Weekly Newsletter
This Sunday at St. Paul's: October 18
  8:00 am Holy Eucharist with Reflection (Chapel)
  9:00 am Church School (Lower Level)
  9:00 am Adult Education: Eliza Marth shares reflections from her pilgrimage
          to Ferguson, Missouri (Lichtenberger Room) 
10:00 am Holy Eucharist with Sermon (Sanctuary)
11:15 am Coffee Hour and All Parish Forum with the Bishop (Great Hall)
12:00 pm Vestry Lunch with Bishop Gates 
  • Join us in welcoming Bishop Alan Gates. This is his first parish visitation to St. Paul's. He will be presiding and preaching at the 10 am service, followed by a forum and festive reception. Please bring your favorite coffee hour treat and plan to be with us for this celebration!
  • Eliza Marth will be sharing her reflections on the Young Adult Pilgrimage to Ferguson this coming Sunday for our Adult Education class. As usual, we will be meeting in the Lichtenberger Room at 9 am. She is grateful for all the prayers of love and support.


Young Adult Pilgrimage to Ferguson   

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 pm 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.  
St. Paul's engages in a time of deep listening and discernment
As you may know, St. Paul's has entered into a relationship with Kairos and Associates, a national resource development firm that works primarily with main line denominations across the country. The purpose of this relationship is to help our congregation more deeply discover who we are, where God is leading us and how we want to move into that preferred future.

Our initial work with Kairos is called the Listening Phase.  This process is designed to help us as leaders get a deeper sense of how our membership engages our ministry, understands and imagines our future, assesses the current impact of our mission and discovers places for growth and expansion. This is critical information and data to help inform us as we make important decisions for our future.

There are three primary steps to this Listening Phase that will unfold over the next few months. First, Kairos will meet with church leadership to begin planning and develop a sense for what we are hoping to discover through this work. An online survey (MAP) for all members age 16 and above will be conducted over a three to four week period. There will be one on one interviews and listening groups from a diverse selection of members from the congregation. At the conclusion of this phase a Report of Findings and Recommendations will be delivered to the congregation.

Over these next few months we encourage you to participate in this process as you are invited. It is an important step for our mission as we look to discover new and renewed ways to be the church in the 21st century, and most importantly in this place and time in Brookline, MA.

An invitation for the survey, arriving by email, will be sent out this week. If you have any questions, please be in touch with the Wardens or Clergy.
Brookline Sister City Week: October 18-24
Sunday, October 18 @ 2:00 pm

Dance & music program featuring the youth dance troupe "La Pinata"

  • Coolidge Corner Library (37 Pleasant Street, Brookline)
  • Families welcome; free admission

Monday, October 19 @ 7:00 pm

Science on Screen: Erin Brockovich &...

  • Scientific presentation by BU professor Dan Brooks on the epidemic of chronic kidney disease, the leading cause of death in Quezalguaque
  • Coolidge Corner Theatre (290 Harvard Street, Brookline) www.coolidge.org/films/erin-brockovic

Thursday, October 22 @ 5:30-7:00 pm

Celebration/Fundraiser for the Brookline-Quezalguaque Sister City Project

  • Brookline Teen Center (40 Aspinwall Ave., Brookline)
  • Music by "3 Sudacas" & Lite Buffet www.BrooklineSisterCity.org
  • Still time to sponsor. Sponsorships from $250 to $5,000. Suggested minimum contribution is $50/person.
  • 7:30-9 pm Free Public Forum (following the Celebration/Fundraiser) with Keynote speaker: BHS Graduate & Award Winning Foreign Correspondent Stephen Kinzer. Moderator: Governor Michael Dukakis.

Registration recommended by clicking this link.  

Sponsors: Brookline Adult & Community Education (BA&CE), the Brookline Interfaith Clergy Association, BQSCP, Brookline Dept. of Public Health, & Brookline Office of Diversity, Inclusion, & Community Relations 

Summit on Gun Violence: October 22 and 23
On October 22 and 23, Andover Newton will host a two-day summit to participate in an urgent conversation about gun violence in the United States. This gathering will focus on the response by people of faith to the current situation in our country, and will provide action steps for how we can all work together to change the culture of guns and violence in our communities. Several St. Paul's parishioners plan to attend one or both of the days.If you want to know more, please follow this link or get in touch with Kate Kelley (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Jean Moses (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
Newcomers' Brunch - October 25
Are you new to St. Paul's within the past year? Whether you've been coming to St. Paul's for many months or just a few weeks, you are warmly invited to a delicious brunch on Sunday, October 25 at 11:30 am at the Parish Rectory, hosted by the Vestry, the Newcomers' Ministry team, and the Mello-Daigneault family. This is a wonderful opportunity to get to know others who have recently become a part of St. Paul's, to learn more about our community, and meet some of the parish leadership team, all in a gracious and informal setting. In order to help us plan, kindly RSVP to Jill in the parish office (yes or no) with the number attending via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 617-566-4953 by Thursday, October 22.
All Saint's Day Necrology and Altar of Remembrance
It is the tradition of the church that on All Saints' Day, November 1, the names of parishioners and loved ones who have died in the last year are read as part of the Eucharist. If you would like a friend or loved one remembered, please contact Jill in the office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 617-566-4953. Please reply by Wednesday noon, October 28 for inclusion in the bulletin.You are invited to bring in a memento or small photo of a loved one in memoriam to be placed on the Altar of Remembrance. 
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.
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.
Adult Education: Hazardous Saints
This fall, we will explore the lives of six Christian "saints" who risked all for the sake of truly following Jesus. From the description: "Like Jesus, each of the featured leaders were change agents in their times."
Using multimedia, we will study, pray, learn and share how these six saints inspire us to be change agents in our own day. Study guides are available ($5 suggested donation) though not necessary for participation. We will meet on the following Sundays at 9:00 am in the Lichtenberger Room, with the exception of the session on Dorothy Day, which will meet after church to give those who cannot attend at 9:00 and opportunity to participate.
October 25 at 9:00 am:  St.Francis of Assisi:  The Lovable Rebel
November 1 at 9:00 am:  Thomas Cranmer:  The Tightrope Walker
November 8 at 9:00 am: Sojourner Truth:  The Persevering Prophet
November 15 at 11:30 am:  Dorothy Day:  The Idealistic Realist
November 22 at 9:00 am:  Oscar Romero: The People's Voice
Join us for one session or all of them!  No preparation needed.
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.).
High School Youth: Registration for City Reach is Now Open
St. Paul's High School Youth will be participating in the City Reach program,
March 4-5, 2016, and registration is now open! 

City Reach is a program of Ecclesia Ministries/ Common Cathedral, through which youth and young adults learn about homelessness by meeting with members of the Ecclesia community, joining in street ministry, providing hospitality, food, and clothing to those who need it, and reflecting on what they have experienced as a group, with their companion from the Ecclesia community.  A more detailed description of City Reach can be found at: http://commoncathedral.org/cityreach. If you would like more information, or if you are interested in participating as a youth participant or an adult chaperone, please contact Megan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Hazel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
St. Paul's Community Book
The St. Paul's Community Book provides one opportunity for members of our church community to incorporate prayer requests concerning loved ones, friends, or themselves, as well as expressions of thanksgiving, into our Sunday worship during the Prayers of the People. The Community Book is located on the eagle lectern just inside the Aspinwall Street entrance. Please feel welcome to include your own prayers of need or thanks, as you feel so moved.
Serving Us This Week
Presider and Preacher 
The Rt. Rev. Alan M. Gates           
Assisting Clergy  The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello  and The Rev. Megan C. Holding 
Director of Music 
Andrew E. Clarkson  
Verger Kendall Gray 
Server  Josh Pang 
Crucifer  Austin Jewell 
Torchbearers    Sarah Dulla and Cecelia McPhail 
Lectors  John Ferguson and Angie Marks 
Chalice Bearers  John Ferguson and Alan Fried 
Healing Prayers  Lorraine Baugh and Beverly Estes-Smargiassi 
Altar Guild   (8am) Maryann Kurkjian
(10am) Sharlene Wing and Adelaide Xie    
Ushers  Jeannie Baca, Bob Burke, Walter Mucha, and Sam Scott    
Greeters    Melissa Dulla, Brett Foster, Angie Marks, and Kate Kelley    
Coffee Hour Hosts  All Parish Potluck 
Sunday School Snack  The Dulla 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
Birthdays: Ron Gallagher, Angie Marks, Peter Smith, Madeleine Taylor, and Mark Bain.
The flowers on the altar are given in loving memory of Willis and Inez Wager.  
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, Miriam G., Maryann T., Jackie S., Greta, The Oliver Family, Bill H., Beth S. Kendall G., Rainer T., Charles P., Debs P., John S., Ruth R., and those in the military: Lucas S. and Hana L. 
Scripture Readings
Isaiah 53:4-12; Psalm 91:9-16; Hebrews 5:1-10;Mark 10:35-45
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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