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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
Advent Wreath-making
Choir Rehearsal 
Lower Level
Lower Level
Great Hall
Choir Room
10:00 am

Holy Eucharist with Sermon and Choir

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


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
Adult Formation

This coming Sunday, 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


Everyone is invited !

November 17 @ 6:00 pm

in the Great Hall

Please RSVP to Jill in the Parish Office with number of people in your family coming and any special dietary restrictions (by Tuesday, November 13)

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or 617-566-4953

Mission Sunday Concert: November 18 at 9:00am

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.

Middle School Youth Pie Making: November 18


Next Sunday, November 18, 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. If your middle school child (grades 5-8) is interested in attending or you are interested in volunteering, please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 615-522-8216 before November 11 so that I can RSVP our group!

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 Monday, November 12 at 7:00pm. 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 or would like to learn more.

A Note from Lorraine Baugh, Fellow Parishioner

Dear St. Paul's Community:

There comes a time in everyone's life that a series of events converge which provide an opportunity,  if they are smart and have received wise counsel, to make a change. For me that time has arrived.

I am now in my 80th year and it is time for me to follow wise counsel and take advantage of this opportunity. October 25th was my birthday, the roof on my house needs to be replaced, my sisters have been urging me to come to sunny California for a prolonged stay, and my home on Martha's Vineyard has been rented.

Taking advantage of the convergence of these events, I am taking a yearlong sabbatical to celebrate my eighty years on this planet, to thank the Lord for all of the blessing I have received and to enjoy the coming year doing whatever the Lord has in store for me. A sabbatical is just that, a defined period of time off or out to do whatever you so desire. I shall be back at St. Paul's, my place of solace, in November, 2019.

In the interim I am pleased to share with you that my friend and our fellow parishioner, Steve Morrissey, has graciously agreed to serve as the Interim Coordinator for the Healing Prayer Ministry, he will assume the duties and responsibilities associated with this ministry on November 11th.

I shall miss all of you, the fellowship, the great music and the warm embrace of the St. Paul's community. I am looking forward to my return.

May the peace of the Lord be with you always,


E. Lorraine Baugh

Fellow Parishioner and Coordinator, Healing Prayer Ministry

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)


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.

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.

Morning Yoga at St. Paul's 

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..   

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. 

Serving us this week


The Rev. Elise A. Feyerherm    

Presider  The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello  
Deacon  The Ven. Pat Zifcak 
Director of Music and Organist  Andrew E. Clarkson 
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Crucifer  Lena Schultzberg 
Torchbearers  Viola Schultzberg and Mihret Hopkin 
Lectors  Betsy Munzer and Tim Hintz 
Prayers of the People  Beverly Estes-Smargiassi 
Chalice Bearers Georgia Smith and Madeleine Taylor 
Healing Prayers  Julie House and Martha Curtis 
Eucharistic Visitor  John Ferguson 
Altar Guild  The Altar Guild Team  
Offering Counters  Barbie Maniscalco and Sharlene Wing   
Greeters  The Greeters Team    
Ushers  The Ushers Team
Coffee Hour Host The Cutting-Whited Family     

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 


We celebrate and remember the birthdays of Jennifer Schamel, Gianna Johnson, Jesse Hopkin, and Lena Schultzberg.


We remember especially Dianne Collins Ouellette, in whose memory the altar flowers are given this week, by Berred Ouellette.    


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

Ruth 3:1-5; 4:13-17
Psalm 127
Hebrews 9:24-28
Mark 12:38-44
Click here for the readings.

Sunday Worship Bulletin for November 11, 2018

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

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


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