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This Sunday at St. Paul's: March 4, 2018

The Third Sunday in Lent

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

9:00 am            Adult Formation: Making Room in our Hearts (Lichtenberger Room)

                        Church School: "Messy Church" (Lower Level)

                        Confirmation Class (Field Trip)

                        Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room)

                        Mission Sunday: Assistance for NuDay Syria (Great Hall)

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

11:15 am          Coffee Hour (Great Hall)          

Church School: "Messy Church"  This coming Sunday we will say a "Farewell" to the downstairs space as we know it. We will encourage both children and adults alike to leave their hand print and their name in the 3rd-5th grade classroom either during Sunday School hour or after the 10am service. Please dress accordingly or send a change of paint clothes with your child for the morning.


Adult Formation: 

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?

Mission Sunday: 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 remember to bring in donations this coming Sunday. We'll be collecting 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 donations to the Great Hall 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." 

This Week at St. Paul's

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

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

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

Friday, March 9:            6:30 pm:   Lenten House Church                      

Knitting Group

The Knitting Group will be meeting in the Lichtenberger Room on Tuesday evening, March 6 at 7:00 pm. All knitters and crocheters, and those wanting to learn, are welcome to join us! If you have questions about the knitting group, please be in touch with Maureen Carter at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Kindness Campaign

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. 

                                                                                                         ~  Winston Churchill 

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 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 at St. Mark's Park at Park & Marion Street in Coolidge Corner 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. 

"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 House Church: March 9

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 third gathering, on Friday, March 9, at 6:30 pm at the home of John and Darryl Ferguson, 419 Washington Street in Brookline. We'll begin with prayer and a simple meal; our conversation will focus on chapter 3 - "The Victory." 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.  

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!  

St. Paul's Spring Cabaret: Save the Date of May 19, 2018

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. 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.

New Dean for the Cathedral!
Amy McCreath appointed new dean of Cathedral Church of St. Paul

The Rev. Amy Ebeling McCreath has been appointed by Bishop Alan M. Gates as the new dean of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Boston.  The Cathedral Chapter approved the appointment at its Feb. 27 meeting. 

McCreath will be the ninth dean of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, succeeding former dean Jep Streit who retired last February after a 21-year tenure. McCreath is the first woman to serve as cathedral dean in the Diocese of Massachusetts. She begins in her new position on Sunday, April 22.

For more information, visit https://www.diomass.org/news/new-dean-appointed-cathedral-church-st-paul 

Calendar for Holy Week and Easter

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 and Preacher  The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello 
Assisting Clergy  The Rev.  Elise A. Feyerherm  and The Rev. Megan C. Holding 
Deacon  The Ven. Pat Zifcak  
Director of Music  Andrew Clarkson 
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Crucifer  Sarah Dulla 
Torchbearers  Ripley Foster and Mihret Hopkin 
Lectors Paul Daigneault and Tom Daniel 
Prayers of the People  Leah Rugen 
Chalice Bearers    Maryann Kurkjian and Lauren Lukason  
Healing Prayers  Angie Marks and Martha Curtis 
Eucharistic Visitor  Leah Rugen 

Altar Guild 

8:00 am: Ann Colageo  10:00 am: Sharlene Wing and Viva Fisher 

Offering Counters  Brett Foster, Jeannie Baca, and Julie House 
Greeters  Tim Hintz, Maria O'Meara, John Ferguson, and Kristin Renaud 
Ushers  Sam Scott, Robert Burke, Jeannie Baca, and Ben Norton   
Coffee Hour Host   The Hopkin Family and Laura Lukason 
Sunday School Snack  The Hopkin 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 Barbie Maniscalco, Charlotte Hintz, Ariana-Marie Silver, Jasmine Maria Silver, Nihar Brown, and Douglas Williams. 

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., Steve K., Roger H. Sr., J. Kuenzel & Family, and those in  in the military: Lucas S. and Hana L. 

Scripture Readings 

Exodus 20:1-17; 1 Corinthians 1:18-25; John 2:13-22

Psalm 19 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

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