St Paul's Church
                 Fourth Sunday of Advent
Today at St. Paul’s       
Sun., December 23rd 
9:30 am          Holy Eucharist Rite II
9:30 am          Church School/Nursery Care during service
12:00 pm        NLM Services in Church
7:00 pm          NIANA Meeting in Parish House
 
This Week at St. Paul’s
The Church office will be closed December 25th thru January 1st .  Father Max will be checking messages and will be available on his cell phone (302-542-5587).
 
Mon.-Fri.
8:30 am-12:30 pm Parish Office is open
 
Mon., December 24th
5:00 pm    Children’s Pageant and Holy Eucharist
8:30 pm    Musical Prelude
9:00 pm    Christmas Eve Holy Eucharist
 
Tues., December 25th
10:00 am    Christmas Day Worship
 
Wed., December 26th 
8:30 am    Holy Eucharist Service
7:00 pm    NIANA Meeting in Parish House
 
Thurs., December 27th
11:30 am    Lectionary Group
 
Fri., December 28th 
7:00 pm     NIANA Meeting in Parish House
 
Sat., December 29th
9:00 am     Centering Prayer   
1:00 pm     NLM Wedding
4:00 pm     Choir Rehearsal in Parish House
7:00 pm     NLM in Church and Gardner Hall
 
Sun., December 30th
9:30 am      Holy Eucharist Rite II
9:30 am      Church School/Nursery Care during service
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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Hyline Caroling~ Rain date Saturday, December 22nd
Join us as we gather at St. Paul’s and walk down to the Hyline to greet folks arriving and departing with Christmas Carols. Then we will meet at the Rectory after for refreshments.
3:45 pm-Meet at the Church parking lot
4:00 pm-Singing at Hyline
5:00 pm-Refreshments at St. Paul’s rectory
Christmas Eve 5:00pm Service – Monday, December 24
A feature of the 5:00pm Christmas Eve Service will be St. Paul’s Youth Chorister’s presentation of “Christmas Means Jesus to Me,” a fun, upbeat, “rockin’” telling of the birth of Jesus in song and narration. This first Christmas Eve Service and Eucharist will also include joyous and contemplative music played by Pam Goddard on flute, with Joe Hammer on organ and piano. The opportunity to sing favorite Christmas carols will abound!
 
Christmas Eve 8:30pm Musical Prelude and 9:00pm Service with Eucharist
Monday, December 24
The prelude for the 9:00pm service will be your opportunity to listen to the music gifts of Jessica Sanseverino, St. Paul’s Choral Scholar Jackie McGrath, St. Paul’s Adult and Handbell Choirs, and Joe Hammer on the organ. The congregation will also be called upon to join in singing favorite Christmas carols proclaiming the Birth of Jesus. Following this extended prelude, the 9:00pm Service and Eucharist will feature choral, vocal and handbell music and carols of this joyous and sacred of seasons.

Dec. 25th ~ Christmas Day
10:00am ~ Christmas Day Holy Eucharist with Organ and Carols
Breakfast, Jan. 6th
Breakfast cooked by men will be served after the 9:30am service

Save the Date!
Jan. 20th
Annual Meeting after the 9:30am service.             
Brunch to follow
Jan. 20th
Annual Meeting after the 9:30am service. Brunch to follow.
Jan. 21st
Interfaith service and celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.
At the Summer Street Church beginning at 6:00pm. Food and refreshments to follow.
Jan. 25th
Luminary Service beginning at 6:oopm refreshments to follow
Feb. 15th
BBQ, Bingo and Board games in Gardner Hall, Time to be determined .
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.
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”
office@stpaulschurchnantucket.org.We will attend to it as soon as we can. Thank you!



Christian Education Opportunities


 Holy Eucharist Service
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, bixbyphoto@gmail.com
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 NAMIonNantucket@gmail.com
 
Thank you to Dottie Gennaro and Olly Wolf  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 : Anne, Sheila, Georgia Ann, Siobhan, Randy, Jerry, Dirk, Jim, Howard, Gil, Blair, Molly, Jeff, Judy, Pamela, Ray, Priscilla, Philip, Betsy, Beverly, Sandra, Jenn, Marianne, Felix, Joan, June.
 
The Anglican Cycle of Prayer : The Rt. Rev. Duke Akamisoko, Bishop of Kubwa.
The Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:
Episcopal Chaplaincy at Harvard,  Cambridge; Lutheran Episcopal Chaplaincy at Mass. Institute of       
Technology, Cambridge; The Society of St. John the Evangelist, Cambridge; Hospital Chaplaincies & Healthcare Chaplains.
 
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