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This Sunday at St. Paul's

No 8:00 am Service and No Sunday School 

 8:00 am St. Paul's Walk For Hunger Team (meet at Cathedral, 138 Tremont St. Boston)  

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

11:30 am Sabbatical send off party (Great Hall)  

Make Your Mark at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul: May 2
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 

This Sunday is Mission Sunday - Join us 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).
Knitting Group
The Knitting Group will be meeting this coming Tuesday, May 5, at 7:00 pm in the Lichtenberger Room. 
Parish Administrator's Vacation
Jill will be on vacation from Friday, May 8 through Friday, May 15. Rev. Megan Holding will have normal office hours that week, and Jill will be checking phone messages and emails upon her return to the office on Tuesday, May 19. Please contact Jill in the parish office at 617-566-4953 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have messages for her prior to her vacation.  
20s/30s Family Outing
If you discern yourself to be in your 20s or 30s, please join us for an outing to Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary next Saturday, May 9, at 10 am. While all 20s/30s events welcome children, this event is specifically designed to be friendly to kids of all ages. Carpooling arrangements can be made. To join us in celebrating spring, contact Sarah at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For general 20s/30s inquiries, contact  Jeannie (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Angie (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
Join the Mothers' Day Walk for Peace on May 10
This event is organized by the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute.
Where: Town Field Park, Fields Corner (AKA Doherty Gibson Park),1520 Dorchester Ave. Click +MA+02122/@42.2989441,-71.0603052,17z/data=%213m1%214b1%214m2%213m1%211s0x89e37ba33e6f0085:0x2adb582ada0ada01" alt="https://www.google.com/maps/place/1520+Dorchester+Ave,+Dorchester,+MA+02122/@42.2989441,-71.0603052,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x89e37ba33e6f0085:0x2adb582ada0ada01" target="_blank">here for map. Free parking available 1/2 block away at  500-520 Geneva Ave lot.
When: Sunday May 10, Registration begins 7 am, Opening Remarks 8 am, Walk begins 8.30 am (circular walk of 3.5 miles) Communion 11 am in park, led by Bishop Gates.
Why: To support Louis D. Brown Peace Institute which offers services to families who have lost a member to violence.  We want to be witnesses for peace and show support for victims, survivors and all who are affected by violence.
Who: Members of St Paul's are joining with our diocese's B-Peace anti-violence campaign and Bishop Gates (who will lead communion in the park at 11 am after the walk)
How: Register to walk at www.Mothersdaywalk4peace.org/event-info. We are signing up as part of the team "B-PEACE for Jorge".   
More information: Contact Jean Moses at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or Kate Kelley, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We already have 6 people going in our group. We will take our St Paul's banner and wear St Paul's T shirts. We may organize a car pool from St Paul's.  Do join us!
Upcoming MOP Speakers' Series
We are pleased to invite you to the MOP hosted speakers' series: 

May 17 at 9:00 am 
Art & Spirituality at Suffolk County House of Correction - Joy Howard will speak about her work with the Rev. Pam Werntz at the women's unit of the prison. Every Monday Joy and other volunteers visit women incarcerated there and make greeting cards with them to send to their children. Women with children are the fastest growing prison population.  

June 21 at 11:30 am
Episcopal Relief & Development works to save lives and transform communities worldwide. They rebuild after disasters and empower people to create lasting solutions that fight poverty, hunger and disease. Tinka Perry will speak about the amazing work that ERD does in over 40 countries.

Deadline for MOP Grant Applications and Proposal Forum
The Suffolk County House of Correction and Episcopal Relief and Development received grants from MOP. Every year we award grants to approximately 20 organizations doing GOD's work in very diverse fields from Boston to a village in Ethiopia. If there is any organization you would like us to support you are welcome to apply for a grant. Information about the application process and forms can be found on our website by clicking here. Our next deadline for applications is May 31. Parishioners are also invited to a Proposal Forum on June 14 at 11:30 am where we will hear about the various organizations which have applied for grants. 
Stewardship Vision Meeting: Sunday, May 31

Please join us at 9:00 am in the Lichtenberger Room. As part of our sabbatical work, the parish is engaged in some advance planning for Jeff's return in September. The stewardship committee (Steve Morrissey, Madeleine Taylor, Leah Rugen, John Ferguson, and Megan Holding) invites you to come to a discussion of vision and ideas for this year's stewardship campaign. In addition to laying the groundwork for the fall, we want to broaden our perspective and hear from as many voices as possible. (No worries - there is no expectation that participants will join the stewardship committee!) Possible guiding questions for the meeting will be: how has St. Paul's helped each of us to grow spiritually? Why do we give to St. Paul's? What are our dreams for the church and the parish?

Whether you have been immersed in stewardship in the past or are brand new and have no idea what it is, this meeting is for you!

Donate Altar Flowers
If you would like to donate flowers for the altar in memory of a loved one, there is an open date on May 31. Please contact Maureen Carter at 617-232-4702 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to make arrangements for your contribution.
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.
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
Presider and Preacher  
The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello         
Assisting Clergy   The Rev. Megan C. Holding  
Organist and Choir Director  Andrew E. Clarkson 
Kendall Gray 
Server  Jordan Fried 
Flora Fried 
Torchbearers  Jillian Carusone and Maddie Carusone  
Adelaide Xie and Nate Gaede  
Prayers of the People  Leah Rugen 
Chalice Bearers   Hazel Johnson and Adelaide Xie 
Healing Prayers  Steve Morrissey and Beverly Estes-Smargiassi  
Altar Guild   Mary Beth Elder and Beverly Estes-Smargiassi (10 am)  
Ushers  Walter Mucha, Robert Burke, and Sam Scott  
Greeters    John Ferguson, Tim Hintz, Jean Moses and Maria O'Meara   
Coffee Hour Host  Sabbatical Send-off Team 
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: Mark Teiwes, Derek Kauffmann, Andrew Palfrey, Lizbeth DeSelm, and Viola Schultzberg.
Memorials: The flowers on the altar are given in loving memory of Michael Paul Colageo and Naomi Freda Kurinsky.
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., Beth A., Eleanore W., Maryann K., Nikki, and those in the military: Lucas S. and Hana L.
Scripture Readings
Acts 8:26-40; 1 John 4:7-21; John 15:1-8
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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