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 This Sunday at St. Paul's: October 9
    8:00 am   Holy Eucharist with Reflection (Chapel) 
   9:00 am    Adult Education (Great Hall)
                   Church School (Lower Level)
  10:00 am    Holy Eucharist with Choir and Sermon (Sanctuary)
  11:15 am    Coffee Hour (Great Hall) 
  11:30 am    Remembrance and Blessing of the Animals (Front Lawn)
  • 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 Remembrance and Blessing of the Animals at 11:30am this coming Sunday. Please bring your animal companions for a blessing! We'll meet on the front lawn and all are welcome!
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". 

A Picture is Worth a THOUSAND Words! Fun and times of Creation at the Retreat!

October Mission Sunday: Care Packages
If you have a friend or loved one who is far from home and would appreciate a care package, please contact Melissa Dulla: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 650-743-6745 by Thursday October 13. Please include name, relation to you, and any ideas of things that would be especially appreciated in the care package.  If you have items to donate to the care packages, please bring them to the Great Hall at 9am on October 16.  Magazines, candy, pens, cross word puzzle books, puzzles, rubik cubes, gum, etc etc.  
Fall Yoga Class: Fridays at 7:00pm
Beginning October 7, come join us for an opportunity to enjoy an embodied spiritual yoga practice from 7-8pm every Friday. All are invited, no experience, RSVP or special supplies are necessary!
Martha Curtis is an experienced Kripalu trained Hath yoga teacher and member of our St. Paul's community. She is offering this meditative yoga class as a seva practice (service)--this means classes are free! Meditation and simple yoga postures are the focus of this class.
If you have questions, please email Martha Curtis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Eliza Marth at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Scripture Group
Scripture Group is meeting next Tuesday Oct. 11 in the Lichtenberger Room from 7:30-9:30 pm. We reflect on the readings for the coming Sunday and close with a service of Compline. No prior experience or preparation is necessary. Come join us!  email Leah Rugen with any questions -- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
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. 
The Newcomers' Brunch is Coming: Sunday, October 23
If you are new to St. Paul's or have started coming anytime during the past year, you, your family and friends are warmly invited to a delicious brunch on Sunday, October 23 at the Parish Rectory after the 10am service, hosted by the Mello-Daigneault family, the Vestry, and the Newcomers'/Greeters' Committee. This is a wonderful opportunity to get to know others who have recently become a part of St. Paul's, to learn more about our community and to meet some of the parish leadership team in a gracious and informal setting. To help us plan, kindly R.S.V.P. to Jill, our Parish Administrator at 
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 617-566-4953 no later than Wednesday, October 19. We look forward to seeing you!  
Stewardship Reminder
We are in the middle of our annual Stewardship appeal for the 2017 budget. You should have received one letter, and the follow-up letter with your pledge card will be coming soon. Information is also available at the back of the church, and please speak with any member of the Vestry, the clergy, or the Stewardship committee: Leah Rugen, Steve Morrissey, and John Ferguson if you have any questions. We are hoping that everyone will bring their completed pledge cards to church for our Ingathering Celebration on October 23! 
All Parish Game Night: Saturday, November 5 from 3-6pm
Back by popular demand! We will be in the Great Hall for our first Saturday All Parish Activity. Bring a game and/or snack to share, come for as long or as little as you like!

If you have questions or comments, please email Eliza 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..   
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. 
We found a grant! Can you help us apply?
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. 
We are eligible to apply for the Massachusetts Historic Emergency Fund to help us repair the tower and are looking for someone to write a draft of the grant. We imagine it would take about 2 hours.
The grant is awarded by the Secretary of the Commonwealth, William Francis Galvin. If you have a direct political connection and/or can petition state Reps. Joe Kennedy III, or Micheal Dukakis to submit a letter of support with the grant, this could help our case.
If you have time, please email Eliza at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Thanks so much!
Serving Us This Week
Preacher  The Rev. Megan C. Holding                      
Presider  The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello 
Organist and Choir Director  Andy Clarkson 
Server  Ardani Mello-Daigneault 
Crucifer  Jamie Hintz 
Torchbearer Lena Schultzberg 
Lectors   Margie Chapman and Hazel Johnson  
Prayers of the People  Maryann Kurkjian 
Chalice Bearers    Alan Fried and Tammy Hobbs Miracky 
Healing Prayers  Eliza Marth and Betsy Munzer 
Altar Guild   8:00 AM: Ann Colageo
10:00 AM: Mike Scheffler and Viva Fisher        
Greeter     Melissa Dulla, Adelaide Xie, Beverly Estes-Smargiassi, and Jeannie Baca 
Ushers  Walter Mucha, Robert Burke, Ben Norton, and Jeannie Baca  
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 Esme DiStefano-Forti, Jack Elder, Michael Robinson, Ali O'Brien, Brett Marks, and Catherine O'Brien, and we celebrate the marriage of Ken and Maureen Carter, to whom the altar flowers are given, who were married at St. Paul's fifty-five years ago. 
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
2 Kings 5:1-3, 7-15c; 2 Timothy 2:8-15; Luke 17:11-19
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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