St Paul's Church
The Third Sunday after Epiphany
Sun., Jan. 21st
9:30 am                    Holy Eucharist Rite II
9:30 am                    Church School Classes/Nursery Care during service
                                 Coffee Hour in Gardner Hall following the service
1:00 pm-3:30pm      NLM Services in Church
7:00 pm                    NIANA Meeting in Parish House
This Week at St. Paul’s
8:00 am-7:00 pm  The Church is open for prayer
NLM Weekday Services
6:00 am -8:00 am  Meeting in Church
12:00 pm –2:00 pm
8:30 am-12:30 pm Parish Office is open
Mon., Jan. 22nd    
7:00 pm    NIANA Meeting in Parish House
Tues., Jan. 23rd
6:30 pm    Hand bell Rehearsal
7:00 pm    NIANA Meeting in Parish House
Wed., Jan. 24th
9:30 am    Staff Meeting 
5:30 pm    Holy Eucharist
7:00 pm    NLM Service
7:00 pm    NIANA Meeting in Parish House
Thurs., Jan. 25th
11:30 am     Book Group in Parish House
7:30 pm       Movie Night: “The King’s Speech”
Fri., Jan. 26th
7:00 pm     NIANA Meeting in Parish House
Sat., Jan. 27th
4:00 pm     Adult Choir Rehearsal
5:00 pm     NLM Event
7:00 pm     NLM Event
Sun., Jan. 28th
9:30 am       Holy Eucharist Rite II
9:30 am       Church School Classes/Nursery Care during service
                   Coffee Hour in Gardner Hall following the service
1:00 pm-3:30pm  NLM Services in Church
7:00 pm      NIANA Meeting in Parish House
Happening Soon
Our supply priest for the month of January is The Rev. John Rice who has served us several times in the past and is well known to us. Welcome to St Paul’s John Rice.

Interim Music Director
We are pleased to have Nigel Goss to serve as our Interim Music Director.
Annual Meeting
Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday, February 4th immediately following the 9:30am worship service . After the Annual Meeting in the church there will be a parish brunch held in Gardner Hall. Please use the sign-up sheet (at the back of the church) and indicate the number of people in your family who will be coming. You do NOT need to bring any food but if you wish to bring a luncheon salad or dessert cookies or brownies please mark the sheet. This brunch is organized by the Fellowship Committee.
Movie Night
Thursday, Jan. 25th at 7:30 pm in the Parish House
The King's Speech
Colin Firth stars in his Academy Award winning role as King George VI in one of the best movies of the last decade. 
Bishop Gates meeting with parish on January, 12, 2018
Bishop Alan Gates of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts visited with our congregation on January 12 to discuss how St. Paul’s will move forward in the coming months as the leadership of our church is in transition.
“I want to assure you of my esteem and affection for this parish,” Bishop Gates told the meeting attended by 60 parishioners. “I am not here to litigate or adjudicate people’s differences of opinion,” he added.
The Bishop asked all of us to focus on four key questions as we move forward:
  • How do we live with differences of opinions because differences are inevitable and factions are not?
  • How can we acknowledge and face our anxieties without letting anxieties translate to distrust?
  • How do we create a parish leadership team balanced by new and fresh perspectives and long-term knowledge?
  • How can we avoid clergy and lay leaders not burning out and becoming exhausted?
Bishop Gates committed himself to working with the congregation in the transition. He thanked the Rev. John Rice for the time he is giving to St. Paul’s in leading services during the month of January. Going forward, the Bishop noted the likely next steps in the transition would be a bridge priest for several months, and at the conclusion of that term St. Paul’s would then be led by a priest-in-charge or an interim rector for a period of one to three years, depending on which path is taken.
As St. Paul’s focuses on its long-term future, Gates said, “You will want someone who will come to know you and love you, and someone who can examine issues in your parish life with gentleness and clarity.”
Parish Update

When Bishop Gates visited us on January 12th, he referred to a possible candidate to be our Bridge priest after January, and suggested that we contact the Rev. Peter Chase. We are pleased that Peter will be our guest preacher and celebrant on the Sunday of the annual meeting, Feb 4th, and we will be discussing the potential for him to continue as our Bridge priest thru Easter. We offer some additional information about Peter and his family as a way of introducing him to all of you. 
Peter was the Rector of Saint Mary's Newton, MA for 17 years which happened to be the town where he was raised. He served on a wide range of Diocesan Commissions including president of the Standing Committee.
He first met Abbie, his wife, in San Diego while a consultant to the Navy's Chaplain Corps. They moved to Berkeley, California in 1977 when Peter entered seminary and Abbie continued as a flight attendant. 

They have two children, Gaelan, who lives with her husband and newborn on Nantucket and Benjamin who is with the Peace Corps in Kyrgyzstan.

As a family they also lived in Saratoga, California where Peter was the Youth Minister. Later in Bountiful, Utah he served in an ecumenical parish for 9 years. Peter is deeply interested in Interfaith Dialogue and International Relations. After retiring from St Mary's in 2009, he spent 3 years as a chaplain and welfare officer in Dubai for London based Mission to Seafarers.

He received an honorary doctorate for a career in parish leadership and mission. Abbie retired after 40 years with the airline. They now enjoy volunteering, travel, gardening and their Irish Terrier at a farm house by Lake Willoughby, Vermont.
Blessings to all,
Stacey Stuart and Lou Gennaro
Laundry Love
For two hours on Wednesday, January 10, our Outreach Committee. reinforced by Paul and Cindy Borneman, held its third “free laundry” event at Holdgate’s Laundromat. The number of patrons doubled from previous endeavors to more than 20. Comforters, slipcovers, sheets, towels galore, and clothing in oversized hampers jammed the facility as customers brought items soiled by flooding or items infrequently washed that required the use of Holdgates’ sole washer capable of cleaning 80 pounds of laundry and other oversized machines.

While pleased by the turnout, we recognize that the popularity of the event may necessitate rationing our subsidies to accommodate the growing crowds. To learn more or to join the Laundry Love “team,” see one of our Outreach Committee members: Vicky Goss, Lucy Bixby, Shiela Daume, Frank Robinson or Erin Schrader. Our next event will be Wednesday,February 7 from 2:30-4:30pm
Christian Education Opportunities
Mid-week Eucharist
Wednesday Holy Eucharist will be at 5:30pm.
Thursday Afternoon Book Group
Thursdays, 11:30 am -12:30 pm
St. Paul’s Parish House
The group will read the following 75 Masterpieces Every Christian Should Know: The Fascinating Stories Behind Great Works of Art, Literature, Music, and Film, by Terry Glaspey. For more information, please contact Lucy Bixby:
Centering Prayer Group
No meeting on Jan. 27th
Saturdays, 9:00 am -10:00 am
St. Paul’s Parish House
Led by Sister Susanna Margaret 
This weekly group includes an opening prayer or meditation, a 20-minute practice of Centering Prayer (silent sitting), a scripture reading, and a time for discussion.
National Alliance on Mental Illness
For support, education, and advocacy for mental illness please contact Nantucket’s Program Coordinator Suzanne Fronzuto at
508-221-6202 or
Caroline French Society
The Caroline French Society was formed in 2006, as a way to recognize our members and friends who have included St. Paul’s Church in their estate plans. It was created to commemorate Caroline L. W. French of Boston. 
Miss French was one of those lured to Nantucket, in the 1880s and 1890s, to spend the season “where summer is five Septembers long!” Her island philanthropies were many, and she recognized that the tired, small, wooden church on Fair Street would not be adequate to serve the community as it moved into the 20th century. 

A life-long Episcopalian, she approached the vestry of St. Paul’s Church and offered to build a new, more substantial church to be a memorial to her father, Jonathan French, “an old-time merchant of Boston.” Her remarkable gift to St. Paul’s Church is the special building in which we worship today!
Throughout the years, many of those who care deeply about St. Paul’s Church have expressed their love of our great church and their gratitude to God by including St. Paul’s Church in their long-term financial planning. The good news is that we currently have over $750,000 in long-term investments, only some of the income and none of the principal are applied to of which is applied to the operating costs of the church. The bad news is that such amount is not adequate to generate the income necessary to supplement our annual giving and support our programs and the maintenance of our $20 million campus. 
In January we will send out an article describing exactly how you can join this society and thereby contribute to the long-term health of St. Paul’s. 

Randy Wight, Chair, Caroline French Society
We pray for: Justin, Archbishop of Canterbury; Michael our Presiding Bishop; Alan, our Bishop; Gayle, our Suffragan Bishop; Bud and Barbara, our retired Suffragans; and John, our Celebrant. 
We pray for: Howard, Baylor, Shirley, Felix, Sue, Andrew, Betsy, Deb, Cathy, Joan, Steve, Mary, Margaux, Nancy, George, Stewie, June.

We give thanks for the life of Nancy Stovall.

The Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Rev. Paul Shishir Sarker, Moderator, Church of Bangladesh and Bishop of Dhaka.
The Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:
St. Stephen’s Church, Boston; Trinity Church, Boston; B-SAFE; B-PEACE for Jorge; Hospitality Homes.
We pray for: The men and women serving in our Armed Forces; easing of racial tensions in our country; those with mental illness and their families; healing and peace among peoples and nations throughout the world; the President of the United States, the United States Congress, the Supreme Court and all in authority; our brothers and sisters from other faiths; our local Food Pantry, the Rental Assistance Program .
St. Paul's By-Laws
The Constitution and By-Laws that govern our church are posted on the St. Paul’s website in the About Us section. In addition, hard copies of it are available in the sanctuary