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This Sunday at St. Paul's: November 29
  8:00 am  Holy Eucharist with Reflection (Chapel)
  9:00 am  Advent Wreath Making (Great Hall)
10:00 am  Holy Eucharist with Choir and Sermon (Sanctuary)
11:00 am  Coffee Hour (Great Hall)
11:30 am  M.O.P. Hosted Speakers' Series: Tim Hintz re: trip to Calakmul, Mexico
               (Lichtenberger Room)  
  • Please join us this Sunday for our annual parish-wide Advent Wreath Making Event at9:00 am in the Great Hall. 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.
  • Everyone is invited to the M.O.P. hosted speakers' series this Sunday 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.    
Stewardship Update
We had a great response on Ingathering Sunday with over 50 pledges turned in. If you didn't have the chance, or forgot, feel free to bring your pledge this Sunday -- or even mail it in. Thank You!!
Ministry Fair Success
The Ministry Fair was a great success! Last Sunday, we shared a delightful coffee hour in the Great Hall where thirty of St. Paul's many ministries were represented. Ministry heads lovingly prepared displays for their ministry to offer information about what their ministry is doing and to sign up people who may be interested. We gave out a good bit of St. Paul's swag with our Ministry Fair Quiz. I give great thanks to all those who attended, and special thanks to those who provided extra support crafting this community building event.
~ Eliza Marth, Life Together Fellow
                         
                       Andrea Brue and Arlene Swan-Mahony enjoying the Ministry Fair !
Knitting Group: December 1
The Knitting Group will be meeting on Tuesday, December 1 at 7:00 pm in the Lichtenberger Room at the Church. We invite all knitters and crocheters (and those wanting to learn) to join us.
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.
Nativity Set
This Advent, you may notice a beautiful addition to our sanctuary. Each week we will be adding pieces to "prepare the manger" for Christmas. We'll add animals, Joseph and Mary, and bring Jesus in on Christmas Eve. The three Magi will join the scene when we celebrate Epiphany. The set was lovingly commissioned especially for St. Paul's by Margaret Blood. The pieces were carved and painted in Guatemala, home to Mil Milagros.
Parent Coffee With Hazel: December 6 at 9:00 am
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)
Bring your favorite family dish for a special Christmas Coffee Hour on Sunday, December 6
On Sunday, December 6, we are inviting folks to bring their favorite family Christmas dish for coffee hour. During the All Parish Retreat, we shared about the diversity of identities in this community and we shared conversations about food. We thought a nice way to celebrate both would be in sharing some of the food from our families! Also, we just enjoy eating...

If you have any questions, please email Bev Estes-Smargiassi at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Eliza Marth This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Consultants Report: December 6 at 11:30 am
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 in the Great Hall at 11:30 am.
Messiah Sing: December 6 at 5:00 pm
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.
Christmas Flowers
If you would like to remember departed family members or give a thanksgiving with poinsettias at Christmas, please fill out the Christmas flower insert located in the bulletin on Sunday mornings, or email 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 Thursday, December 17. The suggested donation is $25.00. Checks are made payable to "St. Paul's Church" with a memo notation for "Christmas Flowers." Thank you.
Gun Violence on Sabbath Sunday: December 13 at 11:30 am
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
Presiders  
The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello and The Rev. Megan C. Holding           
Preacher  Eliza Marth   
Director of Music 
Andrew E. Clarkson  
Server  Flora Fried    
Crucifer  Jamie Hintz 
Torchbearers    Jillian Carusone and Elliana Clarkson  
 
 
Chalice Bearers  E. Lorraine Baugh and Eliza Marth    
Healing Prayers  Betsy Munzer and Linda Sanches 
Altar Guild   (8am) Lydia Snover
(10am)  Lydia Snover        
Ushers  Jeannie Baca, Robert Burke, Walter Mucha, and Sam Scott 
Greeters    The Greeter Team 
Coffee Hour Host   The Dulla Family 
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: Ardani Mello-Daigneault, Sophia Koo, Jim Zaremba, and Tess Mattern.
 
Memorials: The flowers on the altar are given in loving memory of Elizabeth Lawson and Geoffrey and Brian Taylor.
 
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
Jeremiah 33:14-16; 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13; Luke 21:25-36
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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