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This Sunday at St. Paul's: February 25, 2018
The Second Sunday in Lent

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

9:00 am            Adult Formation: Making Room in our Minds and Souls (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          Sunday Lunch Bunch (Meet in Great Hall to determine off-site location)

                       Anti-Racism Group Meeting (Chapel)

Adult Formation: 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?

The Sunday Lunch Bunch (SLB) returns THIS Sunday. The Sunday Lunch Bunch is a group of friendly St. Paul's folks who welcome any parishioner to join us every FOURTH Sunday of the month at some local eating spot for casual conversation and fellowship around a pleasant meal. This Sunday, after the 10 O'clock service, we'll coordinate in the Great Hall during Coffee Hour and gather names of those interested. All are welcome and transportation is always available, as needed. If you'd like to know more about the SLB, please see Ed Jacobson, Maryann Kurkjian, or speak with an Usher or Greeter. This may be your week to give it a try!

This Week at St. Paul's

Monday, February 26:        7:00 am: Yoga (Lichtenberger Room)

Tuesday, February 27:        7:00 pm: Spiritual Book Group (Lichtenberger Room)

Wednesday, February 28:   7:00 pm: Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room)

Friday, March 2:                 6:30 pm: Lenten House Church                      

Kindness Campaign

  Always give without remembering and
  always receive without forgetting. 

                             ~  Brian Tracy 

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. 

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 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.

Lent in a Bag 

Lent in a Bag kits will be available on Sunday mornings 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. Please pick one up at the ushers table.

"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 

Spiritual Book Group: February 27

The Spiritual Book Group will meet on February 27 (4th Tuesday) at 7:00 pm in the Lichtenberger Room 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 House Church: March 2

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 second gathering, on Friday, March 2, at 6:30 pm at the home of Bev and Steve Estes-Smargiassi, 27 Spring Park Ave., Jamaica Plain. We'll begin with prayer and a simple meal; our conversation will focus on chapter 2 - "The Sacrifice." 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).

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 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. 

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!  

Calendar for Lent

  Sundays in Lent:  March 4, 11, 18  at 8 and 10 am

 
  Friday House Churches:  
March 2, 9, 16, 23 at 6:30 pm

  Lenten Quiet Day:  March 3 at 9 am - 3 pm

Holy Week

All services at St. Paul's, except where noted

  The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday, March 25 at 8 and 10 am

                                               Blessing of the Palms at 9 am, St. Mark's Park

                                               at Park & Marion Street in Coolidge Corner                                                 

  The Way of the Cross:  Monday, March 26 at 7 pm, Church of Our Saviour

  Taize Service:  Tuesday, March 27 at 7 pm

  Women of the Passion: Wednesday, March 28 at 7 pm, All Saints Church

  Maundy Thursday:  March 29, Agape meal at 6:30 pm, Service at 7 pm

  Good Friday:  March 30, Stations of the Cross at 11:30 am

                                        Good Friday Liturgy at 12 pm

                                        Children's Good Friday Service at 4 pm

                                        Stations of the Cross at 6:30 pm

                                        Good Friday Liturgy at 7 pm

Easter Services

  The Great Vigil of Easter:  Saturday, March 31 at 7 pm

  Sunday of the Resurrection:  April 1, Sunrise Service at 6 am, Lars Anderson Park

                                                9 and 11 am, St. Paul's Church

 Serving us this week
Presider The Rev. Elise A. Feyerherm  
Preacher  The Rev. Megan C. Holding  
Assisting Clergy  The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello  
Director of Music  Andrew Clarkson 
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Server  Lauren Lukason 
Crucifer  Austin Jewell 
Torchbearers  Lena Schultzberg and Viola Schultzberg 
Lectors John Anderson and Margie Chapman 
Prayers of the People  Patricia Dunbar 
Chalice Bearers    Alan Fried and Tammy Hobbs Miracky 
Healing Prayers  Lorraine Baugh and Elisabeth Choi 
Eucharistic Visitor  Edward Jacobson 

Altar Guild 

8:00 am: Judy Clementson      

10:00 am: Mary Beth Elder and Adelaide Xie     

Greeters  Clara Batchelor, Kate Kelley, Rebecca Schultzberg, and
Chris Dulla 
Ushers  Sam Scott, Robert Burke, Jeannie Baca, and Ben Norton   
Coffee Hour Host   The Swan-Mahony Family   
Sunday School Snack  The Teiwes 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 and Prayers 

Celebrations 

We remember and celebrate the birthdays of Ken Carter, Christopher Lockhart, Arthur Bianchini, Priscilla Donham, and Lauren Lukason. 

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 17:1-7, 15-16; Romans 4:13-25; Mark 8:31-38

Psalm 22:22-30 from The Saint Helena Psalter

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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