Weekly Newsletter
 This Sunday at St. Paul's: May 21 - The Sixth Sunday of Easter
8:00 am:      Holy Eucharist with Reflection (Chapel)                  

9:00 am       Adult Education: Christ and Culture (Great Hall)
                   Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room)
                   Church School (Lower Level)
                   Sunday School Parent Meeting (Rector's Office) 

10:00 am     Holy Eucharist with Choir and Sermon (Sanctuary)
 
11:15 am     Coffee Hour (Great Hall)
 
11:30 am     Blessing of the Bicycles (Front Lawn)
 
Adult Education: 
In 1951, H. Richard Neibuhr authored Christ and Culture, one of the most significant theological books of the 20th century. Our present day culture presents a dizzying array of issues in politics, technology, safety and security, and so much more. How might Christians relate these complex and challenging times? This week, we'll take a look at the five ways that Neibuhr proposes that we may relate to culture: Christ against Culture; Christ of Culture; Christ above Culture; Christ and Culture in Paradox; and, Christ transforming Culture. Please join us from 9-10 am in the Great Hall this coming Sunday.

Blessing of the Bicycles:
Remember to bring your bike to St. Paul's this coming Sunday as 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 tune ups 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..  
 
This Week at St. Paul's
Monday, May 22:        7:00 am       Yoga (Lichtenberger Room) 
 
Tuesday, May 23:       7:30 pm       Spiritual Book Club (Great Hall)
 
Friday, May 26:          5:00 pm       High School Social Outing                       
Mission Sunday Thanks
Our last Mission Sunday activity for the season was the Walk for Hunger fundraiser on May 7. Three St. Paul's members ran the 5k and more than ten people walked from the start line to St Paul's.  All together, our team raised over $1000 and increased awareness of Massachusetts residents who have food insecurity.  Thank you to everyone who ran, walked, or donated money.           
Brookline Food Pantry
Saturday, May 13 was National Stamp out Hunger Day. Mail carriers all over the country collected non-perishable food from residents as they delivered mail. Donations were delivered between 3-6 pm at our Brookline Food Pantry, housed in St Paul's.If you would like to learn more about the Food Pantry, please ask. They are in need of volunteers at the St. Paul's location (Tuesdays 12 to 2:30pm, Thursdays 9:30am to Noon, Wednesdays 2:30 to 4:30pm) as well as the Egmont location (Thursdays 10am to Noon, Thursdays 3 to 5pm, Thursdays 5 to 7pm) to help load/unload deliveries and help sign-in clients with computer use. They also need someone to help load food at the Greater Boston Food Bank and deliver it to the the pantry from 8:45 to 11am on Thursdays.  Please email 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. if you can help out.           
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. 
Do you read a language other than English?
If so, we need you on Pentecost Sunday, June 4. Once again, we will hear, in our own language, the scripture from the Book of Acts telling the story of the coming of the Holy Spirit and the birthday of the Church. Adults and youth of any age, if you have an ability to read a short paragraph in any different language, please volunteer. It's a day of celebration and we hope to have any and all languages within the St. Paul's community represented. The more voices, the better! Language texts will be provided. Please contact Mike Scheffler (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you can join us. Gracias! Merci! Danke!, Spaciba! Thank you!  
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.
Ministry Outside the Parish Proposal Forum: June 25
Ministry Outside the Parish (M.O.P.) will be holding a Proposal Forum on Sunday, June 25  after the 10:00am service in the Lichtenberger Room. 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 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Tim Hintz (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 
Garden Space Available!
Would you like a space to garden right next to the church? There is a plot available in the St. Paul community garden! Please email Adelaide at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.if you are interested!
Serving us this week
Presider  The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello  
Preacher The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello 
Assisting Clergy  The Rev. Michael Robinson and
The Rev. Megan C. Holding   
Director of Music and Organist   Andrew  E. Clarkson  
Assisting Organist  Geoff Wieting 
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Server Ardani Mello-Daigneault 
Crucifer  Kendall Gray 
Torchbearers  Elliana Clarkson and Ripley Foster 
Lectors                                     Laura Carney and John Mahony 
Prayers of the People  Julie House 
Healing Prayers     Julie House and Linda Sanches  
Chalice Bearers  Hazel Johnson and Beverly Estes-Smargiassi  
Eucharistic Visitor  Maryann Kurkjian 
Vestry Representatives  Mike Scheffler, Ayanna McPhail, and Tim Hintz 
Altar Guild 8:00 am: Maryann Kurkjian
10:00 am:  Beverly Estes-Smargiassi and Adelaide Xie   
Greeters      Kate Kelley, Brett Foster, Melissa Dulla, and
Barbie Maniscalco 
Ushers  Sam Scott, Robert Burke, Walter Mucha, Hanako Norton, Jeannie Baca ,and Ben Norton   
Coffee Hour Hosts Ed Jacobson and Mike Scheffler 
Sunday School Snack  Foster 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 life of Barry Bransfield, in whose loving memory the altar flowers are given, and for the repose of the soul of Margaret Morrissey, Steve Morrissey's mother, who died last week.
 
Celebrations  We remember and celebrate the birthdays of Jacob Boral, Gary McPhail, Linda Hastie, Wesley Moore, and Kate Kelley.
   
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 17:22-31; 1 Peter 3:13-22; John 14:15-21
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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