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February 24 and March 3, 10 – Practicing our Faith with Vicar Christephor Gilbert. 
Using excerpts from the book Practicing Our Faith: A Way of Life for a Searching People by Dorothy C. Bass, we will consider how our orientation as Christians, centered as it is in worship, is expressed in our daily life.  As Bass asserts, this “opens a path of spiritual formation:  taking part in practices that have been shaped by the Christian community over the centuries in response to God, we develop virtues and experience growth in our spiritual lives” (Bass 2010: xxvii).

March 10 - Singing our Lives
One of the central elements that Lutheran worship is known for is its music - and specifically congregational singing.  Music is one of the most powerful anchors of memory, and is an extraordinarily human activity that crosses time and cultural identity.  In this final session we will sing together and discuss ways to make meaning through music with each other.

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

LENT 2019

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. 

The 31st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Observance

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.

Adult Education Forums - Sundays @ 9:15am

   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.

Adult Education Forums - Sundays @ 9:15am

Understanding the Gospel of Luke – December 2, 9, 16

What makes the transition to a new liturgical year even more exciting than getting back to Advent and Christmas, is the change in focus to yet another one of our gospels.  The next liturgical year (Year C in the Revised Common Lectionary Series) is the year of Luke. 

Of all the gospels, Luke is the one that is most loved in the congregation for many reasons, but first and foremost that it contains some of the most memorable events in the cannon of biblical story.  This year we will get to hear again the story of the good Samaritan, the Prodigal Son, and Jesus' post-resurrection appearance on the road to Emmaus.  It is the gospel that gives the most complete and extended birth-narrative of Jesus, including the beloved Magnificat - Mary's song of praise in sharing the news of the coming of the Savior with Elizabeth. And between all the greatest hits of our sacred text is the story of Jesus who advocated for those on the margins - the oppressed, the excluded, the ones who have been left out.  Including women.  Luke is often called the social justice gospel.
 
For the first three weeks of Advent, we will dig into Luke to uncover its themes and set the tone for our experience of the gospel texts over the course of the next year.

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