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This Sunday at St. Paul's: February 14, The First Sunday in Lent
Reminder: There is no church school this Sunday 
  8:00 am   Holy Eucharist with Reflection (Chapel)
  9:00 am   Adult Education: Conversations for Racial Justice (Lichtenberger Room) 
10:00 am   Holy Eucharist with Choir and Sermon (Sanctuary)
  5:00 pm   Lenten Invitation Service (Sanctuary) 
  • Our Adult Education topic this Sunday is from "Spirituality and Racial Justice"; we will watch presentations by the Rt. Rev. Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church.  These videos, "Conversation" and "Spirituality" offer an opportunity to consider the spiritual grounding of conversations about race and how our faith calls us to engage in the conversation. 
  • The Lenten Invitation 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.
Game Night
Last Saturday, we had an All Parish Game Night in the Great Hall. In total, about 30 people of all ages attended, playing games of all types! It was a fun inter-generational event. We will be hosting another All Parish Game Night on Saturday, April 2 from 3-6pm. Hope to see you there!

                     A game of Candyland                                     We played several tense games of Jenga!
Shrove Sunday and Talent Show
Last Sunday, we celebrated Shrove Sunday while enjoying a talent show. We give great thanks to the Middle School Youth Group and adult mentors who prepared the pancakes and sausage. We enjoyed our pancakes while watching a talent show with acts from St. Paul's parishioners of all ages. Thank you to all who came and made this event a fun celebration of community!
         Middle School youth and adult mentors         An entertained audience watching the Talent Show!
               prepared and served pancakes 
Adult Education During Lent:  Conversations for Racial Justice
Join us in the 9:00 hour each Sunday during Lent for a conversation about the need for racial justice in our society.  Our conversations will be grounded by short video presentations offered through ChurchNext in conjunction with the Trinity Institute of Trinity Wall Street.  The videos are part of a series of online courses developed to "help us further explore racial justice," and grew out of the recent Sacred Conversations project of the Trinity Institute in which Jeff, Eliza, and several parishioners participated.  
The presentations and topics we will consider include:  
Feb. 21: from "Theology and Racial Justice," we will watch presentations by Prof. J Kameron Carter of Duke Divinity School.  "Race" and "Discovery" consider the role of Christian theology in the development and spread of racial thought.  
Feb. 28: from "Racism and Racial Justice," we will watch presentations by Prof. Eduardo Bonilla-Silva of Duke University.  "Colorblind Racism" and "Race and Class" consider the subtle and systemic forms of racism in our culture today, and the ways in which they intersect with other forms of social oppression. 
March 6: from "Whiteness and Racial Justice," we will watch presentations by Prof. Kelly Douglas from Goucher College.  "Theological Reflection" and "Perspective" help us ground our conversations about racial justice in theological ideas including our creation in the image of God and our understanding of God's movement in the world today. 
March 13:  from "Reparation and Racial Justice" we will watch presentations by Prof. Jennifer Harvey of Drake University.  "Reconciliation" and "Reparation" help us consider our response to racial injustice in the framework of our Christian understanding of Reconciliation.  
 March 20:  we will look forward into Continuing the Conversation through additional presentations by Bishop Curry, Prof. Bonilla-Silva and Prof. Harvey
If you can't join us during the 9:00 hour, the video presentations and additional materials are available through the ChurchNext website here.
Some Worship Changes for Lent
Lent is upon us, 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.
Lenten Scripture Group: Tuesday, February 23, 7:30-9:00 pm
For this special session of the monthly scripture group we will take a close look at the Passion texts for Palm Sunday and Good Friday. Rev. Jeff will join us as we consider the stories of Jesus' trial and crucifixion through the lens of anti-Judaism. What do these stories say about the relationship between Jesus, his followers, and "The Jews"? How could we adapt our Palm Sunday and Good Friday services to teach a different way of grappling with our story and our history as Christians? Come join us! All are welcome. We will meet from 7:30-9:00 pm in the Lichtenberger Room. Contact Leah Rugen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like more information or to receive a copy of the readings in advance.
"CHANGE-ing Hunger" Basket
Continuing our tradition of raising money during Lent through the collection of loose change each week, this year we will be raising money to feed the children of Mil Milagros, a program St. Paul's helps to support in Guatemala.  It costs $0.54 to provide one child with a hot nourishing meal and a piece of fresh fruit.  If you would like to involve children in this project during Lent, giving them a tangible sense of providing a meal for each $0.54 they raise could be very powerful. $0.54 for each day in lent would be a total $21.60. Individuals and families might set goals for themselves and put change in a jar each night before dinner.
Please bring your collected change forward during the offertory every Sunday in Lent.  Mil Milagros means "A Thousand Miracles".  Might St. Paul's provide a thousand meals this Lent?
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.  To sign up to bring food for dinner, please click here. 
Ordination of Cat Healy: Saturday, February 27
It is with great joy that we announce that Cat Healy, our former Director of Children and Youth Ministries, will be ordained to the priesthood on Saturday, February 27. All are invited to attend the service at 10:30 a.m. at St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Wellesley (79 Denton Road, Wellesley, MA 02482).  Please hold Cat in your prayers as she prepares for this new phase of her ministry. 
Mission Sunday: Common Cathedral, March 6
Our next Mission Sunday project is Common Cathedral on Sunday, March 6.  This is a transformative event to attend, whether you have attended once or multiple times.  Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you can help, as we will need many volunteers for this event.  From 9-10am, help us prepare food. Or from 11:30am -1:30pm, journey downtown to attend and participate in the Eucharist with "an outdoor congregation, housed and un-housed, sharing God's love through community, pastoral care, creative expression, and worship on Boston Common."
In the Christian tradition, it is through the sacrament of Baptism that we welcome individuals into the body of Christ.  The next two dates when we will have baptisms at St. Paul's are at the Easter Vigil (Saturday, March 26 at 7:00 p.m.) and the Feast of Pentecost (Sunday, May 15, at the 10:00 service).  If you are interested in being baptized, or in having your child receive the sacrament of baptism, please be in touch with Megan at 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  
Verger  Kendall Gray  
Server  Ardani Mello-Daigneault 
Crucifer  Jamie Hintz   
Lectors   Mike Scheffler and Leah Rugen 
Prayers of the People  Kate Kelley 
Chalice Bearers  Roger House and Beverly Estes-Smargiassi     
Healing Prayers  E. Lorraine Baugh and Eliza Marth  
Altar Guild   8:00am: Ann Colageo, 10:00am: Mary Beth Elder and Viva Fisher      
Ushers  Jeannie Baca, Robert Burke, Walter Mucha, and Sam Scott 
Greeters    Kate Kelley, Brett Foster, Angie Marks, and Melissa Dulla 
Coffee Hour Hosts   Maria O'Meara and Madeleine Taylor 
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 Ann Anderson, Claire Holding, Elise Bain, Findley Sisson, and Patrick Bonebrake.
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, John P., and those in the military: Lucas S. and Hana L. 
Scripture Readings
Deuteronomy 26:1-11; Romans 10:8b-13; Luke 4:1-13
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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