Weekly Newsletter

This Sunday at St. Paul's: September 16, 2018

The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost & Blessing of the Backpacks

8:00 am

Contemplative Service of Holy Communion   Chapel
9:00 am

Adult Formation 

Nursery/Childcare & Church School

High School Youth Group

Choir Rehearsal  

Great Hall 

Lower Level

Lower Level

Choir Room 

10:00 am

Holy Eucharist with Sermon  and Choir 

11:00 am  Blessing of our newly renovated lower level, followed by coffee hour   Lower Level 
  • Blessing of the Backpacks: This coming Sunday, all backpacks and supplies will be blessed at the Blessing of the Backpacks during the 8 and 10am services. All students and teachers of all ages are invited to bring their backpacks, briefcases, and totes to the service for this special blessing!
  • Mission Sunday - School Supplies Collection: September is "back to school" month for students, teachers, and even  Sunday School. Let's share our joy and our treasures in a gesture of giving. The Mission Sunday team will be collecting school supplies for the B-SAFE program in Boston. Some examples of items are listed here: Construction Paper, Sketch Paper, Copier Paper, Scissors, Calculators, Glue (Elmer's wet glue or glue sticks), Colored Pencils, Markers, Ball Point Pens.. We will have boxes to collect donations this coming Sunday.  Questions can be directed to Melissa Dulla at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Adult Formation: Join us this coming Sunday at 9am in the Great Hall for our continuing 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.
  • Celebration and Blessing of our Newly Renovated Lower Level: This coming Sunday, we 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!
This week at St. Paul's
Monday, September 17 7:00 am Yoga Lichtenberger Room
Tuesday, September 18 7:30 pm Vestry Meeting Great Hall
Wednesday, September 19 7:00 pm Choir Rehearsal Choir Room
Church School and/or Youth Group Registration

Hello Parents of Children and Youth! Please click HERE in order to register your child for church school and/or youth group. This registration allows us to better serve you and your child throughout the program year. If you prefer a paper registration, forms are available at church on Sunday morning on the ushers table in the back of the sanctuary as well as on the table outside the Lichtenberger room.

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

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!

Would you like to give Altar Flowers on Sunday morning?

Every Sunday, our altar flowers are given in memory of loved ones who have died, or in thanksgiving for special people in our lives. We have an opening on Sunday, September 23 for the giving of altar flowers. If you would like to donate, please contact Maureen Carter at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Prison Ministry Group: Next Meeting September 23

At our last meeting, we were very fortunate to be able to have a fascinating Q&A session with two St. Paul's parishioners - Jeannie Baca and Kate Kelley - who have had years of experience working or volunteering with the incarcerated and formerly incarcerated. There was a lot of information to take in, and at our next meeting we'll continue to process and discuss what we learned from them. (And if you weren't at last week's meeting, we'll fill you in on what you missed!)

We'll be meeting at our usual place and time: 11:30am in the Lichtenberger Room. Everyone is welcome!

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

Liturgy Group: September 24

Our next Liturgy Group meeting is scheduled for September 24 at 7:00pm in the Chapel. We are 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 have questions, please feel free to contact the Rev'd Elise Feyerherm at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Meals for Parishioners

Calling all Cooks, plain or fancy!

We are recruiting members of St Paul's to cook a meal, no more than once every 4 weeks, for a couple of our members who would love a home cooked meal, but are unable to cook for themselves at this time.

We will make it easy for you: just bring the food to St Paul's on a scheduled Sunday that you've signed up for and we will work on how to get the food to the individual/s. Often there is a person who can make the delivery.

It makes an incredible difference to the recipient/s lives, and helps them feel a continuing member of our church community, even if they can't get to church for a while. Please contact Kate Kelley (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Barbie Maniscalco (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and we will give you more details about the program.  Many thanks in advance.

Scripture Group has a New Focus for 2018-19

Scripture group will resume meeting this month on Tuesday September 25 from 7:30-9:00pm in the Lichtenberger Room. This year we have decided to try something new. We will be using Amy-Jill Levine's book Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi. Each month we will read and discuss a chapter and the parables she refers to. This would be a great time to try out Scripture Group! Order a copy of the book from your local bookstore or favorite internet site and come join us. It is not necessary to come every time, or commit to the entire year. Sept. 25: Introduction: "How we domesticate Jesus's provocative stories," pp. 1-26  email Leah Rugen with any 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.

Serving us this week


The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello    

Presider  The Rev. Elise A. Feyerherm  
Assisting Clergy  The Rev. Megan C. Holding 
Deacon  The Ven. Pat Zifcak 
Director of Music and Organist  Andrew E. Clarkson 
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Server  Ardani Mello-Daigneault 
Crucifer  Austin Jewell 
Torchbearers  Elliana Clarkson and Delilah Chapman 
Lectors  John Anderson and George Coggeshall 
Prayers of the People  Jeannie Baca 
Chalice Bearers  Elisabeth Choi and Mike Scheffler  
Healing Prayers  E. Lorraine Baugh and Angie Marks 
Offering Counters  Mike Scheffler, Ayanna McPhail, and Tim Hintz 
Greeters  Melissa Dulla, Brett Foster, Kate Kelley, and Barbie Maniscalco 
Ushers  Ushers Team
Coffee Hour Host  Betsy Munzer 

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 


We remember and celebrate the birthdays of Brett Foster, Rebecca Schultzberg, Glen Schultzberg, Torrance Dunbar, Randy Gioia, Alison Biedron, and Jim Batchelor.


We remember especially Alan Robert Geyer, Corinne Nelson Ransone, Philip Gordon Ransone, Steven Raymond Williams, Robert Pershing Geyer, and Beverly Ransone Geyer, in whose memory the altar flowers are given by Marion Williams.


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., 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 

Isaiah 50:4-9a; Psalm 116:1-8; James 3;1-12; Mark 8:27-38

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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