Weekly Newsletter
This Sunday at St. Paul's: January 17
  8:00 am   Holy Eucharist with Reflection (Chapel)
  9:00 am   All Parish Martin Luther King, Jr. Activity (Great Hall)
  9:00 am   Mission Sunday Activity: Clothing Collection for local charities (Great Hall)
10:00 am   Holy Eucharist with Choir and Sermon (Sanctuary)
11:15 am   Coffee Hour
11:30 am   Adult Education: St. Paul's 101 "Parish History and our Building"
                 (Lichtenberger Room)  
11:30 am    Chalice Bearers Training (Sanctuary)
  • As we remember Martin Luther King, Jr. and his legacy, all members are invited to join us in the Great Hall at the 9 o'clock hour for a creative inter-generational message on how his message calls us to be the "hands and feet" of the world.
  • For our Mission Sunday activity, please arrive at the Great Hall at 9 am to deliver all clothing donations. And please stay to help sort all donations according to size, as we will be donating adult clothing to St. Francis House, infant and toddler clothing to Room to Grow, and everything in between to Cradles to Crayons.  Thank you!
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 4 more Sundays. Most meetings will be Sundays during the 9:00 hour, however, this coming Sunday, we will meet at 11:30 am.  We'll follow up later in the spring with an instructed Eucharist and why/how we worship together.Topics will include:
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
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-strategyThe next open forum will be held on:
Saturday, Feb. 27, 10 am, 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
Calling All High School 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.
Reenvisioning our Faith in Action Ministry
Would you like to be a part of reenvisioning our Faith in Action ministry?
 
Last Sunday, parishioners from St. Paul's gathered to have a discussion about the Mission work of St. Paul's. In the Lichtenberger Room after the 10am Eucharist, we discussed the mission work that is already being done as expressed through fourteen different "Faith in Action" ministries. After reflecting on our current Faith in Action ministry, we began asking some questions:
  • How do we say "yes" to something more fully? How might we be strategic while remaining nimble?
  • How do we create connections within the St. Paul's community to build shared ministry (which requires engagement) vs. "silo" ministries (which can be easier)?
  • What is our ongoing relationship with the programs we support?
  • Are we asking the questions we need to be asking?
In the next several months, we are hoping to explore these questions more fully as we begin to reenvision our Faith in Action ministry. We are looking for people to be a part of a smaller, committed group who helps us to ask questions and articulate a vision and practice.

If this interests you, please email Jeff at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you would fuller notes from the meeting, please email Eliza at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Every Pledge Counts!
Our stewardship appeal has gone very well and now we are in the home stretch. (That is not to say it is ever too late or too early to pledge!) Our annual budget will be approved by the Vestry on Tuesday and received at the annual meeting on January 31. To date we have received 107 pledges and many of them reflect generous increases. In fact, the average pledge increase this year went from about 11% for the 2014 campaign to 27%. We have received 15 new pledges. There were some parishioners who doubled and even tripled their pledges - clearly responding to the encouragement to consider pledging a percentage of household income or a proportional pledge. If you haven't yet sent in your pledge, it would be very helpful to receive it for this final budget planning. Thank you St. Paul's community. 2016 will be an exciting year!
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.
Sunday Lunch Bunch: January 24
The Sunday Lunch Bunch returns NEXT Sunday, January 24. The Sunday Lunch Bunch welcomes anyone from the St. Paul's community to join us on the FOURTH Sunday of the month for a casual restaurant meal and friendly conversation. After the 10 O'clock service, we will gather in the Great Hall to determine our local destination. Often we travel by foot but transportation is always available, when needed. Think about giving it a try. If you'd like to knowmore, please see Ed Jacobson or Maryann Kurkjian; or you can speak with an usher or greeter. (Please Note: For those planning to attend the St. Paul's Spirituality and the Arts event, that afternoon, ample time will be available to leave for the 3 pm performance.)
Spirituality and the Arts Field Trip: January 24
Please join Reverend Jeff Mello on Sunday, January 24 at 3 PM for a special performance of the acclaimed Broadway musical VIOLET, presented by SpeakEasy Stage Company. 
For more information including a special St. Paul's discount price, please contact Rev. Jeff Mello at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
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."  
 
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.
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.
All Parish Game Night: February 6
On Saturday, February 6 from 3-6 pm, St. Paul's will be hosting an All Parish Game Night! Bring your favorite game and your favorite snack to share with others. We are looking forward to an evening of  community fun and renewal.  
If you have any questions, please contact Eliza at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
"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!
Lenten House Church
For the past several years members of St. Paul's have a meeting in parishioner's homes for five Friday evenings during lent for Lenten House Church gatherings of approximately 10 to 25 for an informal meal of soup, salad, bread, and beverages (provided by the attendees), followed by an informal discussion of an appropriate Lenten topic. If you would like to be part of the planning process or have any questions concerning the 2016 Lenten house church gatherings (February 19, 26, March 4, 11, and 18) please contact: The Rev. Megan Holding via the church office at 617-566-4953 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or contact Ed Jacobson at 617-529-5390 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You may also speak to Megan after church this coming Sunday. We welcome anyone who would like to be part of the planning process and especially would like as many people to attend the gathering this year on as many Fridays as you are able.
Memorial Services for Laura R. Chasin
Dear 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 
Hazel Johnson              
Presider    The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello 
Assisting Clergy  The Rev. Megan C. Holding 
Director of Music 
Andrew E. Clarkson  
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Server  Talia Vos 
Torchbearers  Elliana Clarkson and Sarah Dulla 
Lectors   Paul Daigneault and Roger House 
Prayers of the People  Alan Fried 
Chalice Bearers  Edmund Powers and Leah Rugen      
Healing Prayers  John Ferguson and Angie Marks     
Altar Guild   8:00 AM: Lydia Snover
10:00 AM: Elisabeth Choi and Viva Fisher    
Ushers  Jeannie Baca, Robert Burke, Walter Mucha, and Sam Scott 
Greeters    Brett Foster, Angie Marks, Kate Kelley, and Melissa Dulla  
Coffee Hour Host    Mary Beth Elder 
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 birthdays of Janet Ralph, Ellen VanScoyoc, Don Coleman, Emily Bassett, Laura Rutherford, and Neal Hastie.

Memorials: We give thanks for the lives of Jim and Betty Davis, in whose memory the altar flowers are given. We pray for the repose of the souls of Linda and Marion Scott, Rainer Thiemann, and Debs Phillips.      
   
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., Paul, the Ivy and Scott Families, and those in the military: Lucas S. and Hana L. 
Scripture Readings
Isaiah 62:1-5; 1 Corinthians 12:1-11; John 2:1-11
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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