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This Sunday at St. Paul's: December 3, 2017 - Advent I

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

9:00 am:         Church School (Lower Level)

                      Adult Education: Reimagining Advent, Part 2 (Great Hall)

                      Confirmation Class (Lichtenberger Room)

                      Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room)   

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

11:15 am         Coffee Hour (Great Hall)

                       Mil Milagros Artesania Sale (Great Hall) 

                       Chili Sale (Middle Room)  

5:00 pm           Messiah Sing (Sanctuary)             

  • Adult Education: Please join us this coming Sunday to discuss "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?
  • You are invited to St. Paul's first Mil Milagros Artesania (handicrafts) Sale this coming Sunday from 11:15 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.
  • Chili Sale: The High School Youth will be selling homemade meat and vegan chili to raise money to go shopping for Be An Angel. Each quart comes with four corn muffins. Chili will be sold after the 10am service in the Middle Room. This is a great way to support St. Paul's Youth and Be An Angel while avoiding cooking at least one meal this week!
  • 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 sing 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.
This Week at St. Paul's

Monday, December 4        Yoga                               7:00 am (Lichtenberger Room)

Tuesday, December 5        Knitting Group                 7:00 pm (Lichtenberger Room)

                                       Stewardship Debrief Mtg.  7:00 pm (Rector's Office)  

Wednesday, December 6   Choir Rehearsal               7:00 pm (Choir Room)

                                       Choir Parent Mtg.             7:00 pm (Rector's Office)   

Kindness Campaign

                             The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart.

                                                                                                                               ~ Helen Keller 

Giving Thanks and Upcoming Events for Youth and Children

Over the past few weeks the youth and children of St. Paul's have been working hard to give back to others. The weekend before Thanksgiving the middle school youth gathered together with others from around the deanery to make apple pies for the Brookline Food Pantry to give out with Thanksgiving meals. Later that afternoon the High School Youth helped organize donated canned food and two tons of turkeys to be given away the following week.

                                           Deanery Apple Pie Making   

                                                                   

Dec. 2 High School Youth Chili Making, 2pm    

Dec. 3:  High School Youth Chili Sale, 11:15am 

Dec. 17 Christmas Pageant, 10am

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

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 81 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 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.      

Knitting Group Meets on December 5

The Knitting Group will be meeting in the Lichtenberger Room on Tuesday evening, December 5, at 7:00 pm. All knitters and crocheters are welcome to join us...or those wanting to learn! If you have questions about our knitting ministry, please contact Maureen Carter at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Christmas Flowers: Names of Remembrance Due by December 14

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.

Ministry Outside the Parish (M.O.P.) Meeting: December 17 and
Invitation for M.O.P. Grant Applications Extended 

Ministry Outside the Parish (M.O.P.) will be holding a Proposal Forum on Sunday, December 17  after 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 website or speak to Matshai Motimele or Tim Hintz.

Invitation for MOP Grant Applications - Deadline extended: 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 website. Our final deadline for applications has been extended to December 8. 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.

Ministry Outside the Parish (M.O.P.) Grant to St. Peters Church in Mazzi, Uganda

 

St. Pauls' M.O.P. made a grant this year to the St. Peters Church in Mazzi, Uganda for the repair of their roof. The repairs are now complete, and people are very grateful to St. Pauls for this MOP grant. In the photo with the three people, the one on the left is Joshua Mutumba. He is a lay leader in the church, and he teaches at the school which is on the same site as the Church. He helped to plan and implement the new roof for the Church and is Margaret Babirye's brother. (Margaret has been providing personal care for Joan Batchelor for over two years.)

 

   

St. Paul's Advent and Christmas Calendar 2017

                             December 3 Advent I

                                  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

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. Jeffrey W. Mello  
Assisting Clergy  The Rev. Elise A. Feyerherm 
Deacon  The Ven. Pat Zifcak 
Director of Music  Andrew Clarkson 
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Server  Julie House 
Crucifer  Austin Jewell 
Torchbearers Ripley Foster and Elior Zaremba 
Lectors                          Beverly Estes-Smargiassi and Jim Zaremba 
Prayers of the People  Randy Gioia 
Chalice Bearers    Bo Fauth and Barbie Maniscalco 
Healing Prayers  Steve Morrissey and Julie Starr 
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 Viva Fisher   

Greeters  Kristen Renaud, John Ferguson, Tim Hintz, and Maria O'Meara 
Ushers  Walter Mucha, Sam Scott, Hanako Norton,
Robert Burke, Jeannie Baca, and Ben Norton   
Coffee Hour Host  The Foster 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 Eston Campbell, Tess Mattern, Emma Snover, Charles Bales, and Christine Mitchell.

Memorials The altar flowers this week have been given in loving memory of Kee II Choi by Elisabeth Choi.

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., Alden J., and those in the military: Lucas S. and Hana L.. 

Scripture Readings

Isaiah 64:1-9; 1 Corinthians 1:3-9; Mark 13:24-37

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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