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This Sunday at St. Paul's: May 14 - The Fifth Sunday of Easter
8:00 am:      Holy Eucharist with Reflection (Chapel)                  

9:00 am      Adult Education (Great Hall)
                  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)
                    Newcomers' Coffee (Rector's Office)
Adult Education: As Christians, we are resurrection people, and when better than Easter to have life-giving conversations about death? Nearly 90% of Americans feel that it is important to talk openly about the end of life, but only a third of that number have actually done so--a gap with serious implications for ourselves and our loved ones. This session will be led by Michael Robinson and Jane deLima Thomas. Jane is a member of St. Paul's and is a MD and is Clinical Director of Palliative Care at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Please join us - all are welcome!       
This Week at St. Paul's
Monday, May 15:        7:00 am         Yoga (Lichtenberger Room)
 
Tuesday, May 16:       7:30 pm          Vestry Meeting (Lichtenberger Room)
 
Friday, May 19:          7:00 pm          20s & 30s Dinner (Rectory)                 
20s/30s Grill and Chill: May 19 at 7:00 pm
Join us at Jeff's house (next door to St. Paul's) for a 20s/30s grill and chill on Friday, May 19 at 7pm! Bring something to share: salad, dessert, beverages, something to throw on the grill... oh the possibilities! This Lent, Adelaide took time to reflect on her commitments at church, and is feeling ready to step back from leadership of the 20s/30s group. She sees the 20s/30s group as a way for younger people to integrate into the larger community, and given the 20s/30s leadership across a variety of ministries at St. Paul's, she'd say that's going well! If you have the energy and availability to take on leadership in the 20s/30s group, please be in touch with Adelaide: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Looking forward to eating together! :)  
Blessing of the Bicycles: Sunday, May 21
On Sunday, May 21 at 11:30am, bring your Bike to St. Paul's after Eucharist and before the Brookline Bike Parade! We will be blessing our bicycles and have some folks around who know something about bikes to help with a tune up! We will gather outside following our 10am Eucharist. As a biker in Boston myself, I'll know I can use all of the blessings I can get!
 
If you can help out with the tuneups and safety checks, please be in contact with Ben Norton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you have other questions, please email Eliza at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Spiritual Book Club: May 23
The Spiritual Book Club will meet on Tuesday, May 23 at 7:30 pm in the Great Hall to discuss "You Are Already Praying" by Cathy George. Please join us. This is a wonderful opportunity to gather with fellow parishioners who would like to get to know one another and talk about books on Spirituality. We are open to suggestions for future reads!  Questions? Suggestions?  Please contact Barbie Maniscalco at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Ordination: St. Paul's candidate for the priesthood
God willing and the people consenting, Amanda March will be ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacons on Saturday, June 3 at 10:30 am at St. Paul's Cathedral, 138 Tremont Street, Boston, with a reception following the service. She would be honored if members of St. Paul's could be present. If not, your prayers are requested. Please plan to join in the celebration! Amanda will be present the next day, Sunday the 4th, at St. Paul's for her first celebration of the Eucharist as a deacon and she is very excited about that. 
Ministry Leader Support Luncheon: June 4
If you are a current ministry leader, or are interested in starting a new ministry here at St. Paul's, please join us for a Ministry Leader Support Luncheon on Sunday, June 4 from 11:30-1 pm following Eucharist.
In the meeting, we will build community, do some Realm training, and split into smaller groups with "like" ministries so that folks can collaborate and problem solve with other ministry leaders.

If you would like to attend or have ideas about what might be useful during that time, please email Eliza at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
"CHANGE-ing Hunger" Basket Thank You!
Mil Milagros means "A Thousand Miracles." This year St. Paul's collected $563.46 that will provide over 1000 meals for the children of Mil Milagros, a program St. Paul's helps to support in Guatemala!  It costs $0.54 to provide one child with a hot nourishing meal and a piece of fresh fruit. The loose change collected at the offertory each week during Lent is a powerful, tangible resource that will support the needs of many children. Thank You!
Help the Brookline Food Pantry
Do you know that:  
  • the big basket the ushers bring up at the offertory is St. Paul's weekly contribution to the Brookline Food Pantry?  The Food Pantry is located at St. Paul's and some of our fellow parishioners are regular volunteers.
  • you can help by picking up some extra items at the store the next time you shop and bringing them to church when you come?  The clients would love to have more variety in the items that they can pick out and these items come from donations of food and personal care items.    
  • the Pantry needs your financial donations to help pay for food ordered from the Boston Food Bank?  
  • the Food Pantry serves about 850 families who live in Brookline,  including 450 children and 400 seniors?
  • about 7500 residents of Brookline (one of the wealthier towns in the state) are living in poverty?
Thanks so much for remembering to bring in your donations of food, personal care items, and money!
    
Judy Rice and Judy Clementson
Serving us this week
Presider  The Rev. Michael Robinson   
Preacher The Rev. Megan C. Holding 
Assisting Clergy  The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello  
Director of Music and Organist   Andrew  E. Clarkson  
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Server Julia Boral 
Crucifer  Claire Holding 
Torchbearers  Adelaide Xie and Pat Dunbar 
Lectors                                     Tim Hintz and Anne Campbell 
Prayers of the People  Maryann Kurkjian 
Healing Prayers     Sharlene Wing and Martha Curtis 
Chalice Bearers  E. Lorraine Baugh and Andrea Brue 
Eucharistic Visitor  John Ferguson 
Vestry Representatives  Barbie Maniscalco, Alan Fried, and Leah Rugen 
Altar Guild  8:00 am: Ann Colageo
10:00 am:  Adelaide Xie and Beverly Estes-Smargiassi   
Greeters      Adelaide Xie, Beverly Estes-Smargiassi, and Jeannie Baca 
Ushers  Sam Scott, Robert Burke, Walter Mucha, Hanako Norton, and Jeannie Baca    
Coffee Hour Hosts Carney/Clarkson Family 
Sunday School Snack  Brue 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
Memorials  We pray for the lives of Earle and Judith Ralph, in whose loving memory the altar flowers are given.
 
Celebrations  We remember and celebrate the birthdays of Paul Snover, Ken Carter, and Beverly Estes-Smargiassi.
   
Prayers
Maria P., Don S., Linda S., Jennifer L., Felina R., the Children and Staff of Mil Milagros, Gladys J., Tim G., Jane, Camille J-F, Janet R., David F., Randy Lewis and Family, Kendall G., Ruth R.,  Paul, John P., Alexander T., Annette W., Martin S., Maryann T.,
Gerke V., Ken C., Kim L., Lavinia J., Deborah F., Charles O., Gerry O., Jackie S., Kitty C., Mike K., Betty K., Alissa P., Jane K., Whitney, and those in the military: Lucas S. and Hana L. 
Scripture Readings
 Acts 7:55-60; 1 Peter 2:2-10; John 14:1-14 
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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