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This Sunday at St. Paul's: February 11, 2018
The Last Sunday after the Epiphany and Holy Baptism

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

9:00 am            Adult Formation: Part 4 of our series on Baptism, Confirmation, and
                        Reception: Rites of Initiation (Chapel)

                        Church School (Lower Level)
                        Confirmation Class (Lichtenberger Room)

                        Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room)

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

11:30 am          Shrove Sunday Pancake Brunch and Talent Show (Great Hall)  

  • Adult Formation: Part 4 of our Series on Baptism, Confirmation, and Reception: Rites of Initiation: 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?
  • Shrove Sunday Pancake Brunch and Talent Show:  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.

          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 Week at St. Paul's

Monday, February 12:        7:00 am: Yoga (Lichtenberger Room)

Tuesday, February 13:       7:30 pm: Scripture Group (Lichtenberger Room)

Wednesday, February 14:  7:00-9:00 am:  Distribution of Ashes (Aspinwall St.Entrance)
                                       12:00-1:00 pm: Distribution of Ashes (Aspinwall St. Entrance)
                                       7:00 pm: Ash Wednesday Liturgy and Distribution of Ashes


Palms for Ash Wednesday Ashes

Your palms from last year's Palm Sunday are needed! The palms from our celebration of the entry of Jesus in Jerusalem are burned and the ashes become a reminder of our mortality and need of God. A basket will be on the table outside the Rector's office this coming Sunday to gather your palm branches. 

Scripture Group

The Scripture Group will meet on Tuesday, February 13 at 7:30 pm in the Lichtenberger Room. To access the readings for the first Sunday in Lent (listed below), please click here.   All are welcome to join us! 

  • Genesis 9:8-17 
  • 1 Peter 3:18-22 
  • Mark 1:9-15 
  • Psalm 25:1-9 
Kindness Campaign

   Sometimes someone says something
   really small, and it fits right into this empty
   space in your heart.

                             ~  My So Called Life  

Lent at St. Paul's

Burying of the Alleluias

In preparation for the season of Lent, we will be creating an Alleluia 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 Alleluias 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.

"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 $0.56 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 $0.56 they raise could be very powerful. $0.56 for each day in Lent would be a total of $22.40. 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? Mil Milagros                                

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 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. Click here to see the Lenten Quiet Day schedule. Come for as much or as little of the day as you wish.  

Mission Sunday Events

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

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."  

Newcomers' Brunch: March 11

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, March 11 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, March 7. We look forward to seeing you!  

 Serving us this week
Presider The Rev. Elise A. Feyerherm  
Preacher  The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello 
Deacon  The Ven. Pat Zifcak  
Director of Music  Andrew Clarkson 
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Server  Julie House 
Crucifer  Austin Jewell 
Torchbearers  Sarah Dulla and Mihret Hopkin 
Lectors Maryann Kurkjian and Elisabeth Choi 
Prayers of the People  Jeannie Baca 
Chalice Bearers    E.Lorraine Baugh and Hal Edmonson 
Healing Prayers  Sharlene Wing and Beverly Estes-Smargiassi 
Eucharistic Visitor  John Ferguson 

Offering Counters  

Barbie Maniscalco, Alan Fried, and Leah Rugen 

Altar Guild 

8:00 am: Ann Colageo     10:00 am: John Ferguson, Michael Scheffler, and Hal Edmonson    

Greeters  Beverly Estes-Smargiassi, Adelaide Xie, Judy Rice, and John Ahonen 
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 Fred Muehter, Kyle Swardstorm, Berred Ouellette, Mihret Hopkin, Leslie Cheverie, Ann Anderson, Claire Holding, and Elise Bain, and we celebrate the baptisms of Sarah Fan and Yungi Zhang. 


The altar flowers this week have been given in loving memory of John and Gwynneth Keeling, Tom Kelley, and Bentley Ward, Jr. by Kate and Steve Kelley.     


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., Bill, Linda C., and those in  in the military: Lucas S. and Hana L. 

Scripture Readings

2 Kings 2:1-12; 2 Corinthians 4:3-6; Mark 9:2-9

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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