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St. Paul's Episcopal Church Newsletter

News This Week
WORSHIP THIS WEEK
SERVING THIS WEEK
THE WAY OF ST. ANDREW MOVIE NIGHT
LENTEN BOOK DRIVE
MEETING OF ST. PAUL'S ALTAR CHAPTER
ARTICLE HEADLINE
ARTWORK FUNDRAISER
FOX HILL HOLY EUCHARIST
DEDHAM FOOD PANTRY
LENTEN LECTURE SERIES
BABY BASICS VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY
ST. PAUL'S BOOK CLUB
CAPITAL CAMPAIGN
JOIN ONLINE BOOK GROUPS IN 2020
LITURGICAL REVISION: AN OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE
MOVIE REFLECTION GROUP
ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP
PRAYER LIST
This Week at St. Paul's
March 1, 2020         
www.stpauls-dedham.org
(781) 326-4553

WORSHIP THIS WEEK

 
First Sunday in Lent  

 March 1, 2020 

8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite I

10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite II
                                                          

Service Hymns

Hymn 150  "Forty days and forty nights"
Hymn 143  "The glory of these forty days"
Hymn 448  "O love, how deep, how broad, how high"
Hymn 688 "A mighty fortress is our God"

SERVING THIS WEEK
 
*SERVICE PARTICIPANTS*
 
Altar Chapter: Karen Gorton, Pamela Braren, Cheryl Santee

Lay Eucharistic Minister: 8:00 a.m.: Tom Palmer
10 a.m.: Randy Gleason; Matt Harper-Nixon

Greeters: Barbie & Ernie Greppin; Maura Soule; Pen Jones 

Lectors : Barry Burlingham; Barbie Greppin


First Lesson : Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7  

Second Lesson:   Romans 5:12-19


Acolytes:  Thomas Miller; Madisyn Travers

Bell Ringer: Susan Jackson 

Flower Guild : Karen Gorton; Cheryl Lavalley 

Fellowship Hour : Molly Cramer and Jennifer Mitchell 

THE WAY OF ST. ANDREW MOVIE NIGHT

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28TH
 7:00 P.M.
        
          Join us as we see Hollywood's version of Robert the Bruce's
 
                                  OUTLAW KING
 
In 14 th Century Scotland, Robert the Bruce claims the crown and leads a fierce uprising to win back the country's independence from English rule.

We'll gather in the Fellowship Hall of the church .  
Lenten Book Drive 
Beginning March 1st
The Outreach Committee of St. Paul's will be collecting books throughout the season of Lent to be distributed to children and youth at the Dedham Food Pantry. Books in good condition, suitable for children and youths will be collected in the specially-marked bin in the parish hall. Please add to our collection so that we can offer a child the gift of imagination and a brighter future.
          MEETING OF ST. PAUL'S ALTAR CHAPTER
Sunday, March 1, 2020
Following 10:00 a.m. Worship
 
 
Please join us for a meeting following worship on Sunday, March 1 st .  We'll be talking about scheduling and gathering everyone's perspectives on the best ways to structure our work.  Rev. Melanie will also give us some helpful hints about setting up for Holy Eucharist & baptisms.
 
If you are interested in joining the Altar Chapter, this is a great time to learn more about this ministry. We are flexible and family-friendly, and will find a way to work around your  schedule.   If you have questions, please contact Don Elmore at delmore@wellesley.edu .
 
Good Practices at Church During the Flu Season
St. Paul's is committed to providing a safe and supportive space for body, mind, soul and spirit. As we become aware of the potential spread of the coronavirus, your vestry and clergy believe it prudent to take the normal precautions followed in previous flu outbreaks. Here is what we and our health care advisors recommend:
 
1.   If you are ill, please stay home and take care of yourself.
2.   We will continue to keep alcohol-based hand sanitizers in the pews and entrances to the church. Please sanitize your hands upon entering the church and after exchanging the Peace.
3.   The common cup is normally safe for healthy persons, but during times of epidemics or certainly if you have been exposed to an illness, it is best to dip your bread into the cup. The Eucharistic Minister will lower the cup and tip it slightly toward you so you can dip the end of the wafer. 
4.   You may also avoid the cup, just receiving the bread or cross your arms and receive a blessing. 
5.   Eucharistic Ministers and priests are careful to sanitize their hands prior to handling the bread or administering Communion. 
6.   If you have any concerns about being contagious to others, please seek advice from your health care professional. 
 
Thank you for following these simple practices. We are committed to work together to keep everyone safe and healthy.  
 
If you are ill and forced to stay home, or are admitted to the hospital, please notify the church office: 781-326-4553 or cconnolly@stpauls-dedham.org.  We will be happy to pray for you.  Reverend Melanie is also readily available to visit you in the hospital for prayer and support.
Let's work together to stay safe and healthy.
 
Melanie 
 
ARTWORK FUNDRAISER

HELP SUPPORT ST. PAUL'S STEEPLE REPAIRS
  Purchase a set of 12 notecards for $25.00

These notecards were painted by members of the Dedham Art Group that meets on Tuesdays at St. Paul's. The original paintings will be auctioned later in the spring; however, everyone can enjoy the prints through a purchase of the notecards. All of the proceeds will go to the steeple repairs. You can purchase the cards on Sunday mornings or through the Parish Office.  
HOLY EUCHARIST AT FOX HILL 

          HOLY EUCHARIST AT FOX HILL
 
    will take place at 2:45 p.m .  in the
PRIVATE DINING ROOM
            
  March 9 & 23; 
April 6 & 20; May 4 & 18; June 1 & 15
Dedham Food Pantry Needs
 For the month of March , the Dedham Food   Pantry needs:
                             Baby Food
                          Vegetable Oil
                           Toilet Paper

Please pick up one of these items when you go for your weekly shopping, and drop it by St. Paul's when you come to church on Sunday morning. Your thoughtfulness and generosity will go a good ways to helping our community stay healthy.
LENTEN LECTURE SERIES 
     
 
"ENTERING THE PASSION OF JESUS"
 
 
 
Sundays 5:30 p.m. Discussion with
Soup & Bread Dinner
 
Wednesdays 2:00- 3:00 p.m. Discussion
   
 
In every good story, there is history and there is risk
In Entering the Passion of Jesus: A Beginner's Guide to Holy Week , author, professor, and biblical scholar Amy-Jill Levine delves into the history and literature surrounding the last days of Jesus' life. Levine sets the narrative in historical context and analyzes the risks and motives of the story's characters.
 
From Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem to his prayerful agony in Gethsemane,   Levine brings forward aspects and details that open doors for beginners as well as seasoned readers of the Bible. She shows how the text raises ethical and spiritual questions for the reader, and how we all face risk in our Christian experience.
 
You may order a copy of the book by e-mailing Melissa Quinn at the Parish Office at mquinn@stpauls-dedham.org  by 2/21 . The cost of the book is $8.50.
 
Sunday        Wednesday      Topic
March 1       March 4          "Jerusalem: Risking Reputation"
March 8       March 11        "The Temple: Risking Righteous Anger"
March 15     March 18         "Teachings: Risking Challenge"
March 22     March 25         "The First Dinner: Risking Rejection"
March 29     April 1             "The last Supper: Risking the Loss of Friends"
BABY BASICS VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITY

St. Paul's is invited to join volunteers at the Baby Basics distribution evening on Tuesday, March 3 rd , 5:30-7:00 pm. This is an informal evening, when the Baby Basics volunteers not only distribute diapers but also provide a warm meal and friendly community to the participating parents/families. St. Paul's volunteers are also welcome to join the dinner alongside the volunteers and families. The dinner will be beef stew, salad, and rolls, and we will be bringing fruit to contribute.
 
Children accompanied by parents are also welcome to join! This is a great opportunity to volunteer with your children in a family friendly environment.
 
If you are interested in volunteering at this event, please contact Rev. Melanie or Rachel Miller ( rachelmiller.editor@gmail.com ).
 
The distribution is held at 1154 Great Plain Avenue at the Congregational Church of Needham. We will be organizing a carpool for this event. Please let us know if you will be joining us!  
ST. PAUL'S BOOK CLUB
 
 

   St. Paul's Book Club meets
Wednesday,March 4th at 7 p.m. at the Rectory

                
  T his month's book choice is Shah of Shahs by Ryszard Kapuscinski
 

If you would like to be added to the Book Group e-mail list, or you would like more   information about the group, e-mail  Allyson at

CAPITAL CAMPAIGN DISCERNMENT
MARK YOUR CALENDAR TO JOIN ONE OF OUR FOCUS GROUP DISCUSSIONS

Tuesday, March 24th at 1:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m                       Saturday, March 28th at 10:00 a.m.
 
As many of you know, we are facing some critical physical (and other, anticipated) needs at St Paul's. As you may be aware, our Church Steeple has significant damage and is in need of repair. In addition, our heating system is nearing the end of its life span. What's more, we recently discovered (when we looked into the possibility of solar panels) that the roof of our   rectory is structurally unsound. Of equal importance is rebuilding our Long-Term Maintenance Fund, so we are better positioned to address future capital improvements as they arise. We are embarking upon a parish-wide Discernment Process to formulate a strategy for addressing these needs. Please consider coming to one of the upcoming Focus Group Discussion sessions. Your input will go a good ways towards helping us discern where we should be focusing our efforts.
Join online book groups in 2020
Diocesan ministry networks will be facilitating online book discussions in January, February and March, each inspired by one of the themes of the diocesan mission strategy.  All are welcome to join one or more of the discussions online via Zoom on the following Wednesdays, from 7 to 8 p.m.:

"Transforming Evangelism" launches online book group series:


* Feb. 19 (please note date change from previous announcements), focused on "Building Our Relationships":  The book is How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi, and the online discussion will be facilitated by K. Holly Maze Carter.
* March 25, focused on "Engaging Our World":  The book is Climate Church, Climate World by Jim Antal, and the discussion will be facilitated by the Rev. Lise Hildebrandt of the Creation Care Justice Network.
Zoom links for joining the discussions are posted here.  Questions may be e-mailed to missionstrategy@diomass.org  
LITURGICAL REVISION:  An Opportunity to Participate



 
The site is available in English and Spanish. Developed by the Task Force on Liturgical and Prayer Book Revision, the website includes draft documents that outline plans and principles to guide work on new liturgical texts.  It also serves as a clearinghouse of all liturgies already approved for use by General Convention.  The website includes a submission page designed to collect feedback on the draft documents, ideas for liturgical revision and liturgies that have been developed by dioceses and local congregations. Before its next meeting in April, members of the task force request that bishops, liturgical officers and diocesan liturgical commissions study both the draft documents it has produced and the provisions of Resolution 2018-A068 and respond via the website .  
  MOVIE REFLECTION GROUP
                                   
Please note we are taking a hiatus during Lent
      and the next  Movie Night will be Sunday, April 26th                
 

      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.
Environmental Stewardship 
"Love the earth just as much as God does..."
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu
 
As this season of Lent beings, our roles as stewards of God's great Creation has never been more important. The climate change crisis the Earth is experiencing requires deeper commitment to our engagement in a "carbon fast." Small steps help us do what we can to address a changing global climate, warming temperatures, rising sea levels, and severe storms, just to name a few.  Our fast from carbon includes many familiar actions, including driving less, supporting local agriculture, refusing bottled water and plastic packaging, reducing electricity use, recycling, etc. Lent has also offered us a time to repent and ask God for forgiveness for our carelessness with His many gifts to us as we consider reducing our own carbon emissions.
 
Faith communities around the world have drawn deeply on the resources of their own traditions, approaching pressing environmental issues due to carbon emissions through their most fundamental convictions about God, humanity, and the gift of Creation.  Global faith based environmental stewardship is a powerful and driving voice for the religious imperative to seek justice and healing for the whole community of life on Earth.  (excerpts from http://www.nrpe.org/overview.html )
 
More locally, Massachusetts Interfaith Power & Light ( http://www.mipandl.org / ) is an important environmental steward in our own state. The Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts also provides important leadership for the care of Creation.
 
As Earth Day #50 on April 22 approaches, this season of Lent provides a compelling opportunity to embrace vital actions we all can take to reduce our impact on Creation. Take a few minutes to peruse the links below to organizations that are working hard to provide leadership in the care of Creation:
 
Interfaith Power & Light  http://www.interfaithpowerandlight.org  /
 
Massachusetts Interfaith Power & Light   http://www.mipandl.org  /
 
 
GreenFaith Interfaith Partners for the Environment    http://www.greenfaith.org/
 
Anglican Communion Environmental Network   http://acen.anglicancommunion.org
 
Creation Justice Ministries  http://www.creationjustice.org/
 
"Creator God, you formed us from the dust of the earth, and reveal your fingerprints in all flesh. Teach us your deep wisdom in the order and beauty of all that you have made.
When our care for your creation is found wanting, reprove and reform us, so that our footprints may be more gentle on the earth, tending and keeping it as your own handiwork, through Jesus Christ our Lord.   Amen."  (Anglican Church of Australia)
 
"To restore the waters, to refresh the air, we join with the Earth and with each other.
To renew the forests, to care for the plants, to protect the creatures, we join with the earth and with each other. To celebrate the seas, to rejoice in the sunlight, to sing the song of the stars, we join with the earth and with each other. To recreate the human community, to promote justice and peace, to remember our children, we join with the earth and with each other, we join together as many and diverse expressions the healing of the Earth and the renewal of all life.  Amen"  (UN Environmental Sabbath Programme)
   
PRAYER LIST

Parishioners:  
Ginny Corliss
Betty Leonard
Mary Norton
Andrea O'Connell

Friends and family of parishioners:   
Iris Bergdall, cousin of Andrew Tittler
Kevin Bowen, friend of Mary Jane & Jim Devins 
Patrick Bunn
Deb Couloumbe, friend of Maryann Badejo
Michelle Curly, friend of those at Fox Hill
Cheryl Curran, friend of Bill & Jeannine Adams
John Connolly, fath-in-law of Christine Connolly 
Karen Ellett, friend of Julie & Andrew Tittler
Lynne Fisher, mother of Rachel Fisher Parkman
Andrea Gleason, sister of Randy Gleason
Karen Gray, sister of Andrea O'Connell
Christopher Haff, nephew of Polly Pierce
Amy Hanson, niece of Andrea O'Connell
Sean Harper, cousin of Melanie McCarley
Becky Johnson, friend of Maggi Lamb
Elnora Johnson, sister of Sheila Johnson
Pamela Kalt, friend of Andrea O'Connell
Marsha Kelley, sister-in-law of Maura and Bob Soule
Joey Lambert, friend of Chuck & Nancy Eliot  
Keith Mahle, friend of the Rev. Melanie
John Moffett, friend of Nancy & Jeff Randall 
Libby Moore, niece of Nancy Blackett
Steve Njuguna, brother of Amy Ranji
Gladys Njubi, sister of Amy Ranji
Timmy Palthey, grandson of John & Regina Adams
Clare Pritchett, cousin of Andrea O'Connell
Luciana Rivera, friend of the Soule family
Martha Smick, friend of Nancy McKelvy
Deirdre Spada, niece of Nick Spada
Julia Spencer, friend of Pen & Sally Jones
Noni Spindler, friend of Beatrice Dole
Cindy St. Peter, mother of Sara St. Peter
Frank and Betty Stern, friends of Mike & Karen Gorton
Sarah Taylor, niece of Tim Duncan
Maria Ware-McGuiness, sister of Nanette Diaute
Karen Wango, sister of Amy Ranji
Rebecca Weiss, daughter of Sandy Cunningham
Kayla Whitlock, niece of Charles & Nancy Eliot
Cynthia Wilcox, friend of Mary Jane & Jim Devins
Mark Williams, friend of Sharyn Duncan
 
We pray for those serving in our Armed Forces, especially Luke Heier, nephew of Barbara Millen, serving with the Special Forces, and James Corliss, grandson of Ginny Corliss,  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 those who have died. 

We pray for peace in the war-torn regions of our world and for all who have lost homes and loved ones due to violence or natural disasters. 
 
We pray for our Bishops Alan Gates and Gayle Harris.
 
Your prayers and support are greatly appreciated.
 
Regards,


The Rev. Melanie McCarley
Rector