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This Sunday at St. Paul's: January 7, 2018

The First Sunday After the Epiphany: The Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord

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

9:00 am            Adult Formation: Nurturing Young Disciples: Campus Ministry in our Time (Great Hall)

                        Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room)

                        Confirmation Class (Lichtenberger Room)   

                        Church School (Lower Level)

10:00 am          Holy Eucharist and Renewal of Baptismal Vows with Sermon and Choir  (Sanctuary)

11:15 am          Coffee Hour (Great Hall)

    • Adult Formation: Nurturing Young Disciples: Campus Ministry in our Time 

What is it like being a young Christian in this increasingly secular age, and how can we as Church more faithfully serve and support students and others in Gen X, Gen Y, and beyond? Rev. Megan Holding will share her experience as Episcopal chaplain at Northeastern University.

This Week at St. Paul's

Monday, January 8           7:00 am:  Yoga (Lichtenberger Room)

Tuesday, January 9          2:00 pm:  Pastoral Care Team Meeting (Lichtenberger Room)

                                         7:30 pm:  Scripture Group (Lichtenberger Room)   

Amanda March's Ordination to the Priesthood:
 Postponed till Friday, January 5

Amanda March

Amanda with Members of St. Paul's Brookline at her Ordination to the Diaconate

On Friday, January 5 at 6:00pm the Right Reverend Alan M. Gates, Bishop of Massachusetts, will ordain Amanda March to the Sacred Order of Priests at the Parish of St. Paul's in Newton Highlands (1135 Walnut St., Newton).  St. Paul's, Brookline sponsored Amanda for ordination and we rejoice at the occasion of her ordination to the Priesthood.  All are invited to join Amanda for this celebration!

Adult Formation, Sundays at 9:00 am
January 2018

January 14        We Have a Dream: Continuing the Vision of Martin Luther King, Jr  Opportunities for all ages for learning, reflection, and action around issues of racial diversity and justice. Three spaces - the chapel, the Lichtenberger Room, and the Great Hall - will be set up for various activities preparing us to commemorate the Martin Luther King holiday and create a commonwealth of blessing and peace.

January 21        Baptism, Confirmation, and Reception: Rites of Initiation, Part 1  What does it mean to be baptized into the Body of Christ? Why does it matter? How does the Anglican/Episcopal tradition understand the sacrament of baptism, and how does baptism serve as the foundation for the priesthood of all believers?

January 28        Baptism, Confirmation, and Reception: Rites of Initiation, Part 2  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

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.   ~ Arthur Ashe    

Scripture Group: January 9

Scripture group will meet on Tuesday, January 9 from 7:30 to 8:30 pm in the Lichtenberger room. We'll reflect on the readings for the Second Sunday after Epiphany, listed below.  All are welcome!"  Plese click here for a copy of the readings.    

  • 1 Samuel 3:1-10(11-20) 
  • 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 
  • John 1:43-51 
  • Psalm 139:1-5, 12-17 
Spiritual Book Group: January 23

The Spiritual Book Group will gather on Tuesday, January 23 (4th Tuesday of the month) from 7:30-9 pm in the Lichtenberger Room for our first selection of 2018: The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland by Jim DeFede. We will also discuss suggestions for our 2018 reading list, so please join us. Questions or suggestions?!  Contact Barbie Maniscalco at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

St. Paul's Annual Meeting is January 28, 2018: Call for Reports

Our Annual Meeting is scheduled for January 28, when we will gather to discuss the business of the parish and share our hopes for our next year together. Please be reminded that if you are a ministry leader submitting a write-up for the Annual Report, you may send your write-up to Kristina DeFrancesco, our Communications Assistant, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. on or before Sunday, January 21 to allow time for compilation and completion of the report.     

Mission Sunday Events

February 4 - care packages for St Paul parishioners who are away from home.  We will assemble care packages from 9-10am on Sunday, February 4.  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. 

March 4 - clothing drive for NuDay Syria. Please bring donations to St. Paul's on Sunday, March 4 between 9 and 10am. It is extremely helpful if the clothing is delivered already sorted into men's/women's/children's clothing. Also, Maria Lee would like to collect a few items for a Puerto Rican family staying in Boston while their critically ill son is receiving care in Boston. They are requesting the following clothing: men's 3XL, women's L, women's M and boy's size 7.  If you have donations for this family, please label them "Emmanuel."

 Serving us this week
Presider The Rev. Megan C. Holding  
Preacher     The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello 
Deacon  The Ven. Pat Zifcak 
Director of Music  Andrew Clarkson 
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Lectors  Kristen Renaud and Betsy Munzer 
Chalice Bearers    Georgia Smith and Tammy Hobbs Miracky 
Healing Prayers  Betsy Munzer and Julie Starr 
Eucharistic Visitor  Leah Rugen 

Vestry Representatives 

Brett Foster, Jeannie Baca, and Julie House 

Altar Guild 

8:00 am: Ann Colageo 

10:00 am: Sharlene Wing and Viva Fischer        

Greeters  Beverly Estes-Smargiassi, Jeannie Baca, Cricket Beauregard-Lewis, and Adelaide Xie 
Ushers  Walter Mucha, Sam Scott, Hanako Norton,
Robert Burke, Jeannie Baca, and Ben Norton   
Coffee Hour Hosts Elisabeth Choi and Beverly Estes-Smargiassi 

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 


We remember and celebrate the birthdays of Lindy Bales and Tanisha-Marie Mucha.  


The altar flowers this week have been given in loving memory of Carl Warren Dorf Knights by Alexandra N. Dorf. 


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., Lavinia J., Deborah F., Kitty C., Whitney, Susan P., Fran C., Nan C., Sue H., Marnie, Shelley, Harry B., Alden J., Greta K, William C., Jack E., Faye M., and those in the military: Lucas S. and Hana L.

Scripture Readings

 Genesis 1:1-5; Acts 19:1-7; Mark 1:4-11 

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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