Weekly Newsletter

This Sunday at St. Paul's: April 9

The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday

8:00 am:        Holy Eucharist with Reflection (Chapel)           
9:00 am:        Confirmation Class (Lichtenberger Room) 
             Church School (Lower Level)
             Adult Education: Anti-Semitism and Holy Week (Great Hall)                
10:00 am:      Holy Eucharist with Choir and Sermon (Sanctuary) 
11:15 am:      Coffee Hour (Great Hall)
11:30 am:       Immigration and Refugee Meeting (Lichtenberger Room)
Adult Education: 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 at 9am in the Great Hall 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.
Immigration and Refugee Meeting: Following our Palm Sunday services, 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. Please email Eliza at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions you may have.
Holy Week and Easter Services at St. Paul's 
Holy Week Services
Monday, April 10:        7:00 pm     Way of the Cross (Sanctuary)

Tuesday, April 11:       7:00 pm     Way of the Cross (Sanctuary)
Wednesday, April 12:  7:00 pm     Taize Service (Chapel)
Thursday, April 13:      6:30 pm     Agape Meal (Great Hall)
                                 7:00 pm     Maundy Thursday Service (Great Hall & Sanctuary)
Friday, April 14:         11:30 am     Stations of the Cross (Sanctuary)
                                12:00 pm     Good Friday Liturgy (Sanctuary)
                                  4:00 pm     Children's Good Friday Service (Sanctuary)
                                  6:30 pm     Stations of the Cross (Sanctuary)
                                  7:00 pm     Good Friday Liturgy (Sanctuary)
Easter Services 
The Great Vigil of Easter: Saturday, April 15 at 7:00 pmSunday of the Resurrection: April 16 at 9:00 and 11:00 am
                                                    Annual Easter Egg Hunt at 10:00 am 
B-SAFE: Thank You and Stay Tuned!
Thank you to everyone who donated toys for the campers at B-SAFE! It was such a lovely outward sign of our support for the important work they do to provide a safe, educational, and healthy summer destination for children!
Please contact Adelaide at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions about volunteering with B-SAFE or to be added to our Realm group for updates! You will be hearing more as our week (July 5-7) approaches!
Lenten House Church Final Gathering: April 7
Our final gathering of 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.
Easter Flowers
Names for Memorials and Thanksgivings due by April 9
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." 
Join us for Yoga at St. Paul's: Monday mornings at 7:00 am
Our next yoga class is Monday, April 10 in the Lichtenberger Room. Our yoga teacher, Martha Curtis, is an experienced Kripalu trained Hatha yoga teacher and member of our St. Paul's community. She offers her service to our community as a seva practice (service)--this means classes are free! If you are looking for a mindful and peaceful way to start your Monday mornings, please join us! The yoga postures presented are simple and no previous experience is necessary, nor do you need to RSVP or bring any supplies...you may drop in any Monday morning! If you have questions, please contact Martha Curtis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ElizaMarth 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.
Upcoming Adult Education: Death, Where is Thy Sting?
An Easter Conversation about Death and Dying
As Christians, we are resurrection people, and when better than Easter to have life-giving conversations about death? Nearly 90% of Americans feel that it is important to talk openly about the end of life, but only a third of that number have actually done so-a gap with serious implications for ourselves and our loved ones. Using the framework and resources of The Conversation Project (theconversationproject.org), a national public engagement campaign to spark open dialogue about what matters to us at the end of life, we will explore what our faith has to teach us about death, and how we can live into this season of resurrection by fearlessly speaking with those we love. These Adult Education sessions will be led by Hal Edmonson, a staff member with The Conversation Project and a student at Harvard Divinity, and Michael Robinson. Please join us from 9-10 am in the Great Hall on April 23 & 30, and May 14. All are welcome! 
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! 
The Newcomers' Brunch is Coming: April 23
If you are new to St. Paul's or have started coming anytime during the past year, you, your family and friends are warmly invited to a delicious brunch on Sunday, April 23 at the Parish Rectory after the 10 am service, hosted by the Mello-Daigneault family, the Vestry, and the Newcomers'/Greeters' Committee. This is a wonderful opportunity to get to know others who have recently become a part of St. Paul's, to learn more about our community and to meet some of the parish leadership team in a gracious and informal setting.To help us plan, kindly RSVP to Jill, our Parish Administrator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 617-566-4953 no later than Wednesday, April 19. We look forward to seeing you! 
Spiritual Book Club: April 25
The Spiritual Book Club will now meet again on Tuesday, April 25 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!

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..
Serving us this week
Preachers The Rev. Michael Robinson and
The Rev. Megan C. Holding 
Presider The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello 
Director of Music and Organist   Andrew  E. Clarkson
Verger  Kendall Gray  
Server  Flora Fried 
Crucifer  Mike Scheffler 
Torchbearers  Adelaide Xie and Pat Dunbar 
Lectors                                     Georgia Smith and John VanScoyoc  
Prayers of the People  Beverly Estes-Smargiassi 
Healing Prayers  E. Lorraine Baugh and Julie Starr  
Chalice Bearers     Bo Fauth, Maryann Kurkjian, Eliza Marth, and
Linda Sanches 
Eucharistic Visitor  John Ferguson  
Altar Guild 
8:00 am: Ann Colageo
10:00 am: Mary Beth Elder 
Greeters      Adelaide Xie, Beverly Estes-Smargiassi, and Jeannie Baca 
Ushers  Sam Scott, Walter Mucha, Hanako Norton, Robert Burke, and Jeannie Baca   
Vestry Representatives  Alan Fried, Leah Rugen,and Barbie Maniscalco 
Coffee Hour Hosts McMahon Family 
Sunday School Snack  Ivy-Chiong 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 pray for the repose of the soul of Charles Edward Mello, Jeff Mello's father, who died unexpectedly on April 4.
We remember and celebrate the birthdays of Chris Bransfield, Amy Harmsworth-Morrissey, Charlotte Lee, Rohan Brown, Alden Johnson, Henry Prensner, Timothy Campbell, Bo Fauth, and Emily Ide. 
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., Jackie S., Kitty C., Mike K., Betty K., Alissa P., Jane K., and those in the military: Lucas S. and Hana L. 
Scripture Readings
Matthew 21:1-11; Isaiah 50:4-9a; Matthew 27:11-54 
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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