Weekly Newsletter
This Sunday at St. Paul's: Palm Sunday, March 20
  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 (We gather in the Great Hall for the
                 blessing and distribution of the palms prior to processing into the Sanctuary)

11:15 am   Coffee Hour (Lichtenberger Room)
11:30 am   Cross Making Workshop (Great Hall) 
  • Please join us during the 9:00 hour this Sunday for a conversation about the need for racial justice in our society. We will consider possible future steps in continuing this conversation in our own community.
  • Please make your way to the Great Hall at 11:30 am for our Cross Making Workshop where Jill, our parish administrator, will lead us in this creative 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. All are welcome!
    If you have not previewed Jill's introductory powerpoint presentation on this topic, you can view it by clicking here.
Lenten House Church 2016:  Growing a Rule of Life
Our next Lenten House Church gathering will be Friday, March 18 at 6:00 pm hosted by the Mello-Daigneault family in the church rectory, (130 Aspinwall Avenue, 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.
 
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!
Easter Flowers: Names are due this Sunday, March 20
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 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."
Good Friday Activities
Good Friday Overnight with Diocese
March 25-26, 2016
:
Friday (5:30 pm) to Saturday (10:00 am) at Trinity Church, Copley Square, Boston
For more information, please click here.
This is an opportunity for our Middle and High School group to participate with other young people from the Diocese to explore the practice of compassionate witnessing. This is a relevant topic as we see so much going on in our world today. We want to give the youth a space to talk about their concerns and find concrete ways to work through them using Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection as a foundation. 
This lock-in style overnight will include a Friday night worship in the darkened sanctuary and a Saturday morning reflection on the impact of the story in our lives.
Please let Hazel know if you have interest around this. The deadline to register is March 23. Hazel can be reached at 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..

Good Friday Activity at St. Paul's
Join us on Friday, March 25 at 4:00 pm for a child-friendly Good Friday Service. All ages welcome.
Mission Sunday Thank You
Thank you to everyone who helped make sandwiches during the 9am Mission Sunday last week.  We made over 100 sandwiches in 30 minutes!  And thank you to Jeff, Eliza, Sam, Derek, Josh, Wendy, Maryann, Suzette, Sarah, Kate, Liz and Alexis who helped pass out lunch and participated in Common Cathedral.  It was a memorable church service and we all felt blessed to be there.  Keep your ears and eyes open for more information on our next Mission Sunday event which will be organized by the middle schoolers in a few weeks.  And our last mission Sunday for the 2015/2016 year will be the Walk for Hunger on May 1st.  Contact Melissa Dulla if you would like to walk this year.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
                    Common Cathedral 2016
A Word to the Church from the House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church
"We reject the idolatrous notion that we can ensure the safety of some by sacrificing the hopes of others."
 
On Good Friday the ruling political forces of the day tortured and executed an innocent man. They sacrificed the weak and the blameless to protect their own status and power. On the third day Jesus was raised from the dead, revealing not only their injustice but also unmasking the lie that might makes right.
 
In a country still living under the shadow of the lynching tree, we are troubled by the violent forces being released by this season's political rhetoric. Americans are turning against their neighbors, particularly those on the margins of society. They seek to secure their own safety and security at the expense of others. There is legitimate reason to fear where this rhetoric and the actions arising from it might take us.
 
In this moment, we resemble God's children wandering in the wilderness. We, like they, are struggling to find our way. They turned from following God and worshiped a golden calf constructed from their own wealth. The current rhetoric is leading us to construct a modern false idol out of power and privilege. We reject the idolatrous notion that we can ensure the safety of some by sacrificing the hopes of others. No matter where we fall on the political spectrum, we must respect the dignity of every human being and we must seek the common good above all else.
 
We call for prayer for our country that a spirit of reconciliation will prevail and we will not betray our true selves.
All Parish Game Night: April 2

Back by popular demand, we will be gathering in the Great Hall on Saturday, April 2 from 3-6 pm to play games! Please bring your favorite games and snacks to share. We will bring up toys from the nursery so our littlest ones can hang with us while we play. Please feel free to drop by and stay for as long or as little as you like.
 
If you have questions, ideas or feedback, please email 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..
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..
GODSPELL MASS on Sunday, April 3
Last year, on the Sunday after Easter, we had our first "Godspell Mass", thanks to the wonderful gifts from the Boston Conservatory students who came to worship with us for the day.  It was amazing, and so inspiring that we are......  (drumroll....  put on your seatbelt....)  WE ARE GOING TO TRY DOING IT AGAIN, BUT THIS TIME ON OUR OWN!!!   Yes, we will have our first in-house Godspell Mass on Sunday, April 3 at our 10:00 am service!  Our hope is that this will be the beginning of a new, wonderful tradition for us all.
 
If you would like to participate as part of the chorus, there will be a rehearsal on Wednesday, March 30 @ 7:00 pm, and then a final prep rehearsal on Sunday, April 3 @ 9:00 am.  Please come and join in. You don't need to be able to read music to sing in the chorus -- much of the music is easy to learn -- and it should be lots of fun!  (Rumors have it that even Jeff may be singing!)
Online Parish Photo Directory Launch: April 3
We are thrilled to announce that on Sunday, April 3, we will be launching our online photo directory! After church in the Great Hall, there will be a short presentation on how to participate in the directory. There will be time for questions and answers after the presentation. Members of the Greeters committee will be available with laptops after church each Sunday in April to ensure there is plenty of support for this launch. We cannot wait to get started!

If you have any questions, comments, or feedback, or if you would like to be a part of the after church support team, please email Ouida 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..
Climate Week 2016
Climate Action Brookline is proud to be sponsoring and producing the sixth annual Climate Week 2016, Monday, March 28 - Sunday April 3. With the commitment of dozens of groups and volunteers, we offer a purposeful weeklong series of events.  Our goal is to inform and foster the will to act on climate change.  Community engagement is essential to developing a future we want and deserve.
 
The week is packed with opportunities for making real change through personal, local, state and national action. All events are free and open to the public and embraces opportunities for families and kids.   
 
We ask for your support and engagement. Please take a look at the Climate Week brochure attached and pass on to your networks in and beyond Brookline.  It takes the efforts of many for the climate movement to sustain and ultimately prevail.
 
Of  particular interest to St. Paul's parishioners?  An gathering continuing on with the work of many including the MA Interfaith Coalition for Climate Action. (MAICCA) that launched last fall.  The event is Climate Café: Exploring Your Place in the Climate Movement,  6:30pm refreshments, 7-8:30pm, Tuesday, March 29. Temple Sinai, 50 Sewall Ave.
 
Thank you very much.  Don't miss this opportunity. For more information:
www.BrooklineClimateWeek.org  #BrooklineClimateWeek
Vestry Update
St. Paul's Vestry met on March 15 from 7:30-9:30 pm. The meeting began with a check in during which members shared how they spend most of their time outside of church. The Rector's Report addressed the plans for the capital campaign. Leaders will be announced soon. Jeff also talked about the work the staff is engaged in to map out organizational needs and plans. He would like to form a staff structuring/personnel working group to play an advisory role and invited vestry members to consider it. The adult education forum for Lent has been focused on anti-racism and has been very rich. A follow-up session is in the works for the spring. Finally Jeff gave an overview of the changes planned in the liturgies for Palm Sunday and Good Friday and encouraged the vestry to engage in the debrief planned for April 3.
The Wardens' Report included an update about Taste of St Paul's and a brief discussion of plans for a vestry contribution to the evening. Also mentioned was the effort to communicate more frequently with the congregation about vestry discussions, and the desire to invite and include members of the congregation to attend vestry meetings as they wish.
The meeting included a review of the financial "Parochial" report which we must provide to the Diocese. The vestry approved this report.
Finally, Eliza Marth gave the vestry a thorough and engaging introduction to the new online directory Realm. Members agreed to sign up and upload a photo by April 3. She outlined the plans for introducing all current members and newcomers to Realm in the coming weeks.
The next Vestry meeting is April 26 from 7:30-9:30. All members of the congregation are welcome to attend.
"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?
Can you dig it? Spring Planting with St. Paul's Middle School
Join us Saturday, May 7 from 10 am - 2 pm and/or Sunday, May 8 from 9-10 am to plant flowers and vegetables in St. Paul's garden. Our garden provides the Brookline Food Pantry with healthy, delicious produce all through the fall. We'll provide seedlings, gloves, shovels, and compost. All you need is your energy, a hat, and some sunscreen. All are welcome! Look for sign-ups, coming soon. (This activity has been moved from April 24).
Taste of St. Paul's: Saturday, May 21, 2016
The menu is shaping up with some exciting new food stations to look forward to. This year's Food Stations and Table Captains:
  • Afro-Caribbean / Lorraine Baugh
  • Latino (Spanish, Mexican, Latin American) / Tim Hintz
  • Italian / Maria O'Meara
  • St. Paul's Pub (German, Polish, Irish) / Alan Fried
  • St. Paul's Farmers Market (anything from the garden or farm) / Cricket B. Lewis & Adelaide Xie
  • All American (regional American dishes) / Georgia Smith & George Coggeshall
  • The Silk Road (a culinary journey from China to France) / Kate Kelley
  • Desserts (from around the world) / Jill Seiler-Moon
NOW we need your food themed donations- gift certificates, art, sports tickets, theater tickets, cooking classes, a case of your favorite wine, cookware, catered dinners, vacation homes, prepared meals or desserts, etc.  PLEASE FILL OUT A DONATION FORM AT COFFEE HOUR or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Arlene at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for any further information or questions.
 
We also need cooks to create yummy tastings for each of the food stations.  A tasting is hot or cold food that is served at each food station.  Tastings should be 30-40 bite sized servings.  Let Arlene or Andrea know what food station you'd like to cook for or talk to a table captain to learn more about the food station.
Invitation for MOP Grant Applications
Every year St.Paul's MOP committee awards grants to approximately 20 non-profit organizations doing GOD's work in very diverse fields from Boston to a remote village in Kenya. If there is an organization you would like us to support you are invited to apply for a grant. Information about the application process and forms can be found on our website (or click here). Our next deadline for applications is May 31. If you have questions please speak to Matshai Motimele or Georgia Smith or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Save the Date: B-SAFE 2016
With all of the warm weather, summer is not feeling as distant anymore! That also means the B-SAFE summer program is around the corner. This year, St. Pauls' will provide lunches and a Friday field trip for campers at St. Augustine and St. Martin (St. A&M) in the South End. Put it on your calendar: Our week is July 5-9! 
      
Interested in learning more? Email Adelaide Xie This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
B-SAFE Book Drive
Are your book shelves filled to capacity? Do you have a few that you don't read anymore? B-SAFE needs books for elementary and middle school kids! The books you bring will contribute to a summer literacy program for nearly 600 low-income Boston children. Start sorting your shelves now! We will be collecting the books on Sunday, April 24. Email Adelaide Xie This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions!
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
Preacher  The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello                    
Presider    The Rev. Megan C. Holding  
Director of Music 
Andrew E. Clarkson  
Verger  Kendall Gray  
Server  Ardani Mello-Daigneault   
Crucifers Claire Holding and Austin Jewell 
Torchbearers    Maddie Carusone and Elliana Clarkson 
Lectors   John Ferguson and Lorraine Baugh  
Prayers of the People  Stephen Estes-Smargiassi 
Chalice Bearers  Elisabeth Choi, Bo Fauth, Eliza Marth and Betsy Munzer 
Healing Prayers  Sharlene Wing and Angie Marks 
Altar Guild   8:00am: Maryann Kurkjian 10:00am: Sharlene Wing and Adelaide Xie       
Ushers  Jeannie Baca, Robert Burke, Walter Mucha, and Sam Scott 
Greeters    Melissa Dulla, Angie Marks, and Brett Foster 
Coffee Hour Hosts   Wendy Luk, The Hintz Family, and Laura Carney   
Sunday School Snack  Jennifer Easwaramurthi 
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 Leslie Gabryelski, Sarah Barbrow, Ann Colageo, Paul Daigneault, Ava DiStefano-Forti, and Charles Thompson.
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., Lyn and Jim H., and those in the military: Lucas S. and Hana L. 
Scripture Readings

 Please click here for the readings for Palm Sunday. 

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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