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 This Sunday at St. Paul's: November 20
 8:00 am   Holy Eucharist with Reflection (Chapel)  
                     
 9:00 am    Adult Education: Tools for Daily Prayer (Great Hall)  
         Confirmation Class (Lichtenberger Room)
         Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room)
         Church School (Lower Level)
                                                            
10:00 am   Holy Eucharist with Choir and Sermon (Sanctuary)
 
11:15 am   Coffee Hour (Great Hall)
 
11:30 am   Silk Road Planning Meeting (Lichtenberger Room)
 
  2:00 pm   High School Youth Food Sorting (Great Hall)
 
  5:30 pm   Confirmation Class (Lichtenberger Room)
 
  6:00 pm   Joyful Voice (Sanctuary) 
 
  7:00 pm   Interfaith Thanksgiving Service (Sanctuary)                    
 
  • Adult Education: Tools for Daily Prayer
    May we, who share his body, live his risen life; we, who drink his cup, bring life to others; we, whom the Spirit lights, give light to the world.
                                                                -postcommunion prayer
    Each week, we are prayerfully sent forth into the world to be Christ's loving, redeeming, healing presence. How do we bring our Sunday morning prayer practices into our our everyday life?  This was a topic of discussion at the St. Paul's All-Parish Retreat in October. Join us to hear and learn from fellow St. Paul's members as we share thoughts and commitments from this lively discussion. We will meet at 9:00 am in the Great Hall.
 
All Parish Photo

On Sunday, November 6 following the 10am Eucharist, we had an All Parish Photo taken by our very own Mark Teiwes. The photo is lovely, and give such thanks to Mark for blessing us with his gifts!

If you would like an electronic copy of the photo, please click here or email Eliza at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Ministry Outside the Parish Grant Applications Deadline Nears
Every year St.Paul's M.O.P. committee awards grants to approximately 20 non-profit organizations doing GOD's work in very diverse fields from Boston to a remote village in Uganda. If there is an organization you would like us to support, please invite them to apply for a grant. Information about the application process and forms can be found on our website by clicking hereOur next deadline for applications is this coming Sunday, November  20. If you have questions please speak to Matshai Motimele or Georgia Smith or send an email to 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.. 
Advent Wreath Making
Please join the St. Paul's parish community for our annual parish-wide Advent Wreath Making Event at 9.am on Sunday, November 27. All are welcome and encouraged to participate. Please bring evergreen cuttings from your home garden to share and a wire wreath frame (if you already have one). If you need materials, we will provide them for you. A contribution of $10 helps offset the costs. 
Healing Prayer Information Session:
Sunday, November 27 at 11:30am
We invite you to come to an information session to learn more about the important
 and inspirational Healing Prayer Ministry
 Sunday, November 27, 2016 from 11:30am-12:30pm
  
Attending this informational/knowledge sharing session is not a commitment to join. Knowledge is power. You will feel the power, wield the power, and be able to share the power of this ministry if you do decide to join us. It is easy and hassle free since God does the work of Healing. Just come to the session and/or contact Coordinator: E. Lorraine Baugh at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..HealingPrayer Ministry- A powerful and moving ministry, occurring every Sunday during communion, is in need of HealingPrayer Ministers. Consider joining and serving with us as we lay on healing hands and anoint with oil those parishioners in need of the healing power of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. 
Advent Adult Formation: Preparing a Place for God
Advent is a season of expecting, waiting, and preparing for God to break into our lives in the Feast of the Incarnation, Christmas. During the second, third, and fourth Sundays of Advent, we will gather to nurture our contemplative natures through prayer, readings, and discussion. In addition to exploring several contemplative prayer practices, we will examine together how we prepare a place for God to dwell in our self, our community, and the world. Eliza Marth and Michael Robinson will co-facilitate this offering. Wherever you are in your journey with or toward God, join us for a time of prayerful discernment of God's care for each of us and for the world.
We will meet at 9:00am on December 4, 11, and 18 in the Great Hall. 
Calling all Pageant Participants!
The pageant is right around the corner and we'd love to have your child(ren) be a part of it! The first rehearsal will be Sunday, December 4 for all speaking parts. Please take a few moments to fill out this form  for each of your children. Let's make this Pageant one to remember!
Stewardship Reminder
Please return your annual pledge card as soon as possible. (Cards and envelopes are available at the back of the church). It will help us to engage in thoughtful budget planning for the coming program year. To read the testimonials that were given by parishioners you can click here  (or go to our church website, www.stpaulsbrookline.org.) If you have any questions or concerns about stewardship, don't hesitate to ask a member of the vestry, clergy, or stewardship committee: Leah Rugen, Steve Morrissey, and John Ferguson. 
Thank you for supporting the work of St. Paul's!
Annual Diocesan Convention
St. Paul's was well represented at the 2016 Diocese of Massachusetts Annual Diocesan Convention last weekend! Our clergy, Jeff, Megan and Michael; delegates, Jeannie Bacca and John Ferguson; Life Together Fellow, Eliza Marth; and Hazel Johnson, Director of Children's and Youth Ministries (and who is also a postulant for ordination to the priesthood) all attended.  The Convention was a wonderful expression of shared ministry and leadership in the diocese.  Legislation, committee reports, and passing resolutions comprised the business portions of the convention agenda. The Convention voted to accept a new Mission Strategy, and passed four resolutions calling for: civility in political discourse, reconciliation following the national election; continued commitment to peace building in the diocese; and, keeping housing affordable.  Additionally, there were several opportunities for worship and fellowship.  More information about Convention can be found on the diocesan website (www.diomass.org) or by contacting any of the St. Paul's attendees.
Homemade Christmas Gifts: Saturday, December 3
We have a crafty and resourceful community here at St. Paul's. We wanted to create a space for folks to share ideas, and perhaps even make, some Christmas presents together! Making gifts can be a great way to show love and save money. 

Due to scheduling conflicts, we have decided to move the date to Saturday, December 3 from 3-6pm at St. Paul's, so that more people may attend! If you have a homemade gift idea you would like to share with the community, please email Eliza at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Volunteer for the 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? Each St. Paul's volunteer 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 18. 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 offering the time, energy, and financial resources to purchase gifts that will help to make the holidays a magical time for many children and families.
How to give feedback about the Capital Campaign
A few Sunday's ago, we had an hour long All Parish Meeting in the Great Hall about St. Paul's upcoming Capital Campaign. Please click here, or go to our church website at www.stpaulsbrookline.org to review the power point presentation.

We give thanks for all the people who have contributed to the various stages of process that has made this a journey of collaboration. If you have any feedback, please email it to Eliza at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or add it to this document. Eliza will collect the feedback and will create a process to get your ideas and questions addressed. Please send in your feedback and stay tuned for more details! We are seeking ways to continue making this a co-creative experience. 
Interested in starting a Book Group?
During the All Parish Retreat at the beginning of October, we enjoyed getting to know each other and God more deeply in the beauty of Barbara C. Harris Camp and Conference Center. To continue getting to know each other and God more intimately, we are exploring beginning a book group at St. Paul's that focuses on spirituality.
 
The group will start in January during the evening. If you are interested, please send along the day(s) of the week that work best for you. We are thinking "An Altar in the World" by Barbara Brown Taylor would be an interesting selection to continue the conversation we began at the retreat, but please feel free to also send along other titles you might be interested in reading!
 
If you are interested, please email Barbie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Eliza Marth at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  
McMullen Museum: Saturday, December 3 at 1:00pm
The McMullen is the museum of Boston College where our very own Lisa Braider gives tours! The current exhibit is Beyond Words: Illuminated Manuscripts in Boston Collections; Manuscripts for Pleasure and Piety.  Featuring manuscripts from 19 Boston collections Beyond Words offers a sweeping overview of the history of the book in the Middle Ages and Renaissance as well as a guide to its production, illumination, functions and readership. Lisa has generously offered to organize a tour for our community!
 
The museum is located at 2101 Commonwealth Ave. right at the Brighton/Chestnut Hill border. It is accessible by public transportation (Boston College stop on the B line) and has parking on site.Admission is free! For more info on the museum, please click here.
 
If you are interested in going, please RSVP toEliza at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
Serving us this week
Preacher  The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello                    
Presider  The Rev. Michael Robinson 
Assisting Clergy  The Rev. Megan C. Holding 
Organist and Choir Director  Andrew  E. Clarkson 
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Server  Talia Vos  
Crucifer  Austin Jewell 
Torchbearers Sarah Dulla and Elliana Clarkson  
Chalice Bearers    Leah Rugen and Linda Sanches 
Healing Prayers  Betsy Munzer and John Ferguson    
Eucharistic Visitor  Maryann Kurkjian 
Altar Guild   8:00 am: Maryann Kurkjian
10:00 am: Sharlene Wing and Adelaide Xie           
Greeters      Melissa Dulla, Brett Foster, Barbie Maniscalco, and Kate Kelley  
Ushers  Walter Mucha, Robert Burke, Ben Norton, Naoko Norton, and Jeannie Baca  
Coffee Hour Hosts The Munzer Family 
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
Celebrations 
We remember and celebrate the birthdays of Yoichi Nagano, Adelaide Xie, Lance DeSelm, Masaki Norton, and Jillian Coggeshall.

Memorials    
 
We give thanks for the lives of Earle and Judith Ralph, in whose memory the altar flowers are given. We pray for the repose of the soul of James Anthony Norton.
Dear St. Paul's Community,
It is with great sadness that we write to inform you of the sudden death of Ben Norton's brother, James Anthony Norton. A life celebration will be held Saturday, November 19 at 2:00pm at The Church of the Good Shepherd, 164 Newtown Road, Acton, MA. In lieu of flowers, donations are welcome in James' name to Contemporary Arts International, 68 Quarry Road, Acton, MA 01720, where he was a member of the Board of Directors."God of all, we pray to you for James, and for all those whom we love but see no longer. Grant to them eternal rest. Let light perpetual shine upon them. May his soul and the souls of all the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen." (BCP, p. 498)
Yours in Christ,
Jeff+  
Prayers
Jennifer L., Felina R., the Children and Staff of Mil Milagros, Camille J-F, Janet R., Edward J., David F., Dottie W., Randy Lewis and Family, Bill H., Kendall G.,
Ruth R.,  Paul, John P., Isobel W-I., Annette W., Martin S., Deborah F., Gerke V., Tracy M., Betty C., Peter H., Margaret C., Riya, Ken C., Toni S, Dylan M., and those in the military: Lucas S. and Hana L. 
Scripture Readings
Jeremiah 23:1-6; Colossians 1:11-20; Luke 23:33-43
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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