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This Sunday at St. Paul's: November 5, 2017

8:00 am:         Contemplative Service of Holy Communion (Chapel)

9:00 am:         Church School (Lower Level)

                      Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room)

                      Adult Education: Meet and Greet your new Associate Rector (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         Ministry Outside the Parish (M.O.P.) Meeting (Lichtenberger Room)

                      Sanctuary Movement Discussion (Great Hall)                               

Ministry Outside the Parish will be holding a Proposal Forum this coming Sundayafter the 10:00am service in the Lichtenberger Room. We will be listening to presentations on organizations that have applied for grants. We look forward to seeing you there. If you have any questions, please refer to our church website, speak with 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..

The New Sanctuary movement is active in the Boston area. Undocumented people can seek sanctuary in churches to avoid being deported by immigration officials. We would like to tell you about what is happening locally, and through education and discussion we can find out more about St. Paul's involvement, either as a community or as individuals. Please join us for a discussion meeting this coming Sunday at 11:30am in the Great Hall. If you have questions, please contact Simon Lejeune: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Kate Kelley: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

This Week at St. Paul's

Monday, November 6               Yoga                           7:00 am (Lichtenberger Room)

Tuesday, November 7               Knitting Group             7:00 pm (Lichtenberger Room)

Wednesday, November 8         Choir Rehearsal            7:00 pm (Choir Room)

Saturday, November 11            Harvest Dinner              5:00 pm (Great Hall)  


Daylight Saving Time 2017 ends on Sunday, November 5 at 2am. Remember to turn your clocks back one hour prior to bedtime on Saturday night, November 4. 


All Saints' Day Altar of Remembrance

You are invited to bring in a memento or small photo of a loved one who died anytime in the past as a memorial to be placed on the Altar of Remembrance this coming Sunday in honor of All Saints' Day.  

Knitting Group Meets November 7

The Knitting Group will be meeting on Tuesday, November 7 at 7:00pm at the Church. All knitters and crocheters are welcome, or those interested in learning. Please join us in the Lichtenberger Room. 

Adult Education Series:
St. Paul's - Building a Commonwealth of Blessing

Each year, as we plunge into the joy and busy activity of the fall, we take some time to take stock of where we are as a community, our common work and vision and we consider how we might support that work and vision as part of our Annual Pledge Appeal. This year, we invite you to share with us in "Building a Commonwealth of Blessing", our theme for this year's Appeal.

November 12: (Ingathering Sunday): We will explore the diverse ways individuals can engage in the work of the St. Paul's community. What is my role? How do I think about offering my "time, talent, and treasure"?

Kindness Campaign

   In this world it is not what we take up, but what we give up, that makes us rich.

                            ~ Henry Ward Beecher 


 Sunday Church School

   We will continue to meet downstairs until the first weekend of Advent. At that time we will move Pre-K through 2nd upstairs

   during Pageant rehearsal through the rest of 2017. We will start 2018 in the Brookline Teen Center on Aspinwall St. and will      remain there until the end of the Church School Year. 

Blessings, Maggie Taylor, Director of Children and Youth,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Building a Commonwealth of Blessing
Helpful Facts About Pledging

How many pledges a year do we receive? What amount should I pledge? For 2017, 120 households made an annual pledge to St. Paul's. The range of pledges was from less than $100 to $11,000 and everything in between! When deciding what to pledge, consider committing a percentage of your household income. What percentage of your household income have you given in the past? How much are you able to increase your pledge this year? If you're just starting out, what percentage feels possible? 2%? 3%? 5%? A tithe of 10%? It takes some discernment to figure out the right level for your household. 

Can't we just repeat our pledge from last year? Part of the purpose of an annual appeal is to create an opportunity to reflect on our resources and gifts and what we can commit to the church. There are many reasons why someone might raise (or lower) a pledge. Given inflation, if a pledge stays the same for multiple years, it is essentially lowered.

Harvest Dinner: November 11

The pleasure of your company is requested at St. Paul's 1st Annual Harvest Dinner,
Saturday, November 11 from 6-9 pm in the Great Hall. This will be a wonderful evening of celebrating Building a Commonwealth of Blessing, with all of us, children included, around our Common table. 

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Tuesday, November 7; please include the number of adults and children attending and if you would like a vegetarian meal option.

We hope you will join us! Individuals interested in contributing or serving, please contact John Ferguson at 714-381-0628 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Hidden Brookline Walking Tour: November 12

After church on November 12, beginning at noon, 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. The tour will end at approximately 1:30pm. 

Invitation for Ministry Outside the Parish (M.O.P.) Grant Applications

Every year St.Paul's M.O.P. 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 websiteOur next deadline for applications is November 14. 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..    

Brookline Interfaith Thanksgiving Worship Service

 Sunday, November 19 @ 3:00pm at Temple Ohabei Shalom in Brookline

 with the participation of:

Too Clez for Comfort (the Temple Ohabei Shalom Klezmer Group) 

Temple Ohabei Shalom Adult Choir, and United Parish Chancel Choir 

Followed by an action of solidarity with the Brookline Food Pantry 

Come center yourself for the Thanksgiving holiday at a service with readings, music and prayer. We will honor our blessings and share them with the Brookline Food Pantry. At offering time, goods or monetary donations will be shared.

Goods include: Sample sizes of shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, toothpaste and brushes, mouthwash, combs, hairbrushes, paper towels, deodorant, shaving cream, razors, instant or ground coffee, tea, brown rice, lentils, salt and pepper, spices for cooking, flour, sugar (1 - 2 lbs.), condiments and cooking oil.

~~ Organized by the Brookline Clergy Association ~~ 

Save the Date for Amanda March's Ordainment: January 4

The journey to the priesthood for Amanda March began at St. Paul's and she is very excited to officially announce that her ordainment is scheduled on the evening of Thursday, January 4 at 6:00pm at the Parish of St. Paul's in Newton Highlands. Bishop Alan Gates will preside and Amanda would be honored with your presence. Please save the date for this special occasion.  

Serving us this week
Preacher  The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello 
Presider  The Rev. Elise Feyerherm  
Assisting Clergy  The Rev. Megan C. Holding 
Deacon  The Ven. Pat Zifcak 
Director of Music  Andrew Clarkson 
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Server  Flora Fried 
Crucifer  Mike Scheffler 
Torchbearers Delilah Chapman and Sarah Dulla 
Lectors                                     Kristen Renaud and Adelaide Xie 
Chalice Bearers    Betsy Munzer and Leah Rugen 
Healing Prayers  John Ferguson and Sharlene Wing 
Eucharistic Visitor  Leah Rugen 

Vestry Representatives 

Brett Foster, Jeannie Baca, and Julie House  

Altar Guild 

8:00 am: Ann Colageo
10:00 am: Sharlene Wing and Adelaide Xie   

Greeters  John Ferguson, Tim Hintz, Maria O'Meara, and Kristen Renaud  
Ushers  Walter Mucha, Sam Scott, Hanako Norton,
Robert Burke, Jeannie Baca, and Ben Norton   
Coffee Hour Host  Maria O'Meara 

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, Memorials, and Prayers 

Celebrations  This coming Sunday we will celebrate the baptism of Lucas Barry Lynch Bransfield and remember and celebrate the birthdays of Natalie Moore, Aliyah Campbell, Anne Campbell, Hee Yun Rothman, Amalia Lindgren-Palm, Elin Lindgren-Palm, Julia Boral, and Jennifer Schamel.

Memorials The altar flowers this week have been given in loving memory of William E. Spencer, Donald Jenkins, and Connie Rubino, by Jamie Moore. We pray for the repose of the soul of Laura M. Sullivan, Maryann Kurkjian's cousin, who died on October 25. 

St. Paul's Necrology

All Saints' Sunday 2017

Dorothy S. Berger

Arthur Doerr Bond, Jr.

William Maxwell Boynton

Evelyn Curtis

Kimberly Curtis

Richard Downes

Janet Sheltus Duggan

Jonathan Fried

William Hudnut III

Michael Kreiner 

Allan Kurinsky


Onn Lee

Harold Randolph Lewis

Ellen Lutz

Eleanor Major 

Charles Edward Mello

Margaret Morrissey

Maida Shifman

Ellin Smalley

Laura M. Sullivan

Maryann Tien

Dorothy May Ward

Molly Willette



Jennifer L., Felina R., the Children and Staff of Mil Milagros, 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., Fran C., Nan C., Sue H., Marnie, Shelley, and those in the military: Lucas S., Hana L., and Jamie C. 

Scripture Readings

Revelation 7:9-17; 1 John 3:1-3; Matthew 5:1-12

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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