Weekly Newsletter
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

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