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 This Sunday at St. Paul's: December 11
 8:00 am   Holy Eucharist with Reflection (Chapel)  
                     
  9:00 am  Adult Education: Preparing a Place for God (Lichtenberger Room)
                Pageant Rehearsal (Sanctuary)
                Mission Sunday: Make holiday cards for BE AN ANGEL Gifts (Great Hall)
                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   Newcomer Coffee (Rector's Office)
                Capital Campaign Mailing (Great Hall)
                Joyful Voice (Choir Room)
                Anti-Racism (Lichtenberger Room)
 
 5:00 pm   Blue Christmas (Sanctuary)
 
 6:00 pm    Interfaith Gathering at Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center  
  • Adult Education: Preparing a Place for God through Contemplative Prayer -  Advent is a season of expecting, waiting, and preparing for God to enter into our lives at Christmas. We will meet the next two Sundays, 12/11 and 18, from 9-10 am in the Lictenberger Room 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 are co-facilitating this offering.
  • Mission Sunday: Please join us in making holiday cards for the BE AN ANGEL gifts that will be collected next week. Please bring anything you think would make the cards look good; glitter, holiday stickers, or fancy pens. Join us for creativity, community, and maybe some donuts!
  • Volunteer Opportunity: Join the Capital Campaign team this Sunday after church for a "stuffing party." We'll listen to festive holiday music and stuff envelopes with our final HUGE Capital Campaign mailing. Fun, Fellowship and Service!
  • The Christmas season can be challenging. If this is true for you, we invite you to join us in the chapel this coming Sunday at 5pm 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." 
  • Anti-racism work: This Sunday after church, all are welcome to a meeting in the Lichtenberger Room to discuss next steps, share information, gather input, and volunteer to coordinate three upcoming activities:  a Sunday in January screening of the film 13th, a parish training, and a book discussion. Pick up some coffee at coffee hour and then please join us.
  • The Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO) will hold a special service this Sunday evening from 6-7:30pm at the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center (ISBCC) that will feature testimonies from local residents, prayers from Greater Boston's interfaith leaders, and a non-partisan call to Senator Elizabeth Warren and Mayor Walsh for dignity and diligence in this time of heightened social tension and political transition. Both the Mayor and the Senator will be in attendance. Doors will open at 5 pm. Please RSVP to this Facebook event by clicking here so we know to expect you. 
Thank You!
Thanks to all of you who made my 10-year anniversary celebration this past Sunday so meaningful. I could not feel more appreciated by the St. Paul's community, which is a wonderful thing to be able to both feel and say. The turnout at the Messiah-Sing was huge and so exciting; the reception was both unexpected and splendid with an outstanding array of yummy food and a scrumptuous cake; and the choir ditties were inspired and hysterical. By the end of the evening, the smile muscles in my cheeks hurt. So thank you, thank you. I feel deeply blessed to be a part of this church community and I look forward to sharing many years to come with you all as we move forward on our journey together.  
-Andy Clarkson
Andy's 10th Anniversary
Last Sunday night, we celebrated Andy's 10th anniversary as the Director of Music at St. Paul's! We are blessed beyond belief by his presence and musical talent. Is Andy directing or dancing in this photo? I can never tell the difference, and I love it!
Illuminated Manuscripts
Thank you Lisa Braider for organizing our trip to the McMullen Museum! About 20 people came from our community last Saturday, and Lisa did a beautiful job giving a guided tour and further illuminated the manuscripts with stories. Here is a photo of some of our crew! Lisa is wearing the white flower.
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.
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! 
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.
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 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. Michael Robinson                   
Presider  The Rev. Megan C. Holding 
Assisting Clergy  The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello 
Organist and Choir Director  Andrew  E. Clarkson 
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Server  Talia Vos 
Crucifer  Austin Jewell 
Torchbearers  Lena Schultzberg and Sarah Dulla
Lectors  Julia Boral and Paul Daigneault 
Prayers of the People  Beverly Estes-Smargiassi 
Chalice Bearers    Wendy Luk and Adelaide Xie 
Healing Prayers  Julie House and Betsy Munzer   
Eucharistic Visitor  John Ferguson 
Altar Guild   8:00 am: Ann Colageo
10:00 am: Mary Beth Elder and Viva Fisher   
Greeters      Jeannie Baca, Cricket Beauregard-Lewis, Melissa Dulla, and Adelaide Xie 
Ushers  Walter Mucha, Sam Scott, Robert Burke, Ben Norton, Naoko Norton, and Jeannie Baca  
Coffee Hour Hosts  The 20s/30s Group 
Sunday School Snack  The Dulla 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 Margaret Wacker-Brawley and Carol Hundert.
Memorials      
We give thanks for the life of Karol Kavanaugh Bibbs, in whose memory the altar flowers are given.
Prayers
Jennifer L., Felina R., the Children and Staff of Mil Milagros, Gladys J., Tim G., Jane,  Camille J-F, Janet R., David F., Dottie W., Randy Lewis and Family, Kendall G., Ruth R.,  Paul, John P., Annette W., Martin S., Maryann T., Gerke V., Riya, Ken C., and those in the military: Lucas S. and Hana L. 
20/30's Salsa Night: Saturday, December 10 at St. Mary's Dorchester
St. Mary's 20s/30s group is having a night of salsa learning + fellowship on Saturday the 10th and is inviting all the 20/30's groups in the area! Event is set to begin at 8pm at St Mary's in Dorchester (14 Cushing Ave). There will be light refreshments and an amazing salsa lesson taught by none other than The Rev Edwin Johnson, the best salsa dancer in town. It's going to be a great time, and we hope you'll join us for the fun! As of now, it's still undetermined whether we'll kick it at St Mary's for the whole night, or pile into cars and end up at a club after an intro and warmup. Email Savannah at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Eliza at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions. We have a loose interpretation of age, so please come no matter how your birth date defines you!
Scripture Readings
Isaiah 35:1-10; James 5:7-10; Matthew 11:2-11
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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