St Paul's Church

Fifteenth Sunday
after Pentecost

Today at St. Paul’s       
Sun., September 2nd
8:00 am        Holy Eucharist Rite I    
10:00 am      Holy Eucharist Rite II
10:00 am      Church School/Nursery Care during service
7:00 pm        NLM Services
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., September 3rd  Office Closed
7:00 pm    NIANA Meeting in Parish House
Tues., September 4th 
6:45 pm    Handbell Practice
7:00 pm    NIANA Meeting in Parish House
Wed., September 5th 
8:30 am    Holy Eucharist and Healing Service
9:30 am    Staff Meeting
4:15 pm    Music Committee Meeting
7:00 pm    NLM Bible Study
7:00 pm    NIANA Meeting in Parish House
Thurs., September 6th
11:30 am    Lectionary Group in Parish House
Fri., September 7th
7:00 pm     NIANA Meeting in Parish House
Sat., September 8th
9:00 am      Centering Prayer Group
10:00 am     Youth Choristers Rehearsal in Parish House
11:00 am      Gurley Memorial Service
12:00 pm     Gurley Garden Reception
4:00 pm      Adult Choir Rehearsal
Sun., September 9th
8:00 am      Holy Eucharist Rite I    
10:00 am    Holy Eucharist Rite II
10:00 am    Church School/Nursery Care during service
7:00 pm      NLM Services
7:00 pm      NIANA Meeting in Parish House
Happening Soon
Hospital Visit
If you or any loved one are in the hospital or home bound, please let us know so we can visit you. Pease notify Father Max at 508-228-0916 ext. 11 or 302-542-5587.
St. Paul’s Annual School Supply Drive
Collecting supplies till September 2nd
We have begun our Annual School Supply Drive.  The donations we collect are distributed in all three Nantucket Public Schools – elementary, middle school and high school. The supplies we provide help the students directly and are very much appreciated each year. A “shopping list” of suggested supplies is provided in the Sunday Bulletin and below. Please consider taking part in this important St. Paul’s outreach and help to make this school year a success for all students.

St. Paul’s Church
Back to School Supply Drive
Shopping List
This list was provided by the Teachers and
Administrators at the Nantucket Public Schools
Any donation is greatly appreciated. Thank you.
_______ Three Ring Binders (1 and 2 inch)
_______ 2- Pocket Folders
_______ Lined Paper (3 ring)
_______ Notebooks (1 subject)
_______ Journals
_______ Crayons (thick and 24 and 32 count)
_______ Markers (thick and thin)
_______ Colored Pencils
_______ Erasers & Cap Erasers
_______ Dry Erase EXPO Markers
_______ Highlighters
_______ Tape (any kind)
_______ Pencils (#2)
_______ Pencil Sharpeners
_______ Clorox Wipes, Purell
_______ Zip-lock bags (All sizes)
_______ Glue Sticks
_______ Index Cards (3 x 5)
_______ Scissors (child sized)
_______ Box of Tissue
_______ Arts and Crafts of any kind
School Supplies & Backpack Blessing
Sunday, September 2nd, during the 10am service
As a way to celebrate the new school year, we invite students - young and old alike, to bring their backpack, book bag, or briefcase to the 10am service. Everyone who is involved in education is invited to take part as we, the congregation, show support through a special blessing for all students, teachers, volunteers, school nurses, bus drivers, custodians, and so forth.
Ring Them Bells!
For any and all who have wondered what it’s like to ring a handbell, here’s your chance to find out.
Following the September 2nd 10am service this morning, Nigel Goss, St. Paul’s Handbell Choir Director will conduct a quick tutorial on how to ring a handbell. It will be a hands-on experience all around, so come join Nigel after the service at the handbell tables at the front of the sanctuary.
Who knows, perhaps you’ll catch a spark to join the handbell choir!
Newcomers are always welcomed.

Sunday, September 9th at 11:30am
Patio at the Parish House
Join us for food and fellowship!

Ship’s Inn Dinner
Thursday, Sept. 27 th at 6:30pm – Same fun night and great food but with a new twist!!
Get to know your fellow parishioners and our new members. Seating will be arranged by numbered lottery so we all get to know each other a little better and discover the great people who make up St. Paul’s.
Tickets - $100 per person (includes food, wine and gratuities – cash bar   available for mixed drinks and beer) and all proceeds go directly to support parish ministries. Reservations required. Contact the Church Office ( or 508 228-0916) or Penny Macintyre ( or 508 257-4447).
This event always sells out so don’t wait. Make your reservations right away.

Flower Ministry
We are looking for volunteers to make smaller arrangements from the Sunday altar flowers to be delivered to those in the community who are ill, housebound, just need cheering, or are to be thanked for extraordinary service of some kind. Please let Christine ( in the office know if you are interested in helping with this important ministry .
Chefs' Dinner
Dinner, 6 pm - 9pm, on Monday, September 17, 2017. The event will again be held at the Nantucket Yacht Club. Tickets are available on line at

This event is the major fundraiser for the recently united
organization, Nantucket Food Fuel and Rental Assistance (NFFRA) programs, of the Nantucket Interfaith Council. St. Paul's supports the Food Pantry through the monthly collection of food stuffs and all three programs through contributions of money.
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!

Flowers on Sunday
When we think about providing flowers for the altar for Sunday services, we generally think of making them a memorial to someone. But have you considered honoring a living loved one such as a graduating son, daughter or grandchild? Your own wedding anniversary or birthday, or that of a friend or relative? A neighbor’s baptism, confirmation, wedding? How about someone’s current achievement (good grades, sports feat, business success)? The possibilities are numerous and varied for providing the altar flowers for any or many weeks of the year. And your flowers keep on giving joy throughout the following days as they are recreated into smaller arrangements and delivered by Church members to various homebound folks needing cheer. Providing flowers for the altar on Sunday is one of the easiest forms of creative ministry. Please call Christine at the Parish House, 508-228-0916, to schedule your gift of flowers.
Libby Tracey and Nancy Jane Woolley will provide light refreshments for Sunday. Thank you for your help.
Christian Education Opportunities
Mid-week Eucharist
Wednesday Holy Eucharist is celebrated at 8:30 am in the Chapel. 
Thursday Lectionary Group
Lectionary: a table of readings from Scripture appointed to be read at public worship. St. Paul’s Lectionary 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
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: Beverly, Sandra, Deb, Christian, Bill, Jenn, Debbe, Olivia, Marianne, Ed, Diane, Felix, Andrew, Cathy, Joan, Steve, Mary, June.
The Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Most Rev. Gregory James Venables, Presiding Bishop of the Anglican Church of South America and Bishop of Argentina.
The Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:
Trinity Church, Stoughton; Epiphany
Church, Walpole; Emmanuel Church, West Roxbury; St. John’s Church, Westwood; Trustees of Donations.

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