Weekly Newsletter
 This Sunday at St. Paul's: March 26 - The Fourth Sunday in Lent
8:00 am:        Holy Eucharist with Reflection (Chapel)           
 
9:00 am:        Confirmation Class (Lichtenberger Room) 
                     Mission Sunday: Making sandwiches for Common Cathedral
                       (Middle Room & Kitchen) 
                                                             
10:00 am:      Holy Eucharist with Choir and Sermon (Sanctuary)
 
11:15 am:      Coffee Hour (Great Hall)
                    Sunday Lunch Bunch (Meet in Great Hall to determine lunch location)
11:30 am:      Depart to serve lunch at Common Cathedral
 
  • Common Cathedral - Mission Sunday:  Please come to church to help make sandwiches from 9-10am. The people I have listed as coming to the Eucharist service downtown from noon-2:30 pm are: Sam, Eliza, Jeff, Rosalie, Elisabeth, Leah, Julia, Barbie, Andrew, Judy and Martha. If you would like to join us but did not sign up, you can still meet us in the church hallway outside Jeff's office at 11:30 am. Please contact Melissa Dulla with any questions you may have: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • The Sunday Lunch Bunch is back again this Sunday. If you haven't yet heard of the Sunday Lunch Bunch, we are an informal bunch of St. Paul's folks who come together on the fourth Sunday of the month to enjoy a casual restaurant meal and friendly conversation. Following the 10 o'clock service, we will gather in the Great Hall to determine our destination. Transportation is always available when needed and any and all are welcome. If you'd like to know more, please see Ed Jacobson or Maryann Kurkjian after the service, or speak with an usher or greeter. 
Community Forum on Immigrant and Refugee Rights
Sunday, March 26
This Sunday, March 26, St. Paul's is sponsoring the Brookline Sister City's "Coming to America: Community Forum on Immigrant and Refugee Rights." We will hear from immigrant voices, the Brookline Board of Selectmen, ACLU, MIRA and more! Click here for more details.
 
The forum will take place at the Brookline Senior Center at 93 Winchester Street in the multi-purpose room. If you are interested in St. Paul's getting involved in the Sanctuary and Solidarity movement in Brookline, this would be a great opportunity to get plugged in and hear what is happening in the Brookline community. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP here or email Eliza at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 
A Note from Hazel
This week's highlight: This past Sunday confirmation teens and mentors visited the  Mosque and Islamic Society of Boston to learn more about the ways Christianity and Islam intersect. We learned about the 5 pillars and got to witness an evening call to pray. Did you know that Muslims believe that Jesus was a prophet? 
Mosque and Islamic Society of Boston
This Week at St. Paul's 
Monday, March 27:         7:00 am       Yoga (Lichtenberger Room)
 
Tuesday, March 28:       12:15 pm       Healing Eucharist (Sanctuary)               
                                     5:30 pm       Eucharist at Society of St. John the
                                                          Evangelist in Cambridge

Wednesday, March 29:    7:00 pm       Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room)
 
Thursday, March 30:      7-8:45 pm      20/30's Group Meeting

Friday, March 31:            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 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 April 2. 
April 9, Palm Sunday is TBD.
Lenten House Church 2017
Our third of five gatherings is this Friday, March 24, at the home of Kate and Steve Kelley, 85 Lancaster Terrace, Brookline. 
            
The remaining two evenings will be: March 31, and April 7.
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.

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 upcoming evenings are:
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
 
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.  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? 
Trip to SSJE for worship and dinner: March 28
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 28 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 27. The 66 bus leaves from Walgreen's near church and drops off a couple of blocks from the monastery. 
 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!
Godspell
 
On April 23, the Sunday after Easter, we will be celebrating our 3RD ANNUAL GODSPELL MASS!!!  So buckle up and get ready to ROCK and SING and maybe even DANCE (or at least see some dancing)!

If you would like to participate as part of the chorus, there will be a rehearsal on Wednesday, April 19 @ 7:00 pm in the sanctuary, and then a final prep rehearsal on Sunday, April 23 @ 9:00 am; please come and join in. You do not need to be able to read music to sing in the chorus - much of the music is easy to learn - and it should be lots of fun! 
Spiritual Book Club: April 27
The Spiritual Book Club will now meet again on April 27 to discuss "You Are Already Praying" by Cathy George. Copies are available for purchase at the Brookline Booksmith, just ask for the book at the front desk!

In lieu of our March meeting, we encourage all of the opportunities to reflect and gather already in place through Lent at St Paul's. Adult Education, Mission Sunday Common Cathedral, Lenten House Church, and the 3/28 Field trip to SSJE. Please contact Barbie Maniscalco (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with any questions.
Baptism
Our next available date for persons seeking baptism is The Great Vigil of Easter on Saturday, April 15. The service is at 7:00 pm. If you would like to schedule a baptism, please be in touch with Rev. Jeff Mello at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by April 2. 
Easter Flowers
On Easter Sunday and during the Easter season, our altar and windows are adorned with spring flowers. For those wishing to offer memorials or thankgivings with Easter flowers, please email Jill in the parish office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than Palm Sunday, April 9 with the names of people to be remembered. You may also fill out the insert found in your worship bulletin on Sunday morning and place it in the collection plate. The suggested contribution from each donor is $25.00; please make checks payable to St. Paul's Church with a notation for "Easter Flowers." 
Calendar for Lent
 
Remaining Sundays in Lent:  March 26 and April 2 at 8 and 10 am
Friday House Churches:  March 24, 31, and April 7 at 6:30 pm
Holy Week
  The Sunday of the Passion:  Palm Sunday, April 9 at  8 and 10 am
  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 7 pm
  Maundy Thursday:  April 13, Agape meal at 6:30 pm, 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
The Rev. Karen Montagno
Presider The Rev. Michael Robinson
Assisting Clergy The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello and
The Rev. Megan C. Holding
Director of Music and Organist   Andrew  E. Clarkson
Verger  Kendall Gray  
Server  Talia Vos 
Crucifer  Jillian Carusone 
Torchbearers  Maddie Carusone and Elliana Clarkson 
Lectors                                     Staci Hopkin and Sam Scott 
Prayers of the People  Linda Sanches 
Healing Prayers  Julie House and Eliza Marth 
Chalice Bearers     John Ferguson and Alan Fried 
Eucharistic Visitor  Edward Jacobson 
Altar Guild 
8:00 am: John Ferguson
10:00 am: John Ferguson  and Mike Scheffler 
Greeters      Clara Batchelor, Tammy Hobbs Miracky, Julie House, Roger House, and Rebecca Schultzberg 
Ushers  Sam Scott, Walter Mucha, Hanako Norton, Robert Burke, and Jeannie Baca   
Coffee Hour Hosts Batchelor Family  
Sunday School Snack  Renaud 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 Charles Thompson, Judy Rice, Beverly Gallagher, Chris Holding, Sarah Dulla, Lea Silver, Kaitlynd Collins, Michael Cheverie, and Edward Lockhart. 
   
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., Lavinia J., and those in the military: Lucas S. and Hana L. 
Scripture Readings
 1 Samuel 16:1-13; Ephesians 5:8-14; John 9:1-41 
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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