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This Sunday at St. Paul's: October 15, 2017

8:00 am:         Contemplative Service of Holy Communion (Chapel)

9:00 am:         Church School (Lower Level)

                      Adult Education: What is a Commonwealth of Blessing? (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         All-Parish Meeting (Great Hall)        

  •   Adult Education: What is a Commonwealth of Blessing? What is the role of "Church" in this tumultuous time and place? We will start with a few short, provocative texts and share our responses, wonderings and values.
  •   All-Parish meeting: We'll be updating everyone on fundraising and construction of our capital projects and an exciting announcement about a new partner for the lower level. We will meet after the 10am service; grab some coffee and join us in the Great Hall. We look forward to seeing everyone!    
This Week at St. Paul's

 Monday, October 16              Yoga                          7:00 am (Lichtenberger Room)

 Tuesday, October 17             Vestry                        7:30 pm (Lichtenberger Room) 

 Wednesday, October 18        Choir Rehearsal          7:00 pm (Choir Room) 

Adult Education Series:
St. Paul's - Building a Commonwealth of Blessing

Each year, as we plunge into the joy and busy activity of the fall, we take some time to take stock of where we are as a community, our common work and vision and we consider how we might support that work and vision as part of our Annual Pledge Appeal. This year, we invite you to share with us in "Building a Commonwealth of Blessing", our theme for this year's Appeal.

October 15: What is a Commonwealth of Blessing? What is the role of "Church" in this tumultuous time and place? We will start with a few short, provocative texts and share our responses, wonderings and values.

October 22: Getting more concrete...What are the ways St. Paul's tries to live into being a Commonwealth of Blessing?

October 29: What role does money play?  We will share and discuss our new "narrative budget" that illustrates how work is supported through our financial resources.

November 12: (Ingathering Sunday): We will explore the diverse ways individuals can engage in the work of the St. Paul's community. What is my role? How do I think about offering my "time, talent, and treasure"?

Confirmation Class Launches a Kindness Campaign
As our service project, the Confirmation Class is launching a Kindness Campaign!  We recognize that current events have left many of us feeling depressed and powerless; however we also know that small acts of kindness can reap great benefits for both the giver and the receiver--as well as bystanders who witness these kind acts.  We have many activities planned throughout the program year.  Look for our logo and join in our campaign. Together we can make a world of difference!

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. 

                             --Theodore Roosevelt 

 Sunday Church School

We will continue to meet downstairs as we start to develop solutions for renovations. Please be on the look out for a church school snack sign-up coming to your email soon. 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 following link to register:  REGISTER HERE 

Please be reminded of the Torchbearer training on Sunday, October 22 at 11:30am. It is open to everyone 3rd grade and above. This 1-hour training includes a pizza lunch.    Blessings, Maggie Taylor, Director of Children and Youth,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Urgent Help Needed for Puerto Rico

Parishioner Sarah Campbell has a friend whose family in Puerto Rico is collecting and distributing items for immediate help on the ground.  For the next two weeks, we will be collecting the following items in a basket in the back of the church to send to Puerto Rico.  Please help however you can.

Toothpaste, feminine products, deodorant, baby wipes, sanitizer, batteries, canned foods, crackers, cheese whiz, packed tuna, Nutella, peanut butter, portable phone chargers, Tylenol, Benadryl, Motrin, Triple antibiotic ointment, powdered Gatorade, oatmeal packs, cereal bars, protein bars, flashlights & batteries, candles, band aids, cookies, candies, packed mashed potatoes, etc. 
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.

Torchbearer Training: October 22

There will be Torchbearer Training for grades 3 and above on Sunday, October 22 following the 10am service. The training should last 1 hour and lunch will be provided. Please e-mail Maggie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions. 

Spiritual Book Group: October 24

The Spiritual Book Group will gather again on Tuesday, October 24 at 7:30pm in the Lichtenberger Room to discuss "The Book of Joy" by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archibishop Desmond Tutu. Please join us! Questions? Please contact Barbie Maniscalco at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Newcomers' Brunch is Coming: October 29

If you are new to St. Paul's or have started coming anytime during the past year, you, your family and friends are warmly invited to a delicious brunch on Sunday, October 29 at the Parish Rectory after the 10am service hosted by the Mello-Daigneault family, the Vestry, and the Newcomers'/Greeters' Committee. This is a wonderful opportunity to get to know others who have recently become a part of St. Paul's, to learn more about our community and to meet some of the parish leadership team in a gracious and informal setting.

To help us plan, kindly R.S.V.P. to Jill, our Parish Administrator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than Wednesday, October 25. We welcome you! 

Our next Baptismal Date is November 5

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.   

All Saints' Day Necrology and Altar of Remembrance

It is the tradition of the church that on All Saints' Sunday, November 5, the names of parishioners and loved ones who have died in the last year are read as part of the Eucharist. If you would like a friend or loved one remembered, please contact Jill in the parish office by phone, 617-566-4953 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than Tuesday, October 31 with names of remembrance.

You are invited to bring in a memento or small photo of a loved one in memoriam to be placed on the Altar of Remembrance on Nov. 5.  

Save the Date for Harvest Dinner: November 11

Please save the date for Harvest Dinner celebrating the bounty of St. Paul's on Saturday, November 11 from 6-9 pm. Individuals interested in contributing, participating, or serving, please contact John Ferguson at 714-381-0628 or via email at 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 
Deacon  The Ven. Pat Zifcak 
Director of Music  Andrew Clarkson 
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Server  Flora Fried 
Crucifer  Austin Jewell 
Torchbearers Ripley Foster and Jane Hopkin 
Lectors                                     Matshai Motimele and Linda Sanches 
Prayers of the People  Staci Hopkin 
Chalice Bearers    Alan Fried and Mike Scheffler 
Healing Prayers  Julie House and Martha Curtis 
Eucharistic Visitor  John Ferguson 

Vestry Representatives 

Mike Scheffler, Ayanna McPhail, and Tim Hintz 

Altar Guild 

8:00 am: Maryann Kurkjian
10:00 am: Elisabeth Choi and Beverly Estes-Smargiassi   

Greeters  Melissa Dulla, Brett Foster, Tammy Hobbs Miracky, and Barbie Maniscalco   
Ushers  Walter Mucha, Sam Scott, Hanako Norton,
Robert Burke, Jeannie Baca, and Ben Norton  
Coffee Hour Host   Elisabeth Choi  

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  The flowers this week are given by Elisabeth Choi in loving memory of Reverend William Berndt and Elisabeth Berndt.

Celebrations  We remember and celebrate the birthdays of Catherine O'Brien, Elizabeth Laurencot, Michael Smith, Carolyn Brooke, Ron Gallagher, Angie Marks, and Eric Swardstrom..

Prayers  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., Marnie, Shelley, and those in the military: Lucas S., Hana L., and Jamie C. 

Scripture Readings

Isaiah 25:1-9; Philippians 4:1-9; Matthew 22:1-14

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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