Weekly Newsletter
This Sunday at St. Paul's: December 24, 2017
The Fourth Sunday of Advent and Christmas Eve

Advent IV 

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

9:00 am           Adult Education: Why Incarnation? Learning from the Early Church (Great Hall)

                       Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room)

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

11:15 am         Coffee Hour (Great Hall)

Christmas Eve

2:00 pm           Tots and Toddlers Service (Sanctuary)

4:00 pm           Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room) 

5:00 pm           Festive Service for All Ages (Sanctuary)

9:00 pm           Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room) 

11:00 pm         "Midnight" Candlelight Service (Sanctuary)      

    • Adult Education: 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.

This Week at St. Paul's

The parish office will be closed on Monday, December 25 and Tuesday, December 26. On December 31 our Lessons and Carols service begins at 10:00 am; there will be no 8:00 am service this day.

For pastoral emergencies when the parish office is closed, please call 617-566-4953 and press 6 to access X309, our pastoral emergency care line.

Merry Christmas and a safe holiday to everyone!   

Adult Formation, Sundays at 9:00 am
December 2017 - January 2018

December 31        Stump the Associate Rector  This is your chance to ask questions - how many angels can dance on the head of a pin? Can God create something so heavy that not even God can lift it? What have you always wanted to know about Church but were afraid to ask?

January 7        Nurturing Young Disciples: Campus Ministry in our Time  What is it like being a young Christian in this increasingly secular age, and how can we as Church more faithfully serve and support students and others in Gen X, Gen Y, and beyond? Rev. Megan Holding will share her experience as Episcopal chaplain at Northeastern University.

January 14        We Have a Dream: Continuing the Vision of Martin Luther King, Jr  Opportunities for all ages for learning, reflection, and action around issues of racial diversity and justice. Three spaces - the chapel, the Lichtenberger Room, and the Great Hall - will be set up for various activities preparing us to commemorate the Martin Luther King holiday and create a commonwealth of blessing and peace.

January 21        Baptism, Confirmation, and Reception: Rites of Initiation, Part 1  What does it mean to be baptized into the Body of Christ? Why does it matter? How does the Anglican/Episcopal tradition understand the sacrament of baptism, and how does baptism serve as the foundation for the priesthood of all believers?

 January 28        Baptism, Confirmation, and Reception: Rites of Initiation, Part 2  What does it mean to be confirmed by a bishop, or received into the Episcopal Church? If baptism is full initiation into the Body of Christ, do I need to be confirmed or received? What's the difference between confirmation, reception, and reaffirmation of baptismal vows?

Kindness Campaign

Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.  ~ Princess Diana   

Youth and Children Upcoming Events
  • Sunday, Dec. 24    Church School will not meet this day.
  • Sunday, Dec. 31    Church School will not meet and there will be no nursery care this day.

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

Sunday Lunch Bunch

The Sunday Lunch Bunch will not be meeting on Sunday, December 24. We invite parishioners to join us at our next gathering on January 21, 2018. The members of the Lunch Bunch wish everyone at St. Paul's a Blessed and Joyful Christmas. See you in the New Year.

St. Paul's Christmas Calendar 2017

                             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

 Serving us this week

Advent IV  

10:00 AM 

Presider The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello   
Preacher  The Ven. Pat Zifcak 
Assisting Clergy     The Rev. Elise A. Feyerherm 
Director of Music  Andrew Clarkson 
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Server  John Ferguson 
Crucifer  Austin Jewell 
Torchbearers  Elior Zaremba and Lena Schultzberg 
Lectors  Betsy Munzer, John Anderson, and E.Lorraine Baugh 
Chalice Bearers    Sharlene Wing and Mike Scheffler 
Healing Prayers  E. Lorraine Baugh and Martha Curtis 
Eucharistic Visitor  Edward Jacobson  

Vestry Representatives 

Mike Scheffler, Ayanna McPhail, and Tim Hintz 

Altar Guild 

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

Greeters  Kristen Renaud and John Ferguson 
Ushers  Walter Mucha, Sam Scott, Hanako Norton,
Robert Burke, Jeannie Baca, and Ben Norton   

TOTS & TODDLERS SERVICE 

2:00 PM 

Celebrants  The Congregation 
Presider and Preacher  The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello 
Assisting Clergy  The Rev. Elise A. Feyerherm 
Director of Music and Organist  Andrew E. Clarkson  
Server  Julie House  
Crucifer  Mike Scheffler  
Chalice Bearers   Roger House and Maryann Kurkjian   
Ushers   Members of the Ushers Ministry 
Altar Guild  Members of the Altar Guild 
CHRISTMAS EVE  

5:00 PM 

Celebrants  The Congregation 
Presider and Preacher  The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello 
Assisting Clergy  The Rev. Megan C. Holding 
Director of Music and Organist  Andrew E. Clarkson 
Benediction Conductor  Julie Starr 
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Server  Ardani Mello-Daigneault 
Crucifer  Douglas Williams 
Torchbearers  Sarah Dulla and Ripley Foster 
Lector  Jackson Braider 
Prayers of the People   Kate Kelley 
Chalice Bearers  Andrea Brue, John Ferguson, Alan Fried, and Beverly Estes-Smargiassi 
Greeters  Chris Dulla and Melissa Dulla 
Ushers  Members of the Ushers Ministry 
Altar Guild  Members of the Altar Guild 
CHRISTMAS EVE 

11:00 PM 

Celebrants  The Congregation 
Presider   The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello 
Preacher  The Rev. Elise A.Feyerherm 
Assisting Clergy  The Rev. Megan C. Holding 
Director of Music and Organist  Andrew E. Clarkson 
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Server  Flora Fried 
Crucifer  Austin Jewell 
Torchbearers  Mihret Hopkin and Jane Hopkin 
Lectors  Staci Hopkin and John VanScoyoc 
Prayers of the People  Randy Gioia 
Chalice Bearers  E. Lorraine Baugh and Barbie Maniscalco  
Ushers  Members of the Ushers Ministry 
Altar Guild  Members of the Altar Guild 
CHRISTMAS DAY 

10:00 AM 

Celebrants  The Congregation 
Presider and Preacher  The Rev. Elise A. Feyerherm 
Assisting Clergy  The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello 
Deacon  The Ven. Pat Zifcak 
Director of Music and Organist  Andrew E. Clarkson 
Crucifer  Kendall Gray 
Lector  E. Lorraine Baugh 
Prayers of the People  Betsy Munzer 
Chalice Bearers  Alan Fried and Maryann Kurkjian 
Ushers  Members of the Ushers Ministry 
Altar Guild  Members of the Altar Guild 

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 Rae Swardstorm, Kendall Gray, Laura Carney, Patrick Gioia, and Viva Fisher.

  Memorials 

We pray for the respose of the soul of John Swan, Arlene Swan-Mahony's father.  

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., Whitney, Susan P., Fran C., Nan C., Sue H., Marnie, Shelley, Harry B., Alden J., Greta K, Julia and Brad, William C., Jack E., Faye M., and those in the military: Lucas S. and Hana L.

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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