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.

St. Paul Women's Book Group

Women’s Book Group

Join the conversation on the second Saturday of the month at 9:30am in the upper lounge. 
Upcoming selections are: 

 

November 10: - The Overstory by Richard Powers
December 8 - Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
January 12, 2019 - The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne

Gather Groups Forming

Gather Groups are Starting Up! 
Gather Groups are groups of church members who meet together in each other's home for shared dinners. They are a great way to meet the people in our congregation and to deepen our connections to one another.    Gather Group signup sheets are available in the Narthex as well as at coffee hour in Fellowship Hall.  Once the groups have been put together, a team leader will contact all the members of the group to begin scheduling the dinners.  Would you like to be a team leader? Questions?  Speak with Ross, Christephor or Lisa; you can also This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or call the church office (781-646-7773; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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