Mission & Outreach
This week at St. Paul's
Monday, September 10 7:00 am Yoga Lichtenberger Room
Wednesday, September 12 7:00 pm Choir Rehearsal Choir Room
The YARD SALE is coming this weekend: September 8 !

  

 

The annual GIANT St. Paul's yard sale is scheduled for this coming Saturday September 8. Volunteers will be needed for sorting and set-up this week (up through Friday night), all day Saturday, including clean up folks later that afternoon and evening. Contact Stephen Estes-Smargiassi (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or the church office to sign up (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).  Of course, we're looking for your stuff as well. You may bring books, clothes, toys, household goods, working electronics (with all necessary cords) and furniture to the Great Hall any time prior to the sale, including bikes.

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New Format for our Worship Bulletins
This coming Sunday, September 9, we will be introducing a new format for our worship bulletins that all parishioners will use. The larger font and larger booklet will make it more readable, and our environmental impact will remain the same as the new format uses the same amount of paper as our previous folded booklet. Let us know how you like it!
Confirmation & Reception into the Episcopal Church
Saturday, October 27 (Sign-up this Sunday; preparation starts soon!)

If you are an adult who would like to be confirmed or received into the Episcopal Church, there is an opportunity to do so at a Charles River Deanery Confirmation on October 27 (This is when the youth class from St. Paul's will be confirmed). To prepare, we'll spend around six weeks meeting regularly for bible study and prayer (the day and time will be determined by the availability of the group). If you are interested, or if you would like to serve as a mentor for an adult being confirmed or received, please contact the Rev'd Elise Feyerherm after our worship services on Sundayor email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

School Supplies Collection for Mission Sunday: September 9 and 16

Dear St Paul's,

September is "back to school" month for students, teachers, and even Sunday School.  We are looking forward to celebrating and blessing the new Sunday School classrooms and having the annual blessing of the backpacks.

   

There are many causes for celebration. Let's share our joy and our treasures in a gesture of giving.  The Mission Sunday team will be collecting school supplies for the B-SAFE program in Boston.  We would like to collect any new school supplies that elementary and middle school students would use in an after school program.  Some examples are listed below.  We will have boxes to collect donations on Sunday, September 9 and Sunday, September 16.

Construction Paper

Sketch Paper

Copier Paper

Scissors

Calculators

Glue (Elmer's wet glue or glue sticks)

Colored Pencils

Markers

Ball Point Pens

Thank you,

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Grand Opening Celebration of our Newly Renovated Lower Level !!
September 16

Please come to church on September 16 and celebrate the grand opening of our newly renovated lower level. After the 10 am service we will process together and bless the new space. Refreshments will follow!

 

Blessing of the Backpacks: September 16

On Sunday, September 16, all backpacks and supplies will be blessed at the Blessing of the Backpacks during the 8 and 10am services. All students and teachers of all ages are invited to bring their backpacks, briefcases, and totes to the service for this special blessing!

Liturgy Group

We would like to gather a group of folks with interests in the various components of liturgy to advise the clergy and work together to shape worship at St. Paul's. These components include the liturgical seasons, music, physical environment, seating, and ornamentation, liturgical rites and texts, altar vessels, and more. A special opportunity comes this fall with an extended Advent season, beginning November 11 and continuing through December 23 (see www.theadventproject.org for more information on a 7-week Advent). If you are interested in participating in this group, please contact the Rev'd Elise Feyerherm at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Kind Acts: The $5 Project

I have given the $5.00 to Generations for books for this year's programs. Generations is an organization of over 300 older adults who are trained as reading coaches and read weekly with children grades 1-2 in many Boston schools in Revere, Brighton and West Roxbury.

                              ~ Martha Curtis

 

On June 10, twenty volunteers received an envelope containing a $5 bill. The volunteers were instructed to use the $5 to do something kind: help someone in need, brighten someone's day, etc. Volunteers have been sharing their stories in this space and we invite others to join us in the $5 Project. Please submit your short story to Georgia Smith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Faith-Rooted Organizing Workshop: September 15

On September 15 Episcopal City Mission is hosting a Faith-Rooted Organizing workshop for individuals and groups from congregations. This day-long training and community building will help you develop the skills, spiritual grounding and strategies for your community to respond to injustice. In this urgent moment when the effects of racism are impacting our immigration and mass incarceration systems and we experience regular threats to civil liberties, we invite you to join us for prayer, community building, and action to learn faith-rooted approaches to organizing. Come and share what you are learning so that we have the tools to respond in a prayerful, skillful and powerful manner.

We will cover the following topics:

  • Grounding our justice work in spiritual wisdom and practice
     
  • How to tell your story and share it to build relationships
     
  • Dynamics of power and how we build power for the purpose of justice
     
  • How systems of racism perpetuate injustice in Massachusetts
     
  • Ways of taking action to transform injustice
     

When: Saturday, September 15 from 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m

Where: The Cathedral of St. Paul at 138 Tremont Street - Sproat Hall

Suggested Donation: $25 per person for food and materials

To Enroll: Register for the event here.

(for print) Register Here: https://tinyurl.com/FROatECM-Register

For more information contact 

Dan Gelbtuch - Manager of Faith-Rooted Leadership Development

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Yoga Ministry: Last class will be Monday, September 17

For the past few years, our parishioner Martha Curtis has been leading weekly yoga classes at St. Paul's. We are so grateful to her and her generosity of time and spirit. Martha's work schedule is changing a bit come this fall and she will no longer be able to continue in this ministry at St. Paul's.

 

The good news is that all of us are welcome to attend her yoga classes twice a week at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Brookline on Walnut Street, 6:30-7:45am on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We know how much Martha's class has come to mean in the lives of those who participated; we will miss you Martha, and THANK YOU for this ministry offering!

Scripture Group has a New Focus for 2018-19

Scripture group will resume meeting this month on Tuesday September 25 from 7:30-9:00pm in the Lichtenberger Room. This year we have decided to try something new. We will be using Amy-Jill Levine's book Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi. Each month we will read and discuss a chapter and the parables she refers to. This would be a great time to try out Scripture Group! Order a copy of the book from your local bookstore or favorite internet site and come join us. It is not necessary to come every time, or commit to the entire year. Sept. 25: Introduction: "How we domesticate Jesus's provocative stories," pp. 1-26  email Leah Rugen with any This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

REGISTER NOW for the St. Paul's All Parish Retreat!

 

 

Click on the following link to register:

  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TFHCNQR  

 

For more information about our All Parish Retreat, please contact Elise Feyerherm This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Madeleine Taylor This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,  or Jennifer Schamel This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

Are you planning a Baptism?

Our next dates for baptismal services this year are October 7 and November 4. If you would like to schedule a baptism at St. Paul's, please be in touch with Jill in the parish office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and she will put you in touch with our clergy and aquaint you with our baptismal application process.

Serving us this week

Preacher   

The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello    

Presider  The Rev. Elise A. Feyerherm  
Deacon  The Ven. Pat Zifcak 
Director of Music and Organist  Andrew E. Clarkson 
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Server  Flora Fried 
Crucifer  Sarah Dulla 
Torchbearers  Viola Schultzberg and Lena Schultzberg 
Lectors  Roger House and Alan Fried 
Prayers of the People  Adelaide Xie 
Chalice Bearers  E. Lorraine Baugh and Andrea Brue 
Healing Prayers  Betsy Munzer and LInda Sanches 
Offering Counters  Barbie Maniscalco, Sharlene Wing, and Leah Rugen   
Greeters  Adelaide Xie, Beverly Estes-Smargiassi, John Ahonen, and Judy Rice 
Ushers  Ushers Team
Coffee Hour Host  Brue-Fried Family  

Click here to view the server spreadsheet. If you need to make a change, please find someone to swap with and let your ministry leader know so that the server spreadsheet can be updated. 

Celebrations and Prayers 

 

Celebrations 

We remember and celebrate the birthdays of Megan Moore, Becky Teiwes, Lindsey Toomey, John Munzer, John Ferguson, Faye Mucha, Dale Holzworth, Jonathan Bain, Betsy Munzer, Elizabeth Schrader, and Maggie Taylor.  

Memorials   

We remember especially Elizabeth Evans Jones, Hugh C. Jones, Sr., Hugh C. Jones, Jr., and Benjamin Jones, in whose memory the altar flowers are given by Hugh D. Jones. 

 

Prayers       

Jennifer L., Felina R., the Children and Staff of Mil Milagros, Janet R., David F., Kendall G., Ruth R., Alexander T., Gerke V., Deborah F., Kitty C., Fran C., Nan C., Sue H., Marnie, Shelley, Harry B., Faye M., Sam K., Susan P., Linda C., Roger H. Sr., Anne C., Tracey G., Henry L., Maurice O., Alissa P., the O'Meara/Bransfield Families, Gail W., Bill H., Judy H., Alex F., those in the military: Lucas S., Hana L., and Jamie C., and those preparing for Ordination: Tammy Hobbs Miracky and Lauren Lukason. 

Scripture Readings 

Isaiah 35:4-7a; Psalm 146; James 2:1-10, 14-17; Mark 7:24-37

Wherever you are on your journey with or toward God,
you are welcome and invited at St. Paul's!

Abundant Blessings,

St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Brookline

This Sunday at St. Paul's: September 9, 2018

The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

8:00 am

 
Contemplative Service of Holy Communion Chapel 
9:00 am

Adult Formation 

Nursery/Childcare

Great Hall 

Lichtenberger Room 

10:00 am

Holy Eucharist with Sermon  and Choir 

Sanctuary  
11:15 am  Coffee Hour  Great Hall 
11:30 am  Prison Ministry Group  Lichtenberger Room  
  • Adult Formation: Join us this coming Sunday at 9am in the Great Hall for the first in a series entitled God of Wrath? Confronting our Misconceptions about the Old Testament. Many people assume that the Old Testament shows primarily a God of wrath and punishment, but this is a caricature. Learn how to read the Old Testament with historical insight and an appreciation for the way our Hebrew Scriptures reveal God's creativity and compassion. Children's formation and childcare will be provided so that parents will be free to join the adult session.
  • Prison Ministry Group: Please join us this coming Sunday for our next meeting at 11:30 am in the Lichtenberger Room. At our last meeting, we watched a group of videos entitled  "We are Witnesses," produced by the Marshall Project which are  available freely online at https://www.themarshallproject.org/witnesses. These videos are 2 to 6 minutes in length and feature people who have been involved in the criminal justice system in some way telling their own stories in their own words. Former inmates, parents of inmates, crime victims and their families, police officers, prison guards, judges, public defenders - a cross-section of the many people affected by mass incarceration. If you have questions, please contact Leahanne Sarlo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

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