Volume XLII Number 10
NEWS FROM KING’S CHAPEL
The Society of King’s Chapel • 64 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108 • 617/227-2155 • www.kings-chapel.org
Inside this issue: Sundays........................................
Announcements, Updates, & Events
King’s Chapel Calendar................
As I write the wind is eerily still as though something is about to change. The golden birches are somewhat bare. The sugar maples still hold their leaves. The oaks are just beginning to turn to bronze, which I hope will perfectly peak on Thanksgiving Day. The dash from the beginning of this month to its end is remarkable. For, we start with All Saints Day on November 1st and wind down to the first Sunday of Advent on November 28th, which signals Christmas. In short, we pass from the end of the half-year liturgical season of Pentecost – with All Saints Day, one of its highest points, at least at King’s Chapel – and enter the season of Advent with the lighting of our first Advent candle in our chancel. While the secular world still clings to its round of big buying days in preparation for its great materialistic splurge - which this year is especially unreasonable in view of at least 9% national unemployment - we, I hope, will move through our month with steadiness of mind and spirit. May we hold a vivid memory of those saints who have graced our lives with their dear presence and given so much to build up our church, as well as a passionate longing for a fresh new year, full of hope, peace, joy and love, not only for ourselves but for the larger world. Punctuating this run through November is, of course, Thanksgiving Day, what I describe as one of America’ s interfaith high holy days. When people are asked what are their favorite holidays, it seems, this one ranks near the top. This is so, I think, because its central features are the giving of thanks, the gathering of family, friends and strangers, the sharing of a festive meal, and maybe the peace of a nap in front of a living room fire. At King’ s Chapel we will host the Back Bay Interfaith Thanksgiving Service on Tuesday, November 21st, at 6pm, as well as continue our 150-year tradition of Morning Prayer on Thanksgiving Day at 10 a.m. Behold, the wind seems to be picking up and the Spirit is lifting. Abundant blessings,
KING’S CHAPEL SUNDAY SERVICES
King’s Chapel is at the corner of School & Tremont Streets in downtown Boston. Sunday services begin at 11 a.m. and last for approximately one hour.
Tuesday Recitals at King’s Chapel present a variety of programs, featuring local and visiting musicians. Admission is by suggested donation of $3; the donations are given to the performers. Programs begin at 12:15 p.m. and last approximately 35 minutes. For more information, please call 617/227-2155, or visit www.kings-chapel.org.
If you wish to donate flowers, please contact Louise Perkins, Chancel Committee Co-chair.
Holy Communion The Rev. Dianne Arakawa, preacher Kristin Grassel Schmidt, co-officiant Denton Crews, lector The lessons are Malachi 4:1-6 and Luke 21:5-19.
14 Morning Prayer The Rev. Dianne Arakawa, preacher Kristin Grassel Schmidt, co-officiant Pam Bergeron and Caroline, lectors The lessons are Zechariah 7:1-10 and Luke 20:27-38. 21 Thanksgiving Sunday The Rev. Dianne Arakawa, preacher Kristin Grassel Schmidt, co-officiant Amy Meyer, lector The lessons are 2 Samuel 5:1-5 and Luke 19:29-40. 25 Thanksgiving Day The Rev. Dianne Arakawa, preacher Kristin Grassel Schmidt, co-officiant Judy Green, lector The lessons are Deuteronomy 26:1-11 and John 6:2-35 28 First Sunday of Advent Kristin Grassel Schmidt, preacher The Rev. Dianne Arakawa, co-officiant Lee Glenn, lector The lessons are Isaiah 2:1-5 and Matthew 24:36-44.
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Katherine Teitler, Flute James Dargan, Violin Works by Bach, Telemann, Ibert, Hindemith
Joshua Lawton plays the C.B. Fisk Organ Works by Alain, Bach, Buxtehude
16 Michael Nicolella, guitar Works by Nin-Culmell, Beaser, Nicolella 23 Arcadian Winds Works by Bach, Debussy, Villa-Lobos 30 Jodi Hagen, violin Steve Laven, cello Susan Haven, bass Works by Bach & Laven
CHURCH SCHOOL SERVICES & EVENTS Every other Sunday at 9:45 a.m. in the Little Chapel at the Parish House, 64 Beacon Street, from September to May. NOV. 7
Family Service & Church School Kristin Grassel Schmidt will preach.
Family Service & Church School Kristin Grassel Schmidt will preach.
WEDNESDAY SERVICES Midweek prayer services begin at 12:15 p.m. and last approximately 35 minutes.
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Midweek Prayer Kristin Grassel Schmidt, preacher Amy Meyer, lay reader Charles Dimino, lector
10 Midweek Prayer Dean Denniston, preacher Kristin Grassel Schmidt, officiant Medb Sichko, lector 17 Holy Communion The Rev. Dianne Arakawa, preacher Kristin Grassel Schmidt, co-officiant Ray Lynds, lector 24 Midweek Prayer Chaplain Dr. Arthur Judge, preacher Clifford Allen, lector
SECOND SUNDAY OFFERING November’s second Sunday offering will go to Women’s Lunch Place. The Women’s Lunch Place provides a safe, comfortable daytime shelter, nutritious food, and services for women who are homeless or poor. They treat women with dignity and respect and foster a community committed to meeting each woman’s needs. 2
FROM THE ASSISTANT MINISTER 2010 HOLIDAY BAKED GOODS PROJECT The Social Action Committee is again participating in the Holiday Baked Goods Project of the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless. This is an opportunity to help homeless families while giving a great gift to family, clients, colleagues, teachers, or neighbors. Since its inception this project has raised over $100,000 in the mission to end homelessness in the Commonwealth. This year the coalition is partnering with the Dancing Deer Baking Company to offer chocolate espresso cake and deep dark gingerbread cake, and with Edelweiss Patisserie to offer Stollen Bread. Each cake or bread is $12.00. All proceeds go to the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless. Our orders must be received by December 6, so give your order, along with $12.00 for each cake or bread, to Art Judge or Cliff Allen during the month of November.
AN EVEN WIDER MIDWEEK WELCOME TO GOD’S TABLE King's Chapel has long been known as a house of prayer that welcomes all people. The congregation's proud tradition of an open Communion table, one that welcomes all who wish to receive God's gifts, is but one reflection of this commitment. Although our welcome is joyfully open, for many reasons some people cannot consume alcohol, and therefore may not feel comfortable partaking fully in Communion with us. So, it is in the spirit of holy welcome, and King's Chapel's commitment to ensure that not one of God's children who wishes to receive is excluded, that grape juice as well as wine will be offered during Communion at Midweek services starting in November. The addition of grape juice will ensure that all who wish to partake of God's gifts can do so, regardless if they cannot consume alcohol for medical reasons, a personal decision to abstain, or the need to abstain as a recovering addict. And in so doing, King's Chapel will be opening it's welcome to all of God's people just a little bit wider.
Autumn is my very favorite season. More so than any other time of year, autumn reminds me of just how much I have to be thankful for. As the harvest is gathered in, I’m mindful of my interconnectedness with the earth and all of its creatures, and I feel grateful to live in such a fruitful land. As the leaves turn color, I’m thankful for the beauty of God’s creation. As the weather turns colder, I reflect with gratitude that I’m blessed to have a warm and safe place to live. And as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, I feel profoundly thankful for my loving family and my support system of good friends. Perhaps that’s why autumn is the time of year my true identity as a domestic goddess is revealed. I love entertaining, canning, making crafts, and baking, not just because I enjoy these activities in and of themselves, but because my heart is so full with gratitude I want to share it with others. With so much to be thankful for, why celebrate alone? That’ s the best thing about gratitude; it multiplies rather than diminishes when you share it. Each of us has so much to be thankful for which we have received freely, through no merit or effort of our own. None of us has earned the beauty of God’ s creation, the religious tradition we share, or even the very lives we have been given. Though sometimes we can lose sight of it, we are all very blessed. As you begin whatever preparations you have for Thanksgiving, I invite you to reflect on the things, people, and opportunities in your life for which you are grateful. Then, I invite you to share your gratitude with some of the people in this community who need it the most. You can make your offering of thanksgiving by bringing non-perishable items to the Children’s Chapel. The Church School will collect all food offerings from the Chapel and donate them to the Greater Boston Food Bank. You can also make an offering of your time and talent by participating in the service projects of the Social Action Committee. If out of gratitude you would like to deepen your commitment to service, I hope you will come to the next Social Action Committee meeting on Wednesday, November 17 at 6 p.m. in the Parish House. This Thanksgiving season, may we all be truly mindful of how very much we each have to be thankful for. And may we deepen our practice of gratitude and transform inward thought to outer deed through deepening our commitment to serving God and our human family. Blessings,
FROM THE CHURCH SCHOOL DIRECTOR Greetings from the Church School. In last month’s newsletter article, I had the good fortune to report that Aaron Stockwell returned to King’s Chapel Church School for his second year of teaching. In this article, I have the equally good fortune to report that Katherine (“Kat”) Milligan has been hired as our second teacher. Kat is teaching our middle school class and leading our youth group. Kat comes to us well prepared to guide our group of middle school girls through this year’s curriculum (Amazing Grace: Exploring Right and Wrong). Kat participated in UU religious education as a child and teenager, and then she expanded her studies to include not just religious education in a church setting but also in a classroom setting. Kat obtained degrees in religious studies as both an undergraduate and graduate student. She has a B.A. in Religious Studies & History from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and an M.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Missouri at Columbia. Currently, she is pursuing her Master of Divinity at Harvard. I’m so excited that she has joined us – I have already seen firsthand that she is able to translate her studies into practice. With an elementary school teacher and a middle school teacher firmly in place, we are now hoping to get a preschool classroom off the ground. Please help us achieve this goal by volunteering your time to teach our 4 and 5 year-olds. They are ready for religious education, and we should be responsive to this need. If you are interested in discussing this further and/or know of someone who would be interested, please follow up with me directly. Thank you,
- Shannon Lee 3
ANNOUNCEMENTS, UPDATES, & EVENTS FROM THE SENIOR WARDEN
“Come, Ye Thankful People, Come”
THANKSGIVING DAY SERVICE 10 a.m. Everyone is invited to this service, which has been observed annually since the Civil War. Governor Robert Bradford’s Proclamation will be read.
At its October meeting, the Vestry approved the formation of the King’s Chapel Ministerial Search Committee. The committee will be co-chaired by Beth Chapin and Cliff Allen, and includes Christopher Barnett, Leo Johnson, Peter Malin, Stefanie Joy Muscat, and Alan Speight. The committee co-chairs will soon be meeting with the Wardens to plan out the settlement minister search process with the ultimate goal of presenting to the Society at some point within the coming year its recommendation for our next settled senior minister. The work of the search committee will be challenging, arduous, time consuming, and hopefully, exciting and rewarding. The task itself is somewhat daunting, and committee members will be most appreciative of your trust, support, and patience as they do the work necessary to the calling of our next minister. This is an exciting and important time in the life of our church, and I hope that we will continue to move forward in a spirit of support, mutual respect, and faith .
- Dean K. Denniston, Jr.
THE GREAT 325TH KING’S CHAPEL AUCTION Among the many festive activities being planned for our celebratory year is Auction 325, an event you will not want to miss! To make the auction memorable, we need your help, of course. First, we need volunteers to help plan the event; second, we need items to auction; and third, we need bidders! You can volunteer to play one, two or three roles…there is no limit to your investment in an event that will surely prove lots of fun and raise a shekel or two for the Church in the process! So mark your calendar - Auction 325 on January 30th – and contact Sylvia Soderberg at (617) 262-1899 or Kathe German at (617) 227-0363 or firstname.lastname@example.org now to join the auction planning team!
INTERIM FOCUS GROUP ON MINISTRY, NOVEMBER 14 Since November, 2009, a varying group of about twenty-five members have gathered for our church’s Interim Focus Groups in order to better understand and resolve issues from its recent past, develop new skills in conflict resolution and group collaboration, and move towards strategies in the areas of ministry, both ordained and lay. I think we are making great strides in increasing the health and vitality of King’s Chapel. Thank you to everyone who has set aside those periods after Morning Prayer, to gather with your fellow members (and friends) to be together, listen to one another, ask compelling questions, and learn new ways of “being church.” It is appropriate that just now a Search Committee has been appointed by our Vestry. They will bring what they have learned over the past year to their task of discernment. On Sunday, November 14th, from 1:15-4:00 pm in the Parish House, we will hold our 6th Interim Focus Group, on “Mission and Visioning.” Mind you, given the scope of topic, this will be the first of two parts focusing on the topic; the second part is set for January 9. It will not be the first occasion that the topic will be addressed, as conversations with parish consultants over the past decade have begun to address this, but somehow stopped short in the face of our Covenant. This time we will try to press forward with some concrete congregational plans for the new year. Please join me for this important Interim Focus Group. I have asked the Rev. Dr. Karen Nell Smith, a seasoned parish consultant, Program Director of the Brookfield Institute in MA, and pastor from the North Leominster Congregational Church, UCC, to join us. She is a founder of the conflict transformation program, “Walking in the Way,” and holds degrees from Andover Newton Theological School and Hartford Seminary in Hartford, CT. On November 14, enjoy hospitality after worship, then bring a lunch to the Parish House by 1:15pm. If you have any questions or concerns please speak with me.
- Dianne Arakawa 4
VIRTUOSOS ON VIOLINS! Don't miss the second concert in this year's Sunday series, on November 28 at 5 PM. The featured players are two of the brightest stars on the firmament of Boston's free-lance music scene. Gabriela Diaz and Katherine Winterstein can be heard with a large number of new and adventurous ensembles in and around Boston. Gabriela Diaz holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from New England Conservatory. In 2003, she won the Boston Modern Orchestra Project/NEC concerto competition. She is actively involved in contemporary music concerts at NEC, Harvard, and MIT, and is a member of the Callithumpian Consort, Firebird, and White Rabbit Ensembles. Boston critics have mentioned Diaz as “a young violin master ... Diaz shone in her extended solo passages.” Lloyd Schwartz of the Boston Phoenix noted, “… Gabriela Diaz in a bewitching performance of Pierre Boulez’s 1991 Anthèmes. The come-hither meow of Diaz’s upward slides and her sustained pianissimo fade-out were miracles of color, texture, and feeling.” Others have remarked on her “vibrant playing,” “polished technique,” “vivid,” and “elegant, accomplished playing.” Violinist Katherine Winterstein regularly appears with Boston-based Chameleon Arts Ensemble, Firebird Ensemble, the Art of Music Chamber Players, and the Chamber Music Foundation of New England. She has appeared as soloist with several orchestras including the Charlottesville and University Symphony, the Blue Ridge Chamber Orchestra, the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival Orchestra, the Wintergreen Festival Orchestra, the Boston Virtuosi, and the Vermont Symphony. Ms. Winterstein is the concertmaster of the Vermont Symphony, the assistant concertmaster of the Portland Symphony, and she performs regularly with the Handel and Haydn Society and Boston Baroque. Currently she is on the performance faculty of Middlebury College in Vermont. At the King's Chapel concert, Gabby and Katherine will be accompanied by Heinrich at the organ in Bach's Double Concerto, Vivaldi's Concerto in A minor, Mozart's Fantasia in f minor, as well as newer works by Kenji Bunch as well as the premiere of Heinrich's "Belief, Suspended" based on thematic material by J.S. Bach provided that he finds the time to sit down and write out the music in his head… As usual, the concert will be followed by a reception at our Parish House, parishioners are of course most cordially invited. Doors will open at 4:30, and the suggested donation for the concert is $15/10. RENEWAL HOUSE 30TH ANNIVERSARY BENEFIT Renewal House is a program of the Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry, providing shelter and assistance to victims of domestic violence. Eight members of King's Chapel supported the Renewal House 30th Anniversary Benefit on October 2nd at First Church in Boston. Encouraged by our Social Action Committee, King's Chapel took out a half-page ad in the program. Choir member, Denise Konicek performed three texts by female poets from Hymns of the Spirit, set to new music by composer Gabriella Snyder especially for this occasion. Denise was accompanied by Heinrich Christensen on the organ. (The duet had presented these pieces at Morning Prayer and our Midweek Communion Service in September.) Testimonials from clients and a proclamation from the Boston City Council were also part of the program.
2011 ANNUAL APPEAL—STRONG START TOWARD $250,000 GOAL We already have more than 10% of our goal! And we have only started. Following the Homecoming Sunday launch of the Annual Appeal for 2011, on about October 23 our members and friends received our first pledge solicitation. Included in the mailing were notes from the presentation, plus a pledge card and return envelope. The card offers multiple ways of contributing to our church, including a new PayPal link through our website www.kingschapel.org. But some of us did not wait for the mailing, sending in generous contributions immediately. Now that’ s a renewed sense of commitment. This is an extraordinary year – with the 325 Celebration, the civility and energy made possible by our Interim Year explorations, and the beginning of the search for our new minister. So it is splendid to see matching enthusiasm for our financial strength and a rising tide of optimism reflected in our parish’ s sense of increasing stewardship. As a congregation, we are grasping that programs are only made possible by what we contribute annually, and that there are no entitlements unless we make them happen. Our community is deepening its understanding that we ourselves are increasingly the source of our own well-being, and that the Trusts must continue to shift back to caring for our properties. The joyful response in increased giving that the Annual Appeal is experiencing, is that we love our church enough to be generous in supporting it to be all we want it to be. Thank you for joining this endeavor with such zeal. Perhaps we could even reach the goal by soon after the first of 2011. Best wishes,
- Todd Lee and Karen C.C. Dalton Co-chairs, 2011 Annual Appeal
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Family Service & Church School 9:45 a.m. Morning Prayer 11:00a.m.
Midweek Prayer 12:15 p.m.
Music Committee 6:00 p.m.
RosenstockBarone Rehearsal 5:00 p.m.
RosenstockBarone Wedding 5:00 p.m.
Midweek Recital 12:15 p.m. Charities and Appeals 6:00 p.m.
Midweek Prayer 12:15 p.m.
December Newsletter Submission Deadline
Vestry Meeting 5:45 p.m.
Midweek Recital 12:15 p.m. Parish Council 6:00 p.m.
Midweek Prayer 12:15 p.m. Social Action 6:00 p.m.
Morning Prayer 11:00a.m. Concert Series 5:00 p.m.
Midweek Recital 12:15 p.m. Church School Committee 5:30 p.m.
Morning Prayer 11:00a.m. Interim Focus Group 1:15 p.m. Family Service & Church School 9:45 a.m. Morning Prayer 11:00a.m.
Midweek Recital 12:15 p.m. Boston Interfaith Thanksgiving Service 6:00 p.m.
Midweek Communion 12:15 p.m.
Thanksgiving Day Parish House Closed Thanksgiving Service 10:00 a.m.
Parish House Closed
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