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 This Sunday at St. Paul's: February 19
  8:00 am:  Holy Eucharist with Reflection (Chapel)           
 
  9:00 am:   NO CHURCH SCHOOL
                  Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room)
                  Confirmation Class (Rector's Office)
                  Adult Education: A Tour Through the Book of Common Prayer
                    (Great Hall)  
                                            
10:00 am:    Holy Eucharist with Choir and Sermon (Sanctuary)
 
11:15 am:    Coffee Hour (Great Hall)
 
11:30 am:    Faith in Action Meeting (Lichtenberger Room)
  • Perhaps you are new to The Episcopal Church, or maybe you'd like to learn a little more about the theological, liturgical, and ecumenical treasure we call The Episcopal Church. Our topic for this coming Sunday will be: A Tour Through the Book of Common Prayer and on Sunday, February 26 the topic will be The Episcopal Church in the Last 100 Years. We will gather in the Great Hall from 9-10 am.
     
  • The Faith in Action group is holding a meeting this coming Sunday, after services (approximately 11:30) in the Lichtenberger Room. Please join this meeting if you are interested in working on activities and activism around hunger and the politics of hunger in Boston and Brookline. Why are increasing numbers of people experiencing hunger and inability to pay for decent food when the unemployment rate in Massachusetts is below 3%? What can we do individually, within St Paul's and in the world beyond. At this Sunday's meeting we will be planning activities to be held during this Spring. We will be organizing an all parish educational session, one or two all parish activities and look towards the "March for Hunger" in early May.
          We look forward to your participation.If you have questions, please contact Kate Kelley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Madeleine Taylor at
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This Week at St. Paul's 
Monday, February 20:  7:00 am  Yoga (Lichtenberger Room)
 
Tuesday, February 21:  7:30 pm  Vestry (Lichtenberger Room)
 
Wednesday, February 22:  10am-3pm  Senior High Youth Group Bowling Trip           
Mission Sunday Thank You
Last week's Mission Sunday event was collecting clothing, toys, and food for refugees. All donations were given to NuDay Syria. Thank you to everyone who donated, sorted donations and delivered donations. We filled over 60 bags and the NuDay Syria volunteer was thrilled to arrive home and see such a blessing of gifts on her front porch.        
Palms for Ash Wednesday Ashes

Your palms from last year's Palm Sunday are needed! The palms from our celebration of the entry of Jesus in Jerusalem are burned and the ashes become a reminder of our mortality and need of God. A basket will be on the table outside the Rector's office this Sunday, 2/19, and next 2/26, to gather your palm branches.   
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. . .
Save those toilet paper rolls! - Butterfly Mobile Support
Lent is right around the corner and it wouldn't feel like Lent at St. Paul's without our lovely Butterfly mobile! On February 26, we will be assembling our mobile and will need your support in providing empty toilet paper rolls to create our "cocoons." Please bring them to the Church anytime between February 19 and 26 in a bag and leave them in the back-left corner of the Great Hall. If you have any questions, please contact Hazel Johnson at //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.">//This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it."
Anyone interested in helping to create this wonderful symbol of transformation that hangs in our Sanctuary through Lent is welcome to join in the fun!  Head to the middle room (before the Great Hall) to participate at 9am on February 26.
Invitation for Ministry Outside the Parish (M.O.P.) Grant Applications
Do you know how St. Paul's responded when a mass shooting happened at the Pulse Nightclub in Florida? Or, how we responded when Hurricane Matthew devastated Haiti leaving over 1,000 people dead?

St.Paul's M.O.P. committee awards grants to non-profits doing God's work whether in Boston or a remote village in Guatemala. Help us make a difference in the world: if there is an organization you would like us to support, then please invite them to apply for a grant. Application information and forms can be found on our website. Our next deadline for applications is February  27. If you have questions, please speak to Matshai Motimele or Tim Hintz or email us at 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" style="color: #0000ff; text-decoration: underline;" shape="rect">.   
Ash Wednesday: March 1
Distribution of Ashes: 7-9 am and 12-1 pm at Aspinwall Street entrance Come by on your way to work or school, or during your lunch break, receive ashes and hear the powerful reminder that we "are dust, and to dust we shall return."Ash Wednesday Liturgy with Distribution of Ashes: 7 pm in the Sanctuary Join us for the Ash Wednesday Liturgy with Holy Communion and the Imposition of Ashes. 
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! 
Teens to Host Chopped Cooking Competition: March 3

What do you do when something was a big success? You do it again and invite more people! I am excited to announce our second Chopped Cooking Competition hosted by the High School Youth Group1
 
Have you ever watched an episode of "Chopped"? No? Watch this Video. Yes? Still watch the Video
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On Friday, March 3 at 6pm we will take our cooking skills to a new level with our Chopped 2.0: Teens vs. Adults! It will be fun, friendly and delicious! I will need you to RSVP by Monday, February 27 so I can purchase enough food.  Please let me know if you have any questions. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  
Lenten Invitation Service: Sunday, March 5 at 5:00 pm
This unique service is designed to invite us into a renewed, deepened relationship with the season of Lent. In addition to readings and prayers gathered from a variety of sources, the St. Paul's Choir will sing the Durufle Requiem, accompanied by organ and a wind and string chamber ensemble. This service aims to provide an additional stepping stone into our Lenten journey, nourishing our hearts and minds with the questions and choices, the temptations and disciplines, the hope and love that are at the core of our Lenten pilgrimage. A Lenten Invitation is a new offering for an ancient season.
New Worship Service During Lent
Each Tuesday in Lent, we will hold a Service of Healing with Holy Communion. The service will begin at 12:15 pm and last approximately thirty minutes. Please join us for this contemplative service as we explore the need for, and meaning of, healing in our lives. 
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.
Anti-Racism Training: Saturday, March 11 from 9 am - 4 pm
On Saturday, March 11 from 9am-4pm, St. Paul's will be hosting a day long anti-racism training. We have partnered with Karen, a trainer from the diocese and tailored the goals of our training to the needs of our community. The goals are:
  • Learning language and tools so we can wrestle with racism as a community
  • Cultivate and nurture community to build and sustain our commitment to racial justice
  • Develop next steps for St. Paul's ongoing anti-racism initiatives
Please register here! We will gather here at the church. Stay tuned for details about potluck lunch and the possibility of childcare. Hope to see you there!
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. . .
Faith in Action
Connecting with Unhoused People in Boston:
A workshop with Common Cathedral on February 25
Have you ever walked by someone on the street holding a sign asking for help? Have you wondered how to respond?The Boston Faith & Justice Network is partnering with Common Cathedral to offer a workshop discussing generosity and connection with unhoused people in Boston. Join us, Amanda Grant-Rose, and members of the Common Cathedral community for presentations, small group discussions, and practical action steps. Together we will consider our call to engage as people of faith." We rescheduled this workshop, originally on January 21, and we look forward to seeing you on the new date!
 
Connecting with Unhoused People in Boston
A workshop with Common Cathedral
Saturday, February 25 - 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
King's Chapel Parish HouseRegister Here 
 
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
 
Serving us this week
Preacher and 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
Assisting Organist  Geoff Wieting 
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Server  Ardani Mello-Daigneault
Crucifer  Mike Scheffler 
Torchbearers  Mihret Hopkin and Jane Hopkin
Lectors  Tammy Hobbs Miracky and Kristen Renaud 
Prayers of the People  Jackson Braider 
Healing Prayers  Steve Morrissey and Sharlene Wing 
Chalice Bearers     Eliza Marth and Linda Sanches 
Eucharistic Visitor  Maryann Kurkjian 
Altar Guild  8:00 am: Maryann Kurkjian
10:00 am: Adelaide Xie  
Greeters      Barbie Maniscalco, Kate Kelley, Melissa Dulla, and Brett Foster  
Ushers  Sam Scott, Walter Mucha, Hanako Norton, Robert Burke, and Jeannie Baca   
Coffee Hour Hosts The Hopkin Family 
Sunday School Snack  The Schultzberg 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 Joan Batchelor, Cordelia Thompson, Jason Fairchild, Will Grimes, Elior Zaremba, Tyler Russell, and Galen House.
Memorials  
We pray for the life of Paul and Louise Donham, 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., Randy Lewis and Family, Kendall G., Ruth R.,  Paul, John P., Alexander T., Annette W., Martin S., Maryann T., Gerke V., Ken C., Matshai M., and those in the military: Lucas S. and Hana L. 
Scripture Readings
Leviticus 19:1-2,9-18; 1 Corinthians 3:10-11,16-23; Matthew 5:38-48
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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