St Paul's Church

Second Sunday of Advent
Today at St. Paul’s       
Sun., December 9th 
9:30 am          Holy Eucharist Rite I
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
7:00 pm          NLM Christmas Cantata
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 11th
6:30 pm    Handbell Practice
7:00 pm    NLM in Church
Wed., December 12th 
8:30 am    Holy Eucharist Service
9:30 am    Staff Meeting
7:00 pm    NLM Bible Study
7:00 pm    NIANA Meeting in Parish House
Thurs., December 13th
11:30 am  Lectionary Group
4:30 pm    Vestry Meeting
5:30 pm    Children’s Advent Series
Fri., December 14th
7:00 pm     NIANA Meeting in Parish House
Sat., December 15th
9:00 am     Centering Prayer   
10:00 am    Youth Choristers Rehearsal in Parish House
2:00 pm     NLM Wedding
4:00 pm     Choir Rehearsal in Parish House
5:00 pm     Thaxton Memorial
7:00 pm     NLM in Church and Gardner Hall
Sun., December 16th 
9:30 am      Holy Eucharist Rite II
9:30 am      Church School/Nursery Care during service
11:00 am    Christmas Brunch 
1:30 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

Christmas Wreath~ Still a few left
You can call the parish office (508-228-0916) or email ( to place an order. $40 without a bow or $45 with a bow. Please get your order in while supplies last! These make great gifts.
St. Paul’s Christmas Brunch
Sunday, December 16th
Immediately after the 9:30 service
Gourmet and Giving in Gardner Hall
Join your fellow parishioners for our annual (and fabulous) Christmas brunch prepared by your Fellowship Committee and celebrate the season with joy, togetherness and giving.
As has been our custom, we will again be supporting a local, community outreach effort and, this year, it is St. Paul’s own initiative, Laundry Love.
Laundry Love, a national organization providing free laundry service to those in need, was started at St. Paul’s in November, 2017 by the Outreach Committee.
Once a month, with the cooperation of Holgates Laundry, members of our parish gather at the laundromat and provide free laundry cards to some of our less fortunate Island brethren.
Please consider being a part of this important ministry by making a gift to Laundry Love and placing it in the donation jar at the brunch.
Sign up for the brunch on the sheet in the back of Church or call Christine in the Church office (508 228-0916).
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 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
Jan. 20th
Annual Meeting after the 9:30am service.
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. 13 and Dec. 18. Dinner will be provided. Contact Sister Susanna at 508-332-9823 for further information.
New Life Ministries Christmas Cantata
St. Paul’s Church
December 9th, 7:00-9:00pm
$15 Donation and Children are Free
You will see the fulfillment of the promise.
Performance by New Life Ministries drama team. 
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

 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,
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 Christine Borneman 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, 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. Timothy Thornton, Bishop to the Forces and Bishop to the Falkland Islands.
The Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:
St. Paul’s Church, Bedford; All Saints’ Church, Belmont; St. Mark’s Church, Burlington; The Officers of the Diocese.
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