Weekly Newsletter
This Sunday at St. Paul's: September 6
  8:00 am Holy Eucharist with Reflection (Chapel) 
10:00 am Holy Eucharist with Sermon (Sanctuary)
11:30 am Coffee Hour (Courtyard)
Festive Pot Luck Coffee Hour
This Sunday we joyously welcome back our Rector, Jeff Mello, from his four month sabbatical. Following the service there will be a festive coffee hour in the courtyard, weather permitting. Please add to the festivities by bringing your favorite finger-food treats for the coffee hour (whatever you'd enjoy making or buying). There will be cake!
Annual GIANT Yard Sale: September 12
The annual giant St Paul's yard sale is fast approaching!
 Saturday September 12 from 10 am to 3 pm

Volunteers are needed for:
  • After church on Sunday, Sept. 6 to move and set up tables
Sorting and organizing donations:
  • Evenings from Monday, Sept. 7 to Friday, Sept. 11
  • Anytime during those days, especially Friday
Saturday, Sept. 12:            
  •   7 am to 10 am for unloading and setup
  • 10 am  to 3 pm (or portions) for selling
  •   3 pm to 7 pm for clean up
You can drop off donations in the Great Hall any time that week. Bring books, clothes, toys, household goods, electronics and furniture. Bring bikes any time between now and the sale.
We'd love to know when you can help so we can plan assignments (and not panic!). To sign up, contact Stephen Estes-Smargiassi (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 617-522-0572) or Jill in the church office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 617-566-4953).
Mission Sunday on September 13
We are helping the children at the B-Ready program in Boston be prepared for the school year. Please bring new backpacks and new school supplies to give to the children to the Great Hall on Sunday, September 13 between 9 and 10am. We will collect and sort them as St Paul's children register for Sunday School. All backpacks and supplies will be blessed in the Blessing of the Backpacks during the 10am service.
A Message from Hazel re: Church School Registration
3...2...1...Blast Off!
Welcome back to the world of church school fun! I have missed you all this summer and am looking forward to seeing your lovely faces (and of course the amazing Kiddos that make this all possible).
As we get back in the flow of things, please take a moment to register your child/children for the upcoming Church School Year! We have some great lessons, activities and events planned for your children (and even you) throughout the year.
Please click HERE to register and I will see you on our first day back SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2015 @ 9AM!
All Parish Retreat: Oct. 2-4, Registration Details Below
 Click on this link to register ! 
Congregational Resource Day
Saturday, October 3, 2015
9:30 AM - 3:15 PM
Bentley University
175 Forest Street, Waltham
(Check in opens at 9:00 AM)
It has been four years since the diocese held a Congregational Resource Day at Bentley University in Waltham. As the excitement builds, please take a look at the full range of workshop choices online which can be accessed through this link.
Participants may take all the workshops in a single track or mix it up, choosing from any of the workshops. Create your own "track" for the day focusing on Intergenerational Ministry, Outreach, Small Churches or Practical Aspects of parish life - whatever you feel will benefit your church the most. During the lunch break, there will be some time of reflection and discussion with Bishop Gates and Bishop Harris, as well as the chance to meet and network with other parishes. We anticipate that this Resource Day will encourage and renew us all in the lay and ordained ministries that God has called us to.
The cost, which includes lunch, will be $20.00 per person. If you have any questions, please contact Amy Cook, Missioner for Education, Formation & Discipleship at the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, 617-482-4826, X645, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Our interfaith learning initiative with Hebrew College:
Oct. 19 through Dec. 21
Me'ah Select 2015-2016

The Brookline Clergy Association is co-sponsoring this unique interfaith program and we want to make sure all parishioners have the opportunity to enroll by September 8.FALL COURSE with Dr. Shaye Cohen: From the Hebrew Bible to Judaism; from the Old Testament to ChristianityThe Hebrew Scriptures, what Christians call the "Old Testament" and Jews call the "Bible," are the basis of both Judaism and Christianity. In this course we shall survey how this work of literature, through interpretation and re-interpretation, spawned two different cultural systems. Topics to be surveyed include: canon and prophecy: exegesis and Midrash; Shabbat and Sunday; temple, synagogue, church; the Oral Torah and the Logos; sin and righteousness; messiah and redemption.Mondays, 7:00-9:30 pm from October 19 through December 21 at Temple Ohabei Shalom, 1187 Beacon Street, Brookline. Please click HERE for an application form, or pick one up on Sunday morning at the ushers table.
Serving Us This Week
Presider and Preacher 
The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello            
Assisting Clergy  The Rev. Megan C. Holding 
Naoko Norton 
Kendall Gray 
Crucifer  Kendall Gray 
Mike Scheffler and Jean Moses 
Chalice Bearers  Maryann Kurkjian and Wendy Luk 
Healing Prayers  Betsy Munzer and Beverly Estes-Smargiassi 
Prayers of the People  Lorraine Baugh 
Altar Guild   (8am) Ann Colageo
(10am) Beverly Estes-Smargiassi and Elisabeth Choi         
Ushers  Walter Mucha, Robert Burke, and Sam Scott   
Greeters    Jean Moses, Maria O'Meara, Tim Hintz, and John Ferguson 
Coffee Hour Hosts   Festive Pot Luck  
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: John Munzer, John Ferguson, and Faye Mucha.
Memorials: The flowers on the altar are given in loving memory of Ruth Baylis Toaz and Robert Dunlop Toaz. 
Jennifer L., Felina R., the Children and Staff of Mil Milagros, Rev. John H., Beth A., Eleanore W., Amy C., Ouida F., Janet R., Elena J., Edward J., Nikki, David F., Dottie W., Randy Lewis and Family, Donna L., Miriam G., Maryann T., Jackie S., Greta, The Oliver Family, Peter S., Bill H., and those in the military: Lucas S. and Hana L. 
Scripture Readings / Summer Hymn Sing Selections
Isaiah 35:4-7a; James 2:1-10, (11-13), 14-17; Mark 7:24-37
Summer Hymn Sing Selections: Before thy throne, O God; Take my life, and let it be; Christ is the world's true light; Jerusalem, my happy home.  
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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