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This Sunday at St. Paul's: January 21, 2018
The Third 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 1 (Great Hall)

                       Church School (Lower Level)

                        Confirmation Class (Lichtenberger Room)

                        Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room)

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

11:15 am          Coffee Hour (Great Hall)

11:30 am          Anti-Racism Group; Lenten Quiet Day Planning Meeting (Chapel)

                       Crucifer Training (Sanctuary)     

  • Adult Formation: 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?

This Week at St. Paul's

Monday, January 22           7:00 am:   Yoga (Lichtenberger Room)

Tuesday, January 23          7:30 pm:   Spiritual Book Club (Lichtenberger Room)

Wednesday, January 24     7:00 pm:   Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room)                                             

Adult Formation, Sundays at 9:00 am
January 2018

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?

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

For the next two weeks, the adult formation group will be discussing Confirmation in the Episcopal Church and its roots in the sacrament of Baptism. 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, I especially invite you to come to the Sunday morning sessions on January 21 and 28, or to 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!

Kindness Campaign

   The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.

                                ~ Vince Lombardi   

Our Annual Meeting is January 28: Last Call for 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 - 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."  

Update on Welcome Statement

You may have noticed the disappearance from the church door of the large statement of Welcome and Commitment. It was removed to make room for Christmas decorations. A final, permanent version is currently in the works and will appear soon!  

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.  

 Serving us this week
Presider The Rev. Elise A. Feyerherm  
Preacher     The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello 
Director of Music  Andrew Clarkson 
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Server  John Ferguson 
Crucifer  Austin Jewell 
Torchbearers  Viola Schultzberg and Lena Schultzberg 
Lectors  Steve Kelley and Angie Marks 
Prayers of the People  Tammy Hobbs Miracky 
Chalice Bearers    Linda Sanches and Sharlene Wing  
Healing Prayers  Elisabeth Choi and Angie Marks 
Eucharistic Visitor  John Ferguson 

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  Kate Kelley, Brett Foster, Barbara Maniscalco, and Melissa Dulla 
Ushers  Walter Mucha, Sam Scott, Hanako Norton,
Robert Burke, Jeannie Baca, and Ben Norton   
Coffee Hour Host The Smith-Chang 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 Laura Rutherford, Emily Bassett, Sam Kauffmann, and Andy Boral.  

Memorials  The altar flowers this week have been given in loving memory of Francis E. and Betty L. Sultzman and Melvin W. and Jean K. Snover by Lydia Snover, and we pray for the repose of the soul of Susan Lerman.   

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

Scripture Readings

Jonah 3:1-5, 10; 1 Corinthians 7:29-31; Mark 1:14-20

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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