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This Sunday at St. Paul's: July 22, 2018

The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

8:00 am  Contemplative Service of Holy Communion  Chapel 
9:00 am

Adult Formation: A Wrinkle in Time


Great Hall  

Lichtenberger Room 

10:00 am

Holy Eucharist with Sermon 

11:15 am  Coffee Hour & Tasting Communion Bread  Great Hall 
11:30 am Sunday Lunch Bunch Great Hall

Tasting Communion Bread: 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 this coming Sunday , there will be several types of communion bread for you to taste and help us decide which recipe to use. If you would like to sign up to bake the bread for one of the five Sundays, please be in touch with Rev. Elise Feyerherm This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Taste and see that the Lord is good! 

The Sunday Lunch Bunch (SLB) returns this Sunday. The Sunday Lunch Bunch is a small group of St. Paul's parishioners who enjoy gathering for a casual meal and conversation every FOURTH Sunday of the month. We typically select a local restaurant according to numbers present; then travel together by foot or carpool to our destination. Transportation is always available, when needed, and all are welcome. If you'd like to join us this Sunday, look for the SLB sign-up sheet at coffee hour following the 10 O'clock service. To learn more about the SLB, please ask for Ed Jacobson, Maryann Kurkjian, or speak with any Usher or Greeter.  

This week at St. Paul's
Monday, July 23 7:00 am Yoga Lichtenberger Room
Tuesday, July 24 7:00 pm Spiritual Book Group Lichtenberger Room
Wednesday, July 25 7:00 pm Vestry Meeting

Great Hall

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 - We focused on The Black Thing and The Tesseract

JULY 15 - We focused on 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

B-SAFE: 600 meals, 27 volunteers, 5 days

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 contributes by preparing and serving meals for campers at St. Augustine and St. Martin in Roxbury, as well as taking campers on a field trip. All of the food and the field trip costs were covered by a grant from Ministries Outside the Parish. 

Thank you to everyone who volunteered and made our week a big success! Here are the volunteers on the field trip to Drumlin Farm:  


To learn more about B-SAFE, you may visit their website by clicking here.  

Kind Acts: The $5 Project

Our family used our $5 towards making a care package for a family friend who needed a care package. The 15-year-old had just made it to her much-anticipated sleepaway camp for a month-long stay and then broke her leg on the second day!  She was so disappointed when she had to leave.  She visited us last year and loved Brookline Booksmith and JP Licks, so we sent her a box of fun made of used books from BBsmith, along with their t-shirt, and some coffee "with chocolate tones" from JP Licks.  She reports that she is wearing the shirt while drinking the coffee and reading.  It's not a replacement for summer camp, but it is a little bit of "kindness" when she needs it and her plan is to pass her books along to friends to keep it going.

                                                        ~ Ouida Foster

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! 
Parishioner Libbie Schrader's Doctoral Candidate Research in New Testament

Parishioner Libbie Schrader, a doctoral candidate in New Testament (who is now transferring to Duke), has two presentations about her research coming up at parishes in the Boston area. Libbie recently published research in the Harvard Theological Review (HTR) arguing that the text of the Gospel of John was changed in the second century to dilute Mary Magdalene's authority. Schrader's paper, "Was Martha of Bethany Added to the Fourth Gospel in the Second Century?," provides pictures of erasures and changes by ancient copyists of John's Gospel. Due to consistent textual instability around Martha in dozens of ancient manuscripts of John, Schrader concludes that Martha was a later addition to the Fourth Gospel - and that without Martha present, our perspective on Mary Magdalene in John's Gospel would be radically changed. Libbie will be presenting her research on July 22 at 2pm at St. Peter's Church on Cape Cod (+MA+02645/@41.7175805,-70.0340747,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x89fb6ab472e21561:0xaea5ad2a6d55ebcb!8m2!3d41.7175805!4d-70.031886">310 Route 137, Harwich, MA 02645). To read Schrader's Harvard Theological Review article in advance, you can download it at www.cambridge.org/elizabethschrader, or simply request the July 2017 issue of HTR at your local theological library.

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

     A year or more ago, in an activity with our deacons in formation, I found myself focused on ministry to those in prison. In my work on the street, I have come to know the stories of many who have been imprisoned or who live with the risk of arrest. The story I want to share is one that I carry with me because it is so typical of the way a life can unravel for someone living on the street without any intention on their part to bring the attention of authorities to bear on their circumstances.

     No matter who we are, we know there are moments when we need access to a public toilet. For most of us, we can purchase a coffee or some other small thing that gives us access to a shop's bathroom. For a homeless person, the chances of having money in your pocket when you need a bathroom are slim.

     For one of our homeless men, the need to use a bathroom was so great that he urinated in public. He took care to turn his back and to move away from others in the park, but a woman walking through with her little daughter noticed him. In her surprise and discomfort, she assumed he was intentionally exposing himself to her. She immediately called the police to report the upsetting encounter. Not long after, the man was arrested and sent to jail.

    From a most unfortunate circumstance, the man who needed a bathroom and had no access now carries the label of sex offender. Every effort he has made to find work and housing has been marked by that label.

     In my ministry with The Outdoor Church, I am always aware of the trouble that calling the police can cause for someone, and a woman, assuming the worst of a stranger, made a call that changed a man's already difficult life. Why should anyone have that power? Why were the police so willing to make an arrest? Can a system that moves so quickly to judgement truly be just?

    Because of the many stories like this one, the need for legal advice and representation has become a focus for many who are working to interrupt the link between homelessness and prison.

                                       ~ Pat Zifcak

Immigration and Sanctuary Group Update
  • Five members of the congregation have been involved in doing shifts to support the sanctuary effort at St. Paul's in Newton.
  • Others have been involved in the following:

             - Vigils at the ICE detention center in South Bay

             - Prayer vigils at the ICE office in Burlington

             - Transporting people to ICE hearings

             - Demonstrations about immigrant rights and family separations

             - Phone calls and emails to the state legislature about the Safe Communities Act and it's baby brother the proposed four amendments to the state                      budget concerning immigration

Things are not improving and we need all the help we can get. If you are interested in participating in any way, please contact Simon Lejeune at

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

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..
Brookline Food Pantry Needs
The Brookline Food Pantry needs personal care products such as regular size shampoo, soap, toothpaste, and toothbrushes (perfect if you meant to donate to Mil Milagros but didn't get your donation in on time!) These and other personal care products can be brought to church any Sunday and placed in the large basket by the Aspinwall door. Many thanks!  
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  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rev. Elise Feyerherm: Sunday & Tuesday through Thursday   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 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..

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?

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. Elise A. Feyerherm 
Deacon  The Ven. Pat Zifkac 
Director of Music  Andrew Clarkson 
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Crucifer  Lena Schultzberg
Lectors  Fred Young and Judy Rice
Prayers of the People  Matshai Motimele
Chalice Bearers  Mike Scheffler and John Ferguson
Healing Prayers  Sharlene Wing and John Ferguson
Offering Counters  Nate Gaede, John Ferguson, Melissa Dulla, and Judy Rice 
Altar Guild  8:00 am: Ann Colageo
10:00 am: Mike Scheffler and Mary Beth Elder   
Greeters  Chris Dulla, Clara Batchelor, and Rebecca Schultzberg
Ushers  Members of the Ushers Ministry 
Coffee Hour Host Madelyn Armstrong and Sona Hoisington

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  We remember and celebrate the birthdays of Matthew Thompson, Andre Lima, George Coggeshall, Sophia Vos, and Yvonne Prete.

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  

Jeremiah 23:1-6; Ephesians 2:11-22; Mark 6:30-34, 53-56

Psalm 23  (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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