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Between Sundays
May 8, 2014
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In this Edition:

Mother's Day Walk for Peace
Sacred Spaces
Pet Blessing
Annual Appeal
Boston Pride Parade
Community Action Committee
Worship Services
Tuesday Recitals
Second Sundays
From the Bench
Kolozsvar Cancelled
Habitat Boston Build
Goodbye Tracie




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.

Mother's Day Walk for Peace: This Sunday
 
Thus says the Lord:
A voice is heard in Ramah,
   lamentation and bitter weeping.
Rachel is weeping for her children;
   she refuses to be comforted for her children,
   because they are no more.

Jeremiah 31:15

King's Chapel members Denton Crews and Carol Genovese invite members of the congregation to join them in walking in the Mother's Day Walk for Peace on May 11th.  The walk begins at 8:00 am at Town Field Park, 1520 Dorchester Ave., Boston

The Mother's Day Walk for Peace was started by parents who lost their son to gun violence. Last year it had approximately 10,000 walkers.

If you are interested in joining a King's Chapel contingent of walkers this year, please contact Carol or Denton:

 carol.m.genovese@gmail.com
dentoncrews@rcn.com


A note from Carol Genovese:
The Walk begins at 8am but we will meet at Town Field at Field's Corner in Dorchester. -It will take a few hours so we should be back for our 11am service.  Donations can also be made to the Louis D. Brown peace Center Institute. It is staffed almost entirely by victims of violence and supports other victims of violence,and anti violence programs in local schools. We are God's hands and feet. Thank you!  --Carol

Sacred Spaces
Presented by King's Chapel's
Adult Religious Education Committee
Wednesday May 14th, 7pm, King's Chapel Parish House

 
Todd Lee, FAIA, has been an architect since 1968, and a member of King's Chapel since 1980, joining soon after he returned to Boston from his native New York City with his not-yet-wife Felicia R.  Clark.   Opening his own office in 1984 which eventually grew to more than 30 colleagues, Todd was soon joined by Felicia as his city planning partner, a working relationship that thrived until her untimely death in January 1990, following a serious stroke a few years earlier.  Todd was blessed to meet Karen C. C. Dalton in the summer of 1990, fall in love again, and be married by Carl and Charles in the summer of 1991.  

Todd's architecture practice has taken him to four continents, with resort, hospitality, and commercial assignments in Isfahan, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Beijing, Chung-du, as well as London, Burgundy and the Cote d'Azur and to many islands of the Caribbean.  In parallel, his education projects have been done in Roxbury, suburban cities and towns, and as well as for Harvard, Exeter, and Northfield-Mount Hermon.  He has contributed articles and design drawings to a number of professional journals, and has been a guest critic at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, University of Pennsylvania, and the Rhode Island School of Design, and taught design studio extensively at the Boston Architectural College.

Todd's lecture "Sacred Spaces" distills his thinking over the more than 50 years of his own creating places for human use, shelter, celebration, sanctuary, and reflection.  But the nearly 100 examples shown and discussed in his lecture are drawn from the world's culture and history.  His presentation can be considered a "fly-by" refresher of the diversity of locations and structures we humans have both found and fashioned to be our places of encountering and interacting with a spirit/power greater than ourselves.  Comparisons and counterpoise in the examples, should give us ample source material to discuss, as we consider our own house of worship, the rituals and messages it sends and we draw from it, and the setting it provides for our worship and spiritual life.

Pet Blessing--Sunday May 18th
Sunday, May 18, in the Parish House Garden, 9:45 AM
 
Blessing of the Animals
All Animals are Welcome! 

Bring your pet, pictures of your pet, or your favorite stuffed animal.
 
On Sunday May 18th, we will host our annual Pet Blessing in the Parish House garden, as part of our Family Service, from 9:45 - 10:30 a.m. In the past, this has been a great time to introduce people to the church:  we've had pets from the neighborhood; and grandchildren and friends join us. Last year Joy blessed a little garden snail as well as fluffy dogs, a guinea pig, and a small stuffed animal. Feel free to enter the garden directly from Branch Street, behind the Parish House at 64 Beacon St.  There is plenty of time to attend the Pet Blessing and then join us for Morning Prayer, too, if you'd like. Come one, come all -- we all can use an extra blessing!

Appeal Contributions: Strong Momentum
You have already made Pledging history this year.  You responded to our Beginning of the 2014 Year Pledge drive more strongly than ever before - $130,000 from 71 pledges to date.  That’s already 3 times the previous year’s pledging total, and is a validation of the on-going developments at King’s Chapel! 
 
Pledging is a good thing.  But even better is actually contributing, of course. And that is also breaking the records of recent history.  So far, 52 of us (74%) have begun fulfilling our pledges. 19 pledges have already been completed.
 
We doubt there is anyone among us who does not understand that you do not have to have pledged as a pre-condition of contributing.  Indeed our non-pledging Members are also being heard from with their early contributions.  Thank you.
 
The third component of what the Annual Appeal receives every year – unsolicited gifts from non-members – has also begun.  You may remember that last year, as generally in the past, one-third to one-quarter of what we receive comes from this category (2013 - $43,000).  It is reassuring to see this occurring again, although we do not expect to see much of it until nearer the end of the year.
 
Timing: as a congregation, we have had a habit of waiting until near the end of the church’s fiscal year to begin our giving in earnest.  It is encouraging that the old trend is beginning to be reversed.  Unusual for this time of the giving year, the Annual Appeal has already received almost half (47%) of this year’s budgeted Member’s share of $129,000.  That’s fantastic, and bodes well!
 
However…before the summer, each of us needs to keep the momentum going with our own contributions, please.  What has been given is already more than a third of our total Appeal goal of $170,000.  Through April, the Annual Appeal was able to bank more than $60,000.  We are well and truly on our way to a successful Appeal year.  We might even break through the goal.  Thank you so very much.
 
Blessings,
 
Todd  Lee and Karen C. C. Dalton
Co-chairs, 2014 Annual Appeal
 

Boston Pride Parade
Boston Pride Parade:  Saturday, June 14, 2014 (Approx. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
 
Mark your calendar! KC will field its fifth annual team of walkers in this joyful celebration of diversity and inclusion in the city of Boston. This is an easy walk and some meaningful fun and fellowship. Visit the Boston Pride website (www.bostonpride.org/parade/) or contact KC team champion, Gregg Sorensen (greggdavidsorensen@gmail.com) for more information, or to sign up. 

Community Action Committee
CAC is delighted to welcome two new members: LaToya Andrews and Caroline Sears. Thanks to both for stepping up to join us! LaToya already attended her first CAC meeting and participated in the mailing of our spring fund-raising letter. Thank you to those who responded with a check! If you haven’t yet, please send us a contribution, to help us support our community partner organizations. We are especially hopeful that your generosity will allow us to send at least 6 urban kids to summer camp this year through the UU Urban Ministry.

Caroline recently led the Church School’s excellent bake sale for The Heifer Project, and she will be our CAC “champion” for Heifer next year, as well as hopefully helping to strengthen CAC’s ties with the Church School. Please join her in welcoming Heifer volunteers and animals, and KC families and pets, at the Pet Blessing in the Parish House garden on May 18.

Worship Services

SUNDAY MAY 11
11:00 a.m. Morning Prayer 
The Rev. Joy Fallon, preacher
  • Todd Lee, Lay Reader
  • Anne Sexton, Lector
  • Anne Sexton, head usher
  • William Sears, usher-in-charge
  • Julie Hyde, Gregg Sorensen and David Wheeler, ushers
  • Anna Ward, soloist
  • Anne Sexton and Louise Perkins, social hour
The lesson is John 10:1-5.

WEDNESDAY MAY 14
12:15 p.m. Midweek Prayer

Tuesday Recitals
Join us next Tuesday, May 13, as Scott Thomas Lesser performs works by J. S. Bach, Hovhaness, and Martino and the cello.

Second Sunday Collection
May 2014 Second Sunday Collection:
Ecclesia Ministries

 
Ecclesia Ministries is the designated recipient of the “Second Sunday” collection in May. Ecclesia has provided spiritual community and services to homeless people in Boston for the past 30 years. Its programs include Common Cathedral (an outdoor church and street ministry) and Common Art, where KC member Emanuel Genovese serves as a volunteer teacher.

From the Bench

The music this Mother's Day will be dedicated to the Song of Mary, the Magnificat. Not only will we all sing the Canticle, but the choir and soloist will form a veritable tower of Babel and sing it in Latin (in a setting by Daniel Pinkham from his Three Canticles from Luke), English (Charles Villiers Stanford), and German (Felix Mendelssohn). Our guest soprano this week will be Anna Ward who is an occasional substitute when she is not otherwise engaged on Sunday mornings. To complement the cornucopia of Magnificats, Heinrich will open the service with two tangos from the cycle Flores del Desierto for organ by Pamela Decker. Dr. Decker is a professor at the University of Arizona, and as the title states, her tangos were inspired by desert flowers found in the landscape around her. The Postlude will be Daniel Pinkham's Festive March to put a spring in your step as you march on to enjoy the rest of your Sunday after starting it the right way in church!
Rev. Fallon's sermons are now online! Click here to find downloadable PDFs of her sermons from January 2013 to present.

Cancellation of the King's Chapel Build and Partner Church Visit

The King's Chapel Habitat for Humanity Build and partner church visit to Kolozsvar scheduled for July 2014 has been cancelled. This was necessitated by an inadequate number of participants.

Thank you.
Peter Sexton

Invitation to a Habitat for Humanity Boston Build
In 2012 King's Chapel invited First Church Boston to build with us. Their participants helped complete our team. This year First Church Boston has invited King's Chapel to build with them on Saturday, June 28. The build will be in either Roxbury or Roslindale, to be determined shortly before the event by HFH Boston. The build will be from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM. All abilities are welcome. If you are interested, please contact Peter Sexton at petersexton@alum.mit.edu or 781 383-9028.

Goodbye to Tracie
The King’s Chapel guide staff is bidding a fond farewell this month to our Assistant Head Guide, Tracie Henson.  Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Tracie moved to Boston to pursue a Master of Science degree in Forensic Anthropology at Boston University and was hired as Assistant Head Guide three years ago. She has been an invaluable part of our team these last few years, helping to manage the day-to-day operation of the guide program with superior organizational skills, a team-oriented demeanor and a kind and generous heart. Tracie is moving back to St. Louis with her fiancée, Chris, to welcome their new baby girl this summer. We are thrilled for her, and thankful for her years of hard work and positive energy. She will be deeply missed!
 
--Theresa Cooney O’Hara, Head Guide
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