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This Sunday at St. Paul's: February 4, 2018
The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany

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

9:00 am            Adult Formation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Reception: Rites of Initiation Part 3 (Chapel)

                        Church School (Lower Level)
                        Confirmation Class (Lichtenberger Room)
                        Mission Sunday Activity: Assembling Care Packages (Great Hall)

                        Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room)

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

11:15 am          Coffee Hour (Great Hall)

11:30 am          Server Training (Sanctuary)
                       Anti-Racism Group (Chapel) 

  • 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?
  • We will be assembling care packages for St. Paul's parishioners who are away from home from 9-10am this coming Sunday.  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.
  •  The Anti-Racism Group meets again this coming Sunday to continue formulating plans for our Lenten Quiet Day on March 3. Please save the date (more details about this day can be found in the announcement below entitled "Lent at St. Paul's."
This Week at St. Paul's

Monday, February 5           7:00 am:   Yoga (Lichtenberger Room)

Tuesday, February 6          7:00 pm:    Knitting Group (Lichtenberger Room)

Wednesday, February 7     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 Baptism in the Episcopal Church. 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, please 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
Knitting Group: February 6

The Knitting Group will be meeting this coming Tuesday, February 6, at 7:00 pm in the Lichtenberger Room at the church.  All are welcome to join us.

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.). 

Adult Formation: Part 4 of our Series on Baptism, Confirmation, and Reception: Rites of Initiation: February 11

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?

Kindness Campaign

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. 

                                                                      ~  The Dalai Lama 

Lent at St. Paul's

Burying of the Hallelujahs: In preparation for the season of Lent, we will be creating a Hallelujah banner that will be "buried" at the end of the 10 am service on Shrove Sunday, February 11. We will be creating this banner instead of creating a butterfly mobile this year. The reason for this banner is to help physically represent Lent as a time of reverence and contemplation and a reminder that we will not see Hallelujahs in our worship services until Easter.  

Ash Wednesday: February 14:

Distribution of Ashes: 7-9am and 12-1pm at Aspinwall Street entrance Come by on your way to work or school, or during your lunch break, receive ashes and hear the powerful reminder that we "are dust, and to dust we shall return."Ash Wednesday Liturgy with Distribution of Ashes: 7pm in the Sanctuary Join us for the Ash Wednesday Liturgy with Holy Communion and the Imposition of Ashes.

Adult Formation: 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.

Lent in a Bag:  During the first Sunday of Lent there will be Lent in a Bag kits available for individuals and families who are interested in creating weekly conversations around symbols of the season. In each bag there will be directions for reflection and conversation starters.                                      

Lenten Invitation Service: Sunday, February 18 at 5:00 pm:   This unique service is designed to invite us into a renewed, deepened relationship with the season of Lent. In addition to readings and prayers gathered from a variety of sources, the St. Paul's Choir will sing the Fauré Requiem, accompanied by organ and a wind and string chamber ensemble. This service aims to provide an additional stepping stone into our Lenten journey, nourishing our hearts and minds with the questions and choices, the temptations and disciplines, the hope and love that are at the core of our Lenten pilgrimage. A Lenten Invitation is a new offering for an ancient season.

Lenten House Church is coming!:  Are you seeking a way to deepen your relationship with God? Do you have a hankering for digging into the mysteries of our Christian faith? Are you yearning for a chance to get to know people at St. Paul's better? Do you need to get out of the house on Friday nights? Then Lenten House Church is for you!

We will gather on five successive Fridays in the home of a St. Paul's parishioner for prayer, a simple meal, and conversation around The Sign and the Sacrifice - The Meaning of the Cross and Resurrection by former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams. This short book will guide us through our exploration of the cross as a symbol, the idea of sacrifice, the victory that is won through the cross, and the meaning of Jesus' resurrection both in the New Testament and today. We will begin on Friday, February 23 - stay tuned for more information in the weeks to come! Please do join us, even if you are not able to attend every Friday. All are welcome! Contact Elise Feyerherm at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Spiritual Book Group:  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.).

Lenten Quiet Day: March 3 - SAVE THE DATE! : St. Paul's Anti-Racism Group is organizing our first Lenten Quiet Day. It is not intended to be a day of study or academic learning - it is not a workshop.Rather, it is aimed at quieting the noise in our lives and opening ourselves to listen for the love and healing balm of God, here in the midst of our struggles with, and brokenness from, the sin or racism in our lives and in this world. We hope that our time of listening and sitting in quiet will prepare us for speaking and action in the world. Elements will include: 3 worship services (morning, afternoon, and evening prayers), a sharing of readings for reflection, quiet times, and a period devoted to the reflective process of "SoulCollage®", facilitated by Spiritual Director and SoulCollage® Facilitator (and our Parish Administrator),

Jill Seiler-Moon. 

Mission Sunday Events

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."  

 Serving us this week
Presider and Preacher  The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello  
Deacon  The Ven. Pat Zifcak  
Assisting Clergy  The Rev. Elise A. Feyerherm 
Director of Music  Andrew Clarkson 
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Server  Flora Fried 
Crucifer  Lena Schultzberg 
Torchbearers  Mark Hopkin and Jane Hopkin 
Lectors Tim Hintz and Roger House 
Prayers of the People  Staci Hopkin 
Chalice Bearers    Betsy Munzer and Mike Scheffler 
Healing Prayers  John Ferguson and E. Lorraine Baugh 
Eucharistic Visitor  Leah Rugen 

Offering Counters  

Brett Foster, Jeannie Baca, and Julie House 

Altar Guild 

8:00 am:  Ann Colageo    

10:00 am: Sharlene Wing and Viva Fisher     

Greeters  Tim Hintz, Kristen Renaud, and Maria O'Meara  
Ushers  Walter Mucha, Sam Scott, Hanako Norton,
Robert Burke, Jeannie Baca, and Ben Norton   
Coffee Hour Host  The Dulla Family 

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 

Celebrations  

We remember and celebrate the birthdays of Nick Kelley, Winnie Rubino, HD Rothman, Nicholas O'Brien, Linda Williams, Rosalie Baker, Hanako Norton, and John Ahonen. 

Memorials

The altar flowers this week have been given in loving memory of Cho Soon Choi by Elisabeth Choi.     

Prayers       

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., Sam K., Susan P., and those in  in the military: Lucas S. and Hana L. 

Scripture Readings

Isaiah 40:21-31; 1 Corinthians 9:16-23; Mark 1:29-39

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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