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The Bridesmaids by James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum, NYC
Saturday - 5:30 pm -Holy Eucharist  
Sunday - 8:30 & 10:45 am Holy Eucharist
The nursery is open during Saturday & Sunday worship
and Wednesday evenings.
Welcome back, Tristan!
A Joyful Shout Out!
What delightful fun and fellowship we enjoyed at the Halloween Party on October 25! Thanks to all parishioners who handed out candy and participated in our monthly parish-wide Wednesday night potluck! Hearty thanks to our creative and energetic St. James' middle school and high school students, who not only hosted a fabulous "Haunted House" experience for our youngsters at the party, but also led the community in an All Hallows' Eve worship service in our brim-full chapel! Thank you all for the generous, joyful love you share with our church!
We welcome your home-made arts and crafts for The St. Nicholas Bazaar. Contact Beth Criss at 316-682-3748 or When you do your Thanksgiving baking don't forget the St. Nicholas Bazaar! Make an extra pie, cake, cookies, jam, etc. You may use the freezer at the church if you need overflow. Questions?  Call Peg Bowman, 316-655- 8938.
Would you like a vendor table at the St. Nicholas Bazaar. Please contact Colleen Didier, 316-258-1928, if you would like to have a table at this annual fundraiser which benefits our ECW and the work they do.
Cookbooks for the St. Nicholas Bazaar. Please leave your donated cookbooks on the stage in the Guild Hall.
G race & Gratitude:
Special thanks to Georgie Drake, Colleen Didier,  and Jack & Susan Stallings for helping host the Wednesday night community dinner this week!
needs pies for their Community Thanksgiving Dinner on November 14. If you can help with the donation of a pie or two or a cash donation, please call 269-4160, ext 105 and talk to Rachel.
Guild Hall Players pres ents the beloved American classic, THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL by Horton Foote, Thursday Nov. 16 through Sunday Nov. 19. Written by one of the best storytellers of the American heartland, an indomitable older woman longs to leave the pressures of the city and her son's wife's resentments and return to the simp le joys and freedom of her beloved childhood home. A perfect comedy drama about family and home to lead into the holidays. Thurs-Sat at 8 pm; Sun at 7 pm. $12 adults, $10 st udents and military.
RSVP for Thanksgiving - The Harrison family will once again be hosting the annual Thanksgiving Day Feast at St. James on November 23 following the 11:00 AM Holy Eucharist. Watch for a signup sheet at the front desk. Planning goes a long way toward ensuring we have turkey aplenty.
Parents, you will find brand new activities in the Children's worship bags (found in the Bride's room). These bags are designed to help kids stay engaged during services. Please feel free to use them during worship and return them afterward, so we can keep them stocked and ready for all to enjoy!
St. James will publish a new picture directory in early 2018.
Dates and times are  
Wednesday, Nov. 29 - 2 to 9 pm; Thursday,  Nov. 30 - 2 to 9 pm; Sunday,  Dec. 3 - 12 to 7 pm; Monday, Dec. 4 - 2 to 9 pm; 
or call the church office - 316-683-5686.
Alternative Gift Market
We hope to see you Saturday, November 11, from 10 am to 4 pm at University Congregational Church, 9209 E. 29th Street North. You may learn more at:  

If you miss Saturday's Wichita Alternative Gift Market, you still have the opportunity to support our projects at this week's breakfast Sunday. Please visit our displays and show your love for a world in need by donating to "Trained Teachers = Better Students" and "Healing and Hope for Refugee Children." Donations may also be made by contacting Suzi Miner at 685-6879.  

7000 Toys for 7000 Children in Foster Care
An exciting Thanksgiving ministry of the Wichita Area Episcopal Youth and St. Francis Community Services is happening. Our youth is joining forces collecting toys and cash donations to help ensure that all 7000 children in Kansas foster care or group homes will receive their own special present at Christmas time.
A display with tags naming these very special children along with their ages and interests has been set up. Pick a child from the angel board, and in a couple of weeks, bring back a gift (unwrapped) for that special child. We will also have a special prayer for these children to keep in your hearts as you begin your preparations for the Thanksgiving holidays.
The youth will make sure that the gift gets wrapped and passed on for distribution by St. Francis Community Services.
For more information contact Deacon Peg Flynn:
Mary Druding will coordinate our Christmas giving project.

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 

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Be sure to include "parish announcement" in the subject line.
Written announcements may be left in the offering plate.
Adult Forum is Sunday school for grownups. The Beatitudes - Join Mother Dawn, Rob, and Phil. Please come. In the Guild Hall between services.
* Note: All classes meet weekly from 9:45 to10:30 am 
except for the second Sunday of each month when we enjoy Breakfast Sunday.
Pick a class or classes and join us this Fall!

Word for the Week ~ Use
I wonder whether we take enough time to imagine what we will do with the blessings God gives us in answer to prayer. What will we do with our restored health? What will we do with the resources that have come to us in answer to our prayer? When we look upon the world's need and ask God to help us meet it, what will we do with the wisdom and strength God gives us in response to our prayer? ~ Br. David Vryhof  Society of Saint John the Evangelist

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