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This Sunday at St. Paul's: August 26, 2018

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

Nursery/Childcare

Lichtenberger Room 

10:00 am

Holy Eucharist with Sermon 

Sanctuary  
11:15 am  Coffee Hour  Great Hall 
11:30 am  Prison Ministry Meeting
Sunday Lunch Bunch 
Lichtenberger Room
Great Hall 
  • The Sunday Lunch Bunch returns this Sunday. The Sunday Lunch Bunch is a genial 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 the numbers present; then travel together by foot or carpool to our chosen 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 or Maryann Kurkjian, or you can speak with any Usher or Greeter.
This week at St. Paul's
Monday, August 27 7:00 am Yoga Lichtenberger Room
Prison Ministry Inaugural Meeting

I want to thank everyone who attended our first meeting on August 12! We had a great discussion, hopefully the first of many. And for those who had to miss it, we're tentatively planning to meet every two weeks, at least initially (we'll see how it goes). This would make our next meeting scheduled for this coming Sunday, August 26 at 11:30 am in the Lichtenberger Room. All are welcome to join in.

I've added a new blog post to the (still-under-construction) website that includes the above info. as well as links to an article (and associated podcast and video) that I hope you'll find as inspirational as I did. It's about Thrive for Life, a Jesuit prison ministry organization that operates in the New York area.

And if you haven't already, I hope you'll check out the Online Resources page and the In the News page on that website. (I've been updating the In the News page on a regular basis.) All feedback and suggestions welcome!

Thank you again, everyone!  Leahanne Sarlo  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The YARD SALE is coming on September 8! Plan ahead.

  

The annual GIANT St. Paul's yard sale is scheduled for Saturday September 8. 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.">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. Stockpile now, and bring books, clothes, toys, household goods, working electronics and furniture to the Great Hall any time from Sunday September 2 on. Bikes may be donated NOW; please give Jill a heads up in the office if you'd like to drop off a bike.  

Sunday Morning Adult Formation Returns on September 9

Join us on September 9 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.

Grand Opening Celebration of our Newly Renovated Lower Level !! September 9

Please come to church on September 9 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!

 

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

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 (daily schedule to follow). 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!

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

 

 

Click on the following link to register:

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

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.

Confirmation & Reception into the Episcopal Church
Saturday, October 27

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 at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by September 9.

Beware of this email SCAM !

It has come to our attention that there is a new email scam circulating with the sender posing to be parish clergy (using similar clergy email addresses) asking for financial contributions to help others in need. Please know that our clergy would never request financial assistance in this manner and these requests should be disregarded.

If you do happen to receive one of these scam emails, it will be helpful for us to know; please email Jill in the parish office This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let her know.  

Serving us this week

Preacher   

The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello   

Presider  The Rev. Elise A. Feyerherm 
Deacon  The Ven. Pat Zifcak 
Music Director  Andrew E. Clarkson 
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Server Flora Fried 
Lectors  Anne Campbell and Jim Zaremba 
Prayers of the People  Lauren Lukason 
Chalice Bearers  Georgia Smith and Adelaide Xie 
Healing Prayers  Beverly Estes-Smargiassi and Angie Marks 
Offering Counters  Nate Gaede, John Ferguson, Brett Foster, and Judy Rice 
Altar Guild  8:00 am: Maryann Kurkjian
10:00 am: Adelaide Xie and Mary Beth Elder     
Greeters  Chris Dulla, Clara Batchelor, and Rebecca Schultzberg  
Ushers  Ushers Team
Coffee Hour Host  George Coggeshall 

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 Angela Meehan, Arlene Swan-Mahony, Emilia House, Adam Coggeshall, Pamela Di Stefano, and Olivia Miller.  

Memorials   

We remember Camilla L. Titcomb, in whose memory the altar flowers are given, by Madelyn Armstrong.        .

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., and those in the military: Lucas S., Hana L., and Jamie C.

Scripture Readings 

Joshua 24:1-2a, 14-18; Ephesians 6:10-20; John 6:56-69

Psalm 34:15-22  (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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