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This Sunday at St. Paul's: December 9, 2018

The Fifth Sunday of Advent and Blue Christmas Service

8:00 am

 
Contemplative Service of Holy Communion   Chapel
8:45 am  Christmas Pageant Rehearsal  Sanctuary 
9:00 am  Adult Formation
Church School
Nursery/Childcare
Choir Rehearsal 
Great Hall
Lower Level
Lichtenberger Room
Choir Room
9:30 am  Acolyte Training  Sanctuary 
10:00 am

Holy Eucharist with Sermon and Choir

Sanctuary
11:15 am  Coffee Hour Great Hall  
11:30 am  Ministry Outside the Parish (M.O.P.) Meeting
Prison Ministry Group Meeting
Middle School Youth Group: Cookie Decorating  
Lichtenberger Room
Chapel
Middle Room
5:00 pm  Blue Christmas   Sanctuary 


 
Adult Formation for Advent - "The Way of Love - Practices for Jesus centered Life'

This past summer at General Convention, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry invited Episcopalians to join him on The Way of Love, describing it in this way:

Before they were called "church" or "Christian," this Jesus Movement was simply called "the way."

...how can we together grow more deeply with Jesus Christ at the center of our lives, so we can bear witness to his way of love in and for the world?

The deep roots of our Christian tradition may offer just such a path. For centuries, monastic communities have shaped their lives around rhythms and disciplines for following Jesus together. Such a pattern is known as a "Rule of Life." The framework you now hold - The Way of Love: Practices for Jesus-Centered Life - outlines a Rule for the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement.

The Way of Love is organized around seven practices - Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go, and Rest. Each Sunday during our seven-week Advent, we will explore a different practice as it relates to the Advent season of expectation. You can learn more about The Way of Love by clicking HERE.

 

Adult Formation: Bless - Prison Ministry and Setting the Captives Free

"We are empowered by the Spirit to bless everyone we meet, practicing generosity and compassion and proclaiming the Good News of God in Christ with hopeful words and selfless actions." The Way of Love. At 9am this coming Sunday, we hear from special guest Steve Bingaman, who will tell his own story of incarceration and the way a local church made a difference in his life. Steve is currently a Master of Divinity student at Boston University School of Theology, preparing for prison chaplaincy, and is a member of the  Presbyterian Church in Sudbury. 

Christmas Pageant Rehearsal: Please join us at 8:45 am for actors with speaking parts and costume fitting for non-speaking parts. 

Prison Ministry Group: We will have our last meeting before the holidays this Sunday   after the 10am service. We'll be meeting in the Chapel and all are welcome! Contact Leahanne with questions or to be added to our mailing list (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

This week at St. Paul's

Tuesday, December 11

1:30 pm


7:30 pm
Pastoral Care Team Spiritual Book Group

Lichtenberger Room


Great Hall

Wednesday, December 12 7:00 am Yoga Lichtenberger Room
Thursday, December 13 7:00 pm Choir Rehearsal Sanctuary
Prison Ministry Mission Sunday Thank You

Our Mission Sunday on December 2 was a great success! We collected more than 100 each of bottles of body wash and boxes of tea, a little under 100 deodorants, and about 40 bottles of shampoo. Our items will be combined with those collected by St. Cecilia Parish and given as part of holiday gift bags to the men who are incarcerated in Bridgewater State Hospital. Thank you to everyone who donated items or money, helped out with logistics, or came by to chat!

Blue Christmas Service: December 16 @ 5:00pm 

The Christmas season can be challenging. Our "Blue Christmas" service allows us to find a calm and quiet place to contemplate our lives and families, the year just past and the one to come.

Holiday Card Display: December 16 through the Epiphany  

If you would like to send a holiday card to your entire St. Paul's Family, please bring one card to put on our festive display beginning on December 16.  This way everyone at St. Paul's can feel like they received your holiday cheer and well wishes.

Christmas Flowers   

If you would like to remember departed family members or give a thanksgiving with poinsettias at Christmas, please fill out the form found in your Sunday worship bulletin or 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 Tuesday, December 18 in order for the names to be printed in the Christmas service bulletins. The suggested donation is $25.00. Checks are 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 $100 per child) and return the unwrapped items to St. Paul's by Sunday, December 16. 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.

I am also looking for one or two adult volunteers to help administer the program this season. Email me for details!

The St. Paul's Christmas Pageant is right around the corner !  

 

 It's Advent! It's time to sign up for the Pageant!  

The St. Paul's Christmas Pageant is right around the corner and it is time to start thinking about which role you or your child might like to play. This year the Pageant will be on December 23 during the 10am service. Please click the link HERE to sign you or your child up for the pageant. The rehearsal dates are listed below. Please let me know if you have any questions. We are looking forward to another wonderful pageant this year! 

Sunday, December 9 @ 8:45 AM: Rehearsal for actors with speaking parts; costume fitting for non-speaking parts 

Sunday, December 16 @ 8:45 AM: Rehearsal for All Actors 

Sunday, December 16 @ 11:30 AM: Costume fitting for speaking parts 

Saturday, December 22,  @ 9:00AM-12:00PM: Dress rehearsal, lunch, and party for all actors 

Sunday, December 23 @ 8:45 AM: Dress rehearsal and pageant (performed at 10:00 service)

Special Advent and Christmas Services 

Join us every Sunday at 8:00 and 10:00am

December 16        5:00 pm           Blue Christmas   

December 23        10:00 am         Christmas Pageant

                               5:00 pm          Candlelight Carols

December 24     Christmas Eve

                               2:00 pm          Tots and Toddlers Service

                               5:00 pm          Festive Service for All Ages

                               11:00 pm        Candlelight Service

December 25     Christmas Day

                               10:00 am         Festive Eucharist

December 30     First Sunday after Christmas

                               10:00 am         Christmas Lessons and Carols

Vestry Invite

During our upcoming Vestry meetings, we will be discussing the ideas of "Invite, Welcome, Connect" a framework for enacting a church's mission and work. Members of the parish are always invited to Vestry meetings, and you may be interested in participating in these discussions from 7:00 - 8:00 pm. The business portion of the meeting follows and you are welcome to stay. Meeting dates December 18 and January 15.  Please contact Leah Rugen, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Julie House,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it."> This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  if you have any questions. 

Yoga at St. Paul's Has Resumed 

Join us every Wednesday morning @ 7am 

Please join us at 7am on Wednesday mornings each week. Yoga is a great way to start the day! 

Traditional Hatha yoga with "spiritual invocation" often coupled with brief meditation to begin class. Everyone at any level welcome from never having done yoga to wherever you are in your current practice. Bring your own mat, or rely on ones we have here.

If you have questions about our yoga practice, please direct them to our yoga teacher, Martha Curtis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   

Serving us this week

Preacher  

The Ven. Pat Zifcak      

Presider  The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello   
Assisting Clergy  The Rev. Elise A. Feyerherm 
Director of Music and Organist  Andrew E. Clarkson 
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Server  Julie House  
Crucifer  Lena Schultzberg 
Torchbearers  Viola Schultzberg and Mark Hopkin 
Lectors  Art Wing and Anne Campbell 
Prayers of the People  Betsy Munzer 
Chalice Bearers Hal Edmonson and Jason Fairchild  
Healing Prayers  Betsy Munzer and John Ferguson 
Eucharistic Visitor  John Ferguson  
Altar Guild  8:00am: Ann Colageo
10:00am: John Ferguson, Mike Scheffler, and Hal Edmonson   
Offering Counters  Mike Scheffler, Ayanna McPhail, and Tim Hintz 
Greeters  The Greeters Team    
Ushers  The Ushers Team
Coffee Hour Host The Campbell 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 celebrate and remember the birthdays of Pat Zifcak and Margaret Wacker-Brawley.  

Memorials

We remember especially Karol Kavanaugh Bibbs, in whose memory the altar flowers are given this week.   

Prayers       

Jennifer L., Felina R., the Children and Staff of Mil Milagros, Janet R., David F., Kendall G., Ruth R., Alexander T., Helmut T., Fran C., Harry B., Faye M., Roger H. Sr., Anne C., Tracey G., Alissa P., Laura R., Alice G., Denise E., Bill B., those in the military: Lucas S., Hana L., and Jamie C., and those in the Ordination process: Tammy Hobbs Miracky and Lauren Lukason.   

Scripture Readings

Baruch 5:1-9; Luke 1:68-79; Philippians 1:3-11; Luke 3:1-6
Click HERE for the readings.

Sunday Worship Bulletin for December 9, 2018

 Please click HERE to view our worship bulletin for this coming Sunday, 12/9/18.  

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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