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 This Sunday at St. Paul's: January 8
  8:00 am:  Holy Eucharist with Reflection (Chapel) 
  9:00 am:  Church School (Lower Level)
  9:00 am:  Confirmation Class (Lichtenberger Room)
  9:00 am:  Adult Education: View Part One of the film "13th"
(Great Hall)                 
10:00 am:  Renewal of Baptismal Vows w/Choir, Sermon and Eucharist (Sanctuary) 
11:15 am:  Capital Campaign Conversation (Great Hall)
11:15 am:  Coffee Hour (Great Hall)
12:00 pm:  Eucharistic Visitor Meeting (Lichtenberger Room)    
Adult Education in January
In honor of the Dr. Martin Luther King holiday in January, we will be watching a film called "13th" and having a discussion about the film following church on MLK Sunday. The film is 2 hours, so we will split it into thirds to prepare for our discussion. The arc of January Adult Education is as follows:
  • Sunday, January 8 at 9am: watch part one (Great Hall)
  • Sunday, January 15 at 9am: watch part two w/brief discussion (Lichtenberger Room)
  • After church Sunday, January 15 at 11:30am: watch part three, followed by a potluck and hour of facilitated discussion (there will be a children's movie and pizza for our younger members)
  • Sunday, January 22 at 9am: Eliza will give a presentation about her experience at Standing Rock
"13th" is a film about the race and the prison system in the US. For those who are not available at the 9am hour, the film is available on Netflix. If you would like to host a screening at your home at another time, please email Eliza at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or put it in the announcements! Our Anti-Racism Team is working on getting a training together for February, so this is a theme we are hoping to continue exploring as the year goes by. We give special thanks to Linda Sanches who suggested this film and is driving the re-boot! 

For those who cannot make the adult education screenings of "13th," you can watch the entire film at 4 pm on Saturday, January 7 at the Newton home of Linda Sanches. Please give her a heads up by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Realm that you plan to come so she can pop enough corn and send you her address. Linda is on the 57/501/502 T bus 
lines, 3 minutes from exit 17 on the Pike, and can pick you up from the Newton Centre stop on Green line (2 miles). 
Scripture Group meets on January 10
Scripture group will meet Tuesday, January 10 from 7:30-9:00pm in the Lichtenberger Room. Come join us as we reflect on the lessons for the second Sunday in Epiphany, listed below.  All are welcome!
              
Isaiah 49:1-7; 1 Corinthians 1:1-9; John 1:29-42; Psalm 40:1-12 
St. Paul's 2020: Preparing A Place for All
Conversation with the Rector and Campaign Chairs
On the next two Sundays (1/8 and 1/15) after church, Jeff and the Co-Chairs of the Capital Campaign Team will gather to share the details of the Campaign and the planned vision for St. Paul's future. Please come to one or both sessions and bring your questions/thoughts/hopes about the Campaign and how you can participate in it. The conversations will last about a half-hour, starting right after church, so grab some coffee and a bite to eat and join us to learn more about this exciting time in our life together!
The next two Mission Sundays
** January 15:  Join us from 9-10am in the Great Hall for a thought-provoking activity in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.
** February 12:   Clothing and Toy Drive to benefit refugees. As you make room for Christmas presents and make space for God's love in your home, please bring gently used clothing and toys to the Great Hall to be sorted between 9 and 10am.
Boston Women's March for America: January 21
The Boston Women's March for America is happening on Saturday, January 21 on the Boston Common from 11am-3pm. A group of interested parishioners from St. Paul's is being organized to march together at this event. We will gather at the Cathedral steps around 10:45am and walk together.
Stay tuned for more details in next week's newsletter. Check in with Bev Estes-Smargiassi This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Eliza Marth This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Kate Kelley This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or if you'd like to participate.
Silk Road Dinner: January 21
Come enjoy a delicious Silk Road Dinner on Saturday, Jan 21 in the Lichtenberger Room. This is part of the Taste of St Paul's Fundraiser dinners.
You will be treated to tasty food cooked by several of our St Paul's community.
  • Greek, Chinese and Indian appetizers, 
  • Persian chicken with rice and Lebanese salad
  • Indian entrees and vegetarian dishes, served with Naan.
  • Italian desserts with Chinese Fortune Cookies
All served with appropriate wine, beer and soft drinks.
Do join us. We already have 12 people signed up but can accommodate 16 to 20.
The cost is $40 per person. Please sign up in Sunday coffee hour or email Kate Kelley at
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Book Group: Thursday, January 26
Please join us on Thursday, January 26 at 7:30pm in the Lichtenberger Room at St. Paul's for our first Spiritual Book Group meeting! We will be discussing Barbara Brown Taylor's book, "Altar in the World," which some of you may remember was the theme for our All Parish Retreat!

Copies of the book are available at the Brookline Booksmith for $14.99. Just ask the person at the register for "St. Paul's book group." (They promised a discount, but I don't know for how much!) If purchasing a book isn't in your budget, there will be a couple copies available on Jeff's bookshelf in his office that we ask you to return when you are done.

At our All Parish Retreat, Leah Rugen preached on the theme of "Altar in the World," and you can click here to see her reflection. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email Barbie 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.
St. Paul's Annual Meeting is January 29, 2017: Call for Reports
Our Annual Meeting is scheduled for January 29, when we will gather to discuss the business of the parish and share our hopes for our next year together. Please be reminded that if you are a ministry leader submitting a write-up for the Annual Report, they are due in the parish office on or before Monday, January 23 to allow time for compilation and completion of the report. Your write-ups may be sent to Jill, our Parish Administrator, via email 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.. 
Altar Guild Meeting: February 12
Members of the Altar Guild ministry will meet on Sunday, February 12 at 11:30 am in the Lichtenberger Room. We look forward to seeing everyone! 
2017 Pledge Envelopes
Our 2017 pledge envelopes have arrived. If you ordered them, you may pick them up in the back of the church at the ushers table on Sunday mornings. 
Soul Witness, the Brookline Holocaust Witness Project
In the late 1980s, Regina Barshak, who was a witness to the Holocaust, and Leon Satenstein, who saw the liberation of the concentration camps during World War II, began a project to create a living memorial to the Holocaust. They teamed up with world-renowned Holocaust testimony expert, Lawrence Langer, and Stephen Bressler from the Town of Brookline to conduct approximately 80 hours of video interviews. 

Witnesses talked about issues of intolerance, racism, and genocide, as well as their immigrant and refugee experiences. The public has not seen these interviews. 

On January 26 at the Coolidge Corner Theater at 7 pm, there will be a special screening of a work in progress film I produced, Soul Witness, The Brookline Holocaust Witness Project, which will feature these interviews.  We will also pay homage to Regina and Leon.
To purchase tickets, visit http://www.coolidge.org/films/soul-witness-brookline-holocaust-witness-project" shape="rect" alt="http://Soul Witness, he Brookline Holocaust Witness Project In the late 1980s, Regina Barshak, who was a witness to the Holocaust, and Leon Satenstein, who saw the liberation of the concentration camps during World War II, began a project to create a living memorial to the Holocaust. They teamed up with world-renowned Holocaust testimony expert, Lawrence Langer, and Stephen Bressler from the Town of Brookline to conduct approximately 80 hours of video interviews. Witnesses talked about issues of intolerance, racism, and genocide, as well as their immigrant and refugee experiences. The public has not seen these interviews. On January 26 at the Coolidge Corner Theater at 7 pm, there will be a special screening of a work in progress film I produced, Soul Witness, The Brookline Holocaust Witness Project, which will feature these interviews. We will also pay homage to Regina and Leon. To purchase tickets, visit http://www.coolidge.org/films/soul-witness-brookline-holocaust-witness-project"
Solar Panel Update
We were happy to hear from the company that monitors our solar panels with this good news:  "Your solar energy system is certainly doing exceptionally well, producing about 11,971 kWh of solar electricity during 2016 compared to our annual performance guarantee of 11,083 kWh or about 108% of the production guarantee."  Here's to another year of producing renewable energy and caring for God's Creation!  A reminder that you can always view our solar panel productivity, including "equivalants" here:  http://www.powerdash.com/systems/1000496/ 
 
Serving us this week
Preacher  The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello 
Presider  The Rev. Megan C. Holding                 
Assisting Clergy  The Rev. Michael Robinson   
Director of Music and Organist   Andrew  E. Clarkson 
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Server  Flora Fried 
Crucifer  Jillian Carusone 
Torchbearers  Maddie Carusone and Sarah Dulla 
Healing Prayers  Betsy Munzer and Steve Morrissey 
Chalice Bearers    Elizabeth Choi and Julia Boral 
Eucharistic Visitor  John Ferguson 
Greeters      Beverly Estes-Smargiassi, Jeannie Baca, Cricket Beauregard-Lewis, and Adelaide Xie 
Ushers  Sam Scott, Walter Mucha, Robert Burke, Ben Norton, Naoko Norton, and Jeannie Baca   
Coffee Hour Host  Elisabeth Choi and Beverly Estes-Smargiassi 
Sunday School Snack  The Holding 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
Celebrations 
We remember and celebrate the birthdays of Lindy Bales and Tanisha-Marie Mucha.
 
Memorials
We pray for the life of Carl Warren Dorf Knights, in whose loving memory the altar flowers are given, and we offer prayers for the repose of the soul of Sister Frances Carr.
   
Prayers
Jennifer L., Felina R., the Children and Staff of Mil Milagros, Gladys J., Tim G., Jane,  Camille J-F, Janet R., David F., Dottie W., Randy Lewis and Family, Kendall G., Ruth R.,  Paul, John P., Alexander T., Annette W., Martin S., Maryann T., Gerke V., Riya, Ken C., and those in the military: Lucas S. and Hana L. 
Scripture Readings
Isaiah 42:1-9; Acts 10:34-43; Matthew 3:13-17
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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