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This Sunday at St. Paul's: February 26; Shrove Sunday Pancake Brunch and Talent Show !

  8:00 am:  Holy Eucharist with Reflection (Chapel)           
  9:00 am:   Church School
                  Joyful Voice Rehearsal (Choir Room)
                  Adult Education: What Makes us Episcopalians? (Great Hall)
10:00 am:    Holy Eucharist with Choir and Sermon (Sanctuary)
11:15 am:    Coffee Hour (Great Hall)11:30 am:    Shrove Sunday Pancake Brunch and Talent Show
  • Adult Education: Perhaps you are new to The Episcopal Church, or maybe you'd like to learn a little more about the theological, liturgical, and ecumenical treasure we call The Episcopal Church. This week we will continue our Tour Through the Book of Common Prayer. Come join us! We will gather in the Great Hall from 9-10 am.
  • Join in the fun this coming Sunday at the Shrove Sunday Pancake Brunch and Talent Show! Traditionally, the church has marked the last days of the season of Epiphany, before the beginning of the penitential season of Lent, with a brief, unofficial, celebration called Shrove Tuesday (the word shrove comes from the old English word shriven meaning to confess); in French, the day is called Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday. For convenience sake, we celebrate on Sunday; hence, Shrove Sunday (or Dimanche Gras, I suppose.)

    The tradition of eating pancakes and bacon comes from the former (and for some, contemporary) practice of not eating certain food items during Lent:  some meats, eggs, etc. To keep these food items from spoiling during the forty days of Lent they were consumed in great quantities, just before the beginning of Lent. And so, a festive celebration of cleaning out the refrigerator before Lent was born. (There's probably a good lenten metaphor in there about cleaning out our spiritual cupboard.)  

    Interested in learning more? Interested in helping the Middle Schoolers and hospitality team prepare and serve the meal? Please contact Hazel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Michael at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
    You don't want to miss this!
  • Sunday Lunch Bunch (SLB): This Sunday, the Sunday Lunch Bunch will be joining the rest of our St. Paul's community for delicious pancakes and quality entertainment at the Shrove Sunday Pancake Brunch and Talent Show following the 10:00 a.m. service. Mark your calendars for the next SLB  gathering on March 26. All are welcome! 
This Week at St. Paul's 
Monday, February 27:  7:00 am  Yoga (Lichtenberger Room)
Wednesday, March 1: Ash Wednesday
Thursday, March 2: 7:30-9pm Book Group (Lichtenberger Room) 
Friday, March 3: 5-8pm High School Chopped Cooking Competition (Great Hall)   
Saturday, March 4: 9am-3pm Diocesan Spring Learning Day (Cathedral of St. Paul at 138 Tremont Street, Boston)    
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, 2/26, to gather your palm branches.   
Save those toilet paper rolls! - Butterfly Mobile Support
Lent is right around the corner and it wouldn't feel like Lent at St. Paul's without our lovely Butterfly mobile! On February 26, we will be assembling our mobile and will need your support in providing empty toilet paper rolls to create our "cocoons." Please bring them to the Church anytime between February 19 and 26 in a bag and leave them in the back-left corner of the Great Hall. If you have any questions, please contact Hazel Johnson at //This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." shape="rect" alt="http: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." target="_blank">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Anyone interested in helping to create this wonderful symbol of transformation that hangs in our Sanctuary through Lent is welcome to join in the fun!  Head to the middle room (before the Great Hall) to participate at 9am on February 26.
Invitation for Ministry Outside the Parish (M.O.P.) Grant Applications
Do you know how St. Paul's responded when a mass shooting happened at the Pulse Nightclub in Florida? Or, how we responded when Hurricane Matthew devastated Haiti leaving over 1,000 people dead?

St.Paul's M.O.P. committee awards grants to non-profits doing God's work whether in Boston or a remote village in Guatemala. Help us make a difference in the world: if there is an organization you would like us to support, then please invite them to apply for a grant. Application information and forms can be found on our website. Our next deadline for applications is February  27. If you have questions, please speak to Matshai Motimele or Tim Hintz or email us at 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." target="_blank" style="color: #0000ff; text-decoration: underline;" shape="rect">.   
A CHANGE in parish office hours and NEW deadline date for submission of calendar announcements
Beginning the week of March 5, the parish office will be open Monday through Thursday from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm. No staff members will be in the building on Fridays, with the exception of James Santagati, our Sexton. If you need to reach the clergy when our parish office is closed, please call St. Paul's main phone number at 617-566-4953 and press 6 to access our pastoral care emergency extension 309.Our weekly electronic calendar will continue to be sent on Thursday afternoons each week, however, also beginning the week of March 5, the deadline for submitting announcements to be published in the electronic calendar and Sunday worship bulletins will be WEDNESDAY AT NOON. Please save this deadline date in your planning calendars.The office email for submitting announcements to Jill, our Parish Administrator, is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.If you have questions about any of these changes, please do not hesitate to give Jill a call at 617-566-4953. 
Ash Wednesday: March 1
Distribution of Ashes: 7-9 am and 12-1 pm 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: 7 pm in the Sanctuary Join us for the Ash Wednesday Liturgy with Holy Communion and the Imposition of Ashes. 
Next Book Group: Thursday, March 2 from 7:30-9pm
Our spiritual book group recently got together to discuss Barbara Brown Taylor's, "An Altar in the World." It is such a rich book; we decided to use it for discussion during our next gathering...please join us! -- there are still a couple copies of the book at the Brookline Booksmith.
Thanks to everyone who made it out and a special thanks to Barbie Maniscalco for 
coordinating this effort! 
Teens to Host Chopped Cooking Competition: March 3

What do you do when something was a big success? You do it again and invite more people! I am excited to announce our second Chopped Cooking Competition hosted by the High School Youth Group1
Have you ever watched an episode of "Chopped"? No? Watch this Video. Yes? Still watch the Video
On Friday, March 3 at 6pm we will take our cooking skills to a new level with our Chopped 2.0: Teens vs. Adults! It will be fun, friendly and delicious! I will need you to RSVP by Monday, February 27 so I can purchase enough food.  Please let me know if you have any questions. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  
Adult Education - Lent 101: March 5
The season of Lent is especially rich with theological and spiritual meaning. Join us for a discussion of the season as we explore the readings, the changes in worship style and practice, and some of the traditional and not-so-traditional spiritual practices associated with this time in the church year that prepares us for Easter and new life. We will gather in the Great Hall from 9-10 am.
All Parish Realm Training: March 5
On Sunday, March 5 we will have our second All Parish Realm Training! We will gather in the back of the Great Hall during Coffee Hour to do a tutorial.
Realm has many functions that include:
  • Online parish photo directory
  • View and join groups at St. Paul's
  • Communication tool to be in touch with other group/ministry members
  • View personal/family giving history and pledge status
If you have not yet received an invitation to join Realm or have any questions, please email Eliza at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. In the next week, we will have a description and link to Realm on our website!
Lenten Invitation Service: Sunday, March 5 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 Durufle 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.
New Worship Service During Lent
Each Tuesday in Lent, we will hold a Service of Healing with Holy Communion. The service will begin at 12:15 pm and last approximately thirty minutes. Please join us for this contemplative service as we explore the need for, and meaning of, healing in our lives. 
Lenten House Church 2017
The Season of Lent:  When the Days Grow Longer
For many years, St. Paul's members have met in community members' homes during five Friday evenings in Lent. We call these comfortable, supportive, community gatherings of ten to twenty people Lenten House Church. After an informal meal of soup, salad, bread, and beverages*, there is an informal discussion and time for prayer. This year we will meet March 10, 17, 24, 31, and April 7. The first gathering on March 10 will be at the Mello/Daigneault home, next to the church. 

Our theme this year is:  The Season of Lent:  When the Days Grow Longer.  The word Lent comes from the Anglo-Saxon word lencten -- the time of year when the days grow longer.  Each evening a presenter will briefly share (about five minutes) a reading, a poem, a work of art, a current event, or a portion of a story, an essay, a play, or a scene from a movie that explores what the lengthening of days looks like in our lives. For example, what does an increase in warmth, health, vitality, reconciliation, forgiveness, or redemption look like?  While the theme provides coherence across the five weeks, people should feel free to come to one or all of the evenings.*We've created an on-line Sign-Up Genius form for members to sign up to help with food and program. Please visit this link to sign up and follow the step-by-step instructions. 
Each evening will roughly follow this format:
6:30-7:30:  gather, eat, socialize
7:30-8:15:  five-minute offering, followed by discussion
8:15-8:30:  prayer (Compline)
"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 $0.54 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 $0.54 they raise could be very powerful. $0.54 for each day in lent would be a total $21.60. 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? 
Anti-Racism Training: Saturday, March 11 from 9 am - 4 pm
On Saturday, March 11 from 9am-4pm, St. Paul's will be hosting a day long anti-racism training. We have partnered with Karen, a trainer from the diocese and tailored the goals of our training to the needs of our community. The goals are:
  • Learning language and tools so we can wrestle with racism as a community
  • Cultivate and nurture community to build and sustain our commitment to racial justice
  • Develop next steps for St. Paul's ongoing anti-racism initiatives
Please register here! We will gather here at the church. Stay tuned for details about potluck lunch and the possibility of childcare. Hope to see you there!
An Invitation to Join Stewardship
The Stewardship committee would like to expand its membership. Broadly "stewardship" encompasses all of the ways we give of our resources (financial, time, and skill) to the church. Our main focus is the fall stewardship appeal, but we are looking for ways to expand our scope. We would love to have an infusion of new ideas and energy from a broad range of parishioners. If you are interested in creative communication, storytelling, financial planning, and/or questions of priorities, gratitude, generosity, and spiritual values, please consider joining us. March 24-25 there's an opportunity to attend, with other members of the committee, an ecumenical stewardship conference in Boxborough MA. But even if you can't attend the conference, you are welcome to join the committee! 
For more information, contact Leah Rugen, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 617-470-1755
SAVE THE DATE: Lenten Retreat Day - April 8
SAVE THE DATE:  Please save Saturday, April 8, 2017 for a Lenten Retreat Day at Bethany House of Prayer in Arlington, MA. Our full day retreat (probably from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm) will provide a time for the adults and teens of St. Paul's to prayerfully prepare for Holy Week, the days just prior to Good Friday and Easter. Bethany House of Prayer is a ministry with the Sisters of St. Anne-Bethany. More to come. . .
Diocesan Spring Learning Event: Our Stories Speak of God

How can Episcopalians learn to connect their own experiences and faith journeys with scripture? And how do we learn to do this in a way that isn't scary?If we want to make a difference in our community and connect it with our faith, and if we want others to know the transforming power of God in their lives then we need to find a way to talk about it.
The Rev. Hershey Mallette Stephens is on staff at Trinity Episcopal Church, Wall Street, and will lead us in an interactive workshop where we will tell our stories, and listen to others stories. Come share, learn, and be inspired by the way our stories speak of the goodness of God in our time.

All adults and teens at St. Paul's are invited - all clergy, vestry members, church leaders and all those interested in getting comfortable sharing faith are encouraged to attend. 
Registration is $20 per person, $10 per student. There is a group discount for 5 or more from one church.   The Diocese will provide scholarships for anyone interested.  To register, click here.

Saturday March 4, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM EST 
Cathedral Church of St. Paul
138 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02111
Serving us this week
Preacher  The Rev. Michael Robinson
The Rev. Megan C. Holding                 
Assisting Clergy  The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello 
Director of Music and Organist   Andrew  E. Clarkson
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Server  Flora Fried
Crucifer  Claire Holding 
Torchbearers  Pat Dunbar and Sarah Dulla 
Lectors  Julia Boral and Clara Bachelor 
Prayers of the People  Art Wing 
Healing Prayers  Linda Sanches and Julie Starr 
Chalice Bearers     Leah Rugen and Madeleine Taylor 
Eucharistic Visitor  Edward Jacobson 
Altar Guild   10:00 am: John Ferguson and Michael Scheffler 
Greeters      Rebecca Schultzberg, Clara Batchelor, Tammy Hobbs Miracky, Roger House, and Julie House 
Ushers  Sam Scott, Walter Mucha, Hanako Norton, Robert Burke, and Jeannie Baca   
Coffee Hour Hosts Gaedes Family
Sunday School Snack  Carney/Clarkson Family 
Click here to view the server spreadsheet. If you need to make a change, please find someone to swap with and let the office know so that the spreadsheet can be updated. 
Memorials, Prayers, and Celebrations
We remember and celebrate the birthdays of Ken Carter, Christopher Lockhart, Arthur Bianchini, Priscilla Donham, and Lauren Lukason.
We pray for the lives of Barbara and Frank Estes, Regina Smargiassi, and F. Stephen Estes, in whose loving memory the altar flowers are given.
Maria P., Don S., Linda S., Jennifer L., Felina R., the Children and Staff of Mil Milagros, Gladys J., Tim G., Jane,  Maria P., Don S., Linda S., Camille J-F, Janet R., David F., Randy Lewis and Family, Kendall G., Ruth R.,  Paul, John P., Alexander T., Annette W., Martin S., Maryann T., Gerke V., Ken C., Matshai M., and those in the military: Lucas S. and Hana L. 
Scripture Readings
Exodus 24:12-18; 2 Peter 1:16-21; Matthew 17:1-9
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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