Weekly Newsletter
 This Sunday at St. Paul's: October 30
  8:00 am   Holy Eucharist with Reflection (Chapel)  
                       
 9:00 am    Adult Education (Great Hall)
                 Faith in Action (Chapel) 
         Confirmation Class (Lichtenberger 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   Adult Forum with The Honorable Byron Rushing (Great Hall)  
Guest Preacher and Speaker: The Honorable Byron Rushing
This coming Sunday we welcome the Honorable Byron Rushing as our preacher and and speaker.  Representative Rushing has served in the state legislature since 1983.  He is a member of St. John/St. James Church in Roxbury and has served as a Deputy to the triennial convention of the Episcopal Church since 1973.  In 2012 he was elected as Vice President of the House of Deputies of Convention and re-elected in 2015.  We welcome Representative Rushing to St. Paul's and thank him for his decades of service to those on the margins. Following the 10:00 am service, Rep. Rushing will hold an adult forum on "Faith and Politics." 
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 this coming Sunday at 9:00am in the Great Hall. 

Stewardship Reminder
We had a wonderful response to Ingathering Sunday and 58 pledges have come in so far. Please return your annual pledge card as soon as possible. (Cards and envelopes are available at the back of the church). It will help us to engage in thoughtful budget planning for the coming program year. To read the testimonials that were given by parishioners you can click here (or go to our church website, www.stpaulsbrookline.org. If you have any questions or concerns about stewardship, don't hesitate to ask a member of the vestry, clergy, or stewardship committee: Leah Rugen, Steve Morrissey, and John Ferguson. 
Thank you for supporting the work of St. Paul's!
Knitting Group
Our next meeting of the Knitting Group will be this coming Tuesday, November 1, at 7pm in the Lichtenberger Room at the church. 
Upcoming 101 Realm Trainings for Ministry Leaders
During the Ministry Leader Support Luncheon, there was a request for a 101 Realm Training! This training will focus on using Realm as a communication tool and new member integration to prepare for our upcoming Ministry Fair. Please join if you are a ministry leader, are interested in becoming a ministry leader, or if you just want to join!
Dates:
Thursday, October 27: 5:30-6:45pm
Tuesday, November 8: 6:15-7:30pm
Wednesday, November 9: 10-11:15am
Tuesday, November 15: 7-8:15pm
If you have questions, or would like to request a specific date/time for a training, 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.
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. 
Altar Guild Meeting: Sunday, November 6
Altar Guild will meet Sunday, November 6 at 11:45am after the all parish photo. We will meet in the Lichtenberger Room and have light lunch and discussion together re: what is working, what is not, etc .  Anyone interested in knowing more about the what, how and why's of setting up, clearing and/or maintaining the altar for our services is welcome. "Many hands make light work "
Election Prayer Vigil
From our Sunday morning Eucharist on November 6th through the close of the polls on November 8th, St. Paul's will join people of all faiths in offering our prayers that God be present in the process.  Our bishops write, "We must pray that God be at work in our electoral process. We must pray for a peaceful transition, no matter the outcome of our elections. We must pray that the demonization of one another's opponents which has characterized this election not be further stoked by its outcome. We must pray that all those elected on that day be moved, strengthened and guided by the Spirit, to lead us through fractious and dangerous times. We must pray in gratitude for those who, with sacrifice of self and noble intent, step up to lead our common life."
 
At St. Paul's, we will gather for prayer at several times during this vigil period:
Sunday, November 6 @ 8pm  Compline 
Monday, November 7 @ 7am  Morning Prayer 
Monday, November 7 @ 12noon  Noonday Prayer 
Monday, November 7 @ 8pm  Compline
 
On Election Day, we will join with the other Brookline Episcopal Communities: 
Tuesday, November 8 @ 7am  Holy Eucharist at All Saints 
Tuesday, November 8 @ 12noon  Holy Eucharist at Church of Our Saviour 
Tuesday, November 8 @  8pm Holy Eucharist at St. Paul's 
Tuesday, November 8 from
7am to 9pm St. Paul's will be open all day for prayer and meditation. 
 
Please join us in witness and prayer.   
If you are interested in helping to lead any of these prayer opportunities, please contact Jeff at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
All Parish Photo next Sunday, Nov. 6.  Are you a photographer?

              St. Paul's All Parish Photo from the year 1945!!
 
Next Sunday, immediately following the All Saints service at 10am, we will take an All Parish Photo! Weather permitting, we will take our photo outside directly following the service. If it is rainy, we will 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..

Our original photographer is no longer available to take the picture. If you have photography skills and your camera can take a panorama photo, please email, call or text Eliza ASAP at 828-550-5242 or email 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 9:00am 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.
How to give feedback about the Capital Campaign
We want to continue to hear your feedback about the capital campaign! Please click here, or go to our church website at www.stpaulsbrookline.org to review current information. We have been using feedback to work with the architects and vestry to edit/alter the scope. The full scope and official launch of the project will be announced at our kickoff on Sunday, November 20. 

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 more 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 continue to make sure the feedback get to the appropriate people for continued consideration.  
 
Ministry Fair: Sunday, November 13 at 11:30am
Another event is back by popular demand! St. Paul's is hosting aMinistryFairon Sunday, November 13 at 11:30am in the Great Hall during Coffee Hour. Each of St. Paul's manyMinistrieswill be represented, so whether you are a newcomer who would like to become more involved, or a long time member who is curious about the new projects of the differentministries, this will we a great community event! We are looking forward to a fun time together.
If you have questions, please contact 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.
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..
Homemade Christmas Gifts date change:
Saturday, Dec. 3 from 3-6pm
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. 

Due to scheduling conflicts, we have decided to move the date to Saturday, December 3 from 3-6pm at St. Paul's, so that more people may attend! 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..
Are you interested in a Monthly Book Group?
During the All Parish Retreat at the beginning of October, we enjoyed getting to know each other and God more deeply in the beauty of Barbara C. Harris Camp and Conference Center. To continue getting to know each other and God more intimately, we are exploring beginning a book group at St. Paul's that focuses on spirituality.
The group will start in January during the evening. If you are interested, please send along the day(s) of the week that work best for you. We are thinking "An Altar in the World" by Barbara Brown Taylor would be an interesting selection to continue the conversation we began at the retreat, but please feel free to also send along other titles you might be interested in reading!
If you are interested, please email Barbie 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..  
 
Serving Us This Week
Preacher  The Honorable Byron Rushing                    
Presider  The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello 
Assisting Clergy  The Rev. Michael Robinson and The Rev. Megan C. Holding 
Organist and Choir Director  Andrew  E. Clarkson 
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Server  John Ferguson 
Crucifer  Lorraine Baugh 
Torchbearers Pat Dunbar and Adelaide Xie   
Lectors   Sarah Fairchild and Tammy Hobbs Miracky 
Prayers of the People  Roger Russell 
Chalice Bearers    Bo Fauth and Wendy Luk 
Healing Prayers  Steve Morrissey and Elisabeth Choi  
Eucharistic Visitor  Maryann Kurkjian  
Altar Guild   8:00 am: Maryann Kurkjian
10:00 am: Sharlene Wing and John Ferguson             
Greeters      Tammy Hobbs Miracky and Kate Kelley 
Ushers  Walter Mucha, Robert Burke, Ben Norton, Naoko Norton, and Jeannie Baca  
Coffee Hour Hosts The Kelley Family 
Sunday School Snack  The Brue/Fried Family 
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 Sam Batchelor, James Xie, Molly Dulla, Paul Nguyen, and Natalie Moore.

Memorials    
  
We give thanks for the lives of Rev. William Berndt and Elisabeth Berndt, 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, Dylan M., 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
Isaiah 1:10-18; 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12; Luke 19:1-10
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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