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This Sunday at St. Paul's: December 20
  8:00 am   Holy Eucharist with Reflection (Chapel)
  9:00 am   Adult Education: The Advent Conspiracy (Lichtenberger Room)
  9:00 am   Sunday School and Pageant Rehearsal (Sanctuary)
10:00 am    Holy Eucharist with Choir and Sermon (Sanctuary)
11:15 am    Coffee Hour
  5:00 pm    Candlelight Carols Service (Sanctuary)      
  • 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 Worshiping Fully, Spending Less, Giving More and Loving All. Please join us this Sunday for our last Advent Conspiracy discussion on how the four tenants of Advent Conspiracy; Worship Fully, Spend Less, Give More and Love All might transform our experience of the Christmas season, 9:00 am in the Lichtenberger Room.
Stewardship Appeal
Dear Community of St. Paul's,We wanted to write and thank all of you for responding so wonderfully to this year's Stewardship Appeal. We are off to a great start. 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.It would be helpful to have everyone's pledges as soon as possible, as the Budget Committee is meeting to plan next year's programming in anticipation of our annual meeting in January.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.
A Mission Sunday Thank You
         
Mission Sunday participants successfully made 28 cards and holiday ornaments last Sunday in the Great Hall. One card and one ornament will be given to each family receiving gifts in our Be An Angel program. Thank you to those who participated. Our next event will be Sunday, January 17.
Upcoming Pageant Rehearsals
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 !
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.
Growing Deeper in Putting our Faith in Action
St. Paul's has long been known as a faith community that has a strong belief that mission work in and outside the four walls of St. Paul's is a strong and enduring evidence of our faith in God. What we have also known, and has been confirmed by the consultants' surveys, is that some members of our community are unaware of "what, exactly, the mission work of St Paul's is".

I hope that you will be able to attend a meeting on Sunday, Jan 10, at 11.30 am in the Lichtenberger Room.  At that meeting we would to begin a discussion and develop concrete action steps regarding questions like:
  • What does/should/might mission and outreach at St Paul's look like?
  • How do we develop increased collaboration between the many outreach efforts and programs we already provide?
  • How do we "go deeper" in our relationships with the organizations with whom we do work?
  • How do/should/might decisions regarding mission/outreach get made?
  • What steps should we take to increase our effectiveness, both in the congregation and in our mission and outreach?
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 19  Greening of the Church & Pageant Rehearsal
   9:00 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
  No 8:00 am service
 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  
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Server  Talia Vos 
Crucifer  Jamie Hintz 
Torchbearers    Elliana Clarkson and Lena Schultzberg 
Lectors   The Pageant Cast 
Chalice Bearers  Sarah Fairchild and Bo Fauth     
Healing Prayers  E. Lorraine Baugh and Elizabeth Choi   
Altar Guild   (8am) Maryann Kurkjian 
(10am) Sharlene Wing and Adelaide Xie   
Ushers  Jeannie Baca, Robert Burke, Walter Mucha, and Sam Scott 
Greeters    Melissa Dulla, Brett Foster, Kate Kelley and Angie Marks  
Coffee Hour Hosts   The Carusone Family  
Sunday School Snack  Heather Flewelling 
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
Celebrations: Congratulations and Blessings to Jenna and Bryan Schmid on the birth of their daughter, Makenna Marie, on October 7th and to Dr. Horacio Chiong Rivero and Lauren Ivy Chiong who welcomed Leonardo Miguel Ivy-Chiong into the world on Sunday, November 22! We remember and celebrate birthdays this week: Megan Holding, Tina DeSelm, Grace Koczela, Christopher Smith, Benjamin Collins, Jana Coggeshall, and Ms. Jana Coggeshall.
 
Memorials: We pray for the repose of the soul of Anne Marie Lee, Jeannette Lee-Parikh's mother. 

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
Micah 5:2-5a; Hebrews 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-45, (46-55)
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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