Weekly Newsletter
This Sunday at St. Paul's: March 6
  8:00 am   Holy Eucharist with Reflection (Chapel)
  9:00 am   Church School (Lower Level)
  9:00 am   Prepare food for Common Cathedral (Kitchen)
  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)
11:30-2:30 pm  Mission Sunday: Journey downtown for Eucharist at Common Cathedral
  • Our Adult Education topic this Sunday is 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.
  • Common Cathedral is a free, outdoor worship service in Boston Common provided every Sunday, rain or shine.  St Paul's is providing lunch and participating in the Common Cathedral worship service this Sunday. Please help us make food for the attendees  - estimated to total possibly 100 people!  We need help making sandwiches and loading up cars. Please contact Melissa Dulla at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information.
Lunch Bunch

Last Sunday, after the 10 o'clock service, eight members of the Sunday Lunch Bunch (SLB) went out to the Corrib Pub and Restaurant on Harvard Street. The SLB consists of any St. Paul folks who enjoy getting together for friendly conversation and a casual meal. There is no RSVP required and everyone is cordially welcome! They gather regularly on the FOURTH Sunday of the month. Think about giving it a try.   
20s/30s Group
Last Saturday, the 20s/30s group shared a delicious dinner and then went Contra Dancing! It was a fun evening filled with conversation, laughter, and dancing. If you would like to be added to the 20s/30s email list, or have an idea for our next event, please email Adelaide at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Vestry Update
The vestry met for our Annual Retreat on Sunday, Feb. 28 at United Parish in Brookline. We welcomed new vestry members Julie House, Ayanna McPhail, and Steve Morrissey who are all beginning three-year terms, as well as Alexis Morrison-Howe, our new treasurer. Chris Dulla and Leah Rugen stepped into their new roles as senior and junior wardens, respectively. After a rich discussion about what it means to be a leader at St. Paul's, and how we are at an interesting and complex transition in our growth, we tackled the business portion of the meeting. Vestry approved a gift to the Nautilus Society of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, which acknowledges our ties to the Cathedral and our involvement in the recent renovations. The balance of the afternoon was spent reviewing the goals of the proposed capital campaign. These goals have been formed over the last year and reflect both the necessity for critical repairs to the infrastructure of the church and our collective vision to support our ministries today and into the future. Led by Chris Dulla, the vestry reviewed preliminary estimates for renovations to the lower level of the church for the Sunday school and additional office and meeting space, a new heating system, repair of the organ, as well as programmatic funds to support our ministries. Many more details will follow. The vestry voted unanimously and enthusiastically to approve moving forward with the campaign. The next vestry meeting is Tuesday, March 15 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the Lichtenberger Room. Vestry meetings are open to the congregation.
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 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, March 4 at 6:00 pm at the home of Eliza Marth (40 Prescott 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: 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!
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.
Parish Administrator's Vacation
Jill will be on vacation next week and will be out of the office from March 7 through March 14. If you have items to submit for our church newsletter/calendar (the electronic version or the Sunday bulletin for March 13), please contact Ouida Foster by Thursday, March 10 by 10:00 a.m. Ouida's email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Jill will be away from church office email during her absence. If you need clergy assistance, please contact Rev. Jeff Mello at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Rev. Megan Holding at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   
Greeters' Meeting: March 13
There will be a Greeters' meeting on March 13 at 11.30am in the Lichtenberger Room. Please join us for meeting to review our role and discuss ways to enhance this important welcoming ministry that is shared with newcomers and visitors. 
"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 yellow donor form found on the ushers table in the back of the Sanctuary on Sunday morning 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..
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!    
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..
First Saturday All Parish Activities
By popular demand, we are creating more opportunities for our beloved community to gather in fun and fellowship. Here are some upcoming All Parish Activities:
     Saturday, April 2, 3-6pm: Game Night in the Great Hall! Bring your favorite games and snacks to share. We'll bring up toys from the nursery so our littlest can hang with us while we play.
     Saturday, May 7, evening: Open Mic Night! We have such talent at St. Paul's. Bring your instruments, poetry, dance moves, or whatever else you might like to share. Exact time and location: TBD
     Saturday, June 4: ???
Do you have an idea for an All Parish Activity? Do you have any questions? Please contact Melissa at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Adelaide at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or Eliza 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..
Holy Week and Easter Services
Holy Week

Sunday, March 20                    8:00 and 10:00 a.m       Palm Sunday

Monday, March 21                    7:00 p.m.                    Stations of the Cross 
Tuesday, March 22                   7:00 p.m.                     Taize Service
Wednesday, March 23              7:00 p.m.                     Choral Tenebrae 
Maundy Thursday, March 24      6:30 p.m.                     Agape Meal
                                               7:00 p.m.                     Liturgy & Stripping of the Altar
Good Friday, March 25             11:30 a.m.                     Stations of the Cross 
                                              12:00 p.m.                     Contemplative Prayer Service
                                                4:00 p.m.                     Children's Service
                                                6:30 p.m.                     Stations of the Cross
                                                7:00 p.m.                     Good Friday Liturgy 
Easter Services

Saturday, March 26                   7:00 p.m.                       The Great Vigil of Easter
Easter Sunday, March 27           9:00 and 11:00 a.m.        Festival Eucharist with Choir
Easter Sunday, March 27           10:00 a.m.                     Easter Egg Hunt 
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  Talia Vos 
Crucifer  Jillian Carusone  
Torchbearers    Maddie Carusone and Elliana Clarkson 
Lectors   Tim Hintz  and Alexis Morrison-Howe
Prayers of the People  Beverly Estes-Smargiassi  
Chalice Bearers  Jennifer Easwaramurthi and Alan Fried   
Healing Prayers  Elisabeth Choi and John Ferguson 
Altar Guild   8:00am: Ann Colageo 10:00am: Beverly Estes-Smargiassi and Elisabeth Choi          
Ushers  Jeannie Baca, Robert Burke, Walter Mucha, and Sam Scott 
Greeters    Maria O'Meara, Jean Moses, John Ferguson, and Tim Hintz 
Coffee Hour Hosts   Maria O'Meara and Andrea Brue     
Sunday School Snack  Kristen Renaud  
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: Charlotte Hintz, Ariana-Marie Silver, and Jasmine Maria Silver.

Memorials: We pray for the repose of the soul of Stephen Clarkson, Andy Clarkson's uncle, who died this week. 

rayers: 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., Lyn and Jim H., and those in the military: Lucas S. and Hana L. 
Scripture Readings
Joshua 5:9-12; 2 Corinthians 5:16-21; Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32
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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