doorbell by the back door which allows people to ring for assistance with the door if needed and to all members of St. Brendan's for their efforts to provide hospitality and welcome to all who join us on Sunday mornings. We are also grateful for the abundance of beauty on display around us each day on this lovely island.  

Woody expressed thanks and appreciation for all the meals being provided while Jane recovers from her surgery and Patricia expressed gratitude for the St. Brendan's community.
 

Please send your expressions of 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 to mantichino@gmail.com
or click below to submit on the website.
Celebrations
Jackie Wilson - 6
Karen Egerton - 10
Julia Walkling - 20
Regina Christianson- 21
KC Morrish - 22 
Carolyn Mor - 29
Isabelle Hulsey - 7
Kathy Burton - 15
Nancy Greene - 20
Edward Dufresne -21
Linda Shepard- 24
Island Clean Up

Let's keep our Island beautiful!

Anyone who is able is invited to pick up trash from the Island Nursing Home to Hardy's Hill Rd. from  October 25-27th.
 
There will be bags and litter pokers outside by the front door of the hall at church . You can leave the trash bags on the side of the road for pick-up on Sunday. Wear orange and bring your gloves and stout shoes or boots.

Please leave a note inside the box stating the area you covered. Questions? Call Jo Jacob at 348-6997.
Outreach News
Outreach Committee Meeting

The Outreach Committee meets at the end of the second week of the month. The last meeting was on October10 th . We have been working toward making donations and plans for the end of 2019. Our support over the year has been to Island Heating Assistance, H.O.M.E., and Volunteers for Hancock County Jail Residence. We are also supporting Community Compass, whose PALS parenting group meets in the Parish Hall on Monday morning under Linda Shepard’s direction. The latter three organizations have all sent representatives to meet with parishioners this past summer and Community Compass was represented on October 13th (see story below). 

Skip Greenlaw is working on holiday meals for the community. Jo Jacobs has been taking orders for Window Dressers inserts and a build is planned for December. There will be more information to follow in the coming weeks on both of these projects. For anyone interested, the next meeting is Thursday, November 14 th  at 10 a.m. Call-in information will be sent earlier that week.  Please feel free join us.
Community Conversations with Community Compass held on October 13th

St. Brendan’s recently welcomed representatives from Community Compass who, along with Linda Shepard, Skip Greenlaw and Rich Paget, shared information on their programs and the people they serve. The Outreach Ministry Is continuing its financial support of this worthwhile organization. 
Window Dressers Build at St. Brendan's
December 12-19

Save the Dates

We will need everyone's help! Right now Jo needs some help with measuring, so please get in touch if you can help. josephinejacob30@gmail.com
Alwyn Johnson
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Please join us in sending prayers to the family of Alwyn Johnson, a long time seasonal member of St. Brendan's, who passed away Saturday October 12, 2019 of pancreatic cancer at the age of 90 in Wichita, Kansas. More information will be shared when it is received.

A remembrance from Skip:

I first met the Johnsons in 1972 when they were staying at the mobile home on vacation which belonged to my uncle and aunt at the head of Burnt Cove. I was mowing the lawn. They owned some property in Cat Cove in Oceanville, and they asked me to do some clearing of it, which I did.
I don't remember very much involvement with them until the early 1980s when they joined St. Brendan's. Both Alwyn and Irving were quiet, unassuming, but very committed to St. Brendan's and its people. I remember from the beginning that they declared their membership in the Episcopal Church at St. Brendan's. They were committed not only spiritually, but also were instrumental in helping St. Brendan' s grow financially.
When they eventually purchased a summer home on Indian Point Road, Alwyn became very involved in the worship service as chalice bearer and lector. For many extended summers, Alwyn and Jan Place took turns serving as Altar Guild members giving Fran a break from those duties. Of course, we had several of St. Brendan's lobster picnics at their home. Their four children, Becky, Brian, Kristen, and Kevin, visited them every summer, and we all got to know them as well.
I had the pleasure of visiting them at their seaside home on Sanibel Island in Florida, once with Joyce and once with Diane. They were wonderful hosts.
Alwyn was just as sweet a woman as anyone would ever meet. I never knew her to raise her voice or get angry with anyone. She was loved by all who came in contact with her.
In Our Prayers
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.
We pray for those in special need:
The family of Linda Shepard
Marshall Rice
Rosanne McFarland
Susan Todd
Fred Newman
Roseanna, Jason and family
Ralph and Sandy Drayer
James Budd
Mary Ann Shaw
Pam Neff
Michelle Price
Lindsey Bowker
Jesse Zorski 
Craig Harriman
Rev. Edward Dufresne 
Margaret Ann Crumlish
Reed Henderson 
Gray Pierson
Nancy Boothby
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, Byron, Ben, & Clair 
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 wh o have died including Alwyn Johnson, Ken M ason, Kevin Gibbons. 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 For the Standing Committee, the Diocesan Council, Trustees and other decision-making bodies of the diocese For our elected officials and for civil discourse in election season 
In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Church of Ceylon (Extra-Provincial to the Archbishop of Canterbury),The Rt Revd Dhiloraj Ranjit Canagasabey - Bishop of Colombo,The Rt Revd Keerthisiri Fernando - Bishop of Kurunegala
O n the Island and Peninsula, we pray for the North Sedgwick Baptist Church, Sedgwick
Scripture Notes
Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost
The gospel reading in the liturgy today has to do with our approach to God in prayer. It is not the proud Pharisee’s bragging prayer but the humble confession of the sinner which brings God’s response. 
 
The writer of Sirach (also known as Ecclesiasticus) tells us much the same as the reading from Luke. When we approach God in pride, our way is blocked by our own ego. When we confess our wrongdoings, God hears and responds with forgiveness. This is illustrated in the reading from Jeremiah. The time is during a drought, which was regarded as a sign of divine disapproval of the sinfulness of the people. The prophet confesses the sin of the people and asks God to have mercy because of God’s love and in spite of the people’s sin. 
 
The second reading is presented as Paul’s final words to Timothy when Paul was in prison and facing his imminent death. That approaching martyrdom finds Paul confident in the good he has done, but, like the tax collector, he is aware of his total dependence upon God.  
 
We, the community of faith, are put into right relationship with God not because of our success being good, but because we place our whole trust and confidence in God. We strive to give up all and follow Jesus not in order to earn God’s favor, but as our response to the unswerving love God has for us. 
 
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. 
Links
Emergency Contacts:
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
Vestry Members:
Bill Scaife-Treasurer
Barbara Kourajian-Clerk
Meg Graham
Miriam Antich
Tom van Buren
Pastoral Care: 
 Diane Greenlaw   460-7230 
ST. BRENDAN THE NAVIGATOR EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 627 NORTH DEER ISLE ROAD, DEER ISLE, ME, 04650
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