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This Sunday at St. Paul's: February 28
  8:00 am   Holy Eucharist with Reflection (Chapel)
  9:00 am   Church School (Lower Level)
  9:00 am   Adult Education: Conversations for Racial Justice (Great Hall) 
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 to determine off-site location) 
  • Our Adult Education topic this Sunday is 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.
  • It's the FOURTH Sunday of the month which means the Sunday Lunch Bunch reconvenes this week! The Sunday Lunch Bunch is a group of St. Paul's folks who enjoy going out for a casual restaurant meal and friendly conversation. Everyone is welcome. We will gather after the 10 o'clock service in the Great Hall to determine our destination. Often we travel by foot but transportation is always available, if needed. If you'd like to know more, please see Ed Jacobson or Maryann Kurkjian; or you can speak with an usher or greeter. Come join us!
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 upcoming presentations and topics we will consider include:  
 
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 House Church 2016:  Growing a Rule of Life
Lenten House Church continues!  We will gather Friday, February 26 at 6:00 pm at the home of Chris and Melissa Dulla (58 Verndale Street, Brookline).  Join us for a light supper, conversation about the spiritual practice of building a rule of life, and Compline. All are welcome, and there is no need to RSVP.  We'll have copies of any materials we use during the discussion.  Bring a favorite snack or appetizer if you like, or sign up to bring food for supper by clicking here.
 
House Church will continue at parishioners' homes Friday evenings through Lent:  February 26, March 4, 11, and 18.  Join us for all or as many as you are able!
  For more information, please contact Megan Holding aThis 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. 
We hope to see you there!
Knitting Group: Tuesday, March 1
The knitting group will meet on Tuesday, March 1 in the Lichtenberger Room from 7-9 pm. All knitters and crocheters are welcome, as well as those folks who would like to learn. Please join us!
Lenten Scripture Group, Part 2: Tuesday, March 8
Our special session of the monthly scripture group was so rich and interesting that we decided to meet on the same topic one more time during Lent. Again, we will take a close look at the Passion texts for Palm Sunday and Good Friday 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. It is helpful to know how many folks are planning to come so we have enough copies.
"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?
Easter Flowers
On Easter Sunday and during the Easter season, our altar and windows are adorned with spring flowers. For those wishing to offer memorials or thanksgivings with lilies and other spring bulbs during the Easter season, please complete the donor form found in Sunday's worship bulletin and place it in the collection plate, or email the information to Jill at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than Palm Sunday, March 20. The suggested contribution from each donor is $25.00. Please make checks payable to St. Paul's Church with a notation for "Easter Flowers."
Phasing in our new Database
                  For more information, to share ideas, concerns, ask questions, or if you would like to be involved in the project, please contact Eliza Marth at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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."
Opioid Forum: March 8
On Tuesday, March 8 from 7-9PM Saint Mary of the Assumption Parish in Brookline will be hosting "An Opioid Crisis Forum" led by a panel of experts in the field of drug abuse and addiction which include law enforcement, medical professionals, counselors and those in recovery. It will be held in the School auditorium located at 67 Harvard Street, Brookline and is designed to answer questions and provide the needed support and resources for those who are harmed by this deadly epidemic. For further information contact Father Brian Clary at 617-734-0444 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   
Cross Making Workshop on Palm Sunday, March 20
On Palm Sunday, March 20, please join us in the Great Hall at 11:30 am where Jill Seiler-Moon, our Parish Administrator, will lead us in a cross making exercise. Using only found materials and guided by the Spirit, we will create crosses that will be displayed in the Sanctuary during Holy Week with reflections during our "Stations of the Cross" services. After Easter, those who make crosses can take them home for continued use.Jill has prepared a powerpoint presentation which you can view by clicking here, which describes this process in more detail. And, you may take a look at a handmade cross made out of newspapers, bells, and origami paper posted on our bulletin board just outside the Lichtenberger Room. Jill calls it her "evangelism" cross. Your donations of "found materials" may be left in the donation box located on the ushers table in the sanctuary. Everyone's invited to this workshop...no experience necessary!    
Baptism
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..
Taste of St. Paul's (May 21) is looking for Table Captains
We are looking for some volunteers who would like to be a part of a really fun event.
So what does a Table Captain do, you may ask?
 
The Table Captain helps to coordinate a themed food table...he/she identifies volunteers to help out with the food prep, working on the night of the event, and gathers a group of people to host a themed dinner that will be put up for bid.
If you are interested in becoming a table captain, please contact Andrea Brue This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Arlene Swan-Mahony This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." target="_blank" style="color: blue; text-decoration: underline;" shape="rect">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
Table themes:
  • French
  • Middle Eastern
  • Asian
  • Mediterranean
  • Farmers Market (need a co- captain)
  • Any other ideas are welcome!!
Italian Table
Maria O'Meara is the table captain for our Italian themed table...think antipasti, ziti & meatballs, eggplant parmigiana, pesto, basket of wine, dinner party for 6. Maria is looking for 3-4 helpers, volunteers to donate Italian themed food & products and assistance during the event. Maria can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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  Jordan Fried 
Crucifer  Austin Jewell    
Torchbearers    Sarah Dulla and Lena Schultzberg 
Lectors   Alan Fried and George Coggeshall  
Prayers of the People  Georgia Smith  
Chalice Bearers  Sarah Fairchild and John Ferguson     
Healing Prayers  E. Lorraine Baugh and Julie Starr 
Altar Guild   8:00am: Lydia Snover  10:00am: John Ferguson and Mike Scheffler         
Ushers  Jeannie Baca, Robert Burke, Walter Mucha, and Sam Scott 
Greeters    Members of the Greeters Ministry 
Coffee Hour Hosts   The Fairchild Family   
Sunday School Snack  The Hintz-Rosser Family 
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
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., Isobel W., L. and J. Hurlock, and those in the military: Lucas S. and Hana L. 
Scripture Readings
Exodus 3:1-15; 1 Corinthians 10:1-13; Luke 13:1-9
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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