This Sunday at St. Paul's: September 2, 2018

The Fifteenth 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 
This week at St. Paul's
Monday, September 3 7:00 am Yoga Lichtenberger Room
Thank You to our Communion Bread Bakers!

For five Sundays in July and August, we shared home-baked loaves of bread at communion. Whole wheat flour, honey, and molasses reminded us to "taste and see that the Lord is good." Each week, parishioners gave of their time and effort to bake these loaves. A special thank you goes out to those who baked: Piper Trelstad; Andrew, Laura, Isabelle, and Madeleine Tanis; Maryann Kurkjian; Glenn Seberg; and John VanScoyoc.

What was your experience of using real bread for Holy Communion? How did it affect your experience of God, of the community, of the Eucharist itself? Would you like to have it again? Did you want to help bake but didn't get a chance? Let us know!

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

The YARD SALE is coming next weekend: September 8 !

  

 

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.  

New Format for our Worship Bulletins
On Sunday, September 9, we will be introducing a new format for our worship bulletins that all parishioners will use. The larger font and larger booklet will make it more readable, and our environmental impact will remain the same as the new format uses the same amount of paper as our previous folded booklet. Let us know how you like it!
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.

Prison Ministry Group: Next Meeting is September 9

Thank you to those who attended our meeting last Sunday! For those who couldn't make it, the series of videos we watched - "We Are Witnesses," produced by the Marshall Project - is available freely online at https://www.themarshallproject.org/witnesses. These videos are 2 to 6 minutes in length and feature people who have been involved in the criminal justice system in some way telling their own stories in their own words. Former inmates, parents of inmates, crime victims and their families, police officers, prison guards, judges, public defenders - a cross-section of the many people affected by mass incarceration.

A more extended update is available as a new blog post  on our (still-under-construction) website.

Hope to see you at our next meeting on Sunday, September 9 at 11:30am in the Lichtenberger Room.

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

Grand Opening Celebration of our Newly Renovated Lower Level !!
 ** Moved to September 16 **

Please come to church on September 16 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 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 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 

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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.

Serving us this week

Preacher   

The Rev. Elise A. Feyerherm   

Presider  The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello  
Deacon  The Ven. Pat Zifcak 
Pianist  Naoko Norton 
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Lectors  Leah Rugen and Beverly Estes-Smargiassi  
Prayers of the People  Betsy Munzer 
Chalice Bearers  Sharlene Wing and Beverly Estes-Smargiassi 
Healing Prayers  E. Lorraine Baugh and Martha Curtis  
Offering Counters  Brett Foster, Jeannie Baca, and Julie House  
Altar Guild  8:00 am: Ann Colageo
10:00 am: John Ferguson and Adelaide Xie       
Greeters  Maria O'Meara, John Ferguson, Tim Hintz, and Kristen Renaud 
Ushers  Ushers Team
Coffee Hour Host  The Rice-Ahonen 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 Tammy Hobbs Miracky, Leah Rugen, and Noah Fairchild.  

Memorials   

We remember Ruth Baylis Toaz and Robert Dunlop Toaz, in whose memory the altar flowers are given by Barbara and John VanScoyoc.        . 

 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., those in the military: Lucas S., Hana L., and Jamie C., and those preparing for Ordination: Tammy Hobbs Miracky and Lauren Lukason. 

Scripture Readings 

Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9; Psalm 15; James 1:17-27; Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

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