Weekly Newsletter
This Sunday at St. Paul's: All Saints' Day, November 1
  8:00 am Holy Eucharist with Reflection (Chapel)
  9:00 am Church School (Lower Level)
  9:00 am Adult Education:  Thomas Cranmer: The Tightrope Walker (Lichtenberger Room)
10:00 am Holy Eucharist with Baptisms and Sermon (Sanctuary)
11:15 am Coffee Hour (Great Hall)
11:30 am Ministry Outside the Parish (MOP) Proposal Forum (Lichtenberger Room)
  • This coming Sunday, we welcome and celebrate the baptisms of:
    Hayley Renee Gabryelski, Benjamin Wickersham Kitchings, and Nicolas Alan Orsatti.


  • It is the tradition of the church that on All Saints' Day, the names of parishioners and loved ones who have died in the last year are read as part of the Eucharist. 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.


  • 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. Everyone is invited to a Proposal Forum to be held this Sunday at 11:30 am in the Lichtenberger Room, in which we will hear about the various organizations which have applied for grants. 
Daylight Savings Time
Get ready to 'fall back' and remember to turn your clocks back an hour before you go to bed on Saturday night, Oct. 31.   
Adult Education: Hazardous Saints
This fall, we will explore the lives of 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 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.
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.
Knitting Group
The Knitting Group will be meeting this coming Tuesday, November 3, at 7:00 pm in the Lichtenberger Room, at the church. All are welcome to join us. If you have any questions, please contact Maureen Carter at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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
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 atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." target="_blank" style="color: blue; text-decoration: underline;" shape="rect"> 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..
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  Julia Boral 
Crucifer  Austin Jewell  
Torchbearers    Elliana Clarkson and Lena Schultzberg 
Lectors   Jim Batchelor and Liz DeSelm 
Chalice Bearers  Maryann Kurkjian and Betsy Munzer  
Healing Prayers  Steve Morrissey and Kate Kelley 
Altar Guild   (8am) Maryann Kurkjian
(10am) Beverly Estes-Smargiassi and Mary Beth Elder       
Ushers  Jeannie Baca, Robert Burke, Walter Mucha, and Sam Scott 
Greeters    John Ferguson, Tim Hintz, and Maria O'Meara 
Coffee Hour Hosts  Andrea Brue and Alan Fried 
Sunday School Snack  The Brue/Fried 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: Margaret Wilkerson, Molly Dulla, Paul Nguyen, Davis Bonebrake, and Aliyah Campbell.
Memorials: The flowers on the altar are given in loving memory and thanksgiving for all the Saints in our lives -- Past, Present, and Yet to Come!
Thanksgivings: In thanksgiving, we pray for the newly baptised:
Hayley Renee Gabryelski, Benjamin Wickerhsham Kitchings, and Nicolas Alan Orsatti.
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., Iris M., and those in the military: Lucas S. and Hana L. 
Scripture Readings
Isaiah 25:6-9; Revelation 21:1-6a; John 11:32-44
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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