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 This Sunday at St. Paul's: February 12
  8:00 am:  Holy Eucharist with Reflection (Chapel)           
  9:00 am:  Church School (Lower Level)
                  Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room)
                  Confirmation Class (Rector's Office)
                  Adult Education: What Makes Us Episcopalians? (Great Hall)
                  Mission Sunday: Sort donations for refugees (Lichtenberger Room)
10:00 am:  Holy Eucharist with Choir and Sermon (Sanctuary)
11:15 am:  Coffee Hour (Great Hall)
                  Newcomer Coffee (Rector's Office)11:30 am:  Altar Guild Meeting (Lichtenberger Room)
                  Anti-racism Group (Chapel)
  • This coming Sunday we will be sorting our donated items for NuDay Syria. http://www.nudaysyria.net/.  They request that all items be clean and in good condition.  It will be helpful if donations are placed 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).  New packages of socks, underwear, diapers, formula, canned tuna, peanut butter, sleeping bags, and blankets are also welcome.
    Please bring donations to the Lichtenberger Room 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.
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 9-10 am on February 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!
Scripture Group: February 14
Scripture group will meet Tuesday, Feb. 14 from 7:30-9:00 pm in the Lichtenberger room. We will discuss the readings for the Seventh Sunday after Epiphany .Everyone is always welcome!
  • Leviticus 19:1-2,9-18 
  • 1 Corinthians 3:10-11,16-23 
  • Matthew 5:38-48 
  • Psalm 119:33-40 
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
Our spiritual book group recently got together 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! -- 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 coordinating this effort!
Diocesan Spring Learning Event: Our Stories Speak of God

How can Episcopalians learn to connect their own experiences and faith journeys with scripture? And how do we learn to do this in a way that isn't scary?If we want to make a difference in our community and connect it with our faith, and if we want others to know the transforming power of God in their lives then we need to find a way to talk about it.
The Rev. Hershey Mallette Stephens is on staff at Trinity Episcopal Church, Wall Street, and will lead us in an interactive workshop where we will tell our stories, and listen to others stories. Come share, learn, and be inspired by the way our stories speak of the goodness of God in our time.

All adults and teens at St. Paul's are invited - all clergy, vestry members, church leaders and all those interested in getting comfortable sharing faith are encouraged to attend. 
Registration is $20 per person, $10 per student. There is a group discount for 5 or more from one church.   The Diocese will provide scholarships for anyone interested.  To register, click here.

Saturday March 4, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM EST 
Cathedral Church of St. Paul
138 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02111
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, 24, 31, and April 7. Save the dates - more details to come.
An Invitation to Join Stewardship
The Stewardship committee would like to expand its membership. Broadly "stewardship" encompasses all of the ways we give of our resources (financial, time, and skill) to the church. Our main focus is the fall stewardship appeal, but we are looking for ways to expand our scope. We would love to have an infusion of new ideas and energy from a broad range of parishioners. If you are interested in creative communication, storytelling, financial planning, and/or questions of priorities, gratitude, generosity, and spiritual values, please consider joining us. March 24-25 there's an opportunity to attend, with other members of the committee, an ecumenical stewardship conference in Boxborough MA. But even if you can't attend the conference, you are welcome to join the committee! 
For more information, contact Leah Rugen, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 617-470-1755
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. 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  John Ferguson 
Crucifer  Lorraine Baugh 
Torchbearers  Meret Hopkin and Ripley Foster 
Lectors  Fred Young and Roger House  
Prayers of the People  Roger Russell 
Healing Prayers  Eliza Marth and Angie Marks 
Chalice Bearers     Sharlene Wing and Edmund Powers 
Eucharistic Visitor  John Ferguson 
Altar Guild  8:00 am: Ann Colageo
10:00 am: Mary Beth Elder and Viva Fisher   
Greeters      Jeannie Baca, Adelaide Xie, Beverly Estes-Smargiassi, and Cricket Beauregard-Lewis 
Ushers  Sam Scott, Walter Mucha, Hanako Norton, Ben Norton, Robert Burke, and Jeannie Baca   
Coffee Hour Hosts The Foster Family 
Sunday School Snack  The Hopkin 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
We remember and celebrate the birthdays of Berred Ouellette, Mihret Hopkin, Ann Thacher Anderson, Claire Holding, and Elise Bain.
We pray for the life of Bill Nave, in whose loving memory the altar flowers are given.
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., Matshai M., and those in the military: Lucas S. and Hana L. 
Scripture Readings
Deuteronomy 30:15-20; 1 Corinthians 3:1-9; Matthew 5:21-37
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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