Brookline Food Pantry
United Parish is an active contributor to the Brookline Emergency Food Pantry. The Brookline Food Pantry provides free food to Brookline families and individuals in need. Housed at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 15 St. Paul Street, the Food Pantry is open Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00am to 2:00pm, and Saturday from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. Items most needed are: cereal, pasta sauce, soups, canned meats, tuna fish, canned vegetables and fruit, peanut butter, jams and jelly, powdered milk (boxes of individual packages), and toiletries (soap, shampoo and toothpaste).
Please bring your donation to United Parish on Sundays (or during the week when the building is open) and place your contribution in the gray metal cabinet marked “Brookline Food Pantry” in the Marion Street lobby. Someone collects the food donations each week and takes them to the food pantry at St. Paul’s. You can also leave your donations directly at St. Paul’s when the pantry is open.
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I would like to give you a small, important challenge this Lenten season - have a prayer partner. Now WAIT, before you disregard this, please take one minute to hear me out. I’m serious about this.
Our congregation is very good at gathering and socializing and enjoying one another’s company. This is a good, beautiful and wonderful thing.
I would like for us all to do more to strengthen our spiritual connections with one another. I believe that by strengthening our spiritual bonds and understanding of one another, we increase our spiritual strength as a body overall. And in a world that needs more hope, more love, more compassion, more God energy, this is a necessary and powerful thing. It’s a way that United Parish can be more of a beacon in the world.
You may think that you are not that spiritual, or that you don’t know how to pray, or even if you do, you don’t want to share that with someone else, that it’s private. That’s OK. Just give it a try. It’s a holy experiment, basically committing to having a spiritual buddy in the congregation with whom you talk for 5-15 minutes each week from now through Easter (April 1).
And believe me, we could all use a spiritual buddy. You will be surprised how enriching this will be. Our Adult Deepening Team has made it so easy, with some helpful guidelines about how it can work, how to structure your weekly check-in.
Men and boys - this is not just a women’s thing. So far only I and two other men have signed up to do this. I would like for ALL of us to do this. I would like all of the guys to lean into this.
To find a prayer partner
Just click HERE to start the process. You can choose your own or the team and pastors will pair you up with someone.
Lenten Study groups - Getting Real with God Click HERE
I also strongly encourage you to check out our Lenten study groups, which start up this coming Sunday, March 4.
Fasting with a purpose click HERE
Also - in traditional Lenten fashion, our Stretching into Justice team invites you to give up a meal each week and donate the money you saved to the Brookline Food Pantry.
We can enlarge our spiritual strength among one another. I believe that God needs us to do this.
Worship service for all ages, followed by an action of solidarity with the Brookline Food Pantry
With the participation of: Too Clez for Comfort (the Temple Ohabei Shalom Klezmer Group) Temple Ohabei Shalom Adult Choir, and United Parish Chancel Choir
Sunday, November 19 at 3pm
At Temple Ohabei Shalom, 1187 Beacon Street, Brookline
Come center yourself for the Thanksgiving holiday at a service with readings, music and prayer. We will honor our blessings and share them with the Brookline Food Pantry. Please bring goods or money to share for the Brookline Food Pantry at our offering time.
Goods include: samples sizes of shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, toothpaste and toothbrushes, mouth wash, combs, hair brushes, paper towels, deodorant, shaving cream, razors, instant or ground coffee, tea, brown rice, lentils, salt and pepper, spices for cooking, flour, sugar (1-2 lbs.), condiments, and cooking oil.
Congregations participating: All Saints Parish, First Parish in Brookline, St. Mary of the Assumption Parish, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Temple Beth Zion, Temple Ohabei Shalom, Temple Sinai, The First Church in Chestnut Hill, The United Parish in Brookline, Center Communities of Brookline, Congregation Mishkan Tefila
Organized by the Brookline Clergy Association
The Brookline Food Pantry provides food to families and individuals in Brookline who have trouble affording food and may not be able to feed themselves without this assistance. United Parish collects donations for the Brookline Food Pantry, and we have recently been informed that the donations they receive from us are dwindling. There is a basket for donations of canned and dried goods in the Marion Street Lobby. Please keep the Food Pantry in mind when deciding how to give back to God for all of the blessings with which we have been bestowed. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask the Stretching into Justice Ministry Team at Stretchingintojustice@upbrookline.org.