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This Sunday at St. Paul's: November 26, 2017

8:00 am:         Contemplative Service of Holy Communion (Chapel)

9:00 am:          Adult Education and Church School: Making Advent Wreaths (Great Hall)

                      Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room)

10:00 am         Holy Eucharist with Sermon and Choir (Sanctuary)

11:15 am         Coffee Hour (Great Hall)

11:30 am         Ministry Outside the Parish Meeting (Lichtenberger Room)

                      Anti-Racism Working Group Meeting (Chapel) 

                      Sunday Lunch Bunch (Meet in Great Hall to determine off-site location)         

Adult Education: Intergenerational Activity - Making Advent Wreaths
Gather with folks of all ages to make your own Advent wreath and enter into the joyous expectation of the Advent season! Please do join us!

Anti-Racism Working Group:  After church this Sunday there will be a meeting of the Anti-Racism working group to check-in and update on activity since the spring workshop earlier this year. All parishioners are welcome to attend; please join us in the Chapel at 11:30 am.    

Sunday Lunch Bunch (SLB) meets this Sunday, Thanksgiving Weekend.
The Sunday Lunch Bunch is a group of friendly St. Paul's folks who meet on the FOURTH Sunday of the month to enjoy brunch/lunch and fellowship at some local eating spot. After the 10 O'clock service, during coffee hour, we will gather to determine our destination for the morning. All are welcome and invited. If you'd like to know more, please speak with Edward Jacobson, Maryann Kurkjian, or any usher or greeter. This might be a good week for you to give the SLB a try. Come join us.

This Week at St. Paul's

Monday, November 27            Yoga                      7:00 am (Lichtenberger Room)

Wednesday, November 29      Choir Rehearsal       7:00 pm (Choir Room)  

Kindness Campaign

No kind action ever stops with itself. One kind action leads to another...Good example is followed. A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves.

                            ~ Amelia Earhart   

The Confirmation Class thanks our Charles River Deanery for a grant of $1500 to support our Kindness Campaign!  

Upcoming Events for Youth and Children

Dec. 2 High School Youth Chili Making, 2pm  

Dec. 3:  High School Youth Chili Sale

Dec. 17 Christmas Pageant, 10am

Dec. 17 Parent Meeting 11:30am-12:30pm

Calling all Church School Parents: Please fill out the Christmas Pageant survey by accessing the following attachment: Pageant Survey: click here

Copies of the survey are also available on Sunday mornings on the ushers table in the back of the sanctuary.  

Blessings, Maggie Taylor, Director of Children and Youth,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

2018 Fall Pledge Appeal Update

Many thanks to the 77 households who have already made their pledge for the ministry and life of St. Paul's in 2018!  We are on track to reach our stretch goal of a 20% increase over last year.  Our other goal is for as close to 100% participation as possible, so no matter what your pledge, please know it is needed and very much appreciated.  Please return your pledge as soon as possible either by mailing it to the office or putting it in the offering plate on a Sunday. 

Adult Formation, Sundays at 9:00 am: December 2017

December 3: Reimagining Advent, Part 2 Why Reimagine Advent? Questioning the Christmas Culture

Has the consumer Christmas culture hijacked our experience of Advent? Why might this be a problem? How can we keep from being overwhelmed by the demands of retail and a Christmas shopping season that begins earlier and earlier each year?

December 10: Reimagining Advent, Part 3 Seven Faces of Expectation - the "O" Antiphons
The ancient "O" Antiphons, sung in monastic communities at Vespers during the week before Christmas, give expression to seven different images for the Messiah. These images can serve as the anchor for a seven week Advent season in which each week, beginning in early to mid-November, focuses on a different aspect of God's Kingdom and the Messiah who will help usher in that kingdom.

December 17: Reimagining Advent, Part 4 Sights and Sounds of a Reimagined Advent - What About the Advent Wreath?
What would a reimagined Advent season look, sound, and feel like? If Advent is seven weeks long, what will the Advent wreath look like? What will we see, what will we sing, and how will our prayers reflect this extended and enriched liturgical season?

December 24: Why Incarnation? Learning from the Early Church
On this last Sunday of Advent - which is also the Eve of the Feast of the Incarnation! - what does it mean to us that God has come to us as a human being? What gift are we being offered, for ourselves and for the world? We will reflect on and pray with some writings from Christians from the first few centuries, as we prepare to welcome the Christ child into our
midst.      

St. Paul's Advent and Christmas Calendar 2017

December 3 Advent I

        8:00 am Contemplative Eucharist

        10:00 am Holy Eucharist with Choir

        5:00 pm Messiah Sing

December 10 Advent II

        8:00 am Contemplative Eucharist

        10:00 am Holy Eucharist with Choir

        5:00 pm Blue Christmas

December 17 Advent III

        8:00 am Contemplative Eucharist

        10:00 am Christmas Pageant

        5:00 pm Candlelight Carols

December 24 Advent IV

        8:00 am Contemplative Eucharist

        10:00 am Holy Eucharist with Choir

December 24 Christmas Eve

        2:00 pm Tots and Toddlers Service

        5:00 pm Festive Service for All Ages

        11:00 pm "Midnight" Candlelight Service

December 25 Christmas Day

        10:00 am Festive Eucharist

December 31 Christmas I

        10:00 am Christmas Lessons and Carols

Mil Milagros Artesania Sale: December 3

You are invited to St. Paul's first Mil Milagros Artesania (handicrafts) Sale here at St. Paul's on Sunday, December 3 from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm. Find special Christmas gifts of jewelry, ornaments, scarves, and bags handmade by indigenous Maya women. All proceeds benefit the women and Mil Milagros which works in rural Guatemala to prevent malnutrition and hunger and to improve children's health and education. Mil Milagros is led by St. Paul's parishioner Margaret Blood and supported with a  Ministry Outside the Parish (M.O.P.) grant.  

Christmas Flowers

If you would like to remember departed family members or give a thanksgiving with poinsettias at Christmas, please fill out the Christmas Flower insert located on the ushers table in the back of the sanctuary or in your worship bulletin on Sunday mornings. You may also email the names to Jill in the parish office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., no later than Thursday, December 14 in order for the names to be printed in the Christmas service bulletins. The suggested donation is $25.00. Checks should be made payable to "St. Paul's Church" with a notation for "Christmas Flowers." Thank you.   

Volunteer for the BE AN ANGEL PROJECT

The holiday season is a stressful time for many individuals and families, but it is especially challenging for those people who are facing economic tough times. The St. Paul's BE AN ANGEL PROJECT is special in that our congregation will be assisting in the process of placing huge smiles on the faces of 50+ children of all ages and their families. 

How does it work? Each St. Paul's volunteer will be matched with a child's wish list. This wish list is provided by the Brookline Community Mental Health Center. You will shop for the items on the wish list (approximately $75-$100 per child) and return the unwrapped items to St. Paul's by Sunday, December 17. If you and your family would like to participate, please email Paul Daigneault at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be matched with a child and his or her wish list. 

Not a shopper? We are happy to accept your cash donation or gift card toward this program. Thank you for offering the time, energy, and financial resources to purchase gifts that will help to make the holidays a magical time for many children and families.

Recommended Readings from the Hidden Brookline Tour

On the Hidden Brookline Tour, we received a list of recommended resources. Please click this link to access this information. 

Spiritual Book Group

The Spiritual Book Group which meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 7:30 pm in the Lichtenberger Room will be on break until the new year. Our purpose is to read works that are spiritual in nature, coming together to grow closer with one another and with God.  Please email Barbie Maniscalco at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any recommendations or requests for our upcoming selections. We will make our January selection by mid-December.  Our next meeting will be January 23, 2018.  

Mission Sundays

This year, Mission Sundays have been pared down to School Supplies for B-Safe, Care Packages for college students and members of the military, Walk for Hunger, and Common Cathedral.  If you have an interest in adding any Mission Sunday activities to this list, please contact Melissa Dulla to collaborate.  (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 650-743-6745)  The next activity will be Care Packages on February 4, 2018. 

Serving us this week
Preacher and Presider  The Rev. Elise A.Feyerherm 
Deacon  The Ven. Pat Zifcak 
Director of Music  Andrew Clarkson 
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Server  John Ferguson 
Crucifer  Austin Jewell 
Torchbearers Mark Hopkin and Mihret Hopkin 
Lectors                          Lisa Braider and Clara Batchelor 
Prayers of the People  Jeannie Baca 
Chalice Bearers    Hal Edmonson and Mike Scheffler 
Healing Prayers  Betsy Munzer and Angie Marks  
Eucharistic Visitor  Edward Jacobson 

Vestry Representatives 

Nate Gaede, John Ferguson, and Elisabeth Choi  

Altar Guild 

8:00 am: Judy Clementson
10:00 am: Marybeth Elder and Adelaide Xie  

Greeters 

Clara Batchelor, Chris Dulla, Rebecca Schultzberg, and Tammy Hobbs Miracky

Ushers  Walter Mucha, Sam Scott, Hanako Norton,
Robert Burke, Jeannie Baca, and Ben Norton   
Coffee Hour Host  The Dulla Family 

Click here to view the server spreadsheet. If you need to make a change, please find someone to swap with and let your ministry leader know so that the server spreadsheet can be updated. 

Celebrations, Memorials, and Prayers 

Celebrations  

We remember and celebrate the birthdays of Jillian Coggeshall, Phil Kurinsky, Jesse Moore, Ardani Mello-Daigneault, Sophia Koo, George Chapman, and Jim Zaremba. 

Memorials 

The altar flowers this week have been given in loving memory of George and Helen Bolln by Betsy Munzer.

Prayers       

Jennifer L., Felina R., the Children and Staff of Mil Milagros, Tim G., Camille J-F, Debra, Janet R., David F., Kendall G., Ruth R., Paul, Alexander T., Gerke V., Kim L., Lavinia J., Deborah F., Kitty C., Alissa P., Jane K., Whitney, Susan P., Fran C., Nan C., Sue H., Marnie, Shelley, Harry B., and those in the military: Lucas S. and Hana L.. 

Scripture Readings

Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24; Ephesians 1:15-23; Matthew 25:31-46

Wherever you are on your journey with or toward God, you are welcome and invited at St. Paul's!

Abundant Blessings,

St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Brookline

This Sunday at St. Paul's: November 19, 2017

8:00 am:         Contemplative Service of Holy Communion (Chapel)

9:00 am:         Church School (Lower Level)

                      Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room)

                      Adult Education: Reimagining Advent, What Are We Waiting For?

                       (Great Hall)

                      Confirmation Class (Lichtenberger Room)

10:00 am         Holy Eucharist with Sermon and Choir (Sanctuary)

11:15 am         Coffee Hour (Great Hall)

11:30 am         Meet and Greet Pine Village Preschool Representatives (Great Hall)

  1:00 pm        Deanery Pie Making / Junior High Youth (Church of the Redeemer in

                       Chestnut Hill) 

  3:00 pm        Brookline Interfaith Thanksgiving Worship Service (Temple Ohabei Shalom)  

  4:00 pm         Food Pantry Support / Senior High Youth (Middle Room)         

Adult Education: Reimagining Advent, Part 1

What Are We Waiting For? Expecting the Reign of God: Advent means "coming" - but what exactly is coming? As we look at the readings and liturgical prayers for Advent, what do they tell us about the goal and rich purpose of this liturgical season? Is it really all about the baby in the manger, or is it more than that? Please do join us! 

Meet and Greet: Come meet our new lower level partner, Pine Village Preschool. Representatives from Pine Village will join us during coffee hour. Pine Village Preschool will begin using our lower level space Monday-Friday for their first Brookline location upon completion of the renovation (sometime late spring early summer).

Interfaith Thanksgiving Worship Service: Come center yourself for the Thanksgiving holiday at a service with readings, music and prayer. We will honor our blessings and share them with the Brookline Food Pantry.  (A detailed description of this service appears below in the calendar). 

This Week at St. Paul's

Monday, November 20                Yoga                            7:00 am (Lichtenberger Room)

Tuesday, November 21                Vestry Meeting             7:00 pm (Great Hall)  

Wednesday, November 22           Choir Rehearsal            7:00 pm (Choir Room)

Thursday & Friday,  November 23-24  Thanksgiving Holiday (Parish Office Closed) 

    

Kindness Campaign

Act as if what you do makes adifference. It does.  ~ William James  

 

Parish Office Closed on November 23-24

The parish office will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday on Thursday and Friday, November 23-24. Next week's electronic calendar will be sent out on Wednesday, November 22. If you have announcements to submit for next week's calendar, please submit them to to Jill in the parish office by Tuesday, November 21.

Have a safe and thankful holiday!   

Upcoming Events for Youth and Children

Nov. 26: No Church School due to All Parish Advent Wreath Making 

Dec. 3:  High School Youth Chili Sale

Calling all Church School Parents: Please fill out both the Parent Meeting Doodle Poll and the Christmas Pageant survey by accessing the following attachments:

 Parent Meeting Doodle Poll: click here

Pageant Survey: click here 

Blessings, Maggie Taylor, Director of Children and Youth,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Adult Formation, Sundays at 9:00 am: November / December 2017

November 26: Intergenerational Activity - making Advent wreaths
Gather with folks of all ages to make your own Advent wreath and enter into the joyous expectation of the Advent season!

December 3: Reimagining Advent, Part 2
Why Reimagine Advent? Questioning the Christmas Culture
Has the consumer Christmas culture hijacked our experience of Advent? Why might this be a problem? How can we keep from being overwhelmed by the demands of retail and a Christmas shopping season that begins earlier and earlier each year?

December 10: Reimagining Advent, Part 3
Seven Faces of Expectation - the "O" Antiphons
The ancient "O" Antiphons, sung in monastic communities at Vespers during the week before Christmas, give expression to seven different images for the Messiah. These images can serve as the anchor for a seven week Advent season in which each week, beginning in early to mid-November, focuses on a different aspect of God's Kingdom and the Messiah who will help usher in that kingdom.

December 17: Reimagining Advent, Part 4
Sights and Sounds of a Reimagined Advent - What About the Advent Wreath?
What would a reimagined Advent season look, sound, and feel like? If Advent is seven weeks long, what will the Advent wreath look like? What will we see, what will we sing, and how will our prayers reflect this extended and enriched liturgical season?

December 24: Why Incarnation? Learning from the Early Church
On this last Sunday of Advent - which is also the Eve of the Feast of the Incarnation! - what does it mean to us that God has come to us as a human being? What gift are we being offered, for ourselves and for the world? We will reflect on and pray with some writings from Christians from the first few centuries, as we prepare to welcome the Christ child into our
midst.      

Brookline Interfaith Thanksgiving Worship Service

 Sunday, November 19

3:00pm at Temple Ohabei Shalom in Brookline with the participation of:

Too Clez for Comfort (the Temple Ohabei Shalom Klezmer Group) 

Temple Ohabei Shalom Adult Choir, and United Parish Chancel Choir 

Followed by an action of solidarity with the Brookline Food Pantry 

Come center yourself for the Thanksgiving holiday at a service with readings, music and prayer. We will honor our blessings and share them with the Brookline Food Pantry. At offering time, goods or monetary donations will be shared.

Goods include: 

Sample sizes of shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, toothpaste and brushes, mouthwash, combs, hairbrushes, paper towels, deodorant, shaving cream, razors, instant or ground coffee, tea, brown rice, lentils, salt and pepper, spices for cooking, flour, sugar (1 - 2 lbs.), condiments and cooking oil.

~~ Organized by the Brookline Clergy Association ~~ 

Mil Milagros Artesania Sale: December 3

You are invited to St. Paul's first Mil Milagros Artesania (handicrafts) Sale here at St. Paul's on Sunday, December 3 from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm. Find special Christmas gifts of jewelry, ornaments, scarves, and bags handmade by indigenous Maya women. All proceeds benefit the women and Mil Milagros which works in rural Guatemala to prevent malnutrition and hunger and to improve children's health and education. Mil Milagros is led by St. Paul's parishioner Margaret Blood and supported with a  Ministry Outside the Parish (M.O.P.) grant.  

Volunteer for the BE AN ANGEL PROJECT

The holiday season is a stressful time for many individuals and families, but it is especially challenging for those people who are facing economic tough times. The St. Paul's BE AN ANGEL PROJECT is special in that our congregation will be assisting in the process of placing huge smiles on the faces of 50+ children of all ages and their families. 

How does it work? Each St. Paul's volunteer will be matched with a child's wish list. This wish list is provided by the Brookline Community Mental Health Center. You will shop for the items on the wish list (approximately $75-$100 per child) and return the unwrapped items to St. Paul's by Sunday, December 17. If you and your family would like to participate, please email Paul Daigneault at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be matched with a child and his or her wish list. 

Not a shopper? We are happy to accept your cash donation or gift card toward this program. Thank you for offering the time, energy, and financial resources to purchase gifts that will help to make the holidays a magical time for many children and families.

Spiritual Book Group

The Spiritual Book Group which meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 7:30 pm in the Lichtenberger Room will be on break until the new year. Our purpose is to read works that are spiritual in nature, coming together to grow closer with one another and with God.  Please email Barbie Maniscalco at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any recommendations or requests for our upcoming selections. We will make our January selection by mid-December.  Our next meeting will be January 23, 2018.  

Mission Sundays

This year, Mission Sundays have been pared down to School Supplies for B-Safe, Care Packages for college students and members of the military, Walk for Hunger, and Common Cathedral.  If you have an interest in adding any Mission Sunday activities to this list, please contact Melissa Dulla to collaborate.  (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 650-743-6745)  The next activity will be Care Packages on February 4, 2018. 

Serving us this week
Preacher  The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello 
Presider  The Rev. Megan C. Holding  
Assisting Clergy  The Rev. Elise A. Feyerherm  
Deacon  The Ven. Pat Zifcak 
Director of Music  Andrew Clarkson 
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Server  Flora Fried 
Crucifer  Julie House 
Torchbearers Lena Schultzberg and Viola Schultzberg 
Lectors                             Tom Daniel and Margie Chapman  
Prayers of the People  Steve Estes-Smargiassi 
Chalice Bearers    Sharlene Wing and Adelaide Xie 
Healing Prayers  Betsy Munzer and Elisabeth Choi  
Eucharistic Visitor  Maryann Kurkjian 

Vestry Representatives 

Mike Scheffler, Ayanna McPhail, and Tim Hintz   

Altar Guild 

8:00 am: Maryann Kurkjian
10:00 am: Elisabeth Choi and Beverly Estes-Smargiassi  

Greeters  Melissa Dulla, Brett Foster, Kate Kelley, and Barbie Maniscalco   
Ushers  Walter Mucha, Sam Scott, Hanako Norton,
Robert Burke, Jeannie Baca, and Ben Norton   
Coffee Hour Host  Betsy Munzer 

Click here to view the server spreadsheet. If you need to make a change, please find someone to swap with and let your ministry leader know so that the server spreadsheet can be updated. 

Celebrations, Memorials, and Prayers 

Celebrations  We remember and celebrate the birthdays of Yoichi Nagano, Adelaide Xie, Lance DeSelm, John Prensner, and Masaki Norton. 

Memorials The altar flowers this week have been given in loving memory of Emma Conley Kramer by Christine Palladino.

Prayers  Jennifer L., Felina R., the Children and Staff of Mil Milagros, Tim G., Camille J-F, Debra, Janet R., David F., Kendall G., Ruth R., Paul, Alexander T.,

Gerke V., Kim L., Lavinia J., Deborah F., Kitty C., Alissa P., Jane K., Whitney, Susan P., Fran C., Nan C., Sue H., Marnie, Shelley, Harry B., and those in the military: Lucas S. and Hana L.. 

Scripture Readings

Zephaniah 1:7,12-18; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11; Matthew 25:14-30

Wherever you are on your journey with or toward God, you are welcome and invited at St. Paul's!

Abundant Blessings,

St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Brookline

This Sunday at St. Paul's: November 12, 2017 (Ingathering Sunday)

8:00 am:         Contemplative Service of Holy Communion (Chapel)

9:00 am:         Church School (Lower Level)

                      Joyful Voice Rehearsal (Choir Room)

                      Adult Education: Building a Commonwealth of Blessing  (Great Hall)

                      Confirmation Class (Lichtenberger Room)

10:00 am         Holy Eucharist with Sermon and Joyful Voice (Sanctuary)

11:15 am         Coffee Hour (Great Hall)

11:30 am         Hidden Brookline Walking Tour (meet in Great Hall to walk to Town Hall)   

  • Adult Education: We invite you to share with us in "Building a Commonwealth of Blessing", our theme for this year's Appeal. This coming Sunday, we will explore the diverse ways individuals can engage in the work of the St. Paul's community.  What is my role? How do I think about offering my "time, talent, and treasure?
  • Hidden Brookline Walking Tour: After church this coming Sunday, beginning at noon at the Town Hall, we will participate in a walking tour led by Hidden Brookline. Those with mobility challenges can join us in cars and meet us at each stop on the tour. The tour will end at approximately 1:30pm.  
This Week at St. Paul's

Monday, November 13                Yoga                           7:00 am (Lichtenberger Room)

Tuesday, November 14                Pastoral Care Team     2:00 pm (Lichtenberger Room) 

                                                 Scripture Group          7:30 pm (Lichtenberger Room)

Wednesday, November 15           Choir Rehearsal          7:00 pm (Choir Room)

    

Kindness Campaign

Our lives matter most in the moments   we let others know how much their lives matter.               ~ Steve Schultz 

Upcoming Events for Youth and Children

Sunday, November 19: 

Deanery Pie Making at Church of the Redeemer from 1-3pm (Junior High Youth)

Food Pantry Support at St. Paul's (Senior High Youth)

We will continue to meet downstairs until the first weekend of Advent. At that time we will move Pre-K through 2nd upstairs during Pageant rehearsal through the rest of 2017. We will start 2018 in the Brookline Teen Center on Aspinwall St. and will remain there until the end of the Church School Year.  

Blessings, Maggie Taylor, Director of Children and Youth,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Building a Commonwealth of Blessing
Helpful Facts About Pledging

How is this different than the capital campaign?

The vestry and parish launched a capital campaign lat year to raise funds for important improvements to our sacred spaces. It is distinct from pledging and stewardship. Annual pledging comes first. Pledges are the basic sustenance of parish life and represent both our vitality and our capacity for more growth.

Why does giving to the church matter spiritually?

Because we are St. Paul's: our spiritual life, our experience of worship, reverence,and music, our passion for justice and ministry outside the parish, our learning and care for one another, our humor and celebration are communal realities.

Because we are grateful for the nourishment and care we receive and the challenges that help us grow as people of faith and as community members.

Because it is helpful and good to discern our priorities: What really matters in our lives? Where do we spend our time? For what are we grateful? To what values do we dedicate our lives?

Because giving to the church is an act of generosity, but also an act of trust. Both trust and generosity are spiritual practices or disciplines. 

Invitation for Ministry Outside the Parish (M.O.P.) Grant Applications

Every year St.Paul's M.O.P. committee awards grants to approximately 20 non-profit organizations doing GOD's work in very diverse fields from Boston to Guatemala. If there is an organization you would like us to support, then please invite them to apply. Information about the application process and forms can be found on our church websiteOur next deadline for applications is November 14. If you have questions, please speak to Matshai Motimele or Tim Hintz or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..    

Scripture Group: November 14
Scripture Group meets again on Tuesday, November 14 from 7:30-9:00 pm in the Lichtenberger Room. Please click here for the readings; we're following Track 2.
Adult Formation, Sundays at 9:00 am: November / December 2017

November 19: Reimagining Advent, Part 1

What Are We Waiting For? Expecting the Reign of God
Advent means "coming" - but what exactly is coming? As we look at the readings and liturgical prayers for Advent, what do they tell us about the goal and rich purpose of this liturgical season? Is it really all about the baby in the manger, or is it more than that?

November 26: Intergenerational Activity - making Advent wreaths
Gather with folks of all ages to make your own Advent wreath and enter into the joyous expectation of the Advent season!

December 3: Reimagining Advent, Part 2
Why Reimagine Advent? Questioning the Christmas Culture
Has the consumer Christmas culture hijacked our experience of Advent? Why might this be a problem? How can we keep from being overwhelmed by the demands of retail and a Christmas shopping season that begins earlier and earlier each year?

December 10: Reimagining Advent, Part 3
Seven Faces of Expectation - the "O" Antiphons
The ancient "O" Antiphons, sung in monastic communities at Vespers during the week before Christmas, give expression to seven different images for the Messiah. These images can serve as the anchor for a seven week Advent season in which each week, beginning in early to mid-November, focuses on a different aspect of God's Kingdom and the Messiah who will help usher in that kingdom.

December 17: Reimagining Advent, Part 4
Sights and Sounds of a Reimagined Advent - What About the Advent Wreath?
What would a reimagined Advent season look, sound, and feel like? If Advent is seven weeks long, what will the Advent wreath look like? What will we see, what will we sing, and how will our prayers reflect this extended and enriched liturgical season?

December 24: Why Incarnation? Learning from the Early Church
On this last Sunday of Advent - which is also the Eve of the Feast of the Incarnation! - what does it mean to us that God has come to us as a human being? What gift are we being offered, for ourselves and for the world? We will reflect on and pray with some writings from Christians from the first few centuries, as we prepare to welcome the Christ child into our
midst.      

Meet and Greet Pine Village Preschool Representatives:
November 19

Come meet our new lower level partner, Pine Village Preschool. Representatives from Pine Village will join us during coffee hour on Sunday, November 19.

Pine Village Preschool will begin using our lower level space Monday-Friday for their first Brookline location upon completion of the renovation (sometime late spring early summer). For more information about Pine Village, please visit the Pine Village website.    

Brookline Interfaith Thanksgiving Worship Service

 Sunday, November 19; 3:00pm at Temple Ohabei Shalom in Brookline

with the participation of:

Too Clez for Comfort (the Temple Ohabei Shalom Klezmer Group) 

Temple Ohabei Shalom Adult Choir, and United Parish Chancel Choir 

Followed by an action of solidarity with the Brookline Food Pantry 

Come center yourself for the Thanksgiving holiday at a service with readings, music and prayer. We will honor our blessings and share them with the Brookline Food Pantry. At offering time, goods or monetary donations will be shared.

Goods include: Sample sizes of shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, toothpaste and brushes, mouthwash, combs, hairbrushes, paper towels, deodorant, shaving cream, razors, instant or ground coffee, tea, brown rice, lentils, salt and pepper, spices for cooking, flour, sugar (1 - 2 lbs.), condiments and cooking oil.

~~ Organized by the Brookline Clergy Association ~~ 

Mil Milagros Artesania Sale: December 3

You are invited to St. Paul's first Mil Milagros Artesania (handicrafts) Sale here at St. Paul's on Sunday, December 3 from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm. Find special Christmas gifts of jewelry, ornaments, scarves, and bags handmade by indigenous Maya women. All proceeds benefit the women and Mil Milagros which works in rural Guatemala to prevent malnutrition and hunger and to improve children's health and education. Mil Milagros is led by St. Paul's parishioner Margaret Blood and supported with a  Ministry Outside the Parish (M.O.P.) grant.  

Serving us this week
Preacher  The Rev. Elise A. Feyerherm 
Presider  The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello  
Assisting Clergy  The Rev. Megan C. Holding 
Deacon  The Ven. Pat Zifcak 
Director of Music  Andrew Clarkson 
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Server  Ardani Mello-Daigneault 
Crucifer  Austin Jewell 
Torchbearers Elior Zaremba and Jane Hopkin 
Lectors                                     Angie Marks and Leah Rugen  
Prayers of the People  E. Lorraine Baugh  
Chalice Bearers    Linda Sanches and Madeleine Taylor 
Healing Prayers  Beverly EstesSmargiassi and Steve Morrissey 
Eucharistic Visitor  John Ferguson 

Vestry Representatives 

Barbie Maniscalco, Alan Fried, and Leah Rugen  

Altar Guild 

8:00 am: Ann Colageo
10:00 am: John Ferguson and Michael Scheffler   

Greeters  John Ahonen, Beverly Estes-Smargiassi, Judy Rice, and Adelaide Xie  
Ushers  Walter Mucha, Sam Scott, Hanako Norton,
Robert Burke, Jeannie Baca, and Ben Norton   
Coffee Hour Host  Betsy Munzer 

Click here to view the server spreadsheet. If you need to make a change, please find someone to swap with and let your ministry leader know so that the server spreadsheet can be updated. 

Celebrations, Memorials, and Prayers 

 Celebrations  We remember and celebrate the birthdays of Jesse Hopkin, Lena Schultzberg, and Andrew Batchelor.  

 Memorials The altar flowers this week have been given in loving memory of Dianne Collins Ouellette by Berred Ouellette.

Prayers   Jennifer L., Felina R., the Children and Staff of Mil Milagros, Tim G., Camille J-F, Debra, Janet R., David F., Kendall G., Ruth R., Paul, Alexander T., Gerke V., Kim L., Lavinia J., Deborah F., Kitty C., Alissa P., Jane K., Whitney, Susan P., Fran C., Nan C., Sue H., Marnie, Shelley, and those in the military: Lucas S., Hana L., and Jamie C. 

Scripture Readings

Wisdom of Solomon 6:12-16; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Matthew 25:1-13

Wherever you are on your journey with or toward God,
you are welcome and invited at St. Paul's!

Abundant Blessings,

St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Brookline

This Sunday at St. Paul's: November 5, 2017

8:00 am:         Contemplative Service of Holy Communion (Chapel)

9:00 am:         Church School (Lower Level)

                      Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room)

                      Adult Education: Meet and Greet your new Associate Rector (Great Hall)

                      Confirmation Class (Lichtenberger Room) 

10:00 am         Holy Eucharist with Sermon and Choir (Sanctuary)             

11:15 am         Coffee Hour (Great Hall)

11:30 am         Ministry Outside the Parish (M.O.P.) Meeting (Lichtenberger Room)

                      Sanctuary Movement Discussion (Great Hall)                               

Ministry Outside the Parish will be holding a Proposal Forum this coming Sundayafter the 10:00am service in the Lichtenberger Room. We will be listening to presentations on organizations that have applied for grants. We look forward to seeing you there. If you have any questions, please refer to our church website, speak with Matshai Motimele or Tim Hintz, or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The New Sanctuary movement is active in the Boston area. Undocumented people can seek sanctuary in churches to avoid being deported by immigration officials. We would like to tell you about what is happening locally, and through education and discussion we can find out more about St. Paul's involvement, either as a community or as individuals. Please join us for a discussion meeting this coming Sunday at 11:30am in the Great Hall. If you have questions, please contact Simon Lejeune: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Kate Kelley: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

This Week at St. Paul's

Monday, November 6               Yoga                           7:00 am (Lichtenberger Room)

Tuesday, November 7               Knitting Group             7:00 pm (Lichtenberger Room)

Wednesday, November 8         Choir Rehearsal            7:00 pm (Choir Room)

Saturday, November 11            Harvest Dinner              5:00 pm (Great Hall)  

Remember to TURN YOUR CLOCKS BACK !

Daylight Saving Time 2017 ends on Sunday, November 5 at 2am. Remember to turn your clocks back one hour prior to bedtime on Saturday night, November 4. 

   

All Saints' Day Altar of Remembrance

You are invited to bring in a memento or small photo of a loved one who died anytime in the past as a memorial to be placed on the Altar of Remembrance this coming Sunday in honor of All Saints' Day.  

Knitting Group Meets November 7

The Knitting Group will be meeting on Tuesday, November 7 at 7:00pm at the Church. All knitters and crocheters are welcome, or those interested in learning. Please join us in the Lichtenberger Room. 

Adult Education Series:
St. Paul's - Building a Commonwealth of Blessing

Each year, as we plunge into the joy and busy activity of the fall, we take some time to take stock of where we are as a community, our common work and vision and we consider how we might support that work and vision as part of our Annual Pledge Appeal. This year, we invite you to share with us in "Building a Commonwealth of Blessing", our theme for this year's Appeal.

November 12: (Ingathering Sunday): We will explore the diverse ways individuals can engage in the work of the St. Paul's community. What is my role? How do I think about offering my "time, talent, and treasure"?

Kindness Campaign

   In this world it is not what we take up, but what we give up, that makes us rich.

                            ~ Henry Ward Beecher 

 

 Sunday Church School

   We will continue to meet downstairs until the first weekend of Advent. At that time we will move Pre-K through 2nd upstairs

   during Pageant rehearsal through the rest of 2017. We will start 2018 in the Brookline Teen Center on Aspinwall St. and will      remain there until the end of the Church School Year. 

Blessings, Maggie Taylor, Director of Children and Youth,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Building a Commonwealth of Blessing
Helpful Facts About Pledging

How many pledges a year do we receive? What amount should I pledge? For 2017, 120 households made an annual pledge to St. Paul's. The range of pledges was from less than $100 to $11,000 and everything in between! When deciding what to pledge, consider committing a percentage of your household income. What percentage of your household income have you given in the past? How much are you able to increase your pledge this year? If you're just starting out, what percentage feels possible? 2%? 3%? 5%? A tithe of 10%? It takes some discernment to figure out the right level for your household. 

Can't we just repeat our pledge from last year? Part of the purpose of an annual appeal is to create an opportunity to reflect on our resources and gifts and what we can commit to the church. There are many reasons why someone might raise (or lower) a pledge. Given inflation, if a pledge stays the same for multiple years, it is essentially lowered.

Harvest Dinner: November 11

The pleasure of your company is requested at St. Paul's 1st Annual Harvest Dinner,
Saturday, November 11 from 6-9 pm in the Great Hall. This will be a wonderful evening of celebrating Building a Commonwealth of Blessing, with all of us, children included, around our Common table. 

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Tuesday, November 7; please include the number of adults and children attending and if you would like a vegetarian meal option.

We hope you will join us! Individuals interested in contributing or serving, please contact John Ferguson at 714-381-0628 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Hidden Brookline Walking Tour: November 12

After church on November 12, beginning at noon, we will participate in a walking tour led by Hidden Brookline. Those with mobility challenges can join us in cars and meet us at each stop on the tour. The tour will end at approximately 1:30pm. 

Invitation for Ministry Outside the Parish (M.O.P.) Grant Applications

Every year St.Paul's M.O.P. committee awards grants to approximately 20 non-profit organizations doing GOD's work in very diverse fields from Boston to Guatemala. If there is an organization you would like us to support, then please invite them to apply. Information about the application process and forms can be found on our church websiteOur next deadline for applications is November 14. If you have questions, please speak to Matshai Motimele or Tim Hintz or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..    

Brookline Interfaith Thanksgiving Worship Service

 Sunday, November 19 @ 3:00pm at Temple Ohabei Shalom in Brookline

 with the participation of:

Too Clez for Comfort (the Temple Ohabei Shalom Klezmer Group) 

Temple Ohabei Shalom Adult Choir, and United Parish Chancel Choir 

Followed by an action of solidarity with the Brookline Food Pantry 

Come center yourself for the Thanksgiving holiday at a service with readings, music and prayer. We will honor our blessings and share them with the Brookline Food Pantry. At offering time, goods or monetary donations will be shared.

Goods include: Sample sizes of shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, toothpaste and brushes, mouthwash, combs, hairbrushes, paper towels, deodorant, shaving cream, razors, instant or ground coffee, tea, brown rice, lentils, salt and pepper, spices for cooking, flour, sugar (1 - 2 lbs.), condiments and cooking oil.

~~ Organized by the Brookline Clergy Association ~~ 

Save the Date for Amanda March's Ordainment: January 4

The journey to the priesthood for Amanda March began at St. Paul's and she is very excited to officially announce that her ordainment is scheduled on the evening of Thursday, January 4 at 6:00pm at the Parish of St. Paul's in Newton Highlands. Bishop Alan Gates will preside and Amanda would be honored with your presence. Please save the date for this special occasion.  

Serving us this week
Preacher  The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello 
Presider  The Rev. Elise Feyerherm  
Assisting Clergy  The Rev. Megan C. Holding 
Deacon  The Ven. Pat Zifcak 
Director of Music  Andrew Clarkson 
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Server  Flora Fried 
Crucifer  Mike Scheffler 
Torchbearers Delilah Chapman and Sarah Dulla 
Lectors                                     Kristen Renaud and Adelaide Xie 
Chalice Bearers    Betsy Munzer and Leah Rugen 
Healing Prayers  John Ferguson and Sharlene Wing 
Eucharistic Visitor  Leah Rugen 

Vestry Representatives 

Brett Foster, Jeannie Baca, and Julie House  

Altar Guild 

8:00 am: Ann Colageo
10:00 am: Sharlene Wing and Adelaide Xie   

Greeters  John Ferguson, Tim Hintz, Maria O'Meara, and Kristen Renaud  
Ushers  Walter Mucha, Sam Scott, Hanako Norton,
Robert Burke, Jeannie Baca, and Ben Norton   
Coffee Hour Host  Maria O'Meara 

Click here to view the server spreadsheet. If you need to make a change, please find someone to swap with and let your ministry leader know so that the server spreadsheet can be updated. 

Celebrations, Memorials, and Prayers 

Celebrations  This coming Sunday we will celebrate the baptism of Lucas Barry Lynch Bransfield and remember and celebrate the birthdays of Natalie Moore, Aliyah Campbell, Anne Campbell, Hee Yun Rothman, Amalia Lindgren-Palm, Elin Lindgren-Palm, Julia Boral, and Jennifer Schamel.

Memorials The altar flowers this week have been given in loving memory of William E. Spencer, Donald Jenkins, and Connie Rubino, by Jamie Moore. We pray for the repose of the soul of Laura M. Sullivan, Maryann Kurkjian's cousin, who died on October 25. 

St. Paul's Necrology

All Saints' Sunday 2017

Dorothy S. Berger

Arthur Doerr Bond, Jr.

William Maxwell Boynton

Evelyn Curtis

Kimberly Curtis

Richard Downes

Janet Sheltus Duggan

Jonathan Fried

William Hudnut III

Michael Kreiner 

Allan Kurinsky

 

Onn Lee

Harold Randolph Lewis

Ellen Lutz

Eleanor Major 

Charles Edward Mello

Margaret Morrissey

Maida Shifman

Ellin Smalley

Laura M. Sullivan

Maryann Tien

Dorothy May Ward

Molly Willette

 

Prayers       

Jennifer L., Felina R., the Children and Staff of Mil Milagros, Tim G., Camille J-F, Debra, Janet R., David F., Kendall G., Ruth R., Paul, Alexander T., Gerke V., Kim L., Lavinia J., Deborah F., Kitty C., Alissa P., Jane K., Whitney, Susan P., Fran C., Nan C., Sue H., Marnie, Shelley, and those in the military: Lucas S., Hana L., and Jamie C. 

Scripture Readings

Revelation 7:9-17; 1 John 3:1-3; Matthew 5:1-12

Wherever you are on your journey with or toward God, you are welcome and invited at St. Paul's!

Abundant Blessings,

St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Brookline

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