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This Sunday at St. Paul's: January 24
  8:00 am   Holy Eucharist with Reflection (Chapel)
  9:00 am   Adult Education: St. Paul's 101 "Formation and Education"
                 (Lichtenberger Room)
10:00 am   Holy Eucharist with Choir and Sermon (Sanctuary)
11:15 am   Coffee Hour (Great Hall)
11:30 am   Sunday Lunch Bunch (Meet in Great Hall)
11:30 am   Kick-off Meeting for Taste of St. Paul's Fundraiser (Lichtenberger Room)
  3:00 pm   Spirituality and the Arts Field Trip to the Broadway musical VIOLET
  • The Sunday Lunch Bunch is back again THIS Sunday. 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 know  more, please see Ed Jacobson or Maryann Kurkjian; or you can speak with an usher or greeter. (Please Note: For those planning to attend this afternoon's St. Paul's Spirituality and the Arts event, ample time will be available in order to leave for the 3pm performance.)
  • Please join Reverend Jeff Mello today 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, and Rabbi Howard Berman of the Central Reform Temple for a special talkback entitled "The Power of Faith and Healing."
Kick-Off Meeting for Taste of St. Paul's Fundraiser
LET'S GET COOKIN'!  It's time to get ready for this year's biennial Taste of St. Paul's fundraiser scheduled for Saturday, MAY 21. This event combines a food themed silent auction along with a very popular food tasting dinner of items donated by parishioners and area businesses. Calling all foodies and people who like to party for our kick-off planning meeting at 11:30 am in the Lichtenberger Room this coming Sunday, January 24. We need lots of volunteers to solicit donations, lead a food tasting station, and cook bite sized portions to serve at the event. For more information, contact event co-chairs Andrea Brue (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Arlene Swan-Mahony (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
Mission Sunday Thank You
Last Sunday was our annual clothing drive for local non-profits. Our donations for Room to Grow filled two small grocery bags. Our donations for Cradles to Crayons filled a Prius hatchback. And our donations for St. Francis House filled a large van. Special note: quite a few warm jackets were donated.  Thanks!!
Annual Meeting: January 31
Our Annual Meeting is scheduled for next Sunday, when we will gather to discuss the business of the parish and share our hopes for our next year together. To all ministry leaders: if you have not already submitted your Annual Report write-up to Jill, please do so by noon on Tuesday, January 26 to allow time for compilation of the Annual Report. Jill's email is 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.
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 3 more Sundays. These meetings will be Sundays during the 9:00 hour. We'll follow up later in the spring with an instructed Eucharist and why/how we worship together.Topics will include:
Jan. 24: Formation & Education 
Jan 31: Membership
Feb. 7: Care for each other and the World
Knitting Group Meets February 2
The Knitting Group will be meeting in the Lichtenberger Room on Tuesday, February 2 at 7:00 pm. All knitters and crocheters are welcome, and those wanting to learn!
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
Join us Sunday, February 7 immediately after the 10:00 service for our pre-Lenten Pancake Meal and Talent Show!  A suggested donation of $3 per person (with a $10 cap per family) helps defray the costs.  Talent show sign-ups will begin this Sunday during coffee hour!  Interested in learning more?  Interested in helping the Middler Schoolers and hospitality team prepare the meal?  Interested in helping to organize and emcee the talent show?  Please contact Hazel (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Megan (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
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
Lenten House Church 2016
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.  After an informal meal of soup, salad, bread, and beverages (provided by the attendees), there is an informal discussion of an appropriate Lenten topic. This year we will be discussing the process of creating a Personal Rule of Life, using materials offered by the monastic brothers of the Society of St. John the Evangelist.  We will be gathering February 19, 26, March 4, 11, and 18.
If you would like to host one of the house church gatherings, facilitate one of the conversations, or lead Compline at the end of a gathering, please contact Megan (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or 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..
Serving Us This Week
Preacher 
The Rev. Megan C. Holding               
Presider    The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello 
Director of Music 
Andrew E. Clarkson  
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Server  Julia Boral 
Crucifer  Jillian Carusone 
Torchbearers  Maddie Carusone and Lena Schultzberg 
Lectors   Leah Rugen and Jennifer Easwaramurthi 
Prayers of the People  Jeannie Baca 
Chalice Bearers  Wendy Luk and Linda Sanches      
Healing Prayers  E. Lorraine Baugh and Elizabeth Choi     
Altar Guild   8:00 AM: Maryann Kurkjian
10:00 AM: Sharlene Wing and Adelaide Xie   
Ushers  Jeannie Baca, Robert Burke, Walter Mucha, and Sam Scott 
Greeters    Clara Batchelor, Chris Dulla, Julie House, Roger House, and Rebecca Schultzberg   
Coffee Hour Host    The Foster and Dulla Families 
Sunday School Snack  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
Celebrations:. We remember and celebrate the birthdays of Sam Kauffmann, Andy Boral, Alicia-Marie Mucha, and Tim Hintz.
Memorials: We give thanks for the lives of Francis E. and Betty L. Sultzman and Melvin W. and Jean K. Snover, in whose memory the altar flowers are given. We pray for the repose of the souls of Cheryl Benjamin Rodriguez and Mary Joan Hudnut, who died this week.       
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., Charles 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
Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10; 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a; Luke 4:14-21
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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