Keeping King's Chapel's members and friends connected each week between Sunday worship services with updates from the Parish House.
From the Minister 

A History Lesson

In the weeks after Easter, we read from "The Acts of the Apostles," Luke's history of what the early Christians did after their Easter experiences - how they regrouped, ate meals together, cared for each others' needs, and tried to understand what they'd just experienced. They were dogged about it, relentless -- "constantly" praying and breaking bread together, "devoted" to sharing and learning. They spent a lot of time in each other's company, trying to piece together all they'd learned from Jesus, to understand what he'd asked them to do.

People around them were skeptical. What were these Christians up to? Were they wasting their time?

Today we ask the same questions. Is being part of a church worthwhile?

This Sunday, we take a leaf from the early Christian response: we also will devote ourselves to prayer and worship, to learning and sharing, and to breaking bread together. After our 11 AM worship, we'll return to the parish house and share a meal, talking with one another, and then gather in clusters to pray and discern how we should act. We'll answer the same questions those first Christians did:

How do we find who is in need, and then share our resources (the work of our Community Action and Stewardship Committees)?
How can we learn more deeply about God (the work of our Adult Religious Education Committee)?
How do we break bread and worship together (the work of the Chancel Committee)?
How do we invite others into our fellowship (the work of our Membership Committee)?

The earliest Christians were convinced they'd discovered an exciting, new way to live, that gave their lives meaning, so the time they spent asking and acting was worth it. My prayer is that we ask the right questions, too, and then act, finding our time well invested, too.

Joy
From the Church School

Spring has sprung! One can tell simply by the saturation of pollen in the air. This Sunday, at 10AM, the Church School will take a trip across the street to the Boston Common and Public Garden to marvel at the renewed life all around us. Ryan Harrison and Katie Aucella, the Church School teachers, will chaperone. Permission slips will be available for parents immediately following our Morning Light service in the Parish House.

From the Parish House

Things are busy around the Parish House as we prepare for spring!  Thank you to Alecia Manning and Betsy Peterson for weeding and removing dead vines and branches.  Thank you also to Alecia for planting bulbs last fall; we are now enjoying spring tulips and daffodils. More plantings will be coming soon!

Next to the garden, we now have a screen around the trash barrel area, with thanks to John Bowman for his design.  The screen was installed earlier this week by Craig Blay; it will be painted when the weather clears.

trash screen

And finally, I want to thank Cynthia Korb Wellington and Eleanor Van Alen for attending to cut flowers and plants to beautify the inside of the Parish House.  As we have had many events here during the past few months, these two women have created beautiful arrangements for the parlor and other rooms. 

Thank you all for all you do!

~Gretchen

Stewardship 2018
Our campaign of 2018 is under way; you should have received a letter in the mail this past week outlining our goals for 2018.  As indicated, we have a stretch goal of $225,000, which is beyond our budgeted goal of $200,000.  We believe that the community of King's Chapel can meet our stretch - and beyond!  Think of all of the good work that can continue, and how we can grow!  With your help, we can make that happen!

We are grateful to our early pledgers, and look forward to hearing from all of you!   Pledges to date are from Joe and Nancy Bassett, John Buehrens, Dean Denniston, Louise and Mason Fackert, Barbara Fay, Allan Fen and Kelly Bierly, Bill Kuttner, John Nichols Loeb, Betty Lykins, Katherine Page and Alan Hein, Cathy Price, Marie Wells, and Tom Wintle.

If you did not receive a pledge card but would like one, please contact the Parish House office and speak with Gretchen at 617-227-2155 x108.  You can also donate online by clicking here

Upcoming Events...

Adult Religious Education  | Mosque Visit 
May 4 | 3:45 PM

ARE has arranged a visit to the mosque of the Islamic Boston Cultural Center (
ISBCC)  in Roxbury on Thursday afternoon, May 4.  The King's Chapel group will leave the Parish House at 3:45 pm on Thursday, May 4 and arrive at the ISBCC at 4:30 pm for a two hour tour - which will include the opportunity to witness the Muslim form of worship.  Anyone is welcome to join us.

Contact John 
Natoli, chair of Adult Religious Education, at  jfn777@gmail.com  if you would like to attend or need transportation.
Racial Justice: Addressing Whiteness | Wednesdays in May

King's Chapel is hosting a free and open racial justice program for all members of King's Chapel and anyone in the Beacon Hill neighborhood. This program is an opportunity to meet people where they are, by providing a judgment-free but challenging educational space. All are welcome.



Communal Reading | Wednesday, May 3 | 7 PM
Open and Honest Communal Reading of an essay by James Baldwin & discussion. Located at  64 Beacon Street , Boston (King's Chapel Parish House).

Book Talk | Wednesday, May 10 | 7:30 PM
New England Bound: Slavery and Colonization in Early America (2016).  A book talk with Wendy Warren at The Isaac Royall House, 15 George Street, Medford. 
$5 admission. Royall was a slave trader and member of King's Chapel prior to the Revolution.

Book Group | Wednesdays, May 17 - June 7 
7 PM
Waking Up White by Debby Irving. A book group meeting at  64 Beacon Street , Boston (King's Chapel Parish House).

Light refreshments provided at Parish House events at 7 PM.  RSVP to Gretchen Horton, Parish Administrator at administrator@kings-chapel.org or by calling 617-227-2155 x 108

Join the conversation online: Racial Justice at King's Chapel Facebook group



Join King's Chapel in the annual Mother's Day Walk for Peace, in support of the Lewis Brown Peace Institute. 
The Mother's Day Walk for Peace is a powerful way to honor our loved ones who have been murdered, and express love and support for our neighbors. Anyone can walk for a small registration fee of $10.  To register, go to their website at  www.mothersdaywalk4peace.org 

Be sure to register with the King's Chapel Team!  Our goal is to raise $1,000 for this event!

 

Blessing of the Animals | Sunday May 21 | 9 AM

Join the King's Chapel community 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. If you cannot bring your animal, we will gladly bless photos, stuffed animals, or any other item that invokes memory.

"We Rejoice with Those Who Rejoice, and Weep with Those Who Weep" 
                                              ~ Romans 12:15

Claire and Michael Congratulations to choir member Claire Shepro who got engaged to Michael Salazar on a trip to Burlington, VT this past weekend.  Claire will be going to grad school at Harvard next fall, while Michael took a job in Chicago this past year, so they will continue their long distance love affair for at least another year, at which point the plan is for Claire to join Michael in Chicago. This is her final season as a regular choir member, but as always, we hope she will come back to visit frequently!
In This Issue

Sunday Service
April 30

Morning Light | 9 AM

Church School | 10 AM

Morning Prayer with Great Litany | 11 AM
Joy Fallon will Preach
  • Betsy Peterson, Lector
  • Dan Sullivan, Lay Reader
  • Paul Luca, Head Usher
  • Cathy Price, Usher in Charge
  • Pam & Michael Bergeron, & Paul Luca, Ushers
  • Lia Atanat, Verger
The Readings:
  • Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 
  • Old Testament:        
    Isaiah 41:17-20
  • New Testament:  
    Acts 2:42-47
The flowers on the communion table are given in loving memory of Dorothy S. Allen
by Cynthia and Cliff Allen.
 
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 invited to Coffee Hour,  hosted by friends of the Hospitality Committee.

Wednesday Service
May 3
Holy Communion |  6 PM
The Rev. Joy Fallon will Preach
  • Mindy Hinkel, Soloist
  • Lia Atanat, Verger
From the Bench:
By Heinrich Christensen

For the last hurrah of Easter-related music, our letimotif will be the medieval chorale Christ ist erstanden, which you will hear for the prelude in three different settings by J.S. Bach, then arranged for 5-part chorus by Johann Eccard, and finally for the postlude in organ toccata form.

The choir will also sing an Easter motet by Hassler and Eccard's joyous Wir singen all mit Freudenschall  for double chorus.

Tuesday Recitals
Tuesday, May 2 |  12:15 PM

Peter Griggs, guitar
"New Directions"

Upcoming Meetings

* Sunday April 30:
   Big Meeting 
   12:30 PM with lunch

* Tuesday May 2:   
   Denominational Affairs 7 PM

* Tuesday May 9: 
   Parish Council 6 PM
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Contributing to Between Sundays

Our  enewsletter is sent each Thursday afternoon.  Want something in Between Sundays? Feel free to email Brad at brad@kings-chapel.org  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.