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This Sunday at St. Paul's: November 25, 2018

The Third Sunday of Advent and The Reign of Christ

8:00 am

Contemplative Service of Holy Communion   Chapel
9:00 am  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 
11:30 am  Antiracism Planning Group   Chapel  

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: Pray - Spiritual Practices of Advent
"Whether in thought, word or deed, individually or corporately, when we pray we invite and dwell in God's loving presence." The Way of Love

Antiracism Planning Group

If you have an interest in helping St. Paul's to create a program for more regular attention to antiracism, please join us after worship this coming Sunday in the chapel.

This week at St. Paul's

Tuesday, November 27

7:00 pm

Scripture Group

Lichtenberger Room

Wednesday, November 28 7:00 pm Choir Rehearsal Choir Room/Sanctuary
Mission Sunday Thank You
A huge thank you to everyone who attended the benefit concert organized by Like Whited on Sunday, November 18.  Four musicians performed, and over $1800 was raised.  All money will go towards the purchase of 5$ gift cards from Dunkin Donuts, and all gift cards will be donated to Common Cathedral.  Common Cathedral  (Ecclesia Ministries, Inc.) is an outdoor congregation, housed and un-housed, sharing God's love through community, pastoral care, creative expression, and worship on Boston Common. 
St. Paul's Annual Pledge Appeal:
Invited by God, Welcomed in Community, Connected in Christ

Many thanks to all who have turned in pledges! We have received 51 so far, which is a great start. It is never too late! Please mail or bring in your pledge as soon as possible. It will help a great deal with our budgeting process which is getting underway now. As always we are hoping for 100% participation.

Many thanks to our speakers who gave such moving testimonials, Barbie Maniscalco, Staci Hopkin, Fred Muehter, Linda Cutting, and John Ferguson.  Speaking of John Ferguson... a hearty thanks for his wonderful cooking of the Harvest Dinner.  He and his terrific crew fed 70 folks!

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)

Scripture Group: November 27   

Just a reminder that our next scripture group meeting will be November 27 from 7:30-9:00 pm in the Lichtenberger Room. We'll discuss chapter 2 in Levine's book -- The Good Samaritan, pp. 77-115. All are welcome. 

Invitation for Ministry Outside the Parish

Grant Applications Deadline is November 28 

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.

45th Annual Messiah Sing: December 2 at 5:00 pm

The Messiah Sing is one of the great annual traditions at St. Paul's. For many it is a central part of their Advent ritual. come make the Messiah your own this year! Listen to solos sung by our talented soloists from the Choir, and chorus after chorus. Sing your heart out, offering up this great music as the true prayer it is. The Messiah Sing is free and open to everyone. 

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 

Yoga at St. Paul's Has Resumed 

Join us every Wednesday morning @ 7am 

Please join us at 7am on Wednesday mornings each week. Yoga is a great way to start the day! 

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. 

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..  

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 $100 per child) and return the unwrapped items to St. Paul's by Sunday, December 16. 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.

I am also looking for one or two adult volunteers to help administer the program this season. Email me for details!

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)

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 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. 

Serving us this week


The Rev. Elise A. Feyerherm     

Presider  The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello   
Director of Music and Organist  Andrew E. Clarkson 
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Server  Julie House 
Crucifer  Mike Scheffler 
Torchbearers  Ripley Foster and Jane Hopkin  
Lectors  Madeleine Taylor and Tom Daniel 
Prayers of the People  Betsy Munzer  
Chalice Bearers Andrea Brue and Elisabeth Choi  
Healing Prayers  Sharlene Wing and Angie Marks 
Eucharistic Visitor  Edward Jacobson 
Altar Guild  8:00am: Judy Clementson
10:00am: Mary Beth Elder and AdelaideXie  
Offering Counters  Nate Gaede, John Ferguson, Melissa Dulla, and Judy Rice   
Greeters  The Greeters Team    
Ushers  The Ushers Team
Coffee Hour Host      

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 Jillian Coggeshall, Phil Kurinsky, Ardani Mello-Daigneault, Sohia Koo, and George Chapman. 


We remember especially George and Helen Bolln, in whose memory the altar flowers are given this week, by Betsy Munzer.    


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

2 Samuel 23:1-7; Psalm 132:1-19; Revelation 1:4b-8; John 18:33-37
Click HERE for the readings.

Sunday Worship Bulletin for November 25, 2018

 Please click HERE to view our worship bulletin for this coming Sunday, 11/25/18.  

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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