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Calling Disciples by Qi He

Join us for weekly Worship 
Wednesdays at 12:15 pm
Saturdays at 5:30 p.m., *
Sundays at 8:30 & 10:45 a.m. *
* Nursery available
The Second Sunday after Epiphany
5:30 pm Saturday, January 13
8:30 & 10:45 am Sunday, January 14

We are in need of Nursery Volunteers!
If you have a passion for children and love to be around their joyful spirit then we need you! All we ask is a commitment to volunteer once a month at the 8:30 or 10:45 service and/or Wednesday evenings. Please contact Chelsea to get signed up: 993-4672 or . There is also a sign up outside the nursery doors. There will be a CPR and Safeguarding God's Children training in early February.
Spirited Study: Bible study looks at the Book of the Prophet Hosea at 10:00 am on Thursdays,  in the Lounge.
Oyster Dinner Tickets are for sale. $45.
All of the fun will be on Shrove Tuesday, February 13, 2018. Buy tickets and plan now to be with us for the best all-you-can-eat oyster buffet in Wichita. 
Help Anne and Bert Clark host Breakfast Sunday, January 14. Please pitch in by cooking, serving and cleaning up. Contact Anne: or 816-797-6177;  Bert: or 316-259-9189 .
Get your tickets NOW! Celebrate MLK, Jr. Day at St. James with ARISE (African-Americans Renewing Interest in Spirituals Ensemble). In addition to breakfast, song, and other heroes, St. James Church will be honored for our outstanding contributions in the areas of education, arts, and diversity. Sign up now on the sheet posted in the hallway to purchase tickets and attend. Tickets are $40 each. $400 reserves a table for 10. We have filled a table.
Buon Appetito! Here at St. James we have a healthy appetite for sharing God's love. Together, we create this "we love you, so we feed you" culture. Sign up with friends and family to help host a community meal on Wednesdays. Nourishing and generous, this practical kind of love says welcome like nothing else. The bulletin board between the Lounge and the Kitchen has all the dates for Spring 2018. You can also chat with Mother Sarah for more details. Say it simply, with love, altogether: Mangia, mangia!
2018 Wednesday Dinners and Youth Group start their weekly schedule on Wednesday, January 17.  Dinner starts at 5:15 p.m. in the Guild Hall. Please sign up to help with meals in the new year. High School Youth Group starts at 5:45 p.m. and Middle School Youth Group starts at 6:45 p.m.
Talent Show and Dessert Auction, Saturday, January 27 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. in the Guild Hall - sponsored by the Parish Life Committee. Come and be entertained by people you love and buy delicious things to eat, which will mean only a momentary pause from resolutions to watch your diet in 2018.   

Emergency Preparedness instructions are available at the front desk if you are interested. Pray for the safety of this parish, for those who suffer mental instability, and for peace in the world.
Creation by Marc Chagall

Annual Meeting
9:30 a.m. Sunday, January 28
in the Guild Hall
Slate for 2018
Clay Bastian
Delmar Klocke
Cheryl Schmeidler
Rick Wulf
Delegates and Alternates
Diane Gossen
Tom Gossen
Bill Moss
Jeri Moss
Necia Rillema
Paul Rillema  
Endowment Funds Board
Louise Brinegar
Hew Goodpasture
Jake Graybill
Paul McCausland
Nominating Committee
Kate Bastian
Alison Brookins
Barry Carroll
Tim Flynn
Susan Graybill
Jeanie Hans
Suzi Miner
Debbie Stephens
Respectfully submitted
the 2017 Nominating Committee
Erin Compton
Marie Guldjord
Mary Halley
Susan Picotte
Robin Spurrier
Marcia Wilder
Peggy Zerger
The 2017 Vestry
Dawn Frankfurt, Rector
Sarah Stewart, Associate Rector
Erin Compton, Senior Warden
Woody Swain, Junior Warden
Adrienne Edwards, Treasurer
Pam McCausland, Clerk of the Vestry
Delmar Klocke (18)
Connie Timmons (18)
Robin Spurrier (18)
George Bousfield (19)
Kelly Harper (19)
Joan Moore (19)
Matt Carroll (20)
Georgie Drake (20)
Joy Marlin (20)

If you have not already mailed in your pledge to the church or turned in your stewardship commitment on In Gathering Sunday, it is not too late!  Please let us know the amount of your financial commitment as soon as possible, as the Vestry is beginning to plan the budget for the 2017-18 church year, and we need to know the amount of the gifts that you are planning to give to St. James.
Please take this important step as a member of our beloved parish and give generously to help maintain and grow the church and church family that we all love.  Please look for the new Stewardship envelopes in the pews with the "Love and Be Loved" theme on the outside.  We hope you will use these envelopes on a regular basis to place your gifts into the offering plate each Sunday, or as often as you feel moved to give to St. James.
Thank you for your generosity; St. James is truly blessed by your gifts.
Stewardship Committee 

Announcements may be sent to
Be sure to include "parish announcement" in the subject line.
Written announcements may be left in the offering plate.

Word for the Week ~ Invitation
Do you have internal disqualifiers about why you think you cannot really be accepted and loved by God? I would say two things. First, you are wrong. God adores you. You are God's child, the apple of God's eye. And secondly, why is it you think God doesn't accept you or love you, doesn't have a place for you at the table? That is an invitation for your prayer.
~ Br. Curtis Almquist, SSJE


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