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This Sunday at St. Paul's: September 24, 2017

8:00 am:         Holy Eucharist with Reflection (Chapel)

9:00 am:         Church School (Lower Level)

                      Adult Education: What is a Deacon? (Great Hall)

                      Confirmation Class (Lichtenberger Room)   

10:00 am        Holy Eucharist with Sermon and Choir (Sanctuary)              

11:15 am        Coffee Hour (Great Hall)  

11:30 am        Retreat Volunteers Meeting (Lichtenberger Room)

                     The Sunday Lunch Bunch   

  • Adult Education: What is a Deacon?  Our new Deacon, the Ven. Pat Zifcak will lead a discussion on the history of the Diaconate and role of the deacon in the Church, and here at St. Paul's.
  • The Sunday Lunch Bunch returns THIS Sunday. The Sunday Lunch Bunch is a group of friendly St. Paul's parishioners who love to gather at some local eating spot for casual conversation and fellowship every FOURTH Sunday of the month. This Sunday, September 24, after the 10:00 O'Clock service, we'll connect during Coffee Hour (indoors or in the rear courtyard) in order to determine our destination and mode of transportation. All are welcome and rides are always available, when needed. If you'd like to know  more about the SLB, please see Ed Jacobson, Maryann Kurkjian, or speak with an usher or greeter. We'd love to have you join us.
This Week at St. Paul's

 Monday, September 25         Yoga                                   7:00 am (Lichtenberger Room)

Tuesday, September 26         Spiritual Book Group            7:00 pm (Lichtenberger Room)

Adult Education Forum Sundays at 9:00 am

Each Sunday, adults gather in the Great Hall for 50 minutes of faith formation. The subjects range from history to theology, liturgy to social justice, scripture to contemporary faith stories. All are welcome. Coffee is provided! Here's what is forthcoming:

October 1 -- No Adult Education

October 8 -- Drinking from the Well.  We'll share insights gained at the Parish Retreat for those who were not able to be there, and share resources for ongoing spiritual nourishment in our lives.

Looking ahead --

November 12 -- Hidden Brookline.  During the 9:00 hour we'll discuss the history of slavery in Brookline and our town's role in the underground railroad. After church, we will participate in a walking tour led by Hidden Brookline. Those with mobility challenges can join us in cars and meet us at each stop on the tour.

A Mission Sunday "Thank You"

Thank you to everyone who donated school supplies or money for the B-READY program! We collected $113 to purchase supplies, as well as:

288 pencils                          21 binders                                  16 pencil cases

50 large markers                  50 thin markers                           60 colored pencils

336 crayons                        35 glue sticks                              3 glue bottles

45 erasers                          36 dry erase markers                   18 highlighters

116 pens                            27 compass and protractor sets    1890 sheets of lined paper

380 sheets of graph paper   870 sheets of construction paper    4 backpacks

The students and staff at B-READY are very appreciative of help at the beginning of the school year.  Please keep them in your prayers this month as they begin another school year.

B-READY supplies 2017  B-READY pencil delivery 2017  

Training for New Chalice Bearers: September 23

Chalice Bearers (a.k.a. Eucharistic Ministers) serve the cup of consecrated wine during Holy Communion at our Sunday Eucharists. On Saturday, September 23, at 10-11:30 am, there will be a Chalice Bearers' training for individuals interested in becoming a Chalice Bearer/Eucharistic Minister here at St. Paul's. We will meet in the church sanctuary. (Current Chalice team members who wish a review are also welcome.) If you are interested in joining this service to St. Paul's, please RSVP to Jill Seiler-Moon, Parish Administrator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Maryann Kurkjian, Chalice Bearers Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 Sunday Church School

This coming week is the beginning of lessons at church school. We are in the third year of Weaving God's Promises and this week our lesson is "God Made the World and Loves It." Thanks to all of you who have registered your children for church school. If you haven't registered your child, there is still time. Please click the link below to register. 



    Maggie Taylor, Director of Children and Youth 

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Spiritual Book Group Gathers on September 26 and October 24

The Spiritual Book Group will gather again on Tuesday, September 26 at 7:30pm in the Lichtenberger Room to discuss Bryan Stevenson's "Just Mercy."
Please join us!

Our October selection is "The Book of Joy" by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. We will meet on October 24. Same time and place! Questions? Please contact Barbie Maniscalco at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Invitation for M.O.P. Grant Applications: September 30 Deadline

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.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 Altar Flowers: We have an opening on October 8

Would you like to donate flowers for the altar in memory of a loved one? We have an opening on October 8. If you are interested, please contact Maureen Carter for details at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

 Would you like to schedule a Baptism?

We have two open dates for baptisms at St. Paul's, October 8 and November 5, 2017. If you would like to schedule a baptism, please be in touch with Jill, our parish administrator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or you may call the parish office 617-566-4953.   

Upcoming Ministry Outside the Parish (M.O.P.) Speaker: October 22

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.

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.


Simon Lejeune This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.      

Kate Kelley This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Serving us this week
Preacher and Presider  The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello 
Assisting Clergy  The Rev. Megan C. Holding 
Director of Music    Andrew Clarkson 
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Torchbearers  Jane Hopkin and Mihret Hopkin   
Lectors                                     Tim Hintz and Maryann Kurkjian 
Prayers of the People  Tammy Hobbs Miracky 
Healing Prayers     Sharlene Wing and John Ferguson 
Chalice Bearers  Georgia Smith and Hal Edmonson 
Eucharistic Visitor  Edward Jacobson 

Vestry Representatives 

Nate Gaede, John Ferguson, and Elisabeth Choi 

Altar Guild 

8:00 am: Judy Clementson
10:00 am: Mary Beth Elder and Adelaide Xie     


Clara  Batchelor, Kate Kelley, Chris Dulla,  and Rebecca Schultzberg 

Ushers  Walter Mucha, Sam Scott, Hanako Norton,
Robert Burke, Jeannie Baca, and Ben Norton  
Coffee Hour Host Andrea Brue 

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 Kristin Miller and G. Lewis H. Jacobson, in whose memory the altar flowers are given.

Celebrations  We remember and celebrate the birthdays of John Sampson, Gordon McLean, Peter Hopkins, Jordan Fried, Flora Fried, Samantha Hanlon, Adiel Pollydore, Emily Gallagher, Richard Rubino, Julian Zaremba, and Lily Lou.


Maria P., 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., Kitty C., Alissa P., Jane K., Whitney, Susan P., Laura S., Fran C., Nan C., Allan K., Sue H., and those in the military: Lucas S., Hana L., and Jamie C. 

Scripture Readings

 Jonah 3:10-4:11; Philippians 1:21-30; Matthew 20:1-16 

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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