St Paul's Church
Today at St. Paul’s       
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
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. 29th    
7:00 pm    NIANA Meeting in Parish House
Tues., Jan. 30th
10:00 am   Sherburne Commons Worship
6:30 pm    Hand bell Rehearsal
7:00 pm    NIANA Meeting in Parish House
Wed., Jan. 31st
9:30 am    Staff Meeting 
5:30 pm    Holy Eucharist
7:00 pm    NLM Service
7:00 pm    NIANA Meeting in Parish House
Thurs., Feb. 1st 
11:30 am   Book Group in Parish House
7:30 pm     Movie Night: Four Weddings and a Funeral
Fri., Feb. 2nd 
7:00 pm     NLM Social Event
7:00 pm     NIANA Meeting in Parish House
Sat., Feb. 3rd
2:00 pm     Isiah Williams Organ Recital
4:00 pm     Adult Choir Rehearsal
5:00 pm     NLM Event
7:00 pm     NLM Event
Sun., Feb. 4th 
9:30 am       Holy Eucharist Rite II
9:30 am       Church School Classes/Nursery Care during service
11:00 pm    Annual Meeting in Church
12:00 pm    Brunch in Gardner Hall 
1:00 pm-3:30pm NLM Services in Church
7:00 pm      NIANA Meeting in Parish House
Happening Soon
Thank You
Thank you Rev. John Rice our supply priest for the month of January for the many wonderful sermons.
Interim Music Director
We are pleased to have Nigel Goss to serve as our Interim Music Director.
Annual Meeting~ February 4th
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.

Annual Meeting Childcare
During the Annual Meeting childcare will be in the Parish House provided by Sister Susanna and Joanne. There will be a craft and snack.
Mid-Winter Dinners on Saturday, February 10 at 6:30 PM
Last day to sign up is Sunday, January 28 if you would like to attend a fabulous dinner on Saturday, February 10. In the dark days of winter it’s nice to have a small, cozy dinner with people from the church. Delicious food and good company add up to a very pleasant evening. If you would like to host one of the dinners, please indicate it on the sign-up sheet. Otherwise please sign up to be a guest. We want as many as possible to come! You will receive your dinner assignments at the end of the service on Sunday, February 4.

Red alert! We hope that Rev. Peter Chase, our supply priest, and his wife Abbie will be attending one of the dinners.

Please see or call Penny Macintyre (508-257-4447 ) or Nancy Jane Woolley
(508-325-7014 ) for more information. 

Movie Night
Thursday, Feb. 1st at 7:30 pm in the Parish House
Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
A masterpiece. One of the greatest comedies of all time.
Movie and refreshments are Free
Collection for Food Pantry
Our next collection for the Food Pantry will occur Sunday, February 4th. You are encouraged to bring a brown paper bag containing your favorite non-perishable items that you would purchase for yourself. In addition to food items, needed items include those not eligible for food stamps-for example, laundry detergent, dish soap, shampoo and cleaning supplies.

St. Paul’s Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
Tues., February 13th
5:30 pm in Gardner Hall
All are welcome!

Ash Wednesday service with administration of Ashes
February 14 th at 8:30 am and 5:30 pm at St. Paul’s
Nantucket Music Center and St. Paul’s Church of Nantucket present
Saturday, February 3, 2018
St. Paul’s Church at 2PM 
Music of Bach, Buxtehude, Gigout, Vierne and Isaiah Williams
Admission Free
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
This non-political exchange is a 3-5 year partnership/sponsorship with the Episcopal Church of Cuba, specifically the parish of San Juan Evangelista, in Vertientes. We travel under a religious VISA and stay in parish homes with local families as we give of our time and talent; our March 8 -17, 2018 trip is the third in a series.
Traveling to Cuba this March:
From St. Paul’s: Lucy Bixby, Vicky Goss, Bill Murray
From the Diocese of Massachusetts: The Rev. Deacon Holly Hartman, Grace Episcopal, Everett; The Rev. Jim Hornsby, Priest Emeritus, St. Luke’s, Fall River; The Rev. Noble Scheepers and his wife, Angela McConney Scheepers, Trinity, Marshfield
From the Diocese of Florida: Julia Sullivan (Leader), Holy Comforter, Tallahassee
• Each participant pays his/her own travel expenses.
• St. Paul’s has applied for a $10,000 Matching Grant from the Diocese.
• Each church (Grace, St Luke’s, Trinity, and St. Paul’s) must raise $2,500 towards the Matching Grant from the Diocese.
•Donations are tax deductible and a separate St. Paul’s account is being set up for the Cuba Mission
YOU can be an important part of the Cuba Mission!  
Help us raise funds to get the Matching Grant.
Make a tax deductible donation to St. Paul’s Church with “Cuba” in memo.
Encourage your friends on Nantucket, and in our Diocese to support this outreach. 
Experience the connection yourself - sign up to travel with us in November.
Donate humanitarian aid. Watch for a list in the Bulletin.
Something you are concerned about? Ask Lucy, Vicky, or Bill.

Immediate Goals
• Purchase, transport, and install UV water purification system at San Juan Evangelista.
• Take replacement filters to Ceballos (see St. Paul’s Spring 2017 Newsletter).
• Meet with Bishop Griselda in Havana to report progress and review goals.
• Supply humanitarian aid, and work alongside the people of Cuba.
• Grow in Christian faith, friendship and partnership.
Long-Term Goals
• Rebuild a church on the original foundation (see bulletin board photos) over the next 3-5 years.
• Continue to grow in Christian faith, friendship and partnership through prayer, regular communication, financial support for materials and supplies, and sharing of labor talents.
• Support the relationship by visiting this church in March and November each year.
• Include more travelers from St. Paul’s over time.
•Fundraise and provide visual presentations to reach out to the Island community.
Pray for safe travel, for our work, and for our fellow parishioners in Cuba.
Lucy Bixby
Sharon Robinson has offered to arrange and deliver today’s altar flowers to those who are ill, recovering from surgery, needing cheer and/or celebrating a special event or achievement. Thank you for helping.
Sister Susanna and Yvette St. Jean are providing the refreshments for Coffee Hour. Thank you for your help.
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 give thanks for the life of George Fowlkes.

We pray for: Myrtis, Howard, Baylor, Shirley, Felix, Sue, Andrew, Betsy, Deb, Cathy, Joan, Steve, Mary, Margaux, George, Stewie, June.

The Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Rev. Paul Shishir Sarker, Moderator of the Church of Bangladesh and Bishop of Dhaka.
The Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:
St. John’s Church, Charlestown;
St. Mark’s Church, Dorchester; St. Mary’s Church, Dorchester; Epiphany School, Dorchester; The Diocesan Council .
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