Weekly Newsletter
This Sunday at St. Paul's: December 6
  8:00 am  Holy Eucharist with Reflection (Chapel)
  9:00 am  Adult Education: The Advent Conspiracy (Lichtenberger Room)
  9:00 am  Parent Coffee with Hazel (Great Hall)
  9:00 am  Sunday School and Pageant Rehearsal (Lower Level)
10:00 am  Holy Eucharist with Choir and Sermon (Sanctuary)
11:00 am  Coffee Hour and Senior High Youth Group Chili Sale (Great Hall)
11:30 am  Consultants Report from Kairos (Great Hall)
  5:00 pm  Messiah Sing (Sanctuary) 
  • Are you interested in learning more about what is happening with children and youth at St. Paul's? Please join Hazel for coffee and conversation in the Great Hall during the 9:00 hour.  
  • This Sunday, 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..                 
  • 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.
High School Youth Group to make chili this Saturday, December 5
This Saturday, December 5 at 9:00 am, our High School Youth Group will be making chili to sell at coffee hour this coming Sunday. All proceeds go to support the Be An Angel Program.
ANGEL CHILI on Sale this Sunday
On Saturday the Youth Group will be making chili (both beef and vegetarian) and corn bread which they will sell this Sunday to raise money to buy presents for the Be An Angel Program. By purchasing a quart of chili and four corn bread muffins for $20 you will be supporting both our Youth Group and a Brookline family in need.
Scripture Group: December 8
Scripture Group will meet Tuesday, December 8 in the Lichetenberger Room from 7:30-9:00 pm. We will be discussing the readings for the third Sunday in Advent. Please join us! No preparation is necessary, but if you have questions feel free to email Leah Rugen,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." target="_blank" style="color: blue; text-decoration: underline;" shape="rect"> 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.. 
Stewardship Reminder
Pledges are continuing to come in. Thank you! If you haven't had the chance to turn in your pledge, please do at your earliest convenience.
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.
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.
Let's Go Shopping!: December 12
On Saturday, December 12 at 9:00 am, our High School Youth Group will be journeying out to buy gifts for our Be an Angel Project!
St. Paul's participating in nationwide "Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath Weekend" on Sunday, December 13
We will be holding a special Anti-Gun Violence Sunday on December 13. Our 10 am Sunday service will be in special prayer for gun violence prevention. Rev. Jeff Mello will speak to this issue in his sermon; also hymns and prayers have been specially selected. Following the service, at 11:30 am, our parishioners Lindsey Toomey and Jean Moses will host a teach in and discussion. They will review the current crisis and lead a discussion of US gun culture which makes it hard for people of differing views to discuss possible paths to compromise.Please join us as we are, yet again, shocked and bewildered by more violence: the shooting deaths in San Bernadino.Please access this website for more information about the Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath Weekend: http://marchsabbath.org/.
Christmas Flowers: Please submit names by December 17
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.
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
Registration ends on December 6. Please see St. Paul's Advent and Christmas Calendar below for our Pageant season rehearsals and Advent services.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
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. Jeffrey W. Mello            
Preacher  The Rev. Megan C. Holding   
Director of Music 
Andrew E. Clarkson  
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Server  Julia Boral    
Crucifer  Austin Jewell 
Torchbearers    Jillian Carusone and Maddie Carusone  
Lectors   Adelaide Xie and Linda Sanches 
Prayers of the People  Jean Moses 
Chalice Bearers  Elisabeth Choi and Eliza Marth    
Healing Prayers  Steve Morrissey and Angie Marks 
Altar Guild   (8am) Ann Colageo
(10am) Beverly Estes-Smargiassi and Elisabeth Choi        
Ushers  Jeannie Baca, Robert Burke, Walter Mucha, and Sam Scott 
Greeters    John Ferguson, Tim Hintz, Jean Moses, and Maria O'Meara 
Coffee Hour Hosts   Eliza Marth and Beverly Estes-Smargiassi 
Sunday School Snack  The Jewell 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: Emma Snover, Charlie Bales, and Margaret Wacker-Brawley.
 
Memorials: The flowers on the altar are given in loving memory of Kee II Choi.
 
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
Malachi 3:1-4; Philippians 1:3-11; Luke 3:1-6
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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