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The First Proclamation of Religious Tolerance: 450 Year Celebration

Wouldn't it be astonishing if our world today proclaimed religious freedom for all! It happened 450 years ago, in a small European country lodged between Hungary and Romania, led by a King who had become a Unitarian. While around them Catholics and Protestants burned one another at the stake, and Christians fought to repel Muslim advances, tolerance was achieved in this place. How and why could they do it? Why not now? We'll study the Edict of Torda, our heritage, this Sunday.
From the Minister
How often are your thoughts and insights about God valued? Many churches "teach" the "doctrine" worshipers should believe; questioning these "time-tested truths" is either frowned upon or "answered." But at King's Chapel we affirm the "freedom of both pulpit and pew": clergy preach what they understand, and everyone in the pews is free to accept or reject it. We trust people's individual freedom of conscience, our ability to reason, and our ability to share ideas and grow. It's one of the best things about our church. I'd love many more people to discover this about us.

I think this freedom is as old as humanity itself - each of us born with a brain capable of thinking our own thoughts, making our own decisions. We have "free will." But since early time, one group of people has always wished they could control others' wills - our ways of seeing and acting and being. As the church developed, this instinct for controlling behavior and thoughts often won out; when church and state were interlocked, church doctrine could be used to tame civil society in the manner the state rulers preferred. But in the Unitarian tradition, freedom of thought still remains. What does that mean for you? For others you might know who seek that freedom?
- Joy
Upcoming
Many Meetings | Tuesday February 6 | 6 - 8 pm

Committee chairs and members are urged to attend the Many Meetings this  Tuesday, February 6.  
This is a chance for all to come together to plan their work for the coming year.  We will start at  6 pm with a short worship in the Little Chapel, followed by a dinner in the parlor.  At  7 pm we will break for individual
committee meetings with the expectation to wrap up by  8 pm.Please let your staff liaison know if your committee will be meeting. 

 If you are not on a committee, this is a chance for you to come and learn what committee work is all about!

We look forward to seeing you here!
Shrove Pancakes | Sunday February 11 | 10 AM

Before celebrating Mardi Gras this year, join us on the second floor of the Parish House to eat as many pancakes and waffles as your belly can possibly hold, made by our church school. A buffet table will be set up with plenty of toppings. Bring your friends, bring some Mardi Gras flare, most importantly, bring your appetite! 

Bistro 64: Mardi Gras | Tuesday February 13 | 6:30 pm | 64 Beacon St, Boston

B istro 64 continues with a festive "Mardi Gras" dinner on  Tuesday, February 13 . We celebrate this occasion - also knows as "Fat  Tuesday " - with sumptuous creole cuisine. 
Don on your favorite mask and get ready for a fun evening. 

Please select a dish to bring, either an appetizer, salad, or side dish. There is a limit of 20 individuals. You many prepare your dish at home or make it in the Parish House kitchen starting at  5 pm. (To give all King's Chapel members and friends a chance to participate in a Bistro 64 dinner, we ask that individuals who have already attended an event give others the opportunity to sign up. Thank you!) 

Click here for full information and to Sign up online  -
 or - contact co-chairs: 
Anne Sexton ( annewsexton1@gmail.com
or  Gregg Sorensen ( gds1960@yahoo.com ).

We look forward to getting together with you!
Ash Wednesday: Imposition of Ashes and Services| February 14 

Members and clergy of King's Chapel will be at the chapel all day, 8 AM - 6 PM, to provide ashes to anyone who chooses to receive. 

A bridge mid-day service will be offered at 12:15 PM
Our Holy communion service will be offered at 6 PM
King's Chapel Winter Retreat: Fueling the Fire: Spiritual Practices for Modern Faith | February 16-18 | Glastonbury Abbey, Hingham, MA
 
At this year's retreat at Glastonbury Abbey we will explore ways to fuel our inner spiritual fire and come back to our center. Come and join us to reconnect, recharge and refuel. Hosted by Rev. Amelia Nugent. Please contact assistant.minister@kings-chapel.org for more details.

Lenten Bible Study | Beginning February 21
7 pm Wednesdays - OR - 12 pm Thursdays 

There is an old saying about the Gospel of John: it is like a pool that's safe for a child to paddle in but deep enough for an elephant to swim in. 

This Lent we will dive into the language, imagery, and complex theology of the Gospel of John, discovering what it means to you, while listening to what it means to other people in our congregation. 

Please contact host Rev. Amelia Nugent for further details here: assistant.minister@kings-chapel.org
Save the Dates
  • 5:30-7 pm Saturday-Sunday February 9-10; 16-17: Till Death Us Do Part: History Program Tours. Tickets available here.
  • 7 pm Wednesdays OR 12 pm Thursdays beginning February 21: Lenten Bible Study
  • 10 am Sunday February 25: Social Justice Visioning
  • 5 pm Sunday February 25: 60th Anniversary Concert Series: Concerto! 
  • 6:30 pm Thursday March 1: "An Elegant and Lofty Steeple": A Lecture by Aaron M. Helfand; hosted by The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, New England Chapter at King's Chapel. Tickets available here.
  • 2 pm Saturday March 3: Family Game Day
  • 6:30 pm Saturday March 10: Bistro 64 Greek Easter Vigil
  • 10 am Sunday March 18: Praying with the Mystics; hosted by Rev. Joy Fallon
  • 5 pm Sunday March 18: 60th Anniversary Concert Series: Israel in Egypt
Look Back
New Members Welcome!

   Amanda Cegielski            Christopher Allen

Amanda Cegielski has lived in Somerville for the past seven years. Amanda works in educational technology and enjoys baking and knitting.  She's excited to join the welcoming community of King's Chapel. She has been married to Christopher Allen since April of 2017. 

Chris has lived in Massachusetts for five years, moving here from Oklahoma.  His hobbies include candymaking, Chinese cookery, and craft beer.  He enjoys both the community of Kings Chapel and its rich history.  Joy was kind enough to marry him and his beautiful wife Amanda in April last year.
Special Meeting January 28

A special meeting was held after our Morning Prayer service last Sunday. The agenda was to review proposals to the bylaws, and to approve the 2018 budget.

  • Proposal I - to change the Covenant phrase "service of man".  The members present voted to change the phrase to "service of all." The Covenant will now read, "In the love of truth, and the spirit of Jesus Christ, we unite for the worship of God and the service of all."
  • Proposal II - to accept the recommendations of the Parish Council to change the requirements of new members to join.  The members present voted to accept the changes as proposed.
  • Proposal III - to accept edits to the bylaws as proposed, which were minor clarifications and edits, and to accept edits to Articles V,X,XIV which give the Wardens greater discretion to choose the dates for elections and committee reports.  Approved.
The budget for 2018 was accepted as presented.

We are grateful for the turnout for this very special meeting, and for everyone so thoughtfully attending the discussions prior to this vote.
From the History Program

If you're dying for something different to do this Valentine's Day, join the King's Chapel History Program on a candlelit crypt tour, exploring the history of love, loss, and laying the dead to rest!

Uncover the history of American mourning traditions, funeral customs, and burial practices as they relate to the loss of a loved one throughout Boston's history. Explore the crypt beneath King's Chapel, walking among the 21 tombs, and discover the stories of the historic people and couples laid to rest within them.

Tours offered at 5:30 PM and 6:15 PM on February 9-10 and 16-17.   $10 per person. Advance tickets required.

Please purchase your tickets here.
From the Church School
Family Game Day | March 3 | 2 pm - 4 pm 
64 Beacon St

As I venture through Beacon Hill or Arlington or Cambridge each week, I look at the people around me and I notice they all have something in common: their eyes are cast down, fixated on a screen. Usually their focus is whatever's on the screen of a smart phone. Sometimes a person on the bus will be staring at the screen of a laptop. Did we ever have a time without screens? What did families and friends do without the internet, video games, or television? 

On  Saturday, March 3rd , the Church School is hosting a Family Game Day  at the Parish House. Games like Checkers, Chess, Apples to Apples, and Blokus will be set out ready to play. Snacks will be provided. All ages are welcome to join us as we set our screens aside and get to know our neighbors over some friendly competition. 

 - Ryan Harrison
Weep/Rejoice
We rejoice with young George Boitano (left in the photo) who performed last Sunday in Pierce Hall as a participant in the Chamber Music Festival at the New England Conservatory.  George is a trombone player who has played for us at the 9 AM Morning Light service, also. This past Sunday, George was the scripture reader at worship. He is pictured here with his father, also George, who serves as Chair of the Church School Committee.
 

 
We rejoice that Widad Ayad may return to her home by week's end, with family support. She can be reached by telephone either at the Marian Manor in South Boston or at her home.   
 
We continue to hold in our prayers Ray Hardin, who has suffered some health setbacks. We hold him in our prayers and hope for his full recovery and return among us.
 
Pam Bergeron continues to thank us for her prayers. She returned to Massachusetts General Hospital last week, but hopes to be home again soon.
 
We are pleased to share that Leo Johnson is regaining his strength and doing well.  He and Dorothy are happy to receive calls and notes at their home in Dedham. 

Calendar in Brief

Sunday February 4
  • 10 AM Church School 
  • 10 AM Church School Committee meeting
Tuesday February 6
  • 6 PM Many Meetings Worship and Dinner
  • 7 PM Many Meetings
Thursday February 8 
  • 6 PM Minns Committee
Friday-Saturday; February 9-10
  • 5:30 PM Till Death Us Do Part Tours 
Sunday February 11
  • 10 AM Shrove Pancake Breakfast
In This Issue
Past Sermons
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Sunday Services
February 4
Morning Light | 9 am

Transylvanian Holy Communion | 11 am
The Rev. Joy Fallon will Preach
  • Heinrich Christensen, Music Director
  • Denton Crews, Lector
  • Paul Luca, Head Usher
  • Cathy Price, Usher in Charge
  • Stephen Courtney, Christopher Allen, Paul Luca, Ushers
  • Clark Aitkin, Verger
The Readings:
  • Psalm: 147:1-6
  • Old Testament: Isaiah 40:21-31      
  • New Testament: Mark 1:29-39             
The flowers on the communion table are given by Anne and Peter Sexton in loving memory of  Molly and William Barthorpe, Teresa and Donald Sexton.
 
At the communion rail following the service, Bill Kuttner  will greet those interested in learning more about King's Chapel.
 
After the service, all are welcome to attend Coffee Hour,
hosted by Anne Sexton and friends of the  Hospitality Committee.
From the Bench
 
Our musical centerpiece for Transylvanian Communion is the excellent Keble Missa Brevis by British, now New York-based, composer Philip Stopford. In addition, you will hear German organist Hans Uwe Hielscher's variations on the hymn tune Immortal, Invisible, and a personalized take on our Isaiah lesson. Our soloists are Mary Sears, David Hughes, and tenor Andy Troska who will also offer the Introit, The Infinite Shining Heavens, music by Vaughan Williams set to a text by Robert Louis Stevenson of Treasure Island fame.
Tuesday Recitals
Tuesday, January 30
12:15 pm


Nathaniel Cox, cornetto
Heinrich Christensen, organ
Music from the Italian Renaissance

From the Chancel Committee
Dear Members and Friends:

The flowers, for our beautiful Chancel, have traditionally been paid for by a combination of member donations for memorials and the Chancel Committee budget. Flowers are always on the Communion Table every week of the year, except during lent.

Unfortunately, the cost of purchasing flowers each week has gone way beyond the Chancel Committee's resources.

The Chancel Committee is seeking members and friends to help defray the Committees expenses by making a donation. People in the past have had a number of motivations to give flowers. Among the examples are: honoring a loved one, celebration for a new birth, an anniversary, in thanksgiving for parents, grand-parents grand-children. [Click to Read More]
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Accessibility Assists

Our beautiful Georgian sanctuary designed by Peter Harrison and completed in 1754, has been lovingly maintained by the congregation since its completion. One of the box pews has been made wheel-chair accessible. Ushers are available to assist those who are wheelchair-bound to that pew.

A sound system has been installed in the sanctuary of The Chapel to amplify the sound during worship services. Hearing assistance devices are available for your use. Please see an Usher for assistance.