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This Sunday at St. Paul's: November 18, 2018

The Second Sunday of Advent and Stewardship Ingathering

8:00 am

 
Contemplative Service of Holy Communion   Chapel
9:00 am  Mission Sunday Concert
Adult Formation
Church School
Nursery/Childcare
 Choir Rehearsal 
Sanctuary
Great Hall
Lower Level
Lichtenberger Room
Choir Room
10:00 am

Holy Eucharist with Sermon and Choir

Sanctuary
11:15 am  Coffee Hour  Great Hall 
1:00 pm  Middle School Youth Pie Making  All Saints Parish 
3:30 pm  Interfaith Thanksgiving Service  All Saints Parish
1773 Beacon Street
Brookline   

Mission Sunday Concert:

Luke Whited is organizing a concert to raise money for Common Cathedral's ministry to the homeless. Luke learned about Common Cathedral through his work with them on a Youth Leadership Academy project where he collected $5 Dunkin Donuts cards for teens to distribute to the homeless during City Reach. He would like to offer an opportunity for us to hear a concert of several Brookline teens performing live music while raising money for Common Cathedral. Charles Bales, euphonium, Emma Caracciolo-King, piano, Caroline Summer, soprano, and Luke Whited, violin will perform music ranging from Beethoven to John Williams.  Please join us for a morning of music and bring either cash donations or $5 Dunkin Donuts gift cards, which allow the homeless passage to a public restroom as well as a warm drink. The concert will take place in the Sanctuary.

 
Adult Formation for Advent - "The Way of Love - Practices for Jesus centered Life'

This past summer at General Convention, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry invited Episcopalians to join him on The Way of Love, describing it in this way:

Before they were called "church" or "Christian," this Jesus Movement was simply called "the way."

...how can we together grow more deeply with Jesus Christ at the center of our lives, so we can bear witness to his way of love in and for the world?

The deep roots of our Christian tradition may offer just such a path. For centuries, monastic communities have shaped their lives around rhythms and disciplines for following Jesus together. Such a pattern is known as a "Rule of Life." The framework you now hold - The Way of Love: Practices for Jesus-Centered Life - outlines a Rule for the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement.

The Way of Love is organized around seven practices - Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go, and Rest. Each Sunday during our seven-week Advent, we will explore a different practice as it relates to the Advent season of expectation. You can learn more about The Way of Love by clicking HERE.

 


This Sunday, our practice focus will be: Learn - The Biblical Idea of the Reign of God
"By reading and reflecting on Scripture, especially the life and teachings of Jesus, we draw near to God and God's word dwells in us." The Way of Love

Middle School Youth Pie Making:
This coming Sunday, from 1-3pm, Middle School youth from around the Deanery will gather at All Saint's Parish on Beacon Street to make pies to give to local food pantries (including the Brookline food pantry housed at St. Paul's) in preparation for Thanksgiving the next week.

St. Paul's Annual Pledge Appeal:
Invited by God, Welcomed in Community, Connected in Christ

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

Many thanks to all who bring their pledges for Sunday's Ingathering. If you don't have it ready for this Sunday... it is never too late! Please mail or bring it in as soon as possible. It will help a great deal with our budgeting process.

Questions? Please talk to any member of the vestry, staff, or stewardship ministry (Leah Rugen, Steve Morrissey, John Ahonen, John Andrews, John Ferguson, Barbie Maniscalco, Judy Rice, Andrew Tanis)

Why does giving to the church matter spiritually?

Because we are St. Paul's: our spiritual life, our experience of worship, reverence, and music, our passion for justice and ministry outside the parish, our learning and care for one another, our humor and celebration are communal realities.

Because we are grateful for the nourishment and care we receive and the challenges that help us grow as people of faith and as community members. Because it is helpful and good to discern our priorities: What really matters in our lives? Where do we spend our time? For what are we grateful? To what values do we dedicate our lives? Because giving to the church is an act of generosity, but also an act of trust. Both trust and generosity are spiritual practices or disciplines.

St. Paul's Harvest Dinner: November 17

Everyone is invited ! November 17 @ 6:00 pm in the Great Hall

This week at St. Paul's

Tuesday, November 20

1:30 pm

7:30 pm

Pastoral Care Team Mtg.

Vestry Mtg.

Lichtenberger Room

Wednesday, November 21 7:00 am Yoga

Lichtenberger Room

 

Thursday, November 22   HAPPY THANKSGIVING !

Parish Buildings Closed

 

Friday, November 23   Thanksgiving Holiday Observed Parish Buildings
Closed
Thank You to our St. Paul's "Saints"

St. Paul's Altar of Remembrance: November 4, 2018

                                        Photo Credit: Melissa Dulla

Belated but grateful thanks to the dedicated team of St. Paul's "saints" who contributed to our All Saint's Day celebration on November 4. The multiple "behind the scenes" tasks involved gathering and editing 34 inspiring stories as well as arranging the Altar of Remembrance and the Array of Saints surrounding us in the windows of both sanctuary and chapel. Thanks to Ann Colageo, Elise Feyerherm, Julie House, Leahanne Sarlo, Jill Seiler-Moon, Sharlene Wing, Maryann Kurkjian, James Santagati and, of course, Jeff Mello for the original concept.

Vestry Invite

During the next three Vestry meetings, we are discussing the ideas of "Invite, Welcome, Connect" a framework for enacting a church's mission and work. Members of the parish are always invited to Vestry meetings, and you may be interested in participating in these discussions from 7:00 - 8:00 pm. The business portion of the meeting follows and you are welcome to stay. Meeting dates are November 20, December 18 and January 15.  Please contact Leah Rugen, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Julie House,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.  if you have any questions. 

Morning Yoga at St. Paul's Resumes on November 21 

Morning yoga resumes this fall at 7am on Wednesday's, starting on November 21.

Traditional Hatha yoga with "spiritual invocation" often coupled with brief meditation to begin class. Everyone at any level welcome from never having done yoga to wherever you are in your current practice. Bring your own mat, or rely on ones we have here.

If you have questions about our yoga practice, please direct them to our yoga teacher, Martha Curtis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   

Anti-racism Planning Meeting: November 25

Please join us in the Chapel following the 10am service on Sunday, November 25. All are welcome! 

Invitation for Ministry Outside the Parish Grant Applications

Every year St.Paul's Ministry Outside the Parish (M.O.P.) committee awards grants to approximately 20 non-profit organizations doing GOD's work in very diverse fields from Boston to Guatemala. If there is an organization you would like us to support, then please invite them to apply. Information about the application process and forms can be found on our website by clicking hereOur next deadline for applications is November 28. If you have questions please speak to Matshai Motimele or Tim Hintz or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mission Sunday: December 2
Bridgewater State Hospital Holiday Bag Donations

The Prison Ministry Group at St. Paul's will be collecting items to fill gift bags for the men incarcerated at Bridgewater State Hospital, a medium-security psychiatric prison hospital. Please consider bringing the following items to St. Paul's for a Mission Sunday event from 9 to 10 am on Sunday, December 2 in the middle room/Food Pantry area: 

Caffeine-free tea (boxes of tea bags)

Liquid body wash (the men at Bridgewater can't have bar soap)

Shampoo (any size)

Deodorant

Our items will be combined with those being collected by St. Cecilia Parish in Back Bay, and everything will be assembled into gift bags by the prison staff.

We'll have more announcements and details about the Mission Sunday event in coming weeks. If you won't be able to make it on December 2, talk to Leahanne Sarlo (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Melissa Dulla (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) about bringing your donation anytime between now and then. If you would prefer to donate money to buy the needed items, you can make checks out to St. Paul's Episcopal Church and write "Bridgewater" in the memo line.

Mil Milagros Artesania Sale: December 2 

Ministry Outside the Parish (M.O.P.) Meeting: December 9 

Ministry Outside the Parish (M.O.P.) will be holding a committee meeting on Sunday, December 9 after the 10:00am service in the Lichtenberger Room. We look forward to seeing you there. If you have any questions please refer to our website or speak to Matshai Motimele or Tim Hintz. 

Blue Christmas Service: December 16 @ 5:00pm 

The Christmas season can be challenging. Our "Blue Christmas" service allows us to find a calm and quiet place to contemplate our lives and families, the year just past and the one to come.

If you are interested in helping to plan the liturgy for our Blue Christmas service, please contact Rev. Elise Feyerherm at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

The St. Paul's Christmas Pageant is right around the corner !  

 

It's November! It's Advent! It's time to sign up for the Pageant!  

The St. Paul's Christmas Pageant is right around the corner and it is time to start thinking about which role you or your child might like to play. This year the Pageant will be on December 23 during the 10am service. Please click the link HERE to sign you or your child up for the pageant. The rehearsal dates are listed below. Please let me know if you have any questions. We are looking forward to another wonderful pageant this year! 

Sunday, December 9 @ 8:45 AM: Rehearsal for actors with speaking parts; costume fitting for non-speaking parts 

Sunday, December 16 @ 8:45 AM: Rehearsal for All Actors 

Sunday, December 16 @ 11:30 AM: Costume fitting for speaking parts 

Saturday, December 22,  @ 9:00AM-12:00PM: Dress rehearsal, lunch, and party for all actors 

Sunday, December 23 @ 8:45 AM: Dress rehearsal and pageant (performed at 10:00 service)

Serving us this week

Preacher  

The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello     

Presider  The Rev. Elise A. Feyerherm   
Director of Music and Organist  Andrew E. Clarkson 
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Server  Ardani Mello-Daigneault 
Crucifer  Austin Jewell 
Torchbearers  Lena Schultzberg and Viola Schultzberg 
Lectors  Matshai Motimele and Leah Rugen 
Prayers of the People  Kate Kelley 
Chalice Bearers Sharlene Wing and Adelaide Xie 
Healing Prayers  Betsy Munzer and Linda Sanches  
Eucharistic Visitor  Maryann Kurkjian 
Altar Guild  8:00am: Maryann Kurkjian
10:00am: Elizabeth Choi and Beverly Estes-Smargiassi   
Offering Counters  Mike Scheffler, Ayanna McPhail, and Tim Hintz   
Greeters  The Greeters Team    
Ushers  The Ushers Team
Coffee Hour Host Betsy Munzer      

Click here to view the server spreadsheet. If you need to make a change, please find someone to swap with and let your ministry leader know so that the server spreadsheet can be updated. 

Celebrations, Memorials, and Prayers 

Celebrations 

We celebrate and remember the birthdays of Andrew Batchelor, Yoichi Nagano, Adelaide Xie, Lance DeSelm, John Prensner, and Masaki Norton.

Memorials 

We remember especially Emma Conley Kramer, in whose memory the altar flowers are given this week, by Christine Palladino.    

Prayers       

Jennifer L., Felina R., the Children and Staff of Mil Milagros, Janet R., David F., Kendall G., Ruth R., Alexander T., Helmut T., Fran C., Harry B., Faye M., Roger H. Sr., Anne C., Tracey G., Alissa P., Laura R., Alice G., Denise E., Bill B., those in the military: Lucas S., Hana L., and Jamie C., and those in the Ordination process: Tammy Hobbs Miracky and Lauren Lukason.   

Scripture Readings

Click here for the readings: 1 Samuel 1:4-20; Psalm 16; Hebrews 10:11-25; Mark 13:1-8

Sunday Worship Bulletin for November 18, 2018

 Please click HERE to view our worship bulletin for this coming Sunday, 11/18/18.  

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

 
 

This Sunday at St. Paul's: November 11, 2018

The First Sunday of Advent

8:00 am

 
Contemplative Service of Holy Communion   Chapel
9:00 am  Church School
Nursery/Childcare
Advent Wreath-making
Choir Rehearsal 
Lower Level
Lower Level
Great Hall
Choir Room
10:00 am

Holy Eucharist with Sermon and Choir

Sanctuary
11:15 am  Coffee Hour  Great Hall 
11:30 am  Prison Ministry Group    Lichtenberger Room  
Adult Formation: Turn - Advent Wreath-making

"In turning, we reorient our lives to Jesus Christ, falling in love again, again, and again." The Way of Love (https://www.episcopalchurch.org/explore-way-love). Advent wreath-making at 9am  is intended for the entire St. Paul's community to participate in together. Yes, that means adults, children, and youth. We will be providing the candles and boards. Please bring with you greenery, a $5 donation per wreath, if possible, and your imagination!

Prison Ministry: This coming Sunday after the 10:00 am service, the Prison Ministry Group will meet in the Lichtenberger Room to talk about our upcoming Mission Sunday project and more. All are welcome! Contact Leahanne (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with questions or to be added to our e-mail list.

St. Paul's Annual Pledge Appeal:
Invited by God, Welcomed in Community, Connected in Christ

FACTS OF THE WEEK

Why do we need annual pledges? Don't we have an endowment and rental income?

We had to borrow a significant amount from the endowment for the Capital Campaign renovations to our church school classrooms and the tower which we need to pay back. One of our goals is to become more self-sufficient through pledging and less reliant on an endowment. We do receive income from the apartment in the rectory and from the preschool downstairs. This income although helpful is not enough to sustain a busy parish such as St. Paul's.

How many pledges a year do we receive? What amount should I pledge?

For 2018, 121 households made an annual pledge to St. Paul's. The range of pledges was from less than $100 to over $13,000 and everything in between! When deciding what to pledge, consider committing a percentage of your household income. What percentage of your household income have you given in the past? How much are you able to increase your pledge this year? If you're just starting out, what percentage feels possible? 2%? 3%? 5%? A tithe of 10%? It takes some discernment to figure out the right level for your household. (A chart was included with your letter to help with this.)

Questions? Please talk to any member of the vestry, staff, or stewardship ministry (Leah Rugen, Steve Morrissey, John Ahonen, John Andrews, John Ferguson, Barbie Maniscalco, Judy Rice, Andrew Tanis)
This week at St. Paul's
Monday, November 12 7:00 pm Chalice Training Chapel/Sanctuary

Tuesday, November 13

1:30 pm

7:30 pm

Pastoral Care Team Meeting

Spiritual Book Group

Lichtenberger Room

Lichtenberger Room

Wednesday, November 14 7:00 pm Choir Rehearsal Choir Room

Thursday, November 15

7:00 pm

Ordination Discernment Meeting

Lichtenberger Room

Saturday, November 17 6:00 pm Harvest Dinner Great Hall


So that you arrive at church on time, please remember to set your clocks back one hour at 2AM this Sunday, please!

This Sunday at St. Paul's: Noember 4, 2018

The Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost and Holy Baptism

8:00 am

 
Contemplative Service of Holy Communion   Chapel
9:00 am 
Church School
High School Youth Group
Adult Formation
Nursery/Childcare
Choir Rehearsal 

Lower Level
Lichtenberger Room
Great Hall
Lower Level
Choir Room
10:00 am

Holy Eucharist with Sermon and Choir

Sanctuary
11:15 am  Coffee Hour  Great Hall 
11:30 am  Advent & Christmas Preview Meeting with Ministry Leaders  Lichtenberger Room

Adult Formation: Our last Sunday exploring the Old Testament/Hebrew Scriptures will be  this coming Sunday. We will look at the prophets, especially Isaiah, and investigate the misconception that the prophets are primarily predicting the coming of Jesus. Please join us at 9:00am.

All Saints' Day Altar of Remembrance: This coming Sunday, you are invited to bring in a memento or small photo, reminding you of a loved one who has died in any year, to be placed on the Altar of Remembrance.

Ministry Leaders Advent & Christmas Preview Meeting: We will gather this Sunday after the 10am service in the Lichtenberger Room to go over the Advent and Christmas schedule for 2018. A reminder that our Advent season is seven weeks this year and starts on November 11.

St. Paul's Annual Pledge Appeal:
Invited by God, Welcomed in Community, Connected in Christ

FACT OF THE WEEK

What is a "pledge" and why should I consider making one? 

Pledges are an annual financial commitment from individuals and households that allow us to plan our budget for staff and programs.  

Every pledge is valued, whatever the amount. Pledging to support our shared life together is about more than the dollars raised. It is about creating a community-wide covenant that we are responsible to and for one another; that we share in keeping the doors open, the lights and heat on, the ministries thriving and supported to do the work we depend on them to do. Pledges are the basic sustenance of parish life and represent both our vitality and our capacity for more growth.

Questions? Please talk to any member of the vestry, staff, or stewardship ministry (Leah Rugen, Steve Morrissey, John Ahonen, John Andrews, John Ferguson, Barbie Maniscalco, Judy Rice, Andrew Tanis)
Congratulations to our Confirmands!

   

This past Saturday, October 27, this lovely group of our St. Paul's family were confirmed along with others from the deanery at Grace Church in Newton. Please join in congratulating Charles Bales, Aliyah Campbell, Austin Jewell, Esme Distefano-Forti, Flora Fried, Ardani Mello-Daigneault, Dorothy Smith, Douglas Williams, and James Xie on this step in faith.

This week at St. Paul's
Tuesday, November 6 7:00 pm Knitting Group Lichtenberger Room
Knitting Group: November 6

Please join the knitting group this coming Tuesday evening, November 6 at 7:00pm in the Lichtenberger Room for our monthly get together. All knitters and crocheters are welcome, or those who would like to learn! 

Adult Formation

On November 11, we will participate in an intergenerational activity - creating Advent wreaths for a seven-week Advent! St. Paul's is observing an expanded Advent season this year, in an effort to recover the ancient Advent emphasis on the three comings of Christ: not only his first coming as Jesus of Nazareth, but his coming among us in the sacraments, and his final coming to reign, bringing justice, peace, healing, and abundance for all creation. Creating the Advent wreaths is NOT just for children and families - it is for all of us!

Adult formation for Advent will be guided by "The Way of Love - Practices for Jesus-centered Life." We will explore these seven practices: Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go, and Rest within the context of Advent expectation.

Join us on Sunday mornings at 9 am!

St. Paul's Harvest Dinner: November 17

Calling All Cooks, Servers, Kitchen Prep and Clean up enthusiasts...

St Paul's Harvest Dinner is coming up on Nov 17 from 6 -9pm. Last Year's Dinner was a huge success and we are looking for a repeat performance.

Many Hands make for light work....We will be having a brief meeting after church this coming Sunday to discuss further plans and dates. Please see John Ferguson after the service if you're interested in helping out!.

Have you ever considered becoming a Chalice Bearer at St. Paul's?

Chalice Bearers (a.k.a. Eucharistic Ministers) are privileged to offer the Communion Cup on Sunday mornings and at special services. The next training for new Chalice Bearers is planned for November. Please contact Maryann Kurkjian (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or one of our clergy if you are interested and would like to learn more.

Serving us this week

Preacher  

The Rev. Elise A. Feyerherm    

Presider  The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello  
Assisting Clergy  The Rev. Megan C. Holding 
Deacon  The Ven. Pat Zifcak 
Director of Music and Organist  Andrew E. Clarkson 
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Crucifer  Austin Jewell 
Torchbearers  Elior Zaremba and Ripley Foster 
Lectors  Staci Hopkin and Jim Zaremba   
Chalice Bearers Linda Sanches and Hal Edmonson  
Healing Prayers  Elisabeth Choi and Sharlene Wing 
Eucharistic Visitor  Leah Rugen 
Altar Guild  The Altar Guild Team 
Offering Counters  Brett Foster, Jeannie Baca, and Julie House    
Greeters  John Ferguson, Tim Hintz, Kristen Renaud, and Melissa Dulla   
Ushers  The Ushers Team
Coffee Hour Host Arlene Swan-Mahony and Lindsey Gallagher   

Click here to view the server spreadsheet. If you need to make a change, please find someone to swap with and let your ministry leader know so that the server spreadsheet can be updated. 

Celebrations, Memorials, and Prayers 

Celebrations 

This Sunday, we celebrate the baptisms of Harper Pascual and Emerson Rose Schmid, and remember the birthdays of Aliyah Campbell, Anne Campbell, Hee Yun Rothman, Amalia Lindgren-Palm, Elin Lindgren-Palm, and Julia Boral.

Memorials 

We remember especially: Lavinia Jenkins, Donald Jenkins Connie Rubino, and William E. Spencer, in whose memory the altar flowers are given this week, by Jamie Moore, all those remembered in our All Saints' Day Necrology (printed in our Sunday worship bulletin), and we pray for the repose of the soul of Esther Wilson, Melissa Dulla's grandmother, who died this week.        

Prayers       

Jennifer L., Felina R., the Children and Staff of Mil Milagros, Janet R., David F., Kendall G., Ruth R., Alexander T., Helmut T., Fran C., Harry B., Faye M., Roger H. Sr., Anne C., Tracey G., Alissa P., Laura R., Alice G., Denise E., Bill B., those in the military: Lucas S., Hana L., and Jamie C., and those in the Ordination process: Tammy Hobbs Miracky and Lauren Lukason.   

Scripture Readings

 Isaiah 25:6-9; Psalm 24; Revelation 21:1-6a; John 11:32-44 

Sunday Worship Bulletin for November 4, 2018

 Please click here to view our worship bulletin for this coming Sunday, 11/4/18.  

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

 
 

This Sunday at St. Paul's: October 28, 2018

The Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost

8:00 am

 
Contemplative Service of Holy Communion   Chapel
9:00 am 
Church School
Adult Education
Nursery/Childcare
Choir Rehearsal 

Lower Level
Lichtenberger Room
Lower Level
Choir Room 
10:00 am

Holy Eucharist with Sermon and Choir

Sanctuary 
11:15 am  Coffee Hour  Great Hall 
11:30 am  Prison Ministry Group
Sunday Lunch Bunch 
Acolyte Training 
Lichtenberger Room
Great Hall
Sanctuary

 

  • Prison Ministry Group:  This Sunday after the 10:00 am service, we'll meet in the Lichtenberger Room to continue our discussion about organizations we're considering working with. Pat Zifcak and I will also talk about some new ideas we've had in light of an evening we just spent with the prison ministry group at St. Cecilia Parish.  
    Even if you're just curious and have never been to one of our meetings before, we hope you'll join us!  ~ Leahanne Sarlo This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   
  • Sunday Lunch Bunch: The Sunday Lunch Bunch (SLB) returns this Sunday.  The SLB is a genial group of St. Paul's parishioners who like to gather every FOURTH Sunday of the month for a casual meal and conversation. We select one of the area restaurants, then travel together by foot or carpool to our chosen destination. Transportation is always available when needed and all are welcome. No advance notice required, however, if you'd like to join us this Sunday, please look for the SLB sign-up sheet at coffee hour following the 10 O'Clock service. To learn more about the SLB, please speak with Ed Jacobson or Maryann Kurkjian, or you may ask any Usher or Greeter to direct you.
This week at St. Paul's
Wednesday, October 31 7:00 pm Choir Rehearsal Choir Room/Sanctuary

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