Weekly Newsletter
 This Sunday at St. Paul's: July 31
    8:00 am   Holy Eucharist with Reflection (Backyard, weather permitting)  
  10:00 am   Holy Eucharist with Sermon (Sanctuary)
  11:15 am   Coffee Hour (Backyard, weather permitting)    
St. Paul's at the Red Sox
Last Thursday, July 21, a group of 19 people from St. Paul's went to enjoy the Red Sox game against the Minnisota Twins! It was a fun game (we won), wonderful seats, and the company was second to none!
We give great thanks for Sammy Hanlon for organizing and coordinating this trip. This may become a summer tradition.

Sammy has gifted us some lovely baseball picture frames in the office.
They will be available during coffee hour if you would like to pick one up!
Would you like to go to Canobie Lake Park?
Canobie Lake Park is a family amusement park in New Hampshire. We are thinking about doing a trip out there on Sunday, August 14 or Sunday, August 21 after church. Please reach out if you would be interested!
For more information about the park, please go to http://www.canobie.com/ and if you are interested, please let Eliza know at church or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Staff Vacation Updates
  •  Jeff and family will be on vacation August 1 through August 14. Rev. Matt Kruger will be here to celebrate worship with us and will cover for any emergency pastoral needs.
  • James will be on vacation Friday through Sunday, August 12, 13, and 14. Walter Mucha will cover Sexton duties while James is away. He can be reached at 617-738-8155.
  • Jill will be on vacation Tuesday through Thursday, August 16, 17, and 18. If you have announcements for the calendar going out on Thursday, August 18, please contact Rev. Jeff Mello with the information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
We want to celebrate your birthday. Do we have yours?
Between our old, incomplete database and our database transition, we are missing several folks birthdays. We use birthday information to send birthday cards and to include folks in prayers of the people during their birthday week in celebration of your life!
To remedy this, we are asking that you do one of two things:
1. If you have signed up for the online parish directory:
a. please log into onrealm.org/stpaulsec 
b. go to "my profile"and "info"
c. edit personal information
d. enter in your birth month, day and year*

*The year is required on the online parish directory because if you are under the age of 18, profiles have particular limitations and privacy settings to protect our youth. If you are uncomfortable entering in your birth year and are over the age of 18, please enter in a birth year that puts you over the age of 18. For incomplete profiles, I've been entering in 1990 as the birth year because in my experience, 1990 was a great year to be born!

e. click "save" at the bottom of the page
2. Email the date of your birthday to Eliza at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and she will enter it into the system!
If you have any questions or problems, please do not hesitate to email or call (Eliza) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call at 828-550-5242!
"Field Trip" to worship at the Society of St. John the Evangelist:
August 23
Did you know there are Episcopal monks and nuns? Did you know there is a monastery right on Memorial Drive in Cambridge? A group of us are going to join the Brothers for their Tuesday evening service of Holy Eucharist on August 23 at 5:30pm and we'd love you to to join us. We'll meet at the monastery and perhaps grab a bite after in Harvard Square. For more information, please contact Jeff at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information on the Brothers or the monastery, visit www.ssje.org.
Letter from Bishop Gates re: Diocesan Mission Strategy
 http://www.diomass.org/diocesan-news/our-new-mission-strategy-letter-bishop-gatesIf you haven't already read it, please click on the above link to access a letter issued by Bishop Gates on July 27 to the people of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts regarding the diocese's new mission strategy. 
Join us for Yoga on Wednesday Mornings at 7:00 am!
A Yoga practice at St. Paul's is in full swing! For the summer, classes will be at 7:00 am on Wednesday mornings in the Lichtenberger Room. 
This class is an opportunity to experience an embodied spiritual practice. Our very own Martha Curtis is an experienced Kripalu trained Hatha yoga teacher and is offering this meditative yoga class for both beginning and more experienced yoga practitioners. Classes are free, and the focus will be on meditation and simple yoga postures. We have extra yoga mats and bolsters, so all you need to bring is your body, mind and spirit! All are invited to drop in for some early morning peacefulness. 
If you have questions, please email Martha Curtis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Hope to see you there!
What is that black case?
Each Sunday at the end of Communion, we see Jeff pass a black case, a portable communion kit, to one of our four Eucharistic visitors. The case contains consecrated elements of Bread and Wine to be carried into the Community and brought to those who are not able to be present among us each week. Sometimes the visit takes place that same Sunday; more often, later in the week or month. This personal, intimate service is shared within a home, a hospital or a health care facility. That black case, sent from the altar of St. Paul's, becomes a representation of the care and concern of our Community beyond our walls and God's ever present love for every one of us, wherever we find ourselves.                    
If you know someone who would benefit from a Communion visit, please inform either Jeff, the parish office or any member of the Eucharistic Visitors Team.  
Maryann Kurkjian, Eucharistic Visitor Coordinator
Mark your calendars - our annual YARD SALE is coming:
September 10
St. Paul's giant annual yard sale is scheduled for Saturday, September 10 from 10am-3pm. Please start setting aside your saleable items such as collectibles, books, clothes, toys, household goods, electronics, bikes, and furniture. Donations may be brought to the church Great Hall anytime from Sunday, September 4 on. If you have a bike to donate and would like it picked up locally, please contact Ben Norton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details (please note: pickup is for bikes only). We are starting to put together our volunteer list for sorting, set-up, table sales, and clean-up. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Steve Estes-Smargiassi at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 617-522-0572.
Serving Us This Week
Presider and Preacher   The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello                      
Director of Music 
Andrew E. Clarkson  
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Crucifer  Adelaide Xie 
Lectors  Leah Rugen and Angie Marks 
Prayers of the People  Maryann Kurkjian 
Chalice Bearers  Eliza Marth and Alan Fried 
Eucharistic Visitor  Maryann Kurkjian 
Healing Prayers  Betsy Munzer and Julie Starr 
Altar Guild   8:00 AM: Maryann Kurkjian
10:00 AM: Lydia Snover   
Greeters    The Greeter Team 
Ushers  Sam Scott, Walter Mucha, Robert Burke, Ben Norton, and Jeannie Baca 
Coffee Hour Host     Andrea Brue 
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
We remember and celebrate the birthdays of David Toomey, Julie Starr, Eleanor Underwood, Linda Sanches, Kathleen Campbell, and Casey Gabryelski.
Jennifer L., Felina R., the Children and Staff of Mil Milagros, Camille J-F, Janet R., Edward J., David F., Dottie W., Randy Lewis and Family, Bill H., Kendall G., Charles P., Ruth R., Paul, John P., Isobel W-I., Annette W., Martin S., Deborah F., Gerke V., Tom D., Tracy M.,
Betty C., Peter H., and those in the military: Lucas S. and Hana L. 
Scripture Readings
Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14; 2:18-23; Colossians 3:1-11; Luke 12:13-21
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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