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This Sunday at St. Paul's: May 31

 8:00 am Contemplative Eucharist (Chapel)

 9:00 am Stewardship Vision Meeting (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 leading his last class on prayer this Sunday. The class will begin at 11:15 am, following the 10:00 service. Please join us! Here's a synopsis of the class:  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 this coming Sunday

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!

Many Thanks for Our Pentecost Celebration!
We extend a heartfelt thank you to all who helped make last weekend's celebration of Pentecost as colorful and linguistically diverse as it was! During the service, 23 voices, using 13 different languages, told the story of the coming of the Holy Spirit. The Cantonese, Dutch, Farsi, French, Italian, Japanese, German, Latin, and American English renditions of Scripture represented to us "the sound of a mighty wind" as we gathered under the decorative flames representing the Holy Spirit's presence. Special thanks go to all those who read in various languages, to the children and youth of church school who created our Pentecost mobile, to Maryann Kurkjian for organizing the details of how we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit, and to Madeleine Taylor for overseeing the morning rehearsal. 
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. The deadline for applications is this Sunday, 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: June 2
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 next Sunday! 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 preach.
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!
Interfaith Retreat sponsored by MA Interfaith Power & Light: June 7
Cultivating Faith and Hope in an Age of Climate Crisis:
 An Interfaith Afternoon Retreat

Led by Rabbi Katy Allen and Rev. Dr. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas

In the face of ecological crisis, how do we maintain faith and hope? What spiritual practices and perspectives sustain us as we struggle to protect the web of life?

Sunday, June 7, 2015

2:00-5:30 pm

Church of the Holy Spirit

169 Rice Road, Wayland, MA 01778


Open to people of all spiritual traditions or none.

Suggested Donation of $10 to $30. More if you can, less if you can't.

To register online, visit www.MIPandL.org or click here.
Sponsored by MA Interfaith Power & Light, The Episcopal Diocese of Western MA and One Earth Collaborative.

The retreat will explore a framework and some tools to help us maintain ourselves as healers filled with compassion, energy, and hope. The retreat will include presentations, guided meditation, group sharing, a little singing, and space for solitary reflection and prayer. For more information contact: Vince Maraventano at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 617-244-0755. 

Help support Masakane Trust involved in Mission in South Africa
Bishop Bud Cederholm shares this exciting news on behalf of several congregations in the diocese who have formed a Mission partnership in South Africa with Masakane Trust and their preschools and preschool teachers in rural South Africa where there is much poverty. Their congregations are sponsoring a:
 Sunday afternoon of music, mission, and more
 June 7 from 4-6 pm at Church of the Holy Spirit
 525 River Street in Mattapan
Choirs, other singers, musicians, and dancers from Holy Spirit Mattapan, Christ Church Plymouth, St. Michael's Milton, St. Pauls Lynnfield, and elsewhere will offer a wonderful, widely diverse program including African music and a sing along. Missioners will share stories of their experiences and how they were forever deeply moved by the children, teachers, trainers and villages they visited. Their stories are resurrection stories that have brought tears, laughter, compassion and commitment from their congregations and others in the diocese. Free will offerings and donations for teacher training and school supplies are much appreciated. For more information, please contact: Kathy Bombara at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Holly Hartman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Bud Cederholm at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
A Conversation about End-of-Life Care: June 14
Please join Sherrill House and Ellen Goodman, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and founder of the Conversation Project, for a free talk on the most important conversation Americans aren't having today - the conversation about end-of-life care.Ellen Goodman will share with humor and honesty her personal story as a caregiver to her mother. She'll offer ice breakers to start the conversation with loved ones and take questions from the audience.
June 14 from 1:30 to 2:30 pm
Trinity Church, Copley Square, Boston

For more information, please call 617-731-2400 X3073 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Upcoming MOP Speakers' Series: June 21
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.
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
The Rev. Megan C. Holding         
Preacher  The Rev. Matthew Kruger 
Organist and Choir Director  Andrew E. Clarkson 
Kendall Gray 
Server  Jordan Fried 
Flora Fried 
Torchbearers  Jillian Carusone and Maddie Carusone  
Pat Dunbar and Betsy Munzer 
Prayers of the People  Lorraine Baugh 
Chalice Bearers  Leah Rugen and Linda Sanches  
Healing Prayers  Elisabeth Choi and John Ferguson  
Altar Guild   Lydia Snover    
Ushers  Walter Mucha, Adelaide Xie, and Sam Scott   
Greeters    The Greeter Team 
Coffee Hour Host  Alan Fried  
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: Beth Chapman, Matheus Lima, Art Wing, Ben Norton, Seth Kangas, Katy Mallon, Tim Smith, Walter Mucha, Zoe Vanderschmidt, and Dominic Williams.
Memorials: The flowers on the altar are given in loving memory of Earle and Judith Ralph.
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
Isaiah 6:1-8; Romans 8:12-17; John 3:1-17 
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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