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

Holy Eucharist with Sermon and Choir

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

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


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
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)


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


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 


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


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


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


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