Social Ministry Committee invites you
Adult forum will be on break for Easter Sunday and will resume on Sunday April 28.
April 28 - Topic TBA
May 5 - Luther, Lutherans, and Caring for Creation: A Personal Journey with the Rev. Dr. H. Paul Santmire. Paul was an intern here at St. Paul in 1958 and is a widely recognized exponent of ecological theology, beginning with his groundbreaking study, Brother Earth: Nature, God, and Ecology in a Time of Crisis (1970) and concluding with a short, personal testament, Behold the Lilies: Jesus and the Contemplation of Nature (2017). Next week we will have available here and at church Caring for Creation: Vision, Hope, and Justice, a church social statement Paul helped to write in the early 1990s.
March 17 – April 7 – We continue our series on the book of Luke using the Augsburg Fortress Book of Faith study series.
March 10 – Why Must Jesus Die? (Luke 9:18-36) – Led by Kim Fetchel
March17 – And Grace Will Lead Me Home (Luke 15:1-32) – Led by Dan Ries
March 24 – Ah, Holy Jesus How Has Thou Offended? (Luke 23:26-49) – Led by John Turner
March 31 – How Did Jesus’ Resurrections Change the World? (Luke 24:13-35) – Led by the Rev. Cathy Venkatesh
An invitation to experience Lent this year
Make sure to pick up your Lent 2019 flyer. It and other devotional items are available in the Narthex.
Two activities for Lent sponsored by the Social Ministry Committee
The Outreach Program's Meal Packaging Event – Saturday, May 4th Noon – 6:00pm
In 2012, St. Paul participated in a meal packaging event where we raised $5,095 and fifty volunteers packaged over 20,000 meals! We are going to partner once again with The Outreach Program (outreachprogram.org) who will provide us with everything to package meals to be used locally in the greater Boston area and globally in Puerto Rico and Haiti. You can participate in two ways: volunteer for a two-hour slot to package meals and donate toward our fundraising goal of $5,000. You can put your donations in an enveloped marked MEAL PACKAGING, or put your extra change and bills in the giant water jug in the Narthex. Let's set our sights on setting the table with nourishing meals as part of our Lenten practice. Look for more details (and a firm date in the late-Spring) in upcoming weeks.
Play BINGO to help the Arlington Food Pantry!
As we approach the Lenten Season and consider those who are suffering food insecurity, the Social Ministry Committee invites you to join us in contemplative action. Please consider increasing your regular donations to the Arlington Food Pantry at this time. You will find copies of a BINGO template to help you focus your giving on frequently needed items. Select any row and see if you can complete a row with donations to the basket located in the narthex during Lent. The Arlington Food Pantry has repeatedly thanked us for our regular donations and lists Saint Paul as one of their key local supports.
Each year, the Social Ministry Committee supports the MLK Observance held in Arlington Town Hall. Join us on Monday, January 21st at 7:30pm (doors open at 6:45pm). In it’s 31st year, it will be an evening event featuring Oneeka Williams, MD – a trailblazing surgeon & children’s book author. There will also be a special performance by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Chorale directed by Paul White.
Vicar Christephor will provide the closing benediction this year.
January 13 - Venkatesh Natarajan will offer a primer on Hinduism.
January 27, February 3, 10, 17 –
Four part series on Buddhist and Christian Dialogue with returning guest presenter Greg Mileski.
This four-week course will read along with Paul Knitter’s Without Buddha I Could Not Be a Christian. Knitter is a Jesuit priest and doctor of Theology who, throughout his experience, continued to struggle with questions for which his deep Christian education hadn’t prepared him. Using Knitter’s text we will consider how engagement with those from other faiths can help us learn more about our own.
The Rev. Greg Mileski is an ELCA pastor ordained in 2011. He is currently living out his call to serve by studying the ways that non-Christians understand their religious traditions in hopes of helping the Church better understand its own role in a pluralistic world.