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This Sunday at St. Paul's: December 31, 2017
The First Sunday After Christmas: Lessons and Carols Service

8:00 am           There will be no 8am service this Sunday.

9:00 am           Adult Formation: Stump the Associate Rector (Great Hall)

                       Church School will not meet and there will be no nursery care this Sunday.

10:00 am         Christmas Lessons and Carols with Holy Eucharist (Sanctuary)

11:15 am         Coffee Hour (Great Hall)

  • Adult Formation at 9:00am: This is your chance to ask Elise 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?  
Adult Formation, Sundays at 9:00 am
January 2018

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?

Amanda March's Ordination to the Priesthood

Amanda March

Amanda with Members of St. Paul's Brookline at her Ordination to the Diaconate

On Thursday, January 4 at 6:00pm the Right Reverend Alan M. Gates, Bishop of Massachusetts, will ordain Amanda March to the Sacred Order of Priests at the Parish of St. Paul's in Newton Highlands (1135 Walnut St., Newton).  St. Paul's, Brookline sponsored Amanda for ordination and we rejoice at the occasion of her ordination to the Priesthood.  All are invited to join Amanda for this celebration!

Kindness Campaign

                                   When you forgive, you in no way change the past -- but you sure do change the future.  

                                                                                                                                    ~ Bernard Meltzer     

St. Paul's Annual Meeting is January 28, 2018: Call for Reports

Our Annual Meeting is scheduled for January 28, when we will gather to discuss the business of the parish and share our hopes for our next year together. Please be reminded that if you are a ministry leader submitting a write-up for the Annual Report, you may send your write-up to Kristina DeFrancesco, our Communications Assistant, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. on or before Sunday, January 21 to allow time for compilation and completion of the report.     

 Serving us this week
Presider The Rev. Elise A. Feyerherm 
Assisting Clergy     The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello 
Deacon  The Ven. Pat Zifcak 
Director of Music  Andrew Clarkson 
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Server  Julie House 
Crucifer  Austin Jewell 
Torchbearers  Lena Schultzberg and Viola Schultzberg 
Lectors  First Lesson: Steve Estes-Smargiassi
Second Lesson: Kristen Renaud
Third Lesson: Lauren Lukason
Fourth Lesson: Maryann Kurkjian
Fifth Lesson: Judy Rice
Sixth Lesson: John Anderson
Seventh Lesson: E. Lorraine Baugh 
Chalice Bearers    Bo Fauth and Leah Rugen 
Healing Prayers  E. Lorraine Baugh and Steve Morrissey 
Eucharistic Visitor  Maryann Kurkjian 

Vestry Representatives 

Steve Morrissey, Leah Rugen, Julie House, and Tim Hintz 

Altar Guild 

10:00 am: Elisabeth Choi and Beverly Estes-Smargiassi     

Greeters  Chris Dulla, Melissa Dulla, and Cricket Beauregard-Lewis 
Ushers  Walter Mucha, Sam Scott, Hanako Norton,
Robert Burke, Jeannie Baca, and Ben Norton   
Coffee Hour Host  The Tanis 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 


We remember and celebrate the birthdays of Amanda March, Vicki Vanderschmidt, Naoko Norton, Maria Lee, Michael Sheets, Katie Callaway, Michelle Callaway, and Kerstin Lindgren.  


The altar flowers this week have been given in loving memory of Dalton L. Baugh, Sr. by E. Lorraine Baugh. 


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, 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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