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This Sunday at St. Paul's: May 17

 8:00 am Contemplative Eucharist (Chapel)

 9:00 am MOP Speaker Joy Howard: "Art & Spirituality at Suffolk County

              House of Correction" (Lichtenberger Room) 

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

11:30 am Adult Ed Forum: Br. David B. Vryhof, SSJE (Lichtenberger Room)  

A Short School of PrayerAdult Education in May

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."

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.
Pentecost Readers Needed!

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 language the scripture passage from the Book of Acts telling the story of the coming of the Holy Spirit and the birthday of the Church. We need many volunteers, adult and youth. If you have an ability to read a printed text in a language other than English, please join us, the more, the better. It's a day of celebration and we hope to have any and all languages within the St. Paul's community represented. Language texts will be provided. Please contact Maryann Kurkjian (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you can participate. Gracias! Merci! Spaciba! Danke! Thank you!   And please remember to wear RED! 

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!

Capital Campaign Consultant Meetings

As you may have heard over the last few months, St. Paul's is in need of some significant repairs to the building, organ, and heating systems.  Additionally, the Long Range Planning Committee identified a number of areas where St. Paul's has a significant opportunity to grow in our programs, mission, and outreach.  To address some of these issues and potential opportunities, the Vestry voted to explore the possibility of starting a capital campaign.  Over the last month, the Vestry, and the leaders of our last Capital Campaign 8 years ago, met with two consultants to hear proposals about how to potentially run a campaign.  After careful consideration, Kairos & Associates was chosen as the group most able to help us based on their skills and our needs.Over the next month, the Vestry will be considering whether to enter into a contract with Kairos to do the Discernment necessary to carry out a capital campaign.  Please let the Wardens (Arlene Swan-Mahony and Chris Dulla) or anyone on the Vestry know if you have any questions or concerns, or if you would like to be part of the conversation.  Thanks!
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. 
Episcopal City Mission Annual Fundraising Dinner: June 9

For many years St Paul's has been involved in Episcopal City Mission (ECM), a faith based ministry which promotes social justice working through congregations, community-based organizations, and people within the Diocese of MA with special emphasis on the urban poor an oppressed.

This year, ECM's Annual Fundraising Dinner will have as keynote speaker Sister Simone Campbell, an attorney and a poet who works for social and economic justice.  As the Executive Director of NETWORK she is very well known nationwide as the creator and leader of "Nuns in the Bus" tours.  We hope to reserve a table for 10 people from St Paul's.  The dinner will be at Boston University's George Sherman Union, starting at 6pm on Tuesday, June 9th.

Tickets are $50 per person and anyone from St Paul's is welcome to attend. We are asking those wishing to attend to pay the ticket price or more. Checks can be made payable to "St. Paul's Rector's Discretionary Fund," with a notation for "ECM Annual Fundraising Dinner," and forwarded to Jill Seiler-Moon, Parish Administrator, in our Church Office. If you have questions about this event, please contact St. Paul's ECM Delegates: Beverly Estes-Smargiassi 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..

Serving Us This Week
Br. David B. Vryhof, SSJE         
Presider   The Rev. Megan C. Holding  
Organist and Choir Director  Andrew E. Clarkson 
Kendall Gray 
Server  HD Rothman 
Claire Holding 
Torchbearers  Jillian Carusone and Maddie Carusone  
Hazel Johnson and Jean Moses  
Prayers of the People  Laura Chasin  
Chalice Bearers  Nancy Madden and Jean Moses 
Healing Prayers  Sharlene Wing and Betsy Munzer   
Altar Guild    (8 am) Ann Colageo
 (10 am) John Ferguson and Amy Chang    
Ushers  Walter Mucha, Robert Burke, and Sam Scott   
Greeters    Melissa Dulla, Brett Foster, Angie Jepson-Marks, and Cricket Beauregard-Lewis    
Coffee Hour Host  The Schultzberg's
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: Paul Snover, Kenneth Carter, Bev Estes-Smargiassi, Michael Rothman, Gary McPhail, Jacob Boral, Nino Ciampa, Paula Ewenstein, Linda Hastie, and Meredith Davis.
Memorials: The flowers on the altar are given in loving memory of Shirley and Wendell Campbell.
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., and those in the military: Lucas S. and Hana L.
Scripture Readings
Acts 1:15-17, 21-26; 1 John 5:9-13; John 17:6-19
Wherever you are on your journey with or toward God, you are welcome and invited at St. Paul's!

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