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This Sunday at St. Paul's: January 28, 2018
The Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul and Annual Meeting

8:00 am            Contemplative Service of Holy Communion (Chapel)

9:00 am            Adult Formation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Reception: Rites of Initiation

                        Part 2 (Lichtenberger Room)

                        Church School (Lower Level)

                        Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room)

10:00 am          Holy Eucharist with Sermon and Choir (Sanctuary) 

11:15 am          Annual Meeting (Great Hall)               

Adult Formation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Reception: Rites of Initiation, Part 2:  We continue our exploration of the baptismal rite in the Book of Common Prayer with a discussion of the Baptismal Covenant - what does this covenant tell us about what baptism means (and what it doesn't mean)?

Annual Meeting: We will gather this coming Sunday for our Annual Meeting to discuss the business of the parish and share our hopes for our next year together. A meal of chili (meat and vegan) with cornbread and salad will be served, and volunteers are welcome to help before and after the meal for set-up/clean-up. If you can help, please contact Alan Fried atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it."> This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This Week at St. Paul's

Monday, January 29           7:00 am:   Yoga (Lichtenberger Room)

Wednesday, January 31     7:00 pm:   Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room)                                               

Preparation for Adult Confirmation, Reception, and Reaffirmation of  Baptismal Vows

The adult formation group continues its discussion this coming Sunday on Confirmation in the Episcopal Church and its roots in the sacrament of Baptism. One of the reasons we are talking about this now is that in October, Bishop Bud Cederholm will come to the Charles River Deanery for a regional service of Confirmation - those who desire to make a public, mature affirmation of their Christian faith will do so before the bishop, who will then lay hands on each candidate as a sign of the gift of the Holy Spirit. Between now and October, I will be gathering adults who wish to be confirmed or received into the Episcopal Church for regular sessions of prayer and preparation. If you are interested in being confirmed or received, I especially invite you to come this coming Sunday, January 28 or to contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you have been confirmed or received as an adult, I especially encourage you to join us and share your own journey!

Rev. Elise Feyerherm, Associate Rector

Adult Formation Sundays at 9 am

February 4                Baptism, Confirmation, and Reception: Rites of Initiation, Part 3

Water, chrism, and the Holy Spirit - what do we believe actually happens to people when they are baptized? What does it mean to say that the Holy Spirit is bestowed upon a person in baptism?

February 11              Baptism, Confirmation, and Reception: Rites of Initiation, Part 4

What does it mean to be confirmed by a bishop, or received into the Episcopal Church? If baptism is full initiation into the Body of Christ, do I need to be confirmed or received? What's the difference between confirmation, reception, and reaffirmation of baptismal vows?

February 18 - March 18     Making Room for Grace - Lenten Practices of Fasting and Repentance

This series will explore the ancient Christian discipline of fasting and how it might deepen our journey during Lent and beyond. Fasting is not just about abstaining from food - it has to do with practices of self-emptying so that we can make room for God's transforming grace in our lives.

Kindness Campaign

     We can do no great things,

      only small things with great love.

                                                                                                                              ~  Mother Teresa 

Sunday Lunch Bunch

The Sunday Lunch Bunch (SLB) will not meet this Sunday due to our all-parish Annual Meeting. The SLB will gather again on the FOURTH Sunday in February, February 25, 2018. Please mark your calendars and we'll hope to see you then. 

Mission Sunday Events

February 4 - Care packages for St Paul parishioners who are away from home.  We will assemble care packages from 9-10am on Sunday, February 4.  Please bring items to include in the boxes and help us assemble and address.  Do you have creative ideas of what to send in the care packages? Call Melissa Dulla (650-743-6745).  Know someone who would like to receive a care package?  Email Melissa Dulla at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

March 4 - Assistance for NuDay Syria. One Person at a Time, One Humanity.

Nadia Alawa, founder of NuDay Syria, came to St. Paul's last year to share her story, her calling to be a catalyst for change. To support her organization, please consider bringing donations of food such as rice, cans of infant milk, protein bars, tuna, hygiene items such as sanitary pads, diapers (sizes newborn and 3), soap bars, shampoo, nail clippers, combs,

new and gently used stuffed animals, soccer balls, backpacks, infant clothing, sleeping bags and blankets, shoes, and winter coats.

You may deliver to St. Paul's on Sunday, March 4 between 9 and 10am and monetary donations for shipping to help send all items to Syria are most welcome as well (checks can be made out to "St. Paul's Church" with a notation in the memo line for "NuDay Syria."  

St. Paul's Got Talent?! "Shrove Sunday" Pancake Brunch and Talent Show: February 11

Of course we have talent! This year's pancake feast and show are co-sponsored by the Stewardship Ministry and the St Paul's Youth. Come enjoy a celebration of the wide array of talents - from the silly to the sublime-possessed by this community. Eat yummy pancakes with delicious fruit and sausage dished out by the Stewardship team. A suggested donation of $3 a person (maximum $10 per family) will help to defray the cost.

Sign up to share a short act (3-5 min max!) by seeing Maggie Taylor after church or by emailing her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We're also looking for an emcee or pair of emcees.

Sign up to help with set-up, cooking, and/or clean-up (and that's always a need!) by seeing Maggie after church, or emailing Stewardship Ministry members Leah Rugen (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Barbie Mansicalco (//This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 

Spiritual Book Group: February 27

The Spiritual Book Group will meet on February 27 (4th Tuesday) to discuss "The Cross and the Lynching Tree" by James H. Cone. Questions or suggestions? Please contact Barbie Maniscalco (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Update on Welcome Statement

You may have noticed the disappearance from the church door of the large statement of Welcome and Commitment. It was removed to make room for Christmas decorations. A final, permanent version is currently in the works and will appear soon!  

Do You Make Your Pledge Payments Electronically?

We are trying something new! If you are one who sends in pledge payments to St. Paul's electronically, you will now be able to acknowledge that payment during the Offertory on Sunday mornings. We have prepared laminated cards that you can pick up on your way into church (there will be a basket by each entrance door) and place the card in the offering plate. Just like a gift of currency placed in the plate, the card represents your offering given in thanksgiving to God. It will be received and blessed with other gifts given.  

Serving us this week
Presider The Rev. Elise A. Feyerherm  
Preacher     The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello 
Deacon  The Ven. Pat Zifcak  
Assisting Clergy  The Rev. Megan C. Holding 
Director of Music  Andrew Clarkson 
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Server  Ardani Mello-Daigneault 
Crucifer  Mike Scheffler 
Torchbearers  Mark Hopkin and Jane Hopkin 
Lector Nate Gaede 
Prayers of the People  Beverly Estes-Smargiassi 
Chalice Bearers    Adelaide Xie and Sharlene Wing  
Healing Prayers  Steve Morrissey and Linda Sanches 
Eucharistic Visitor  Edward Jacobson 

Offering Counters  

Nate Gaede, John Ferguson, and Elisabeth Choi 

Altar Guild 

8:00 am: Judy Clementson      

10:00 am: Marybeth Elder and Adelaide Xie      

Greeters  Clara Batchelor, Tammy Hobbs Miracky, Chris Dulla, and Rebecca Schultzberg   
Ushers  Walter Mucha, Sam Scott, Hanako Norton,
Robert Burke, Jeannie Baca, and Ben Norton   

Click here to view the server spreadsheet. If you need to make a change, please find someone to swap with and let your ministry leader know so that the server spreadsheet can be updated. 

Celebrations, Memorials, and Prayers 


We remember and celebrate the birthdays of Alicia-Marie Mucha, Tim Hintz, and Nate Gaede, and we celebrate the birth of Annalise Emily Koczela, born on January 23 to proud parents Steve and Audrey Koczela.   


The altar flowers this week have been given in loving memory of Allen B. Bassett and Mildred C. Bassett by Emily Bassett.   


Jennifer L., Felina R., the Children and Staff of Mil Milagros, Tim G., Camille J-F, Debra, Janet R., David F., Kendall G., Ruth R., Paul, Alexander T., Gerke V., Kim L., Deborah F., Kitty C., Whitney, Susan P., Fran C., Nan C., Sue H., Marnie, Shelley, Harry B., William C., Jack E., Faye M., and those in  in the military: Lucas S. and Hana L. 

Scripture Readings

Acts 26:9-21; Mark 1:21-28

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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