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 This Sunday at St. Paul's: January 29, 2017 - ANNUAL MEETING
  NO 8:00 am service          
 
  9:00 am:  Confirmation Class (Lichtenberger Room)
                 Church School (Lower Level)                      
10:00 am:  Holy Eucharist with Choir and Sermon (Sanctuary)
 
11:15 am:  Annual Meeting with Lunch (Great Hall)
  • Our Annual Meeting will be held this coming Sunday directly following the 10am service. 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.

          Please click here for a copy of St. Paul's 2016 Annual Report. There will be limited copies available at annual        meeting on Sunday. 

Boston Women's March 
Saturday was a beautiful day, with so many beautiful faces from all over the state of Massachusetts who came out for the Boston Women's March. Here are some photos that parishioners took! There were over 45 people who came from our St. Paul's community! This march cast a dream for an America for all people --
very fitting as we 
Prepare a Place for All at St. Paul's!
 
   
20/30's Group: Let the Light In
On Tuesday January 24, ten members of the 20/30's group met at the home of Nate and Do to pray and talk about the impact of the most recent election on our lives. It was a warm and loving evening, full of beauty and connection as we talked about a topic that is difficult for many of us. A huge thanks to Nate and Do for their hospitality and to Becky for being a trusted thought partner. Stay tuned for our next gathering!
 All Parish Game Night: Saturday, February 4 from 3:30-6 pm
Back by popular demand! We will be in the Great Hall for our first Saturday All Parish Activity. Bring a game and/or snack to share, come for as long or as little as you like!

If you have questions or comments, please email Eliza at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Coming Soon: Adult Education - What Makes Us Episcopalians?
Perhaps you are new to the Episcopal Church, or maybe you've been away for a bit; maybe you're just curious to know what is meant by protestant yet catholic, or would like to learn more about how Episcopalians (or is it Anglicans?) look to scripture, tradition, and reason for God's revelation. From 9:00-10:00 am on February 5, 12, 19, and 26 we will gather in the Great Hall to learn more about the theological, liturgical, and ecumenical treasure we call The Episcopal Church. Please join us!
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.. 
 
SAVE THE DATE: Lenten Retreat Day - April 8
SAVE THE DATE:  Please save Saturday, April 8, 2017 for a Lenten Retreat Day at Bethany House of Prayer in Arlington, MA. Our full day retreat (probably from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm) will provide a time for the adults and teens of St. Paul's to prayerfully prepare for Holy Week, the days just prior to Good Friday and Easter. Bethany House of Prayer is a ministry with the Sisters of St. Anne-Bethany. More to come. 
Greater Boston Interfaith Organization: Criminal Justice Reform, Affordable Housing, Healthcare, and Gun Control
Thursday, February 2 from 6:30-8:30 pm
From GBIO: I wanted to invite you to join us for Greater Boston Interfaith Organization's upcoming February Action.  It'll be a large gathering, with a number of elected officials, and the main focus will be criminal justice reform. We'll also be pushing for good implementation of our recent local affordable housing win (Yes on 5, the adoption of the Community Preservation Act in Boston), preparing to defend healthcare for all, and getting an update on our gun control campaign.
The event will be at Bethel AME, 6:30-8:30PM, on Thursday, February 2. If you are interested in going, please sign up during coffee hour or email Laura Sidla 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.. Please meet at Bethel AME (40 Walk Hill St Jamaica Plain/Forest Hills T) or feel free to coordinate/organize a carpool. Click here for more information on GBIO. Hope to see you there!
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. Megan C. Holding                
Assisting Clergy  The Rev. Michael Robinson 
Director of Music and Organist   Andrew  E. Clarkson 
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Server  Talia Vos 
Crucifer  Hanako Norton 
Torchbearers  Elliana Clarkson and Jane Hopkin 
Lector   Julie House 
Prayers of the People  Leah Rugen 
Healing Prayers  John Ferguson and Beverly Estes-Smargiassi  
Chalice Bearers     Tammy Hobbs Miracky and Roger House 
Eucharistic Visitor  Maryann Kurkjian 
Altar Guild  10:00 am: Beverly Estes-Smargiassi and Viva Fisher 
Greeters      Greeter Ministry Team Members 
Ushers  Sam Scott, Walter Mucha, Hanako Norton, Ben Norton, Robert Burke, and Jeannie Baca   
Coffee Hour Hosts Hospitality Ministry Team Members 
Sunday School Snack  The House 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 Tim Hintz, Nate Gaede, Dixon Bain, and Nick Kelley.
 
Memorials We pray for the lives of Allen B. Bassett and Mildred C. Bassett, in whose loving memory the altar flowers are given, and we pray for the repose of the soul of Dottie Ward, our dear parishioner, who died this past week.
   
Prayers
Jennifer L., Felina R., the Children and Staff of Mil Milagros, Gladys J., Tim G., Jane,  Camille J-F, Janet R., David F., 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
Acts 26:9-21; Matthew 10:16-22
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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