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Between Sundays
March 13, 2014
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In this Edition:

Hearing for Annual Meeting
From the Minister
The Season of Lent at King's Chapel
Annual Appeal
Habitat Build in Transylvania
Worship Services
Taizé in the Little Chapel
Lenten Book Group
Tuesday Recitals
From the Bench
Our Church School
Parish House Lost & Found



Between Sundays is the weekly electronic publication of King's Chapel, Boston, MA. Its purpose is to inform members, friends, and subscribed visitors of events that occur between Sunday worship services.

Hearing for Annual Meeting
A hearing prior to the Annual Meeting will take place on Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. at the Parish House following Morning Prayer. A light lunch will be served. Please call the church office at (617) 227-2155 or email: administrator@kings-chapel.org to reserve your place.

The purpose of the Hearing is to discuss agenda items, ask questions, air and resolve confusions or problems with matters which will come before the Annual Meeting.  

There will be brief committee report presentations from each of the standing committees. All reports that have been received are included in this report. The proposed 2014 budget will be distributed prior to the hearing. Please bring your own print-out with you, if you need it for reference. Only limited hard copies will be available.

The Report for Annual Meeting can be found and downloaded HERE on our website

From the Minister
Did you Know?....
 
On Tuesday evening, I hosted 20 people, mainly new to King’s Chapel, most of them in their 20’s and 30’s.  They are in finance and health care, do research on autism, and teach at a nursery school, run the Main Streets Program in Somerville and sing in musical theater, run a yoga business, practice law and work in Community Affairs at a local university.  They came to us because church has always been an important part of their lives or they were curious; because a friend invited them or they were dragged by their partner; because they wanted to be married in the beautiful space at King’s Chapel, or sought to explore Christianity after being raised in another religious tradition.
 
It was fun! Our music director, Heinrich Christensen, tended bar;  our parish administrator Julina Rundberg proposed a very well received “signature drink” for the evening (gin and grapefruit juice); my son-in-law Jake valiantly rushed hot hors d’oeuvres from the oven to table (I’d said I might need just a little help, and two hours later….).   Other new members who recently joined us also came to greet our new friends – including Mindy Hinkel, alto from our choir, and Beacon Hill neighbors Madolyn and Bill Wilson.  Our membership chair, Ray Hardin, had fun discovering the connections he had with several people there – former MIT students, other singers, and the list goes on.   Building Beloved Community.
 
Joy
 

The Season of Lent at King's Chapel
In the six week period leading up to Holy Week and Easter, you are invited to Wednesday Evening at the Parish House.  Come to all or any part:
                       
6 – 6:45 PM
  Taiz
é Service in the Little Chapel
 64 Beacon St
A quiet, contemplative, candle-lit service of lessons and song
developed by the Taiz
é community in France.
Music led by Heinrich Christensen and Choir Members
 
6:45 PM – 7:15
  Light Repast

A light meal provided by the Adult Religious Education Committee
time for fellowship and conversation
 
7:15 – 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)


“We are looking forward to the Taizé Services and reflection on the readings from “A Season for the Spirit”. 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 King’s Chapel.”  ~ Dick and Cynthia Perkins

From Annual Appeal Chairs Todd Lee and Karen Dalton
UPPING OUR PLEDGES                         
 
You – yes, You! (you know who you are) – have started our Pledging campaign with remarkable results!  So far, only six weeks into it, more than $100,000 has been pledged to the 2014 Annual Appeal.  That is a remarkable evolution of King’s Chapel’s recent (generally, non-) pledging culture.
 
BUT… while all of the Officers, all but a smidge of the Vestry and almost all of the Annual Appeal Committee have pledged, there is still an important number of church leaders and other Members who have not yet made it up to the plate (home plate – or offering plate – choose your own metaphor).
 
As a community, we have been talking and planning about all the new and expanded things we want to start – and some to “finish” – this ambitions second year of our minister’s being with us.  Joy said she was going to spend her first year listening, getting to know us. That first year ends in a few days, so it’s time to get on with it.  But WE are the ones who need to give her the tools – and a good deal of that translates to “The Money” – to do more and new things.  So, now is the time.
 
Leadership said that it would be able to cast this year’s budget – and even expand it, if we had sufficient early pledging to make us feel comfortable with being able to balance it.  
So in addition to the proposed re-prioritizing, identifying additional source of income, we MUST provide stronger Annual Appeal support.
 
Rather than “almost” making the goal, as we did last year (uncharacteristically strong, but still only 88% at $147,000), the 2014 Appeal must surpass the budgeted goal of $169,000.  And then go some beyond . . . if we want to fund our desired evolution that surfaced in the Draft Narrative Budget of last fall.
 
There is good news in the 60-plus pledges we have in hand.  It is clear that when we take the time to consider seriously the amount we are ready to commit personally to King’s Chapel, and think about what an opportunity we have at this moment to move purposefully towards who we want to be in this new century, we are tending to increase our “normal” pledge or donation by 20, 50 even 100%!  Such support and stewardship are the keys to our future.
 
We are grateful for your pledges.  Even though the “Pledge Month” is over – our doors, envelopes and email “are never closed.” 
 
Many thanks and Blessings,
 
Todd  Lee and Karen C. C. Dalton
Co-chairs, 2014 Annual Appeal

King's Chapel
Habitat Build in Transylvania

Registration is now open for the King's Chapel Habitat for Humanity build in Cluj, Romania (Kolozsvar, Transylvania) and partner church visits. Partner churches that will be visited are First Unitarian, Kolozsvar (partner King's Chapel),  Second Unitarian, Kolozsvar (partner First Church, Boston), Torda (partner First Parish, Weston), and Torocko (partner Unitarian Society Wellesley Hills). If members from churches not listed join the, every effort will be made to establish contact and visits.

This is the third time for this activity. Previous builds were in 2008 and 2011. The 2011 activity was a joint effort with First Church, Boston. These builds received very favorable review with the participants and our Transylvanian partners.

 
This year's build/visits will be held July 4-20. For full information contact Peter Sexton, email:  petersexton@alum.mit.edu, phone 781-383-9028.

Worship Services

SUNDAY MARCH 16
11:00 a.m. Morning Prayer 
The Rev. Joy Fallon, preacher
 
  • Mindy Hinkel, Lenten Reflection
  • Anne Sexton, head usher
  • Sylvia Soderberg, usher-in-charge
  • Karen Dalton, Todd Lee and Betsy Peterson,
    ushers
  • Todd Lee, Volunteer Guide
The lesson is John 3:1-17.
 
WEDNESDAY MARCH 19
12:15 p.m. Midweek Prayer
with Holy Communion
Jake Bitner, preacher
  • Amy Meyer, lay reader
  • LaToya Andrews, lector
6:00 p.m. Lenten Taizé at the Little Chapel with a light repast to follow
The Rev. Joy Fallon, preacher

Taizé Twice
Last evening we held our second Taizé service, a short quiet service of singing, special for this Lenten time.  Again we gathered in the Little Chapel at 64 Beacon Street, where the pews have been moved to create an intimate, beautiful space, surrounding a center rug and table for candles.  It’s quiet and lovely. Hannah McMeans, a soprano from our choir, leads us, and Heinrich plays the organ. If you want to offer a reading, or otherwise help, contact Cynthia Perkins, cbhperkins@earthlink.net.  Come, any Wednesday at 6 P.M., for the remainder of Lent:  March 19, 26, April 2, 9.   

Lenten Book Group
We held the second Lenten book group – with some new members and some who’ve attended previously.  Newcomers are always welcome.  The Holy Spirit seemed to sing among us, a gentle hum.  We noticed it, and expressed wonder…
 
The Book:  A Season of the Spirit, by Martin Smith, a book of daily devotionals for Lent.  Read it at home on your own, or come to discuss it at our book group.  Each Wednesday at 7:15 – 8:30 PM on the third floor of the parish house, 64 Beacon St., in Joy’s Office.  

Tuesday Recitals
Join us next Tuesday, March 18, as the St. John's Prep Celtic Band and Singers perform traditional Irish music.

From the Bench
We continue our Lenten series of John 3:16 on 3/16. God So Loved the World, this week in a setting by Heinrich Schütz, will be matched with Schütz' As Moses Lifted Up the Serpent (3:14-15). You will also hear Kodál's setting of Psalm 121, and Heinrich will play Walther's Partita on the chorale Jesu, meine Freude (Jesus, My Joy).  

Our Church School
This week the children will be working with Emanuel Genovese to complete the offering plates they are making, using mosaics.  At the service at 9:45 in the Little Chapel we’ll be talking about Mary and Martha, the two sisters who had such different approaches to their time with Jesus  (Luke 10: 38-42).
 
What do any of us do – worry about entertaining Jesus, trying to impress God, rushing to rightly honor him?  Or do we sit and just listen.  Talk with God. Imagine that God might want to talk with us, right in the most comfy room of our homes…
 
My questions for the children this Sunday will be these: What are really good talks with a friend like? What gets in the way? What would it be like, I wonder, to be with Jesus?
 
Joy
Rev. Fallon's sermons are now online! Click here to find downloadable PDFs of her sermons from January 2013 to present.

Lost & Found at the Parish House
Several things have been left behind at the Parish House over the past year, and we'd love to find out who everything belongs to! On our coat roack, we have two coats and one shirt without any owners. If one of these items is yours, please let us know!
 
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