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This Sunday at St. Paul's: May 10

  8:00 am Contemplative Eucharist (Chapel)

  9:00 am Adult Education led by Tim Hintz (LR) 

  9:00 am Sunday School (Lower Level) 

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

20s/30s Family Outing: Saturday, May 9
If you discern yourself to be in your 20s or 30s, please join us for an outing to Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary this 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.).
Adult Education this Sunday
On Sunday in adult education, we will be picking up a thread from the Lenten series on prayer. This week we will look at how we find God in ordinary things and ponder how to see things in a new light. Tim Hintz will help facilitate. Please do join us at 9:00 am in the Lichtenberger Room.
Adult Education Series: A Short School of Prayer: May 17, 24, 31

Br. David Vryhof of the Society of St. John the Evangelist will be with us for three Sundays in May to lead a class on prayer. The class will begin at 11:15 am, following the 10:00 service.  Here is Br. David's description of the topic(s) for each week:

Sunday, May 17 - What is prayer?  Many Christians find it difficult to maintain a daily spiritual practice of prayer. The reason for their failure is often rooted in a misunderstanding of what prayer is. In this first session, we'll try to take a fresh look at this familiar topic.

Sunday, May 24 - Praying with Scripture. Many of us have learned to pray certain prayers, -- such as prayers of petition, intercession, thanksgiving and confession - but we may be unfamiliar with more meditative forms of prayer that could add depth to our spiritual lives.  In this class we will learn about and practice two forms of meditative prayer which can help us pray with Scripture.

Sunday, May 31 - Praying our Lives. Establishing a rhythm of daily prayer in our lives is important, but we can also learn how to make our entire day more prayerful. This class will explore ways in which we can "pray our lives."
Join the Mothers' Day Walk for Peace this coming Sunday organized by the Louis Brown Peace Institute
Where: Town Field Park (AKA Doherty Gibson Park), 1520 Dorchester Ave.  Free parking available 1/2 block away at  500-520 Geneva Ave lot.
When: Sunday May 10, 8 am Opening Remarks, Walk 8.30a (circular walk of 3.5 miles) Communion 11 am in park, led by Bishop Gates.
Why: To support Louis 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 some 10 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.
Parish Administrator's Vacation
Jill's vacation begins on Friday, May 8 and she will return to the office on Tuesday, May 19. Rev. Megan Holding will have normal office hours while Jill is away. Please contact Megan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or the parish office at 617-566-4953 as voice mails will be checked in Jill's absence. 
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. 
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/   
Do you read a language other than English?
If so, we need you on Pentecost Sunday, May 24!  Once again, we will hear in our own languages the scripture passage from the Book of Acts telling the story of the coming of the Holy Spirit and the birthday of the Church. Adult or youth, if you have an ability to read aloud in a language other than English, we need your voice. It's a day of celebration and we hope to have any and all languages within the St. Paul's community represented. The more, the better. Language texts will be provided. Please contact Maryann Kurkjian at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you can participate. Gracias! Merci! Spaciba! Thank you!    
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!

Serving Us This Week
Presider and Preacher  
The Rev. Megan C. Holding          
Organist and Choir Director  Andrew E. Clarkson 
Verger 
Kendall Gray 
Server  Talia Vos 
Crucifer 
Jamie Hintz 
Torchbearers  Elliana Clarkson and Lena Schultzberg 
Lectors
Tim Hintz and Wendy Luk 
Prayers of the People  John Anderson 
Chalice Bearers  Wendy Luk 
Healing Prayers  John Ferguson and Linda Sanches  
Altar Guild   Ann Colageo (8 am), Sharlene Wing (10 am)  
Ushers  Walter Mucha, Robert Burke, and Sam Scott 
Greeters    Jeannie Baca, Cricket Beauregard-Lewis, Beverly Estes-Smargiassi, and Kate Kelley    
Coffee Hour Host  The Fairchild Family 
Sunday School Snack  The Hopkins 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: Sarah Campbell, Laura Batchelor, Emily Carusone, and Madeleine Carusone.
Celebrations: We celebrate with proud parents Alicia Silver Mucha and Ryan Morash on the birth of their daughter, Lillianne Alexandra Morash, born on May 1, and Angie and Brett Marks welcomed their son Adrian John Marks into the world on May 4...celebrations to all !
Memorials: The flowers on the altar are given in loving memory of Wladyslaw and Josephine Mucha, Waverly and Maude Silver, Herman and Clara Silver, Henry and Eliza Richardson, John Williams, and Eleanor Konecy. We pray for the repose of the soul of Elaine White who died on May 4.
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 10:44-48; 1 John 5:1-6; John 15:9-17
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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