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This Sunday at St. Paul's: October 29, 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         Newcomers' Brunch (Rectory)

  • 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 role does money play? We will share and discuss our new "narrative budget" that illustrates how work is supported through our financial resources. Please join us!
  • Newcomers' Brunch: 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 this coming Sunday 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.
This Week at St. Paul's

Monday, October 30               Yoga                           7:00 am (Lichtenberger Room)

Wednesday, November 1        Christmas Worship       6:00 pm (Rector's Office)

                                               Planning Meeting

                                            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 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"?

Kindness Campaign

 Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing

because he could only do a little.

                                                             ~ Edmund Burke  

 Sunday Church School

We will continue to meet downstairs until the first weekend of Advent. At that time we will move Pre-K through 2nd upstairs during Pageant rehearsal through the rest of 2017. We will start 2018 in the Brookline Teen Center on Aspinwall St. and will remain there until the end of the Church School Year. 

Blessings, Maggie Taylor, Director of Children and Youth,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Building a Commonwealth of Blessing
Helpful Facts About Pledging

Why do we need annual pledges? Don't we have an endowment?
We are fortunate to have an endowment. A decade ago, we used part of the endowment to remodel the rectory and create an income-producing rental property, an asset whose value became part of the endowment. Our current renovation plans for the lower level of the parish house are similar: we will draw a substantial sum from the endowment to fund construction, which will create, in addition to church school space, an income-
producing rental property. But we cannot count on interest income to cover the general operating costs of St. Paul's. Our annual pledges are therefore more important this year than ever.Aren't the contributions made in the weekly offering enough?
Weekly non-pledge offerings amount to approximately 9% of all contributions to St Paul's, but we can't count on them - they change from year to year.

Why should I consider pledging? Does St. Paul's need my pledge?
Pledges allow us to plan our commitments to our staff and programs. Every pledge is valued, whatever the amount. Pledging to support our shared life together is about more than the dollars raised. It is about creating a community-wide covenant that we are responsible to and for one another; that we share in keeping the doors open, the lights and heat on, the ministries thriving and supported to do the work we depend on them to do. 

Ministry Outside the Parish (M.O.P.) Meeting: November 5

Ministry Outside the Parish (M.O.P.) will be holding a Proposal Forum on Sunday, November 5 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 church website, speak with 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..

Sanctuary Movement Discussion Meeting: November 5

The New Sanctuary movement is active in the Boston area. Undocumented people can seek sanctuary in churches to avoid being deported by immigration officials. We would like to tell you about what is happening locally, and through education and discussion we can find out more about St. Paul's involvement, either as a community or as individuals. 

Please join us for a discussion meeting on Sunday, November 5 at 11:30am in the Great Hall. If you have questions, please contact Simon Lejeune This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Kate Kelley This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

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 who died anytime in the past as a memorial 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.

Hidden Brookline Walking Tour: November 12

After church on November 12, beginning at noon, 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. The tour will end at approximately 1:30pm. 

Calling all Retreat-going Parents!

If you have attended a St. Paul's Retreat with a child (this year or any year), please join us on Sunday, November 19 after the10 am service for a conversation about what more we can do to make the Retreat experience fun and safe for children and youth. Thanks! 

Rev. Jeff Mello and St. Paul's Retreat Organizing Team

Invitation for Ministry Outside the Parish (M.O.P.) Grant Applications

Every year St.Paul's M.O.P. 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 November 14. 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..    

Serving us this week
Preacher  The Ven. Pat Zifcak 
Presider  The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello 
Director of Music  Andrew Clarkson 
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Server  Ardani Mello-Daigneault 
Crucifer  Austin Jewell 
Torchbearers Elliana Clarkson and Ripley Foster  
Lectors                                     Paul Daigneault and Roger House 
Prayers of the People  Edward Jacobson 
Chalice Bearers    Wendy Luk and E. Lorraine Baugh 
Healing Prayers  Angie Marks and Julie Starr 
Eucharistic Visitor  Edward Jacobson 

Vestry Representatives 

Steve Kelley, Leah Rugen, Julie House, and Tim Hintz 

Altar Guild 

8:00 am: Ann Colageo
10:00 am: John Ferguson and Mike Scheffler  

Greeters  The Greeter Team  
Ushers  Walter Mucha, Sam Scott, Hanako Norton,
Robert Burke, Jeannie Baca, and Ben Norton  

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 Francis and Betty Sultzman and Melvin and Jean Snover, by Lydia Snover.

Celebrations  We remember and celebrate the birthdays of Maureen Carter, Sam Batchelor, James Xie, Margaret Wilkerson, Molly Dulla, and Paul Nguyen.

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

Leviticus 19:1-2,15-18; 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8; Matthew 22:34-46

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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