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This Sunday at St. Paul's: January 15
  8:00 am:  Holy Eucharist with Reflection (Chapel)
     
  9:00 am:  Intergenerational Martin Luther King Activity (Great Hall)
                 Adult Education: View Part Two of Film "13th" (Lichtenberger Room) 
                 Joyful Voice Rehearsal (Choir Room)
 
10:00 am:  Holy Eucharist with Choir and Sermon (Sanctuary)
 
11:15 am:  Coffee Hour (Great Hall)
 
11:30 am:  Capital Campaign Conversation (Great Hall)
                 Adult Education: View Part Three of Film "13th" (Lichtenberger Room)
                   (Childcare & pizza will be available from 11:30am-1:30pm on lower level)
 
12:00 pm:  Adult Education: "13th" Film Conversation & Potluck
                   (Lichtenberger Room)
  • This coming Sunday 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 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!
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 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. 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!   
Capital Campaign Celebration: Friday, January 20; 6-9pm
The Capital Campaign Commitment Sunday is almost here!  We are so excited about our progress thus far and want to celebrate the life and future of St. Paul's.  When we say celebrate - we mean PARTY! The Capital Campaign invites all of you for a night of fun, karaoke, and dancing. The party starts on Friday, Jan 20 at 6:00 pm.  Please join us for food, drinks, and fun. If you'd like, please bring a dessert to share.

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Thanks!  The Capital Campaign Team
Boston Women's March: January 21; 10:45am-3pm

Come join members of our St. Paul's community, including our rector, Jeff Mello, at the gathering on Boston Common and march on Saturday Jan 21.  We will gather at 10:45am on the steps of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 138 Tremont St., across from the Park Street subway station.
"We will unite in downtown Boston to march in solidarity with communities most affected by the hate, intolerance and acts of violence being perpetrated throughout the nation--among many are communities of women, immigrants, people of color, people who identify as LGBTQIA and people with disabilities. ... Ours is a peaceful, nonpartisan march." - Event Brite 
 
10.45am: Meet on steps of St. Paul Cathedral, 138 Tremont St.   
PROGRAM: 11am - 12pm on Boston Common
PEOPLE'S OATH: 12pm - "I do solemnly swear and affirm that I will faithfully execute my role as an American and a member of my community and will, to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."
MARCH: 12:30 - 2:00pm Commonwealth Avenue  (March is 1 mile long)
GATHER: 2:00 - 3:00 Boston Common for community building
DEBRIEF: for those interested, after the event we may grab lunch at a nearby restaurant and have a debrief/reflection.
Join us for as much of this as you are able. Please contact Kate Kelley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Eliza Marth at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so we can all look out for one another during the event. Bring your friends and family with you! If you'd like more information about the march, please visit: bostonwomensmarchforamerica.org 
 
Please contact one of us with any questions you have.
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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20/30's Group: "Let the Light in"
Tuesday, January 24 from 7-8:30pm
This election has been difficult for many -- on all sides of the political spectrums. Come join the 20/30's Group for a gathering where we can invite Christ into the conversation, quiet down, settle into our emotions, and see what learnings emerge in community. The purpose will be to pray, share our stories and listen to each other as we seek to live out what it means to love God, ourselves, our neighbor, and our enemies.
 
If you have any questions, or would like to come (you do not need to be in your 20/30's), please email Becky at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Eliza at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Stay tuned for a location!
 "There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in..." - Leonard Cohen
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. Jill sends a THANK YOU to those ministry leaders who have already submitted their report write-ups for the 2016 Annual Report. Please be reminded that write-ups are due in the parish office on or before Monday, January 23 to allow time for compilation and completion of St. Paul's 2016 Annual Report. 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! 
Our next Mission Sunday: February 12
We're planning a 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.
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.
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Serving us this week
Preacher  Eliza Marth 
Presider  The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello                
Assisting Clergy  The Rev. Michael Robinson and
The Rev. Megan C. Holding    
Director of Music and Organist   Andrew  E. Clarkson 
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Server  Ardani Mello-Daigneault 
Crucifer  Mike Scheffler 
Torchbearers  Jaime Hintz and Adelaide Xie  
Lectors  Kristen Renaud and Kate Kelley 
Prayers of the People  John Anderson 
Healing Prayers  Linda Sanches 
Chalice Bearer     John Ferguson 
Eucharistic Visitor  Maryann Kurkjian 
Altar Guild  8:00 am: Maryann Kurkjian
10:00 am: Mike Scheffler and Adelaide Xie 
Greeters      Brett Foster, Barbie Maniscalco, Kate Kelley,. and Melissa Dulla 
Ushers  Sam Scott, Walter Mucha, Robert Burke, Ben Norton, Hanako Norton, and Jeannie Baca   
Coffee Hour Host  Mary Beth Elder 
Sunday School Snack  The Koczela 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 Clara Batchelor, Sharlene Wing, Ellen VanScoyoc, Janet Ralph, Don Coleman, Laura Rutherford, and Emily Bassett.
 
Memorials
We pray for the lives of Jim and Betty Davis, in whose loving memory the altar flowers are given.
   
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 49:1-7; 1 Corinthians 1:1-9; John 1:29-42
Wherever you are on your journey with or toward God,
you are welcome and invited at St. Paul's!

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