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This Sunday at St. Paul's: September 20
  8:00 am Holy Eucharist with Reflection (Chapel)
  9:00 am Sabbatical Review and Reflections (Lichtenberger Room) 
10:00 am Holy Eucharist with Sermon (Sanctuary)
11:30 am Coffee Hour (Great Hall)  
Adult Education - Sabbatical Review and Reflections
On Sunday, September 20 and 27, Jeff will share some insights and reflections from his time on Sabbatical. The theme of Jeff's sabbatical was "Running in Place(s): Because Parish Ministry is a Marathon, Not a Sprint."  On Sep. 20, he will discuss running as a spiritual disciple and share what running has taught him about his life of faith. On Sep. 27, he will talk about the various landscapes in which he ran, and what he learned from running in them. Please come with any questions you have about Jeff's sabbatical and be ready to consider how you, in your life, might be "Running in Place(s)".
Yard Sale Gratitude
Let us extend our gratitude to the many, many, MANY volunteers who helped make this year's Yard Sale the most successful in recent history.  Yes, we raised about $18,000 for the work and mission of the parish. , More importantly, we greeted our neighbors and larger community and shared our joy with them.  It was a great gift to be in the midst of so many smiles and warm welcomes!  While many people gave sacrificially of their time last week, particular thanks to Steve Estes-Smargiassi, Walter Mucha, Faye Mucha, Steve Kelley, Bev Estes-Smargiassi and Ben Norton are in order.  Only 51 weeks until the 104th Annual Yard Sale....
A Mission Sunday Thank You
Filling Backpacks on Mission Sunday -- Sept. 13
Sunday the 13th was our first Mission Sunday project for the year. We collected 20 backpacks and each School class filled a backpack with school supplies and a note for a student. Best wishes for a great school year to everyone! Thanks for your contributions and donations of supplies and time to make this a fun event!
Interested in becoming a Church School Teacher?
Are you interested in coming up with fun ways for our Pre-K/Kindergarten kids to experience church and faith? If so, we are looking for a Pre-K/K church school teacher and this might be just the role for you! Please email Hazel Johnson at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for questions or to express interest.
A Note From Eliza, our New Life Together Fellow
Hello there! My name is Eliza Marth and I will be spending the next ten months with St. Paul's as a Life Together Fellow. I am so excited to be with this welcoming community as I continue to discern a call to ordained ministry in the Episcopal Church.

My official title is, "Fellow for Ministry Development, Community Engagement and Parish Life." In the past six years, St. Paul's congregation has nearly doubled in size. With nearly twice as many people with whom to communicate, one hope is to utilize community organizing skills that I am learning through Life Together to assist in strengthening communication pathways within the church. Another long-term goal is to strengthen St. Paul's communication with the world outside of the parish. The purpose of strengthening communication within the parish is to facilitate engagement for all members of the parish, no matter how new or how seasoned. Likewise, improving communication to the larger Brookline community is to explain and invite people into "who we are, what we do, and why we do it."

In the short term, this means I will be spending time getting to know the St. Paul's family, the various ministries, and the general "flow." You will probably see me in meetings and at events... you may even receive an email from me so that I can better get to know the individual stories that make the beautiful tapestry at St. Paul's. I am thrilled to be with ya'll and thank you for inviting me into your community!
Upcoming Ministry Outside the Parish (MOP) Speakers' Series and Meeting
We are pleased to invite you to the MOP hosted speakers' series:
September 27 at 11:30 am
Blue Mountain Project - John Prensner, a fellow St. Paul's parishioner, will speak about his work with this organization. Blue Mountain Project is a grassroots volunteer organization which has been working for the past 11 years in the Blue Mountain region of rural Jamaica in partnership with local communities to improve health, education and the economy. MOP awarded a grant to this organization in 2014 after John submitted an application.   
Deadline for Grant Applications and Proposal Forum
Every year MOP awards grants to approximately 15 non profit organizations doing GOD's work in very diverse fields, from Boston to a remote village in Kenya. St. Paul's gives 10% of its operating budget to MOP, some $36,000 this year. 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 (or click here). Our next deadline for applications is September 30. Parishioners are also invited to a Proposal Forum to be held on October 18 at 11:30 am in which we will hear about the various organizations which have applied for grants.
The Sunday Lunch Bunch (SLB) returns next week!
The Sunday Lunch Bunch returns next Sunday, September 27 and invites anyone interested to join us. Each FOURTH Sunday of the month (note change from our previous "first Sunday") after the 10 o'clock service, we travel to a nearby eating place (TBD) for pleasant company and casual conversation over an informal meal. No advanced notice is necessary and transportation is always available, as needed. (Try it once, meet some friendly fellow community members, and you just may become a frequent repeater.) If you'd like to know more, please see Ed Jacobson or Maryann Kurkjian at coffee hour or ask an usher or greeter to direct you.
Parish Administrator's Vacation
Jill will be out of the office beginning Friday, September 25; returning on Tuesday, October 6. If you have items to submit for the weekly electronic newsletter/calendar being sent on October 1, please submit your write-ups to Ouida Foster at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than noon on October 1. If you have a pastoral concern while Jill is gone, please be in touch with Rev. Jeff Mello at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Jill will be checking voicemail upon her return with messages left at the parish office phone: 617-566-4953.
Seeking Volunteers for the Brookline Emergency Food Pantry
The Brookline Food Pantry now has two locations -- one right here in St. Paul's Church and the other at 55A (Rear) Egmont Street in Brookline. The need in our community remains great as in the month of July, there were 700 visits (households) served. The hours of the pantry are as follows:
St. Paul's Church, 15 St. Paul Street, Brookline
Tuesday & Thursday 10AM-2PM, Wednesday 3-6PM, Saturday 12-3PM
55A (Rear) Egmont Street, Brookline
Thursday 3-7PMIf you have availability during these hours and would like to volunteer your time to this very worthy cause, please contact the Director of the Food Pantry, Rene Feuerman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..                        
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..
Join us in Welcoming Bishop Alan Gates on October 18
Bishop Alan Gates, the new(ish) Bishop of our Diocese, will be making his first parish visitation to St. Paul's on Sunday, October 18 at the 10 am service, followed by a forum and festive reception. Please mark the date and plan to be with us for this celebration!
Serving Us This Week
The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello            
Preacher  The Rev. Megan C. Holding  
Organist and Choir Director 
Andrew E. Clarkson  
Kendall Gray 
Crucifer  Jamie Hintz 
Torchbearers  Sarah Dulla and Elliana Clarkson 
Alexis Morrison-Howe and Hazel Johnson  
Chalice Bearers  Andrea Brue and Elisabeth Choi 
Healing Prayers  Kate Kelley and Sharlene Wing   
Prayers of the People  Maryann Kurkjian  
Altar Guild   (8am) Maryann Kurkjian
(10am) Sharlene Wing and Adelaide Xie          
Ushers  Walter Mucha, Robert Burke, and Sam Scott   
Greeters    Kate Kelley, Brett Foster, Angie Marks and Melissa Dulla 
Coffee Hour Hosts   Cricket Beauregard Lewis    
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
Glen Schultzberg, Randy Gioia, Torri Dunbar, Jim Batchelor, Gordon McLean, John Sampson, Grace McElroy-Howard, Peter Hopkins, Jordan Fried, and Flora Fried.
Please join proud grandparents, Paul and Lydia Snover, in thanksgiving for the birth of Paul Frederick Suhr, who arrived on September 14 in Rutland, Vermont. 
The flowers on the altar are given in loving memory of Alan Robert Geyer, Corinne Nelson Ransone, Philip Gordon Ransone, Steven Raymond Williams, Robert Pershing Geyer, and Beverly Ransone Geyer. 
Jennifer L., Felina R., the Children and Staff of Mil Milagros, 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., Beth S., and those in the military: Lucas S. and Hana L. 
Scripture Readings
Jeremiah 11:18-20; Psalm 54; James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a; Mark 9:30-37
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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