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This Sunday at St. Paul's: December 13
  8:00 am   Holy Eucharist with Reflection (Chapel)
  9:00 am   Adult Education: The Advent Conspiracy (Lichtenberger Room)
  9:00 am   Mission Sunday: Assist the "Be An Angel" Program (Great Hall)
  9:00 am   Sunday School and Pageant Rehearsal (Lower Level)
10:00 am   Holy Eucharist with Choir and Sermon (Sanctuary)
11:15 am   Coffee Hour
11:30 am   Teach in and discussion on US gun culture (Lichtenberger Room)
 5:00  pm   "Blue Christmas" Service   
  • This Sunday, 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. For more information about the Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath Weekend, you may access the following website: http://marchsabbath.org/.
  • Our Mission Sunday project this month is to assist the Be An Angel program.  We will help collect and organize the donated toys and clothing for the children.  Also, we will be making cards and ornaments to accompany the gifts going to each family. Please join us in the Great Hall at 9:00 am to participate in this caring ministry.
  • The Christmas Season can be challenging. If this is true for you, we invite you to join us in the chapel at 5:00 pm for a meditative service. "Blue Christmas" allows us to find a calm and quiet place to contemplate our lives and families, the year just past, and the one to come, and is for anyone for whom Christmas isn't all "merry."
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 13 and 20 at 9:00 am in the Lichtenberger Room.
Upcoming Pageant Rehearsals
December 13 - 9:00 am: Rehearsal
December 19 - 9:00 am -12:00 pm: Rehearsal and Party
December 20 - 9:00 am: Dress Rehearsal
December 20 - 10:00 am: THE CHRISTMAS PAGEANT !
Let's Go Shopping!: December 12
On Saturday, December 12 at 3:00 pm, our High School Youth Group will be journeying out to buy gifts for our Be an Angel Project!
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.
20s/30s Group Invites you to the Museum of Russian Icons: December 19
On Saturday, December 19, the 20s/30s group is going on a field trip to the Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton, MA. It's the largest collection of Russian Icons in North America! If you would like to enjoy incredible religious art with us, please email Adelaide Xie (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). We plan to leave at 12:30 PM and can coordinate with anyone who needs a ride. Adults of any age and children should feel welcome!
Food Pantry Donations
As we gather together during the advent season and reflect on the giving of gifts, please consider giving donations to the food pantry.  Any non-perishable donations are welcome, especially coffee, peanut butter, laundry soap, jars of pasta sauce and toiletries. 
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.
COURSE OFFERING FROM BROOKLINE CLERGY ASSOCIATION
BROOKLINE CLERGY ASSOCIATION invites you to join a course called All the Land in Its Diversity Is One: Jews, Christians and Muslims in Medieval Spain. Classes will begin on January 25, 2016 at:
 St. Mary's Church
 3 Linden St, Brookline
 Mondays, 7 - 9:30 p.m.
This course, taught by Dr. Deeana Copeland Klepper, will explore interactions among Muslims, Christians and Jews in medieval Europe's most religiously diverse region. Some of the themes to be covered include religion and communal identities, the complexities of cultural engagement in pluralistic environments, and religious toleration and its limits. 
You can register on the Hebrew College web site. 
Jean Moses & Lindsey and David Toomey are attending the predecessor class - From the Hebrew Bible to Judaism; From the Old Testament to Christianity - and are finding it highly engaging and worthwhile.  You may speak with one of them for more insight into the overall program. (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.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Memorial Gathering in Honor of Shadi Ebrahimi: January 3, 2016
On Sunday, January 3, there will be a Memorial Gathering in Honor of Shadi Ebrahimi following the morning service at 12 noon in the Lichtenberger Room. On this day -- her birthday -- please come to share in remembering Shadi and celebrating her gifts to us all.
St. Paul's Advent and Christmas Calendar
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  Ardani Mello-Daigneault   
Crucifer  Claire Holding 
Torchbearers    Sarah Dulla and Cecelia McPhail 
Lectors   Jim Zaremba and Margie Chapman 
Prayers of the People  Art Wing 
Chalice Bearers  Andrea Brue and Beverly Estes-Smargiassi    
Healing Prayers  Sharlene Wing and Jean Moses  
Altar Guild   (8am) Ann Colageo
(10am) Mary Beth Elder and Viva Fisher      
Ushers  Jeannie Baca, Robert Burke, Walter Mucha, and Sam Scott 
Greeters    Jeannie Baca, Cricket Beauregard-Lewis, Beverly Estes-Smargiassi, and Adelaide Xie 
Coffee Hour Hosts   Hannah Haynes and Danniel Haynes 
   
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: The flowers on the altar are given in loving memory of Karol Kavanaugh Bibbs and the parents of Julie Starr and George Coggeshall. We pray for the repose of the soul of C. Dean Starr, Julie Starr's father, who died on December 6. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, in the mercy of God, rest in peace.
 
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., Yukiyo B., and those in the military: Lucas S. and Hana L. 
Scripture Readings
Zephaniah 3:14-20; Philippians 4:4-7; Luke 3:7-18
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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