Weekly Newsletter
Thanks for supporting the "Be an Angel" project

Dear Congregants of St. Paul's Church,

There are not enough thank you's in the world to represent how appreciative we are of your kindness. You are so generous to our families and each year it is breathtaking to see the gifts arrive. At such a busy time of the year, the amount of time and hard work put into this donation is remarkable. We only wish you could see the looks of joy on parents' faces when they see what they will be able to give their children. The Brookline Center is incredibly lucky to have St. Paul's Church in their community. Thank you and Merry Christmas!
Brooke Rosing and the clinicians and families 
of the Brookline Community Mental Health Center 
 
St. Paul's supported 50 children this year. 70 families from St. Paul's donated and shopped for the project. The St. Paul's Youth Group sold chili and shopped for the children.
Thanks to you all! ~ Paul Daigneault
Megan Holding's Ordination to the Priesthood: January 10
God willing and the people consenting, Megan Holding will be ordained to the Sacred Priesthood on Saturday, January 10 at 10:30 am at Trinity Church Boston: www.trinitychurchboston.org. All are welcome at the ordination service and reception that follows. The next day, this coming Sunday, Megan will celebrate the Eucharist for the first time at our 10:00 am service. Please join us in person or in spirit for these services!
Clothing and Toy Drive this Sunday
Our January Mission Sunday event is this coming Sunday...a clothing and toy drive. Please bring donations to the Great Hall at 9:00 am and help sort items into separate bags for Cradles to Crayons (children) and St Francis House (adult). St Francis House accepts new or slightly used adult clothing and shoes. Cradles to Crayons accepts: new or slightly used children's clothing from newborn up to age 18 years (socks, underwear and pajamas must be new), books (except for family, religious or holiday books), new craft supplies, toys (cleaned and with all pieces and batteries), baby gear (strollers, car seats, swings).  They do not accept stuffed animals, videos, computer games, riding toys, tables and chairs.
Potluck Coffee Hour this Sunday

Please join us in celebrating the ordination of Megan Holding this Sunday by bringing a food item of your choice for coffee hour. Items can be dropped off in the kitchen prior to the 10:00 am service. We will also have a cake to commemorate this important occasion. 

Scripture Group Meeting: January 13

Our next scripture group meeting will be Tuesday, January 13 at 7:30 pm in the Lichtenberger room. The readings are for the second Sunday of Epiphany: 

1 Samuel 3:1-10(11-20); Psalm 139:1-5, 12-17; 1 Corinthians 6:12-20; John 1:43-51 

The readings can be found by clicking here.  All are welcome.
MLK "Dreaming" Activity: January 18

On Sunday, January 18 we will be having a "One Room" church school with children and adults to celebrate the life and dream of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Together, we will share where we see MLK's dream being lived out in the world and we will also have time to share our visions for what we hope the world can be. As we celebrate and remember his life, I am reminded that MLK fought tirelessly to answer God's urgent call to transform the suffering world around him into the world God and all of us dream of. Although we have made some strides since MLK's time, there is more WE can all do to further bring his, God's and our dreams into fruition. Join us at 9am in the Great Hall!

Annual Meeting Reports Due January 20
Our Annual Meeting is scheduled for January 25, 2015, when we will gather to discuss the business of the parish and share our hopes for our next year together. Just a reminder that reports for the Annual Meeting are due in the office on "or before would be great" Tuesday morning, January 20 to allow time for compilation of the Annual Report. Please send your reports via email to Jill at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Stewardship Update
Dear Community of St. Paul's,
Thank you all for responding so wonderfully to this year's Stewardship Appeal. If you have not yet sent in your pledge, it is never too late.  Remember, no matter what the amount, every pledge is valuable and important - each one is an outward and visible sign of our connection and commitment to this community. The Vestry will be meeting soon to plan next year's budget in anticipation of our annual meeting on January 25; it would be helpful to have everyone's pledges in so we can move forward with planning next year's budget.

If you have questions about Stewardship, or your pledge, please do not hesitate to be in touch with us through the office. The information about this year's appeal is still online at http://www.stpaulsbrookline.org/ministries/supporting-st-pauls/stewardship.html. Blank pledge forms can be found at the back of the church on Sunday. If you let the office know you need one, we would be happy to drop one in the mail!

Again, many thanks for your faithful stewardship of the community of St. Paul's; may we continue to share our blessings and thereby share in all of the good works that will open to us this year.
St. Paul's gives money to "Boston Warm" effort
Ministry Outside the Parish (M.O.P.), St. Paul's program that designates 10% of our annual budget to organizations doing ministry locally and across the globe, recently awarded $2,000 to "Boston Warm" to help fund a new day center being developed. This shelter will provide services to the homeless in the wake of the closure of the Long Island facilities. As the temperature has dipped below zero recently, this is a critical need. For more information on the project, and how you can help, please visit bostonwarm.weebly.com.  Many thanks to M.O.P. for their quick and generous response.
Healing Prayer Ministry
It has become a St. Paul's tradition that anyone who wishes may remain after communion and receive a healing prayer. We are in need of people to contribute to this simple, yet powerful tradition by training to be a member of the healing prayer team. If you would be willing to serve in this way, or would like to learn more about St. Paul's healing prayer ministry, please contact Jeff Mello This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Jean Moses This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call the office at 617-566-4953. We will arrange a brief training at a time that is convenient for those who would like to attend.
2015 Pledge Envelopes
Our 2015 pledge envelopes have arrived. If you ordered them, you may pick them up in the back of the church on Sunday mornings.
Serving Us This Week
Presider  
The Rev. Megan C. Holding 
Preacher     The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello 
Assisting Clergy  The Rev. Gordon J. Schultz 
Choir Director and Organist  Andrew E. Clarkson  
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Server  Julia Boral 
Crucifer  Ardani Mello-Daigneault 
Torchbearers  Sarah Dulla and Lena Schultzberg
Lectors Tom Daniel and Georgia Smith
Chalice Bearers  Georgia Smith and Madeleine Taylor
Healing Prayers  Kimberly Hartwell and Betsy Munzer
Altar Guild (8:00 am)  Ann Colageo
Altar Guild (10:00 am)   John Ferguson and Amy Chang
Ushers  Walter Mucha, Sam Scott, and Robert Burke    
Greeters    Jeannie Baca, Cricket Beauregard-Lewis, Beverly Estes-Smargiassi, and Kate Kelley
Sunday School Snack  The Dulla Family
Coffee Hour Host  Parish Potluck 
Click here to view the server spreadsheet. If you need to make a change, please find someone to swap with and let the office know so that the spreadsheet can be updated. 
Memorials, Prayers, and Celebrations

Memorials and Celebrations: The flowers on the altar are given in loving memory of Jim and Betty Davis, and in celebration of Megan's Ordination to the Priesthood.   

   
Birthdays: Margaret Wacker-Brawley, Tanisha-Marie Mucha, Jennifer Lewis, Robert Jackson, Cole Flewelling-Allen, Clara Batchelor, and Sharlene Wing.
 

Prayer List:  Jennifer, Janet, Sue, Felina, David, Betsy, John, Dottie, Michael, Katherine, Albert, Jae, the children and staff of Mil Milagros, Shadi, Alan, Maryann T., Liz, Andy, Ouida, Emily, Yvonne, Mark, Winnie, Lavinia, Iris, Kathy, Amy, Randy, Lorraine, and those in the military: Lucas and Hana. We pray for the repose of the soul of Edward Biedron. 

Scripture Readings
Genesis 1:1-5; Acts 19:1-7; Mark 1:4-11
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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