Weekly Newsletter
This Sunday at St. Paul's: May 8
   8:00 am   Holy Eucharist with Reflection (Chapel)
   9:00 am   Church School (Lower Level)
   9:00 am   Adult Education: The Book of Revelation (Lichtenberger Room)
   9:00 am   Spring Planting with St. Paul's Middle School (St. Paul's Garden)
 10:00 am   Instructed Eucharist with Choir and Sermon (Sanctuary)  

 11:15 am   Coffee Hour (Great Hall)
 11:30 am   Realm Support for St. Paul's Online Picture Directory (Middle Room)  
  • This Sunday, our 10:00 am service will be an Instructed Eucharist service.  While the service will be structured as a usual weekly Communion service, we will pause periodically to talk about why we do what we do when we celebrate the Eucharist together in church.   
Mission Sunday All Parish Activity:
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. This event is in honor of Earth Day. 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. The entire parish is invited to attend! Look for sign-ups on the table outside the Lichtenberger Room. 
Vestry Update
The Vestry met on April 26th and began with a spiritual exercise that grew out of Jeff's sermon on April 24 - If we went to sleep and God's dream for the world was realized, what would we notice the next day? The rest of our agenda was focused on many nuts and bolts matters of the church. Planning for the capital campaign proceeds and very soon the subcommittees will be formed and get to work. The Vestry voted to approve the allocation of $20,000 (from a parishioner bequest) to hire an architect to conduct a design feasibility study. The buildings and grounds committee will conduct the search and present a candidate for final approval at the meeting in June. Jeff announced the formation of a personnel working group that will be meeting to analyze and make recommendations about staffing structures. Other topics discussed included: rental leases for Clinton Path preschool and the apartment, grant applications submitted to the Diocese, and plans for continuing our parish conversation about racism and racial justice. The next Vestry meeting is May 17 at 7:30 p.m. All members of St. Paul's are welcome and encouraged to attend Vestry meetings.
Thank You Thea Vanderschmidt !
          We are sad to say farewell to our wonderful Childcare Provider, Thea.
Thea has been providing child care at St. Paul's since 2013. She has worked as a preschool teaching assistant, nanny, and middle-school flute teacher.  St. Paul's has been so blessed to have her and we will miss her as she journey's to the next part of her life. 
Please sign the Thank you Card during coffee hour this Sunday.
Mission Sunday Thank You
A big thank you for everyone's support of St Paul's participation in Project Bread's 48th annual Walk for Hunger.  We had six runners: Jeff Mello, Chris Smith, Beth Chapman, Glen Shultzberg, Julie House, Roger House (and Galen and Emilia were along for the ride).  We had 16 walkers: Georgia Smith, Dot Smith, Chris Holding, Claire Holding, Art Wing, Sharlene Wing, Liz Morrison-Howe, Alexis Morrison-Howe, Sarah Borgeson, Margie Chapman, Beth Chapman, Delilah Chapman, Megan O'Block, Melissa Dulla, Rebecca Schultzberg and Lena Schultzberg.  And we raised $3,929, far surpassing our goal.  Thank you!
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 conversation and study in the Lichtenberger Room during the 9:00 hour between now and the end of the program year.  All are welcome! No previous bible experience necessary!
Scripture Group Meets May 10
The next scripturegroup is Tuesday, May 10 from 7:30-9:00 pm in the Lichtenberger Room. We will consider the readings for Pentecost. Everyone is always welcome!
20s/30s Kitchen Crafting for the Taste of St. Paul's: Friday, May 13
As a group contribution to the Taste of St. Paul's Fundraiser, The 20s/30s group will be making citrus salt and blueberry pancake mix for the silent auction! Join us at Adelaide's house (60 Glen Road, Apt. 209 Brookline; 205-394-1802) starting at 6PM. A $5 donation for materials would be appreciated but is optional! Contact Adelaide (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for more details or to join the 20s/30s email list.
The Day of Pentecost: May 15
Pentecost Sunday celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit and the birthday of Gods church. The liturgical color is red and it is the tradition at St. Paul's for the congregation to wear something red, as well. So dig into your closet, next Sunday, and remember to WEAR RED
Do you read a language other than English?
If so, we need you next week on Pentecost Sunday, May 15.  Once again, we will hear the story from the Book of Acts about the coming of the Holy Spirit and the birthday of the Church. Adults and youth of any age, if you have an ability to read a language text, please volunteer. It's a day of celebration and we hope to have as many languages and voices as possible representing our diverse St. Paul's community. The more, the better! All language texts will be provided. Please contact Maryann Kurkjian ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or Angie Marks ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you can join us. Gracias, Merci, Danke, Spaciba, and Thank you!
Beloved Community Dinner: May 18
Beloved Community is a community of folks from all over the Episcopal Diocese of MA who, "...pursue [Jesus'] radical love through combating the systemic racism within ourselves, our communities and the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts through building awareness and gathering individuals and groups for structural change."
On May 18 from 6:30-8:30 pm, St. Paul's has the privilege of hosting their end of season dinner. It will be a gathering of folks from parishes all over the diocese who have been doing anti-racism work. The purpose of this meeting is to celebrate the work/actions that have been done, to learn from each other, and to build community. Some members from our church will be attending to share the learning from our video series, as well as to learn from other churches that already have anti-racism groups formed. 
Please hold us in your prayers. If you would like more information, notes from the meeting, or if you would like to attend, please email Eliza at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Save the Date: Taste of St. Paul's - Saturday, May 21
6:30-9:30 pm
The Taste of St. Paul's is coming up and we have lots of treats in store for you! Highlights include Red Sox Tickets, Boston Harbor sail boat trip, Mexican brunch for 10, Long weekend in Little Compton RI, 5 Course Dinner with Wine pairings, a group dinner sponsored by the Afro-Caribbean team, and a ton of gift certificates from generous local merchants including:
        Blue Ribbon BBQ                 Isabella  Stewart Gardner Museum 
        Allandale Farm                    Mass MoCa 
        Red Fire Farm                     Ecotarium 
        Clear Flour Bakery               Boston Duck Tours 
        Upper Crust                         Decordova Museum 
        Real Deal Deli                      Roche Bros. 
        Red Bones BBQ                  Darryl's Corner Bar & Kitchen 
        Brookline Spa                      Rangzen Tibetan Place 
        Sugar Bakery                         
Not to mention all the delicious tastings available throughout the evening for you to visit at each of the 8 food stations.
Tickets will be available for purchase at coffee hour this Sunday. Tickets are $20 each or (6) for $100. The auction catalog will be available next week for review and proxy bidding.  
  • There will be a raffle for a Mystery Picnic Basket valued at $100.
  • The Knitting Group in conjunction with the "Taste of St. Paul's" will be raffling a 60 X 72  hand knit afghan...priceless! You can see it in the middle room on display after the 10am Sunday services.
The cost of raffle tickets is $5.00 for one or three for $10.00, and will be available for purchase at coffee hour this Sunday.     
Middle Grey 20s/30s Meet-Up: Friday, May 27
Drop by Middle Grey, a coffee shop/bar/restaurant in Brookline, for as little or long as your schedule allows. The 20s/30s group will be there 6-8PM!
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.
St. Paul's Online Photo Directory Update
Since our recent launch, 118 members have chosen to participate in our online parish directory! 

In the past couple weeks, we have begun integrating the many ministries of St. Paul's onto the directory. Please feel free to experiment with this new communications tool, and we ask your patience as we all figure this out together!

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 on how to update your information, 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..
Collect your Crosses from the Cross-Making Workshop
We have been blessed to have had the crosses made by participants of the Palm Sunday Cross-Making Workshop be a part of our liturgy and life during Holy Week and this Easter season. If you made a cross and would like to bring it home, they will be available for pick-up in the Great Hall between now and Pentecost (May 15). After May 15, we will find another home for them.  Thank you for your participation, creativity, and generosity in sharing these beautiful crosses!
Do you have interest in a Yoga Ministry at St. Paul's?
An experienced Kripalu trained Hath yoga teacher can offer a meditative yoga class during the week for both beginning and more experienced yoga practitioners. The class would serve as a seva practice for the teacher (service) with only a weekly commitment for a person to attend--this means classes are free! Meditation and simple yoga postures would be the focus of this class.

If we have enough interest, we are considering starting these classes in the fall on either Monday or Wednesday mornings for an hour and fifteen minutes, before folks head to work. 

If you are interested, please email Martha Curtis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Eliza Marth at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your preferred day(s) of the week.
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  John Ferguson 
Crucifer Lorraine Baugh 
Torchbearers  Hazel Johnson and Pat Dunbar 
Lectors  Mike Scheffler 
Prayers of the People  Jason Fairchild 
Chalice Bearers  John Ferguson and Betsy Munzer 
Healing Prayers  Sharlene Wing and Steve Morrissey 
Altar Guild   8:00 AM: Ann Colageo
10:00 AM: Viva Fisher   
Greeters    Jeannie Baca, Adelaide Xie, Beverly Estes-Smargiassi, and Cricket Beauregard-Lewis 
Ushers  Sam Scott, Walter Mucha, Robert Burke, and Jeannie Baca 
Coffee Hour Host   Anathea Burton 
Sunday School Snack  The Carney-Clarkson 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
Celebrations   We remember and celebrate the birthdays of Viola Schultzberg, Sarah Campbell, and Emily Carusone.Memorials   We give thanks for the lives of Wladyslaw and Josephine Mucha, Waverly and Maude Silver, Herman and Clara Silver, Henry and Eliza Richardson, John Williams, and Eleanor Konecy, in whose memory the altar flowers are given.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 H., Aneta G., Annette W., and those in the military: Lucas S. and Hana L. 
Scripture Readings
Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21; John 17:20-26
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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