Weekly Newsletter
This Sunday at St. Paul's: January 10
  8:00 am   Holy Eucharist with Reflection (Chapel)
  9:00 am   Sunday School (Lower Level)
  9:00 am   Adult Education: St. Paul's 101 "Budget"
10:00 am    Holy Eucharist with Choir and Sermon (Sanctuary)

11:15 am    Coffee Hour

11:30 am    Discussion: The Mission Work of St. Paul's (Lichtenberger Room)    

  • 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 join us this coming Sunday at 11.30 am in the   Lichtenberger Room. We will begin a discussion and develop concrete action steps regarding questions like:

  1. What does/should/might mission and outreach at St Paul's look like?
  2. How do we develop increased collaboration between the many outreach efforts and programs we already provide?
  3. How do we "go deeper" in our relationships with the organizations with whom we do work?
  4. How do/should/might decisions regarding mission/outreach get made?
  5. What steps should we take to increase our effectiveness, both in the congregation and in our mission and outreach?
St. Paul's 101:  Adult Education
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. 10: Budget
Jan. 17: Parish History and our Building  (11:30 am meeting) 
Jan. 24: Formation & Education 
Jan 31: Membership
Feb. 7: Care for each other and the World
Scripture Group: January 12
Our next scripture group meeting is Tuesday Jan. 12 from 7:30-9:00 pm in the Lichtenberger Room. Please join us to discuss the following readings from The Second Sunday after the Epiphany:
  • Isaiah 62:1-5
  • 1 Corinthians 12:1-11
  • John 2:1-11
  • Psalm 36:5-10
The readings can be found by clicking here.
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
Clothing Collection: January 17
January's Mission Sunday activity will be collecting used clothing to donate to local charities. Please bring infant, child, teen or adult clothing and shoes to the Great Hall on Sunday the 17th between 9-10 am. During this hour, we will be sorting the clothing according to size so that the charities can pick up the appropriate donations. Contact Melissa Dulla (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with any questions.
Calling All Seniors!
Wow! Time has flown by and you are now a senior! We want to honor you at our Youth Sunday event!

If you are a Senior in High School please email Hazel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so you can be included in the celebration.
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
Listen for a Change: Sacred Conversations for Racial Justice
On January 22 and 23, join Episcopal Divinity School to participate in live webcasts of Trinity Institute's Listen for a Change Conference, when a leading group of activists, scholars, authors, artists, and experts on racial justice come together.

The live conference will be held at Trinity Church in New York City. As a partner site, EDS will offer webcast sessions of the conference, food and fellowship, stories and centering prayer, music and wild creativity.

Following each session, local leaders will guide us deeper into the material with activities and reflection groups to engage our whole selves in the work of dismantling racism.
Featuring speakers Nicholas Kristof, Anna Deavere Smith, Emilie Townes, and many more!
For more information, or to register, visit:  http://eds.edu/listen.
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.
Annual Meeting: January 31
Our Annual Meeting is scheduled for January 31, 2016, when we will gather to discuss the business of the parish and share our hopes for our next year together. Just a reminder that reports for the Annual Meeting are due in the office on "or before would be great" Tuesday, January 26 to allow time for compilation of the Annual Report. Please send your reports via email to Jill at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..Children are welcome to attend the Annual Meeting; childcare and a movie will also be available in the Lichtenberger Room.
"Shrove Sunday" Pancake Brunch and Talent Show: February 7
It is a tradition to share a meal of Pancakes on the night before Lent begins. It is a tradition at St. Paul's to use that opportunity to showcase the many talents of the St. Paul's community. This year, we are trying something new. We will be holding our first Pancake Brunch and Talent Show on Sunday, February 7, immediately after the 10:00 service.  More details to follow, but please plan to join us and sign up to share your talent!
Memorial Services for Laura R. Chasin
Laura ChasinDear Friend,
We wanted you to be aware of Laura's memorial services, scheduled for February in Boston and New York. Please see below for details, and please feel free to forward this announcement to others who knew Laura.
Dick Chasin and familyWe will remember the life of Laura R. Chasin at two memorial services:
 
Boston 
Saturday, February 13th, 2016
 2:00 pm 
The Arlington Street Church
 351 Boylston Street 
Reception to follow at the Four Seasons Hotel
 
New York
                                                                        Saturday, February 27th, 2016 
                                                                                        12:30 pm 
                                                                           All Souls Unitarian Church 
                                                                                 1157 Lexington Ave. 
                                                                       Reception to follow at the church
All who knew Laura are welcome to attend one or both services. Kindly visit lrc.2app.org to let us know your plans.
Serving Us This Week
Preacher 
The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello             
Presider    The Rev. Megan C. Holding  
Director of Music 
Andrew E. Clarkson  
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Server  HD Rothman 
Torchbearers  Jillian Carusone and Maddie Carusone 
Lector   Elisabeth Choi 
Chalice Bearers  Sarah Fairchild and Betsy Munzer     
Healing Prayers  Steve Morrissey and Beverly Estes-Smargiassi     
Altar Guild   8:00 AM: Ann Colageo
10:00 AM: Beverly Estes-Smargiassi and Elisabeth Choi  
Ushers  Jeannie Baca, Robert Burke, Walter Mucha, and Sam Scott 
Greeters    Jeannie Baca, Cricket Beauregard-Lewis, Beverly Estes-Smargiassi, and Kate Kelley  
Coffee Hour Hosts   Fred and Lily McMahon   
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 celebrate the birth of Orion Wu-Moses, grandson of Jean Moses, born on New Years Day morning. We remember and celebrate the birthdays of Lindy Bales, Tanisha-Marie Mucha, Cole Flewelling-Allen, Clara Batchelor, and Sharlene Wing.

Memorials: We give thanks for the life of Carl Warren Dorf Knights, in whose memory the altar flowers are given. We pray for the repose of the souls of Sophie Coppedge Walker, daughter of Susan Gordon, and Helene Renaud, Grandmother of Kristen Renaud.   
   
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., 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, Laura Z., and those in the military: Lucas S. and Hana L. 
Scripture Readings
Isaiah 43:1-7; Acts 8:14-17; Luke 3:15-17, 21-22
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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