Weekly Newsletter
 This Sunday at St. Paul's: December 4, 2016
 8:00 am   Holy Eucharist with Reflection (Chapel)  
  9:00 am  Adult Formation: Preparing a Place for God (Lichtenberger Room)
                Church School and Pageant Rehearsal (Lower Level)
                Confirmation Class (Rector's Office) 
         Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room)
10:00 am   Holy Eucharist with Choir and Sermon (Sanctuary)
11:15 am   Coffee Hour (Great Hall)11:30 am   Chili Sale (Great Hall)
                 Ministry Outside the Parish (M.O.P.) Proposal Forum (Lichtenberger Room)
12:30 pm   Messiah Sing Rehearsal (Sanctuary)
  5:00 pm   Messiah Sing (Sanctuary) 
  • Adult Formation: 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.
  • Please join us for the first pageant rehearsal this coming Sunday for all speaking parts. If you have not already done so, please take a moment to fill out this form for each of your children. Let's make this Pageant one to remember!
  • Ministry Outside the Parish (M.O.P.) will be holding a Proposal Forum this coming Sunday  after the 10:00am service in the Lichtenberger Room. We will be listening to presentations on organizations that have applied for grants. We look forward to seeing you there. If you have any questions please refer to our website or speak to Matshai Motimele or Georgia Smith.
  • 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! Listen 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.                         
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 to Eliza at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Homemade Christmas Gifts: Saturday, December 3 from 3-6pm
We have a crafty and resourceful community here at St. Paul's. We wanted to create a space for folks to share homemade gift ideas and to make some Christmas presents together! Making gifts can be a great way to show love and save money. So far, we will be learning to make tasting salts, candles, chap stick, pasta noodles and St. Paul's pillow cases!

We will be gathering at the church at 3pm to set up and start crafting by 3:30! If you have any questions, please email Eliza at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Hope to see you there!
Knitting Group: December 6
Calling all knitters and crocheters (or those who would like to learn)! Please join us on Tuesday, December 6 at 7:00 pm in the Lichtenberger Room when the knitting group will be meeting.  
Pledge Payment Reminder
As you may remember, since switching over to Realm, St. Paul's no longer sends out paper quarterly statements.  We encourage everyone to log onto Realm to check their pledge status, or to email Lucy in the office to find out.  The end of the year is approaching, so now is a great time to check it out!  You can access Realm by clicking here.  You can reach Lucy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Many thanks, from your Stewardship Team! 
Standing Rock Presentation: Wednesday, December 7 at 6:00 pm
Earlier this month, I went to Standing Rock as a part of a clergy call that was then extended to all people of faith to join in solidarity with the First Nations Water Protectors as they prayerfully and peacefully fight against the current route of Spectra Oil company's Dakota Access Pipeline that is being built thru their only access to drinking water and sacred lands.

This coming Wednesday, December 7, Grace Episcopal Church in Medford will be hosting dinner and a presentation/conversation with about 7 of the 23 of us who went from the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts. Dinner begins at 6pm and the program will begin at 6:45pm. We will also be joined by leaders from Sanctuary UCC's Lakota Youth Stay organization.

If you are interested, please join! If you have any questions, please email me, Eliza Marth at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Mission Sunday: December 11
Join us in the Great Hall from 9-10 am to help organize the Be An Angel gifts which will be collected on this day. It is helpful to have a few adults available in case last minute batteries or gift parts need to be purchased. And it would be nice to make a "Happy Holidays" card to go with each gift.
Blue Christmas Service, Sunday, December 11 at 5:00 pm
The Christmas season can be challenging. If this is true for you, we invite you to join us in the chapel 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." 
Greening of the Church: Saturday, December 17
Come help decorate the church for Christmas. We'll be making the huge wreath for the Sanctuary, wreaths for all the doors, and candle holders for the windows. Join us in the Great Hall from 9am-12noon on Saturday, December 17. 
Christmas Caroling and Potluck: December 17
Please join us from 5:30-7:30 pm in the Great Hall. Come celebrate Christmas by singing carols around the piano and spending time socializing and eating. Please RSVP to Melinda Stanford at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let her know if you can make it. Last names beginning with A-H can bring main course, names with I-Q salad or sides, names with R-Z desserts.  We'll have some lyrics, but bring any caroling books you have, and any additional instruments. All ages welcome.
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.
Christmas Flowers
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 worship 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 15. The suggested donation is $25.00. Checks may be made payable to "St. Paul's Church" with a memo notation for "Christmas Flowers." Thanks you.
Yoga Class Time Change: 7am Mondays
We have shifted our Yoga time to Monday mornings at 7am. No matter your skill level or physical ability, we hope to see you there!
St. Paul's Advent and Christmas Calendar
                                    December 4 Advent II
                                         8:00 am Holy Eucharist with Reflection
                                       10:00 am Holy Eucharist with Choir and Sermon
                                         5:00 pm Messiah Sing
                                    December 11 Advent III
                                         8:00 am Holy Eucharist with Reflection
                                       10:00 am Holy Eucharist with Choir and Sermon
                                         5:00 pm Blue Christmas
                                    December 18 Advent IV
                                         8:00 am Holy Eucharist with Reflection
                                       10:00 am Christmas Pageant and Holy Eucharist
                                        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
                                    January 1, 2017 Christmas I
                                       10:00 am Christmas Lessons and Carols
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  John Ferguson 
Crucifer  Mike Scheffler 
Torchbearers  Pat Dunbar and Adelaide Xie 
Lectors  Clara Batchelor and George Coggeshall 
Prayers of the People  Jeannie Baca 
Chalice Bearers    Georgia Smith and Suzette Stines 
Healing Prayers  Steve Morrissey and Julie Starr    
Eucharistic Visitor  Leah Rugen 
Altar Guild   8:00 am: Ann Colageo
10:00 am: Beverly Estes-Smargiassi and Elisabeth Choi     
Greeters      John Ferguson, Tim Hintz, and Brett Foster  
Ushers  Walter Mucha, Robert Burke, Ben Norton, Naoko Norton, and Jeannie Baca  
Coffee Hour Hosts  The Hopkin and Curtis Families 
Sunday School Snack  The Foster 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
We remember and celebrate the birthdays of Tess Mattern, Charles Bales and Emma Snover.
We give thanks for the life of Kee II Choi, in whose memory the altar flowers are given.        
Jennifer L., Felina R., the Children and Staff of Mil Milagros, Gladys J., Tim G., Jane,  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., Maryann T., 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
Isaiah 11:1-10; Romans 15:4-13; Matthew 3:1-12
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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