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This Sunday at St. Paul's: October 8, 2017

8:00 am:          Contemplative Service of Holy Communion (Chapel)

9:00 am:          Church School (Lower Level)

                       Adult Education: Drinking from the Well: Retreat Insights (Great Hall)

10:00 am         Holy Eucharist and Baptism with Sermon and Choir (Sanctuary)                   

11:15 am         Coffee Hour (Great Hall)

11:30 am         Blessing of the Animals (Front Lawn)

  • Adult Education: Drinking from the Well. We'll share insights gained at the Parish Retreat for those who were not able to be there, and share resources for ongoing spiritual nourishment in our lives.
  • Blessing of the Animals: To remember the Feast of St. Francis, lover of animals, and continue the church's tradition of remembering our relationship to all of God's creation, we will hold a Blessing of the Animals at 11:30am this coming Sunday. Please bring your animal companions for a blessing! We'll meet on the front lawn and all are welcome! 
This Week at St. Paul's

 Monday, October 9               Yoga                          7:00 am (Lichtenberger Room)

Tuesday, October 10              Scripture Group          7:30 pm (Lichtenberger Room) 

 Wednesday, October 11        Choir Rehearsal          7:00 pm (Choir Room) 

Confirmation Class Launches a Kindness Campaign

As our service project, the Confirmation Class is launching a Kindness Campaign!  We recognize that current events have left many of us feeling depressed and powerless; however we also know that small acts of kindness can reap great benefits for both the giver and the receiver--as well as bystanders who witness these kind acts.  We have many activities planned throughout the program year.  Look for our logo and join in our campaign. Together we can make a world of difference!

If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one. 

                             --Mother Teresa 

 Sunday Church School

The theme for this coming Sunday, October 8, will be the story of St. Francis! We will continue to meet downstairs as we start to develop solutions for renovations. Please be on the look out for a church school snack sign-up coming to your email soon. Thanks to all of you who have registered your children for church school. If you haven't registered your child, there is still time. Please click the following link to register: REGISTER HERE  

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

Urgent Help Needed for Puerto Rico

Parishioner Sarah Campbell has a friend whose family in Puerto Rico is collecting and distributing items for immediate help on the ground.  For the next two weeks, we will be collecting the following items in a basket in the back of the church to send to Puerto Rico.  Please help however you can.

Toothpaste, feminine products, deodorant, baby wipes, sanitizer, batteries, canned foods, crackers, cheese whiz, packed tuna, Nutella, peanut butter, portable phone chargers, Tylenol, Benadryl, Motrin, Triple antibiotic ointment, powdered Gatorade, oatmeal packs, cereal bars, protein bars, flashlights & batteries, candles, band aids, cookies, candies, packed mashed potatoes, etc. 

All-Parish Retreat   

More than 80 parishioners gathered in New Hampshire last weekend for St Paul's 14th Annual All-Parish Retreat. Christina Leano of the Bethany House of Prayer facilitated a group reflection on the practice of gratitude as part of our exploration of the Retreat theme: Drinking from the Well: Paths toward Spiritual Renewal and Refreshment. On Saturday, rain clouds rolled away so that all could join in for smores and campfire singing -- one of the high points of the weekend!

Scripture Group Meeting: October 10 

The Scripture Group will meet again on Tuesday, October 10 at 7:30pm in the Lichtenberger Room. Click here for the readings (we are following Track 2). Hope to see you there!
 All-Parish Meeting: October 15

Save the date of Sunday, October 15 for our next all-parish meeting updating you on fundraising and construction of our capital projects and an exciting announcement about a new partner for the lower level. We will meet after the 10am service; grab some coffee and join us in the Great Hall. We look forward to seeing everyone! 

Upcoming Ministry Outside the Parish (M.O.P.) Speaker: October 22

Lola Children's Fund Allie Haley, founder and director, will speak on October 22 at 11:30am in the Lichtenberger Room. The fund provides funding to Lola Children's Home in Mekelle, Ethiopia, a community program for HIV-affected families. The children's home provides residential, day care and outreach services to HIV-affected children, many of whom were left without family or government support after their parents' deaths.

Torchbearer Training: October 22

There will be Torchbearer Training for grades 3 and above on Sunday, October 22 following the 10am service. The training should last 1 hour and lunch will be provided. Please e-mail Maggie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions. 

Spiritual Book Group: October 24

The Spiritual Book Group will gather again on Tuesday, October 24 at 7:30pm in the Lichtenberger Room to discuss "The Book of Joy" by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archibishop Desmond Tutu. Please join us! Questions? Please contact Barbie Maniscalco at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Our next Baptismal Date is November 5

If you would like to schedule a baptism, please be in touch with Jill, our parish administrator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or you may call the parish office 617-566-4953.   

The New Sanctuary Movement

The New Sanctuary movement is active in the Boston area. Undocumented people can seek sanctuary in churches to avoid being deported by immigration officials. This movement largely involves families who are trying to stay together. St Paul's does not have the facilities to house a family. But several other churches do, for example there is a family in sanctuary in Cambridge at this time. The churches that can house families are calling for secular groups and other congregations of all faiths to provide support for them in their efforts. The support varies with the needs of the family but can include grocery shopping, tutoring, or taking kids to school. As well, there is a need for 24/7 presence of volunteers in the sanctuary.

Eliza (when she was here), Kate Kelley, and I have attended some meetings about these issues. We would like to tell you about what is happening locally in the sanctuary movement. Through education and discussion we can find out if members of St. Paul's want to get involved; either as a community or as individuals.

We are planning some discussion meetings in the fall. Please let us know if you are interested in this effort.

Thanks,   Simon Lejeune This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.      Kate Kelley This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

An Update on Rev. Megan Holding's Discernment

Dear Beloved St. Paul's community,Last year I shared with you a sense of being called to discern the next phase in my ministry. The image that kept appearing in my prayer life was the image of myself standing on the porch of a church -- grounded in and connected to a parish, while also bringing the sacramental and pastoral work of the church out into the world. It is with great joy, excitement, and gratitude, that I write to tell you that I begin a new role this fall that will allow me to live into this vision of the priesthood.Beginning this week, I will be serving as the Acting Episcopal Chaplain at Northeastern University, one of the university chaplaincies supported by our diocese. At the same time, I will continue to serve as Priest Associate at St. Paul's. I will be with you many Sundays, as I have been this past year; I will continue to provide liturgical and pastoral support to Jeff, Elise, and Pat as needed and as I am able; and St. Paul's will remain home base for the Holding family.I am grateful for this combination of roles and communities. And I remain incredibly grateful for all the ways in which St. Paul's has supported me and my family. Your questions and suggestions with regard to my recent discernment, and your willingness to give me space, support and time to allow that discernment to unfold are a continuation of the love and support in which you have held me to and through each phase of my ordained ministry.You have been and remain great blessings in my life; and I look forward to our continued ministry together.With much love and many prayers,

Serving us this week
Preacher and Presider  The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello  
Deacon  The Ven. Pat Zifcak 
Organist  Geoffrey Wieting 
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Server  Ardani Mello-Daigneault 
Torchbearer Sarah Dulla 
Lectors                                     Anne Campbell and Steve Kelley 
Chalice Bearers    John Ferguson and Tammy Hobbs Miracky 
Eucharistic Visitor  Leah Rugen 

Vestry Representatives 

Barbie Maniscalco, Alan Fried, and Leah Rugen 

Altar Guild 

8:00 am: Ann Colageo
10:00 am: John Ferguson and Mike Scheffler   

Greeters  Beverly Estes-Smargiassi, Kristen Renaud, and Barbie Maniscalco   
Ushers  Walter Mucha, Sam Scott, Hanako Norton,
Robert Burke, Jeannie Baca, and Ben Norton  
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. 

Memorials, Celebrations, and Prayers

Memorials  The flowers this week are given in loving memory of Dorothy S. Berger by Rebecca Schultzberg, and we pray for the repose of the soul of Alex Emanuel who died this week.

Celebrations  We remember and celebrate the birthdays of Esme DiStefano-Forti, Jack Elder, Ali O'Brien, and Brett Marks, and we celebrate the baptism of Milo Nash Pavlovich.

Prayers  Maria P., Jennifer L., Felina R., the Children and Staff of Mil Milagros, Gladys J., Tim G., Camille J-F, Debra, Janet R., David F., Kendall G., Ruth R., Paul, Alexander T., Gerke V., Kim L., Lavinia J., Deborah F., Kitty C., Alissa P., Jane K., Whitney, Susan P., Laura S., Fran C., Nan C., Allan K., Sue H., and those in the military: Lucas S., Hana L., and Jamie C. 

Scripture Readings

 Isaiah 5:1-7; Philippians 3:4b-14; Matthew 21:33-46 

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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