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This Sunday at St. Paul's: February 18, 2018
The First Sunday in Lent and Lenten Invitation Service

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

9:00 am            Adult Formation: Making Room in our Bodies - Learning from the Ancient
                        Tradition (Great Hall)

                        Church School (Lower Level)

                        Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room)

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

11:15 am          Coffee Hour (Great Hall)

11:30 am          Capital Campaign Fundraising--Phase 2 Meeting (Lichtenberger Room)

5:00 pm            Lenten Invitation Service (Sanctuary) 

  • Adult Formation: Abstaining from food is an ancient spiritual practice, found in almost all of the religions of the world. What does fasting really mean? How has fasting played a part in the Jewish and Christian traditions? We'll look at ancient traditions as well as the ways in which fasting has been rediscovered in more recent times.
  • Capital Camaign Fundraising--Phase 2: As we prepare for construction to begin on our building this spring, members of the Capital Campaign committee will be looking at options for seeking additional funds from beyond our St. Paul's community. If you feel you could contribute to this effort or just want to know more, we invite you to a preliminary planning meeting this coming Sunday, after church in the Lichtenberger Room.       
  • Lenten Invitation Service: 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.
This Week at St. Paul's

Monday, February 19:        7:00 am: Yoga (Lichtenberger Room)

Tuesday, February 20:       7:30 pm: Vestry Meeting (Lichtenberger Room)

Friday, February 23:          6:30 pm: Lenten House Church                      

Mission Sunday Thank You

At our Mission Sunday event on February 4 in the Great Hall, we assembled 14 care packages for people in the military and away at college.  Thank you to everyone who donated snacks, magazines and their time to this event.  They were all sent with a note that said the St Paul's community is thinking of them. ~ Melissa Dulla

Kindness Campaign

Our days are happier when we give people a piece of our heart rather than a piece of our mind.    ~  Ritu Ghatourey 

Adult Formation during Lent

   

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. 

February 25

Making Room in our Minds and Souls - Practicing Detachment

Ours is a world of overstimulation; we end up distracted and overwhelmed by things that are not of central value in our lives. We want to pray, but our minds are too full. What might it mean to practice disciplines of spiritual detachment in order to make more room for God?

March 4

Making Room in our Hearts - Experiencing the Rite of Reconciliation

Did you know that in The Book of Common Prayer 1979 there is a rite called "The Reconciliation of a Penitent," that is essentially private confession and absolution? How does the Episcopal Church understand the role of personal confession in a Christian's spiritual life? What might happen if we open ourselves to this gift?

March 11

Making Room in our Lives - Our Relationship to Material Possessions

Many of us are struggling to find room in our homes for all the "stuff" that we own, much of which we rarely use or even see. Eventually it turns out that we don't own our stuff, but that our stuff really owns us. What is our relationship to our material possessions? Do they crowd out our capacity to experience life in all its fullness?

March 18

Making Room in our Communities - Radical Hospitality and Almsgiving

Jesus said, "Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." How do our financial holdings figure into our spiritual lives? Do our assumptions about and ways of dealing with money create barriers within Christian community? What does it mean to make room for all regardless of their economic resources?

March 25       

Join us for the blessing of the palms @ 9am, which will be held in Coolidge Corner (exact location TBA) in a joint celebration with the other two Episcopal churches in Brookline: All Saints Parish and Church of Our Saviour.

     

Lent at St. Paul's

 

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 begins Friday, February 23  Lenten House Church is a wonderful way to get to know each other in a more informal and prayerful setting. This year we will be reflecting on the symbol of the cross, guided by former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams' book, The Sign and the Sacrifice - The Meaning of the Cross and Resurrection.

Please join us for the first gathering, on Friday, February 23 at 6:30 pm at the home of Barbie Maniscalco, 90 Park St., Apt. 37, Brookline. We'll begin with prayer and a simple meal; our conversation will focus on chapter 1 - "The Sign." You are also invited to bring with you some crosses (or pictures of crosses) that are meaningful to you in some way. If you want to sign up to bring food (not required), you can add your name to the Lenten House Church spreadsheet (click here). You do not need to sign up or RSVP to attend.

We have a few copies of the book available at the church (donations are welcome), and it also can be purchased on Amazon. Future 2018 Lenten House Church gatherings are March 2, 9, 16 and 23. We hope you'll join us as we embark on a holy and enriching Lent! 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   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. We ask that you register here if you're planning to come to help us prepare materials for the day.  

St. Paul's Spring Cabaret

Please join in for a fun filled meeting on Sunday, February 25 at 11:30 am in the Lichtenberger Room to plan our 1st St. Paul's Spring Cabaret. We are looking for volunteers to be involved in a number of different committees including Entertainment, Silent Auction, Food, PR, Sound, Decorations, Set-Up & Clean-Up. We are also looking for volunteers to host our very popular themed dinners, where "seats at the table" are purchased during Cabaret Night.

More to follow on the event but save the date of Saturday, May 19, 2018! Please reach out to the co-chairs, Andrea Brue @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Arlene Swan-Mahony @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

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."  

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. Jeffrey W. Mello  
Preacher  The Rev. Elise A. Feyerherm  
Deacon  The Ven. Pat Zifcak  
Director of Music  Andrew Clarkson 
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Server  Julie House 
Crucifer  Mike Scheffler 
Torchbearers  Delilah Chapman and Elior Zaremba 
Lectors Maggie Taylor and Sharlene Wing 
Prayers of the People  Adelaide Xie 
Chalice Bearers    Barbie Maniscalco and John Ferguson 
Healing Prayers  Betsy Munzer and Julie House 
Eucharistic Visitor  Maryann Kurkjian 
Offering Counters  Mike Scheffler, Ayanna McPhail, and Tim Hintz 

Altar Guild 

8:00 am: Maryann Kurkjian      10:00 am: Elisabeth Choi and Beverly Estes-Smargiassi     

Greeters  Tim Hintz, Maria O'Meara, and John Ferguson 
Ushers  Walter Mucha, Sam Scott, Hanako Norton,
Robert Burke, Jeannie Baca, and Ben Norton   
Coffee Hour Host
Sunday School Snack 
The Applegate Family
The Foster 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 Joan Batchelor, Cordelia Thompson, Aidan Cheverie, Jason Fairchild, Elior Zaremba, Tyler Russell, and Galen House. 

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

Scripture Readings

 

Genesis 9:8-17; 1 Peter 3:18-22; Mark 1:9-15

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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