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Between Sundays
March 20, 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
Tuesday Recitals
From the Bench
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

On Beacon Street there are crocuses blooming, symbol of new birth beginning.  It’s the story of the inner transformation that can take place during Lent, too. Children at the Church School come to sit in our newly configured space in the Little Chapel, and we adults who watch, hear with wonder their insights into the old story of Mary and Martha.  Those who are reading A Season of the Spirit and discussing it on Wednesdays say they are noticing their own daily growing attentiveness to the Spirit at work in the world. Julina Rundberg, our parish administrator, finds new ways for us to reach out to the community, and word spreads about our work here. 
 
And all of you are doing new things, too – finding new ways to strengthen our relationships, new ways of reconciling, and new and increased pledges towards our work together. 
 
So I am renewed by all that is happening.  Come and learn more at our parish lunch on Sunday – I think you’ll be delighted, as I am:  watch for the crocuses, symbol of spring around the corner.
 

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 23
11:00 a.m. Morning Prayer 
Bryan Elwood, preacher
  • Cynthia Perkins, lay reader
  • Priya Vasa, lector
  • Ray Hardin, Lenten Reflection
  • Anne Sexton, head usher
  • Charles Perry, usher-in-charge
  • Paul Luca, Judy Luca and Marie Wells,
    ushers
  • Marie Wells, Volunteer Guide
The lesson is John 4:5-42.
 
WEDNESDAY MARCH 26
12:15 p.m. Midweek Prayer
with Holy Communion
Julina Rundberg, preacher
  • Todd Lee, lay reader
  • Stephen Courtney, lector
6:00 p.m. Lenten Taizé at the Little Chapel with a light repast to follow
The Rev. Joy Fallon, preacher

Tuesday Recitals
Join us next Tuesday, March 25, for Trio Notturno: Kristen Kort on flute, Ken Allen on viola and Molly McCaffrey on harp, performing works by Debussy, Thomas, and Epstein.

From the Bench
For the prelude this Sunday, soprano Hannah McMeans will sing Longfellow's poetic translation of St. Theresa of Avila's famous 16th century prayer, set to music by San Francisco composer David Conte:

Let nothing disturb thee,
Nothing affright thee;
All things are passing;
God never changeth;
Patient endurance attaineth to all things;
Who God possesseth in nothing is wanting.
Alone God sufficeth.
                  St. Theresa of Avila (1515-1582)
                   Translation by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)
 
- all in reference to our Taizé chant for this week, Nada te turbe - the Taizé comminty's adaptation of St Theresa's prayer, sung in her native language.
 
For the Introit, we continue our series of John 3:16 God So Loved the World, this week once again in German, in a setting by Hugo Distler. For the Motet and Offertory, we consider the Lenten journey through the wilderness to Jerusalem from a child's perspective. The motet is an arrangement by Massachusetts living choral legend Alice Parker of the spiritual Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child. Mindy Hinkel is the soloist. The offertory picks up on the thread of Old American Hymns from last month's visit by Robert Sirota. The minimalist composer William Duckworth wrote the monumental choral work Southern Harmony over 2 years, 1980-1981. The cycle consists of 20 pieces organized into 4 books, all based on shape note hymns from William Walker's 1835 Southern Harmony collection. You will hear both the original hymn:

Where are the Hebrew Children?
Where are the Hebrew Children?
Where are the Hebrew Children,?
Safe in The Promised Land! 
 
This will be followed immediately by Duckworth's setting, which has no words, but its musical form uses the same idea of a question repeated 3 times, followed by a response.
 
Scholar Adam Silverman describes Duckworth's opus as follows: "William Duckworth's Southern Harmony is an extended work for unaccompanied choir in which minimalist procedures are used to interpret and adapt specific tunes from rural American shape-note music. Duckworth's adaptive processes both amplify and obscure features that are salient in the shape-note tradition, as exemplified by William Walker's The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion . In Southern Harmony , Duckworth separates melodies, notes, and chords from their shape-note context, and processes them with methods foreign to the shape-note style. Because of this, Southern Harrmony can be perceived both as an evocation of its source and as a background for compositional technique. The shape-note tunes simultaneously function as the subject matter and as the foundation for technical manipulation."
 
 
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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