St Paul's Church

First Sunday of Advent
Today at St. Paul’s       
Sun., December 2nd First Sunday of Advent
9:30 am         Holy Eucharist Rite II
9:30 am        Church School/Nursery Care during service
11:00 am       Coffee Hour
12:00 pm       NLM Services in Church
4:00 pm         Bill Welch Memorial
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
8:30 am-12:30 pm Parish Office is open
Mon., December 3rd 
7:00 pm    NIANA Meeting in Parish House
Tues., December 4th
10:00 am   Sherburne Commons Worship
5:30 pm    Kid’s Advent Series
6:30 pm    Handbell Practice
7:00 pm    NLM in Church
Wed., December 5th 
8:30 am    Healing Service with Holy Eucharist
9:30 am    Staff Meeting
7:00 pm    NLM Bible Study
7:00 pm    NIANA Meeting in Parish House
Thurs., December 6th
11:30 am    Lectionary Group
Fri., December 7th
7:00 pm     NIANA Meeting in Parish House
Sat., December 8th
9:00 am     Centering Prayer   
10:00 am   Youth Choristers Rehearsal in Parish House
4:00 pm     Choir Rehearsal in Parish House
7:00 pm     NLM in Church and Gardner Hall
Sun., December 9th 
9:30 am      Holy Eucharist Rite II
9:30 am      Church School/Nursery Care during service
11:00 am    Coffee Hour
12:00 pm    NLM Services in Church
7:00 pm      NIANA Meeting in Parish House
Happening Soon
Hospital or Home Visits
If you or a loved one are in the hospital or home bound, please let us know if you would like a visit. Please notify Father Max at 508-228-0916 ext. 11 or 302-542-5587.
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St Paul’s Church in Nantucket -Episcopal
The First Sunday of Advent, Sunday, December 2, 9:30am: Advent Lessons and Carols with Eucharist
This special service of Advent Lessons and Carols with Eucharist, Sunday, December 2, will be the opportunity to usher in the beginning of the church year with scriptural readings and music. Advent carols, choral anthems, hand bell music and vocal solos.
Advent is a season of both quiet reflection and joyful expectation. The service is intended to be a time of spiritual preparation, as we watch and wait for the coming of the Kingdom of God. Through our experience of sacred Word and music, the story of the coming of Christ will gradually unfold and deepen our understanding of God’s message of love and redemption.
Collection for Food Pantry
Our next collection for the Food Pantry will occur Sunday, December 2nd. Non-food items wanted for December's Food Pantry Outreach! Several organizations are conducting food drives this month , but what often gets left off the list are essentials like toilet paper, paper towels, shampoo, soap, toothpaste, kleenex, etc. Be generous in this season of giving and bring your donation to church on Sunday.
We invite anyone interested in joining the Vestry Nominating Committee to contact us ASAP. The Vestry Nominating Committee will meet 3 - 4 times between late November 2018and early January 2019 with the task of making recommendations for new members of the Vestry Class of 2019.
The Vestry Slate will be presented to the current Vestry and then to the congregation for our Annual Meeting that will take place on Jan. 20, 2019.
Attached are guidelines regarding nominees for Vestry. Please contact Pam Goddard, Lou Gennaro or email Christine at the office if you have interest.
Vestry Reflections
Qualifications for Vestry Members:
Parish member in good standing
Willingness to serve and lead
History of financial commitment/ EMC pledge history
Vestry Responsibilities and Considerations
Partnership between Rector and Vestry to
1. oversee and manage the financial and physical assets of the church
2. develop goals and objectives for the future
3. build community within the Vestry and parish
Regular attendance at church services and Vestry meetings both regularly scheduled monthly sessions and special sessions to develop goals, strategies, and future plans; or in response to special situations.
Pray and discern together and individually.
Participation and involvement in one or more key church ministries or committees.
Considerate, candid, and supportive demeanor and interaction with fellow Vestry members in conducting the business of the Vestry and parish, especially in situations with uncertainty and differences of opinion.
Confidentiality in matters discussed at Vestry meetings.
Respect for the traditions of the parish and openness to the evolution of change as new ideas are considered.
Celebrate the results and efforts of hard work and support each other thru the disappointments and frustrations.
Encourage our congregation to be welcoming of the
new comer.
Christmas Wreath Sign-Up
The order sheet for beautiful St. Paul’s Christmas Wreaths is in the back of the church! You can also call the parish office (508-228-0916) or email ( to place an order. Please get your order in while supplies last! These make great gifts.
Christmas Flowers
Some of you might wish to remember or give thanks for a loved one with a flower donation during the Christmas season.

If so, please submit your contribution marked “Christmas Flowers” and your list of names into the office by 12:00 pm on December 18 th .
Your Name:_________________________________________
Phone# ____________________________________________
Flowers Given in Memory of:    ( Please print names clearly)
Flowers Given in Celebration of:    ( Please print names clearly)

Paper sheets will be included in the Sunday insert.
Save the Date!
December 16th
Christmas Brunch following the service to benefit Laundry Love.
December 21st
Hyline Caroling
3:45 pm-Meet at the Church parking lot
4:00 pm-Singing at Hyline
                                                 5:00 pm—Refreshments at St. Paul’s rectory
Happy Birthday Jesus!
Join us for a party to celebrate the real reason for the season. Sat., Dec. 22 at 11:30- 3:30 PM Gardner Hall 
Pizza, snacks, a craft activity and a showing of The Star, a tale of faith and friendship as Bo, a small but brave donkey teams up with a loveable sheep and a wisecracking dove to follow the star and become part of the greatest story ever told. Children will also decorate a gingerbread house to take home.Please signup on the form at the back of the church or contact Sr. Susanna at 508-332-9823 to ensure we have enough houses for everyone.
Children’s Advent Series
The Gift of the Nutcracker
Children are invited to participate in this four-week Advent series where we will hear two stories: The Story of Jesus’s birth and The Store of the Nutcracker. The sessions are designed for children in kindergarten through eight grade as we explore what the stories and themes of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker ballet can teach us about Christmas and the coming of Christ into the world. We will meet in the Parish House from 5:30-7:30pm on the following dates: Dec. 4, Dec. 13 and Dec. 18. Dinner will be provided. Contact Sister Susanna at 508-332-9823 for further information.
Buildings and Grounds committee
We kindly ask if you see some aspect of the campus in disrepair or in need of attention please report via email to “St. Paul’s Office Manager” will attend to it as soon as we can. Thank you!

Christian Education Opportunities

Healing Service with Holy Eucharist
Wednesday at 8:30 am in the Chapel.  
Thursday Bible Study
Based on or lectionary : readings from Scripture appointed to be read the following Sunday. St. Paul’s Bible Study Group meets on Thursdays, 11:30-12:30 in the Parish House. For more information, contact Father Max, or Lucy Bixby,
ALL are welcome!
Centering Prayer Group
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
Thank you to Libby Tracey and Randy Wight for providing the refreshments for Coffee Hour.
We pray for: Justin, Archbishop of Canterbury; Michael our Presiding Bishop; Alan, our Bishop; Gayle, our Suffragan Bishop; Max our Priest and Susan, our Deacon. 
We pray for : Siobhan, Randy, Dara, Jerry, Dirk, Jim, Howard, Gil, Blair, Molly, Jeff, Judy, Pamela, Ray, Priscilla, Philip, Betsy, Beverly, Sandra, Jenn, Debbe, Marianne, Felix, Joan, June.
The Anglican Cycle of Prayer : The Rt. Rev. Carlos Lopex-Lonzano; Bishop of Spanish Reformed Episcopal Church.

Prayer for the repose of the soul of Dara Singlemaster, niece of Curtis Barnes
The Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:
Church of Our Saviour, Arlington; St. John’s Church, Arlington; Order of St. Anne & Bethany House of Prayer, Arlington; The Standing Committee, Brotherhood of St. Gregory.
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 Companion Church: San Juan Evangelista, in Vertientes, Cuba; 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

P.O. Box Discontinued
Effective March 31, 2018, St. Paul's will no longer be maintaining a U.S. mail box. Please address all mail to the church at 20 Fair Street, Nantucket, MA 02554