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This Sunday at St. Paul's: October 22, 2017

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

9:00 am:         Church School (Lower Level)

                      Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room)

                      Adult Education: 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         Torchbearer Training (Sanctuary)

                       M.O.P. Presentation: Lola Children's Home (Lichtenberger Room) 

                       Sunday Lunch Bunch      

  • Adult Education: We invite you to share with us in "Building a Commonwealth of Blessing", our theme for this year's Annual Pledge Appeal. This coming Sunday, our discussion will focus on asking ourselves "What are the ways St. Paul's tries to live into being a Commonwealth of Blessing?" Please join us!
  • There will be Torchbearer Training for grades 3 and above this coming Sunday 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.
  • Ministry Outside the Parish (M.O.P.) Presentation: Lola Children's Fund: Allie Haley, founder and director, will speak this coming Sunday 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 Sunday Lunch Bunch (SLB) returns THIS Sunday. If you haven't yet heard about The Sunday Lunch Bunch, we are a group of friendly St. Paul's parishioners who enjoy gathering every FOURTH Sunday of the month for conversation, fellowship and a casual meal. We walk or carpool to a nearby location and rides are always available. All are welcome and invited. This Sunday, October 22 after the 10 O'clock service, we'll connect during coffee hour (indoors or in the rear courtyard) with those who are interested. 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, October 23               Yoga                           7:00 am (Lichtenberger Room)

 Tuesday, October 24              Spiritual Book Group    7:30 pm (Lichtenberger Room)                                     

 Wednesday, October 25         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 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

Last week during Church School the Confirmation Class invited the children to participate in our Kindness Campaign by playing a BINGO game. Cards were distributed to all the children who were present.  If your child was absent or if they have lost their card, more cards can be found under the Kindness Campaign Bulletin Board outside the Lichtenberger Room. Once a child has gotten BINGO by completing the acts in a row, column or diagonally, they can bring their card to the Lichtenberger Room on a Sunday morning to receive a special "thank you" gift. 

There is nothing so rewarding as to make people realize that they are worthwhile in this world.

                                                          -- Bob Anderson 

 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 this coming Sunday 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.  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. 
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 
Director of Music  Andrew Clarkson 
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Server  Flora Fried 
Crucifer  Mike Scheffler 
Torchbearers Sarah Dulla and Mihret Hopkin  
Lectors                                     Elisabeth Choi and George Coggeshall 
Prayers of the People  Jackson Braider 
Chalice Bearers    Roger House and Maryann Kurkjian 
Healing Prayers  E. Lorraine Baugh and Steve Morrissey 
Eucharistic Visitor  Maryann Kurkjian 

Vestry Representatives 

Nate Gaede, John Ferguson, and Elisabeth Choi 

Altar Guild 

8:00 am: Maryann Kurkjian
10:00 am:  Mary Beth Elder and Adelaide Xie 

Greeters  Clara Batchelor, Chris Dulla, Rebecca Schultzberg, and Tammy Hobbs Miracky  
Ushers  Walter Mucha, Sam Scott, Hanako Norton, Robert Burke, Jeannie Baca, and Ben Norton  
Coffee Hour Host   The Hopkin and Fairchild Families  

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 altar flowers this week have been given in loving memory of Willis and Inez Wager by Walter and Faye Mucha, and we pray for the repose of the soul of Onn Lee, Maria Seminerio Lee's father-in-law, who died this past week.

Celebrations  We remember and celebrate the birthdays of Madeleine Taylor, Mark Bain, Will Biedron, E. Lorraine Baugh, Jesse Moore and Jaidin Russell.

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 45:1-7; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10; Matthew 22:15-22

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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