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This Sunday at St. Paul's: July 15, 2018

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

Adult Formation: A Wrinkle in Time

Nursery/Childcare

Great Hall  

Lichtenberger Room 

10:00 am

Holy Eucharist with Sermon 

 
Sanctuary  
11:15 am  Coffee Hour  Great Hall 
 
This week at St. Paul's
Monday, July 16 7:00 am Yoga Lichtenberger Room
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 - 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

Kind Acts: The $5 Project

I had wanted to be more creative... but I was on my way into TD Garden with my family, feeling joyous to be going to hear Paul Simon. I saw a man sitting quietly on the floor with a cup that held only a few coins. I put my $5 in his cup and looked in his eyes.

                                                                                    ~ Leah Rugen

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! 
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

We are still looking for people who have had experience working with the incarcerated and would be willing to write a brief account of their experiences. Whether it was one or two volunteer outings, an ongoing volunteer commitment, or a full-time job, we want to learn more about it! For a great example of what we have in mind, see Jill Seiler-Moon's write-up in last week's newsletter. Please contact Leahanne Sarlo 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. if you're interested in contributing. 

Organ Ministry Formed

An organ ministry has been formed and started last week. Its task will be to consider our parish interests in organ music going forward, research possible options to meet those interests, and ultimately make an action plan recommendation to the vestry. Members of the organ ministry are:  Will Biedron, Jack Elder, Tim Gillette, Sona Hoisington, Betsy Munzer, Berred Ouellette, Mike Scheffler, and Julie Starr.

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..

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 15 after the 5pm liturgy at the Congregational Church of Weston (+MA+02493/@42.3533882,-71.2874288,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x89e3837f8534a81f:0x30216dba00623be6!8m2!3d42.3533882!4d-71.2852401">130 Newton St., Weston, MA 02493), and 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.

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..

Tasting Communion Bread: July 22

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 on July 22, 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!

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 
Server  Julie House 
Crucifer  Lena Schultzberg 
Lectors  Kristen Renaud and Staci Hopkin 
Prayers of the People  Adelaide Xie   
Chalice Bearers  Maryann Kurkjian and Hal Edmonson 
Healing Prayers  Julie House and Beverly Estes-Smargiassi 
Offering Counters  Ayanna McPhail and Tim Hintz 
Altar Guild  8:00 am: Maryann Kurkjian
10:00 am:  Elisabeth Choi and Beverly Estes-Smargiassi    
Greeters  Melissa Dulla, Brett Foster, Kate Kelley, and Barbie Maniscalco 
Ushers  Members of the Ushers Ministry 
Coffee Hour Host The Schultzberg 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, Memorials, and Prayers 

Celebrations  We remember and celebrate the birthdays of Andy Clarkson, Edward Jacobson, Roger House, Robert Burke, Alan Fried, Jim Bales, Tess Jewell, Karen Scheffler, and Mitchell Cheverie.

Memorials  We pray for the repose of the soul of Kathleen Ann Benjamin.   

  

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 

Amos 7:7-15; Ephesians 1:3-14; Mark 6:14-29

Psalm 85:8-13 (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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