alendar of Upcoming Events
2020 Pledges To Date—$300,000!
Thank you to the 125 parishioners and parish families who, with love, open hearts and generosity, have helped us hit this milestone in our 2020 stewardship campaign. Our average pledge is up more than 18%. But we are still short of our goal of achieving $350,000 in annual pledges within the next three years to help increase our funding for outreach to our island community. The need is great, and St. Paul’s is in a unique position to provide new assistance and programs to help the young, the elderly and others who need help
With the Vestry meeting next week to begin the 2020 budget process, members of the Stewardship Committee will be reaching out to parishioners this week and next who have not yet pledged for next year. We are thankful for those who plan to pledge: you can mail in your pledge card by the end of the year, as well as contribute online at our website through a secure link. We also have extra brochures and pledge cards on the table at the back of the church. In the event that you choose to pay your pledge with a gift of stock, please inform the Treasurer of the number of shares and the name of the security that you are donating. We ask for this because our broker - Commonwealth Securities - informs us only of the securities we receive, not the name of the donor. Some of you also may be eligible to make a contribution through a tax-advantaged IRA distribution; ask your financial advisor for details. Once again, you can adjust your 2020 pledge or gift up or down if your circumstances change. For more information on giving to St. Paul’s, please visit us at http://stpaulschurchnantucket.org/giving/. Again, thank you, and please give generously.
2020 Offering Envelopes
Distribution of 2020 Offering envelopes will begin this Sunday. If you have been contacted and confirmed that you wish envelopes for 2020, then your box will be at the back of the church this Sunday (12/8) and next Sunday (12/15). If you have not used envelopes in the past but are interested in envelopes for 2020, please speak to Penny Macintyre (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Christine Borneman (email@example.com).
Some of you may wish to remember a loved one, or celebrate and give thanks for a loved one, with a flower donation during the Christmas season. If so, please fill out a
“Christmas Flower Form”
or email the office. Please mark your contribution
and return your form into the office by
Noon on December 16. Mail to:
St. Paul’s Church; 20 Fair St.; Nantucket, MA 02554, or email:
, or place the form in the Sunday collection plate or drop it off in the office during office hours. There are Christmas Flower Forms in back of the Church.
Happy Birthday Jesus Party!
Saturday, December 14, 11:30am- 3 pm
Food, fun, gingerbread house decorating and the movie
Young and old alike are welcome.
Advent III - Sunday, December 15, 9:30am
Advent Lessons and Carols with Eucharist
Advent is a season of both quiet reflection and joyful expectation. St. Paul’s will continue its Advent observance with a Service of Lessons and Carols with Eucharist on Sunday, December 15. This service is intended to be a time of spiritual preparation, as we watch and wait for the coming of the Kingdom of God. Through the 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; a service of words and music that will propel us quietly toward the true joy of Christmas.
Parish Christmas Brunch - Sunday, December 15 , 11am
Our Christmas Brunch will be held on Sunday, December 15, following the service. Our Fellowship Committee will prepare a delicious brunch and dessert to celebrate the Christmas season. All are welcome and there is no charge. This year Nantucket S.T.A.R. is the island non-profit chosen by the Committee to receive our voluntary contributions. If you would like to make a Christmas donation to this organization, there will be a basket in Gardner Hall where you may place your contribution. Please make your check payable to St. Paul’s Church. Ms. Tina Steadman, the Director of Programming and Operations, will be our guest and will give a brief talk about Nantucket S.T.A.R., a program that benefits children with disabilities by offering a number of accessible programs.
Wednesday, December 18
12:30pm at the Holdgates Laundromat
Friday, December 20
3:30 pm-Meet at the Church parking lot
3:45 pm-Singing at Hyline
4:30 pm - Refreshments at St. Paul’s rectory
Friday, December 20, 8-9:30pm
, $2 at the door
Bands and Musicians from the High School. Pizza will be served.
Christmas Service Schedule
Tuesday, Dec. 24 ~ Christmas Eve
5:00 pm ~ Children’s Pageant and Holy Eucharist
8:30 pm ~ Music Prelude
9:00 pm ~ Holy Eucharist
Wednesday, Dec. 25 ~ Christmas Day
9:30am ~ Holy Eucharist with Carols