Weekly Newsletter
 This Sunday at St. Paul's: April 2 - The Fifth Sunday in Lent
8:00 am:        Holy Eucharist with Reflection (Chapel)           
 
9:00 am:        Confirmation Class (Lichtenberger Room) 
             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)
 
11:30 am:      Ministry Outside the Parish (M.O.P.) Speaker (Lichtenberger Room)
                    The Rev. Liz Steinhauser, Director of Youth Programs at St. Stephen's 

This coming Sunday, as part of our ongoing partnership with the B-SAFE summer camp, we will be collecting outdoor toys for Mission Sunday.  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. We will have the opportunity to present the donations to our guest preacher, Liz Steinhauser of St. Stephen's Youth Programs.

Ministry Outside the Parish (M.O.P.) Speakers' Series: B-SAFE -  The Rev. Liz Steinhauser, Director of Youth Programs at St. Stephen's in the South End, which includes the B-SAFE program, will speak about the work they do with the youth through their after school and summer programs. B-SAFE is a five-week, full-day academic and enrichment program serving young people from first grade through high school. Rev. Steinhauser has a long history of youth and community organizing. During the summer, St. Paul's will be a partner church for B-SAFE, providing one week of meals for the program and a field trip on Friday. Join us to learn more about the program, and how you can get involved.

 
This Week at St. Paul's 
Monday, April 3:          7:00 am       Yoga (Lichtenberger Room)
 
Tuesday, April 4:       12:15 pm       Healing Eucharist (Sanctuary)
                                 7:00 pm       Knitting Group (Lichtenberger Room)              

Wednesday, April 5:    7:00 pm       Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room)Thursday, April 6:        7:00 pm       Meeting of Clergy, Wardens, and Treasurer   

Friday, April 7:            6:30 pm        Lenten House Church 
Meet our 2017 Vestry!
The Vestry is comprised of an elected group of members and our rector. They hold a lot of the decision making responsibility for our community. Every Sunday, a member of the Vestry will be on duty as a "Vestry Representative" and will be available to answer questions and/or receive feedback. Vestry typically meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month and meetings are open to all members of the community.
From left to right, this is a photo of our 2017 Vestry
 Front Row: Leah Rugen (Senior Warden), Steve Morrissey (Treasurer), Julie House (Junior Warden), Tim Hintz (Clerk) Middle Row: Jeanie Baca, Elisabeth Choi, Ayanna McPhail, Brett Foster, Barbie Maniscalco Back Row: Alan Fried, Jeff Mello (Rector), Mike Scheffler, Nate Gaede, John Ferguson
 
 
 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..
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 presenters this week are Don Coleman and Idonia Gaede. Don is Director of House Broadcast Services, House of Representatives, Commonwealth of Massachusetts; Dō is a staff counselor and sexual assault prevention coordinator at a local college.

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 this Sunday, April 2.
Knitting Group
Calling all knitters and crocheters (or those who would like to learn!)...the Knitting Group will be meeting in the Lichtenberger Room on Tuesday, April 4 at 7:00 pm. Please join us!
Lenten House Church 2017
Our fourth of five gatherings is this Friday, March 31, at the home of Steve and Bev Estes-Smargiassi, 27 Spring Park Ave., Jamaica Plain. 
            
The remaining Lenten House Church is on April 7 at the home of John and Darryl  
Ferguson, 419 Washington St. #5, Brookline. 
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) 
 
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.
Immigration and Refugee Meeting: Sunday, April 9 at 11:30 am
Following our Palm Sunday service on April 9, all who are interested in discerning next steps around the immigration and refugee crisis are welcome to join for a meeting. We will explore how St. Paul's might like to get involved with the Brookline Interfaith Sanctuary and Solidarity Network as a Level 2 parish. We will also hear the latest discernment around supporting the resettlement of a refugee family.

If you have any questions/ideas/feedback, please email Eliza at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
New Financial Administrator
After almost eight years serving St. Paul's, first as our Parish Administrator and then Finance Administrator, Lucy Roosevelt celebrated her last day working at St. Paul's on Monday, March 27. We are pleased to welcome Christine Quinby as our new Finance Administrator. Christine comes with many years of financial experience in both profit and non-profit organizations. Christine will work at St. Paul's on Mondays. Christine's responsibilities include bookkeeping, financial management and reporting. In addition, Christine is helping us look at our financial systems in order to make any necessary recommendations for the most transparent and efficient stewardship of our community's financial resources. Christine can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Palm Sunday Adult Education: Anti-Semitism and Holy Week
Last year, St. Paul's made some changes to our Holy Week services to begin to address the historical connection between our Holy Week liturgies and the oppression and persecution of the Jewish people. Join us for a brief discussion of those changes at St. Paul's, what we inadvertently teach through our scripture and liturgies and how we can use this most sacred of weeks to move from blame to hope.  
"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? 
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." 
B-SAFE Summer Program
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!
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. 
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 Thursday, April 20 @ 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.
Volunteers needed for St. Paul's website improvement project
The website for St. Paul's could use some updates. We're seeking volunteers to help brainstorm ways to improve the site and make it more useful and functional for visitors, and to assist with implementing website changes. The only qualifications needed are your interest and ability to devote a small amount of time to the project. But if you have hands-on web design and/or writing skills, we'd especially love for you to join us! For more information, please contact Maria Lee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Anti-Racism Working Group
The Anti-Racism group is asking for submissions for a reading (or viewing!) list that can be shared with the St. Paul's community.  If you have a reading, video, or other resource on this topic that you think should go on the list, please fill out this form.  If you'd like to help out with this project, please email Sarah Barbrow at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Calendar for Lent
Remaining Friday House Churches: March 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. Liz Steinhauser 
Presider The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello 
Assisting Clergy The Rev. Michael Robinson 
Director of Music and Organist   Andrew  E. Clarkson
Verger  Kendall Gray  
Server  Ardani Mello-Daigneault 
Crucifer  Austin Jewell 
Torchbearers  Mihret Hopkin and Maddie Carusone 
Lectors                                     George Coggeshall and Hazel Johnson 
Prayers of the People  Betsy Munzer 
Healing Prayers  Beverly Estes-Smargiassi and Steve Morrissey  
Chalice Bearers     Tammy Hobbs Miracky and Roger House 
Eucharistic Visitor  Edward Jacobson  
Altar Guild 
8:00 am: Ann Colageo
10:00 am: Elisabeth Choi 
Greeters      Maria O'Meara, John Ferguson, and Tim HIntz 
Ushers  Sam Scott, Walter Mucha, Hanako Norton, Robert Burke, and Jeannie Baca   
Vestry Representatives  Brett Foster, Jeannie Baca, and Julie House 
Coffee Hour Hosts Smith-Chang Family  
Sunday School Snack  Carney-Clarkson 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 Ben Renaud, Jill Moon, Ariana Bain, Tim Bransfield, Felina-Marie Silver, Lydia Snover, Catherine Elder, Hana Laurencot, Lindsey Gallagher, Georgia Smith, David Estes-Smargiassi, Katherine Hopkins, Mary Hundert, and Frazer MacLean. 
   
Prayers
Maria P., Don S., Linda S., 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., Kim L., Lavinia J., Deborah F., Charles O., Gerry O., and those in the military: Lucas S. and Hana L. 
Scripture Readings
 Ezekiel 37:1-14; Romans 8:6-11; John 11:1-45 
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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