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 This Sunday at St. Paul's: January 22, 2017 - Capital Campaign Ingathering
  8:00 am:  Holy Eucharist with Reflection (Chapel)           
 
  9:00 am:  Adult Education: Eliza's presentation re: her experience at Standing Rock (Great Hall)
                 Confirmation Class (Lichtenberger Room)
                 Church School (Lower Level)                      
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)  
  • The Sunday Lunch Bunch is back again this Sunday, January 22. The Sunday Lunch Bunch welcomes anyone from the St. Paul's community each FOURTH Sunday of the month to enjoy a casual restaurant meal and friendly conversation. After the 10 O'clock service, we will gather in the Great Hall to determine our destination. Transportation is always available when needed. If you'd like to know more, please see Ed Jacobson or Maryann Kurkjian after the service; or speak with an usher or greeter.
MLK Mission Sunday: St. Paul's Youth Share Their Dreams
During Mission Sunday last week, St. Paul's youth listened to The Rev. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech and discussed "the world as it is" and "the world we dream of," and how hope, faith, communication, actions, and love can close the gap between these two sets of observations. Here are a few things our youth are dreaming:
  • a lot of libraries
  • a world made of candy
  • everyone starting with $1000
  • equal education
  • good healthcare for everyone
  • kindness
  • no cat allergies
  • fun
  • safety
  • peace
  • and a waterslide all around the world that we build together
We are blessed by our youngest members' dreams!
Mission Sundays are monthly intergenerational activities. The next Mission Sunday is February 12.
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.  If you would like to attend the interfaith service before the march, please meet Jeff at our own St. Paul's at 9:15am. Or, you may meet up with Kate, Bev and Eliza at 10:45am on the steps of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 138 Tremont St., across from the Park Street subway station.
 
If you have not registered, please click here so that we know who to look out for! If you are concerned about being prepared, please click here
 
"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 
 
INTERFAITH SERVICE: 10am at Emmanual Church   
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." alt="http:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">//This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." target="_blank">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. If you get lost, please text or call Eliza at 828-550-5242.
 
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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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.. We will be gathering at the home of Do and Nate Gaede,
17 Rockview St. #2, Jamaica Plain, MA. There is plenty of street parking, or a six minute walk from the Stony Brook stop on the Orange Line.
 
 "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.
Annual Meeting: January 29
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. The annual meeting will be followed by lunch and all are invited! New members of our St. Paul's community are invited to sign the parish register. Children are welcome to attend the annual meeting; childcare and a movie will also be available in the Lichtenberger Room.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.
Anti-Racism Next Steps
Last Sunday, we had a rich time together after church as we dug deeper into the conversation about racism in America. Over 25 people stayed after church, on a holiday weekend, to lean into this uncomfortable and messy conversation! I am inspired and look forward to continuing.
Next Steps:
  • Saturday, March 11, we will be hosting a daylong Racial Justice training. Stay tuned for more details.
  • If you would like to join the St. Paul's Anti-Racism working group, please join on Realm or email Eliza at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . This is a platform where we can share interesting articles, events, or stay in touch between larger gatherings.
Communication lines are open! If you have any ideas, requests or feedback, please don't hesitate to email Linda at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Eliza at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Michael at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 
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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Me'ah Select Class Sponsored by the Brookline Clergy Association
Brookline, Temple Ohabei Shalom
The Binding of Isaac in Jewish and Christian Thought: from Ancient to Modern Times 
  Rabbi Or Rose and Reverend Jennifer Quigley 
Meets Mondays 7-9:30 pm
Spring 2017 class begins February 6, 2017
 Cost for 10 sessions: $360, scholarships available  

In this co-taught course, we will examine the various ways in which the biblical narrative (Genesis 22) of the Binding of Isaac (The Akedah) has been understood by Jewish and Christian intellectuals, artists, and poets throughout time. In this inter-religious journey, we will explore the themes of faith, sacrifice, religious violence, and redemption. The comparative nature of the course will allow us to identify similarities and differences across Jewish and Christian traditions: ancient, medieval, and modern. If you have questions about this class, please contact Sara Brown, Associate Director, Me'ah, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or to register, click here.  
 
Serving us this week
Preacher  The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello  
Presider  The Rev. Michael Robinson                
Assisting Clergy  The Rev. Megan C. Holding 
Director of Music and Organist   Andrew  E. Clarkson 
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Server  Eliza Marth 
Crucifer  Austin Jewell 
Torchbearers  Ripley Foster and Lena Schultzberg 
Lectors  Tim Hintz and Pat Dunbar 
Prayers of the People  Arlene Swan-Mahony 
Healing Prayers  Eliza Marth and Julie House 
Chalice Bearers     Bo Fauth and Alan Fried 
Eucharistic Visitor  Edward Jacobson 
Altar Guild  8:00 am: Lydia Snover
10:00 am: Mary Beth Elder and John Ferguson 
Greeters      Tammy Hobbs-Miracky, Clara Batchelor, Roger House, Julie House, and Rebecca Schultzberg  
Ushers  Sam Scott, Walter Mucha, Hanako Norton, Ben Norton, Robert Burke, and Jeannie Baca   
Coffee Hour Hosts Our Vestry 
Sunday School Snack  The Teiwes 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 Sam Kauffmann, Andy Boral, and Alicia-Marie Mucha.
 
Memorials 
We pray for the lives of Francis E. and Betty L. Sultzman and Melvin W. and Jean K. Snover, 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 9:1-4; 1 Corinthians 1:10-18; Matthew 4:12-23
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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