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Choral Evensong | May 15, 5 PM

King's Chapel will celebrate the Festival of Pentecost with a service of Choral Evensong sung by the King's Chapel Choir on Sunday, May 15th, at 5 PM. Evensong will be preceded by an organ recital at 4:30 PM given by Heinrich Christensen. The program will including music by composers DuruflĂ©, MacMillan, Willan, Parratt, and Foss.
Upcoming Events ...
Lecture Series on Unitarianism - History and Where We Go |
 May 11

The Rev. Stephen Kendrick, of First Church Boston, will give this Spring's final Minns lecture tonight at his church. The topic is Unitarian Universalist life - past, present, and future. For more information, and to sign up, go to the Minns Lectures website: . Dinners will be provided at 6 PM, and the lectures will begin at about 7:15 PM, at First Church.
Common Art Art Show |  May 14, 11 AM

This  Saturday, May 14th  from  11 AM until 4 PM  at the Prudential Center in Boston, in the Huntington Arcade.

Common Art, a program of the Common Cathedral (one of our partner Churches) provides space, materials, and caring support staff to support unhorsed and low income individuals as they develop their artistic abilities.

In partnership with several other similar programs, their artists will be exhibiting and selling their work under the City HeART program  this Saturday .  Please stop by to support this wonderful program!

Simon Bon Voyage Party |  May 15

Simon Pilecki will be leaving us on Friday, May 20.  We will be celebrating his good work and sending him on his way after our Morning Prayer Service on Sunday May 15.  Please join us at the Parish House for a light luncheon, and help us send Simon on his way to new adventures! Please RSVP to Gretchen at
Theology on Tap | May 18, 7 PM

Believer. Non-believer. Confident. Curious. Join us for a lively discussion of big questions at a local pub. On May 18th at 7 PM, we will discuss the theologies, mysteries, and curiosities of Holy Communion. Anyone 21 and over is welcome to join. We will meet at The Kinsale, located across from City Hall Plaza. For more information or to RSVP, contact
Blessing of the Animals | May 22, 9 AM

Join us in the beauty of our Parish House Garden (located behind 64 Beacon Street, accessible via Branch Street) for an annual service in celebration and thanksgiving for the animals that give us so much joy. Through a liturgy that includes brief readings, prayers, and hymns, we will bless each animal and each relationship. We will thank God for the loving and forgiving creatures that bless our lives. Please contain animals that sting, bite, or scratch. If you cannot bring your animal, we will gladly bless photos, stuffed animals, or any other item that invokes memory. We welcome all.
Memorial Service for Jay Schochet | June 1, 11 AM

Our longtime member Jay Schochet died in March, and his Memorial Service will be held at King's Chapel on Wednesday, June 1, at 11 AM. Jay served on the Vestry, and founded the Men's Dinner group. Jay's widow Suzie has arranged for the service to include music provided by a small orchestra and choir because of their love of the King's Chapel concert series. A reception will follow the service. All members of King's Chapel and friends of the Schochets are warmly invited to the service.
Children's Sunday | June 5, 11 AM

On June 5th, we will not have a Morning Light Service or Church School. Instead, we invite everyone to join us at the Big Chapel at 11 AM where children, youth, parents, and teachers will take part in the Morning Prayer Service with Holy Communion. 
All Parish Picnic  | June 5

On June 5th, please join us at the Parish House after the 11 AM Morning Prayer Service with Holy Communion for the All Parish Picnic. Hamburgers, hot dogs, condiments, and drinks will be provided. Feel free to bring a salad, side, or dessert to share. While enjoying food and fellowship, take the time to say hello to the younger generation of the Kings Chapel community and discover what the Church School has been up to this year.
Pride Parade | June 11

Join King's Chapel as we march in the Boston Pride Parade on Saturday, June 11th at 12 PM. The parade kicks off at Copley Square, travels through the South End, then passes both the King's Chapel Parish House and Stone Chapel before finishing at Government Center. All are welcome to participate. For more information, contact
King's Chapel's 330th Birthday |  June 12

June 12 will be a special day at King's Chapel: we celebrate our 330th Birthday and welcome new members at our Morning Prayer Service!  Please mark this date on your calendar so that you can be sure to join us.
King's Chapel Habitat for Humanity-Boston Build | June 25

We have nearly a full team for the June 25 (the first Sunday of Summer) King's Chapel Habitat for Humanity-Boston build.  We can accept 1 or 2 more.  The build runs from 9 AM to 3:30 PM with a one hour lunch break.  In the past the KC teams have enjoyed lunch in one of the local ethnic restaurants. 

The build will be at one of the HFH-Boston sites now under construction in Roslindale, Mattapan, or Dorchester.  The exact location will be selected hy HFH-Boston based upon the specific build site requirements.  Work will be available for all skill levels (including none). For more information on HFH-Boston and the site where they build, go to  and

King's Chapel has supported HFH-Boston both financially and with multiple volunteer efforts.  If you haven't done this before, please consider joining now. The minimum age to participate is 16.  To enroll or for more information contact Emanuel Genovese at 617-738-6367 or , or Peter Sexton at 781-383-9028 or .
News from the Parish House
Joy Away

Joy is out of town until May 15. If you need assistance prior to her return, you can email the Parish Administrator, Gretchen Horton ( or the 
Assistant Minister, the Rev. Shawn Fiedler (
63 Beacon Street Completion!

The day has arrived and the work at 63 Beacon Street is complete!  We are pleased with the restoration work, done by Beacon Hill Restoration's team of Aaron and Andrew.  While it took much longer than anticipated, this was because of the extent of rot and decay that was discovered when removing the columns and mantels.  They have expertly restored it so that it should last for many years.  Additionally, they painted it to match the original paint, and the glass sidelights were replaced. It looks beautiful!

From the Freedom Trail Visitor Program

Meet our Educators!

Last week, I introduced our new educator Rosalie Wilbur. This week, in part two of five, please welcome Jared Muehlbauer to the King's Chapel Visitors Program team!


Jared moved to Boston a year ago to attend the UMass Boston Historical Archaeology
M.A. program. Prior to moving to Mass-achusetts, he completed his bachelor's at SUNY  Potsdam in Archaeology and Anthropology and spent a year in Knoxville, TN as part of  AmeriCorps. He is interested in public and community archaeology and is excited to get the  chance to engage more directly with people at King's Chapel. He is excited to be part of a team  working to make history relevant and meaningful to people and society today.

Roof Work at the Church

Bear with us! You will notice, when you are at the church, that there is scaffolding up in the back. Gilbert and Beckles has been hired to do roof repair for the next month. They will be replacing gutters and doing roof work over the chancel. While here, they will also be inspecting other parts of the roof for wear and tear.
Parish House Garden

With thanks to the Garden Committee and the Beacon Hill Garden club, King's Chapel Parish House now has a beautifully restored garden.  Currier Landscaping was hired to remove the dying plants and trees, plant new ones and transplant many of our healthy flowering bushes. To top it off, mulch was put through-out the gardens, and the lawn was replaced with new sod.

We are grateful for the support of the Beacon Hill Garden Club in helping to make this happen, and for our own committee for its work in selecting plants that fit perfectly in our space.

New Office Assistant

While we are sad that Simon will be leaving us next week, we are happy to share that his position has been filled by someone whom we feel is equally competent. Brad Werner will join us beginning next Wednesday May 18, and will have a little overlap with Simon. More to follow next week!
In This Issue
Wednesday, May 11 , 6 PM

Matthew Weinstein, Preaching
  • Mindy Hinkel, Hospitality
  • Sudeep Agarwala, Soloist
Sunday, May 15, 11 AM

The Rev. Joy Fallon, Preacher
  • Stephen Courtney, Lector
  • Anne Sexton and Paul Luca, Head Ushers
  • Sylvia Soderberg, Usher in Charge
  • Karen Dalton, Todd Lee, and Betsy Peterson, Ushers
  • Simon Pilecki, Verger
The Readings:
  • Psalm 104: 24-33
  • Old Testament: Genesis 11: 1-9
  • New Testament: Acts of the Apostles 2:1-4
  • Gospel: John 14: 23-29
The flowers on the communion table are given in loving memory of 
Pauline, Delmas, Gary Don, and Jill Hardin, by Ray Hardin.
After the service, all are invited to the Parish House for a luncheon in celebration of Simon Pilecki, hosted by the Parish Council.

At the communion rail following the service, 
Todd Lee will greet those interested in learning more about King's Chapel.
From the Bench
By Heinrich Christensen
This Sunday brings a veritable cornucopia of music for Pentecost. Anthems include Scotsman James MacMillan's setting of Factus est repente from the book of Acts, and Lukas Foss' Behold,
excerpted from a longer anthem written for the dedication of Boston University's Marsh Chapel. Additionally, for Evensong you will hear Psalm 104 chanted Anglically in its entirety, as well as the canticles Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis by Healey Willan, a prolific church music composer who spent most of his career in Toronto. 

The organ recital and voluntaries include Robert Sirota's Celestial Wind,  an organ toccata depicting the giving of the Holy Spirit. You will also hear two sets of variations on the Pentecostal plainchant Veni Creator Spiritus  written three centuries apart by Frenchmen Nicolas de Grigny and Maurice DuruflĂ©. And last, but not least, English composer Herbert Sumsion's soothing chorale prelude on Ralph Vaughan Williams' hymn tuneDown Ampney  (Come Down, O Love Divine).
Tuesday Recital
Tuesday, May 17, 12:15 PM

Hathor Winds
Carter, Klughardt, Hindemith
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The Parish
Mothers Day Walk for Peace Recap

On Sunday, May 8th, King's Chapel walked in the Mother's Day Walk for Peace. There were 23 of us standing in solidarity with parents and families who have been touched by violence in the city of Boston. Thank you for your witness. Special thanks to Carol Genovese for organizing this years efforts. For more information about the Louis D. Brown Institute for Peace visit:

Simon's Departure

Simon's last day at King's Chapel will be May 20th, where he will be catching up with friends and family before his departure on June 6th to Zambia. From there, he will be serving as an English Teaching assistant for 27 months. Below he reflects on his time at King's Chapel, and all the good which has come from it:

I'll never forget my first day at King's Chapel. It was Labor Day 2014, and in between filling out paperwork, I was riding with Joy from the Church to the Parish House and back, collecting a summer's worth of trash the Church had accumulated to be picked up at Parish House for proper disposal.

I probably should have questioned if staying on at King's Chapel was a smart decision. But I stayed on regardless, and can say the past (almost!) two years have been a bumpy but beyond satisfying ride. The community here at King's Chapel has been so welcoming, I've felt very much at home during my time here. Leaving is always hard, but I know King's Chapel will continue to thrive. I will be blogging throughout my trip for those who wish to follow me, and have put my contact information into the Directory. God Bless and God Speed!

Matt's Departure

Join us in wishing Godspeed to our seminarian Matthew Weinstein. Matt has been a regular presence at all three worship services and has taken leadership roles in Wednesdays at 6 PM and Sundays at 9 AM. Join us on May 25th following the Wednesday 6 PM service for a dinner in his honor at Scholars Bistro (located on School Street). RSVP to
Stewardship Update

Thank you to all who continue to make their commitment to be a Steward of King's Chapel. 

This week we want to thank Carol Dean for her commitment.
If you haven't made your pledge, you still have time!  All pledges due by  May 15th !
to donate!
Upcoming Meetings
Parish Council Meeting-
Tuesday, June 7, at 6 PM

Community Action Committee Meeting-
Friday, June 9, at 6:30 PM

Vestry Meeting-
Tuesday, June 14 at 6 PM
Changing of the Guard 
Contributing to Between Sundays

Want something in Between Sundays? Feel free to email Simon at with a written piece and/or pictures before Wednesday at Noon!
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.