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This Sunday at St. Paul's: December 18
8:00 am     Holy Eucharist with Reflection (Chapel)  
9:00 am     Adult Education: Preparing a Place for God (Lichtenberger Room)
                 Pageant Rehearsal (Sanctuary) 
                 Confirmation Class (Rector's Office) 
          Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room)
10:00 am    The Christmas Pageant and Holy Eucharist with Choir (Sanctuary)
11:15 am    Coffee Hour (Great Hall)  5:00 pm    Candlelight Carols (Sanctuary) 
  • Adult Education: Preparing a Place for God through Contemplative Prayer                                                                                                         Advent is a season of expecting, waiting, and preparing for God to enter into    our lives at Christmas. We will meet this coming Sunday from 9-10 am in the Lichtenberger Room to nurture our contemplative natures through prayer, readings, and discussion. In addition to exploring several contemplative prayer practices, we will examine together how we prepare a place for God to dwell in our self, our community, and the world. Eliza Marth and Michael Robinson are co-facilitating this offering.


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! 
Greening of the Church: Saturday, December 17
Come help decorate the church for Christmas. We'll be making the huge wreath for the Sanctuary, wreaths for all the doors, and candle holders for the windows. Join us in the Great Hall from 9am-12noon this coming Saturday. 
Christmas Caroling and Potluck: December 17
Please join us from 5:30-7:30 pm in the Great Hall. Come celebrate Christmas by singing carols around the piano and spending time socializing and eating. Please RSVP to Melinda Stanford at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let her know if you can make it. Last names beginning with A-H can bring main course, names with I-Q salad or sides, names with R-Z desserts.  We'll have some lyrics, but bring any caroling books you have, and any additional instruments. All ages welcome.
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.
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 will be available early next week 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.

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!
St. Paul's Advent and Christmas Calendar
                                    December 18 Advent IV
                                         8:00 am Holy Eucharist with Reflection
                                       10:00 am Christmas Pageant and Holy Eucharist
                                        5:00 pm Candlelight Carols
                                    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  Christmas Pageant                  
Presider  The Rev. Michael Robinson 
Assisting Clergy  The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello and The Rev. Megan C. Holding 
Organist and Choir Director  Andrew  E. Clarkson 
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Server  Ardani Mello-Daigneault 
Crucifer  Claire Holding 
Lectors  The Pageant Cast 
Chalice Bearers    E. Lorraine Baugh and Andrea Brue 
Healing Prayers  Betsy Munzer and Eliza Marth  
Eucharistic Visitor  Maryann Kurkjian 
Altar Guild   8:00 am: Maryann Kurkjian
10:00 am: Sharlene Wing and Adelaide Xie     
Greeters      Melissa Dulla, Brett Foster, Angie Marks, and Kate Kelley 
Ushers  Walter Mucha, Sam Scott, Robert Burke, Ben Norton, Naoko Norton, and Jeannie Baca  
Coffee Hour Hosts  The Baugh and Brue Families 
Sunday School Snack  The Schultzberg Family 
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
We remember and celebrate the birthdays of Tina DeSelm, Isabel Grimes, Megan Holding, Terry Jewell, Grace Koczela, Benjamin Collins, Chris Smith, and Jana Coggeshall. 
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., Kim L., and those in the military: Lucas S. and Hana L. 
Scripture Readings
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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