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This Sunday at St. Paul's

8:00 am Contemplative Eucharist (Chapel)

9:00 am Butterfly Mobile Making (Great Hall) 

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

11:00 am Coffee Hour (Great Hall)

Church School Youth Groups to Host Valentines Party
On Friday, February 13, the Church School Youth Groups will host a Valentines Party with our B-Ready friends at St. Augustine and St. Martin's in Roxbury!  If you are interested  (or know someone) and would like to join, please email Hazel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Palm Burning: This Sunday
Please bring your palms from last year to church this Sunday. We will burn these palms for use on Ash Wednesday.
Help Create our Butterfly Mobile! This Sunday
With Lent just around the corner, it's time to make our annual butterfly mobile! Join us as we create the butterflies and their cocoons in the Great Hall during the 9:00 hour this Sunday, February 15. The mobile will hang over the altar during Lent, as part of our communal observance of Lent and preparation for Easter.
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Making and Talent Show: CANCELLED
Between school vacation week and the piles of snow, we have decided not to proceed with this year's Shrove Tuesday Supper and Talent Show. We hope you will find a way to mark this last evening before Lent on your own - whether by finding a way to eat up the rich food traditionally set aside during Lent (the practice that led to our current tradition of pancake suppers), or by singing a chorus of Alleluias before we set them aside until Easter. Though we will not be drowning our pancakes in syrup as a church community, we know that each of us is still connected, and we look forward to sharing this year's Lenten journey in the weeks to come.  
Lenten Booklet
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. For information about Lent at St. Paul's, please click here for a copy of our Lenten booklet, or download a copy on our webpage: www.stpaulsbrookline.org.
Ash Wednesday: February 18

Distribution of Ashes: 7:00 - 9:00 am and 12:00 - 1:00 pm 

Come by on your way to work or school, or during your lunch break, receive ashes and hear the powerful reminder that we "are dust, and to dust we shall return."

Ash Wednesday Liturgy with Distribution of Ashes: 7:00 pm 

Join us for the Ash Wednesday Liturgy with Holy Communion and the Imposition of Ashes.

Reclaiming the Ashes: A Lenten Invitation

Sunday, February 22 at 5:00 pm

This unique service is designed to invite us into a renewed, deepened relationship with the season of Lent. In addition to readings and prayers gathered from a variety of sources, the St. Paul's Choir will sing the Duruflé Requiem, accompanied by organ and a wind and string chamber ensemble. This service aims to provide an additional stepping stone into our Lenten journey, nourishing our hearts and minds with the questions and choices, the temptations and disciplines, the hope and love that are at the core of our Lenten pilgrimage. A Lenten Invitation is a new offering for an ancient season.

Adult Education For Lent: "You are Already Praying"

9:00 am on Sundays in the Lichtenberger Room.

Our Adult Education Series for Lent will look at how each of us struggles to connect our faith with our lives at home, school, work and in the world. Using "You Are Already Praying" by the Rev. Cathy George as our Guide, we will hear from members of the congregation about their own attempts to bridge faith and life and share our own struggles and success as well.

Lenten House Church Series Begins February 27
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. It presents a powerful critique of our justice system and its connection to race and poverty. Multiple copies are available at Brookline Booksmith. For more information about the book, check out this link (scroll down to find a Tedx talk by the author.)

We still need a host for (March 6 or 13) 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. To sign up to bring food and express childcare needs please use this link.

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!!

Ministry Pledge Form
At our Annual Meeting in January, the congregation spent time over lunch discussing the many ministries at St. Paul's. Those involved in the ministry spoke about their experience and those who were unfamiliar with the ministry were able to ask questions and express interest. Over 30 ministry pledge forms were turned in with many people expressing interest in new ministries. It can often be difficult figuring out how to get involved or who to ask about what ministry. For the month of February, we'll be including Ministry Pledge Forms in the weekly bulletin. Feel free to fill it out and put it in the offertory plate, or mail it into the parish office. Check off anything about which you'd like more information, and someone will be in touch!  For more information, please contact the office.
Mission Sunday Thank You
Our latest Mission Sunday activity was a great success!  Many thanks to all who helped prepare strata and sandwiches and snacks and create beautiful Valentine's Day cards for the students of the B-READY program.
Diocese/ECM "Faith and Action" Education/Networking event: Saturday, March 7
WHAT: "Mobilize the Church: from Dreaming to Doing" A day conference to consider social action in context of what the Bible says of social justice.
Sessions include a) workshops run by skilled local community organizers, b) reflections by Bishop Alan Gates and Bishop Gayle Harris, c) networking with members of other parishes and other activities.
WHERE: Christ Church, 1132 Highland Ave, Needham, MA
WHEN: Saturday, March 7, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
HOW to REGISTER: via the Diomass website: enter"Spring Learning Event 2015" in search link and you will be brought to the correct page, from which you can register.  Jean Moses: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Kate Kelley: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Bev Estes Smargiassi: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. are going... feel free to contact them.
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.
Serving Us This Week
Presider and Preacher  
The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello     
Assisting Clergy     The Rev. Megan C. Holding 
Choir Director and Organist  Andrew E. Clarkson  
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Server  Josh Pang  
Crucifer  Ardani Mello-Daigneault   
Torchbearers  Elliana Clarkson and Lena Schultzburg   
Lectors Hazel Johnson and Julie House  
Prayers of the People  Laura Chasin 
Chalice Bearers  E. Lorraine Baugh and Wendy Luk 
Healing Prayers  John Ferguson and Steve Morrissey  
Altar Guild (8:00 am)  Maryann Kurkjian   
Altar Guild (10:00 am)   John Ferguson and Amy Chang  
Ushers  Walter Mucha, Sam Scott, and Robert Burke    
Greeters    Kate Kelley, Angie Jepson-Marks, and Melissa Dulla 
Coffee Hour Hosts Madeleine Taylor and 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 Paul and Louise Donham.      

Birthdays: Elise Bain, Findley Sisson, Joan Batchelor, and Cordelia Thompson.

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, Margaret, Elena, and those in the military: Lucas and Hana.  

Scripture Readings
2 Kings 2:1-12; 2 Corinthians 4:3-6; Mark 9:2-9
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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