Weekly Newsletter
This Sunday at St. Paul's: December 27
  8:00 am   There will be no 8:00 am service this Sunday
  9:00 am   Sunday School and Adult Education resume next Sunday, January 3
10:00 am    Lessons and Carols with Holy Eucharist (Sanctuary)
11:15 am    Coffee Hour      
  • A reminder that there will be no childcare this Sunday.
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 101:  Adult Education Beginning January 3
Are there parts of our life together about which you would like to know more?  Are you wondering what a vestry is?  Or how the budget is shaped?  Or why there are stained glass windows in the Great Hall? Or what our High School Youth are up to?  Or how adult ed topics are chosen?  Or how to add a name to the prayer list?   
 
Bring your questions and your curiosity, and join Jeff, Megan, and a variety of lay leaders in a conversation about how we live our life in community. "St. Paul's 101" will begin Sunday January 3, and continue for 6 Sundays.  Most meetings will be Sundays during the 9:00 hour; on January 17th, we will meet at 11:30.  We'll follow up later in the spring with an instructed Eucharist and why/how we worship together.Topics will include:Jan. 3:  Organization
Jan. 10: Budget
Jan. 17: Parish History and our Building 
Jan. 24: Formation & Education 
Jan 31: Membership
Feb. 7: Care for each other and the World
Knitting Group:  January 5
Please join the Knitting Group on Tuesday evening, January 5, from 7-9 pm in the Lichtenberger Room at the church for their first knitting gathering of the new year! If you have questions about the Knitting Group, please contact Maureen Carter at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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?
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.
2016 Pledge Envelopes
If you requested 2016 Pledge Envelopes, they are in the back of the church on the ushers table. Please be sure you take the envelopes with your name on them, so we can record your contribution correctly. If you want envelopes, but did not request them, please let Lucy know.
Thank you, Lucy Roosevelt, Finance Administrator
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.
A Note of Thanks
Dear Parishioners,
As the year winds down, I just wanted to take a moment to thank you all for your ongoing support of me and the ministries of St. Paul's. We all know this is an amazing place, and God's love and the love we have for each other is so apparent in this place. I am growing along with all of you, and my heart is wide open to God's love and grace in the world. Happy to be on this journey with you as we continue to spread God's love and peace around.
Merry Christmas from your Parish Administrator...~ Jill
Serving Us This Week
Presider and Preacher 
The Rev. Megan C. Holding            
Assisting Clergy   The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello  
Director of Music 
Andrew E. Clarkson  
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Server  Derek Kauffmann 
Crucifer  Claire Holding 
Lectors   John Anderson, Pat Dunbar, Jennifer Easwaramurthi, Leah Rugen, Tim Hintz, Matshai Motimele, and Sam Scott 
Chalice Bearers  Alan Fried and Maryann Kurkjian      
Healing Prayers  John Ferguson and Betsy Munzer   
Altar Guild   John Ferguson and Mike Scheffler   
Ushers  Jeannie Baca, Robert Burke, Walter Mucha, and Sam Scott 
Greeters    John Ferguson, Tim Hintz, Jean Moses, and Maria O'Meara  
     
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: We remember and celebrate birthdays this week: Laura Carney, Kendall Gray, Patrick Gioia, Viva Fisher, Victoria Vanderschmidt, Naoko Norton, Maria Lee, and Georgina Severson.
   
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., Camille J-F, George M., Yukiyo B., Kyle, and those in the military: Lucas S. and Hana L. 
Scripture Readings
Isaiah 61:10-62:3; Galations 3:23-25; 4:4-7; John 1:1-18
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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