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Adult Education this Sunday: How do I join the Church?
Have you ever wondered what it meant to "join the church?"  What do membership and belonging mean?  Does any of it matter? Join us for Adult Education this Sunday, Feb. 1 to explore questions related to membership in the church. How does someone join St. Paul's?  Become an Episcopalian?  Become a Christian?  We'll talk about how the church understands these questions and invite you to explore what membership means for you. We meet at 9:00 am in the Lichtenberger Room. Coffee provided!
The Sunday Lunch Bunch meets this Sunday, Feb. 1

You've read all about it in the Annual Meeting Report, now you can experience it for yourself!  The Sunday Lunch Bunch (SLB) offers an opportunity to connect with others within the St. Paul's community over an informal meal and to get to know one another better. Normally, on the first Sunday of the month, we travel (by foot or wheels) to a nearby eating place for lunch/brunch and casual conversation. No advanced notice is necessary. This Sunday (weather permitting), we'll gather in the Great Hall during coffee hour after the 10 o'clock service and mutually determine our destination. All are welcome. If you'd like more information, please see Ed Jacobson, Maryann Kurkjian, or speak with an usher or greeter. We'd love to have you join us.

Knitting Group will meet February 3
The Knitting Group will be meeting this coming Tuesday, February 3, at 7:00 pm in the Lichtenberger Room at the Church. 
Parish trip to the Movies to see "Selma": February 8
Join us on Sunday, February 8, for a trip to the movies. We will be going to see the 3:15 pm showing of "Selma" at the Showcase Cinema at Legacy Place in Dedham. We'll make plans to meet at the movie theater. We'll have dinner after the movie nearby with those who are interested in continuing the conversation. Please save the date. More information will be made available as it is known.  "Selma" is rated PG-13 and runs 2 hours and 7 minutes long.
Toilet Paper Tubes Needed

Please bring in your empty toilet paper tubes so that we can make Lenten cocoons together on Sunday, February 15! (Lenten cocoons -- and the subsequent releasing of Easter "butterflies" -- are part of a wonderful community observance of Lent at St. Paul's.) Tubes may be delivered to collection baskets in the church school or the Great Hall.  

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Making and Talent Show: February 17

The time is drawing nigh! Mark your calendars for a wonderful night filled with great food, conversation and talent! On Tuesday, February 17, we will come together to indulge in delicious snacks and pancakes as we move into our Lenten Season. 

If you would like to show the world (or just St. Paul's) the gift you have please be sure to sign up for our talent show by clicking here.     

Subdeacon Training
Have you ever wanted to be an acolyte, or miss being an acolyte, but thought the time had passed?  Does the thought of assisting in the leading of worship interest you?  If you would like to consider the possibility of having a role in worship on Sunday mornings, please contact Jeff or Megan to be included in a group of people who will gather to consider the ministry of Subdeacon.  Even if you're just curious as to what a Subdeacon might do, we'd love to have you as part of the conversation.  The group will gather in late February. 
Help Needed at Boston Day Shelters
Emmanuel Church on Newbury Street and Old South Church in Copley Square have opened day shelters in response to the closing of the Long Island Bridge. Each needs volunteers to help out in a variety of capacities. Any necessary training is available at the shelters. If you are interested in volunteering on Mondays or Fridays at Emmanuel Church, please click here to sign up. If you are interested in volunteering Monday through Friday at Old South Church in Copley Square, please click here to access their online sign up form. They are looking to fill 4-hour shifts, 8am-12noon or 11-3pm. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Rev. Megan Holding at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or additional information can be found at Boston Warm's website: http://bostonwarm.weebly.com/join-us.html.
Lenten House Church Series Begins February 27

Believe it or not, Lent is upon us! Starting Friday February 27 we will have a series of House church sessions that focus on reading and discussing the book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander. More information will be coming, but in the meantime... we need hosts for five Fridays from 6:00-8:30.  Hosts open their homes to the group that assembles (usually between 10 and 20), but participants bring the food and beverages (soup, salad, wine, bread). The dates are: Feb. 27, March 6, 13, 20, 27. If you are willing to host, or have questions about it, please email or call Leah Rugen: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 617-354-5278. Thank you!!

Amanda's "Good News" and Thank You
I would like to express my gratitude to all of you for the outpouring of love, support and prayers that I have received from St. Paul's during this past year of discernment. The great news is that I am now officially a Postulant for Ordination to the Priesthood, and my postulancy period begins in June. This past week our group of new postulants had a dinner meeting with Bishop Gates, where we learned some of what comes next. This will be an exciting time of much growth and ongoing discernment for me. There are many wonderful mentors in this diocese who will guide me along the way and I am grateful for that. Your support has been profoundly important to me, particularly knowing of your prayers. I have wrapped myself up in the prayer shawl given to me by St. Paul's many times as a reminder of them! When I do so I recall how it felt to have the laying on of (your) hands - an outward and visible sign of God's love and grace.

Bishop Gates joked that the process to ordination in the Episcopal Church could be called "the longest low hurdle race in history" so keep those prayers coming!

With all of you on the journey, Amanda March

They brought me Holy Communion and so much more...
We have many amazing ministries at St. Paul's. I recently was the beneficiary of one of these great ministries. During my recent hospitalization, Eucharistic Visitors Maryann Kurkjian and Edward Jacobson came to visit. They brought me Holy Communion and so much more. If you are confined at home, in the hospital, or in a long term care facility, I fervently recommend that you invite and/or welcome the Eucharistic Visitors to share their ministry with you. For their ministry is our ministry. They not only offer you the blessed sacraments but they bring the community of St. Paul's with them. After setting the Lord's Table we gathered around to pray and receive the Sacraments. I truly felt that I was at a service in the Lord's House surrounded by the many arms of my fellow parishioners. 
After the service we sat and chatted and shared our thoughts for a few minutes with each other. This is when I realized that their ministry was our ministry and that the community of St. Paul's was always with me. Needless to say, this did not come as a surprise to me. If I needed further verification I only had to look at the support evidenced by all of the cards, prayers, calls and e-mails I received during my recuperation. I can't thank you all enough. January begins my 25th year of worship at St. Paul's and I am enjoying it more, and more, and more.....
Yours in Christ, E. Lorraine Baugh
Interfaith Meditation Experience on the Tuesdays of March
All are invited to a four-week series on "Meditation: Exploring our Spiritualities" that will feature opportunities to learn Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim, and Christian forms of Meditation. The series will be held at Grace Church, 76 Eldredge Street in Newton, at 7:00 pm and will feature Rabbi Moshe Waldoks of Temple Beth Zion and Jewish Meditation on March 3,Yenkuei Chuang and Buddhist Meditation on March 10, Shua Arshad and Muslim Meditation March 17, and the Rev. David Killian and Christian Meditation on March 24. You may register at http://ccmmeditation.eventbrite.com. Fee: $100; $75 if you register by February 17; scholarships available. For information, please contact Alicen Roberts at Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries at 617-244-3650. To download the flyer, please click here:  http://www.coopmet.org/Programs.html.
2015 Pledge Envelopes
Our 2015 pledge envelopes have arrived. If you ordered them, you may pick them up in the back of the church on Sunday mornings.
Serving Us This Week
Presider  
The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello   
Preacher      The Rev. Megan C. Holding 
Choir Director and Organist  Andrew E. Clarkson  
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Server  Derek Kauffmann 
Crucifer  Claire Holding 
Torchbearers  Elliana Clarkson and Lena Schultzburg  
Lectors Ed Jacobson and Georgia Smith  
Prayers of the People  Pat Dunbar  
Chalice Bearers  Beverly Estes-Smargiassi and Keri Saunders O'Brien   
Healing Prayers  Angie Marks and Sharlene Wing  
Altar Guild (8:00 am)  Ann Colageo    
Altar Guild (10:00 am)   Mary Beth Elder 
Ushers  Walter Mucha, Sam Scott, and Robert Burke    
Greeters    Maria O'Meara, John Ferguson, Tim Hintz, and Jean Moses  
Coffee Hour Hosts The Dulla Family  
Sunday School Snack  The Jewell Family 
Click here to view the server spreadsheet. If you need to make a change, please find someone to swap with and let the office know so that the spreadsheet can be updated. 
Memorials, Prayers, and Celebrations

Memorials and Celebrations: The flowers on the altar are given in loving memory of John and Gwynneth Keeling, Tom Kelley, and Bentley Ward, Jr..     

   
Birthdays: Dixon Bain, Nick Kelley, Winnie Rubino, HD Rothman, Nicholas O'Brien, Lillian Kuklewicz, The Rev. Pamela Werntz, and Vandrey Sisson..
 

Prayer List:  Jennifer, Janet, Sue, Felina, David, Betsy, John, Dottie, Michael, Katherine, Albert, Jae, the children and staff of Mil Milagros, Shadi, Alan, Maryann T., Liz, Andy, Emily, Winnie, Lavinia, Iris, Kathy, Amy, Randy, Lorraine, Margaret, Elena, and those in the military: Lucas and Hana.  

Scripture Readings
Deuteronomy 18:15-20; 1 Corinthians 8:1-13; Mark 1:21-28
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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