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This Sunday at St. Paul's: May 24

 8:00 am Contemplative Eucharist (Chapel)

 9:00 am Church School meeting for Youth Sunday practice 

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

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

This Sunday is The Day of Pentecost: Remember to WEAR RED!
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. This same text will be read by members of the congregation in many languages other than English. Please join in this day of celebration...Gracias! Merci! Spaciba! Danke! Thank you! 
A Mission Sunday Thank You
Thank you to everyone who participated in our Mission Sundays this year! We definitely experienced "Faith in Action" and served local needs each time we gathered. What an inspiration you all are! See you in the fall for our next season of missions.
A Short School of PrayerAdult Education in May

Br. David Vryhof of the Society of St. John the Evangelist will be with us for two more Sundays in May to lead a class on prayer. The class will begin at 11:15 am, following the 10:00 service. Please join us! 

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."

Stewardship Vision Meeting: Sunday, May 31

Please join us at 9 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!

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. 
Knitting Group
The Knitting Group will be meeting on Tuesday, June 2, at 7:00 pm in the Lichtenberger Room at the Church.
Youth Sunday is June 7
Youth Sunday is right around the corner! Get ready to hear creative prayers, beautiful voices joining the choir and shared reading of the scriptures from our Church School Children on Sunday, June 7. Hazel Johnson, Director of Youth and Children's Ministry, will share the message. In preparation, Church School will be meeting this Sunday, May 24 at 9 am for Youth Sunday practice.
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..

Upcoming MOP Speakers' Series
We are pleased to invite you to the next MOP hosted speakers' series: 
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.
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!
Brookline Food Pantry
The steady increase in customers at the Brookline Food Pantry has inspired the director, Rene Feuerman, to open a second location at 55 Egmont Street. This new location will open Thursdays from 3-7 pm for the first few weeks and then continue to expand hours based on customer use. If you are interested in volunteering at either location please speak with Melissa Dulla by phone at 650-743-6745 or contact her via email at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Serving Us This Week
Preacher and Presider 
The Rev. Megan C. Holding         
Organist and Choir Director  Andrew E. Clarkson 
Kendall Gray 
Jamie Hintz 
Torchbearers  Sarah Dulla and Lena Schultzberg 
Alexis Howe, Pat Dunbar, and members of the congregation    
Chalice Bearers  Madeleine Taylor and Andrea Brue  
Healing Prayers  Beverly Estes-Smargiassi and Steve Morrisey   
Altar Guild    (8 am) Lydia Snover
 (10 am) Beverly Estes-Smargiassi and Elisabeth Choi    
Ushers  Walter Mucha, Robert Burke, and Sam Scott   
Greeters    Rebecca Schultzberg and the Greeter team   
Coffee Hour Host  Liz Morrison and Alexis Howe 
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: Connie Donovan, Kate Kelley, Owen Mallon, Nancy Madden, Jesse Margolis, and Alisa Nagano.
Celebrations: Join us in celebrating the baptisms of Connor Caswell Smith-Chang and Josephine Marie Kadamus.
Memorials: The flowers on the altar are given in loving memory of Marjorie Ellis VanScoyoc and William H. (Harry) VanScoyoc.
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 2:1-21; Romans 8:22-27; John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15
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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