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This Sunday at St. Paul's: September 27
  8:00 am Holy Eucharist with Reflection (Chapel)
  9:00 am Church School (Lower Level) & Adult Education: Sabbatical Review and
               Reflections (Lichtenberger Room) 
10:00 am Holy Eucharist with Sermon (Sanctuary)
11:30 am Coffee Hour
11:30 am Ministry Outside the Parish Speakers' Series: Blue Mountain Project
               (Lichtenberger Room)   
Adult Education - Sabbatical Review and Reflections
This coming Sunday, 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."  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)".
Ministry Outside the Parish (MOP) Speakers' Series and Meeting
We are pleased to invite you to the Ministries Outside the Parish 
 hosted speaker 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 Ministry Outside the Parish 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 returns THIS Sunday.
The Sunday Lunch Bunch is a group of St. Paul's parishioners who gather on the FOURTH Sunday of the month at a local restaurant purely for the pleasure of one another's company and fellowship over a simple meal. This Sunday, we'll meet in the Great Hall after coffee hour and mutually determine our destination. All are welcome and transportation is always available, if needed. If you'd like to knowmore, please see Ed Jacobson, Maryann Kurkjian, or speak with an usher or greeter. We'd love to have you join us.
Knitting Group
It's time to pick up our needles and start knitting again!  Our first meeting of the winter season will be on Tuesday, October 6, at 7:00 pm in the Lichtenberger Room at the Church. All knitters and crocheters are welcome to join us. If you have questions about our knitting group, please contact Maureen Carter at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
PreK 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.
Calling all 2015 All Parish Retreat-goers
Please keep an eye out this week for an email message with useful information about the Retreat: how to get to the Barbara C. Harris Camp and Conference Center (BCHCC), what to bring, what we'll be doing, and more!.
Retreat Support
We are looking for parent support during the Youth Movie and activity on Saturday night. If you are interested, please contact Hazel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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!
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.
Mission Sunday #2: October 11, 2015
We are collecting names and address for people you would like to receive a unique St Paul's care package. Please send your friend/child/sibling/neighbor/aunt's first cousin's neighbor's dog's address to Georgia Smith at //ccgasmith@comcast" alt="http://ccgasmith@comcast" target="_blank">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and then come to the Great Hall at 9am on October 11 to make the care package.  Not going to be in town that weekend?  That's ok, we will assemble a care package for you.  We will provide the boxes and the postage.  Everyone please bring a few fun items to put into the packages: magazines, a Brookline TAB, candy, paper clips, stick it notes, pretzels, gum.... be creative!
Annual Blessing of the Animals: October 11
To remember the Feast of St. Francis, lover of animals, and continue the church's tradition of remembering our relationship to all of God's creation, we will hold a Blessing of the Animals at 11:30 am on Sunday, October 11. Please bring your animal companions for a blessing! We'll meet on the front lawn and all are welcome!
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
Presider and Preacher 
The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello            
Organist and Choir Director 
Andrew E. Clarkson  
Kendall Gray 
Server  HD Rothman 
Crucifer  Austin Jewell 
Torchbearers  Cecelia McPhail and Lena Schultzberg 
Adelaide Xie and Jeannie Baca 
Chalice Bearers  Lorraine Baugh and Bo Fauth 
Healing Prayers  Angie Marks and Elizabeth Choi   
Prayers of the People  Madeleine Taylor   
Altar Guild   (8am) Lydia Snover
(10am) John Ferguson and Mike Scheffler            
Ushers  Walter Mucha, Robert Burke, and Sam Scott   
Greeters    Clara Batchelor, Chris Dulla, Julie House, Roger House, and Rebecca Schultzberg  
Coffee Hour Hosts   Adelaide Xie and Sarah Barbrow    
Sunday School Snack  The Hopkins Family 
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
Susan Rosser, Richard Rubino, Emily Gallagher, Julian Zaremba, Sam Scott, Edward Hundert, Colin Hintz, and Jamie Hintz.
The flowers on the altar are given in loving memory of James J. Ward, James W. Owens, Violet F. Owens, Dawn M. Owens, and Robert J. Owens. 
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
Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29; Psalm 19:7-14; James 5:13-20; Mark 9:38-50
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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