Weekly Newsletter
This Sunday at St. Paul's: October 25
  8:00 am Holy Eucharist with Reflection (Chapel)
  9:00 am Church School (Lower Level)
  9:00 am Adult Education: St.Francis of Assisi:  The Lovable Rebel (Lichtenberger Room)
10:00 am Holy Eucharist with Sermon (Sanctuary)
11:15 am Coffee Hour (Great Hall)
11:30 am Newcomers' Brunch (Parish Rectory)
11:30 am Sunday Lunch Bunch (Meet in Great Hall to determine destination)    
 
  • 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 this coming Sunday 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.
  • The Sunday Lunch Bunch returns THIS Sunday. The Sunday Lunch Bunch is a group of folks from the St. Paul's community who gather on the FOURTH Sunday of the month at some local restaurant simply to enjoy a casual meal together. This Sunday, after coffee hour, we'll meet in the Great Hall and mutually determine our destination. All are welcome and transportation is always available, if needed. If you'd like to know more, please see Ed Jacobson, Maryann Kurkjian, or speak with an usher or greeter. You are always warmly invited to join us.
 Making Care Packages on Mission Sunday
 Our care packages were filled with treats and love and mailed to 17 friends and family.  Thanks to everyone who helped with another successful community effort.   
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.
St. Paul's engages in a time of deep listening and discernment

 
Dear St. Paul's Community,

As you are hopefully aware, St. Paul's Episcopal Church approved entering into a relationship with Kairos and Associates. The purpose of this relationship is to help our congregation more deeply discover who we are, where God is leading and how we want to move into that preferred future.

The first step in this in our work with Kairos is the conducting of a missional assessment to provide a clear picture of how our members experience our mission, the effectiveness of our ministry initiatives and our capacities in moving forward in new and renewed ways.  The tool we'll use is the Missional Assessment Profile (MAP), which will provide key indicators of our congregational health along with areas of challenge and potential growth.  It will help us to collect and understand the range of views that exist in our church and the possibilities, willingness, capacity and energy for moving our ministry into the future.

We will ask every member of our congregation 16 and older to participate in the MAP survey.  To answer the questions will take about 15-20 minutes.  Members will be encouraged to take the survey online.  For members who do not have computer access at home, computers will be available at church.  Hard copies will also be available for those who are not comfortable using computers.  It is important to know that all survey responses will be anonymous. Remember, once you start taking the survey online you must answer every question and complete it in one sitting. The survey link will be open for response between Monday, October 19th through Friday, November 15th. To access the MAP survey online, please click here.

We hope that participating in the assessment will get you thinking about where God is calling our ministry into the future-and help you celebrate the good things going on in our church today. Thank you for your willingness to be a part of this assessment and for helping to build our future. If you have any questions, please be in touch with the Wardens or Clergy. 

Yours in Christ,
The Listening Team
Brookline Sister City Week: October 18-24
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.).
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.
Middle School Retreat: Nov. 20-22
Middle School youth groups from around the diocese will gather at the Barbara C. Harris Camp and Conference Center in Greenfield, NH Friday - Sunday, Nov. 20-22 for the 2015 Middle School Retreat. The youth-selected theme for the 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. If you are interested in attending the retreat as a youth participant or as one of two adult chaperones who would travel with the group, 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..
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 
The Rev. Megan C. Holding           
Preacher  The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello  
Director of Music 
Andrew E. Clarkson  
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Server  Ardani Mello-Daigneault 
Crucifer  Jamie Hintz 
Torchbearers    Jillian Carusone and Maddie Carusone 
Prayers of the People  Lorraine Baugh 
Chalice Bearers  Hazel Johnson and Wendy Luk 
Healing Prayers  John Ferguson and Linda Sanches 
Altar Guild   (8am) Lydia Snover
(10am) John Ferguson     
Ushers  Jeannie Baca, Robert Burke, Walter Mucha, and Sam Scott  
Greeters    Chris Dulla, Julie House, Roger House, and Rebecca Schultzberg    
Coffee Hour Hosts  The Brown Family  
Sunday School Snack  The McPhail 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: E. Lorraine Baugh, Jaidin Russell, Maureen Carter, and Sam Batchelor.
Memorials: The flowers on the altar are given in loving memory of Reverend William Berndt and Elisabeth Berndt.  
Prayers: Jennifer L., Felina R., the Children and Staff of Mil Milagros, Amy C., Janet R., 
Elena J., Edward J., Nikki, David F., Dottie W., Randy Lewis and Family, Maryann T., Jackie S., Greta, The Oliver Family, Bill H., Beth S., Kendall G., Rainer T., Charles P., Debs P., John S., Ruth R., Jaime G., and those in the military: Lucas S. and Hana L. 
Scripture Readings
Jeremiah 31:7-9; Psalm 126; Hebrews 7:23-28; Mark 10:46-52
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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