Entering the season of Advent

GIVING TREE: Thank you to the congregation for your already generous support of the Saint Paul Lutheran Church Giving Tree Project sponsored by the Social Ministry Committee. This annual program supports Ascentria (formerly Lutheran Social Services of New England) to provide Christmas gifts for the children and young adults receiving their services. We also support the 9 girls at the Eliot House (residential therapeutic program for girls aged 12-18 housed in our parsonage). 
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Advent and Christmas happenings!
We look forward to welcoming the season together.  Sunday mornings on Dec 2nd and 9th there will be an opportunity to help repair and create new Chrismons (ornaments) for the tree in the Sanctuary.  On the evening of Sunday December 9th, you are invited to come to decorate cookies and create cards to send to those in our community who cannot make it to church, and help “green” the church  together.  Look for details in the Weekly Update or in next week’s bulletin.  In the meantime, Lisa and Kourtni would be thrilled if you are inspired to help out – find us in person, phone the church (781-646-7773) or via email – (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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Understanding the Gospel of Luke – December 2, 9, 16

What makes the transition to a new liturgical year even more exciting than getting back to Advent and Christmas, is the change in focus to yet another one of our gospels.  The next liturgical year (Year C in the Revised Common Lectionary Series) is the year of Luke. 

Of all the gospels, Luke is the one that is most loved in the congregation for many reasons, but first and foremost that it contains some of the most memorable events in the cannon of biblical story.  This year we will get to hear again the story of the good Samaritan, the Prodigal Son, and Jesus' post-resurrection appearance on the road to Emmaus.  It is the gospel that gives the most complete and extended birth-narrative of Jesus, including the beloved Magnificat - Mary's song of praise in sharing the news of the coming of the Savior with Elizabeth. And between all the greatest hits of our sacred text is the story of Jesus who advocated for those on the margins - the oppressed, the excluded, the ones who have been left out.  Including women.  Luke is often called the social justice gospel.
 
For the first three weeks of Advent, we will dig into Luke to uncover its themes and set the tone for our experience of the gospel texts over the course of the next year.

St. Paul Women's Book Group

Women’s Book Group

Join the conversation on the second Saturday of the month at 9:30am in the upper lounge. 
Upcoming selections are: 

 

November 10: - The Overstory by Richard Powers
December 8 - Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
January 12, 2019 - The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne

Gather Groups Forming

Gather Groups are Starting Up! 
Gather Groups are groups of church members who meet together in each other's home for shared dinners. They are a great way to meet the people in our congregation and to deepen our connections to one another.    Gather Group signup sheets are available in the Narthex as well as at coffee hour in Fellowship Hall.  Once the groups have been put together, a team leader will contact all the members of the group to begin scheduling the dinners.  Would you like to be a team leader? Questions?  Speak with Ross, Andrew or Lisa; you can also This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or call the church office (781-646-7773; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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Food Needed by the Arlington Pantry

Social Ministry Outreach for the Arlington Food Pantry
Thank you also to Nancy Becker, one of our newest members and recent addition to the Social Ministry Committee. Nancy is collecting and delivering our donations to the Arlington Food Pantry on a weekly basis (Tuesdays) which is especially important as we enter the holiday season. As you are able, please drop donations in the basket as you enter the narthex, found just below the flower sign up calendar.


From their website, current needs are:
• Cereal/oatmeal, pancake mix, syrup  •Cooking oil   •Baking goods (sugar, flour, honey, cake mixes)   •Coffee/tea  •Peanut butter and jelly (plastic jars)   •Taco kits  •Canned protein (Tuna, salmon, chicken, spam)   •Crackers, cookies, granola bars  •Spaghetti sauce (plastic jars) and canned tomatoes   •Meals in a can (beef stew, chili, ravioli) •Personal care items (toilet paper, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, conditioner)   •Household cleaning supplies (laundry detergent, dish soap)
 
As most clients carry their selections or take the bus, please select plastic containers rather than glass and smaller sizes are better given weight constraints.
Thank you for your ongoing support!

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