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This Sunday at St. Paul's: February 7
  8:00 am   Holy Eucharist with Reflection (Chapel)
  9:00 am   Adult Education: St. Paul's 101 "Care for each other and the world" (Lichtenberger Room)
  9:00 am   Creating the Butterfly Mobile (Lower Level)
  9:00 am   Middle School Youth Prepare Pancake Brunch Meal (Kitchen)
10:00 am   Holy Eucharist with Choir and Sermon (Sanctuary)
11:30 am   Pancake Breakfast and Talent Show (Great Hall)   
11:30 am   Taste of St. Paul's Fundraiser Kick-off Meeting (Lichtenberger Room)
  • Church School students through Grade 5 will be making the butterflies and cocoons for this year's Butterfly Mobile during the 9:00 hour.  Anyone interested in helping to create this wonderful symbol of transformation that hangs in our Sanctuary through Lent is welcome to join in the fun!  Head down to the large classroom on the lower level (just to the right of the stairs) to participate!
  • Hungry for pancakes?  Got a talent to share with the parish?  Our "Shrove Sunday" Pancake Breakfast and Talent Show is this Sunday, right after the 10:00 service.  
    Middle School Youth will meet in the kitchen during the 9:00 hour to prepare the meal; a suggested free-will donation will be accepted to help defray the costs.  All are invited to eat and enjoy home-grown entertainment!
    Questions?  Want to sign up to perform in the Talent Show?  Contact Hazel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • LET'S GET COOKIN' TAKE 2! All those who enjoy cooking and eating (yep, that's YOU!)- please join us for the kick-off meeting for THIS SUNDAY after church in the Lichtenberger Room to plan 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. 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 at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Arlene Swan-Mahony at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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..
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" concludes this coming Sunday at 9:00 am when the topic will be: "Care for each other and the World." We'll follow up later in the spring with an instructed Eucharist and why/how we worship together.
Our Annual Meeting was a Great Success!
Last Sunday was the 2016 Annual Meeting. Over a delicious chili meal lovingly prepared by parishioners, folks signed the Green Membership Book. We also engaged in a visioning exercise where people answered the question, "What would happen in St. Paul's filled its mission to 'be a place where all can experience the fullness of Christ's love.'" We posted our visions on sticky notes. Below is a "word cloud" generated from everyone's beautiful and unique vision. It was a lovely, spirit filled meeting. Thank you to all who helped make this year's Annual Meeting a success !
               So many desserts !!!                             Members Signing the Green Book
   Word size correlates to the number of times it was mentioned 
Some Worship Changes for Lent
Lent is coming next week, and we like to use the seasons of the church to try new ways of worshiping together.  It helps draw our attention to the season and to try on new ways of being together.  Here are some things you can look forward to this Lent:

-  Opportunities for Quiet/Silence: To help us tune into the more contemplative nature of Lent, we will provide times for brief periods of silence throughout the service.
-  Service Music:  Our gifted Director of Music, Andy, has composed beautiful settings for our service music, including a Kyrie, Sanctus and Fraction Anthem with our contemplative goal in mind.
-  Announcements:  To keep the contemplative flow of the service moving, we are going to try announcements at the beginning of the service, with our welcome.  Announcements will not be the usual "line up", but a leader will highlight announcements in the bulletin and point out the contact person for further information.  This means we need to make sure announcements are in the bulletin and we get to church on time!
We hope that these additions, along with Lenten House Church, Adult Education and other traditional Lenten disciplines will add to the richness of the season.  Please speak with Jeff or Megan if you have any questions.
Ash Wednesday: February 10
Distribution of Ashes: 7:00-9:00 am and 12:00-1:00 pm at Aspinwall Street Entrance
Come by on your way to work or school, or during your lunch break, receive ashes and hear the powerful reminder that we "are dust, and to dust we shall return."
Ash Wednesday Liturgy with Distribution of Ashes: 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary
Join us for the Ash Wednesday Liturgy with Holy Communion and the Imposition of Ashes.
Lenten Invitation Service: February 14
Sunday, February 14 at 5:00 pm
This unique service is designed to invite us into a renewed, deepened relationship with the season of Lent. In addition to readings and prayers gathered from a variety of sources, the St. Paul's Choir will sing the Durufle Requiem, accompanied by organ and a wind and string chamber ensemble. This service aims to provide an additional stepping stone into our Lenten journey, nourishing our hearts and minds with the questions and choices, the temptations and disciplines, the hope and love that are at the core of our Lenten pilgrimage. A Lenten Invitation is a new offering for an ancient season.
Adult Education During Lent:  Conversations for Racial Justice
Join us Sundays during Lent at the 9:00 hour for a conversation about the need for racial justice in our society.  Our conversations will be grounded by short video presentations offered through the Trinity Institute of Trinity Wall Street as part of an online course designed to "help us further explore racial justice."  This course was developed in conjunction with the Sacred Conversations project of the Trinity Institute.  
The first video presentation on Feb. 14 will feature the Most Rev. Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church.  We will hear his message entitled "Spirituality and Racial Equality" and have time for reflection and conversation afterwards.  
If you can't join us during the 9:00 hour, the video presentations will be available by clicking here. 
Lenten House Church 2016:  Growing a Rule of Life
Lenten House Church is just around the corner!  We will be gathering February 19, 26, March 4, 11, and 18 in parishioner's home for light supper, fellowship, and conversation about Growing a Rule of Life.  We will be using materials offered by the brothers of the Society of St. John the Evangelist as we consider how to live a balanced life.  The brothers offer a combination of materials, including short daily videos, a workbook for individual use and materials to guide group discussions around the topics addressed in the videos and workbook.  For more information or to download a workbook, go to ssje.org/growrule.  For more information, please contact Megan Holding at 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. with any questions.  
St. Paul's is preparing for an Online Parish Directory!
I began at St. Paul's with a clear understanding that my main project for the year would be to get an Online Parish Photo Directory up and running. The value of an Online Parish Photo Directory is to facilitate social connection within the church, as well as to keep member's information more up to date.
St. Paul's currently uses ACS Village in ACS Technologies for a database. ACS Village is a PC-based system that is fast becoming obsolete as institutions are moving to more mobile, web-based systems. While researching several options for an online directory, I found Realm. Realm is a newer, web-based system within ACS Technologies. With this system, members of St. Paul's will be able to log in, edit their own information, connect with small groups, view their own personal giving history, and view an Online Parish Directory! Members set their own privacy settings and the website has 128 bit, bank level encryption. This means everyone's information will be secure.
We will be going through several phases before launching the Online Parish Directory, and will keep everyone up to date through announcements in the calendar. The exciting news is the first step, transferring our current information from ACS Village to Realm, began this week!

Stay tuned for more information. Please feel free to contact Eliza if you have any questions/concerns: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Would you like to help someone learn English?
Project Literacy is looking for volunteers to tutor adult learners who want to improve their English skills.The spring tutor training session will run Wednesday evenings from March 2nd - March 30th at the Watertown Free Public Library. To learn more and to apply, click here or e-mail Maria O'Meara at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Serving Us This Week
The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello                
Presider    The Rev. Megan C. Holding  
Director of Music 
Andrew E. Clarkson  
Assisting Organist  Geoff Wieting 
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Server  Flora Fried  
Crucifer  Claire Holding 
Torchbearers  Elliana Clarkson and Lena Schultzberg 
Lectors   Angie Marks and Sam Scott 
Prayers of the People  Betsy Munzer 
Chalice Bearers  Sharlene Wing and Adelaide Xie     
Healing Prayers  Angie Marks and Linda Sanches   
Altar Guild   8:00am: Ann Colageo, 10:00am Bev Estes-Smargiassi and Sharlene Wing      
Ushers  Jeannie Baca, Robert Burke, Walter Mucha, and Sam Scott 
Greeters    Tim Hintz, Jean Moses, Maria O'Meara, and John Ferguson 
Coffee Hour Host    Pancake Brunch 
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 Vandrey Sisson, Linda Williams, Hanako Norton, Fred Muehter, Kyle Swardstrom, and Berred Ouellette.
Memorials: We give thanks for the lives of John and Gwynneth Keeling, Tom Kelley, and Bentley Ward, Jr., 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., 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,
John P., and those in the military: Lucas S. and Hana L. 
Scripture Readings
Exodus 34:29-35; 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2; Luke 9:28-43a
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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