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This Sunday at St. Paul's: January 13, 2019

The First Sunday after the Epiphany and Holy Baptism

8:00 am  

Contemplative Service of Holy Communion  Sanctuary 
9:00 am  Adult Formation
Church School
Choir Rehearsal
Great Hall
Lower Level
Lower Level
Choir Room 
10:00 am

Holy Eucharist with Sermon and Choir 

11:15 am  Coffee Hour Great Hall  
11:30 am  Budget Forum
Prison Ministry Group   
Great Hall
Lichtenberger Room   
Adult Formation: Learning from our Muslim Neighbors: Facilitated by members of the Brookline Muslim Friends, this is the first in a four-part series.Budget Forum: Everyone is invited to attend. Your Rector, Wardens, Treasurers, and Stewardship Ministry members will share information about St. Paul's current budget process.

The first meeting of the year for the Prison Ministry Group will take place this coming Sunday at 11:30am in the Lichtenberger Room. Paul Kozak, a postulant in the Episcopal Church who served for several years as a prison chaplain, will be there to talk to us and answer our questions. All are welcome! Please contact Leahanne Sarlo with any questions: (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

This Week at St. Paul's

Tuesday, January 15          7:30 pm        Vestry Meeting                        Lichtenberger Room

Wednesday, January 16    7:00 am        Yoga                                        Lichtenbeger Room

Thursday, January 17        7:30 pm         Discernment Committee           Lichtenberger Room
                                                                 (J. House)

Adult Formation

Learning from our Muslim Neighbors  

The season after Epiphany is all about light - what better way to observe the season than by working to remove the dark veil of ignorance that surrounds many of our perceptions of Islam and our Muslim neighbors? Facilitated by members of the Brookline Muslim Friends, this four-part series will cover a basic introduction to Islam, understanding the Quran, worship and prayer in the Muslim tradition, and gender roles in Islam. There will be numerous opportunities to ask questions and get to know our Muslim friends. Join us at 9am on January 13, January 27, February 3, and February 10 (January 20 will feature our regular intergenerational activities in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.).

Annual Report Ministry Write-ups are due next week on January 16

Our Annual Meeting is approaching!    

Our Annual Meeting is scheduled for January 27, 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, the deadline for submissions is Wednesday, January 16 to allow time for compilation and completion of the report. Please email your reports to Jill in the Parish Office This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. And thanks to all those folks who have already submitted reports! 

 To all Ministry Leaders: If you want to take a look at last years' write-up, you can click HERE  to peruse our Annual Report from last year.

Scripture Group: January 22   

Scripture group will reconvene Tuesday January 22 from 7:30-9:00pm in the Lichtenberger Room. We'll be discussing chapter 3 in Levine's book - The Kingdom of Heaven is Like Yeast, pp.117-137. If you have questions about St. Paul's Scripture Group, please contact Leah Rugen This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Upcoming Small Group Opportunities 

Small groups provide an opportunity for more informal and intimate prayer, for fellowship, support, and deeper learning about our faith tradition. In a small group we can connect more directly and deeply with other Christians, in a way that is not always possible on Sunday mornings.

Beginning January 29: Walk In Love: Episcopal Beliefs & Practices

Based on the book of the same name by Scott Gunn and Melody Wilson Shobe, this small group will explore what it means to be a Christian in the Anglican/Episcopal tradition. 10 copies of the book are available in the office on a first-come, first-served basis.

We will meet in the chapel from 7 - 8:30 pm. Our first session will be January 29, focusing on "The Anglican Way of Christianity" (Chapter 1 of Walk In Love). Subsequent meetings will be on the first and second Tuesdays of each month.

Save the dates - Lenten House Church is coming!!

Ash Wednesday this year is March 6, and Lenten House Church is never far behind. Join us for prayer, food, and discussion at the homes of St. Paul's parishioners on Friday evenings: March 15, 22, 29, and April 5 and 12. Our topic is to be determined.

Racism Learning Group - Off and Running     

On this past Sunday, the Racism Learning Group had its first monthly meeting.  Meetings are scheduled on the first Sunday of each month, following the 10am service.  Our next meeting will be Sunday, February 3.  Middle-schoolers, teens, and adults are all welcome to come reflect, learn, and grow in our understanding of racism and what we can do to respond proactively to it.

Summit to Eliminate Racism in Brookline: February 10  

To Brookline Neighbors and Social Justice Advocates:

 Join us on Sunday, February 10, from 11:30am - 4:00pm; location for the event will be forthcoming.  Please register by clicking HERE.

 A number of social justice and anti-racism groups have formed to challenge persistent racism in Brookline, but much of the work is occurring in silos. This Summit aims to propel our community forward together--from learning to organizing, and from organizing to action.

 Participants will:

  • Survey the strategies that residents and institutions are currently deploying, through personal, interpersonal, and institutional/structural;
  • Prioritize the issues most critical to justice and equity in Brookline;
  • Orient ourselves around action groups devoted to dogged pursuit of specific campaigns for change.

Members of existing institutions and coalitions as well as individuals with experience in anti-racism activism are encouraged to participate in the Summit. Please RSVP so we can make sure we have an appropriate space.

Serving us this week

Preacher  The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello 
Presider  The Rev. Elise A. Feyerherm 
Director of Music and Organist  Andrew E. Clarkson 
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Server  Ardani Mello-Daigneault 
Crucifer  Austin Jewell 
Torchbearers  Elior Zaremba and Delilah Chapman 
Lectors  Elizabeth Choi and Jim Zaremba  
Chalice Bearers Leah Rugen and Mike Scheffler 
Healing Prayers  Betsy Munzer and Linda Sanches 
Eucharistic Visitor   John Ferguson 
Altar Guild  8:00 am:  Ann Colageo
10:00 am:  John Ferguson, Mike Scheffler, and Hal Edmonson     
Offering Counters  Sharlene Wing and Leah Rugen 
Greeters  The Greeters Team   
Ushers  The Ushers Team
Coffee Hour Host  George Coggeshall  

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 celebrate and remember the birthdays of Tanisha-Marie Mucha, Clara Batchelor, Sharlene Wing, Ellen VanScoyoc, and Janet Ralph, and we celebrate the baptism of Annalise Emily Koczela. 


We remember especially Jim and Betty Davis, in whose memory the altar flowers are given this week by Sharon Davis. 


Jennifer L., Felina R., the Children and Staff of Mil Milagros, Janet R., David F., Kendall G., Helmut T., Fran C., Harry B., Faye M., Roger H. Sr., Anne C., Tracey G., Alissa P., Laura R., Alice G., Denise E., Jane L., Dottie S., Ross K., John M., Tom C., Sona H., Miranda, Eileen and John P., Silas P., those in the military: Lucas S., Hana L., and Jamie C., and those in the Ordination process: Tammy Hobbs Miracky and Lauren Lukason.   

Sunday Worship Bulletin for January 13, 2019.

 Please click HERE to view our worship bulletin for this coming Sunday, 1/13/19.

Scripture Readings

Isaiah 43:1-7; Psalm 29; Acts 8:14-17; Luke 3:15-17, 21-22   

Please click HERE for the readings. 

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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