Weekly Newsletter
This Sunday at St. Paul's: September 11
 
 WELCOME BACK SUNDAY!

 

 
    8:00 am   Holy Eucharist with Reflection (Backyard, weather permitting)
    9:00 am   Children and Families meet with Church School Teachers (Lichtenberger Rm)
    9:00 am   Greeters Meeting (Rector's office)       
  10:00 am   Holy Eucharist with Choir and Sermon (Sanctuary)
  11:15 am   Coffee Hour - All Parish Potluck (Backyard, weather permitting) 
 
  • Welcome Back to Church School !
    I am looking forward to seeing all of our new and returning children and families this coming Sunday in the Lichtenberger Room at 9:00am (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.

 

  • This Sunday's Coffee Hour is an All Parish Potluck:  Please bring your favorite cold side-dish from your summer cookouts for our all-parish potluck. Can't wait to taste test!
Church School New Beginnings !
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 this coming Sunday 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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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.
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! 
Yoga Ministry: Summer Session Ends on September 14
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.
   
September 14 at 7:00am will be our last yoga class for the summer session; we'll meet in the Lichtenberger Room. The schedule for the fall session will be forthcoming.Namaste  
Blessing of the Backpacks: Sunday, September 18
On Sunday, September 18, all backpacks and supplies will be blessed at the Blessing of the Backpacks during the 8 and 10am services. All students and teachers of all ages are invited to bring their backpacks, briefcases, and totes to the service for this special blessing!  We will also be gathering and blessing school supplies for the B-READY program as part of our Mission Sundays Ministry.  Please see the announcement about this below. 
Mission Sunday #1: September 18
We are collecting school supplies for the B-READY program. If you would like to contribute, colored pencils and (kid's) markers would be welcome. Please join us from 9-10am to collect the supplies and organize them into pencil cases. All supplies will be blessed at the Blessing of the Backpacks at the 10am service that same day.   
All Parish Meeting with Architects:
Sunday, September 18 @ 11:30am
To prepare for our coming capital campaign, the Vestry hired an architecture firm to conduct a feasibility and engineering study of our building . They will be here on the 18th following the 10am service to present their findings, including conceptual drawings. Please plan to come and participate in this exciting phase of our work together.
Our next Vestry Meeting: September 20
The Vestry will be meeting on Tuesday evening, September 20 at 7:30 pm in the Lichtenberger Room.
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.  
Holy Baptism
Our next opportunity to schedule a baptismal service is coming up on Sunday, Nov. 6,
All Saints' Sunday. If you would like to schedule a baptism, please be in touch with Rev. Jeff Mello at 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..   
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                      
Director of Music 
Andrew E. Clarkson 
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Crucifer  Claire Holding 
Torchbearers  Sarah Dulla and Lena Schultzberg 
Lectors   Matshai Motimele and Steve Kelley    
Prayers of the People  Arlene Swan-Mahony  
Chalice Bearers  Lorraine Baugh and Andrea Brue   
Eucharistic Visitor  John Ferguson 
Healing Prayers  Elisabeth Choi and Julie Starr 
Altar Guild   8:00 AM: Ann Colageo
10:00 AM: Mike Scheffler and Elisabeth Choi     
Greeters    Jeannie Baca, Cricket Beauregard-Lewis, Beverly Estes-Smargiassi, and Adelaide Xie 
Ushers  Sam Scott, Walter Mucha, Robert Burke, Ben Norton, and Jeannie Baca 
Coffee Hour Host  All-Parish Potluck  
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 Laura Sidla, Gabe Margolis, John Munzer, John Ferguson, Faye Mucha, Dale Holzworth, Betsy Munzer, Jonathan Bain, and Andy Carpentier.
Memorials 
We give thanks for the lives of Elizabeth Evans Jones, Hugh C. Jones, Sr., Hugh C. Jones, Jr., and Benjamin Jones, in whose memory the altar flowers are given.   
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., Margaret C., and those in the military: Lucas S. and Hana L. 
Scripture Readings
Exodus 32:7-14; 1 Timothy 1:12-17; Luke 15:1-10
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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