Weekly Newsletter


 This Sunday at St. Paul's: January 1
NO 8:00am Service
10:00 am Lessons and Carols with Holy Eucharist
May the new year be filled with 
 health, hope, and community.
Knitting Group
St. Paul's Knitting Group will be meeting this coming Tuesday, January 3, 2017, at 7:00pm in the Lichtenberger Room. Please join us!
Holy Baptism
Our next opportunity to schedule a baptismal service is coming up on Sunday, January 8 which is The First Sunday after the Epiphany; The Baptism of Our Lord Jesus Christ. If you would like to schedule a baptism, please be in touch with Rev. Jeff Mello at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
The Rev. Richard "Dick" Downes
We are sad to let you know that the Rev. Richard "Dick" Downes, former Priest Associate at St. Paul's, passed away on December 23. A Funeral Service will be held at the Parish of the Epiphany, 70 Church Street in Winchester, MA 01890 on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at 2:00 pm. All are welcome and invited to attend.  Condolences can be sent to his wife, Sherry Downes, at 14 Bedford Ct., Bedford, MA 01730. His obituary can be found here:  http://www.costellofuneralhome.com/obituaries.htm
Adult Education in January
In honor of the Dr. Martin Luther King holiday in January, we will be watching a film called "13th" and having a discussion about the film following church on MLK Sunday. The film is 2 hours, so we will split it into thirds to prepare for our discussion. The arc of January Adult Education is as follows:

Sunday, January 1: no adult education
Sunday, January 8 at 9am: Watch part one, brief discussion
Sunday, January 15 at 9am: watch part two, brief discussion
after church, Sunday, January 15 at 11:30pm: watch part three, followed by a potluck and hour of facilitated discussion (there will be a children's movie and pizza for our younger members)
Sunday, January 22 at 9am: Eliza will give a presentation about her experience at Standing Rock
Sunday, January 31 at 9am: to be decided

"13th" is a film about the race and the prison system in the US. For those who are not available at the 9am hour, the film is available on Netflix. If you would like to host a screening at your home at another time, please email Eliza at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or put it in the announcements! Our Anti-Racism Team is working on getting a training together for February, so this is a theme we are hoping to continue exploring as the year goes by. We give special thanks to Linda Sanches who suggested this film and is driving the re-boot!  For those who cannot make the adult education screenings of "13th," you can watch the entire film at 4 pm on Saturday, January 7 at the Newton home of Linda Sanches. Please give her a heads up by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Realm that you plan to come so she can pop enough corn and send you her address.  
"13th" is a film about race and the prison system in the US, and has been on many compilations of the "best movies of 2016."   Linda is on the 57/501/502  T bus lines, 3 minutes from exit 17 on the Pike, and can pick you up from the Newton Centre stop on Green line (2 miles). 
The next two Mission Sundays
**January 15:
(change of date!!):  Join us from 9-10am in the Great Hall for a thought-provoking activity in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.
** February 12:
Clothing Drive to benefit Cradles to Crayons and St Francis House. As you clear out closets and make room in your home for new Christmas gifts, please collect clothing and toys to be delivered and sorted from 9-10am in the Great Hall.  
Amanda March to sit for General Ordination Exams
From January 3-6, Amanda March will be taking the General Ordination Exams (GOEs).  The GOEs are a requirement for those seeking ordination and they consist of exams in each of seven separate areas including Liturgics, Church History, Holy Scripture, Ethics, Pastoral Care, Theology and Contemporary Society. On Saturday, January 14, Amanda will participate in interviews with the Diocesan Commission on Ministry.  Please hold Amanda in your prayers during this time. 
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! 
2017 Pledge Envelopes
Our 2017 pledge envelopes have arrived. If you ordered them, you may pick them up in the back of the church at the ushers table on Sunday mornings. 
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 are available 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.

At our All Parish Retreat, Leah Rugen preached on the theme of "Altar in the World," and you can click here to see her reflection. 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 Annual Meeting is 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." target="_blank" style="color: blue; text-decoration: underline;" shape="rect">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 
Serving us this week
Preacher  Service of Lessons and Carols with Holy Eucharist 
Presider  The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello                
Director of Music and Organist   Andrew  E. Clarkson 
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Server  Julia Boral 
Crucifer  Ardani Mello-Daigneault 
Torchbearers  Lena Schultzberg and Elliana Clarkson 
Lectors First Lesson: Steve Estes-Smargiassi
Second Lesson: Alexis Howe
Third Lesson: John Ferguson
Fourth Lesson: Leah Rugen
Fifth Lesson: John Anderson
Sixth Lesson:
Seventh Lesson: 
Healing Prayers  Lorraine Baugh 
Chalice Bearers    Beverly Estes-Smargiassi and Sarah Fairchild 
Eucharistic Visitor  Leah Rugen 
Altar Guild   10:00am: Beverly Estes-Smargiassi and Elisabeth Choi 
Greeters      John Ferguson, Tim Hintz, and Maria O'Meara 
Ushers  Sam Scott, Walter Mucha, Robert Burke, Ben Norton, Naoko Norton, and Jeannie Baca   
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 Victoria Vanderschmidt, Naoko Norton, Maria Seminerio Lee, and Kerstin Lindgren.
Memorials We pray for the life of Dalton L. Baugh, Sr. in whose loving memory the altar flowers are given, and for the repose of the soul of the Rev. Richard "Dick" Downes.   
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., and those in the military: Lucas S. and Hana L. 
Scripture Readings
Genesis 3:1-15; Isaiah 7:10-15; Luke 1:26-38; Luke 1:39-56; Luke 2:1-20; Hebrews 1:1-12; John 1:1-18
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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