Weekly Newsletter
 This Sunday at St. Paul's: December 25, 2016
NO 8AM Service
                                                            
10:00 am: Festival Eucharist with Homily 
 
Sending Christmas blessings to everyone ! 
Best Christmas Pageant Ever!
Last Sunday, we had the Best Christmas Pageant Ever! We give thanks to all of the parents, teachers and youth who came together to create a touching event for us. If you have photos, please email them to Eliza at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
Parish Office will be closed on Dec. 26 & 27
St. Paul's parish office will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 26 & 27. If you have a pastoral emergency during this time, please call the office phone at 617-566-4953 and press #6 to leave a message on our pastoral care line for the clergy member on call. All other voicemail messages will be checked on Wednesday, Dec. 28.     
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! 
2017 Pledge Envelopes
Our 2017 pledge envelopes have arrived. If you ordered them, you may pick them up in the back of the church at the ushers table on Sunday mornings. 
Holy Baptism
Our next opportunity to schedule a baptismal service is coming up on Sunday, January 8 which is The First Sunday after the Epiphany; The Baptism of Our Lord Jesus Christ. If you would like to schedule a baptism, please be in touch with Rev. Jeff Mello at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Adult Education in January
In honor of the Dr. Martin Luther King holiday in January, we will be watching a film called "13th" and having a discussion about the film following church on MLK Sunday. The film is 2 hours, so we will split it into thirds to prepare for our discussion. The arc of January Adult Education is as follows:

Sunday, January 1: no adult education
Sunday, January 8 at 9am: Watch part one, brief discussion
Sunday, January 15 at 9am: watch part two, brief discussion
after church, Sunday, January 15 at 11:30pm: watch part three, followed by a potluck and hour of facilitated discussion (there will be a children's movie and pizza for our younger members)
Sunday, January 22 at 9am: Eliza will give a presentation about her experience at Standing Rock
Sunday, January 31 at 9am: to be decided

"13th" is a film about the race and the prison system in the US. For those who are not available at the 9am hour, the film is available on Netflix. If you would like to host a screening at your home at another time, please email Eliza at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or put it in the announcements! Our Anti-Racism Team is working on getting a training together for February, so this is a theme we are hoping to continue exploring as the year goes by. We give special thanks to Linda Sanches who suggested this film and is driving the re-boot!  
Book Group: Thursday, January 26
Please join us on Thursday, January 26 in the Lichtenberger Room at St. Paul's for our first Spiritual Book Group meeting! We will be discussing Barbara Brown Taylor's book, "Altar in the World," which some of you may remember was the theme for our All Parish Retreat!

Copies of the book are available at the Brookline Booksmith for $14.99. Just ask the person at the register for "St. Paul's book group." (They promised a discount, but I don't know for how much!) If purchasing a book isn't in your budget, there will be a couple copies available on Jeff's bookshelf in his office that we ask you to return when you are done.

At our All Parish Retreat, Leah Rugen preached on the theme of "Altar in the World," and you can click here to see her reflection. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email Barbie 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.. Please stay tuned for a specific time!
Save the Date for Annual Meeting: January 29, 2017
CALL FOR REPORTS: Our Annual Meeting is scheduled for January 29, when we will gather to discuss the business of the parish and share our hopes for our next year together. Please be reminded that if you are a ministry leader submitting a write-up for the Annual Report, they are due in the parish office on or before Monday, January 23 to allow time for compilation and completion of the report. Your write-ups may be sent to Jill, our Parish Administrator, via email at 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.. 
St. Paul's Advent and Christmas Calendar
                                      
                                    December 24 Christmas Eve
                                         5:00 pm Festival Eucharist
                                       11:00 pm Festival Eucharist
 
                                    December 25 Christmas Day
                                       No 8:00 am service 
                                       10:00 am Festival Eucharist
 
                                    January 1, 2017 Christmas I
                                       No 8:00 am service 
                                       10:00 am Christmas Lessons and Carols
 
 
Serving us this week
Preacher and Presider  The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello                
Director of Music and Organist   Andrew  E. Clarkson 
Crucifer  Kendall Gray 
Lector John Ferguson 
Prayers of the People  E. Lorraine Baugh 
Chalice Bearer    Edmund Powers 
Altar Guild   Members of the Altar Guild 
Greeters      Members of the Greeters Ministry 
Ushers  Members of the Ushers Ministry   
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 Rae Swardstrom, Patrick Gioia, Kendall Gray, Viva Fisher, Amanda March, and Laura Carney.
 
Memorials We pray for the repose of the soul of Bill Hudnut and for all those in whose loving memory and thanksgivings the Christmas 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., Alexander T., Annette W., Martin S., Maryann T., Gerke V., Riya, Ken C., and those in the military: Lucas S. and Hana L. 
Scripture Readings
Isaiah 62:6-12; Luke 2:8-20
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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