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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

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

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