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This Sunday at St. Paul's: September 24, 2017

8:00 am:         Holy Eucharist with Reflection (Chapel)

9:00 am:         Church School (Lower Level)

                      Adult Education: What is a Deacon? (Great Hall)

                      Confirmation Class (Lichtenberger Room)   

10:00 am        Holy Eucharist with Sermon and Choir (Sanctuary)              

11:15 am        Coffee Hour (Great Hall)  

11:30 am        Retreat Volunteers Meeting (Lichtenberger Room)

                     The Sunday Lunch Bunch   

  • Adult Education: What is a Deacon?  Our new Deacon, the Ven. Pat Zifcak will lead a discussion on the history of the Diaconate and role of the deacon in the Church, and here at St. Paul's.
  • The Sunday Lunch Bunch returns THIS Sunday. The Sunday Lunch Bunch is a group of friendly St. Paul's parishioners who love to gather at some local eating spot for casual conversation and fellowship every FOURTH Sunday of the month. This Sunday, September 24, after the 10:00 O'Clock service, we'll connect during Coffee Hour (indoors or in the rear courtyard) in order to determine our destination and mode of transportation. All are welcome and rides are always available, when needed. If you'd like to know  more about the SLB, please see Ed Jacobson, Maryann Kurkjian, or speak with an usher or greeter. We'd love to have you join us.
This Week at St. Paul's

 Monday, September 25         Yoga                                   7:00 am (Lichtenberger Room)

Tuesday, September 26         Spiritual Book Group            7:00 pm (Lichtenberger Room)

Adult Education Forum Sundays at 9:00 am

Each Sunday, adults gather in the Great Hall for 50 minutes of faith formation. The subjects range from history to theology, liturgy to social justice, scripture to contemporary faith stories. All are welcome. Coffee is provided! Here's what is forthcoming:

October 1 -- No Adult Education

October 8 -- Drinking from the Well.  We'll share insights gained at the Parish Retreat for those who were not able to be there, and share resources for ongoing spiritual nourishment in our lives.

Looking ahead --

November 12 -- Hidden Brookline.  During the 9:00 hour we'll discuss the history of slavery in Brookline and our town's role in the underground railroad. After church, we will participate in a walking tour led by Hidden Brookline. Those with mobility challenges can join us in cars and meet us at each stop on the tour.

A Mission Sunday "Thank You"

Thank you to everyone who donated school supplies or money for the B-READY program! We collected $113 to purchase supplies, as well as:

288 pencils                          21 binders                                  16 pencil cases

50 large markers                  50 thin markers                           60 colored pencils

336 crayons                        35 glue sticks                              3 glue bottles

45 erasers                          36 dry erase markers                   18 highlighters

116 pens                            27 compass and protractor sets    1890 sheets of lined paper

380 sheets of graph paper   870 sheets of construction paper    4 backpacks

The students and staff at B-READY are very appreciative of help at the beginning of the school year.  Please keep them in your prayers this month as they begin another school year.

B-READY supplies 2017  B-READY pencil delivery 2017  

Training for New Chalice Bearers: September 23

Chalice Bearers (a.k.a. Eucharistic Ministers) serve the cup of consecrated wine during Holy Communion at our Sunday Eucharists. On Saturday, September 23, at 10-11:30 am, there will be a Chalice Bearers' training for individuals interested in becoming a Chalice Bearer/Eucharistic Minister here at St. Paul's. We will meet in the church sanctuary. (Current Chalice team members who wish a review are also welcome.) If you are interested in joining this service to St. Paul's, please RSVP to Jill Seiler-Moon, Parish Administrator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Maryann Kurkjian, Chalice Bearers Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 Sunday Church School

This coming week is the beginning of lessons at church school. We are in the third year of Weaving God's Promises and this week our lesson is "God Made the World and Loves It." Thanks to all of you who have registered your children for church school. If you haven't registered your child, there is still time. Please click the link below to register. 

REGISTER HERE 

    Blessings, 

    Maggie Taylor, Director of Children and Youth 

    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Spiritual Book Group Gathers on September 26 and October 24

The Spiritual Book Group will gather again on Tuesday, September 26 at 7:30pm in the Lichtenberger Room to discuss Bryan Stevenson's "Just Mercy."
Please join us!

Our October selection is "The Book of Joy" by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. We will meet on October 24. Same time and place! Questions? Please contact Barbie Maniscalco at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Invitation for M.O.P. Grant Applications: September 30 Deadline

Every year St.Paul's MOP committee awards grants to approximately 20 non-profit organizations doing GOD's work in very diverse fields from Boston to Guatemala. If there is an organization you would like us to support, then please invite them to apply. Information about the application process and forms can be found on our church website. Our next deadline for applications is September 30. If you have questions please speak to Matshai Motimele or Tim Hintz or send an email to 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..

 Altar Flowers: We have an opening on October 8

Would you like to donate flowers for the altar in memory of a loved one? We have an opening on October 8. If you are interested, please contact Maureen Carter for details at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

 Would you like to schedule a Baptism?

We have two open dates for baptisms at St. Paul's, October 8 and November 5, 2017. If you would like to schedule a baptism, please be in touch with Jill, our parish administrator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or you may call the parish office 617-566-4953.   

Upcoming Ministry Outside the Parish (M.O.P.) Speaker: October 22

Lola Children's Fund

Allie Haley, founder and director, will speak on October 22 at 11:30am in the Lichtenberger Room. The fund provides funding to Lola Children's Home in Mekelle, Ethiopia, a community program for HIV-affected families. The children's home provides residential, day care and outreach services to HIV-affected children, many of whom were left without family or government support after their parents' deaths.

The New Sanctuary Movement

The New Sanctuary movement is active in the Boston area. Undocumented people can seek sanctuary in churches to avoid being deported by immigration officials. This movement largely involves families who are trying to stay together. St Paul's does not have the facilities to house a family. But several other churches do, for example there is a family in sanctuary in Cambridge at this time. The churches that can house families are calling for secular groups and other congregations of all faiths to provide support for them in their efforts. The support varies with the needs of the family but can include grocery shopping, tutoring, or taking kids to school. As well, there is a need for 24/7 presence of volunteers in the sanctuary.

Eliza (when she was here), Kate Kelley, and I have attended some meetings about these issues.

We would like to tell you about what is happening locally in the sanctuary movement. Through education and discussion we can find out if members of St. Paul's want to get involved; either as a community or as individuals.

We are planning some discussion meetings in the fall. Please let us know if you are interested in this effort.

Thanks,

Simon Lejeune This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.      

Kate Kelley This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Serving us this week
Preacher and Presider  The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello 
Assisting Clergy  The Rev. Megan C. Holding 
Director of Music    Andrew Clarkson 
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Torchbearers  Jane Hopkin and Mihret Hopkin   
Lectors                                     Tim Hintz and Maryann Kurkjian 
Prayers of the People  Tammy Hobbs Miracky 
Healing Prayers     Sharlene Wing and John Ferguson 
Chalice Bearers  Georgia Smith and Hal Edmonson 
Eucharistic Visitor  Edward Jacobson 

Vestry Representatives 

Nate Gaede, John Ferguson, and Elisabeth Choi 

Altar Guild 

8:00 am: Judy Clementson
10:00 am: Mary Beth Elder and Adelaide Xie     

Greeters 

Clara  Batchelor, Kate Kelley, Chris Dulla,  and Rebecca Schultzberg 

Ushers  Walter Mucha, Sam Scott, Hanako Norton,
Robert Burke, Jeannie Baca, and Ben Norton  
Coffee Hour Host Andrea Brue 

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. 

Memorials, Celebrations, and Prayers

Memorials  We pray especially for Kristin Miller and G. Lewis H. Jacobson, in whose memory the altar flowers are given.

Celebrations  We remember and celebrate the birthdays of John Sampson, Gordon McLean, Peter Hopkins, Jordan Fried, Flora Fried, Samantha Hanlon, Adiel Pollydore, Emily Gallagher, Richard Rubino, Julian Zaremba, and Lily Lou.

Prayers

Maria P., Jennifer L., Felina R., the Children and Staff of Mil Milagros, Gladys J., Tim G., Camille J-F, Debra, Janet R., David F., Kendall G., Ruth R., Paul, Alexander T., Gerke V., Kim L., Lavinia J., Deborah F., Kitty C., Alissa P., Jane K., Whitney, Susan P., Laura S., Fran C., Nan C., Allan K., Sue H., and those in the military: Lucas S., Hana L., and Jamie C. 

Scripture Readings

 Jonah 3:10-4:11; Philippians 1:21-30; Matthew 20:1-16 

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 17, 2017

8:00 am:          Holy Eucharist with Reflection (Chapel)

9:00 am:          Church School (Lower Level)

                       Adult Education: (RE)Introduction to St. Paul's (Great Hall)

                       Mission Sunday: Collection of School Supplies (Middle Room)

                       Confirmation Class (Lichtenberger Room)    

10:00 am         Holy Eucharist with Sermon and Choir and Blessing of the Backpacks (Sanctuary)

11:15 am         Coffee Hour (Courtyard)  

11:30 am         M. O. P. Speaker: Nadia Alawa from NuDay Syria (Lichtenberger Room)   

  • Mission Sunday and Blessing of the Backpacks

We will be helping the B-READY after-school program at St Stephens in Boston. We're looking for the following items for their students: 

  • 45 pencil boxes (hard plastic cases that fit multiple pencils and glue stick and erasers, etc.
  • 45 2-inch three ring binders with a plastic cover to slide a piece of artwork into to personalize the folder
  • a few backpacks
  • any amounts of construction paper, poster boards, dry erase markers, tissues, hand sanitizer, protractors, pencils, pens, highlighters, loose leaf paper, graph paper, notebooks, glue sticks and regular white glue 

All items will be collected and blessed at the Blessing of the Backpacks this coming Sunday. Students of all ages: please remember to bring your backpacks, briefcases, totes, etc. to church this Sunday for a blessing!

NuDay Syria

Do you know how St. Paul's responded to the crisis in Syria? Please join us this coming Sunday at 11:30am in the Lichtenberger Room when Nadia Alawa, co-founder and president of NuDay Syria, will speak about their work in Syria. NuDay Syria is dedicated to providing humanitarian and development aid to specifically Syrian mothers and children. They also help resettle families with no breadwinners and provide sponsorships to Syrian orphans.

This Week at St. Paul's

Tuesday, September 19         Vestry Meeting                       7:30 pm (Lichtenberger Room)

Wednesday, September 20    Choir Rehearsal                      7:00 pm (Choir Room)  

Thursday, September 21        Greeters Ministry Cookout       6:30 pm (Rectory)     

Saturday, September 23        Chalice Bearers Training         10:00 am (Sanctuary) 

Adult Education Forum Sundays at 9:00 am

Each Sunday, adults gather in the Great Hall for 50 minutes of faith formation. The subjects range from history to theology, liturgy to social justice, scripture to contemporary faith stories. All are welcome. Coffee is provided!

 

September 17 -- (RE)Introduction to St. Paul's. Helpful for newcomers and longtime members alike, we'll discuss an overview of St. Paul's; our leadership, ministries, and exciting plans in the works for the year ahead.

 

September 24 -- What is a Deacon?  Our new Deacon, the Ven. Pat Zifcak will lead a discussion on the history of the Diaconate and role of the deacon in the Church, and here at St. Paul's.

 

October 1 -- No Adult Education

 

October 8 -- Drinking from the Well.  We'll share insights gained at the Parish Retreat for those who were not able to be there, and share resources for ongoing spiritual nourishment in our lives.

 

Looking ahead --

November 12 -- Hidden Brookline.  During the 9:00 hour we'll discuss the history of slavery in Brookline and our town's role in the underground railroad. After church, we will participate in a walking tour led by Hidden Brookline. Those with mobility challenges can join us in cars and meet us at each stop on the tour.

Yoga Ministry

There will be no yoga class on September 18, as Martha Curtis, our Hatha Yoga Teacher, is on vacation. Class will resume on Monday, September 25 at 7:00 am in the Lichtenberger Room.If you dream of starting your Monday mornings in a calm and peaceful way, please consider joining us! Stretches and yoga postures are designed for all levels...no prior experience with yoga is necessary.  

 Sunday Church School

This is our first week of church school! We will meet downstairs and spend time getting to know each other for our first week together. If you haven't registered your child for church school, there is still time. Please click HERE to fill out the form!  

 

Blessings, Maggie Taylor

Director of Children and Youth 

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Training for New Chalice Bearers: September 23

Chalice Bearers (a.k.a. Eucharistic Ministers) serve the cup of consecrated wine during Holy Communion at our Sunday Eucharists. On Saturday, September 23, at 10-11:30 am, there will be a Chalice Bearers' training for individuals interested in becoming a Chalice Bearer/Eucharistic Minister here at St. Paul's. We will meet in the church sanctuary. (Current Chalice team members who wish a review are also welcome.) If you are interested in joining this service to St. Paul's, please RSVP to Jill Seiler-Moon, Parish Administrator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Maryann Kurkjian, Chalice Bearers Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Spiritual Book Group Gathers on September 26 and October 24

The Spiritual Book Group will gather again on Tuesday, September 26 at 7:30pm in the Lichtenberger Room to discuss Bryan Stevenson's "Just Mercy."
Please join us!

Our October selection is "The Book of Joy" by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. We will meet on October 24. Same time and place! 

Invitation for M.O.P. Grant Applications: September 30 Deadline

Every year St.Paul's MOP committee awards grants to approximately 20 non-profit organizations doing GOD's work in very diverse fields from Boston to Guatemala. If there is an organization you would like us to support, then please invite them to apply. Information about the application process and forms can be found on our church website. Our next deadline for applications is September 30. If you have questions please speak to Matshai Motimele or Tim Hintz or send an email to 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..

 Altar Flowers: We have an opening on October 8

Would you like to donate flowers for the altar in memory of a loved one? We have an opening on October 8. If you are interested, please contact Maureen Carter for details at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

 Would you like to schedule a Baptism?

We have two open dates for baptisms at St. Paul's, October 8 and November 5, 2017. If you would like to schedule a baptism, please be in touch with Jill, our parish administrator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or you may call the parish office 617-566-4953.   

Upcoming Ministry Outside the Parish (M.O.P.) Speaker: October 22

Lola Children's Fund

Allie Haley, founder and director, will speak on October 22 at 11:30am in the Lichtenberger Room. The fund provides funding to Lola Children's Home in Mekelle, Ethiopia, a community program for HIV-affected families. The children's home provides residential, day care and outreach services to HIV-affected children, many of whom were left without family or government support after their parents' deaths.

The New Sanctuary Movement

The New Sanctuary movement is active in the Boston area. Undocumented people can seek sanctuary in churches to avoid being deported by immigration officials. This movement largely involves families who are trying to stay together. St Paul's does not have the facilities to house a family. But several other churches do, for example there is a family in sanctuary in Cambridge at this time. The churches that can house families are calling for secular groups and other congregations of all faiths to provide support for them in their efforts. The support varies with the needs of the family but can include grocery shopping, tutoring, or taking kids to school. As well, there is a need for 24/7 presence of volunteers in the sanctuary.

Eliza (when she was here), Kate Kelley, and I have attended some meetings about these issues.

We would like to tell you about what is happening locally in the sanctuary movement. Through education and discussion we can find out if members of St. Paul's want to get involved; either as a community or as individuals.

We are planning some discussion meetings in the fall. Please let us know if you are interested in this effort.

Thanks,

Simon Lejeune This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.      Kate Kelley This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

St. Paul's All Parish Retreat


  

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Serving us this week
Preacher and Presider  The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello 
Assisting Clergy  The Rev. Megan C. Holding 
Director of Music    Andrew Clarkson 
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Torchbearers  Sarah Dulla and Ripley Foster 
Lectors                                     Jeannie Baca and Georgia Smith 
Prayers of the People  John Anderson 
Healing Prayers     Elisabeth Choi and Julie Starr 
Chalice Bearers  Maryann Kurkjian and Sarah Fairchild 

Vestry Representatives 

Mike Scheffler, Ayanna McPhail, and Tim Hintz 

Altar Guild 

8:00 am: Maryann Kurkjian
10:00 am: Elisabeth Choi and Bev Estes-Smargiassi    

Greeters 

Melissa Dulla, Brett Foster, Tammy Hobbs Miracky, and Barbie Maniscalco 

Ushers  Walter Mucha, Sam Scott, Hanako Norton,
Robert Burke, Jeannie Baca, and Ben Norton  
Coffee Hour Host The Dulla 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. 

Memorials, Celebrations, and Prayers

Memorials  We pray especially for Alan Robert Geyer, Corinne Nelson Ransone, Philip Gordon Ransone, Steven Raymond Williams, Robert Pershing Geyer, and Beverly Ransone Geyer, in whose memory the altar flowers are given, and for the repose of the soul of Gretta Taylor Chambers, Madeleine Taylor's aunt, who died this week.

Celebrations  We remember and celebrate the birthdays of Brett Foster, Rebecca Schultzberg, Glen Schultzberg, Torrance Dunbar, Randy Gioia, Alison Biedron, Jim Batchelor, and Heather Flewelling.

Prayers

Maria P., Don S., Linda S., Jennifer L., Felina R., the Children and Staff of Mil Milagros, Gladys J., Tim G., Camille J-F, Debra, Janet R., David F., Kendall G., Ruth R., Paul, Alexander T., Gerke V., Kim L., Lavinia J., Deborah F., Jackie S., Kitty C., Betty K., Alissa P., Jane K., Whitney, Erika, Susan P., Abigail B-L, Laura S., Fran C., Nan C., Allan K., Marilyn G., and those in the military: Lucas S., Hana L., and Jamie C. 

Scripture Readings

 Genesis 50:15-21; Romans 14:1-12; Matthew 18:21-35 

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 10, 2017
 8:00 am:        Holy Eucharist with Reflection (Chapel)
 
 9:00 am:        Church School Registration and Craft Project (Lichtenberger Room)
                      Adult Education (Courtyard - weather permitting)
                      Confirmation Class (Rector's Office)        
                    
10:00 am        Holy Eucharist with Sermon and Choir (Sanctuary)

11:15 am        Coffee Hour (Courtyard)  
 
  • Adult Education Hour:  Meet and Greet this Sunday!
Join the clergy in the courtyard (weather permitting!) from 9-10am for a time of re-connection and sharing the latest developments here at St. Paul's, as well as a look to what we can expect in the year to come as a parish community.  Coffee provided! 
This Week at St. Paul's
Monday, September 11          7:00 pm    Building Committee (Rector's Office)
 
Tuesday, September 12         7:30 pm    Scripture Group (Lichtenberger Room)
 
Wednesday, September 13    7:00 pm    Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room)
                                           7:00 pm    Stewardship Committee (Rector's Office)          
Yoga Ministry
There will be no yoga classes on the following two Mondays, September 11 and 18, as Martha Curtis, our Hatha Yoga Teacher, is on vacation, traveling to Alaska. Class will resume on Monday, September 25 at 7:00 am in the Lichtenberger Room.If you dream of starting your Monday mornings in a calm and peaceful way, please consider joining us! Stretches and yoga postures are designed for all levels...no prior experience with yoga is necessary.  
Scripture Group
Scripture Group will resume meeting on Tuesday, September 12 from 7:30-9:00pm in the Lichtenberger Room. We meet on the second Tuesday of the month to reflect on the readings for the coming Sunday--to connect scripture with our lives, concerns and passions. Anyone is welcome to join us at any time! If you have questions, feel free to ask Leah Rugen, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 Church School Time:  Registration is HERE!
We hope that your child will join us this year for Church School at St. Paul's! We are striving to create a community of students, teachers, and parents that has open lines of communication and expresses the love of God.The first step for this year is filling out the Google survey by clicking HERE. Please let me know if you have any questions!

Blessings, 

Maggie Taylor
Director of Children and Youth 
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Back to School - Mission Sunday: September 17
We will be helping the B-READY after-school program at St Stephens in Boston. For more information on the program, click here. They are looking for a few items for their students, including: 
  • 45 pencil boxes (hard plastic cases that fit multiple pencils and glue stick and erasers, etc.
  • 45 2-inch three ring binders with a plastic cover to slide a piece of artwork into to personalize the folder
  • a few backpacks
  • any amounts of construction paper, poster boards, dry erase markers, tissues, hand sanitizer, protractors, pencils, pens, highlighters, loose leaf paper, graph paper, notebooks, glue sticks and regular white glue 

Please contact Melissa Dulla 650-743-6745 and tell her what you would like to donate. You may bring items any Sunday on or before September 17.  All items will be collected and blessed at the Blessing of the Backpacks on Sunday the 17th.
Ministry Outside the Parish (M.O.P.) Speakers' Series:
September 17 and October 22
NuDay Syria
Do you know how St. Paul's responded to the crisis in Syria? Well, we will be bringing the answer to you.On September 17 at 11:30am in the Lichtenberger Room, Nadia Alawa, co-founder and president of NuDay Syria, will speak about their work in Syria. NuDay Syria is dedicated to providing humanitarian and development aid to specifically Syrian mothers and children. They also help resettle families with no breadwinners and provide sponsorships to Syrian orphans. In 2015 Nadia gave a Ted Talk on her journey to beginning NuDay Syria. 
 
 
Lola Children's Fund
Allie Haley, founder and director, will speak on October 22 at 11:30am in the Lichtenberger Room. The fund provides funding to Lola Children's Home in Mekelle, Ethiopia, a community program for HIV-affected families. The children's home provides residential, day care and outreach services to HIV-affected children, many of whom were left without family or government support after their parents' deaths.
Training for New Chalice Bearers: September 23
Chalice Bearers (a.k.a. Eucharistic Ministers) serve the cup of consecrated wine during Holy Communion at our Sunday Eucharists. On Saturday, September 23, at 10-11:30 am, there will be a Chalice Bearers' training for individuals interested in becoming a Chalice Bearer/Eucharistic Minister here at St. Paul's. We will meet in the church sanctuary. (Current Chalice team members who wish a review are also welcome.) If you are interested in joining this service to St. Paul's, please RSVP to Jill Seiler-Moon, Parish Administrator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Maryann Kurkjian, Chalice Bearers Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Invitation for M.O.P. Grant Applications
Every year St.Paul's MOP committee awards grants to approximately 20 non-profit organizations doing GOD's work in very diverse fields from Boston to Guatemala. If there is an organization you would like us to support, then please invite them to apply. Information about the application process and forms can be found on our church website. Our next deadline for applications is September 30. If you have questions please speak to Matshai Motimele or Tim Hintz or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." target="_blank" style="color: blue; text-decoration: underline;" shape="rect">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
The New Sanctuary Movement
The New Sanctuary movement is active in the Boston area. Undocumented people can seek sanctuary in churches to avoid being deported by immigration officials. This movement largely involves families who are trying to stay together. St Paul's does not have the facilities to house a family. But several other churches do, for example there is a family in sanctuary in Cambridge at this time. The churches that can house families are calling for secular groups and other congregations of all faiths to provide support for them in their efforts. The support varies with the needs of the family but can include grocery shopping, tutoring, or taking kids to school. As well, there is a need for 24/7 presence of volunteers in the sanctuary.
Eliza (when she was here), Kate Kelley, and I have attended some meetings about these issues.
 
We would like to tell you about what is happening locally in the sanctuary movement. Through education and discussion we can find out if members of St. Paul's want to get involved; either as a community or as individuals.
 
We are planning some discussion meetings in the fall. Please let us know if you are interested in this effort.
Thanks,
 
Simon Lejeune This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.      
Kate Kelley This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
St. Paul's All Parish Retreat


  
 
Serving us this week
Preacher and Presider  The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello 
Deacon  The Ven. Pat Zifcak 
Director of Music    Andrew Clarkson 
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Server  Flora Fried 
Torchbearers  Mihret and Jane Hopkin 
Lectors                                     Pat Dunbar and Nate Gaede 
Prayers of the People 
John Ferguson  
Healing Prayers     Linda Sanches and John Ferguson 
Chalice Bearers  Andrea Brue and Elisabeth Choi 
Vestry Representatives 
Alan Fried and Leah Rugen 
Altar Guild 
8:00 am: Ann Colageo
10:00 am: Sharlene Wing and Michael Scheffler    
Greeters  John Ahonen, Beverly Estes-Smargiassi, Judy Rice, and Adelaide Xie 
Ushers  Walter Mucha, Sam Scott, Hanako Norton,
Robert Burke, Jeannie Baca, and Ben Norton  
Coffee Hour Host Jennifer Schamel 
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. 
Memorials, Celebrations, and Prayers
Memorials  We pray especially for Elizabeth Evans Jones, Hugh C. Jones, Sr., Hugh C. Jones, Jr., and Benjamin Jones, in whose memory the altar flowers are given, and for the repose of the soul of Pamela Campbell, who died this week.
 
Celebrations  We remember and celebrate the birthdays of Becky Teiwes, Lindsey Toomey, John Munzer, John Ferguson, Faye Mucha, Dale Holzworth, Jonathan Bain, Betsy Munzer, and Maggie Taylor.
 
Prayers
Maria P., Don S., Linda S., Jennifer L., Felina R., the Children and Staff of Mil Milagros, Gladys J., Tim G., Camille J-F, Debra, Janet R., David F., Kendall G., Ruth R., Paul, Alexander T., Gerke V., Kim L., Lavinia J., Deborah F., Jackie S., Kitty C., Betty K., Alissa P., Jane K., Whitney, Erika, Susan P., Abigail B-L, Laura S., Fran C., Nan C., Allan K., Marilyn G., and those in the military: Lucas S., Hana L., and Jamie C. 
Scripture Readings
Ezekiel 33:7-11; Romans 13:8-14; Matthew 18:15-20
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 3, 2017
 8:00 am:        Holy Eucharist with Reflection (Chapel)                  
                                                                  
10:00 am        Holy Eucharist with Sermon (Sanctuary)

11:15 am        Coffee Hour (Courtyard)
This Week at St. Paul's
Monday, September 4            7:00 am          Yoga (Lichtenberger Room)
 
Tuesday, September 5           7:00 pm           Scripture Group (Lichtenberger Room)
                                            7:30 pm           Vestry Meeting (Great Hall)
 
Wednesday, September 6      7:00 pm           Stewardship Meeting (Great Hall)
 
Thursday, September 7          7:00 pm           Building Committee Meeting (Great Hall)
 
Saturday, September 9          10:00 am - 2:00 pm  Annual Yard Sale      
 Church School Time:  Registration is HERE!
We hope that your child will join us this year for Church School at St. Paul's! We are striving to create a community of students, teachers, and parents that has open lines of communication and expresses the love of God.The first step for this year is filling out the Google survey by clicking HERE. Please let me know if you have any questions!

Blessings, 

Maggie Taylor
Director of Children and Youth 
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The Yard Sale is Almost Here: September 9
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The annual GIANT St Paul's yard sale is scheduled for Saturday September 9. Volunteers will be needed for sorting and set-up the week before (Monday 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.) or 617-522-0572 or the
church office to sign up.
Of course, we're looking for your stuff as well. Stockpile now, and bring books, clothes, toys, household goods, working electronics (with power cords) and furniture to the Great Hall any time from Sunday September 3 on. We can accept some early drop offs if necessary. Contact Steve in advance.

Special note regarding electronics donations: 
Before donating any electronic items or small appliances, please make sure they are in good working order, and that all related accessories are packed together, especially power cords (place power cords in ziploc bags labeled with the appliance name). We want to avoid having our volunteers spend extra time on rechecking appliances, or worse, selling something that doesn't work! 
Back to School - Mission Sunday: September 17
We will be helping the B-READY after-school program at St Stephens in Boston. For more information on the program, click here. They are looking for a few items for their students, including: 
  • 45 pencil boxes (hard plastic cases that fit multiple pencils and glue stick and erasers, etc.
  • 45 2-inch three ring binders with a plastic cover to slide a piece of artwork into to personalize the folder
  • a few backpacks
  • any amounts of construction paper, poster boards, dry erase markers, tissues, hand sanitizer, protractors, pencils, pens, highlighters, loose leaf paper, graph paper, notebooks, glue sticks and regular white glue 

Please contact Melissa Dulla 650-743-6745 and tell her what you would like to donate. You may bring items any Sunday on or before September 17.  All items will be collected and blessed at the Blessing of the Backpacks on Sunday the 17th.
Ministry Outside the Parish (M.O.P.) Speakers' Series:
September 17 and October 22
NuDay Syria
Do you know how St. Paul's responded to the crisis in Syria? Well, we will be bringing the answer to you.On September 17 at 11:30am in the Lichtenberger Room, Nadia Alawa, co-founder and president of NuDay Syria, will speak about their work in Syria. NuDay Syria is dedicated to providing humanitarian and development aid to specifically Syrian mothers and children. They also help resettle families with no breadwinners and provide sponsorships to Syrian orphans. In 2015 Nadia gave a Ted Talk on her journey to beginning NuDay Syria. 
 
 
Lola Children's Fund
Allie Haley, founder and director, will speak on October 22 at 11:30am in the Lichtenberger Room. The fund provides funding to Lola Children's Home in Mekelle, Ethiopia, a community program for HIV-affected families. The children's home provides residential, day care and outreach services to HIV-affected children, many of whom were left without family or government support after their parents' deaths.
Invitation for M.O.P. Grant Applications
Every year St.Paul's MOP committee awards grants to approximately 20 non-profit organizations doing GOD's work in very diverse fields from Boston to Guatemala. If there is an organization you would like us to support, then please invite them to apply. Information about the application process and forms can be found on our church website. Our next deadline for applications is September 30. If you have questions please speak to Matshai Motimele or Tim Hintz or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." target="_blank" style="color: blue; text-decoration: underline;" shape="rect">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Altar Flowers Memorial: September 24 Opening
Would you like to donate flowers in memory of a loved one to be placed on the altar? We have an open date on September 24. Please be in touch with Maureen Carter to make arrangements if you have interest. She can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 617-232-4702.
The New Sanctuary Movement
The New Sanctuary movement is active in the Boston area. Undocumented people can seek sanctuary in churches to avoid being deported by immigration officials. This movement largely involves families who are trying to stay together. St Paul's does not have the facilities to house a family. But several other churches do, for example there is a family in sanctuary in Cambridge at this time. The churches that can house families are calling for secular groups and other congregations of all faiths to provide support for them in their efforts. The support varies with the needs of the family but can include grocery shopping, tutoring, or taking kids to school. As well, there is a need for 24/7 presence of volunteers in the sanctuary.
Eliza (when she was here), Kate Kelley, and I have attended some meetings about these issues.
 
We would like to tell you about what is happening locally in the sanctuary movement. Through education and discussion we can find out if members of St. Paul's want to get involved; either as a community or as individuals.
 
We are planning some discussion meetings in the fall. Please let us know if you are interested in this effort.
Thanks,
 
Simon Lejeune This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.      
Kate Kelley This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
St. Paul's All Parish Retreat


  
 
Serving us this week
Preacher  The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello 
Presider  The Rev. Megan C. Holding 
Guest Musician   Naoko Norton 
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Crucifer
Kendall Gray 
Lectors                                     Judy Rice and Mike Scheffler 
Prayers of the People 
Betsy Munzer 
Healing Prayers     E. Lorraine Baugh and Martha Curtis 
Chalice Bearers  Adelaide Xie and Beverly Estes-Smargiassi  
Vestry Representatives 
Brett Foster, Jeannie Baca, and Julie House  
Altar Guild 
8:00 am: Members of the Altar Guild
10:00 am: Beverly Estes-Smargiassi     
Greeters 
Chris Dulla, John Ferguson, Tim Hintz, and Maria O'Meara 
Ushers  Walter Mucha, Sam Scott, Hanako Norton,
Robert Burke, Jeannie Baca, and Ben Norton  
Coffee Hour Hosts Judy Rice and John Ahonen 
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. 
Memorials, Celebrations, and Prayers
Memorials  We pray especially for Ruth Baylis Toaz and Robert Dunlop Toaz, in whose memory the altar flowers are given.
 
Celebrations  We remember and celebrate the birthdays of Leah Rugen, Miriam Swisher, Noah Fairchild, Laura Sidla, and Megan Moore.
 
Prayers
Maria P., Don S., Linda S., Jennifer L., Felina R., the Children and Staff of Mil Milagros, Gladys J., Tim G., Camille J-F, Debra, Janet R., David F., Kendall G., Ruth R., Paul, Alexander T., Gerke V., Kim L., Lavinia J., Deborah F., Jackie S., Kitty C., Betty K., Alissa P., Jane K., Whitney, Erika, Susan P., Abigail B-L, Laura S., Fran C., Nan C., and those in the military: Lucas S., Hana L., and Jamie C. 
Scripture Readings
 Jeremiah 15:15-21 ; Romans 12:9-21; Matthew 16:21-28 
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

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