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This Sunday at St. Paul's: February 25, 2018
The Second Sunday in Lent

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

9:00 am            Adult Formation: Making Room in our Minds and Souls (Great Hall)

                        Church School (Lower Level)

                        Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room)

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

11:15 am          Coffee Hour (Great Hall)

11:30 am          Sunday Lunch Bunch (Meet in Great Hall to determine off-site location)

                       Anti-Racism Group Meeting (Chapel)

Adult Formation: Making Room in our Minds and Souls - Practicing Detachment

Ours is a world of overstimulation: we end up distracted and overwhelmed by things that are not of central value in our lives. We want to pray, but our minds are too full. What might it mean to practice disciplines of spiritual detachment in order to make more room for God?

The Sunday Lunch Bunch (SLB) returns THIS Sunday. The Sunday Lunch Bunch is a group of friendly St. Paul's folks who welcome any parishioner to join us every FOURTH Sunday of the month at some local eating spot for casual conversation and fellowship around a pleasant meal. This Sunday, after the 10 O'clock service, we'll coordinate in the Great Hall during Coffee Hour and gather names of those interested. All are welcome and transportation is always available, as needed. If you'd like to know more about the SLB, please see Ed Jacobson, Maryann Kurkjian, or speak with an Usher or Greeter. This may be your week to give it a try!

This Week at St. Paul's

Monday, February 26:        7:00 am: Yoga (Lichtenberger Room)

Tuesday, February 27:        7:00 pm: Spiritual Book Group (Lichtenberger Room)

Wednesday, February 28:   7:00 pm: Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room)

Friday, March 2:                 6:30 pm: Lenten House Church                      

Kindness Campaign

  Always give without remembering and
  always receive without forgetting. 

                             ~  Brian Tracy 

Adult Formation during Lent

Making Room for Grace - Lenten Practices of Fasting and Repentance

This series will explore the ancient Christian discipline of fasting and how it might deepen our journey during Lent and beyond. Fasting is not just about abstaining from food - it has to do with practices of self-emptying so that we can make room for God's transforming grace in our lives. 

March 4: Making Room in our Hearts - Experiencing the Rite of Reconciliation

Did you know that in The Book of Common Prayer 1979 there is a rite called "The Reconciliation of a Penitent," that is essentially private confession and absolution? How does the Episcopal Church understand the role of personal confession in a Christian's spiritual life? What might happen if we open ourselves to this gift?

March 11: Making Room in our Lives - Our Relationship to Material Possessions

Many of us are struggling to find room in our homes for all the "stuff" that we own, much of which we rarely use or even see. Eventually it turns out that we don't own our stuff, but that our stuff really owns us. What is our relationship to our material possessions? Do they crowd out our capacity to experience life in all its fullness?

March 18: Making Room in our Communities - Radical Hospitality and Almsgiving

Jesus said, "Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." How do our financial holdings figure into our spiritual lives? Do our assumptions about and ways of dealing with money create barriers within Christian community? What does it mean to make room for all regardless of their economic resources?

March 25:  Join us for the blessing of the palms @ 9am, which will be held in Coolidge Corner (exact location TBA) in a joint celebration with the other two Episcopal churches in Brookline: All Saints Parish and Church of Our Saviour.

Lent at St. Paul's

 Adult Formation during Lent  

Making Room for Grace - Lenten Practices of Fasting and Repentance

This series will explore the ancient Christian discipline of fasting and how it might deepen our journey during Lent and beyond. Fasting is not just about abstaining from food - it has to do with practices of self-emptying so that we can make room for God's transforming grace in our lives.

Lent in a Bag 

Lent in a Bag kits will be available on Sunday mornings for individuals and families who are interested in creating weekly conversations around symbols of the season. In each bag there will be directions for reflection and conversation starters. Please pick one up at the ushers table.

"CHANGE-ing Hunger" Basket

Continuing our tradition of raising money during Lent through the collection of loose change each week, this year we will be raising money to feed the children of Mil Milagros, a program St. Paul's helps to support in Guatemala. It costs $0.56 to provide one child with a hot nourishing meal and a piece of fresh fruit. 

If you would like to involve children in this project during Lent, giving them a tangible sense of providing a meal for each $0.56 they raise could be very powerful. $0.56 for each day in Lent would be a total of $22.40. Individuals and families might set goals for themselves and put change in a jar each night before dinner. Please bring your collected change forward during the offertory every Sunday in Lent. Mil Milagros means "A Thousand Miracles." Might St. Paul's provide a thousand meals this Lent? Mil Milagros 

Spiritual Book Group: February 27

The Spiritual Book Group will meet on February 27 (4th Tuesday) at 7:00 pm in the Lichtenberger Room to discuss "The Cross and the Lynching Tree" by James H. Cone. Questions or suggestions? Please contact Barbie Maniscalco (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

 Lenten House Church: March 2

Lenten House Church is a wonderful way to get to know each other in a more informal and prayerful setting. This year we will be reflecting on the symbol of the cross, guided by former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams' book, The Sign and the Sacrifice - The Meaning of the Cross and Resurrection.

Please join us for the second gathering, on Friday, March 2, at 6:30 pm at the home of Bev and Steve Estes-Smargiassi, 27 Spring Park Ave., Jamaica Plain. We'll begin with prayer and a simple meal; our conversation will focus on chapter 2 - "The Sacrifice." You are also invited to bring with you some crosses (or pictures of crosses) that are meaningful to you in some way. If you want to sign up to bring food (not required), you can add your name to the Lenten House Church spreadsheet (click here).

We have a few copies of the book available at the church (donations are welcome), and it also can be purchased on Amazon. Future 2018 Lenten House Church gatherings are March 9, 16 and 23. We hope you'll join us as we embark on a holy and enriching Lent! Contact Elise Feyerherm at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. 

Lenten Quiet Day: March 3  

St. Paul's Anti-Racism Group is organizing our first Lenten Quiet Day. It is not intended to be a day of study or academic learning - it is not a workshop.Rather, it is aimed at quieting the noise in our lives and opening ourselves to listen for the love and healing balm of God, here in the midst of our struggles with, and brokenness from, the sin or racism in our lives and in this world. We hope that our time of listening and sitting in quiet will prepare us for speaking and action in the world. Click here to see the Lenten Quiet Day schedule. Come for as much or as little of the day as you wish. We ask that you register here if you're planning to come to help us prepare materials for the day.  

St. Paul's Spring Cabaret

Please join in for a fun filled meeting on Sunday, February 25 at 11:30 am in the Lichtenberger Room to plan our 1st St. Paul's Spring Cabaret. We are looking for volunteers to be involved in a number of different committees including Entertainment, Silent Auction, Food, PR, Sound, Decorations, Set-Up & Clean-Up. We are also looking for volunteers to host our very popular themed dinners, where "seats at the table" are purchased during Cabaret Night.

More to follow on the event but save the date of Saturday, May 19, 2018! Please reach out to the co-chairs, Andrea Brue @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Arlene Swan-Mahony @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

Mission Sunday Events

March 4 - Assistance for NuDay Syria. One Person at a Time, One Humanity.

Nadia Alawa, founder of NuDay Syria, came to St. Paul's last year to share her story, her calling to be a catalyst for change. To support her organization, please consider bringing donations of food such as rice, cans of infant milk, protein bars, tuna, hygiene items such as sanitary pads, diapers (sizes newborn and 3), soap bars, shampoo, nail clippers, combs,

new and gently used stuffed animals, soccer balls, backpacks, infant clothing, sleeping bags and blankets, shoes, and winter coats.

You may deliver to St. Paul's on Sunday, March 4 between 9 and 10am and monetary donations for shipping to help send all items to Syria are most welcome as well (checks can be made out to "St. Paul's Church" with a notation in the memo line for "NuDay Syria."  

Newcomers' Brunch: March 11

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, March 11 at the Parish Rectory after the 10 am 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 RSVP to Jill, our Parish Administrator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 617-566-4953 no later than Wednesday, March 7. We look forward to seeing you!  

Calendar for Lent

  Sundays in Lent:  March 4, 11, 18  at 8 and 10 am

 
  Friday House Churches:  
March 2, 9, 16, 23 at 6:30 pm

  Lenten Quiet Day:  March 3 at 9 am - 3 pm

Holy Week

All services at St. Paul's, except where noted

  The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday, March 25 at 8 and 10 am

                                               Blessing of the Palms at 9 am, St. Mark's Park

                                               at Park & Marion Street in Coolidge Corner                                                 

  The Way of the Cross:  Monday, March 26 at 7 pm, Church of Our Saviour

  Taize Service:  Tuesday, March 27 at 7 pm

  Women of the Passion: Wednesday, March 28 at 7 pm, All Saints Church

  Maundy Thursday:  March 29, Agape meal at 6:30 pm, Service at 7 pm

  Good Friday:  March 30, Stations of the Cross at 11:30 am

                                        Good Friday Liturgy at 12 pm

                                        Children's Good Friday Service at 4 pm

                                        Stations of the Cross at 6:30 pm

                                        Good Friday Liturgy at 7 pm

Easter Services

  The Great Vigil of Easter:  Saturday, March 31 at 7 pm

  Sunday of the Resurrection:  April 1, Sunrise Service at 6 am, Lars Anderson Park

                                                9 and 11 am, St. Paul's Church

 Serving us this week
Presider The Rev. Elise A. Feyerherm  
Preacher  The Rev. Megan C. Holding  
Assisting Clergy  The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello  
Director of Music  Andrew Clarkson 
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Server  Lauren Lukason 
Crucifer  Austin Jewell 
Torchbearers  Lena Schultzberg and Viola Schultzberg 
Lectors John Anderson and Margie Chapman 
Prayers of the People  Patricia Dunbar 
Chalice Bearers    Alan Fried and Tammy Hobbs Miracky 
Healing Prayers  Lorraine Baugh and Elisabeth Choi 
Eucharistic Visitor  Edward Jacobson 

Altar Guild 

8:00 am: Judy Clementson      

10:00 am: Mary Beth Elder and Adelaide Xie     

Greeters  Clara Batchelor, Kate Kelley, Rebecca Schultzberg, and
Chris Dulla 
Ushers  Sam Scott, Robert Burke, Jeannie Baca, and Ben Norton   
Coffee Hour Host   The Swan-Mahony Family   
Sunday School Snack  The Teiwes Family 

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. 

Celebrations and Prayers 

Celebrations 

We remember and celebrate the birthdays of Ken Carter, Christopher Lockhart, Arthur Bianchini, Priscilla Donham, and Lauren Lukason. 

Prayers       

Jennifer L., Felina R., the Children and Staff of Mil Milagros, Tim G., Camille J-F, Debra, Janet R., David F., Kendall G., Ruth R., Paul, Alexander T., Gerke V., Kim L., Deborah F., Kitty C., Whitney, Susan P., Fran C., Nan C., Sue H., Marnie, Shelley, Harry B., William C., Jack E., Faye M., Sam K., Susan P., Bill, Linda C., and those in  in the military: Lucas S. and Hana L. 

Scripture Readings 

Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16; Romans 4:13-25; Mark 8:31-38

Psalm 22:22-30 from The Saint Helena Psalter

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

This Sunday at St. Paul's: February 18, 2018
The First Sunday in Lent and Lenten Invitation Service

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

9:00 am            Adult Formation: Making Room in our Bodies - Learning from the Ancient
                        Tradition (Great Hall)

                        Church School (Lower Level)

                        Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room)

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

11:15 am          Coffee Hour (Great Hall)

11:30 am          Capital Campaign Fundraising--Phase 2 Meeting (Lichtenberger Room)

5:00 pm            Lenten Invitation Service (Sanctuary) 

  • Adult Formation: Abstaining from food is an ancient spiritual practice, found in almost all of the religions of the world. What does fasting really mean? How has fasting played a part in the Jewish and Christian traditions? We'll look at ancient traditions as well as the ways in which fasting has been rediscovered in more recent times.
  • Capital Camaign Fundraising--Phase 2: As we prepare for construction to begin on our building this spring, members of the Capital Campaign committee will be looking at options for seeking additional funds from beyond our St. Paul's community. If you feel you could contribute to this effort or just want to know more, we invite you to a preliminary planning meeting this coming Sunday, after church in the Lichtenberger Room.       
  • Lenten Invitation Service: This unique service is designed to invite us into a renewed, deepened relationship with the season of Lent. In addition to readings and prayers gathered from a variety of sources, the St. Paul's Choir will sing the Fauré Requiem, accompanied by organ and a wind and string chamber ensemble. This service aims to provide an additional stepping stone into our Lenten journey, nourishing our hearts and minds with the questions and choices, the temptations and disciplines, the hope and love that are at the core of our Lenten pilgrimage. A Lenten Invitation is a new offering for an ancient season.
This Week at St. Paul's

Monday, February 19:        7:00 am: Yoga (Lichtenberger Room)

Tuesday, February 20:       7:30 pm: Vestry Meeting (Lichtenberger Room)

Friday, February 23:          6:30 pm: Lenten House Church                      

Mission Sunday Thank You

At our Mission Sunday event on February 4 in the Great Hall, we assembled 14 care packages for people in the military and away at college.  Thank you to everyone who donated snacks, magazines and their time to this event.  They were all sent with a note that said the St Paul's community is thinking of them. ~ Melissa Dulla

Kindness Campaign

Our days are happier when we give people a piece of our heart rather than a piece of our mind.    ~  Ritu Ghatourey 

Adult Formation during Lent

   

Making Room for Grace - Lenten Practices of Fasting and Repentance

This series will explore the ancient Christian discipline of fasting and how it might deepen our journey during Lent and beyond. Fasting is not just about abstaining from food - it has to do with practices of self-emptying so that we can make room for God's transforming grace in our lives. 

February 25

Making Room in our Minds and Souls - Practicing Detachment

Ours is a world of overstimulation; we end up distracted and overwhelmed by things that are not of central value in our lives. We want to pray, but our minds are too full. What might it mean to practice disciplines of spiritual detachment in order to make more room for God?

March 4

Making Room in our Hearts - Experiencing the Rite of Reconciliation

Did you know that in The Book of Common Prayer 1979 there is a rite called "The Reconciliation of a Penitent," that is essentially private confession and absolution? How does the Episcopal Church understand the role of personal confession in a Christian's spiritual life? What might happen if we open ourselves to this gift?

March 11

Making Room in our Lives - Our Relationship to Material Possessions

Many of us are struggling to find room in our homes for all the "stuff" that we own, much of which we rarely use or even see. Eventually it turns out that we don't own our stuff, but that our stuff really owns us. What is our relationship to our material possessions? Do they crowd out our capacity to experience life in all its fullness?

March 18

Making Room in our Communities - Radical Hospitality and Almsgiving

Jesus said, "Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." How do our financial holdings figure into our spiritual lives? Do our assumptions about and ways of dealing with money create barriers within Christian community? What does it mean to make room for all regardless of their economic resources?

March 25       

Join us for the blessing of the palms @ 9am, which will be held in Coolidge Corner (exact location TBA) in a joint celebration with the other two Episcopal churches in Brookline: All Saints Parish and Church of Our Saviour.

     

Lent at St. Paul's

 

Adult Formation: February 18 - March 18:  Making Room for Grace - Lenten Practices of Fasting and Repentance  This series will explore the ancient Christian discipline of fasting and how it might deepen our journey during Lent and beyond. Fasting is not just about abstaining from food - it has to do with practices of self-emptying so that we can make room for God's transforming grace in our lives.

Lent in a Bag  During the first Sunday of Lent there will be Lent in a Bag kits available for individuals and families who are interested in creating weekly conversations around symbols of the season. In each bag there will be directions for reflection and conversation starters.

"CHANGE-ing Hunger" Basket  Continuing our tradition of raising money during Lent through the collection of loose change each week, this year we will be raising money to feed the children of Mil Milagros, a program St. Paul's helps to support in Guatemala. It costs $0.56 to provide one child with a hot nourishing meal and a piece of fresh fruit. 

If you would like to involve children in this project during Lent, giving them a tangible sense of providing a meal for each $0.56 they raise could be very powerful. $0.56 for each day in Lent would be a total of $22.40. Individuals and families might set goals for themselves and put change in a jar each night before dinner. Please bring your collected change forward during the offertory every Sunday in Lent. Mil Milagros means "A Thousand Miracles." Might St. Paul's provide a thousand meals this Lent? Mil Milagros                                

Lenten Invitation Service: Sunday, February 18 at 5:00 pm  This unique service is designed to invite us into a renewed, deepened relationship with the season of Lent. In addition to readings and prayers gathered from a variety of sources, the St. Paul's Choir will sing the Fauré Requiem, accompanied by organ and a wind and string chamber ensemble. This service aims to provide an additional stepping stone into our Lenten journey, nourishing our hearts and minds with the questions and choices, the temptations and disciplines, the hope and love that are at the core of our Lenten pilgrimage. A Lenten Invitation is a new offering for an ancient season.

Lenten House Church begins Friday, February 23  Lenten House Church is a wonderful way to get to know each other in a more informal and prayerful setting. This year we will be reflecting on the symbol of the cross, guided by former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams' book, The Sign and the Sacrifice - The Meaning of the Cross and Resurrection.

Please join us for the first gathering, on Friday, February 23 at 6:30 pm at the home of Barbie Maniscalco, 90 Park St., Apt. 37, Brookline. We'll begin with prayer and a simple meal; our conversation will focus on chapter 1 - "The Sign." You are also invited to bring with you some crosses (or pictures of crosses) that are meaningful to you in some way. If you want to sign up to bring food (not required), you can add your name to the Lenten House Church spreadsheet (click here). You do not need to sign up or RSVP to attend.

We have a few copies of the book available at the church (donations are welcome), and it also can be purchased on Amazon. Future 2018 Lenten House Church gatherings are March 2, 9, 16 and 23. We hope you'll join us as we embark on a holy and enriching Lent! Contact Elise Feyerherm at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Spiritual Book Group  The Spiritual Book Group will meet on February 27 (4th Tuesday) to discuss "The Cross and the Lynching Tree" by James H. Cone. Questions or suggestions? Please contact Barbie Maniscalco (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Lenten Quiet Day: March 3   St. Paul's Anti-Racism Group is organizing our first Lenten Quiet Day. It is not intended to be a day of study or academic learning - it is not a workshop.Rather, it is aimed at quieting the noise in our lives and opening ourselves to listen for the love and healing balm of God, here in the midst of our struggles with, and brokenness from, the sin or racism in our lives and in this world. We hope that our time of listening and sitting in quiet will prepare us for speaking and action in the world. Click here to see the Lenten Quiet Day schedule. Come for as much or as little of the day as you wish. We ask that you register here if you're planning to come to help us prepare materials for the day.  

St. Paul's Spring Cabaret

Please join in for a fun filled meeting on Sunday, February 25 at 11:30 am in the Lichtenberger Room to plan our 1st St. Paul's Spring Cabaret. We are looking for volunteers to be involved in a number of different committees including Entertainment, Silent Auction, Food, PR, Sound, Decorations, Set-Up & Clean-Up. We are also looking for volunteers to host our very popular themed dinners, where "seats at the table" are purchased during Cabaret Night.

More to follow on the event but save the date of Saturday, May 19, 2018! Please reach out to the co-chairs, Andrea Brue @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Arlene Swan-Mahony @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

Mission Sunday Events

March 4 - Assistance for NuDay Syria. One Person at a Time, One Humanity.

Nadia Alawa, founder of NuDay Syria, came to St. Paul's last year to share her story, her calling to be a catalyst for change. To support her organization, please consider bringing donations of food such as rice, cans of infant milk, protein bars, tuna, hygiene items such as sanitary pads, diapers (sizes newborn and 3), soap bars, shampoo, nail clippers, combs,

new and gently used stuffed animals, soccer balls, backpacks, infant clothing, sleeping bags and blankets, shoes, and winter coats.

You may deliver to St. Paul's on Sunday, March 4 between 9 and 10am and monetary donations for shipping to help send all items to Syria are most welcome as well (checks can be made out to "St. Paul's Church" with a notation in the memo line for "NuDay Syria."  

Newcomers' Brunch: March 11

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, March 11 at the Parish Rectory after the 10 am 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 RSVP to Jill, our Parish Administrator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 617-566-4953 no later than Wednesday, March 7. We look forward to seeing you!  

 Serving us this week
Presider The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello  
Preacher  The Rev. Elise A. Feyerherm  
Deacon  The Ven. Pat Zifcak  
Director of Music  Andrew Clarkson 
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Server  Julie House 
Crucifer  Mike Scheffler 
Torchbearers  Delilah Chapman and Elior Zaremba 
Lectors Maggie Taylor and Sharlene Wing 
Prayers of the People  Adelaide Xie 
Chalice Bearers    Barbie Maniscalco and John Ferguson 
Healing Prayers  Betsy Munzer and Julie House 
Eucharistic Visitor  Maryann Kurkjian 
Offering Counters  Mike Scheffler, Ayanna McPhail, and Tim Hintz 

Altar Guild 

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

Greeters  Tim Hintz, Maria O'Meara, and John Ferguson 
Ushers  Walter Mucha, Sam Scott, Hanako Norton,
Robert Burke, Jeannie Baca, and Ben Norton   
Coffee Hour Host
Sunday School Snack 
The Applegate Family
The Foster Family 

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. 

Celebrations, Memorials, and Prayers 

Celebrations  We remember and celebrate the birthdays of Joan Batchelor, Cordelia Thompson, Aidan Cheverie, Jason Fairchild, Elior Zaremba, Tyler Russell, and Galen House. 

Prayers   Jennifer L., Felina R., the Children and Staff of Mil Milagros, Tim G., Camille J-F, Debra, Janet R., David F., Kendall G., Ruth R., Paul, Alexander T., Gerke V., Kim L., Deborah F., Kitty C., Whitney, Susan P., Fran C., Nan C., Sue H., Marnie, Shelley, Harry B., William C., Jack E., Faye M., Sam K., Susan P., Bill, Linda C., and those in  in the military: Lucas S. and Hana L. 

Scripture Readings

 

Genesis 9:8-17; 1 Peter 3:18-22; Mark 1:9-15

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

This Sunday at St. Paul's: February 11, 2018
The Last Sunday after the Epiphany and Holy Baptism

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

9:00 am            Adult Formation: Part 4 of our series on Baptism, Confirmation, and
                        Reception: Rites of Initiation (Chapel)

                        Church School (Lower Level)
                        Confirmation Class (Lichtenberger Room)

                        Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room)

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

11:30 am          Shrove Sunday Pancake Brunch and Talent Show (Great Hall)  

  • Adult Formation: Part 4 of our Series on Baptism, Confirmation, and Reception: Rites of Initiation: What does it mean to be confirmed by a bishop, or received into the Episcopal Church? If baptism is full initiation into the Body of Christ, do I need to be confirmed or received? What's the difference between confirmation, reception, and reaffirmation of baptismal vows?
  • Shrove Sunday Pancake Brunch and Talent Show:  Come enjoy a celebration of the wide array of talents - from the silly to the sublime-possessed by this community. Eat yummy pancakes with delicious fruit and sausage dished out by the Stewardship team. A suggested donation of $3 a person (maximum $10 per family) will help to defray the cost.

          Sign up to share a short act (3-5 min max!) by seeing Maggie Taylor after church or by emailing her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

          Sign up to help with set-up, cooking, and/or clean-up (and that's always a need!) by seeing Maggie after church, or emailing Stewardship Ministry members

           Leah  Rugen (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Barbie Mansicalco (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).         

 
 
 
 
This Week at St. Paul's

Monday, February 12:        7:00 am: Yoga (Lichtenberger Room)

Tuesday, February 13:       7:30 pm: Scripture Group (Lichtenberger Room)

Wednesday, February 14:  7:00-9:00 am:  Distribution of Ashes (Aspinwall St.Entrance)
                                       12:00-1:00 pm: Distribution of Ashes (Aspinwall St. Entrance)
                                       7:00 pm: Ash Wednesday Liturgy and Distribution of Ashes
                                                     (Sanctuary)    

                                          

Palms for Ash Wednesday Ashes

Your palms from last year's Palm Sunday are needed! The palms from our celebration of the entry of Jesus in Jerusalem are burned and the ashes become a reminder of our mortality and need of God. A basket will be on the table outside the Rector's office this coming Sunday to gather your palm branches. 

Scripture Group

The Scripture Group will meet on Tuesday, February 13 at 7:30 pm in the Lichtenberger Room. To access the readings for the first Sunday in Lent (listed below), please click here.   All are welcome to join us! 

  • Genesis 9:8-17 
  • 1 Peter 3:18-22 
  • Mark 1:9-15 
  • Psalm 25:1-9 
Kindness Campaign

   Sometimes someone says something
   really small, and it fits right into this empty
   space in your heart.

                             ~  My So Called Life  

Lent at St. Paul's

Burying of the Alleluias

In preparation for the season of Lent, we will be creating an Alleluia banner that will be "buried" at the end of the 10 am service on Shrove Sunday, February 11. We will be creating this banner instead of creating a butterfly mobile this year. The reason for this banner is to help physically represent Lent as a time of reverence and contemplation and a reminder that we will not see Alleluias in our worship services until Easter.  

Ash Wednesday: February 14 

Distribution of Ashes: 7-9am and 12-1pm at Aspinwall Street entrance Come by on your way to work or school, or during your lunch break, receive ashes and hear the powerful reminder that we "are dust, and to dust we shall return."Ash Wednesday Liturgy with Distribution of Ashes: 7pm in the Sanctuary Join us for the Ash Wednesday Liturgy with Holy Communion and the Imposition of Ashes.

Adult Formation: February 18 - March 18  

Making Room for Grace - Lenten Practices of Fasting and Repentance

This series will explore the ancient Christian discipline of fasting and how it might deepen our journey during Lent and beyond. Fasting is not just about abstaining from food - it has to do with practices of self-emptying so that we can make room for God's transforming grace in our lives.

Lent in a Bag 

During the first Sunday of Lent there will be Lent in a Bag kits available for individuals and families who are interested in creating weekly conversations around symbols of the season. In each bag there will be directions for reflection and conversation starters.

"CHANGE-ing Hunger" Basket

Continuing our tradition of raising money during Lent through the collection of loose change each week, this year we will be raising money to feed the children of Mil Milagros, a program St. Paul's helps to support in Guatemala. It costs $0.56 to provide one child with a hot nourishing meal and a piece of fresh fruit. 

If you would like to involve children in this project during Lent, giving them a tangible sense of providing a meal for each $0.56 they raise could be very powerful. $0.56 for each day in Lent would be a total of $22.40. Individuals and families might set goals for themselves and put change in a jar each night before dinner. Please bring your collected change forward during the offertory every Sunday in Lent. Mil Milagros means "A Thousand Miracles." Might St. Paul's provide a thousand meals this Lent? Mil Milagros                                

Lenten Invitation Service: Sunday, February 18 at 5:00 pm  

This unique service is designed to invite us into a renewed, deepened relationship with the season of Lent. In addition to readings and prayers gathered from a variety of sources, the St. Paul's Choir will sing the Fauré Requiem, accompanied by organ and a wind and string chamber ensemble. This service aims to provide an additional stepping stone into our Lenten journey, nourishing our hearts and minds with the questions and choices, the temptations and disciplines, the hope and love that are at the core of our Lenten pilgrimage. A Lenten Invitation is a new offering for an ancient season.

Lenten House Church is coming!

Are you seeking a way to deepen your relationship with God? Do you have a hankering for digging into the mysteries of our Christian faith? Are you yearning for a chance to get to know people at St. Paul's better? Do you need to get out of the house on Friday nights? Then Lenten House Church is for you!

We will gather on five successive Fridays in the home of a St. Paul's parishioner for prayer, a simple meal, and conversation around The Sign and the Sacrifice - The Meaning of the Cross and Resurrection by former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams. This short book will guide us through our exploration of the cross as a symbol, the idea of sacrifice, the victory that is won through the cross, and the meaning of Jesus' resurrection both in the New Testament and today. We will begin on Friday, February 23 - stay tuned for more information in the weeks to come! Please do join us, even if you are not able to attend every Friday. All are welcome! Contact Elise Feyerherm at for more information.                               

Spiritual Book Group

The Spiritual Book Group will meet on February 27 (4th Tuesday) to discuss "The Cross and the Lynching Tree" by James H. Cone. Questions or suggestions? Please contact Barbie Maniscalco (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Lenten Quiet Day: March 3 - SAVE THE DATE!  

St. Paul's Anti-Racism Group is organizing our first Lenten Quiet Day. It is not intended to be a day of study or academic learning - it is not a workshop.Rather, it is aimed at quieting the noise in our lives and opening ourselves to listen for the love and healing balm of God, here in the midst of our struggles with, and brokenness from, the sin or racism in our lives and in this world. We hope that our time of listening and sitting in quiet will prepare us for speaking and action in the world. Click here to see the Lenten Quiet Day schedule. Come for as much or as little of the day as you wish.  

Mission Sunday Events

March 4 - Assistance for NuDay Syria. One Person at a Time, One Humanity.M

Nadia Alawa, founder of NuDay Syria, came to St. Paul's last year to share her story, her calling to be a catalyst for change. To support her organization, please consider bringing donations of food such as rice, cans of infant milk, protein bars, tuna, hygiene items such as sanitary pads, diapers (sizes newborn and 3), soap bars, shampoo, nail clippers, combs,

new and gently used stuffed animals, soccer balls, backpacks, infant clothing, sleeping bags and blankets, shoes, and winter coats.

You may deliver to St. Paul's on Sunday, March 4 between 9 and 10am and monetary donations for shipping to help send all items to Syria are most welcome as well (checks can be made out to "St. Paul's Church" with a notation in the memo line for "NuDay Syria."  

Newcomers' Brunch: March 11

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, March 11 at the Parish Rectory after the 10 am 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 RSVP to Jill, our Parish Administrator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 617-566-4953 no later than Wednesday, March 7. We look forward to seeing you!  

 Serving us this week
Presider The Rev. Elise A. Feyerherm  
Preacher  The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello 
Deacon  The Ven. Pat Zifcak  
Director of Music  Andrew Clarkson 
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Server  Julie House 
Crucifer  Austin Jewell 
Torchbearers  Sarah Dulla and Mihret Hopkin 
Lectors Maryann Kurkjian and Elisabeth Choi 
Prayers of the People  Jeannie Baca 
Chalice Bearers    E.Lorraine Baugh and Hal Edmonson 
Healing Prayers  Sharlene Wing and Beverly Estes-Smargiassi 
Eucharistic Visitor  John Ferguson 

Offering Counters  

Barbie Maniscalco, Alan Fried, and Leah Rugen 

Altar Guild 

8:00 am: Ann Colageo     10:00 am: John Ferguson, Michael Scheffler, and Hal Edmonson    

Greeters  Beverly Estes-Smargiassi, Adelaide Xie, Judy Rice, and John Ahonen 
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. 

Celebrations, Memorials, and Prayers 

Celebrations  

We remember and celebrate the birthdays of Fred Muehter, Kyle Swardstorm, Berred Ouellette, Mihret Hopkin, Leslie Cheverie, Ann Anderson, Claire Holding, and Elise Bain, and we celebrate the baptisms of Sarah Fan and Yungi Zhang. 

Memorials

The altar flowers this week have been given in loving memory of John and Gwynneth Keeling, Tom Kelley, and Bentley Ward, Jr. by Kate and Steve Kelley.     

Prayers       

Jennifer L., Felina R., the Children and Staff of Mil Milagros, Tim G., Camille J-F, Debra, Janet R., David F., Kendall G., Ruth R., Paul, Alexander T., Gerke V., Kim L., Deborah F., Kitty C., Whitney, Susan P., Fran C., Nan C., Sue H., Marnie, Shelley, Harry B., William C., Jack E., Faye M., Sam K., Susan P., Bill, Linda C., and those in  in the military: Lucas S. and Hana L. 

Scripture Readings

2 Kings 2:1-12; 2 Corinthians 4:3-6; Mark 9:2-9

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

This Sunday at St. Paul's: February 4, 2018
The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany

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

9:00 am            Adult Formation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Reception: Rites of Initiation Part 3 (Chapel)

                        Church School (Lower Level)
                        Confirmation Class (Lichtenberger Room)
                        Mission Sunday Activity: Assembling Care Packages (Great Hall)

                        Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room)

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

11:15 am          Coffee Hour (Great Hall)

11:30 am          Server Training (Sanctuary)
                       Anti-Racism Group (Chapel) 

  • Baptism, Confirmation, and Reception: Rites of Initiation, Part 3: Water, chrism, and the Holy Spirit - what do we believe actually happens to people when they are baptized? What does it mean to say that the Holy Spirit is bestowed upon a person in baptism?
  • We will be assembling care packages for St. Paul's parishioners who are away from home from 9-10am this coming Sunday.  Please bring items to include in the boxes and help us assemble and address.  Do you have creative ideas of what to send in the care packages? Call Melissa Dulla (650-743-6745).  Know someone who would like to receive a care package?  Email Melissa Dulla at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  •  The Anti-Racism Group meets again this coming Sunday to continue formulating plans for our Lenten Quiet Day on March 3. Please save the date (more details about this day can be found in the announcement below entitled "Lent at St. Paul's."
This Week at St. Paul's

Monday, February 5           7:00 am:   Yoga (Lichtenberger Room)

Tuesday, February 6          7:00 pm:    Knitting Group (Lichtenberger Room)

Wednesday, February 7     7:00 pm:   Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room)       

                                          

Preparation for Adult Confirmation, Reception, and Reaffirmation of Baptismal Vows

The adult formation group continues its discussion this coming Sunday on Baptism in the Episcopal Church. One of the reasons we are talking about this now is that in October, Bishop Bud Cederholm will come to the Charles River Deanery for a regional service of Confirmation - those who desire to make a public, mature affirmation of their Christian faith will do so before the bishop, who will then lay hands on each candidate as a sign of the gift of the Holy Spirit. Between now and October, I will be gathering adults who wish to be confirmed or received into the Episcopal Church for regular sessions of prayer and preparation. If you are interested in being confirmed or received, please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you have been confirmed or received as an adult, I especially encourage you to join us and share your own journey!

Rev. Elise Feyerherm, Associate Rector
Knitting Group: February 6

The Knitting Group will be meeting this coming Tuesday, February 6, at 7:00 pm in the Lichtenberger Room at the church.  All are welcome to join us.

St. Paul's Got Talent?! "Shrove Sunday" Pancake Brunch and Talent Show: February 11

Of course we have talent! This year's pancake feast and show are co-sponsored by the Stewardship Ministry and the St Paul's Youth. Come enjoy a celebration of the wide array of talents - from the silly to the sublime-possessed by this community. Eat yummy pancakes with delicious fruit and sausage dished out by the Stewardship team. A suggested donation of $3 a person (maximum $10 per family) will help to defray the cost.

Sign up to share a short act (3-5 min max!) by seeing Maggie Taylor after church or by emailing her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We're also looking for an emcee or pair of emcees.

Sign up to help with set-up, cooking, and/or clean-up (and that's always a need!) by seeing Maggie after church, or emailing Stewardship Ministry members Leah Rugen (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Barbie Mansicalco (//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.). 

Adult Formation: Part 4 of our Series on Baptism, Confirmation, and Reception: Rites of Initiation: February 11

What does it mean to be confirmed by a bishop, or received into the Episcopal Church? If baptism is full initiation into the Body of Christ, do I need to be confirmed or received? What's the difference between confirmation, reception, and reaffirmation of baptismal vows?

Kindness Campaign

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. 

                                                                      ~  The Dalai Lama 

Lent at St. Paul's

Burying of the Hallelujahs: In preparation for the season of Lent, we will be creating a Hallelujah banner that will be "buried" at the end of the 10 am service on Shrove Sunday, February 11. We will be creating this banner instead of creating a butterfly mobile this year. The reason for this banner is to help physically represent Lent as a time of reverence and contemplation and a reminder that we will not see Hallelujahs in our worship services until Easter.  

Ash Wednesday: February 14:

Distribution of Ashes: 7-9am and 12-1pm at Aspinwall Street entrance Come by on your way to work or school, or during your lunch break, receive ashes and hear the powerful reminder that we "are dust, and to dust we shall return."Ash Wednesday Liturgy with Distribution of Ashes: 7pm in the Sanctuary Join us for the Ash Wednesday Liturgy with Holy Communion and the Imposition of Ashes.

Adult Formation: February 18 - March 18: Making Room for Grace - Lenten Practices of Fasting and Repentance: This series will explore the ancient Christian discipline of fasting and how it might deepen our journey during Lent and beyond. Fasting is not just about abstaining from food - it has to do with practices of self-emptying so that we can make room for God's transforming grace in our lives.

Lent in a Bag:  During the first Sunday of Lent there will be Lent in a Bag kits available for individuals and families who are interested in creating weekly conversations around symbols of the season. In each bag there will be directions for reflection and conversation starters.                                      

Lenten Invitation Service: Sunday, February 18 at 5:00 pm:   This unique service is designed to invite us into a renewed, deepened relationship with the season of Lent. In addition to readings and prayers gathered from a variety of sources, the St. Paul's Choir will sing the Fauré Requiem, accompanied by organ and a wind and string chamber ensemble. This service aims to provide an additional stepping stone into our Lenten journey, nourishing our hearts and minds with the questions and choices, the temptations and disciplines, the hope and love that are at the core of our Lenten pilgrimage. A Lenten Invitation is a new offering for an ancient season.

Lenten House Church is coming!:  Are you seeking a way to deepen your relationship with God? Do you have a hankering for digging into the mysteries of our Christian faith? Are you yearning for a chance to get to know people at St. Paul's better? Do you need to get out of the house on Friday nights? Then Lenten House Church is for you!

We will gather on five successive Fridays in the home of a St. Paul's parishioner for prayer, a simple meal, and conversation around The Sign and the Sacrifice - The Meaning of the Cross and Resurrection by former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams. This short book will guide us through our exploration of the cross as a symbol, the idea of sacrifice, the victory that is won through the cross, and the meaning of Jesus' resurrection both in the New Testament and today. We will begin on Friday, February 23 - stay tuned for more information in the weeks to come! Please do join us, even if you are not able to attend every Friday. All are welcome! Contact Elise Feyerherm at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Spiritual Book Group:  The Spiritual Book Group will meet on February 27 (4th Tuesday) to discuss "The Cross and the Lynching Tree" by James H. Cone. Questions or suggestions? Please contact Barbie Maniscalco (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Lenten Quiet Day: March 3 - SAVE THE DATE! : St. Paul's Anti-Racism Group is organizing our first Lenten Quiet Day. It is not intended to be a day of study or academic learning - it is not a workshop.Rather, it is aimed at quieting the noise in our lives and opening ourselves to listen for the love and healing balm of God, here in the midst of our struggles with, and brokenness from, the sin or racism in our lives and in this world. We hope that our time of listening and sitting in quiet will prepare us for speaking and action in the world. Elements will include: 3 worship services (morning, afternoon, and evening prayers), a sharing of readings for reflection, quiet times, and a period devoted to the reflective process of "SoulCollage®", facilitated by Spiritual Director and SoulCollage® Facilitator (and our Parish Administrator),

Jill Seiler-Moon. 

Mission Sunday Events

March 4 - Assistance for NuDay Syria. One Person at a Time, One Humanity.

Nadia Alawa, founder of NuDay Syria, came to St. Paul's last year to share her story, her calling to be a catalyst for change. To support her organization, please consider bringing donations of food such as rice, cans of infant milk, protein bars, tuna, hygiene items such as sanitary pads, diapers (sizes newborn and 3), soap bars, shampoo, nail clippers, combs,

new and gently used stuffed animals, soccer balls, backpacks, infant clothing, sleeping bags and blankets, shoes, and winter coats.

You may deliver to St. Paul's on Sunday, March 4 between 9 and 10am and monetary donations for shipping to help send all items to Syria are most welcome as well (checks can be made out to "St. Paul's Church" with a notation in the memo line for "NuDay Syria."  

 Serving us this week
Presider and Preacher  The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello  
Deacon  The Ven. Pat Zifcak  
Assisting Clergy  The Rev. Elise A. Feyerherm 
Director of Music  Andrew Clarkson 
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Server  Flora Fried 
Crucifer  Lena Schultzberg 
Torchbearers  Mark Hopkin and Jane Hopkin 
Lectors Tim Hintz and Roger House 
Prayers of the People  Staci Hopkin 
Chalice Bearers    Betsy Munzer and Mike Scheffler 
Healing Prayers  John Ferguson and E. Lorraine Baugh 
Eucharistic Visitor  Leah Rugen 

Offering Counters  

Brett Foster, Jeannie Baca, and Julie House 

Altar Guild 

8:00 am:  Ann Colageo    

10:00 am: Sharlene Wing and Viva Fisher     

Greeters  Tim Hintz, Kristen Renaud, and Maria O'Meara  
Ushers  Walter Mucha, Sam Scott, Hanako Norton,
Robert Burke, Jeannie Baca, and Ben Norton   
Coffee Hour Host  The Dulla Family 

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. 

Celebrations, Memorials, and Prayers 

Celebrations  

We remember and celebrate the birthdays of Nick Kelley, Winnie Rubino, HD Rothman, Nicholas O'Brien, Linda Williams, Rosalie Baker, Hanako Norton, and John Ahonen. 

Memorials

The altar flowers this week have been given in loving memory of Cho Soon Choi by Elisabeth Choi.     

Prayers       

Jennifer L., Felina R., the Children and Staff of Mil Milagros, Tim G., Camille J-F, Debra, Janet R., David F., Kendall G., Ruth R., Paul, Alexander T., Gerke V., Kim L., Deborah F., Kitty C., Whitney, Susan P., Fran C., Nan C., Sue H., Marnie, Shelley, Harry B., William C., Jack E., Faye M., Sam K., Susan P., and those in  in the military: Lucas S. and Hana L. 

Scripture Readings

Isaiah 40:21-31; 1 Corinthians 9:16-23; Mark 1:29-39

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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