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 This Sunday at St. Paul's: March 5 - The First Sunday in Lent

  8:00 am:  Holy Eucharist with Reflection (Chapel)           
 
  9:00 am:   Church School (Lower Level)
                  Adult Education: Lent 101 (Great Hall)
                  Confirmation Class (Lichtenberger Room)
                                              
10:00 am:    Holy Eucharist with Choir and Sermon (Sanctuary)
 
11:15 am:    Coffee Hour (Great Hall)
 
11:30 am:    Realm Training (Great Hall) 
 
  2:30 pm:    Choir Rehearsal (Sanctuary)
 
  5:00 pm:    Lenten Invitation Service (Sanctuary)
  • Adult Education: The season of Lent is especially rich with theological and spiritual meaning. Join us for a discussion of the season as we explore the readings, the changes in worship style and practice, and some of the traditional and not-so-traditional spiritual practices associated with this time in the church year that prepares us for Easter and new life. We will gather in the Great Hall from 9-10 am.
  • Please join us this coming Sunday for our second All Parish Realm Training! We will gather in the back of the Great Hall during Coffee Hour to do a tutorial. Realm has many functions that include:
    • Online parish photo directory
    • View and join groups at St. Paul's
    • Communication tool to be in touch with other group/ministry members
    • View personal/family giving history and pledge status
    If you have not yet received an invitation to join Realm or have any questions, please email Eliza at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. In the next week, we will have a description and link to Realm on our website!
  • Lenten Invitation Service: 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.
This Week at St. Paul's 
Monday, March 6:        7:00 am       Yoga (Lichtenberger Room)
 
Tuesday, March 7:     12:15 pm        Holy Eucharist (Sanctuary)
                                  7:00 pm        Knitting Group (Lichtenberger Room
 
)Wednesday, March 8:  7:00 pm        Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room)
 
Friday, March 10:         6:00 pm        Lenten House Church
  
Saturday, March 11:     9 am - 4 pm   Anti-racism Training (Great Hall)   
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. 
Adult Education in Lent: You Are Already Praying
Our adult education series for Lent will look at the challenges of connecting our faith with our lives at home, work, and in the world. We will hear from members of the congregation about their own efforts to bridge faith and life and share our own struggles and success as well.
Our topic is inspired by the book You Are Already Praying by Cathy George. Both Cathy and her book are familiar to many at St. Paul's.  In her book, Cathy encourages an understanding of prayer as that dimension of our relationship with God equally alive at work and at play, in public and at home.  She writes:
Our lives often are too noisy, too conflicted, too worldly, too complicated to have the quality of what we imagine as prayer. And yet, our lives are filled with prayer; prayer in actions, preaching by doing, patience in a moment of trial, stopping for a silent moment before speaking, closing the office door before a difficult decision or meeting. In busy, over-extended, challenging lives, prayer takes a variety of forms: an action, a kindness, an attitude, a hard decision, and a creative endeavor.  A lawyer arguing a case in court, a parent comforting a child, or a postal worker greeting the next person in line: each of us has an opportunity, every day, to treat our life and work as a sacred calling, as holy as the work of a priest at the altar.
Please join us from 9-10 am in the Great Hall on March 12, 19, 26, and April 2, 9.
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 in the Lichtenberger Room! -- 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! 
A CHANGE in parish office hours and NEW deadline date for submission of calendar announcements
Beginning the week of March 5, the parish office will be open Monday through Thursday from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm. No staff members will be in the building on Fridays, with the exception of James Santagati, our Sexton. If you need to reach the clergy when our parish office is closed, please call St. Paul's main phone number at 617-566-4953 and press 6 to access our pastoral care emergency extension 309.Our weekly electronic calendar will continue to be sent on Thursday afternoons each week, however, also beginning the week of March 5, the deadline for submitting announcements to be published in the electronic calendar and Sunday worship bulletins will be WEDNESDAY AT NOON. Please save this deadline date in your planning calendars.The office email for submitting announcements to Jill, our Parish Administrator, is
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CANCELED: Chopped Cooking Competition
This event, originally scheduled for Friday, March 3, has been canceled. 
Lenten House Church 2017

The Season of Lent:  When the Days Grow Longer
For many years, St. Paul's members have met in community members' 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. The first gathering on March 10 will be at the Mello/Daigneault home, next to the church. 

Our theme this year is:  The Season of Lent:  When the Days Grow Longer.  The word Lent comes from the Anglo-Saxon word lencten -- the time of year when the days grow longer.  Each evening a presenter will briefly share (about five minutes) a reading, a poem, a work of art, a current event, or a portion of a story, an essay, a play, or a scene from a movie that explores what the lengthening of days looks like in our lives. For example, what does an increase in warmth, health, vitality, reconciliation, forgiveness, or redemption look like?  While the theme provides coherence across the five weeks, people should feel free to come to one or all of the evenings.*We've created an on-line Sign-Up Genius form for members to sign up to help with food and program. Please visit this link to sign up and follow the step-by-step instructions. 
Each evening will roughly follow this format:
6:30-7:30:  gather, eat, socialize
7:30-8:15:  five-minute offering, followed by discussion
8:15-8:30:  prayer (Compline)
"CHANGE-ing Hunger" Basket
Continuing our tradition of raising money during Lent through the collection of loose change each week, this year we will be raising money to feed the children of Mil Milagros, a program St. Paul's helps to support in Guatemala.  It costs $0.54 to provide one child with a hot nourishing meal and a piece of fresh fruit.  If you would like to involve children in this project during Lent, giving them a tangible sense of providing a meal for each $0.54 they raise could be very powerful. $0.54 for each day in lent would be a total $21.60. Individuals and families might set goals for themselves and put change in a jar each night before dinner.Please bring your collected change forward during the offertory every Sunday in Lent.  Mil Milagros means "A Thousand Miracles".  Might St. Paul's provide a thousand meals this Lent? 
Knitting Group: March 7
The Knitting Group will be meeting this coming Tuesday, March 7 at 7:00 pm in the Lichtenberger Room. Please join us! 
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!
Lectors Ministry Team Meeting: March 12
Field Trip to Worship with SSJE: March 14
Did you know there are Episcopal monks?  Did you know there is a monastery right in Cambridge? We have been invited to worship with the brothers over at the Society of St. John the Evangelist (SSJE) in Cambridge on Tuesday, March 14 at 5:30 pm, followed by a simple supper. We should be finished by 7:30ish. If you are interested, please let Jeff know by emailing him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Monday, March 13. The 66 bus leaves from Walgreen's near church and drops off a couple of blocks from the monastery. 
Invitation for Ministry Outside the Parish (M.O.P.) Grant Applications
Deadline Extended to March 19
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 March 19. 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..   
Mission Sunday: March 26
Our next Mission Sunday event will be Common Cathedral. If you have never attended this event, please find someone who has - and you will hear what an amazing event it is! Please join us on March 26 from 9-10 am when we will make over 100 sandwiches and after the 10 am service we will carpool to the Boston Common to have lunch and participate in an outdoor Eucharist service. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to sign up to attend and to organize carpools.
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                
Director of Music and Organist   Andrew  E. Clarkson
Verger  Kendall Gray  
Server 
Talia Vos 
Crucifer 
Austin Jewell 
Lectors 
Sarah Fairchild and Edward Jacobson 
Prayers of the People  Margie Chapman 
Healing Prayers  Stephen Morrissey and Elisabeth Choi 
Chalice Bearers    
E. Lorraine Baugh and Julia Boral 
Eucharistic Visitor  Leah Rugen 
Altar Guild  8:00 am: Maryann Kurkjian
10:00 am: 
Greeters      Tim Hintz, John Ferguson and Maria O'Meara 
Ushers  Sam Scott, Walter Mucha, Hanako Norton, Robert Burke, and Jeannie Baca   
Coffee Hour Hosts
Clarkson-Carney Family 
Sunday School Snack 
Foster 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 Barbie Maniscalco, Charlotte Hintz, Nihar Brown, Jasmine Maria Silver, Ariana-Marie Silver, and Douglas Williams, and we offer celebrations to Nate and Alice Tucker on the birth of their son, Nathaniel Beverley Tucker, born on Thursday, February 16, and to Ali Dorf and Ross Knights on the birth of their son, Walter Frederick Dorf Knights. 
   
Prayers
Maria P., Don S., Linda S., Jennifer L., Felina R., the Children and Staff of Mil Milagros, Gladys J., Tim G., Jane,  Maria P., Don S., Linda S., 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., Betsy M., and those in the military: Lucas S. and Hana L. 
Scripture Readings
Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7; Romans 5:12-19; Matthew 4:1-11
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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