Weekly Newsletter
Remember to turn your clocks ahead one hour on Saturday night to "get you to the church on time" this Sunday.
This Sunday at St. Paul's

  8:00 a.m. Contemplative Eucharist (Chapel)

  9:00 a.m. Adult Education: You Are Already Praying (Lichtenberger Room)

  9:00 a.m. Sunday School (Lower Level)

10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist with Sermon and Choir (Sanctuary)

11:00 a.m. Coffee Hour (Great Hall)

11:30 a.m. Sabbatical Planning Group Meeting (Lichtenberger Room)

Chalice Bearers Ministry
There will be a training this Saturday, March 7 at 3:30 p.m. in the Lichtenberger Room for those who have indicated an interest in becoming chalice bearers or learning more about this ministry. If you might also be interested in serving the Communion Cup during services at St. Paul's, you are welcome to join us. Please contact Maryann Kurkjian if you have any questions about this training or the ministry: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Adult Education For Lent: "You are Already Praying"

9:00 a.m. 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" 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. This week's featured speaker is Leah Rugen.   

Lenten House Church Series Continues

Our discussion of "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness" by Michelle Alexander continues! Did you know that you can listen to the audiobook for free? Also, the author was a key presenter on an Independent Lens documentary on this topic that aired this week on PBS. Google Michelle Alexander and The New Jim Crow and many resources appear.

The second session on March 6 will be at the home of the Estes-Smargiassi Family at 27 Spring Park Avenue in Jamaica Plain. Our focus will be chapter 2. "Unfortunately, our vegetarian soup maker for this week got sick. If you are able to make a soup, please sign up by following the link below."

For our third session on March 13, we will gather and discuss chapter 3 at Steve and Kate Kelly's home at 85 Lancaster Terrace in Brookline.

The schedule includes a simple potluck supper and fellowship from 6:00-7:15 p.m. or so and then a discussion of the current chapter or chapters. Please sign up to bring food or drink offerings and express childcare needs using this link. The remaining dates in the series are: March 13, 20, and 27. Come to as many as you can. If you have questions, please email or call Leah Rugen:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  617-354-5278.  

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.
Scripture Group Meeting: March 10
Our next scripture group meeting is Tuesday, March 10 from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. in the Lichtenberger room. We'll read and discuss the readings for the fourth Sunday in Lent:
Numbers 21:4-9; Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22; Ephesians 2:1-10; John 3:14-21. The readings can be found by clicking here. 
High School Group gets Ready for CityReach
CityReach gives young people and adults a chance to learn about homelessness from people who have experienced it, and may be still experiencing it. At CityReach we will also participate in our ministry with poor and homeless people by offering hospitality, food, and clothing to guests on March 20 and 21. We ask your participation by bringing in items for our Clothing Drive. Donations will be accepted until March 15. All items will be given to our friends we meet at CityReach. If you have any questions, please contact Hazel Johnson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Benefit Concert in Support and Honor of Shadi Ebrahimi: March 15
On Sunday, March 15 at 3:30 p.m. there will be a benefit concert, "Harmony for Hope", in support of gallbladder cancer research and in honor of our dear Shadi Ebrahimi, who has been suffering from this rare form of cancer. It will be held at the Payson Park Church in Belmont (365 Belmont Street). The concert is being offered by MJ's Music School, where Shadi used to teach when she wasn't singing at St. Paul's.
Selma: A Conversation with Bishop Barbara Harris: March 18
Wednesday, March 18, 6:30 - 8:30 pm at the Cathedral (138 Tremont Street) or St. John the Evangelist, 35 Bowdoin Street, if registration exceeds 50 people.The movie Selma has sparked important conversation and reflection. Bishop Barbara Harris has agreed to host a conversation sharing her reflections on the movie and on her own experience as one of those who went to Selma to march after the events of "Bloody Sunday". This would be a program especially suited to a multi-generational audience, i.e. young people are especially welcome. It is important to let us know if you are coming and how many will be in your group, as this will determine where the event will be held.  Contact Amanda at (617) 482-4826 ext 580 and be sure to leave contact information.
Mission Sunday: Common Cathedral on Sunday, March 22
We will be supporting Common Cathedral by joining the Eucharist in the Boston Common and by providing lunch for those who attend the service. You are invited to help us prepare sandwiches from 9-10 a.m. in the Great Hall, and/or join the Eucharist in the Common from 12:00-2:30 p.m.  If you would like to participate, please contact Melissa Dulla at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. And visit commoncatheral.org for information on Common Cathedral. 
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.
A Note about The St. Paul's Community Book
If you are new to St. Paul's, you may have wondered about "The St. Paul's Community Book." Located on the eagle lectern inside the Aspinwall Street entrance, the Community Book serves as one means by which members of St. Paul's may request personal prayers (whether intercessions or thanksgivings) to be offered in our common prayer during worship. Each Sunday, as part of the Prayers of the People, the Reader brings forward any new prayers which have been added. Please feel welcome to include your own prayer concerns as you are so moved. 
Lenten Booklet
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.
Serving Us This Week
The Rev. Megan C. Holding       
Preacher    The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello 
Choir Director and Organist  Andrew E. Clarkson  
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Server  Julia Boral
Crucifer  Jamie Hintz
Torchbearers  Jillian Carusone and Maddie Carusone
Lectors E. Lorraine Baugh and George Coggeshall
Prayers of the People  Laura Chasin
Chalice Bearers  Bo Fauth and John Ferguson
Healing Prayers  Angie Marks and Kimberly Hartwell
Altar Guild (8:00 am)  Ann Colageo
Altar Guild (10:00 am)   Sharlene Wing
Ushers  Walter Mucha, Sam Scott, and Robert Burke    
Greeters    Jeannie Baca, Cricket Beauregard-Lewis, Beverly Estes-Smargiassi, and Kate Kelley
Coffee Hour Hosts Hazel Johnson
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
Birthdays:  Ariana-Marie Silver, Jasmine Maria Silver, Nihar Brown, Douglas Williams, and  Siena Fried.Prayer List:  Jennifer, Janet, Sue, Felina, David, Betsy, John, Dottie, Katherine,
Albert, Jae, the children and staff of Mil Milagros, Shadi, Alan, Maryann T., Liz, Andy, Ouida, Emily, Winnie, Lavinia, Iris, Kathy, Amy, Randy, Margaret, Elena, Tuesday, and those in the military: Lucas and Hana.  
Scripture Readings
Exodus 20:1-17; Psalm 19; 1 Corinthians 1:18-25; John 2:13-22
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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