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Between Sundays
February 13, 2014
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In this Edition:

Community Action Sunday
Year End Tax Statments
Flower Offering Opportunity
Worship Services
Tuesday Recitals
From the Bench
February Newsletter



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.

Last Sunday's Community Action Committee Lunch
Last Sunday KC members attended the Community Action Committee's annual lunch, featuring our newest community partner organization, the New England Center for Homeless Veterans (NECHV or "Court Street"). Speakers from the Center described its programs, which assist more than a thousand U.S. military veterans per year with housing, jobs, and other issues of re-entry into civilian life, including PTSD, recovery, and living with physical disabilities. One of the veterans who spoke was ex-Marine Mike McCarthy, who planned to show a short video about his personal journey. Unfortunately a technical difficulty prevented our watching this video then, but it can now be seen at the following link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9JNU2Widro. This is a compelling 8+ minutes... you'll be glad you watched it! And thanks to all who attended the CAC lunch and made contributions to the NECHV.  Amy Meyer, CAC chair

Next Sunday: Special Events with Bob Sirota
Fisk at 50 Music for Organ
and String Quartet
by Ives, Soler, Hakim, Sirota, & Pinkham
Sunday February 23 at 5:00 p.m.

In observance of the 50th anniversary of our organ, inaugurated in February 1964, we present a preview of the program selected for the national convention of the American Guild of Organists, coming to Boston June 23-27, 2014, including Robert Sirota’s Apparitions, based on Old American Hymns and commissioned for the AGO convention, and Quintet in G by Padre Antonio Soler, Sonata no. 1 by Daniel Pinkham, Cappricio by Naji Hakim, as well as selected movements from Charles Ives’ String Quartet no. 1.
 
Suggested donation $15/10
No advance ticket sales; doors open at 4:30
Validated concert parking in One Beacon Street garage
www.kings-chapel.org 617-227-2155


Mr. Sirota will also be preaching at our 11:00 am Prayer Service, Sunday February 23rd.  All are welcome to join in hearing his message to our congregation.  

From the Minister
Building the Beloved Community:  Reaching out to Our Neighbor, the New England Center for Homeless Veterans

Last Sunday afternoon, about 30 of us gathered at the Parish House for lunch to learn more about the New England Center for Homeless Veterans, one block away from King’s Chapel, on Court Street. Director of Community Affairs Steve Cunniff and two Veterans who have used services at the Center, described their work. For further information, check out this video that tells the moving life story of Michael McCarthy, one of our presenters, a Marine in Viet Nam from 1968-1971, who worked at Raytheon, served in law enforcement, but lost it all when he became an alcoholic.
                               
“This was the bottom: a homeless shelter.  This was not me!  I was a somebody one time.”  

At Morning Prayer, we were led by Veterans: lay reader Hugh Scott and lector Cathy Price, former and current Vestry members, respectively.  Congratulations and thanks to Community Affairs co-Chairs, Amy Meyer and Cliff Allen, who cooked us lunch and arranged for the presentation.  Amy reports that we raised $1200 for the Center’s work, at our “Second Sunday offering” taken during the service, and through donations made at the luncheon. 

Building the Beloved Community:  Reaching out to Our Partner Church in Romania.

Last week we were blessed by a visit from Emod Farkas, lay leader of our partner church in Koloszvar, Romania.  Emod was a remarkable and tireless presenter:  he preached at our Wednesday service, met with parishioners, our minister, and  the Denominational Affairs Committee; toured other area Unitarian churches ; and shared many meals with King’s Chapel members who had previously been to Koloszvar.  He inspired us and taught us about ongoing struggles in his homeland.  Former wardens Denton Crews and Peter Cocoluto made presentations to the congregation following the service on February 2nd, about our historical links to the Transylvanian Unitarians.  For copies of their presentations, Click HERE (scroll to the bottom for documents on Partner Church History and Unitarian Roots).

Building Beloved Community:  All-Church Retreat at Glastonbury Abbey this Friday-Sunday, February 14-16. 

Adult Religious Education Chairperson Ciael Hills is leading the all church retreat which will take place this weekend: “Taking Time and Making Room.”  Last minute space may be available:  if interested, please call Ciael Hills at 781-647-0719. 

The Season of Lent at King's Chapel

Lent begins on March 5th, Ash Wednesday. 

Special Ash Wednesday Services.
Ashes will be distributed at King’s Chapel to those wishing to receive them during the Wednesday 12:15 service, and at the 6 PM Taize Service

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
  Taize Service in the Little Chapel

 64 Beacon St
A quiet, contemplative, candle-lit service of lessons and song
developed by the Taize 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)

 

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 FEBRUARY 16
11:00 a.m. Morning Prayer 
The Rev. Joy Fallon, preacher
  • Medb Sichko, lay reader
  • Anne Sexton, lector
  • Anne Sexton, head usher
  • Sylvia Soderberg, usher-in-charge
  • Karen Dalton, Todd Lee and Betsy Peterson, ushers
  • Todd Lee, Volunteer Guide
The lesson is Matthew 5:21-37.
 
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 19
12:15 p.m. Midweek Prayer with Holy Communion
The Rev Joy Fallon, preacher
  • Steven Aucella, lay reader
  • Judy Thomas, lector
Rev. Fallon's sermons are now online! Click here to find downloadable PDFs of her sermons from January 2013 to present.

Tuesday Recitals
Join us next Tuesday, February 18, as Tramontana performs works by Monteverdi and Guerrero.

Church School News
On Sunday, February 16th,
The Church School will celebrate Communion at the Family Service,
9:45 AM at the Little Chapel, 64 Beacon Street
Rev. Joy Fallon, preaching

 
Church School activities will include making items for the New England Center for Homeless Center.

Church School Pancake Sunday
The Church School and their families will be gathering after Church School on March 2nd to celebrate the coming Lenten season with pancakes. A tradition at King’s Chapel, we are drawing from the Shrove Tuesday. Pancakes are made to use up the rich food of dairy, eggs and sugar before the season of fasting. We are happy to join together for an afternoon of sweetness.

 Mardi Gras Party at the Parsonage

Rev. Joy and Bob Fallon invite you  for Drinks, Dessert and a Talent Show:

"Bourbon Street Comes to Beacon Street":
A Festive Mardi Gras Gathering.

7:30 pm at the Parsonage
63 Beacon Street
Festive garb encouraged.
 
Those planning to attend should RSVP to Carolyn Russ, Chair of Parish Council (although late comers will be let in!)  Carolyn is also arranging the talent show; to volunteer, contact her at Crln@earthlink.net or 617-354-2270. 

Annual Appeal Update

The 2014 Annual Appeal is happy to tell you that PLEDGES are starting to come in well, even though we are only half way through the pledging month of February.

We should all be cheered especially by the response from members on the "Zero Gifts" list shown on the back of the first Annual Appeal letter.  Some of you are using this opportunity to catch up on pledging and stewardship overlooked last year, with a number of you even pledging a two year amount to "catch up."

Those of us who have never (or not recently) considered financial support of their church a critical part of membership...based on early returns, some are beginning to rethink that position, as well.  Hallelujah!  Would it not be a remarkable change if we could reduce all those zeros (still one-third of us!) by half - down from two columns to only one?

Thank you all for helping re-institute the habit of strong pledging.  A substantial increase in financial support will be give us the resources necessary to realize the growth in programs that we said we wanted last fall.
Blessings,


Todd Lee and Karen CC Dalton, Co-chairs

Flower Donations
 
There is an open opportunity to donate flowers for the service on February 23rd!

 If you would like to donate an arrangement please contact the Parish Office or
Louise Perkins,  Chancel Committee chair, lwperkins50@live.com with your inscription for the Order of Service, and send to the attention of Parish Administrator, King's Chapel Parish House, 64 Beacon Street, Boston MA 02108,  a check for $75 made out to the Society of King's Chapel.
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