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 This Sunday at St. Paul's: October 2
    8:00 am   Holy Eucharist with Reflection (Chapel) 
 
  9:00 am   NO CHURCH SCHOOL; the Nursery will be staffed (Lower Level)
                            
  10:00 am   Holy Eucharist with Sermon (Sanctuary)
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.
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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
Two Sunday's ago, 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 last 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. 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. .  
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! 
20/30s Group Fall Kickoff: Sunday, October 16 from 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! 
Fall Work Day: Saturday, October 22 from 9am-1pm
Come join us as we spend a Saturday morning freshening up St Paul's. We'll be raking leaves, neatening up flower beds and getting the grounds ready for winter.  Windows will be washed, some minor carpentry done and the attic or basement cleared out a bit. Bring a rake and gloves, pruning shears, or just come with a can-do attitude. Fun will be had! Contact Steve Estes-Smargiassi for info.at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
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. Michael Robinson                      
Pianist 
Naoko Norton 
Lectors   Alexis Morrison-Howe and Jennifer Moses  
Prayers of the People  Matshai Motimele 
Chalice Bearer   Edmund Powers  
Altar Guild   8:00 AM: Ann Colageo
10:00 AM: Beverly Estes-Smargiassi and Elisabeth Choi      
Greeters    The Greeter Team 
Ushers  Walter Mucha, Robert Burke, and Ben Norton 
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 Olivia Lee, Sam Scott, Edward Hundert, Colin Hintz, Jamie Hintz, Liz Morrison-Howe, and Cricket Lewis.
Memorials 
We give thanks for the lives of Earle and Judith Ralph, 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. 
Episcopal Divinity School Fall Workshop: Nov. 15
Life Long Learning at Episcopal Divinity School (EDS) is providing a fall workshop with a faith focus on budgeting, saving, investing, and divesting. Dinner and childcare provided. Register here!
        
Tuesday, November 15 from 6:30-8:30pm at First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain (633 Centre St.) focusing on debt and asset management, investing, and divesting.
 
Talking about money can be stressful, and yet, the Bible talks about money more than just about anything else. In order to create a world of justice, people of faith need to develop practical skills in managing their money. This workshop aims to take the fear out of finance by building confidence as we learn to talk about money faithfully and joyfully.
 
Please email any questions, concerns, or requests to Lifelong Learning at EDS (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
Scripture Readings
Habakkuk 1:1-4, 2:1-4; 2 Timothy 1:1-14; Luke 17:5-10
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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