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This Sunday at St. Paul's

  8:00 am Contemplative Eucharist (Chapel)

  9:00 am Adult Education: Sabbatical Q&A / Coffee with the Clergy (Great Hall) 

  9:00 am Sunday School (Lower Level) 

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

11:30 am Newcomers' Brunch (Rectory) 

Welcome The Rev. Matthew Kruger


We are delighted to welcome The Rev. Matthew Kruger who will be serving as Sabbatical Associate Priest this summer at St. Paul's. Rev. Kruger will be assisting in worship and preaching, and supporting Megan in pastoral care. Rev. Kruger will be joining us this Sunday to meet the parish. Please join us in welcoming him! 

Matthew Kruger is currently an adjunct professor at Boston College, and will be beginning a new position there this fall as Assistant Professor of the practice of theology. He celebrated his fifth anniversary as a priest this January, and has served as the Assistant
Vicar at the Old North Church in Boston, and as Curate at Trinity Church in Concord. He grew up in Bedford, MA and attended college at Tufts University, seminary at Harvard Divinity School, and completed his PhD at BC. Matt and his wife live in Cambridge. 

Newcomers' Brunch is this Sunday !
If you are new to St. Paul's or have started coming anytime during the past year, you, your family and friends are warmly invited to a delicious brunch this coming Sunday at 11:30 am at the Parish Rectory, hosted by the Mello-Daigneault family, the Vestry, the Newcomers' Committee, and Greeters. This is a wonderful opportunity to get to know others who have recently become a part of St. Paul's, to learn more about our community and to meet some of the parish leadership team in a gracious and informal setting.If you have not yet RSVP'd, please email Kate Kelley at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let her know if you can come; this will help us with our planning. We look forward to seeing you!
Mission Sunday Update
Thanks to everyone who helped last week as we painted 25 pots and filled them with fresh flowers.  We had lots of hands, of all sizes and ages helping.  And the pots are being delivered to people who need a little sunshine.The next, and last, mission Sunday of this season is the Walk for Hunger on Sunday,
May 3. The St Paul's team will meet downtown and walk to St Paul's for the 10am service, when we will have the sabbatical send off party for Jeff.  If you would like to walk with the St Paul's team please contact Georgia Smith: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Join us for our next Mission Sunday, May 3 as we Walk For Hunger
The St. Paul's Team will begin at the Cathedral at 138 Tremont St. across from the Park Street T stop at 8 am and walk to church arriving in time for the 10 am service. Meet us at St. Paul's Brookline at 7 am to ride the T down to the Cathedral together or meet us at the Cathedral at 8 am. If you would like to participate in the walk, please contact Georgia Smith This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and register at http://www.projectbread.org/walk-for-hunger/ (team name: St Paul's Church, Brookline).
Make Your Mark at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul
Dear Friends,

Cathedral construction is well underway and our new concrete floor has been poured.  Before the tiles are overlaid, I invite you to come and sign your name, hopes, and dreams to our new floor. Your names and prayers will literally become the foundation of our building. 

Please join us for Make Your Mark on May 2nd from 10am-2pm.  

Click the link for a short video with a  preview of the Cathedral interior and a video invitation from me. 
In faith, 

Jep Streit 

Dean, Cathedral Church of St. Paul 

Brookline Food Pantry
The clients at the food pantry have a selection of canned basics. For a little variety, please bring donations of bags of dried beans (black, kidney or pinto), jars of pasta sauce or personal hygiene items (toothpastes, toothbrushes, bar soap, or small shampoos and conditioners). Thanks.
May 3: No 8 am Worship Service
Due to the Walk for Hunger and the all parish sabbatical celebration, there will be no 8 am service on Sunday, May 3. Everyone is invited to join us on the walk  and at 10 am for the service and celebration.
Sabbatical Brochure
We have printed a sabbatical brochure that answers "Frequently Asked Questions" about Rev. Jeff's sabbatical, such as:
  • What is Sabbatical?
  • How long will Jeff be gone?
  • What will Jeff be doing on his sabbatical?
  • Who will cover Jeff's responsibilities during his absence?
  • What will we do while Jeff is gone?
Please pick up a copy on Sunday morning at the ushers table in the Sanctuary or on the table outside the Lichtenberger Room. On Sunday, May 3, we will have a "send-off" for Jeff and his family. We will bless them on their way and celebrate the beginning of this time. If you have sabbatical-related questions, please contact any member of the Sabbatical Planning Team: Melissa Dulla, Julie House, Maryann Kurkjian, Angie Marks, Steve Morrissey, Chris Smith, and Madeleine Taylor.  
EfM Groups are Forming for Next Year
EfM (Education for Ministry) is a four year course of study dedicated to strengthening the laity in the richness of the Church and grounding them with a knowledge of their faith. Sponsored by the (Episcopal) University of the South, several groups meet throughout our diocese in weekly seminars during the academic year under the guidance of trained mentors for two to three hour (morning or evening) sessions. Members participate in worship, study scripture, church history, and theology; as well as engage in theological reflection and group fellowship. A number of St. Paul's members among us have participated in the program (including our own Assistant Rector, Megan Holding) and would be happy to speak about their experiences. Students register for one year at a time and on-line study is also an option. EfM groups within our diocese are currently registering new members for Fall 2015. If you are curious about EfM, two area groups will be welcoming visitors during regular meeting times. These are Trinity Church, Boston, on Tuesday, May 12, at 6:15 pm; and Church of Our Redeemer, Lexington, Monday, May 19 at 10:00 am .Please contact either Glenn Seberg (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Maryann Kurkjian (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for more information or visit the EfM website: http://efm.sewanee.edu/   
St. Paul's 11th Annual All Parish Retreat: October 2-4, Save the Date
St. Paul's All-Parish Retreat will take place this year from Friday, October 2 - Sunday October 4 at the Barbara C. Harris Camp and Conference Center in Greenfield, New Hampshire. The Retreat is a great opportunity to worship, reflect, relax and enjoy a beautiful country setting while getting to know people in the parish in new ways. Look for information coming soon about a Retreat celebration and get-together to talk about hopes and ideas for our 2015 Retreat. Everyone is welcome!
Serving Us This Week
The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello         
Preacher  The Rev. Megan C. Holding  
Assisting Clergy  The Rev. Matthew Kruger 
Organist and Choir Director  Andrew E. Clarkson 
Kendall Gray 
Ardani Mello-Daigneault 
Torchbearers  Elliana Clarkson and Cecilia McPhail 
Sarah Fairchild and Mike Scheffler   
Prayers of the People  Pat Dunbar 
Chalice Bearers  John Ferguson and Alan Fried 
Altar Guild   Lydia Snover (8 am)
Viva Fisher and John Ferguson (10 am)  
Ushers  Walter Mucha, Robert Burke, and Sam Scott  
Greeters    Chris Dulla, Julie House, Roger House, and Rebecca Schultzberg    
Coffee Hour Host  The Flewelling-Allen Family 
Sunday School Snack  The Flewelling-Allen Family 
Click here to view the server spreadsheet. If you need to make a change, please find someone to swap with and let the office know so that the spreadsheet can be updated. 
Memorials, Prayers, and Celebrations
Birthdays: Kimberly Hartwell, Robert Vanderschmidt, Rev. Jeff Mello, and Tia Russell.
Memorials: The flowers on the altar are given in loving memory of Joanne Homer.
Prayer List:  Jennifer L., Janet R., Sue A., Felina R., David F., Dottie W., Katherine S., Albert L., Jae K., the children and staff of Mil Milagros, Shadi E., Liz A., Andy S., Ouida F., Emily Z., Amy C., Randy L. & Family, Elena J., Donna L., Kathy E., Jane L., Rev. John H., Edward J., and those in the military: Lucas S. and Hana L.
Scripture Readings
Acts 4:5-12; 1 John 3:16-24; John 10:11-18
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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