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This Sunday at St. Paul's: January 14, 2018
The Second Sunday After the Epiphany

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

9:00 am            Adult Formation and Church School: We Have a Dream - Continuing the Vision of Martin Luther King, Jr. (Chapel, Lichtenberger Room,

                        Great Hall)

                        Joyful Voice Rehearsal (Choir Room)

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

11:15 am          Coffee Hour (Great Hall)

11:30 am          Acolyte Server Meeting (Sanctuary) 

  • Adult Formation and Church School: 

        We Have a Dream - Continuing the Vision of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Join us this coming Sunday at 9:00 am for a special commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr. and his great dream of racial unity and peace. We have various activities planned for all ages that will help us all learn and reflect on issues of racial and social justice. Activities will be held in three spaces: the Chapel, the Lichtenberger Room, and the Great Hall.

The Chapel will be a space for quiet reading, reflection, and prayer.  Activities such as games and letter writing will take place in the Great Hall, and the Lichtenberger Room will be a space for learning and exploring. These three spaces emphasize our call to action as disciples of Christ in our prayer life, as learners, and in our community engagement.

This time is for ALL AGES and is a wonderful opportunity for the St. Paul's community to explore how we can continue Dr. King's great dream for a just and peaceful society.

This Week at St. Paul's

Monday, January 15           7:00 am:  No Yoga Class this week

 Tuesday, January 16          7:30 pm:  Vestry Meeting (Lichtenberger Room)

 Wednesday, January 17     7:00 pm:  Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room)        


Adult Formation, Sundays at 9:00 am
January 2018

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

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can

                         change the world.  Indeed,it is the only thing that ever has.   

                                                                                                                           ~ Margaret Mead    

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..

Our Annual Meeting is January 28: Call for all Ministry 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. 

Do You Make Your Pledge Payments Electronically?

We are trying something new! If you are one who sends in pledge payments to St. Paul's electronically, you will now be able to acknowledge that payment during the Offertory on Sunday mornings. We have prepared laminated cards that you can pick up on your way into church (there will be a basket by each entrance door) and place the card in the offering plate. Just like a gift of currency placed in the plate, the card represents your offering given in thanksgiving to God. It will be received and blessed with other gifts given.  

Daughters of Abraham (Brookline Chapter) seeking Christian Membership

The Brookline chapter of the Daughters of Abraham book club was recently initiated by Faiza Khan, an 18-year resident of Brookline. Through this ladies only book club, books are read on three Abrahamic faiths (Judaism, Christianity and Islam) and participants get to know each other better. Currently, there are about 20 members who have already learned a lot about each other (their families, life styles, and traditions). 

Presently, there is a strong Muslim and Jewish membership, however, the club is short on Christian membership and would love to see more Christian representation. Please email Faiza if you are interested in joining or have questions about the club at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please click the link below for further information about the book club:  http://daughtersofabraham.com/ 

 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 
Crucifer  Michael Scheffler 
Server  Flora Fried 
Torchbearers  Elior Zaremba and Delilah Chapman 
Lectors  Linda Sanches and Georgia Smith 
Prayers of the People  Jackson Braider  
Chalice Bearers    Lauren Lukason and Betsy Munzer 
Healing Prayers  Julie House and E. Lorraine Baugh 
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 and Michael Scheffler       

Greeters  John Ahonen, Judy Rice, Adelaide Xie, and Beverly Estes-Smargiassi 
Ushers  Walter Mucha, Sam Scott, Hanako Norton,
Robert Burke, Jeannie Baca, and Ben Norton   
Coffee Hour Host The Kelley 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 


We remember and celebrate the birthdays of Clara Batchelor, Sharlene Wing, Ellen VanScoyoc, Janet Ralph, and Don Coleman. 


The altar flowers this week have been given in loving memory of Jim and Betty Davis by Sharon Davis, and we pray for the repose of the soul of Lavinia Jenkins, who died peacefully on January 10.  


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., Greta K., William C., Jack E., Faye M., and those in  in the military: Lucas S. and Hana L. 

Scripture Readings

1 Samuel 3:1-10(11-20); Psalm 139:1-5,12-17; John 1:43-51

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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