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This Sunday at St. Paul's: December 16, 2018

The Sixth Sunday of Advent and Blue Christmas Service

8:00 am

 
Contemplative Service of Holy Communion   Chapel
8:30 am  Pageant Rehearsal
Pageant Costume Fitting 
Sanctuary
Great Hall
9:00 am  Adult Formation
Church School
Nursery/Childcare
Choir Rehearsal
BE AN ANGEL Gift Collection 
Lichtenberger Room
Lower Level
Lower Level
Choir Room
Middle Room
10:00 am

Holy Eucharist with Sermon and Choir

Sanctuary
11:15 am  Coffee Hour Q&A with Bishop Harris Great Hall  
12:00 pm  Vestry Lunch with Bishop Harris  Lichtenberger Room 
5:00 pm  Blue Christmas Service  Sanctuary 

  
Adult Formation for Advent - "The Way of Love - Practices for Jesus centered Life'

This past summer at General Convention, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry invited Episcopalians to join him on The Way of Love, describing it in this way:

Before they were called "church" or "Christian," this Jesus Movement was simply called "the way."

...how can we together grow more deeply with Jesus Christ at the center of our lives, so we can bear witness to his way of love in and for the world?

The deep roots of our Christian tradition may offer just such a path. For centuries, monastic communities have shaped their lives around rhythms and disciplines for following Jesus together. Such a pattern is known as a "Rule of Life." The framework you now hold - The Way of Love: Practices for Jesus-Centered Life - outlines a Rule for the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement.

The Way of Love is organized around seven practices - Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go, and Rest. Each Sunday during our seven-week Advent, we will explore a different practice as it relates to the Advent season of expectation. You can learn more about The Way of Love by clicking HERE.

 

Adult Formation: Go - Bishop Gayle Harris on the Prophets

"As Jesus went to the highways and byways, he sends us beyond our circles and comfort, to witness to the love, justice, and truth of God with our lips and with our lives." The Way of Love  

Blue Christmas: The Christmas season can be challenging. Our "Blue Christmas" service allows us to find a calm and quiet place to contemplate our lives and families, the year just past and the one to come. Everyone is welcome! 

It's BE AN ANGEL Sunday!

Thanks to everyone who has volunteered. Please bring your gift bags this Sunday and drop them off in the middle room. I will be there accepting the donations beginning at 9am.

If you are still interested in making a donation to the program, $25 gift cards from Target and Stop and Shop would be most welcome. The youth group went shopping last weekend and did a wonderful job! Thanks to all who helped.

I am looking for three volunteers to help load the truck with gifts on Monday, December 17 at 9:30-10:30am. Email me if you can help. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thank you all 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.

This week at St. Paul's

Tuesday, December 18

6:00 pm

 Vestry Meeting Rectory
Wednesday, December 19 7:00 am Yoga Lichtenberger Room
Saturday, December 22 9:00am-Noon Christmas Pageant dress rehearsal, lunch, & party Sanctuary and Lichtenberger Room
High School Youth Update: Be an Angel Shopping

Last Saturday 4 youth and 3 brave parents ventured to the Watertown Target to go shopping for the Be An Angel Program. With a combination of chili sale funds and funds from other parishioners the youth group purchased gifts for 9 children who are facing economic hardship this holiday season. 

Christmas Pageant Rehearsal Schedule

Sunday, December 16, 8:30am: Rehearsal for All Actors (Sanctuary) AND

                                                       Costume fitting for speaking parts (Great Hall)

Saturday, December 22, 9:00am-12:00pm: Dress rehearsal, lunch, and party for all actors

Sunday, December 23, 9:00am: Dress rehearsal and pageant (performed at 10:00am service)  

Christmas Flowers: Names of Remembrance due on December 18    

If you would like to remember departed family members or give a thanksgiving with poinsettias at Christmas, please fill out the form found in your Sunday worship bulletin or 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 Tuesday, December 18 in order for the names to be printed in the Christmas service bulletins. The suggested donation is $25.00. Checks are made payable to "St. Paul's Church" with a notation for "Christmas Flowers." Thank you.

Vestry Invite

During our upcoming Vestry meetings, we will be discussing the ideas of "Invite, Welcome, Connect" a framework for enacting a church's mission and work. Members of the parish are always invited to Vestry meetings, and you may be interested in participating in these discussions from 7:00 - 8:00 pm. The business portion of the meeting follows and you are welcome to stay. Meeting dates December 18 and January 15.  Please contact Leah Rugen, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Julie House,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it."> This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  if you have any questions. 

Greening the Church: Saturday, December 22

On Saturday December 22 from 9am to noon, we'll be greening the church, making the giant wreath for above the altar, window decorations etc. There will be carols, eggnog and Christmas cookies! Bring a pruning clipper if you have one and join us for a fun morning. No experience or artistic sense needed. If you have questions, please direct them to Steve Estes-Smargiassi at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Holiday Card Display: December 16 through the Epiphany  

If you would like to send a holiday card to your entire St. Paul's Family, please bring one card to put on our festive display beginning on December 16.  This way everyone at St. Paul's can feel like they received your holiday cheer and well wishes.

Pledge Appeal Update

As of this week we have received 82 pledges for a total of $228,667 towards our budget for 2019. A hearty thanks to all who have pledged! Increases to individual pledges have averaged about 10%. We are still expecting at least 40 more pledges, and of course more are always welcome and needed. So far we have received nine new pledges which is wonderful!

Special Advent and Christmas Services 

Join us every Sunday at 8:00 and 10:00am

December 16        5:00 pm           Blue Christmas   

December 23        10:00 am         Christmas Pageant

                               5:00 pm          Candlelight Carols

December 24     Christmas Eve

                               2:00 pm          Tots and Toddlers Service

                               5:00 pm          Festive Service for All Ages

                               11:00 pm        Candlelight Service

December 25     Christmas Day

                               10:00 am         Festive Eucharist

December 30     First Sunday after Christmas

                               10:00 am         Christmas Lessons and Carols

Serving us this week

Presider and Preacher  

The Rt. Rev. Gayle E. Harris      

Assisting Clergy  The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello and
The Rev. Elise A. Feyerherm   
Deacon   The Ven. Pat Zifcak 
Director of Music and Organist  Andrew E. Clarkson 
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Server  Adelaide Xie 
Crucifer  Ripley Foster 
Torchbearers  Sarah Dulla and Mihret Hopkin 
Lectors  Hal Edmonson and Linda Sanches 
Prayers of the People  Maryann Kurkjian 
Chalice Bearers Beverly Estes-Smargiassi and Bo Fauth   
Healing Prayers  Steve Morrissey and Elisabeth Choi  
Eucharistic Visitor  Maryann Kurkjian  
Altar Guild  8:00am: Maryann Kurkjian
10:00am: Elisabeth Choi and Beverly Estes-Smargiassi   
Offering Counters  Brett Foster, Jeannie Baca, and Julie House 
Greeters  The Greeters Team    
Ushers  The Ushers Team
Coffee Hour Host Maggie Taylor     

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 celebrate and remember the birthdays of Tina DeSelm, Terry Jewell, Megan Holding, Grace Koczela, Benjamin Collins, and Chris Smith.  

Memorials

We remember especially Kee II Choi, in whose memory the altar flowers are given this week by Elisabeth Choi.  

Prayers       

Jennifer L., Felina R., the Children and Staff of Mil Milagros, Janet R., David F., Kendall G., Ruth R., Alexander T., Helmut T., Fran C., Harry B., Faye M., Roger H. Sr., Anne C., Tracey G., Alissa P., Laura R., Alice G., Denise E., Bill B., those in the military: Lucas S., Hana L., and Jamie C., and those in the Ordination process: Tammy Hobbs Miracky and Lauren Lukason.   

Scripture Readings

Zephaniah 3:14-20; Isaiah 12:2-6; Philippians 4:4-7; Luke 3:7-18
Click HERE for the readings.

Sunday Worship Bulletin for December 16, 2018

 Please click HERE to view our worship bulletin for this coming Sunday, 12/16/18.  

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: December 9, 2018

The Fifth Sunday of Advent and Blue Christmas Service

8:00 am

 
Contemplative Service of Holy Communion   Chapel
8:45 am  Christmas Pageant Rehearsal  Sanctuary 
9:00 am  Adult Formation
Church School
Nursery/Childcare
Choir Rehearsal 
Great Hall
Lower Level
Lichtenberger Room
Choir Room
9:30 am  Acolyte Training  Sanctuary 
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
Prison Ministry Group Meeting
Middle School Youth Group: Cookie Decorating  
Lichtenberger Room
Chapel
Middle Room
5:00 pm  Blue Christmas   Sanctuary 


 
Adult Formation for Advent - "The Way of Love - Practices for Jesus centered Life'

This past summer at General Convention, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry invited Episcopalians to join him on The Way of Love, describing it in this way:

Before they were called "church" or "Christian," this Jesus Movement was simply called "the way."

...how can we together grow more deeply with Jesus Christ at the center of our lives, so we can bear witness to his way of love in and for the world?

The deep roots of our Christian tradition may offer just such a path. For centuries, monastic communities have shaped their lives around rhythms and disciplines for following Jesus together. Such a pattern is known as a "Rule of Life." The framework you now hold - The Way of Love: Practices for Jesus-Centered Life - outlines a Rule for the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement.

The Way of Love is organized around seven practices - Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go, and Rest. Each Sunday during our seven-week Advent, we will explore a different practice as it relates to the Advent season of expectation. You can learn more about The Way of Love by clicking HERE.

 

Adult Formation: Bless - Prison Ministry and Setting the Captives Free

"We are empowered by the Spirit to bless everyone we meet, practicing generosity and compassion and proclaiming the Good News of God in Christ with hopeful words and selfless actions." The Way of Love. At 9am this coming Sunday, we hear from special guest Steve Bingaman, who will tell his own story of incarceration and the way a local church made a difference in his life. Steve is currently a Master of Divinity student at Boston University School of Theology, preparing for prison chaplaincy, and is a member of the  Presbyterian Church in Sudbury. 

Christmas Pageant Rehearsal: Please join us at 8:45 am for actors with speaking parts and costume fitting for non-speaking parts. 

Prison Ministry Group: We will have our last meeting before the holidays this Sunday   after the 10am service. We'll be meeting in the Chapel and all are welcome! Contact Leahanne with questions or to be added to our mailing list (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

This week at St. Paul's

Tuesday, December 11

1:30 pm


7:30 pm
Pastoral Care Team Spiritual Book Group

Lichtenberger Room


Great Hall

Wednesday, December 12 7:00 am Yoga Lichtenberger Room
Thursday, December 13 7:00 pm Choir Rehearsal Sanctuary
Prison Ministry Mission Sunday Thank You

Our Mission Sunday on December 2 was a great success! We collected more than 100 each of bottles of body wash and boxes of tea, a little under 100 deodorants, and about 40 bottles of shampoo. Our items will be combined with those collected by St. Cecilia Parish and given as part of holiday gift bags to the men who are incarcerated in Bridgewater State Hospital. Thank you to everyone who donated items or money, helped out with logistics, or came by to chat!

Blue Christmas Service: December 16 @ 5:00pm 

The Christmas season can be challenging. Our "Blue Christmas" service allows us to find a calm and quiet place to contemplate our lives and families, the year just past and the one to come.

Holiday Card Display: December 16 through the Epiphany  

If you would like to send a holiday card to your entire St. Paul's Family, please bring one card to put on our festive display beginning on December 16.  This way everyone at St. Paul's can feel like they received your holiday cheer and well wishes.

Christmas Flowers   

If you would like to remember departed family members or give a thanksgiving with poinsettias at Christmas, please fill out the form found in your Sunday worship bulletin or 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 Tuesday, December 18 in order for the names to be printed in the Christmas service bulletins. The suggested donation is $25.00. Checks are 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 $100 per child) and return the unwrapped items to St. Paul's by Sunday, December 16. 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.

I am also looking for one or two adult volunteers to help administer the program this season. Email me for details!

The St. Paul's Christmas Pageant is right around the corner !  

 

 It's Advent! It's time to sign up for the Pageant!  

The St. Paul's Christmas Pageant is right around the corner and it is time to start thinking about which role you or your child might like to play. This year the Pageant will be on December 23 during the 10am service. Please click the link HERE to sign you or your child up for the pageant. The rehearsal dates are listed below. Please let me know if you have any questions. We are looking forward to another wonderful pageant this year! 

Sunday, December 9 @ 8:45 AM: Rehearsal for actors with speaking parts; costume fitting for non-speaking parts 

Sunday, December 16 @ 8:45 AM: Rehearsal for All Actors 

Sunday, December 16 @ 11:30 AM: Costume fitting for speaking parts 

Saturday, December 22,  @ 9:00AM-12:00PM: Dress rehearsal, lunch, and party for all actors 

Sunday, December 23 @ 8:45 AM: Dress rehearsal and pageant (performed at 10:00 service)

Special Advent and Christmas Services 

Join us every Sunday at 8:00 and 10:00am

December 16        5:00 pm           Blue Christmas   

December 23        10:00 am         Christmas Pageant

                               5:00 pm          Candlelight Carols

December 24     Christmas Eve

                               2:00 pm          Tots and Toddlers Service

                               5:00 pm          Festive Service for All Ages

                               11:00 pm        Candlelight Service

December 25     Christmas Day

                               10:00 am         Festive Eucharist

December 30     First Sunday after Christmas

                               10:00 am         Christmas Lessons and Carols

Vestry Invite

During our upcoming Vestry meetings, we will be discussing the ideas of "Invite, Welcome, Connect" a framework for enacting a church's mission and work. Members of the parish are always invited to Vestry meetings, and you may be interested in participating in these discussions from 7:00 - 8:00 pm. The business portion of the meeting follows and you are welcome to stay. Meeting dates December 18 and January 15.  Please contact Leah Rugen, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Julie House,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it."> This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  if you have any questions. 

Yoga at St. Paul's Has Resumed 

Join us every Wednesday morning @ 7am 

Please join us at 7am on Wednesday mornings each week. Yoga is a great way to start the day! 

Traditional Hatha yoga with "spiritual invocation" often coupled with brief meditation to begin class. Everyone at any level welcome from never having done yoga to wherever you are in your current practice. Bring your own mat, or rely on ones we have here.

If you have questions about our yoga practice, please direct them to our yoga teacher, Martha Curtis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   

Serving us this week

Preacher  

The Ven. Pat Zifcak      

Presider  The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello   
Assisting Clergy  The Rev. Elise A. Feyerherm 
Director of Music and Organist  Andrew E. Clarkson 
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Server  Julie House  
Crucifer  Lena Schultzberg 
Torchbearers  Viola Schultzberg and Mark Hopkin 
Lectors  Art Wing and Anne Campbell 
Prayers of the People  Betsy Munzer 
Chalice Bearers Hal Edmonson and Jason Fairchild  
Healing Prayers  Betsy Munzer and John Ferguson 
Eucharistic Visitor  John Ferguson  
Altar Guild  8:00am: Ann Colageo
10:00am: John Ferguson, Mike Scheffler, and Hal Edmonson   
Offering Counters  Mike Scheffler, Ayanna McPhail, and Tim Hintz 
Greeters  The Greeters Team    
Ushers  The Ushers Team
Coffee Hour Host The Campbell 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 celebrate and remember the birthdays of Pat Zifcak and Margaret Wacker-Brawley.  

Memorials

We remember especially Karol Kavanaugh Bibbs, in whose memory the altar flowers are given this week.   

Prayers       

Jennifer L., Felina R., the Children and Staff of Mil Milagros, Janet R., David F., Kendall G., Ruth R., Alexander T., Helmut T., Fran C., Harry B., Faye M., Roger H. Sr., Anne C., Tracey G., Alissa P., Laura R., Alice G., Denise E., Bill B., those in the military: Lucas S., Hana L., and Jamie C., and those in the Ordination process: Tammy Hobbs Miracky and Lauren Lukason.   

Scripture Readings

Baruch 5:1-9; Luke 1:68-79; Philippians 1:3-11; Luke 3:1-6
Click HERE for the readings.

Sunday Worship Bulletin for December 9, 2018

 Please click HERE to view our worship bulletin for this coming Sunday, 12/9/18.  

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: December 2, 2018

The Fourth Sunday of Advent

8:00 am

 
Contemplative Service of Holy Communion   Chapel
9:00 am  Adult Formation
Mission Sunday Event: Holiday Bag Donations
Middle School Youth Group
Church School
Nursery/Childcare
Choir Rehearsal 
Great Hall
Middle Room
Lichtenberger Room
Lower Level
Lichtenberger Room 
Choir Room
10:00 am

Holy Eucharist with Sermon and Choir

Sanctuary
11:15 am  Coffee Hour
Youth Group Chili Sale
Mil Milagros Artesania Sale
Great Hall
Middle Room
Great Hall 
5:00 pm  Messiah Sing  Sanctuary 

Adult Formation for Advent - "The Way of Love - Practices for Jesus centered Life'

This past summer at General Convention, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry invited Episcopalians to join him on The Way of Love, describing it in this way:

Before they were called "church" or "Christian," this Jesus Movement was simply called "the way."

...how can we together grow more deeply with Jesus Christ at the center of our lives, so we can bear witness to his way of love in and for the world?

The deep roots of our Christian tradition may offer just such a path. For centuries, monastic communities have shaped their lives around rhythms and disciplines for following Jesus together. Such a pattern is known as a "Rule of Life." The framework you now hold - The Way of Love: Practices for Jesus-Centered Life - outlines a Rule for the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement.

The Way of Love is organized around seven practices - Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go, and Rest. Each Sunday during our seven-week Advent, we will explore a different practice as it relates to the Advent season of expectation. You can learn more about The Way of Love by clicking HERE.

 


  This Sunday, our practice focus will be: Worship - Advent Hymns & Canticles from the Book of Revelation
"When we worship, we gather with others before God. We hear the Good News of Jesus, give thanks, confess, and offer the brokenness of the world to God." The Way of Love

12/2 Mission Sunday: Bridgewater State Hospital Holiday Bag Donations 

The Prison Ministry Group at St. Paul's is collecting items to fill gift bags for the men incarcerated at Bridgewater State Hospital, a medium-security psychiatric prison hospital. This Sunday is our Mission Sunday event, which is taking place from 9 to 10 am in the middle room/Food Pantry area. We're collecting the following items: Caffeine-free tea (boxes of tea bags)
Liquid body wash (the men at Bridgewater can't have bar soap)
Shampoo (any size)
Deodorant

We'll provide food, coffee, and more information about our group's goals, as well as about some of the issues involved in criminal justice and incarceration. Please stop by!

If you have any questions, please contact Leahanne Sarlo (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

 
Chili Sale:
It is cold, wet, and icky outside which means that is must be time for the High School Youth Chili Sale to benefit Be An Angel Shopping! Be ready to load up on quarts of meat and vegan chili this Sunday after the 10am service!  1 Quart for $10 or 3 Quarts for $25  (P.S. Each quart comes with 4 corn muffins!)

45th Annual Messiah Sing:
The Messiah Sing is one of the more beloved annual traditions at St. Paul's. For many it is a central part of their Advent ritual. Come make the Messiah your own this year! Listen to solos sung by our talented soloists from the Choir, and sing your heart out on the wonderful choruses, offering up this great music as the true prayer it is. The Messiah Sing is free and open to everyone. 

Mil Milagros Artesania Sale: December 2 

This week at St. Paul's

Tuesday, December 4

7:00 pm

Knitting Group

Lichtenberger Room

Wednesday, December 5 7:00 am
7:00 pm
Yoga
Choir Rehearsal
Lichtenberger Room
Choir Room/Sanctuary

Ministry Outside the Parish (M.O.P.) Meeting: December 9 

Ministry Outside the Parish (M.O.P.) will be holding a committee meeting on Sunday, December 9 after the 10:00am service in the Lichtenberger Room. We look forward to seeing you there. If you have any questions please refer to our website or speak to Matshai Motimele or Tim Hintz. 

Blue Christmas Service: December 16 @ 5:00pm 

The Christmas season can be challenging. Our "Blue Christmas" service allows us to find a calm and quiet place to contemplate our lives and families, the year just past and the one to come.

If you are interested in helping to plan the liturgy for our Blue Christmas service, please contact Rev. Elise Feyerherm at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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 $100 per child) and return the unwrapped items to St. Paul's by Sunday, December 16. 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.

I am also looking for one or two adult volunteers to help administer the program this season. Email me for details!

The St. Paul's Christmas Pageant is right around the corner !  

 

 It's Advent! It's time to sign up for the Pageant!  

The St. Paul's Christmas Pageant is right around the corner and it is time to start thinking about which role you or your child might like to play. This year the Pageant will be on December 23 during the 10am service. Please click the link HERE to sign you or your child up for the pageant. The rehearsal dates are listed below. Please let me know if you have any questions. We are looking forward to another wonderful pageant this year! 

Sunday, December 9 @ 8:45 AM: Rehearsal for actors with speaking parts; costume fitting for non-speaking parts 

Sunday, December 16 @ 8:45 AM: Rehearsal for All Actors 

Sunday, December 16 @ 11:30 AM: Costume fitting for speaking parts 

Saturday, December 22,  @ 9:00AM-12:00PM: Dress rehearsal, lunch, and party for all actors 

Sunday, December 23 @ 8:45 AM: Dress rehearsal and pageant (performed at 10:00 service)

Special Advent and Christmas Services 

Join us every Sunday at 8:00 and 10:00am

December 16        5:00 pm           Blue Christmas   

December 23        10:00 am         Christmas Pageant

                               5:00 pm          Candlelight Carols

December 24     Christmas Eve

                               2:00 pm          Tots and Toddlers Service

                               5:00 pm          Festive Service for All Ages

                               11:00 pm        Candlelight Service

December 25     Christmas Day

                               10:00 am         Festive Eucharist

December 30     First Sunday after Christmas

                               10:00 am         Christmas Lessons and Carols

Vestry Invite

During our upcoming Vestry meetings, we will be discussing the ideas of "Invite, Welcome, Connect" a framework for enacting a church's mission and work. Members of the parish are always invited to Vestry meetings, and you may be interested in participating in these discussions from 7:00 - 8:00 pm. The business portion of the meeting follows and you are welcome to stay. Meeting dates December 18 and January 15.  Please contact Leah Rugen, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Julie House,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it."> This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  if you have any questions. 

Yoga at St. Paul's Has Resumed - Join us every Wednesday morning @ 7am 

Please join us at 7am on Wednesday mornings each week. Yoga is a great way to start the day! 

Traditional Hatha yoga with "spiritual invocation" often coupled with brief meditation to begin class. Everyone at any level welcome from never having done yoga to wherever you are in your current practice. Bring your own mat, or rely on ones we have here.

If you have questions about our yoga practice, please direct them to our yoga teacher, Martha Curtis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   

Serving us this week

Preacher  

The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello     

Presider  The Rev. Elise A. Feyerherm   
Deacon  The Ven. Pat Zifcak 
Director of Music and Organist  Andrew E. Clarkson 
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Server  John Ferguson 
Crucifer  Sarah Dulla 
Torchbearers  Delilah Chapman and Elliana Clarkson 
Lectors  Julie House and Edward Jacobson 
Prayers of the People  Jason Fairchild 
Chalice Bearers Georgia Smith and Leahanne Sarlo 
Healing Prayers  Beverly Estes-Smargiassi and Steve Morrissey 
Eucharistic Visitor  Leah Rugen 
Altar Guild  8:00am: Ann Colageo
10:00am: Sharlene Wing and Viva Fischer 
Offering Counters  Brett Foster, Jeannie Baca, and Julie House 
Greeters  The Greeters Team    
Ushers  The Ushers Team
Coffee Hour Host Hannah Haynes     

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 and Prayers 

Celebrations 

We celebrate and remember the birthdays of Jim Zaremba, Eston Campbell, Tess Mattern, Emma Snover, and Charles Bales.

Prayers       

Jennifer L., Felina R., the Children and Staff of Mil Milagros, Janet R., David F., Kendall G., Ruth R., Alexander T., Helmut T., Fran C., Harry B., Faye M., Roger H. Sr., Anne C., Tracey G., Alissa P., Laura R., Alice G., Denise E., Bill B., those in the military: Lucas S., Hana L., and Jamie C., and those in the Ordination process: Tammy Hobbs Miracky and Lauren Lukason.   

Scripture Readings

Click HERE for the readings.

Sunday Worship Bulletin for November 25, 2018

 Please click HERE to view our worship bulletin for this coming Sunday, 12/2/18.  

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 25, 2018

The Third Sunday of Advent and The Reign of Christ

8:00 am

 
Contemplative Service of Holy Communion   Chapel
9:00 am  Adult Formation
Church School
Nursery/Childcare
 Choir Rehearsal 
Great Hall
Lower Level
Lichtenberger Room
Choir Room
10:00 am

Holy Eucharist with Sermon and Choir

Sanctuary
11:15 am  Coffee Hour  Great Hall 
11:30 am  Antiracism Planning Group   Chapel  

Adult Formation for Advent - "The Way of Love - Practices for Jesus centered Life'

This past summer at General Convention, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry invited Episcopalians to join him on The Way of Love, describing it in this way:

Before they were called "church" or "Christian," this Jesus Movement was simply called "the way."

...how can we together grow more deeply with Jesus Christ at the center of our lives, so we can bear witness to his way of love in and for the world?

The deep roots of our Christian tradition may offer just such a path. For centuries, monastic communities have shaped their lives around rhythms and disciplines for following Jesus together. Such a pattern is known as a "Rule of Life." The framework you now hold - The Way of Love: Practices for Jesus-Centered Life - outlines a Rule for the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement.

The Way of Love is organized around seven practices - Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go, and Rest. Each Sunday during our seven-week Advent, we will explore a different practice as it relates to the Advent season of expectation. You can learn more about The Way of Love by clicking HERE.

 


  This Sunday, our practice focus will be: Pray - Spiritual Practices of Advent
"Whether in thought, word or deed, individually or corporately, when we pray we invite and dwell in God's loving presence." The Way of Love

Antiracism Planning Group

If you have an interest in helping St. Paul's to create a program for more regular attention to antiracism, please join us after worship this coming Sunday in the chapel.

This week at St. Paul's

Tuesday, November 27

7:00 pm

Scripture Group

Lichtenberger Room

Wednesday, November 28 7:00 pm Choir Rehearsal Choir Room/Sanctuary
Mission Sunday Thank You
A huge thank you to everyone who attended the benefit concert organized by Like Whited on Sunday, November 18.  Four musicians performed, and over $1800 was raised.  All money will go towards the purchase of 5$ gift cards from Dunkin Donuts, and all gift cards will be donated to Common Cathedral.  Common Cathedral  (Ecclesia Ministries, Inc.) is an outdoor congregation, housed and un-housed, sharing God's love through community, pastoral care, creative expression, and worship on Boston Common. 
St. Paul's Annual Pledge Appeal:
Invited by God, Welcomed in Community, Connected in Christ
UPDATE

Many thanks to all who have turned in pledges! We have received 51 so far, which is a great start. It is never too late! Please mail or bring in your pledge as soon as possible. It will help a great deal with our budgeting process which is getting underway now. As always we are hoping for 100% participation.

Many thanks to our speakers who gave such moving testimonials, Barbie Maniscalco, Staci Hopkin, Fred Muehter, Linda Cutting, and John Ferguson.  Speaking of John Ferguson... a hearty thanks for his wonderful cooking of the Harvest Dinner.  He and his terrific crew fed 70 folks!

Questions? Please talk to any member of the vestry, staff, or stewardship ministry (Leah Rugen, Steve Morrissey, John Ahonen, John Andrews, John Ferguson, Barbie Maniscalco, Judy Rice, Andrew Tanis)

Scripture Group: November 27   

Just a reminder that our next scripture group meeting will be November 27 from 7:30-9:00 pm in the Lichtenberger Room. We'll discuss chapter 2 in Levine's book -- The Good Samaritan, pp. 77-115. All are welcome. 

Invitation for Ministry Outside the Parish

Grant Applications Deadline is November 28 

Every year St.Paul's Ministry Outside the Parish (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 website by clicking hereOur next deadline for applications is November 28. 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.

45th Annual Messiah Sing: December 2 at 5:00 pm

The Messiah Sing is one of the great annual traditions at St. Paul's. For many it is a central part of their Advent ritual. come make the Messiah your own this year! Listen to solos sung by our talented soloists from the Choir, and chorus after chorus. Sing your heart out, offering up this great music as the true prayer it is. The Messiah Sing is free and open to everyone. 

Mission Sunday: December 2
Bridgewater State Hospital Holiday Bag Donations

The Prison Ministry Group at St. Paul's will be collecting items to fill gift bags for the men incarcerated at Bridgewater State Hospital, a medium-security psychiatric prison hospital. Please consider bringing the following items to St. Paul's for a Mission Sunday event from 9 to 10 am on Sunday, December 2 in the middle room/Food Pantry area: 
 

Caffeine-free tea (boxes of tea bags) 

Liquid body wash (the men at Bridgewater can't have bar soap)

Shampoo (any size)

Deodorant

Our items will be combined with those being collected by St. Cecilia Parish in Back Bay, and everything will be assembled into gift bags by the prison staff.

We'll have more announcements and details about the Mission Sunday event in coming weeks. If you won't be able to make it on December 2, talk to Leahanne Sarlo (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Melissa Dulla (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) about bringing your donation anytime between now and then. If you would prefer to donate money to buy the needed items, you can make checks out to St. Paul's Episcopal Church and write "Bridgewater" in the memo line.

Mil Milagros Artesania Sale: December 2 

Yoga at St. Paul's Has Resumed 

Join us every Wednesday morning @ 7am 

Please join us at 7am on Wednesday mornings each week. Yoga is a great way to start the day! 

Traditional Hatha yoga with "spiritual invocation" often coupled with brief meditation to begin class. Everyone at any level welcome from never having done yoga to wherever you are in your current practice. Bring your own mat, or rely on ones we have here.

If you have questions about our yoga practice, please direct them to our yoga teacher, Martha Curtis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   

Ministry Outside the Parish (M.O.P.) Meeting: December 9 

Ministry Outside the Parish (M.O.P.) will be holding a committee meeting on Sunday, December 9 after the 10:00am service in the Lichtenberger Room. We look forward to seeing you there. If you have any questions please refer to our website or speak to Matshai Motimele or Tim Hintz. 

Blue Christmas Service: December 16 @ 5:00pm 

The Christmas season can be challenging. Our "Blue Christmas" service allows us to find a calm and quiet place to contemplate our lives and families, the year just past and the one to come.

If you are interested in helping to plan the liturgy for our Blue Christmas service, please contact Rev. Elise Feyerherm at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

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 $100 per child) and return the unwrapped items to St. Paul's by Sunday, December 16. 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.

I am also looking for one or two adult volunteers to help administer the program this season. Email me for details!

The St. Paul's Christmas Pageant is right around the corner !  

 

It's November! It's Advent! It's time to sign up for the Pageant!  

The St. Paul's Christmas Pageant is right around the corner and it is time to start thinking about which role you or your child might like to play. This year the Pageant will be on December 23 during the 10am service. Please click the link HERE to sign you or your child up for the pageant. The rehearsal dates are listed below. Please let me know if you have any questions. We are looking forward to another wonderful pageant this year! 

Sunday, December 9 @ 8:45 AM: Rehearsal for actors with speaking parts; costume fitting for non-speaking parts 

Sunday, December 16 @ 8:45 AM: Rehearsal for All Actors 

Sunday, December 16 @ 11:30 AM: Costume fitting for speaking parts 

Saturday, December 22,  @ 9:00AM-12:00PM: Dress rehearsal, lunch, and party for all actors 

Sunday, December 23 @ 8:45 AM: Dress rehearsal and pageant (performed at 10:00 service)

Vestry Invite

During the next three Vestry meetings, we are discussing the ideas of "Invite, Welcome, Connect" a framework for enacting a church's mission and work. Members of the parish are always invited to Vestry meetings, and you may be interested in participating in these discussions from 7:00 - 8:00 pm. The business portion of the meeting follows and you are welcome to stay. Meeting dates December 18 and January 15.  Please contact Leah Rugen, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Julie House,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it."> This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  if you have any questions. 

Serving us this week

Preacher  

The Rev. Elise A. Feyerherm     

Presider  The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello   
Director of Music and Organist  Andrew E. Clarkson 
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Server  Julie House 
Crucifer  Mike Scheffler 
Torchbearers  Ripley Foster and Jane Hopkin  
Lectors  Madeleine Taylor and Tom Daniel 
Prayers of the People  Betsy Munzer  
Chalice Bearers Andrea Brue and Elisabeth Choi  
Healing Prayers  Sharlene Wing and Angie Marks 
Eucharistic Visitor  Edward Jacobson 
Altar Guild  8:00am: Judy Clementson
10:00am: Mary Beth Elder and AdelaideXie  
Offering Counters  Nate Gaede, John Ferguson, Melissa Dulla, and Judy Rice   
Greeters  The Greeters Team    
Ushers  The Ushers Team
Coffee Hour Host      

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 celebrate and remember the birthdays of Jillian Coggeshall, Phil Kurinsky, Ardani Mello-Daigneault, Sohia Koo, and George Chapman. 

Memorials 

We remember especially George and Helen Bolln, in whose memory the altar flowers are given this week, by Betsy Munzer.    

Prayers       

Jennifer L., Felina R., the Children and Staff of Mil Milagros, Janet R., David F., Kendall G., Ruth R., Alexander T., Helmut T., Fran C., Harry B., Faye M., Roger H. Sr., Anne C., Tracey G., Alissa P., Laura R., Alice G., Denise E., Bill B., those in the military: Lucas S., Hana L., and Jamie C., and those in the Ordination process: Tammy Hobbs Miracky and Lauren Lukason.   

Scripture Readings

2 Samuel 23:1-7; Psalm 132:1-19; Revelation 1:4b-8; John 18:33-37
Click HERE for the readings.

Sunday Worship Bulletin for November 25, 2018

 Please click HERE to view our worship bulletin for this coming Sunday, 11/25/18.  

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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