Weekly Newsletter
This Sunday at St. Paul's: November 22
  8:00 am  Holy Eucharist with Reflection (Chapel)
  9:00 am  Church School (Lower Level)
  9:00 am  Adult Education: Oscar Romero - The People's Voice (Lichtenberger Room)
  9:00 am  High School Youth Group - Coffee Talk (Chapel)
10:00 am  Holy Eucharist with Choir and Sermon (Sanctuary)
11:00 am  Coffee Hour & Ministry Fair (Great Hall)
12:00 pm  Sunday Lunch Bunch (will determine brunch destination after the Ministry Fair)
  3:00 pm  High School Youth Group: Food Pantry Thanksgiving Set Up (Great Hall) 
  • Stewardship Update - This coming Sunday is Ingathering.
    "Ingathering" is a strange, archaic word with biblical origins. The feast of ingathering in Exodus was a harvest festival. In the Episcopal Church we use the term for the day in which we bring our annual pledge cards to church for the offering. Hopefully you received a letter this week with your pledge card. (Let the office know if you didn't!) Please consider bringing it to church on Sunday for the communal offering and celebration of our stewardship theme "Reflecting God's Generosity." (Click here to access all stewardship materials on our website). Thank You!
  • Adult Education: We have been exploring the lives of Christian "saints" who risked all for the sake of truly following Jesus. From the description: "Like Jesus, each of the featured leaders were change agents in their times." Please join us for our last session, Oscar Romero, this coming Sunday at 9:00 am.
  • Everyone is invited to our Ministry Fair this coming Sunday at 11 am in the Great Hall.  Each of St. Paul's many Ministries will be represented, so whether you are a newcomer who would like to become more involved, or a long time member who is curious about the new projects of the different ministries, this will be a great community event! We are looking forward to a fun time together.
  • The Sunday Lunch Bunch (SLB) returns THIS Sunday and all are welcome. The SLB is a group of folks from the St. Paul's community who enjoy gathering at varied local restaurants on the FOURTH Sunday of the month for a casual meal together and fellowship. This Sunday, after our St. Paul's Ministry Fair, we'll converge in the Great Hall to determine our brunch destination. Note: transportation is always available, if needed. If you'd like to know more, be sure to look for us at the Ministry Fair!
  • With all those pies in the freezer, someone's got to distribute them! This coming Sunday, the high school youth group will be supporting the Brookline Food Pantry by sorting and distributing food for the 450 people that will come through this week. Please join us from 3-6 pm in the Great Hall.
     
Thanksgiving Services

Nov. 22: Brookline Interfaith Thanksgiving Worship Service at United Parish

Come center yourself for the Thanksgiving holiday with an interfaith worship on Sunday, November 22 at 7:00 pm at United Parish, 210 Harvard Street in Brookline. With music, readings and prayer, we will honor our blessings and share them with the Brookline Emergency Food Pantry. Please bring goods or money to share at offering time. The most needed goods include sample sizes of shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, toothpaste and brushes, mouthwash, combs, hairbrushes, paper towels, deodorant, shaving cream, razors, instant or ground coffee, tea, brown rice, lentils, salt and pepper, spices for cooking, 1-2 lb. bags of flour and sugar, condiments, and cooking oil. 

 

Nov. 25: St. Paul's Thanksgiving Eve Service, 7:00 pm

Deanery Pie Making A Success!
What a successful event! We had an amazing turnout from St. Paul's and we were so happy to see members of all ages and ministries come to participate in making over 40 pies for the St. Paul's Food Pantry!
                
                             Thank you for all of your support!
Annual Diocesan Convention
St. Paul's was well represented at this year's annual diocesan convention last weekend! Our clergy, Megan and Jeff; delegates, Maryann Kurkjian and Linda Sanches; Diocesan Youth Council members, Derek Kauffmann and Josh Pang; Life Together Fellow, Eliza Marth; and our postulant for ordination to the priesthood, Amanda March, all participated. On Friday evening we joined in celebrating of seating our new bishop,
Alan M. Gates, and rededicated our newly renovated cathedral with a service of Holy Eucharist. The following day, we returned to the business of the convention where we were inspired to learn about a variety of ministries supported by the diocese here in Massachusetts and beyond. We also passed resolutions which would encourage an awareness of the persecution of groups in the Middle East and Palestine as well as seeking a Christian response to Latin American migration issues. More information about convention can be found on the diocesan website (www.diomass.org), or by contacting any of the St. Paul's attendees. 
 
St. Paul's participants at Annual Diocesan Convention, November 14, 2015 
Early Deadline for Calendar Submissions Week of Thanksgiving
We will be finishing the weekly electronic calendar a bit earlier during Thanksgiving week as the parish office will be closed on Thanksgiving and the following day. Please submit items for publication to Jill in the parish office by 3pm on Tuesday, Nov. 24.
Advent Wreath Making: November 29
Please join the St. Paul's parish community for our annual parish-wide Advent Wreath Making Event at9:00 am Sunday, November 29. All are welcome and encouraged to participate. There is no adult education or Sunday School. Please bring a wire wreath frame (if you already have one). Additional frames, candles, and greens will be available.  A suggested donation of $10 will help defray the cost of the supplies.
Ministry Outside the Parish Hosted Speakers' Series: November 29
We are pleased to invite you to the M.O.P. hosted speakers' series on
 November 29 at 11:30 am.  
Mexico Cistern Mission - This past summer Tim Hintz, a fellow parishioner, undertook a trip with his family to Calakmul in Mexico to work with this organization on building a cistern with villagers in that area. This is a region where the only source of potable water is rainwater and the cistern was to provide water during the dry season. Tim and his family will share their experiences and talk about the work they did there.  
Adult Ed for Advent: Join the Advent Conspiracy!
Can Christmas still change the world? The Christmas story is a story of love, hope, redemption and relationship. So, what happened? How did it turn into stuff, stress and debt? Somehow, we've traded the best story in the world for the story of what's on sale. In 2006 five pastors imagined a better Christmas practice for their own communities. Today, Advent Conspiracy is a global movement of people and churches resisting the cultural Christmas narrative of consumption by choosing a revolutionary Christmas through Worshipping Fully, Spending Less, Giving More and Loving All.

Please join us Sundays in Advent to discuss how the four tenants of Advent Conspiracy; Worship Fully, Spend Less, Give All and Love More might transform our experience of the Christmas season.  December 6, 13, and 20 at 9:00 am in the Lichtenberger Room.
Parent Coffee With Hazel: December 6
Have my weekly announcements been the extent of our conversations? Do you want to know more about that project your child made in church school? Are you just curious to know more about all of the fun I have working at St. Paul's?

If you answered yes (and even if you answered No) to any of those questions, then please join me on Sunday, December 6 at 9:00 am for a conversation about me, a day in the life of St. Paul's Church School, and how we make it all happen. I look forward to chatting with you! All are welcome! (even if you aren't a parent)
December 6: Save the Date
On December 6 after church, consultants from Kairos will present results of the Missional Assessment Profile (MAP) Survey at an all parish meeting. Please join us.
Messiah Sing: December 6
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 your own this year! Liston 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.
Volunteer for the St. Paul's "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? All St. Paul's volunteers 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 13 . 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 taking the time, energy, and financial resources to purchase gifts that will help to make the holidays a magical time for many children.
The Brookline Community Mental Health Center heals lives and builds community. For 50 years, the Center's safety net of services has caught individuals before their personal crises became community-wide problems. As the largest human service agency in Brookline, the Center provides over 38,000 visits per year.
Gun Violence in the USA
Teach in/ Discussion on Sunday, December 13 at 11:30 am in the Lichtenberger Room.Why is the US gun culture so intractable in this time of very high gun violence?
Lindsey Toomey and Jean Moses will lead us in a review of the current crisis and a discussion of the US gun culture which makes it hard for people of differing views to discuss possible paths to compromise.What can we do?
We are holding this meeting during a nationwide multi-faith "Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath Weekend Dec 10-14" co-sponsored by the Washington National Cathedral of the Episcopal Church.
Please join us.  For more information, you may contact Jean Moses This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Lindsey Toomey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
It's Pageant Season! Mark your Calendars for December 20
It's that time of year again! We are looking forward to another great Pageant from our Church School children! If you would like your child to participate, please register HERE.
If you have any questions, please contact Hazel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
St. Paul's Advent and Christmas Calendar
November 29  Advent I
  9:00 am  Advent Wreath Making
December 6    Advent II
  9:00 am  Pageant Rehearsal
  5:00 pm  Messiah Sing
December 13  Advent III
 
9:00 am  Pageant Rehearsal
  5:00 pm  Blue Christmas
December 19  Greening of the Church & Pageant Rehearsal
 
10:00 am Greening of the Church
   9:00 am - 12:00 pm  Pageant Rehearsal and Party
December 20  Advent IV
  
9:00 am   Pageant Dress Rehearsal
  10:00 am  Christmas Pageant
  5:00 pm   Candlelight Carols
December 24  Christmas Eve
 
5:00 pm   Festival Eucharist
  11:00 pm  Festival Eucharist
December 25  Christmas Day
 
10:00 am  Festival Eucharist
December 27  Christmas I
  10:00 am  Christmas Lessons and Carols
Serving Us This Week
Presider 
The Rev. Megan C. Holding            
Preacher  The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello   
Director of Music 
Andrew E. Clarkson  
Server  Jordan Fried   
Crucifer  Claire Holding 
Torchbearers    Sarah Dulla and Lena Schultzberg  
Lectors   Betsy Munzer and Nate Gaede  
Prayers of the People  Maryann Kurkjian 
Chalice Bearers  Adelaide Xie O'Neal and Georgia Smith    
Healing Prayers  Jean Moses and John Ferguson 
Altar Guild   (8am) Lydia Snover
(10am) John Ferguson and Mike Scheffler         
Ushers  Jeannie Baca, Robert Burke, Walter Mucha, and Sam Scott 
Greeters    Clara Batchelor, Chris Dulla, Julie House, Roger House, and Rebecca Schultzberg 
Coffee Hour Host   The Munzer Family 
Sunday School Snack  Jean Moses and Jennifer Easwaramurthi 
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
Birthdays: Masaki Norton and Jillian Coggeshall.
 
Memorials: The flowers on the altar are given in loving memory of Earle and Judith Ralph. We pray for the repose of the soul of Laura Chasin.
 
Prayers: Jennifer L., Felina R., the Children and Staff of Mil Milagros, Amy C., Janet R., 
Elena J., Edward J., Nikki, David F., Dottie W., Randy Lewis and Family, Maryann T., Jackie S., Greta, The Oliver Family, Bill H., Beth S., Kendall G., Rainer T., Charles P., Debs P., John S., Ruth R., Jaime G., Iris M., Camille J-F, George M., and those in the military: Lucas S. and Hana L. 
Scripture Readings
Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14; Revelation 1:4b-8; John 18:33-37
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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