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This Sunday at St. Paul's: April 24
   8:00 am   Holy Eucharist with Reflection (Chapel)
  8&10 am   B-SAFE Book Drive (Sanctuary)
   9:00 am   Church School (Lower Level)
   9:00 am   Adult Education: The Book of Revelation (Lichtenberger Room)
 10:00 am   Holy Eucharist with Choir and Sermon (Sanctuary)  

 11:15 am   Coffee Hour (Great Hall)
 11:30 am   Conversations about Racial Justice (Rector's Office)
 11:30 am   Informed Eucharist Class (Lichtenberger Room)
 11:30 am   Realm Support for St. Paul's Online Picture Directory (Middle Room)
 11:30 am   Sunday Lunch Bunch (meet in Great Hall to determine off-site lunch location)
   
  • During Lent, Adult Education focused on a series of conversations about racial justice, grounded in a video series offered through ChurchNext in conjunction with the Trinity Institute of Trinity Wall Street. In response to interest of those unable to attend the Lenten series, we will be offering a related series at 11:30 am this coming Sunday, and again on May 1.  
    We will watch and discuss a broader selection of the video presentations offered by The Rt. Rev. Michael Curry, our Presiding Bishop. While several of the videos we will watch were shown during the Lenten Adult Ed series, we will also be watching several videos that were not a part of the earlier series.  All are welcome.

 

  • Communion is an important part of how our communitygathers for weekly worship.  If your child would like to learn more about Communion -- why we celebrate it, how it brings us together, what all the "stuff" is that we use in celebrating it -- we'd love for them to join us this coming Sunday and Sunday, May 1 for an Instructed Eucharist Class. We'll gather at 11:30 am for less than an hour to talk about Communion and the part it plays in our communal and spiritual lives, and to talk about any questions the children might have.  
    While children of all ages are welcome, the class will be geared toward grades K-3. All kids are welcome to participate whether they receive Communion regularly or occasionally or have not yet received Communion.  If you have any questions, 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..
     
  • B-SAFE Book Drive: we're collecting books this coming Sunday! Are your book shelves filled to capacity? Do you have a few that you don't read anymore? B-SAFE needs books for elementary and middle school kids! The books you bring will contribute to a summer literacy program for nearly 600 low-income Boston children. Start sorting your shelves now! Please drop off your books in the box in the sanctuary this Sunday. Email Adelaide Xie This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions!

 

  • This Sunday the Sunday Lunch Bunch meets again. The Sunday Lunch Bunch is a group of St. Paul's folks who enjoy going out for a casual restaurant meal and friendly conversation on the FOURTH Sunday of the month and everyone is welcome. We will gather in the Great Hall after the 10 o'clock service to determine our destination. Often we travel by foot but transportation is always available, if needed. If you'd like to know more, please see Ed Jacobson or Maryann Kurkjian; or you can speak with an usher or greeter after the service. Come join us!
20/30's Diocesan Hang
Life Together Fellows who are working at Episcopal Churches in the area have organized a 20/30's cross-parish hangout on Friday, April 22 at 6:00 pm. We will be enjoying a meal (please bring something to share) at Eliza's house at 40 Prescott Street, Brookline.
 
If you would like to join, feel free to give me a call, text or email me at 828-550-5242 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Hope to see you there!
Adult Education: The Book of Revelation
During the season of Easter this year, a passage from Revelation will be read as part of the lectionary each Sunday. Many of us have little experience reading Revelation, or understanding it apart from the "left-behind" series and theology.  How do we engage with this part of our scripture?  What meaning might it hold for us?  Please join us for the remaining four sessions of conversation and study.
We meet each week at 9:00am in the Lichtenberger Room.  All are welcome! No previous bible experience necessary!
Ministry Leader Support Luncheon
Last Sunday, 14 ministry leaders representing 20 ministries at St. Paul's gathered over a light lunch to explore how we can use the "groups" feature of our Online Parish Directory to the benefit of the many ministries at St. Paul's. We have since begun integrating the ministries at St. Paul's into our Online Parish Directory.
 
Our next Ministry Leader Support Luncheon will be after church on Sunday, June 5 from 11:30-1 pm.
 
Questions or feedback? Please email Eliza at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
St. Paul's Online Parish Directory
Since our recent launch, 110 members have chosen to participate in our online parish directory! 

If you did not receive an invitation to participate in the directory, please email Eliza at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more detailed instructions, pick up a paper copy at the Usher's table after church. For the next several weeks, we will have in person support in the middle room following the 10am service.

Questions, comments, feedback? Please email Eliza Marth at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or Ouida Foster at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Parish Historians Society Annual Meeting: April 30
Please plan to join us at the 2016 Parish Historians Society Annual Meeting on Saturday, April 30 at the historic Christ Church, Cambridge.
 
The focus of the meeting will be the history of women's contributions to our parishes: their committee work from fundraising to education to vestry membership, and their influence both behind the scenes and in leadership roles. Speakers include Dr. Fredrica Harris Thompsett, Mary Wolfe , Professor Emerita of Historical Theology of at EDS, and the Rev. Dr. Maggie Arnold, Assistant Rector of Grace Church, Medford. 
 
Our Parish Historian will be attending and any interested persons are welcome. Please get in touch with Patricia Dunbar, our Parish Historian, if you would like more information.
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Walk for Hunger: May 1
Project Bread's Walk/Run for Hunger will be on Sunday, May 1 to raise awareness and money for food insecurity in Massachusetts. We have a team of four runners and eight walkers for this year's Walk/Run for Hunger. If you would like to join us, please contact Melissa Dulla (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and register on the Project Bread website under the "St. Paul's Brookline" team name.  If you would like to donate, please contact Melissa Dulla and or donate on the Project Bread website under the "St. Paul's Brookline" team name.  We have raised $500 towards our goal of $2000.
Can you dig it? Spring Planting with St. Paul's Middle School
May 7-8
Join us Saturday, May 7 from 10 am - 2 pm and/or Sunday, May 8 from 9-10 am to plant flowers and vegetables in St. Paul's garden. Our garden provides the Brookline Food Pantry with healthy, delicious produce all through the fall. We'll provide seedlings, gloves, shovels, and compost. All you need is your energy, a hat, and some sunscreen. All are welcome! Look for sign-ups, coming soon. (This activity has been moved from April 24).
Taste of St. Paul's: May 21
Let's get Cookin'! Whether you are a gourmet cook or just like to lick the spoon, we have a spot for you at the Taste of St. Paul's, May 21. We need lots of tastings and donations.  A tasting is equivalent to about 30-40 bite size servings and each food station will have 4-5 tastings. If you have a favorite recipe you like to cook or a favorite restaurant that you think might donate food and/or a gift certificate to this event, please contact Andrea or Arlene.  We'll put you in touch with a table captain, the leader of each food station who is responsible for coordinating volunteers with their table. 
If you like to cook, please consider donating the following:
  • A food tasting
  • A made to order dish, dinner, or food themed service (ie. 'will polish your silver' or 'wine of the month collection') for the silent auction
  • Join a group of cooks to cook or help serve at one of the silent auction group dinner parties (The Italian and Silk Road Tables need more help for the dinner parties- please contact Maria O'Meara/Italian (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Kate Kelly/Silk Road (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
Invitation for MOP Grant Applications
Every year St.Paul's MOP committee awards grants to approximately 20 non-profit organizations doing GOD's work in very diverse fields from Boston to a remote village in Kenya. If there is an organization you would like us to support you are invited 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 May 31. If you have questions please speak to Matshai Motimele or Georgia Smith or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Serving Us This Week
Preacher  The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello                   
Presider    The Rev. Megan C. Holding 
Director of Music 
Andrew E. Clarkson  
Verger  Kendall Gray  
Server  Ardani Mello-Daigneault 
Crucifer Austin Jewell  
Torchbearers  Sarah Dulla and Lena Schultzberg 
Lectors  Angie Marks 
Prayers of the People  Jeannie Baca  
Chalice Bearers  Bo Fauth and Madeleine Taylor 
Healing Prayers  Betsy Munzer and John Ferguson 
Altar Guild   8:00 AM: Lydia Snover
10:00 AM: John Ferguson and Mike Scheffler 
Greeters    Rebecca Schultzberg, Clara Batchelor, Julie House, and Roger House 
Ushers  Sam Scott, Walter Mucha, Robert Burke, and Jeannie Baca 
Coffee Hour Hosts  Clara and Jim Batchelor 
Sunday School Snack  Hazel Johnson 
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
Celebrations   We remember and celebrate the birthdays of Jean Moses, Lyn Paget, Kimberly Hartwell, Robert Vanderschmidt, Jeff Mello, and Tia Russell.
Memorials   We give thanks for the lives of Barbara and Frank Estes, Regina Smargiassi, and F. Stephen Estes, in whose memory the altar flowers are given. We pray for the repose of the soul of Elizabeth Schwarz.
Prayers
Jennifer L., Felina R., the Children and Staff of Mil Milagros, Amy C., Janet R., Edward J., David F., Dottie W., Randy Lewis and Family, Bill H., Kendall G., Charles P., Ruth R., Camille J-F, George M., Yukiyo B., Laura Z., Paul, John P., Isobel W-I., Lyn and Jim H.,
Aneta G., Annette W., and those in the military: Lucas S. and Hana L. 
Scripture Readings
Acts 11:1-18; Revelation 21:1-6; John 13:31-35
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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