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 This Sunday at St. Paul's: March 12 - The Second Sunday in Lent

  8:00 am:      Holy Eucharist with Reflection (Chapel)           
  9:00 am:      Church School (Lower Level)
                     Adult Education: You are Already Praying (Great Hall)
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:      Lectors Ministry Team Meeting (Sanctuary)
  2:00 pm:     Brookline Sanctuary and Solidarity Leadership Meeting (Great Hall)
Daylight Saving Time begins this coming Sunday, March 12
Please remember to move your clocks ahead on            Saturday night before you fall asleep!   
This Week at St. Paul's 
Monday, March 13:        7:00 am        Yoga (Lichtenberger Room)
Tuesday, March 14:       7:30 pm        Scripture Group (Lichtenberger Room)
 Wednesday, March 15:  7:00 pm       Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room)
Friday, March 17:          6:30 pm         Lenten House Church 
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 presenter this week is Brett Foster, head of Financial Planning & Analysis at Akamai Technologies, and a St. Paul's member.

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 9:00-10:00 am in the Great Hall on March 12, 19, and April 2. 
March 26 is a Mission Sunday congregational activity, and April 9, Palm Sunday is TBD.
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, 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 is this Friday, March 10, 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 to bring something and follow the step-by-step instructions. You do not need to sign up or RSVP to attend. 
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)

The hosts for the five evenings are:
March 10:  The Mello/Daigneault home, next to the church (130 Aspinwall)
March 17:  Home of Leah Rugen and Andy Boral, 354 Pearl Street, Cambridge (click this link for special parking information)
March 24:  Home of Kate and Steve Kelley, 85 Lancaster Ter, Brookline
March 31: Home of Steve and Bev Estes-Smargiassi, 27 Spring Park Ave, Jamaica Plain
April 7:  Home of John and Darryl Ferguson, 419 Washington St, #5, Brookline
It would be a blessing to have your participation.    
"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? 
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!
Brookline Sanctuary and Solidarity Leadership Meeting:
Sunday, March 12 from 2-4 pm
On Sunday, March 12, from 2-4 pm, a team of organizers from Workmen's Circle, MCAN, Jewish Communities Relational Council and St. Paul's Episcopal are gathering people from around Brookline to establish a Sanctuary and Solidarity Network here in Brookline. The goals of the meeting are to:

  • Educate about Sanctuary Community and Rapid Response Networks
  • Build relationships with one another as a foundation to sustaining this work
  • Establish clear next steps to begin a Brookline Rapid Response network
  • Explore establishing/supporting a Level 1 Sanctuary Community
This is part of a larger statewide community of solidarity with immigrant and undocumented communities. If you are interested in taking a leadership role in building this network, please join! If you have any questions, please email Eliza at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We will be meeting here at St. Paul's Episcopal in the Great Hall.
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: Common Cathedral
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.
 20/30's Group: "Let the Light In" Part 2
Thursday, March 30 from 7-8:45 pm
We all had such a wonderful time during our first meeting so we'd like to invite you to join us for Part 2. Join us as we continue to seek peace and hope in community during what can sometimes feel like a crazy time in the country and world! The purpose will be to continue the conversation about faith and politics, pray, share our stories and listen to each other as we seek to live out what it means to love God, ourselves, our neighbor, and our enemies.

We'll gather at Nate and Do's at: 17 Rockview St #2, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
If you have any questions, or would like to come (you DEFINITELY do not need to be in your 20/30's), please email Becky at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Jeannie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Mission Sunday, April 2: B-SAFE Outdoor Toy Drive
As part of our ongoing partnership with the B-SAFE summer camp, we will be collecting outdoor toys for Mission Sunday on April 2. Please bring sporting equipment, balls, hula hoops, jump ropes, water toys, sprinklers, frisbees, sidewalk chalk, or other toys! These supplies will help B-SAFE promote physical activity (and fun and fellowship!) for low-income Boston campers this summer. On April 2, we will have the opportunity to present the donations to our guest preacher, Liz Steinhauser of St. Stephen's Youth Programs. 
Also, please mark your calendars for St. Paul's annual tradition of volunteering with B-SAFE to provide meals, snacks, and a field trip. We will be in charge of July 3 and July 5-7! There are many ways to get involved, and everyone who participated last year can tell you what fun it is! 
Please contact Adelaide  at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with any questions about the drive or volunteering with B-SAFE!
Lenten Retreat Day has been canceled
Lenten Retreat Day, April 8 - canceled. Following a thoughtful review of the many St. Paul's program offerings in the coming weeks, it was decided that we needed to hold off on the full day Saturday lenten retreat at Bethany House. We apologize for any disappointment and will certainly be keeping such an important offering in mind as we make future plans.  
Calendar for Lent
Sundays in Lent:  March 19, 26, and April 2  at 8 and 10 am
Friday House Churches:  March 17, 24, 31, and April 7 at 6:30 pm
Holy Week
  The Sunday of the Passion:  Palm Sunday, April 9 at  8 and 10am
  The Way of the Cross:  Monday, April 10 at 7 pm
  The Way of the Cross:  Tuesday, April 11 at 7 pm
  Taize Service: Wednesday, April 12 at 7pm
  Maundy Thursday:  April 13, Agape meal at 6:30 p.m., Service at 7 pm
  Good Friday:  April 14, Stations of the Cross at 11:30 am,
                                      Good Friday Liturgy at 12 pm
                                      Children's Good Friday Service at 4 pm
                                      Stations of the Cross at 6:30 pm
                                      Good Friday Liturgy at 7 pm
Easter Services
  The Great Vigil of Easter:  Saturday, April 15 at 7 pm
  Sunday of the Resurrection:  April 16 at 9 and 11 am;
                                                St. Paul's Annual Easter Egg Hunt at 10 am
Serving us this week
Preacher and Presider 
The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello 
Assisting Clergy  The Rev. Megan C. Holding 
Director of Music and Organist   Andrew  E. Clarkson
Verger  Kendall Gray  
Server  John Ferguson 
Crucifer  Claire Holding 
Torchbearers  Adelaide Xie and Pat Dunbar 
Lectors  Lisa Braider and Jim Zaremba 
Prayers of the People  Kate Kelley 
Healing Prayers  Betsy Munzer and Martha Curtis 
Chalice Bearers     Andrea Brue and Beverly Estes-Smargiassi 
Eucharistic Visitor  John Ferguson 
Altar Guild  8:00 am: Ann Colageo
10:00 am: Mary Beth Elder and Viva Fisher 
Greeters      Adelaide Xie, Beverly Estes-Smargiassi, Cricket Beauregard-Lewis and  
Ushers  Sam Scott, Walter Mucha, Hanako Norton, Robert Burke, and Jeannie Baca   
Coffee Hour Hosts Stanford/Grimes Family 
Sunday School Snack  Carusone/Blake 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 Siena Fried, Kate Harmsworth-Morrissey, John Gioia, and Elisabeth Choi. 
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 12:1-4a; Romans 4:1-5, 13-17; John 3:1-17  
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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