Weekly Newsletter
 This Sunday at St. Paul's: February 5
  8:00 am:  Holy Eucharist with Reflection (Chapel)           
 
  9:00 am:  Church School (Lower Level)
                 Adult Education: What Makes Us Episcopalians? (Great Hall)
                      
10:00 am:  Holy Eucharist with Choir and Sermon (Sanctuary)
 
11:15 am:  Coffee Hour (Great Hall)11:30 am:   Miracle Fair (Great Hall)
 All Parish Game Night: Saturday, February 4 from 3:30-6:00pm
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.
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!
Game Time Challenge from Episcopal Church Bishops
 

Episcopal Church bishops in New England and Atlanta are rallying football fans in their dioceses--and beyond--to join in a charitable contest this week to see how much money they can raise for Episcopal Relief & Development by game time on Sunday, Feb. 5, when the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons will compete for this season's championship.
 
Regardless of which team comes out on top in the game, the winner will be Episcopal Relief & Development and its efforts to heal a hurting world through its disaster relief, public health and economic development ministries.
 
Bishop Alan M. Gates invites everyone to participate:  "Let's harness our New England pride to advance toward the goal of compassion and health for all God's children!"
 
Knitting Group: February 7
Calling all knitters and crocheters (or those who would like to learn!)...the Knitting Group will be meeting on Tuesday, February 7 at 7:00 pm in the Lichtenberger Room. Please join us.  
Mission Sunday: February 12 Collection for Refugees
We are collecting items to be donated to NuDay Syria. http://www.nudaysyria.net/.  They request that all items be clean and in good condition.  And it is helpful if donations are in white trash bags, sorted, double tied and labeled with the following: Men's Clothing, Women's Clothing, Boy's Clothing, Girl's Clothing, Infant, Shoes,Toys (non battery operated).  If you want to help further, they could use new packages of socks / underwear, diapers, formula, canned tuna, peanut butter, sleeping bags, and
blankets.  Please bring donations to the Great Hall at 9am and help us sort. At least five drivers are needed to help deliver the donations to a residence on Mason Terrace anytime after church.
Opening for Memorial Altar Flowers on February 12
If you would like to donate altar flowers in memory of a family member or friend, please contact Maureen Carter at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., as we have an upcoming opening on Feb. 12.
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! 
Shrove Sunday Pancake Brunch and Talent Show: February 26
Traditionally, the church has marked the last days of the season of Epiphany, before the beginning of the penitential season of Lent, with a brief, unofficial, celebration called Shrove Tuesday (the word shrove comes from the old English word shriven meaning to confess); in French, the day is called Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday. For convenience sake, we celebrate on Sunday; hence, Shrove Sunday (or Dimanche Gras, I suppose.)

The tradition of eating pancakes and bacon comes from the former (and for some, contemporary) practice of not eating certain food items during Lent:  some meats, eggs, etc. To keep these food items from spoiling during the forty days of Lent they were consumed in great quantities, just before the beginning of Lent. And so, a festive celebration of cleaning out the refrigerator before Lent was born. (There's probably a good lenten metaphor in there about cleaning out our spiritual cupboard.)  

Join in the fun on February 26!  TALENT SHOW sign-ups begin this Sunday during coffee hour!  Interested in learning more? Interested in helping the Middle Schoolers and hospitality team prepare and serve the meal? Please contact Hazel 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.. You don't want to miss this!  More to come. . .
Next Book Group: Thursday, March 2 from 7:30-9pm
 
Last Thursday, our spiritual book group got together for the first time to discuss Barbara Brown Taylor's, "An Altar in the World." It is such a rich book, we decided to use it for discussion during our next gathering! Please join us next time -- there are still a couple copies of the book at the Brookline Booksmith.
 
Thanks to everyone who made it out and a special thanks to Barbie 
Maniscalco for getting us together! 
Lenten House Church 2017
For many years, many St. Paul's members have met in community member's homes during five Friday evenings in Lent. We call these comfortable, supportive, community gatherings of ten to twenty people Lenten House Church. After an informal meal of soup, salad, bread, and beverages, there is an informal discussion and time for prayer.
This year we will meet March 10, 17, 21, 28, and April 7. Save the dates - more details to come.
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. . .
 
Serving us this week
Preacher  The Rev. Megan C. Holding   
Presider  The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello               
Assisting Clergy  The Rev. Michael Robinson 
Director of Music and Organist   Andrew  E. Clarkson 
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Server  Julia Boral 
Crucifer  Claire Holding 
Torchbearers  Jane Hopkin and Pat Dunbar  
Lectors  Julie House and Lauren Lukason  
Prayers of the People  John Ferguson 
Healing Prayers  Steve Morrissey and Elisabeth Choi 
Chalice Bearers     Maryann Kurkjian and Lauren Lukason 
Eucharistic Visitor  Leah Rugen 
Altar Guild  8:00 am: AnnColageo
10:00 am: Sharlene Wing and Elisabeth Choi   
Greeters      Tim Hintz, John Ferguson, and Maria O'Meara 
Ushers  Sam Scott, Walter Mucha, Hanako Norton, Ben Norton, Robert Burke, and Jeannie Baca   
Coffee Hour Hosts The Fairchild Family 
Sunday School Snack  Kristen Renaud 
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 Winnie Rubino, HD Rothman, Nick O'Brien, Linda Williams, Hanako Norton, John Ahonen, Fred Muehter, and Kyle Swardstorm.
 
Memorials  
We pray for the lives of John and Gwynneth Keeling, Tom Kelley, and Bentley Ward Jr., in whose loving memory the altar flowers are given, and we pray for the repose of the soul of Paul Donham, Jr., brother of Brett Donham, who died last 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
Isaiah 58:1-12; 1 Corinthians 2:1-12; Matthew 5:13-20
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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