Annual Meeting this Sunday, April 6
Join us immediately following Morning Prayer, in the Church
Child care available at the Parish House
Help us Meet Our Quorum!
Vote on Budget, Slate for Wardens, Vestry, Committee Chairs:
Proposed Slate of Candidates
Kingâ€™s Chapel, Spring 2014
Senior Warden: Clifford Allen
Junior Warden: William Sears
Treasurer: Richard Weeks
Vestry, Class of 2015:
Charles Perry (finishing term of Clifford Allen)
Vestry, Class of 2016:
Vestry, Class of 2017:
Standing Committees and Chairs
Adult Religious Education: Betsy Peterson
Annual Appeal: Todd Lee and Karen Dalton
Archives: William Kuttner
Buildings and Grounds: John Bowman
Chancel and Decoration: Louise Perkins, Paula Tranter
Church School: Mark Tranter
Community Action: Amy Meyer
Denominational & Ecumenical Affairs: Denton Crews
Fiscal Affairs: Miguel Ibanez-Gomez
Hospitality: Anne Sexton
Membership: Ray Hardin
Music: Mary Sears
Personnel and Ministerial: Charles Perry
Parish Council: Chair Carolyn Russ
Members-at-Large: Judy Luca & Julie Hyde
From the Minister: Annual Meeting Thanks & Votes
This Sunday April 6th we will say Thank You and Farewell to those who have served Kingâ€™s Chapel so well, and will Vote on the Slate proposed to lead us into the next season of our life together. Please join us, right after Morning Prayer, in the sanctuary.
Our Warden for the past four years has been Dean Denniston, who has served with distinction. As I stated in my Annual Report to the Congregation, Dean has been a particular blessing to me during this last year, as I became your minister. He has met with me weekly, offering thoughtful and wise advice; has answered my questions patiently; and with me hardly noticing, has nudged and steered me in the direction he deemed best for all of you, the church. The Senior Wardenâ€™s job is hard â€“ balancing the interests of many competing views; keeping our discussions focused; encouraging us to move forward but at a pace that allows for input from those interested; listening carefully, salving wounds, and making needed hard decisions. What I found most valuable has been Deanâ€™s consistent central consideration: what God seems to be calling Kingâ€™s Chapel towards. Together he and I pray, seeking guidance. Iâ€™ve been greatly blessed.
On Sunday we also are thanking three Vestry members who have finished their terms. Anne Sexton, our Head Usher, immediately greeted me upon my arrival, and has continued to offer me sage advice on many matters, from those of tradition and protocol, to insights about children and hospitality. Patricia Boyd, as a life-long participant in churches, has shared numerous insights about our church â€“ where weâ€™ve been and what we can become. Ty Muscat was instrumental in getting changes made to our website, which has brought us into the 21st century, and helped me understand our church school program, in which he has been very involved.
Other posts turning over include that of Parish Council Member at Large and Chair of Adult Religious Education. Kim Northrup faithfully served on the Council, always a warm and kind presence. And Ciael Hills has been an energetic chair of Adult Religious Education, bringing to bear her background and training. During her tenure we offered many programs, including the February retreat which she led at Glastonbury Abbey.
A church is its members, and a church is led by volunteers who offer of themselves extensively. This group â€“ and all of those who volunteer in so many capacities â€“ have led Kingâ€™s Chapel through a challenging interim and then transition period, when the future was not clear. But all stepped up to the plate, learned and listened, and marshaled the spirits and energies of the rest of us, so we are now in a stronger place.
Words cannot express my gratitude, and I am sure, yours. Please join me on Sunday to thank the outgoing lay leaders, and vote on those who have generously offered to serve in the next several years ahead.
Sunday, April 13, 11 a.m.
The joyful entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, with our children waving palms, and our choir singing Hosanna!
Tuesday, April 15 10 a.m. â€“ 4 p.m.
One Year After the Marathon Bombing
Our church will be open as a place of quiet sanctuary and prayer, with candles lit for all lives affected: all sinners and saints, all wounds healed or still raw. Prayers may be written in special notebooks. At 2:46 p.m., the time of the first bomb blast, we will join with other churches in tolling our bells.
Thursday, April 17, 6 p.m.
Foot washing and Communion
A service that re-enacts what took place that day in Jesusâ€™ life: he washed the feet of his followers, then offered them bread and wine at his Last Supper. Foot washing will be available for anyone who chooses it; after having your feet washed, you may gently wash another personâ€™s. Communion will be offered; as always, ours in an open table, so all are welcome -- skeptics and doubters, and well as believers -- because Jesus served all his disciples, though they would soon betray him. At the end of the service, we clear the table, shrouding all in black because Jesus was arrested. We mourn that they soldiers have taken him away.
Good Friday Mid-Day Service
Friday, April 18, 12:15 p.m.
A somber mid-day service for any nearby, where the full Passion Story is read: the trial of Jesus, his last words and crucifixion.
Good Friday Tenebrae Service
Friday, April 18, 8 p.m.
An evening service, where the candles are slowly extinguished, as the story of Jesusâ€™ betrayal, accusation, and death is told, in word and song, until we are left in darkness. (Tenebrae is Latin for shadows or darkness). We leave the sanctuary in silence.
The Easter Vigil
Saturday, April 19, 8 p.m.
In the tradition of the ancient Orthodox Church, we begin in darkness, retelling the story of Godâ€™s love through all time for us small humans. By Bible lessons and music, we gradually recognize that the Light of the World has dawn still in our lives. We witness a new baptism and are invited to renew our own baptismal vows. We discover Godâ€™s presence with us still, not lost but resurrected! Light fills the space and we can exclaim, â€œChrist is risen! Christ is risen indeed!â€
Sunday, April 20, 11 a.m.
A day of glorious majesty and power, we marvel that Love is never overcome, not even by hatred or death. With remarkable music and lessons, in a sanctuary filled with flowers, we rejoice together in Christâ€™s resurrection. And at the very end of the service, adults greet one another and children search for eggs. The holiest day of our church year: what could be better? Alleluia, we all proclaim!
The Season of Lent at King's Chapel
Join us this Wendesday, April 9th for our final Lenten TaizÃ© service in the Little Chapel.
6 â€“ 6:45 PM
TaizÃ© Service in the Little Chapel
64 Beacon St
A quiet, contemplative, candle-lit service of lessons and song
developed by the TaizÃ© community in France.
Music led by Heinrich Christensen and Choir Members
6:45 PM â€“ 7:15
A light meal provided by the Adult Religious Education Committee
time for fellowship and conversation
7:15 â€“ 8:30
Book Discussion Group
Led by Rev. Joy Fallon
A Season of the Spirit: Readings for the Days of Lent
By Martin Smith
(some books will be available for purchase after Sunday Worship for $14; it also can be ordered through Amazon.com)
"For me, the Taize music and services have been quiet and holy I replay the music and experience all week. and take it to the light repast and engaging book discussion following the service It feeds me.. . I feel a deep connection to God and to our beloved community at King's Chapel .Come and join us!!!" ~Carol Genovese
"The Taize music and service in community create foe me a holding environment for our spiritual journeys, Sometimes the spirit leads me, sometimes it drives me and sometimes I push back. Ultimately the answer lies in the way all of these "movements" are reconciled. " ~Emanuel Genovese
â€œWe are looking forward to the TaizÃ© Services and reflection on the readings from â€œA Season for the Spiritâ€. We have actually written all the dates into our calendars (and rescheduled other engagements!) so that we can dedicate these six Wednesdays for our Lenten contemplation time, to open up our minds and hearts to an understanding of life and our place in it. We have experienced the simplicity and serenity of the Taize service and found it to be moving and meaningful. We look forward to doing this together and with our friends at Kingâ€™s Chapel.â€ ~ Dick and Cynthia Perkins
First Quarter Giving Statements are in the Mail
Thanks to all those who have participated in the 2014 Annual Appeal through pledges. As you know, the congregation will be voting this Sunday, April 6th, on a budget that has been developed through a more transparent and collaborative process. From Cliff Allen's work as chair of Fiscal Affairs to analyze how the church puts money to work in service of our missions last fall, to Todd Lee's leadership of the earlier Appeal kick-off, and through increased pledge participation, the budget our congregation will vote on this Sunday takes into account your in-put, your hopes for this church, and your generous giving.
Earlier this week, the Parish House mailed out First Quarter giving statements to all those who pledged. Please examine these statements for accuracy, and contact the Parish House offices with any questions or corrections.
A wonderful way to conclude the season of Lent before we enter into the celebrations of Easter... Thank you all!