Weekly Newsletter
 This Sunday at St. Paul's: September 4
    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)  
The Yard Sale is Almost Here - And There's Lots of Ways to Help
September 10, 2016
10am - 3pm 
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Dropping off donations: you can bring your donations to the Great Hall anytime the church is open from Sunday afternoon, September 4 through Friday night, September 9.  Volunteers will be sorting Monday to Friday evenings from 6:30 to around 9pm...so that's a great time to stop by with your stuff.

What to Donate
- clothes, books, housewares, toys, furniture,
                            small appliances/electronics, jewelry
 
Help Get Ready for the Sale - Volunteer Opportunities
Sunday, September 4 after church - help set up tables or move donations
Monday to Friday - daytime or evening - sort clothes in the sanctuary or everything else in the Great Hall AND Post a Flyer
Set Up on Saturday, September 10 is from 7 to 10am
Sell (and meet our neighbors the day of the sale) from 10 am to 3pm
Help Clean Up - Very Critical! from 3-7pm
 
Help us plan - contact Steve Estes-Smargiassi at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 617-522-0572 with the dates/times you can help.
Yoga Class Summer Session Ends on September 14;
Class canceled on September 7
Our early morning yoga classes this summer, led by parishioner and Hatha yoga teacher Martha Curtis, have afforded us time for peaceful meditation, the chance to learn new yoga postures and breathing techniques, and shared time in community to calm our bodies and minds.
  
Please note that there will be no yoga class on Wednesday, September 7 at 7am due to yard sale preparations. The last yoga class for the summer session will be on Wednesday, September 14 at 7am in the Lichtenberger Room.Our yoga class schedule for the fall session will be forthcoming.
Namaste  
Church School New Beginnings - Only a Few Weeks Away !
Welcome back Children and Families! I am excited to see everyone after what I hope has been a wonderful summer! The beginning of the church school year is only a few weeks away and I hope you are prepared for all of the amazing experiences ahead. Please read the following notes as you prepare for this new season.
Best,
Hazel M. Johnson
Director of Children & Youth Ministries
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Welcome Back Sunday! - September 11, 2016
I am looking forward to seeing all of our new and returning children and families at 9am on September 11 in the Lichtenberger Room (in the hallway opposite the Rector's office). Children and families will have the opportunity to meet with their church school teachers and enjoy some time with new and old church school friends.
 
Church School Registration is Open!
It's that time again! Please register all children (Nursery Age-High School Age) by clicking on this link. If you have more than one child, please provide one sheet per child. Registration will remain open through September.
 
Want to receive the Church School Newsletter?
If you and your family joined in the last year and you would like to be added to the Church School List Serve, please feel free to email Hazel Johnson, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.
 
Nursery Care Workers
If you are a parent of a child in our nursery, I want to thank you for your patience as we work to find permanent support for the Nursery.
Mission Sunday - Back to School
In reevaluating how to better serve the B-Ready program, we have asked if backpack donations are still useful to the students. Our friend at B-Ready has said that pencil cases filled with supplies would be a better donation.  So this year, instead of backpacks, we will be donating pencil cases and supplies to the 60 students at B-Ready. An exact list of the requested supplies will be available at church this Sunday and listed in next week's bulletin. 
20/30s Group: Upcoming Events
Help with Yard Sale Sorting, Thursday, September 8, 5-9pm The 20s/30s group will be at the church on Thursday, September 8, from 5-9pm to help sort items in preparation for the big day! The St. Paul's Yard Sale is a city-wide institution. If you've never seen it before, imagine a typical family yard sale, then imagine a 100-family yard sale! The yard sale is both a fundraiser for the church's work and an opportunity to connect with folks in our neighborhood and beyond. Come join us for sorting or check out the event itself on Saturday, September 10, 10am-3pm!
Email Eliza (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with any questions about the event or to learn more about the 20s/30s group!
 
Meet Up at Waxy's, Friday, September 16, 7-9pm
Come when you can between 7 and 9pm on Friday, September 16 for fellowship on the porch at Waxy's, a cold drink, and a few fried pickles! Just because it's after Labor Day doesn't mean we can't pretend it's still summer!
Email Adelaide (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with any questions about the event or to learn more about the 20s/30s group!
 
Fall Kickoff, Sunday, October 16, 11:30am-1pm
Enjoy brunch after church on Sunday, October 16, 11:30am-1pm to connect with 20s/30s folks and brainstorm possibilities for the upcoming year! Whether you've been 20s/30s-ing for years or stepped in the Aspinwall door last week, please join us! Childcare will be provided, just email Eliza (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), so we can plan for the right number of kids! You can also email Eliza with any questions about the event or to learn more about the 20s/30s group! 
Adult Education
  • St. Paul's 101: Welcome (and welcome back!)

Perhaps you are new to St. Paul's, maybe you've been away for a bit, or just wondering what's in store for what promises to be another great program year at St. Paul's! On Sunday, September 18 and 25, we will gather in the Lichtenberger Room at 9:00am to talk about St. Paul's; who we are, what's going on and how you can join in on deepening your relationship with God and the St. Paul's community. Please join us!  

  • Bridging the Political Divide

As we know, we are in the midst of what may be the most polarizing and contentious elections in recent U.S. history. Many observers note that the political rancor and rhetoric has reached all time highs, injecting unprecedented fear, division, and unease into our culture.How do we make sense of this? How do people of faith respond? How do we remain calm and centered amidst our difference and tension, taking our roles as peacemakers and even prophets, seriously? Renowned writer and theologian Parker Palmer believes our current political climate provides a rare opportunity to think more deeply about who we are as people and a nation.Using a series of video lectures featuring Palmer, we will gather to discuss how we can bridge the political divide in our own contexts.We will meet for four Sundays, October 9, 16, 23 and 30 at 9:00am in the Lichtenberger Room.  On Sunday, October 30, our guest preacher will be the Honorable Byron Rushing, member of the House of Representatives of Massachusetts and Vice President of the Episcopal House of Deputies. Following the 10:00 service Rep. Rushing will hold an adult forum on "Faith and Politics". 

St. Paul's All Parish Retreat: September 30 - October 2, 2016

Register Now
for the St. Paul's 2016 All Parish Retreat
"You CAN take it with you!"
 
 
 
We hope that you are planning to attend St. Paul's All-Parish Retreat. If so, please register now! Look for an email invitation in your inbox or get in touch with any one of our Retreat organizers (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), or click on the link below to register now. The Retreat will take place at the Barbara C. Harris Camp and Conference Center in Greenfield, New Hampshire from Friday, September 30 to Sunday, October 2. The Retreat is a great opportunity to worship, reflect, relax and enjoy a beautiful country setting while getting to know people in the parish in new ways.

To view the Retreat Brochure with details, including lodging options,
please click the following link:Retreat Brochure
 
To register for this year's retreat (even if you're not 100% sure of attendance)
please click the following link:Retreat Registration
 
The retreat brochure and retreat registration form will also be available on Sunday mornings at the ushers table in the back of the sanctuary.  
Brookline Food Pantry
The Brookline Food Pantry is located at St Paul's Church, and is open to Brookline residents during the week on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday. The pantry is looking for more volunteers to assist clients in their food shopping at the pantry. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Rina Kaul, Assistant Executive Director of the Brookline Food Pantry at  617-800-5339, or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..    
Poets and Prophets from the Hood:
Saturday, September 24, 6:30-9pm
God will hear the desire of the afflicted...and do justice for the orphan and oppressed. ~ Psalm 10:17-18  
Beloved Community: Episcopalians for Racial and Economic Justice (BCEREJ) will host an evening of stirring poetry and performances from local artists who will prophesy about the brokenness of God's body in eastern Massachusetts --broken by racism, inequity, police brutality and unaccountability--and proclaim God's dream of reconciliation with justice.

Details: The event will be Saturday, Sep. 24 from 6:30-9pm at St. Cyprian's Episcopal Church, 1073 Tremont St. Roxbury, MA 02120.
Light refreshments provided, all ages are welcome! For more information, contact Rev. Edwin Johnson This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or Eliza Marth at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

BCEREJ Mission Statement: Guided and inspired by Jesus, we the Faith Team of the Beloved Community Movement believe that religion is radical love. We pursue this 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
Serving Us This Week
Presider and Preacher  The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello                      
Pianist 
Naoko Norton 
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Lectors   Wendy Luk and John Ferguson   
Prayers of the People  Kate Kelley  
Chalice Bearers  Wendy Luk and Lauren Lukason 
Eucharistic Visitor  Leah Rugen 
Healing Prayers  Sharlene Wing and Linda Sanches 
Altar Guild   8:00 AM: Ann Colageo
10:00 AM: Beverly Estes-Smargiassi and Elisabeth Choi     
Greeters    John Ferguson, Tim Hintz, and Maria O'Meara 
Ushers  Sam Scott, Walter Mucha, Robert Burke, Ben Norton, and Jeannie Baca 
Coffee Hour Host  Betsy Munzer 
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 Miriam Swisher, Noah Fairchild, Megan Moore, Lindsey Toomey, and Becky Teiwes. Memorials 
We give thanks for the lives of Ruth Baylis Toaz and Robert Dunlop Toaz, in whose memory the altar flowers are given, and we pray for the repose of the soul of Arthur Edward Robinson, Jr., father of The Rev. Michael Robinson.
Prayers
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., 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
Deuteronomy 30:15-20; Philemon 1-21; Luke 14:25-33
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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