Weekly Newsletter
 This Sunday at St. Paul's: September 25
    8:00 am   Holy Eucharist with Reflection (Backyard, weather permitting)
 
    9:00 am   Adult Education (Great Hall)
                   Church School (Lower Level)
                   Parent Advisory Board Information Meeting (Chapel) 
       
  10:00 am   Holy Eucharist with Choir and Sermon (Sanctuary)
 
  11:15 am   Coffee Hour (Backyard, weather permitting)  11:30 am   Ministry Support Luncheon (Lichtenberger Room)
                  Sunday Lunch Bunch (Meet in the Great Hall to determine lunch destination)
 
  • 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! Today 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! 

 

  • The Church School is full of fun activities and we rely on our parents support to make it all happen. If you are interested in learning more about our new Parent Advisory Board, please join us this coming Sunday at 9am in the Great Hall.

 

  • All ministry leaders are invited to join us for a luncheon this coming Sunday in the Litchtenburger Room following the 10am service for a special Ministry Leaders Support Luncheon! At this meeting, we will be exploring how to be intentional about communicating with fellow ministry leaders and staff so that we can continue to enjoy shared leadership in the face of our beautifully growing community. If you have any questions, please email Eliza at 
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  • The Sunday Lunch Bunch returns this week.
    After a summer hiatus, the Sunday Lunch Bunch returns this Sunday. If you haven't heard of us, the Sunday Lunch Bunch is a friendly group of St. Paul's folks who meet on the FOURTH Sunday of each month for a casual restaurant meal and fellowship. Look for us after the 10am Service in the Great Hall where we will count numbers and determine our destination. Often we walk to an area restaurant but, if needed, transportation is always available. If you'd like to know more, please speak with Ed Jacobson or Maryann Kurkjian (or an usher or greeter) after the service. Everyone is welcome. Come join us! 
Mission Sunday Thank You
                        
           Blessing of the Backpacks (and school supplies) on Sunday, September 18
 
Thank you to everyone who donated school supplies for the B-Ready program. We are providing 50 pencil boxes with pencils, colored pencils, pens, erasers and pencil sharpeners to children. And each pencil case has a hand written note from a child at St Paul's that says "Have a great school year."  Next Mission Sunday: making care packages for St Paul's parishioners who are away from home  -  October 16 from 9-10am. Send an address of someone you would like to have receive a care package to Melissa Dulla (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and start collecting care package treats now!
Church School Registration is Open!
If you have not already done so, 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. 
Adult Education

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". 

How to give feedback about the Capital Campaign
Last Sunday, we had an hour long All Parish Meeting in the Great Hall about St. Paul's upcoming Capital Campaign. Please click here, or go to our church website at www.stpaulsbrookline.org to review the power point presentation.

We give thanks for all the people who have contributed to the various stages of process that has made this a journey of collaboration. If you have any feedback, please email it to Eliza at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or add it to this document. Eliza will collect the feedback and will create a process to get your ideas and questions addressed. Please send in your feedback and stay tuned for more details! We are seeking ways to continue making this a co-creative experience. 
Help! Forming Grant Application Team to Help Restore our Tower!
As you may have noticed, there is scaffolding covering our St. Paul's Street entrance to the church. This is because after 180 years, the mortar in the tower is crumbling and is in need of significant restoration. The scaffolding is a safety measure to prevent loose mortar conking anybody's head.

St. Paul's is a historical, architecturally significant building, as it is the oldest religious structure in Brookline and designed by the famous architect Richard Upjohn. For these reasons, there is grant money available to help our community pay for the necessary restoration.

If you have skills in writing grants, finding grants, or if you care about architecture and would like to support the effort to preserve our beloved building that is home to our beautiful community, please email Eliza at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
St. Paul's All Parish Retreat: September 30 - October 2, 2016
Everyone registered for the Retreat should have received an email this week outlining the weekend's activities, driving directions, what to bring, what not to bring, etc. If you registered and did not receive this information, please be in touch with Jill in the parish office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Diomass Resource Day: Saturday, October 1 from 9am-2pm
This year's annual diocesan Resource Day for congregations--"Sharing Our Bounty: Best Resources for Being Church"--promises to be one of our largest learning events ever, with a record number of workshops being offered in areas including youth ministry, pastoral care, leadership, worship, social media strategies, financial stewardship, global mission and more. To learn more and register online (by Sept. 27, please), click here. Questions may be directed to Amy Cook at 617-482-4826, ext. 645 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  
Altar Flowers
If you would like to donate altar flowers in thanksgiving or in memory of loved ones, we have an opening on Sunday, October 2. Please call Maureen Carter 617-347-8492 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the names of remembrance.  
Knitting Group
It's time to pick up our needles and start knitting again! Our first meeting of the fall season will be on Tuesday, October 4 at 7pm in the Lichtenberger Room. All knitters and crocheters are welcome to join us! If you have any questions about the knitting group, please call Maureen Carter at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Annual Blessing of the Animals: October 9
To remember the Feast of St. Francis, lover of animals, and continue the church's tradition of remembering our relationship to all of God's creation, we will hold a Blessing of the Animals at 11:30am on Sunday, October 9. Please bring your animal companions for a blessing! We'll meet on the front lawn and all are welcome! 
Fall Yoga Class: Last call for date requests
This coming Wednesday, September 28, we will have our embodied spiritual yoga practice from 6:30-7:30am. All are invited, no experience or special supplies are necessary!
As we enter into the fall season, we are exploring what time(s) to continue our yoga classes. If you are interested in participating, please fill out this poll  or email Eliza at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Tuesday, September 27 with your preferred time(s): Mondays 7-8am, Wednesdays 6:30-7:30am, or Fridays 6:30-7:30pm.
20/30s Group: Upcoming Events
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! 
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..   
Serving Us This Week
Presider and Preacher  The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello                      
Organist and Choir Director 
Daryl Bichel  
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Server   Talia Vos 
Crucifer  Jillian Carusone 
Torchbearers  Maddie Carusone and Adelaide Xie  
Lectors   Sharlene Wing and John VanScoyoc    
Prayers of the People  Betsy Munzer  
Chalice Bearers  Sarah Fairchild and John Ferguson 
Eucharistic Visitor  Edward Jacobson 
Healing Prayers  Betsy Munzer and Eliza Marth 
Altar Guild   8:00 AM:
10:00 AM: Mary Beth Elder and John Ferguson      
Greeters    Clara Batchelor, Julie House, Roger House, and Rebecca Schultzberg 
Ushers  Sam Scott, Walter Mucha, Robert Burke, Ben Norton, and Jeannie Baca 
Coffee Hour Hosts Leah Rugen and Julia Boral 
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 Peter Hopkins, Grace McElroy-Howard, Jordan Fried, Flora Fried, Emily Gallagher, Richard Rubino, and Julian Zaremba, and we celebrate the birth of Brielle James Howard, daughter of Tanisha and Dennis Howard, born on September 22.
Memorials 
We give thanks for the lives of James J. Ward, James W. Owens, Violet F. Owens, Dawn M. Owens, Robert J. Owens, and Ellie M. Ward, 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., Tracy M., Betty C., Peter H.,
Margaret C., Riya, Ken C., Toni S, and those in the military: Lucas S. and Hana L. 
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
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..    
An Evening with the Brothers of Taize: September 25, 5-9pm
The Boston-Cambridge Mission Hub welcomes Brothers John and Emile of the Taizé community in France for an evening of food, prayer, and conversation about life in intentional community. The schedule is as follows:5pm Dinner with informal conversation. (Food is provided)
6pm Informal conversation with the brothers of Taize
6:45pm Workshops on Intentional Community
8pm Worship in the Taizé tradition of simple prayer and chant  

The event will be located at the MIT Chapel, 50 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139. If you are interested in Taize or in Intentional Community, this event is for you! For more information, click here or contact Eliza at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Scripture Readings
Amos 6:1a, 4-7; 1 Timothy 6:6-19; Luke 16:19-31
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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