Weekly Newsletter
This Sunday at St. Paul's: September 3, 2017
 8:00 am:        Holy Eucharist with Reflection (Chapel)                  
10:00 am        Holy Eucharist with Sermon (Sanctuary)

11:15 am        Coffee Hour (Courtyard)
This Week at St. Paul's
Monday, September 4            7:00 am          Yoga (Lichtenberger Room)
Tuesday, September 5           7:00 pm           Scripture Group (Lichtenberger Room)
                                            7:30 pm           Vestry Meeting (Great Hall)
Wednesday, September 6      7:00 pm           Stewardship Meeting (Great Hall)
Thursday, September 7          7:00 pm           Building Committee Meeting (Great Hall)
Saturday, September 9          10:00 am - 2:00 pm  Annual Yard Sale      
 Church School Time:  Registration is HERE!
We hope that your child will join us this year for Church School at St. Paul's! We are striving to create a community of students, teachers, and parents that has open lines of communication and expresses the love of God.The first step for this year is filling out the Google survey by clicking HERE. Please let me know if you have any questions!


Maggie Taylor
Director of Children and Youth 
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The Yard Sale is Almost Here: September 9
The annual GIANT St Paul's yard sale is scheduled for Saturday September 9. Volunteers will be needed for sorting and set-up the week before (Monday through Friday night), all day Saturday, including clean up folks later that afternoon and evening.
Contact Stephen Estes-Smargiassi (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or 617-522-0572 or the
church office to sign up.
Of course, we're looking for your stuff as well. Stockpile now, and bring books, clothes, toys, household goods, working electronics (with power cords) and furniture to the Great Hall any time from Sunday September 3 on. We can accept some early drop offs if necessary. Contact Steve in advance.

Special note regarding electronics donations: 
Before donating any electronic items or small appliances, please make sure they are in good working order, and that all related accessories are packed together, especially power cords (place power cords in ziploc bags labeled with the appliance name). We want to avoid having our volunteers spend extra time on rechecking appliances, or worse, selling something that doesn't work! 
Back to School - Mission Sunday: September 17
We will be helping the B-READY after-school program at St Stephens in Boston. For more information on the program, click here. They are looking for a few items for their students, including: 
  • 45 pencil boxes (hard plastic cases that fit multiple pencils and glue stick and erasers, etc.
  • 45 2-inch three ring binders with a plastic cover to slide a piece of artwork into to personalize the folder
  • a few backpacks
  • any amounts of construction paper, poster boards, dry erase markers, tissues, hand sanitizer, protractors, pencils, pens, highlighters, loose leaf paper, graph paper, notebooks, glue sticks and regular white glue 

Please contact Melissa Dulla 650-743-6745 and tell her what you would like to donate. You may bring items any Sunday on or before September 17.  All items will be collected and blessed at the Blessing of the Backpacks on Sunday the 17th.
Ministry Outside the Parish (M.O.P.) Speakers' Series:
September 17 and October 22
NuDay Syria
Do you know how St. Paul's responded to the crisis in Syria? Well, we will be bringing the answer to you.On September 17 at 11:30am in the Lichtenberger Room, Nadia Alawa, co-founder and president of NuDay Syria, will speak about their work in Syria. NuDay Syria is dedicated to providing humanitarian and development aid to specifically Syrian mothers and children. They also help resettle families with no breadwinners and provide sponsorships to Syrian orphans. In 2015 Nadia gave a Ted Talk on her journey to beginning NuDay Syria. 
Lola Children's Fund
Allie Haley, founder and director, will speak on October 22 at 11:30am in the Lichtenberger Room. The fund provides funding to Lola Children's Home in Mekelle, Ethiopia, a community program for HIV-affected families. The children's home provides residential, day care and outreach services to HIV-affected children, many of whom were left without family or government support after their parents' deaths.
Invitation for M.O.P. Grant Applications
Every year St.Paul's MOP committee awards grants to approximately 20 non-profit organizations doing GOD's work in very diverse fields from Boston to Guatemala. If there is an organization you would like us to support, then please invite them to apply. Information about the application process and forms can be found on our church website. Our next deadline for applications is September 30. If you have questions please speak to Matshai Motimele or Tim Hintz or send an email to 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..
Altar Flowers Memorial: September 24 Opening
Would you like to donate flowers in memory of a loved one to be placed on the altar? We have an open date on September 24. Please be in touch with Maureen Carter to make arrangements if you have interest. She can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 617-232-4702.
The New Sanctuary Movement
The New Sanctuary movement is active in the Boston area. Undocumented people can seek sanctuary in churches to avoid being deported by immigration officials. This movement largely involves families who are trying to stay together. St Paul's does not have the facilities to house a family. But several other churches do, for example there is a family in sanctuary in Cambridge at this time. The churches that can house families are calling for secular groups and other congregations of all faiths to provide support for them in their efforts. The support varies with the needs of the family but can include grocery shopping, tutoring, or taking kids to school. As well, there is a need for 24/7 presence of volunteers in the sanctuary.
Eliza (when she was here), Kate Kelley, and I have attended some meetings about these issues.
We would like to tell you about what is happening locally in the sanctuary movement. Through education and discussion we can find out if members of St. Paul's want to get involved; either as a community or as individuals.
We are planning some discussion meetings in the fall. Please let us know if you are interested in this effort.
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St. Paul's All Parish Retreat

Serving us this week
Preacher  The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello 
Presider  The Rev. Megan C. Holding 
Guest Musician   Naoko Norton 
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Kendall Gray 
Lectors                                     Judy Rice and Mike Scheffler 
Prayers of the People 
Betsy Munzer 
Healing Prayers     E. Lorraine Baugh and Martha Curtis 
Chalice Bearers  Adelaide Xie and Beverly Estes-Smargiassi  
Vestry Representatives 
Brett Foster, Jeannie Baca, and Julie House  
Altar Guild 
8:00 am: Members of the Altar Guild
10:00 am: Beverly Estes-Smargiassi     
Chris Dulla, John Ferguson, Tim Hintz, and Maria O'Meara 
Ushers  Walter Mucha, Sam Scott, Hanako Norton,
Robert Burke, Jeannie Baca, and Ben Norton  
Coffee Hour Hosts Judy Rice and John Ahonen 
Click here to view the server spreadsheet. If you need to make a change, please find someone to swap with and let your ministry leader know so that the server spreadsheet can be updated. 
Memorials, Celebrations, and Prayers
Memorials  We pray especially for Ruth Baylis Toaz and Robert Dunlop Toaz, in whose memory the altar flowers are given.
Celebrations  We remember and celebrate the birthdays of Leah Rugen, Miriam Swisher, Noah Fairchild, Laura Sidla, and Megan Moore.
Maria P., Don S., Linda S., Jennifer L., Felina R., the Children and Staff of Mil Milagros, Gladys J., Tim G., Camille J-F, Debra, Janet R., David F., Kendall G., Ruth R., Paul, Alexander T., Gerke V., Kim L., Lavinia J., Deborah F., Jackie S., Kitty C., Betty K., Alissa P., Jane K., Whitney, Erika, Susan P., Abigail B-L, Laura S., Fran C., Nan C., and those in the military: Lucas S., Hana L., and Jamie C. 
Scripture Readings
 Jeremiah 15:15-21 ; Romans 12:9-21; Matthew 16:21-28 
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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