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This Sunday at St. Paul's: July 8, 2018

The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
8:00 am  Contemplative Service of Holy Communion Chapel 
9:00 am

Adult Formation: A Wrinkle in Time

Greeters Meeting

Nursery/Childcare

Great Hall  

Chapel 

Lichtenberger Room 

10:00 am

Holy Eucharist with Sermon 

 
Sanctuary  
11:15 am  Coffee Hour  Great Hall 
11:30 am  Organ Committee Meeting  Lichtenberger Room 
 
This week at St. Paul's
Monday, July 9 7:00 am Yoga Lichtenberger Room
Tuesday, July 10 2:30 pm Pastoral Care Team Meeting Lichtenberger Room
Sunday 9 am Formation in July - A Wrinkle in Time

A discussion for all ages!!

JULY 1 - We focused on the first three chapters: Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs.Who, and Mrs. Which 

JULY 8 - The Black Thing and The Tesseract

JULY 15 - The Happy Medium, and The Man with Red Eyes

JULY 22 - The Transparent Column, and IT

JULY 29 - Absolute Zero, Aunt Beast, and The Foolish and the Weak

Kind Acts: The $5 Project

My daughter Danica and I took the $5 I received in church a few Sundays ago, and bought a homeless woman some chips, cookies and a Nantucket Nectar. She received with a gracious smile and immediately looked with her hungry eyes, and stomach, what was being kindly offered!       

                            ~ Eva Sevian

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 were then asked to share their story. We invite others to join us in the $5 Project. Send us your stories (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and then look for these stories here in this space! 
1,000 Toothbrush Project: Donation deadline is July 8

This summer, our family (Jeff, Paul and Ardani) will be traveling to Guatemala and will be visiting the Mil Milagros school. Margaret, the staff, and ourselves have come together to find things that we can bring to the kids. We have all decided on children's soft toothbrushes. Please help us collect 1,000 toothbrushes for the kids so we can give them out when we arrive. There will be a box in the back of the church where you can drop off your donations by July 8. Please feel free to ask us any questions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and thank you for your support!

Many Thanks,

Jeff, Paul, and Ardani Mello-Daigneault  

B-SAFE needs volunteers Friday, July 13 !

B-SAFE is a partnership between the city and the diocese that provides hundreds of campers with a safe, fun, enriching, and affordable place to spend the summer! St. Paul's will be providing lunch and a Friday field trip for B-SAFE campers at St. Augustine and St. Martin in the South End July 9-13! Thank you to everyone who has already signed up to help!

We especially need volunteers for the field trip to Drumlin Farm in Lincoln on Friday, July 13!  To sign up, please enter your availability by clicking here

Contact Adelaide (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with any questions!    

Summer Hymn Sing

During our summer Sunday services through Labor Day weekend, we have an ongoing "hymn-sing" where we sing hymns selected by members of the congregation. If you have a favorite hymn or two (or more), please let us know by submitting them in the hymn box located at the rear door of the church on the ushers table. There are slips of paper there for you to write your selections on.

We can't promise that all suggested hymns make it into a service, but we will do our best to include all of your suggestions.  

Prison Ministry

In a country that locks up such staggering numbers of its own people, it can be hard to envision how one group of parishioners might begin to address the overwhelming need for support among those whose lives have been affected by incarceration. Over the next few months, we'll be reading personal accounts from parishioners who have been involved in prison ministry or other work involving the incarcerated. If you would like to share your own story, please get in touch with Leahanne Sarlo atThis 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..

A MINISTRY OF PRESENCE

Once a month, for the past two years, I have been a volunteer in the women's unit at the South Bay House of Correction in Boston. Lesley University hosts a wonderful arts and spirituality program there that includes their interns who are completing coursework as part of Lesley's expressive therapies major. I was invited to be a participant by Rev. Amanda March, St. Paul's parishioner, who recently moved to Florida.

During each visit, which usually lasts an hour and a half, women make cards to send off to family and friends. It's their only time during the week when they are allowed to write home, and many speak of their children and loved ones during our stay. The weekly visit begins and ends with prayer in circle.

To participate, I had to go through an application process for clearance, and there's a strict dress code for volunteers (no jewelry, no layering of clothing, no spandex). Volunteers are not allowed to hug inmates. Personally, I find hugging another person, with their permission, provides support and healing; however, in prison, rules are put in place for a reason, and we must honor them. All art materials are counted before and after our activity begins, in the presence of inmates, to ensure that all the crayons, markers, scissors, pencils, etc., are accounted for. Our group of 3-5 volunteers, paired with 16-20 inmates, is accompanied by a prison guard who remains in the room during our entire visit of shared art-making.

The experience has been transformative, for the inmates and for me. God continues to call me to be a presence for these women who have had so much taken away from them. Here are some of the comments I remember most:

* "Only 98 more days till I get out."

* "This is my second time being in here."

* "My son's birthday is this week, I hope he gets this card in time."

* "I didn't get my meds yet, did I miss the cart? I really need my meds!"

* "I don't like to do art. It's stupid."

* "I don't know who will take care of my baby after I deliver in three weeks."

* "Thank you for coming, this is the only time we have all week to write home. We're not allowed to have any kind of writing instruments in our cells."

Prison ministry is about shared humanity and compassion. We demonstrate caring, and hopefully healing, through our presence.

Dear God, watch over those who pray, or watch, or weep this night. Look with compassion upon us and all who turn to you for help. Keep us in your presence, now and forever. Amen.

~ Respectfully submitted by Jill Seiler-Moon, St. Paul's Parish Administrator

Finding your next ministry

Are you new to St. Paul's and looking for a way to get involved? Have you been coming to St. Paul's for ages and need a new ministry? Consider helping with Mission Sundays!  Mission Sundays are activities that address a need in the local community, and people of all ages and all levels of abilities are welcome to attend. We hold a few Mission Sundays throughout the program year (Sept-June), such as collecting school supplies for children at B-SAFE, attending the Common Cathedral church service in the Boston Common, and collecting clothes and toys for children. If you would like to learn more about Mission Sundays, or if you have ideas for future activities, or if you would like to help organize the activities, look for more information at the end of the summer regarding a meeting time - or contact Melissa Dulla now at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Organ Committee Formed

An organ committee has been formed and will start meeting this week. Its task will be to consider our parish interests in organ music going forward, research possible options to meet those interests, and ultimately make an action plan recommendation to the vestry. Members of the organ committee are:  Will Biedron, Jack Elder, Tim Gillette, Sona Hoisington, Betsy Munzer, Berred Ouellette, Mike Scheffler, and Julie Starr.

Ministry Outside the Parish (M.O.P.) Grant Awards

St. Paul's Ministry Outside the Parish committee awards grants throughout the year totaling 10% of St. Paul's pledge income. MOP is pleased to announce that six organizations have been awarded grants in the most recent funding cycle. BSAFE will receive $1850 for lunches, transportation and admission for a summer field trip. Mil Milagros will receive $2000 to continue its work empowering women, feeding children and connecting families to schools in Guatemala.  The American Indian College Fund will get $2000 to support native people in the Americas to attend schools of higher education.  Ninos con Valor, a home for children in Bolivia, will receive $2000 to support children with emotional needs who live in their homes.  Finally, St. Peter's Church in Uganda is trying to build a rectory and MOP will contribute $1500 to help defray the costs.  

MOP  funds local, regional and international organizations several times each year.  If you know an organization that could benefit from a small grant, please look at MOP on the St. Paul's website or contact co-chairs Tim Hintz (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Matshai Motimele (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Brookline Food Pantry: Calling for Summer Volunteers!

During the summer months we can always use extra help since some of our regular volunteers are away for parts of the summer.  If you are interested in getting on our sub lists or taking on a shift for the summer, please contact Kristin at 917-880-2481 or email the Pantry at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Kristin Jones, Volunteer Coordinator, Brookline Food Pantry 

 
Here are the shift times:

Tuesday 9:30-12

Tuesday 12-2:30

Wednesday 2:30-4:30

Wednesday 4:30-6:30

Thursday 9:30-12

Thursday 12-2:30

Thursday 3-5 (55A Egmont Street, Brookline)

Thursday 5-7 (55A Egmont Street, Brookline) 

Summer Office Hours

Our clergy will always be available for pastoral emergencies by calling the parish office at 617-566-4953 and accessing our pastoral emergency care line by pressing #6. Clergy office hours and emails are as follows:

 Rev. Jeff Mello: Sunday through Thursday

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Rev. Elise Feyerherm: Sunday & Tuesday through Thursday

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 Elise will be out of the office from July 3-12. Jeff will be out of the office from July 14-22.

You may contact Jill in the parish office this summer, Monday through Thursday, by calling 617-566-4953, or emailing her atThis 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..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tasting Communion Bread: July 22

From July 29 through August 26 we will be using home-baked bread for the Eucharist. Why? Because on those Sundays we will be hearing from the gospel of John, chapter 6 - what is often referred to as the "Bread of Life" discourse. Baking and sharing real bread in the Eucharist dates back to the earliest gatherings of Christians, and reminds us to "taste and see that the Lord is good" (Psalm 34:8).

After the Eucharist on July 22, there will be several types of communion bread for you to taste and help us decide which recipe to use. You can also sign up to bake the bread for one of the five Sundays. Taste and see that the Lord is good!

St. Paul's All Parish Retreat. Save the date!
Friday, September 28 to Sunday, September 30

Our annual St. Paul's All Parish Retreat will take place this year from Friday, September 28 to Sunday, September 30 at the Barbara C. Harris Camp and Conference Center in Greenfield, NH. Our focus this year will be on the power of stories: What are the stories we keep? How do we share those stories? How do we write the story we want to live into?

A meeting to reflect on this theme and share ideas for Retreat activities in general will take place after the 10 am service on July 8. Everyone is welcome to join! For more information about our All Parish Retreat, please contact Jeff Mello 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. or Maggie 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..">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 
Deacon  The Ven. Pat Zifkac 
Director of Music  Andrew Clarkson 
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Server  Flora Fried 
Crucifer  Austin Jewell 
Lectors  John Mahony and Matshai Motimele 
Prayers of the People  Leah Rugen  
Chalice Bearers  Madeleine Taylor and Andrea Brue 
Healing Prayers  Julie Starr and Linda Sanches 
Offering Counters  Barbie Maniscalco, Sharlene Wing, and Leah Rugen 
Altar Guild  8:00 am: Judy Clementson
10:00 am:  John Ferguson, Mike Scheffler, and Hal Edmonson    
Greeters  Adelaide Xie, Beverly Estes-Smargiassi, John Ahonen, and Judy Rice 
Ushers  Members of the Ushers Ministry 
Coffee Hour Host The Foster 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 Rob Sampson, Melissa Dulla, Ripley Foster, Micah Rockhead, Julia Ford, Austin Jewell, Vrinda Brown, Jillian Carusone, and Charlie Jewell.   

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, Miriam F., Gail W., and those in the military: Lucas S., Hana L., and Jamie C.

Scripture Readings 

Ezekiel 2:1-5; 2 Corinthians 12:2-10; Mark 6:1-13

Psalm 123 (The Saint Helena Psalter)

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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