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This Sunday at St. Paul's: October 11
  8:00 am Holy Eucharist with Reflection (Chapel)
  9:00 am Church School (Lower Level)
  9:00 am Usher Training (Sanctuary)
  9:00 am Mission Sunday: Assemblage of care packages (Great Hall) 
10:00 am Holy Eucharist with Sermon (Sanctuary)
11:15 am Coffee Hour (Great Hall) 
11:30 am Blessing of the Animals (Front Lawn)  
  • Mission Sunday and Church School
This Sunday, kids will meet in their classrooms from 9-9:20 am. They will then head to the Great Hall to participate in the Mission Sunday Activity (Pre-K--5th Grade).
Middle Schoolers will be working on our welcome for Bishop Gates. 
Grades PK-K:  Julie Starr and Janet Rankin (front room on the right)
Grades 1 & 2: Julie Starr and Janet Rankin (front room on the right)
Grades 3 - 5:  Andrea Brue and Ayanna McPhail (middle room on the right)
Grades 6 - 8:  Maria O'Meara, Brett Foster, and Chris Dulla (back room on the right)
  • Mission Sunday #2 - Assemblage of Care Packages
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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and then come to the Great Hall at 9am this coming Sunday 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!
  • Usher Training
There will be a training session for Ushers at 9:00 am conducted by Rev. Mello in the Sanctuary. 
  • Blessing of the Animals
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 this coming Sunday. Please bring your animal companions for a blessing! We'll meet on the front lawn and all are welcome!
A new look for our Sunday Worship Bulletin
We're trying out a new look for our Sunday Worship Bulletin. Starting this coming Sunday, we will not use the green seasonal worship booklet as the entire service will be printed in one bulletin. No more leafing back and forth between bulletins. Let us know how you like the change...feedback is always welcome!
Our Retreat Weekend in New Hampshire was amazing!
                Retreat 2015
Thanks to all who helped make this year's Parish Retreat such a wonderful experience!  The weekend was filled with love, worship, fun, special reflections, good conversations, rest and relaxation. A special thank you goes out to Madeleine Taylor and Jennifer Russell, our retreat planners extraordinaire, to Heather Flewelling and Leah Rugen, our amazing leaders and to Hazel Johnson, our Child and Youth Director...you all outdid yourselves!
Young Adult Pilgrimage to Ferguson
From Left to Right: Adiel Pollydore, The Rev. Jack Clark, Eliza Marth, Ashton Murray, Dominique Bocanegra

This weekend, I will be going to visit Ferguson, MO with a group of young adults from the Diocese of Massachusetts. We will be meeting up with about 25 other young adults from all over the Episcopal Church for a weekend of prayer, pilgrimage, community engagement, and discernment about the church's role in racial reconciliation.

This will be an incredibly intense experience and I ask this community to please keep me and my fellow pilgrims in your prayers. On Sunday, October 18, I will be sharing pictures and reflections at 9am in the Lichtenberger Room in place of our regular Adult Education. Thank you for your love, support, and prayers!With gratitude,
Eliza Marth, Fellow for Ministry Development, Community Engagement and Parish Life
High School Cookie Making: October 9
High School Cookie Making is Friday, October 9 @ 5:30pm. Please email Georgia Smith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions,
Scripture Group: October 13
Scripture Group resumes Tuesday, Oct. 13 from 7:30-9:00 pm in the Lichtenberger Room. We meet the second Tuesday of the month and reflect on the readings for the coming Sunday. It is a lovely way to connect in a small group with other St. Paul's parishoners and share our questions, stories, and wonderings about scripture. There is no advance preparation and new folks are always welcome to try it out!  For more information contact Leah Rugen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Pre-K Teacher . . . 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.
Location change: Prayer service for Bishop Shaw moved to Quincy
Please note the time and location changes from those previously announced, necessitated by scheduling conflicts.
A simple service of prayer and remembrance for the Rt. Rev. M. Thomas Shaw, SSJE on the one-year anniversary of his death will be offered on
Saturday, Oct. 17 at 3 p.m. at Christ Church (12 Quincy Avenue) in Quincy.  All are invited and welcome. 

Questions about the service may be directed to the cathedral office at 617-482-4826, ext. 221, or access this link on the diocesan website for further information about this service.  
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!
Ministry Outside the Parish Proposal Forum: November 1
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. Parishioners are also invited to a Proposal Forum to be held on November 1 at 11:30 am in which we will hear about the various organizations which have applied for grants.  Please note November 1st is a date change from previously scheduled October 18th date.
City Reach Registration
City Reach registration is open. If you are interested, please contact Hazel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Middle School Retreat: Nov. 20-22
It's time to register for the 2015 Middle School Retreat, Friday-Sunday, Nov. 20-22, at the Barbara C. Harris Camp and Conference Center in Greenfield, N.H. The youth-selected theme for this year's retreat is QUEST. Led by the Diocesan Youth Council, the weekend features small group workshops, indoor and outdoor games, worship to get everyone moving and thinking, music by the band Fever Fever and some much-needed time away from the rush of everyday routines in order to pay more attention to the Spirit of God. Scholarship support is available, as is bus transportation. Registration closes when capacity is reached or on Nov. 15.
FOR INFORMATION: The Rev. H. Mark Smith, Office of Youth Ministry (617-482-4826, ext. 215 or 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. Jeffrey W. Mello 
Director of Music 
Andrew E. Clarkson  
Verger Kendall Gray 
Server  Jordan Fried 
Crucifer  Claire Holding 
Torchbearer   Elliana Clarkson 
Chalice Bearers  Linda Sanches and E. Lorraine Baugh 
Healing Prayers  Betsy Munzer and Jean Moses 
Altar Guild   (8am) Ann Colageo
(10am) Mary Beth Elder and Viva Fisher    
Ushers  Walter Mucha and Sam Scott    
Greeters    Jeannie Baca,Cricket Beauregard-Lewis, Beverly Estes-Smargiassi, and Kate Kelley   
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 Elder, Mary Beth Elder, Brett Marks, Ali O'Brien, Catherine O'Brien, Michael Smith, Carolyn Brooke, and Elizabeth Laurencot.
Memorials: The flowers on the altar are given in loving memory of Francis and Betty Sultzman and Melvin and Jean Snover.  
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
Amos 5:6-7,10-15; Psalm 90:12-17; Hebrews 4:12-16; Mark 10:17-31
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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