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This Sunday at St. Paul's: January 3
  8:00 am   Holy Eucharist with Reflection (Chapel)
  9:00 am   Sunday School (Lower Level)
  9:00 am   Adult Education: St. Paul's 101 "Organization"
10:00 am    Holy Eucharist with Choir and Sermon (Sanctuary)
11:15 am    Coffee Hour
12:00 pm    Memorial Gathering in Honor of Shadi Ebrahimi (Lichtenberger Room)
 
  • At 9:00 am, Sunday School and Adult Education resume.  Adult Education begins the series, "St. Paul's 101".  We spend the next few weeks answering any questions you may have about life at St. Paul's, the Episcopal Church, and how we live out our life as a faith community.  This week, we will be discussing how St. Paul's is organized.  What is the vestry?  Why do we have Wardens?  What's a Diocese?  Please join us!
  • At the 10:00 service we will celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany, when the Magi came to visit the manger -- with a real live visit from the Magi!  We will also celebrate the 40th anniversary of the fire that destroyed the interior of the church, but made the community stronger.  We will dedicate the new sacristy in the chapel space -- a finishing of that space begun 40 years ago! We will also be joined by former Rector of St. Paul's, the Rev. George C. Chapman, who came to St. Paul's when the sanctuary was still in ruin and the congregation worshiped in the space we use for coffee hour.
  • There will be a Memorial Gathering in Honor of Shadi Ebrahimi
    following the morning service at 12 noon in the Lichtenberger Room. On this day -- her birthday -- please come to share in remembering Shadi and celebrating her gifts to us all.    
St. Paul's 101:  Adult Education begins this Sunday
Are there parts of our life together about which you would like to know more?  Are you wondering what a vestry is?  Or how the budget is shaped?  Or why there are stained glass windows in the Great Hall? Or what our High School Youth are up to?  Or how adult ed topics are chosen?  Or how to add a name to the prayer list?   
 
Bring your questions and your curiosity, and join Jeff, Megan, and a variety of lay leaders in a conversation about how we live our life in community. "St. Paul's 101" will continue for 6 Sundays.  Most meetings will be Sundays during the 9:00 hour; on January 17th, we will meet at 11:30.  We'll follow up later in the spring with an instructed Eucharist and why/how we worship together.Topics will include:
Jan. 3:  Organization
Jan. 10: Budget
Jan. 17: Parish History and our Building 
Jan. 24: Formation & Education 
Jan 31: Membership
Feb. 7: Care for each other and the World
Knitting Group:  January 5
Please join the Knitting Group on Tuesday evening, January 5, from 7-9 pm in the Lichtenberger Room at the church for their first knitting gathering of the new year! If you have questions about the Knitting Group, please contact Maureen Carter at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Growing Deeper in Putting our Faith in Action: January 10
St. Paul's has long been known as a faith community that has a strong belief that mission work in and outside the four walls of St. Paul's is a strong and enduring evidence of our faith in God. What we have also known, and has been confirmed by the consultants' surveys, is that some members of our community are unaware of "what, exactly, the mission work of St Paul's is."

I hope that you will be able to attend a meeting on Sunday, Jan 10, at 11.30 am in the Lichtenberger Room.  At that meeting we would to begin a discussion and develop concrete action steps regarding questions like:
  • What does/should/might mission and outreach at St Paul's look like?
  • How do we develop increased collaboration between the many outreach efforts and programs we already provide?
  • How do we "go deeper" in our relationships with the organizations with whom we do work?
  • How do/should/might decisions regarding mission/outreach get made?
  • What steps should we take to increase our effectiveness, both in the congregation and in our mission and outreach?
Help shape the new Mission Strategy for the Diocese
We invite you to join the listening process through the open listening forums, the online survey, and the phone survey. Please also invite other members of your parish and community to join with you in this process.
Our page on the diocesan website is: www.diomass.org/new-mission-strategy
Open forums will be held on:
Tuesday, Jan. 12, 7 p.m., at St. Paul's Church (39 East Central Street) in Natick;
Saturday, Feb. 27, 10 a.m., at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul (138 Tremont Street) in Boston.
Questions can be e-mailed to the Mission Strategy Listening Process Design team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
We look forward to hearing your stories, hopes, and dreams for our shared life together!
-- The Diocesan Mission Strategy Listening Process Design and Implementation Team
2016 Pledge Envelopes
If you requested 2016 Pledge Envelopes, they are in the back of the church on the ushers table. Please be sure you take the envelopes with your name on them, so we can record your contribution correctly. If you want envelopes, but did not request them, please let Lucy know.
Thank you, Lucy Roosevelt, Finance Administrator
Spirituality and the Arts Field Trip: January 24
Please join Reverend Jeff Mello on Sunday, January 24 at 3PM for a special performance of the acclaimed Broadway musical VIOLET, presented by SpeakEasy Stage Company. 
 
Special St. Paul's  Price:  $50 (reg. $60).  Use code SPKSTPAULS when ordering to get this special discount.  
 
After the show, be sure to join Reverend Mello, Reverend Pamela Werntz of Emmanuel Church, and Rabbi Howard Berman of the Central Reform Temple for a special talkback entitled "The Power of Faith and Healing."  
 
About VIOLET
"A work of great resonance, beauty and joy"  - New York Observer
"Terrific, heart-stirring"  - The New York Times
2014 Tony Award Nominee - Best Musical Revival 
 
Featuring a powerful folk, rock, and gospel score, this soul-stirring tells the story of Violet, a young North Carolina woman who travels across the South by bus  in 1964 to see a faith-healer she thinks can transform her life.  Along the way, she forms unlikely friendships with her fellow passengers, and learns that it is the journeys you take in life that help you discover who you are.
 
VIOLET features music by Tony Award-winner Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home) and lyrics and book by Brian Crawley.  I SpeakEasy Stage Founder and Producing Artistic Director Paul Daigneault directs. Run time is 1:45 without intermission.   
 
The show is being performed at the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont Street, between Berkeley and Clarendon Streets, in the South End. To order, call 617-933-8600, go online to www.speakeasystage.com, or visit the Calderwood Pavilion Box-office at 527 Tremont Street.  Please note that there are additional fees for phone and online sales. 
COURSE OFFERING FROM BROOKLINE CLERGY ASSOCIATION
BROOKLINE CLERGY ASSOCIATION invites you to join a course called All the Land in Its Diversity Is One: Jews, Christians and Muslims in Medieval Spain. Classes will begin on January 25, 2016 at:
 St. Mary's Church
 3 Linden St, Brookline
 Mondays, 7 - 9:30 p.m.
This course, taught by Dr. Deeana Copeland Klepper, will explore interactions among Muslims, Christians and Jews in medieval Europe's most religiously diverse region. Some of the themes to be covered include religion and communal identities, the complexities of cultural engagement in pluralistic environments, and religious toleration and its limits. 
You can register on the Hebrew College web site. 
Jean Moses & Lindsey and David Toomey are attending the predecessor class - From the Hebrew Bible to Judaism; From the Old Testament to Christianity - and are finding it highly engaging and worthwhile.  You may speak with one of them for more insight into the overall program. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Serving Us This Week
Preacher 
The Rev. George C. Chapman             
Presider    The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello  
Assisting Clergy  The Rev. Megan C. Holding 
Director of Music 
Andrew E. Clarkson  
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Crucifer  E. Lorraine Baugh  
Chalice Bearers  John Ferguson and Hazel Johnson       
Healing Prayers  Angie Marks and Linda Sanches    
Altar Guild   8:00 AM: Ann Colageo; 10:00 AM: Lydia Snover  
Ushers  Jeannie Baca, Robert Burke, Walter Mucha, and Sam Scott 
Greeters    John Ferguson, Tim Hintz, Jean Moses, and Maria O'Meara  
Coffee Hour Hosts   The Toomey Family  
Sunday School Snack  The Hintz 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
Celebrations: We remember and celebrate the birthday of Kerstin Lindgren.

Memorials: We give thanks for the life of Dalton L. Baugh, Sr., in whose memory the altar flowers are given.  
   
Prayers: Jennifer L., Felina R., the Children and Staff of Mil Milagros, Amy C., Janet R., 
Elena J., Edward J., Nikki, David F., Dottie W., Randy Lewis and Family, Maryann T., Jackie S., Greta, The Oliver Family, Bill H., Beth S., Kendall G., Rainer T., Charles P., Debs P., John S., Ruth R., Jaime G., Camille J-F, George M., Yukiyo B., Kyle, and those in the military: Lucas S. and Hana L. 
Scripture Readings
Isaiah 60:1-6; Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12
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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