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This Week at St. Paul's
March 19, 2017       
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Sunday, March 19, 2017

                  8:00 am: Holy Eucharist Rite I

         1 0:00 am: Holy Eucharist Rite II

                         690   Guide me, O thou great Jehovah  
                         343   Shepherd of souls, refresh

  My song is love unknown    
                    685   Rock of ages, cleft for me      
Please join us for Fellowship Hour in the  
Parish Hall following 10:00 a.m. service.

Thursday, March 23, 2017 
Holy Eucharist: 7:00 am 

Altar Chapter: Teents Adams, Ginny Corliss, Karen Gorton  

Flower Guild: Ginna Parker and Melissa Pearrow

Lay Eucharistic Minister: 8 am: Ian Mackenzie
                                        10 am: Mark Pearrow, Julia Prentice

Greeters: Ed & Koko Bickford; Joe & Chelsea Barbercheck

Lectors:  Joe Barbercheck; Phil McCarley
First Lesson:    Exodus 17:1-7       
Second Lesson: Romans 5:1-11                 

Acolytes :  Lizzie Cochran; Peyton Knightly, Mason Lavalley      
Bells:  Polly Pierce

Fellowship Hour: Susan Fay & Katie Gay

Hello All,

We'll be gathering for Confirmation Class/Youth Group this Sunday, March 19th from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
On topic for discussion is "Jesus Christ & the Holy Spirit".
I do need a volunteer to bring something for us to eat.  Just let me know if you would like to help.
I look forward to seeing everyone.

Yours in Christ,

Saint Paul's 2017 Lenten Series
This year we are offering two times to meet for our Lenten Series. Simply choose the time that works best for your schedule. Join us on Sunday evenings for a simple soup & bread dinner,followed by conversation or on Wednesday afternoons for a study of the Apostles' Creed.       
 I believe in God.....

      For Christians, and for others seeking faith, some powerful answers are contained in the Apostles' Creed, a historic statement of foundational Christian faith. In this compelling study, we will learn not only what Christians believe, but why it matters.
Sunday            Wednesday          I believe in....
6:00 pm             2:00 pm
March 19          March 22                 The Church & the
                                                         Communion of Saints

  March 26           March 29                 The Forgiveness of Sins     
April 2              April 5                     The Resurrection of the Body
Guided by a Christian classic, the Apostles' Creed, Adam Hamilton not only explains Christian beliefs with clarity, but also engages contemporary questions about atheism, science, disparity, violence, and life-and explains why belief matters.
-Nancy R. Howell,   professor of Theology & Philosophy I
of Religion, St. Paul School of Theology.
These books will be in stock at the Blue Bunny.
If you need assistance getting i a copy of the book, please contact Jen Luszcz at m cgrath1975@hotmail.com  or cell 617-803-6504

As part of your personal "fast from carbon," keeping carbon in the ground and reducing emissions, consider the impact of our use of plastics.

Plastic is pervasive in our culture and its effect on our atmosphere is significant. Its production, transport, and landfill decay all emit carbon. Plastics also are made from petroleum, requiring extraction of ancient carbon that is in the ground. Worldwide, we consume 100,000,000 tons or more of plastic each year, generating up to 500 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions. A conservative estimate places plastics on par with the annual emissions of 19 million vehicles, a number of drivers equal to the entire population of New York State. A more liberal estimate puts us closer to the emissions equivalent of 92,000,000 vehicles, or the number of drivers equal to the populations of every state west of the Rockies and Texas. There is no question that our use of plastic has a significant impact on carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere! In addition, plastic trash is found everywhere on land and in all bodies of water.

Plastic recycling does help reduce carbon emissions each year, but most estimates suggest we are recycling no more than 10-15% of the plastic we use. In addition to recycling, we can reduce the impact of plastic by decreasing our use of it. Try these simple tips:
  • Use a reusable bag at the store and at home instead of a plastic bag.
  • Use a refillable water bottle instead of buying water in plastic bottles.
  • Stop using plastic straws, even in restaurants.
  • Choose glass or cardboard packaging.
  • Check the label and avoid purchasing beauty products containing plastic microbeads (body wash, facial scrub)
  • Use a reusable mug for coffee to go.
  • Avoid using single use coffee pods such as Keurig K cups, etc.
  • Use matches instead of disposable plastic lighters.
  • Opt for bulk items at the store instead of products in single serving packaging.
  • Use a razor with replaceable blades instead of a disposable razor.
Creator God, you breathed into us the breath of life and sustain us in our fragile atmosphere. Teach me to be a more faithful steward to keep our air pure and ouratmosphere intact, May we come to realize in our hearts as well as in our heads that we also stand with Creation and never outside of it. May we acquire the wisdom to acknowledge our failures and the courage to make the necessary changes to our lifestyles to preserve your gift of creation for our children, our grandchildren and for all future generations. Amen.

The Diocese of Massachusetts is sending ten high school youths who will represent our Diocese at the Episcopal Youth Event in Oklahoma from July 10 - July 14 th . TWO of
those young people are our very own Aidan and Kyle
Mackenzie . The cost for their participation is $1,500.00. Please consider making a donation to St. Paul's to cover the cost of their travel and participation. In return for your sponsorship, Kyle and Aidan will present a slide show and sermon about their experience.
Every three years, in accordance with General Convention Resolution #1982-D079, the Episcopal Church convenes an international youth event so "that the energy of the youth of the Episcopal Church can continue to be utilized in active ministry as members of the Body of Christ."
Since the first EYE in 1982, this popular event has welcomed thousands of young people from across the Episcopal Church for celebration, worship, learning, and leadership training.

St. Paul's Book Group

Wednesday, April 5th, 7:00pm at the Rectory

In April the book group will discuss Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance. All are welcome.
From a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, a probing look at the struggles of America's white working class through the author's own story of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis-that of poor, white Americans. The disintegration of this group, a process that has been slowly occurring now for over forty years, has been reported with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. In Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hanging around your neck.

The Vance family story began with hope in postwar America. J.D.'s grandparents were "dirt poor and in love" and moved north from Kentucky's Appalachia region to Ohio in the hopes of escaping the dreadful poverty around them. They raised a middle-class family, and eventually one of their grandchildren would graduate from Yale Law School, a conventional marker of success in achieving generational upward mobility. But as the family saga of Hillbilly Elegy plays out, we learn that J.D.'s grandparents, aunt, uncle, sister, and, most of all, his mother struggled profoundly with the demands of their new middle-class life, never fully escaping the legacy of abuse, alcoholism, poverty, and trauma so characteristic of their part of America. With piercing honesty, Vance shows how he himself still carries around the demons of his chaotic family history.

A deeply moving memoir, with its share of humor and vividly colorful figures, Hillbilly Elegy is the story of how upward mobility really feels. And it is an urgent and troubling meditation on the loss of the American dream for a large segment of this country.

The Blue Bunny will have the book in the next week at 20% off if you mention the book group. With many book group members with ties to Appalachia rural America, this should be an interesting conversation. Let Jen Luszcz know if we can help with rides or getting the book,  mcgrath1975@hotmail.com or 617-803-6504.

If you enjoy the movies....this is the group for you ! Once a month (late Sunday afternoon) we will venture to the Dedham Community Theater at 580 High Street to see a movie.   No need to RSVP, simply arrive for the movie and look for Reverend McCarley. Following the movie we will adjourn to a local eating establishment to reflect on the themes, acting, directing of the movie. Join us for lively discussion and entertainment that supports our local community!
St. Paul's annual egg hunt will take place on Saturday April 15 at 3:00PM at the Parish Hall.

If anyone is interested in filling eggs, please see Jen Luszcz. The kids love to see what you put in there!
Details to come.

We are revamping our Facebook page! Check it out for upcoming events and recaps of things that have happened.
If you have anything you'd like to see on the page, let Jen Luszcz know at mcgrath1975@hotmail.com.

Follow this link to: 
St. Paul's Facebook page

Don't forget to "Like" us and spread the word!
Easter Flower Forms will be available this Sunday through April 3rd outside the kitchen and in the Parish Hall. Please return the forms by April 5th.


Bob Corliss
Bill Dole
Chris Grant
Nellie Hooe
Nancy Heiman
John Lamb
Harry McCracken 
Putty McDowell
Barry Phelps
Patricia Storey
Rosita Watson       
Friends and family of parishioners:
Jerri Chestnut, Friend of Andrea O'Connell
Nancy Crowell, Friend of Pen & Sally Jones
Michelle Curly, Friend of those at Fox Hill
Janet Dolan, Sister of Tim Duncan
Jonathan Gengras, Friend of Jennifer Breslin
Carol Golubock, Relative of Nancy Blackett & Rosita Watson
Karen Gray, Sister of Andrea O'Connell
Amy Hanson, Niece of Andrea O'Connell
Steve Herrick, Friend of Ernie & Barbie Greppin
Ella Johnson, Mother of Sheila Johnson
Elnora Johnson, Sister of Sheila Johnson
Pamela Kalt, Friend of Andrea O'Connell
Lee Ladd, Friend of Linda Fuller
Bill Landers, Brother of Lucy Fowler
Michael Lasell, Friend of Andrea O'Connell
Elaine Leblanc, Friend of Barry & Gillian Burlingham
Peter Nicholson, Brother of George Nicholson
Gladys Njubi, Sister of Amy Ranji
Timmy Palthey, Grandson of John & Regina Adams
Clare Pritchett, Cousin of Andrea O'Connell
Belinda Rankins-Swire, Friend of Julie Tittler
Deirdre Spada, Niece of Nick Spada
Frank and Betty Stern, Friends of Mike & Karen GortonLee Culver Wallace, Daughter of Mary Lee Culver
Maria Ware-McGuiness, Sister of Nanette Diaute
Mark Williams, Friend of Sharyn Duncan
Kayla Whitlock, Niece of Charles & Nancy Eliot
We pray for those serving in our Armed Forces especially Luke Heier, nephew of Barbara Millen, who is serving in the Special Forces in the Philippines .

We pray for those who have died, especially Pat Grant, who died on March 13th and James & Adeline McGrath, for whom the flowers on the Jane Clark table are given this Sunday, and for Jane Talbot, Friend of Joan & Prescott Crocker, who passed away last Sunday.

We remember today, O Lord, all those who have served in our Armed Forces and commend them to you for their bravery, their patriotism, and their honor. We ask that those who serve our country today may be kept in your everlasting love and that comfort and encouragement might be given to their families. We pray for peace and ask that your holy will might prevail among all people, and your name be exalted forever.
We pray for our Bishops Alan Gates and Gayle Harris.
Your prayers and support are greatly appreciated.

The Rev. Melanie McCarley