Weekly Newsletter
 This Sunday at St. Paul's: October 16
    8:00 am   Holy Eucharist with Reflection (Chapel) 
 
   9:00 am    Adult Education (Great Hall)
                   Confirmation Class (Lichtenberger Room)
                   Mission Sunday: Care Packages (Middle Room)
                   Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room)
                   Church School (Lower Level)  
                                                  
  10:00 am    Holy Eucharist with Choir and Sermon (Sanctuary) 
 
  11:15 am    Coffee Hour (Great Hall)
 
  11:30 am    20s/30s Luncheon (Lichtenberger Room)
                   Ministry Outside the Parish (M.O.P.) Proposal Forum (Chapel) 
 
  • This coming Sunday we are putting together care packages for loved ones far from home. Please join us in the Middle Room at 9am to help organize them.
  • Enjoy brunch after church today in the Lichtenberger Room, 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.
  • Ministry Outside the Parish(MOP) will be holding a Proposal Forum this coming Sunday after the 10:00am service in the Chapel. We will be listening to presentations on organizations that have applied for grants. We look forward to seeing you there. If you have any questions please refer to our website or speak to Matshai Motimele or Georgia Smith.
 
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 three more Sundays, October 16, 23 and 30 at 9:00am in the Great Hall. 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". 

101 Realm Training for Ministry Leaders:
Tuesday, October 18 @ 7pm
During our last Ministry Leader Support Luncheon, ministry leaders requested a basic training for how to use Realm. Our first training will be from 7-8:15pm this coming Tuesday, October 18 in the Lichtenberger Room.
If you have questions, please email Eliza at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If this time doesn't work for you, please click here to choose a date/time that is a better fit!
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 next week. So far we have heard moving testimonials from two parishioners, Jackson Braider and Ayanna McPhail and there are two more to come! If you missed them, or would like to read their words, you can find them on our website by following this link.
Stewardship 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 Saints' Day Necrology and Altar of Remembrance
Please submit names by October 25
It is the tradition of the church that on All Saints' Sunday, November 6, the names of parishioners and loved ones who have died in the last year are read as part of the Eucharist. If you would like a friend or loved one remembered, please contact Jill in the parish office by phone or email no later than Tuesday, October 25 with names of remembrance. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 617-566-4953You are invited to bring in a memento or small photo of a loved one in memoriam to be placed on the Altar of Remembrance on Nov. 6.      
Fall Yoga Class: Fridays at 7:00pm
Join us every Friday from 7-8pm for our embodied spiritual yoga practice. 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..
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!  
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. 
All Parish Photo: Sunday, November 6
On Sunday, November 6, immediately following our All Saints service, we will be taking an All Parish Photo! Weather permitting, we will take our photo outside directly following the service. If it's rainy, we'll take the picture in the sanctuary.
 
We will print off a large copy for display. If you would like an electronic or printed version of the photo, please email Eliza at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
Ministry Outside the Parish (M.O.P.) Speakers' Series
My Life My Choice - On November 13 at 11:30am in the Lichtenberger Room, Lisa Goldblatt Grace, co-founder and director, will speak about their work. They are a leader in the fight to end the commercial sexual exploitation of children in Massachusetts and across the US.  Through education, mentoring, and advocacy they work to prevent exploitation and/or re-victimization of vulnerable adolescents. Every day, young people are bought and sold in our communities-including the girls they have served from Brookline.
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..   
Homemade Christmas Gifts: Saturday, November 19
We have a crafty and resourceful community here at St. Paul's. We wanted to create a space for folks to share ideas, and perhaps even make, some Christmas presents together! Making gifts can be a great way to show love and save money. 

We haven't yet nailed down a time (it's still fall, ya'll), but it will be sometime in the morning. If you have a homemade gift idea you would like to share with the community, please email Eliza at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Invitation for Ministry Outside the Parish (M.O.P.) Grant Applications
Every year St.Paul's M.O.P. committee awards grants to approximately 20 non-profit organizations doing GOD's work in very diverse fields from Boston to a remote village in Uganda. If there is an organization you would like us to support, please invite them to apply for a grant. Information about the application process and forms can be found on our website by clicking hereOur next deadline for applications is November  20. If you have questions please speak to Matshai Motimele or Georgia Smith or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
How to give feedback about the Capital Campaign
A few 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." target="_blank" style="color: blue; text-decoration: underline;" shape="rect">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Thanks so much!
Serving Us This Week
Presider and Preacher  The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello                   
Organist and Choir Director  Andy Clarkson 
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Server  Austin Jewell 
Crucifer  John Ferguson  
Torchbearers Elliana Clarkson and Lena Schultzberg 
Lectors   Jeannette Lee-Parikh and Eliza Marth 
Prayers of the People  Matshai Motimele  
Chalice Bearers    Elisabeth Choi and Roger House 
Healing Prayers  Betsy Munzer and Linda Sanches 
Eucharistic Visitor  Edward Jacobson  
Altar Guild   8:00 AM: Maryann Kurkjian
10:00 AM: Sharlene Wing and Adelaide Xie          
Greeters      Brett Foster, Kate Kelley, and Barbara Maniscalco 
Ushers  Walter Mucha, Robert Burke, Ben Norton, and Jeannie Baca  
Coffee Hour Host The Hintz-Rosser Family
Sunday School Snack  Laura Carney 
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 Elizabeth Laurencot, Michael Smith, Carolyn Brooke, Ron Gallagher, Angie Marks, and Eric Swardstrom.

Memorials    
  
We give thanks for the lives of Francis and Betty Sultzman and Melvin and Jean Snover, 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
Genesis 32:22-31; 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5; Luke 18:1-8
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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