It's Thanksgiving Basket Time
Basket pick-up Saturday/Sunday, November 11/12
Return baskets Sunday, November 19
It's time for our 18th annual Thanksgiving basket drive. Since 1999, St. Bart's parishioners have donated more than 1,100 complete Thanksgiving dinners to families living in transitional housing with Interfaith Community Services (ICS) here in North County. Pick up an empty basket the weekends of November 4/5 and 11/12 with a shopping list for a traditional Turkey Day meal. Purchase the ingredients and return the filled basket the St. Bart's Conference Room on Sunday, November 19 before the 10:15 a.m. service. Our delivery team will insert recipes and cooking instructions before delivering baskets residents of the ICS apartments in Escondido. If you would like to participate, but aren't able shop or return your basket on November 19, we will happily accept a cash donation and do the shopping for you. Contact  JD Cowart with questions.
Each Sunday, St. Bart's Forum offers interesting and timely topics, guest speakers and a chance to explore the corners of our faith and the issues of the day. Join us for an always stimulating conversation. ALL WELCOME!forum
Responding Rather than Reacting to Life
An Introduction to Contemplative Practice
Sunday, November 12, 9 a.m., South Parish Hall
Deepening A Contemplative Stance - Practices that uncover the person that God desires you to be. 
A "contemplative stance" is, for many, one of the ultimate goals of the Christian life and an outward sign of a maturing faith. At its heart, it is a way of living that opens us up to the Holy Spirit in the everyday and has the power to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary and the seemingly mundane into the deeply sacred. Contrary to popular belief, it's not something reserved for monastics nor does it require us to sit on a pillow for hours in silent meditation. Join Chris and Sue Hagen for a four-week series introducing contemplative practices as a way to deepen our faith in surprising and challenging ways.

Upcoming Topics in our Contemplative Practice Series:
November 19: Sustaining A Contemplative Stance - Practices that empower the person that God desires you to be.
Watch a Past 9am Forum Online! 
If you missed the last two weeks of our Introduction to Contemplative Practice series, it's  up on our YouTube channel! Watch today!
Sunday School
Sundays, 10 a.m., Education Building
Classes meet during the school year, September through early June.  Lessons are generally lectionary based for Preschool-aged and we also celebrate special holidays and events from the church calendar. Kindergarteners through 3rd Graders enjoy Godly Play, while 4th and 5th Graders adventure through the Bible starting with the Old Testament and then the New Testament.  
Nursery Care
Sundays, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Education Building
Nursery Care is available every Sunday for newborns to 3 years old, free of charge. Our nursery staff are professional preschool teachers who have passed a background check and completed child safety training.
Youth CREW
CREW stands for Continually Riding the Eternal Wave. Our Youth CREW welcomes all young people 6th-12th grade.

Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m., during the school year
Middle and high school youth enjoy a meal and fellowship followed by games, learning and small group activity. 

Sundays, 9-10 a.m., year-round
Kind of like Wednesday, but on Sunday! We share community and reflect on faith and scripture together. This program is offered between services so youth and families can attend either the 8 a.m. or 10:15 a.m. service together. Contact the  Rev. Mary Lynn Coulson for more information about Youth CREW.
Family Game Night & Potluck
Friday, November 17, 6-8 p.m.
Kids of all ages (0 - 110) are invited to a game night and potluck. Bring your favorite board game and your favorite dish to share - or just bring yourself! Sign up to bring food here. See you there! Contact Alex Howard with questions.
Angel Tree Weekend
Saturday/Sunday, November 18/19
The actual angels will be available for your selection at all services the weekend of November 18/19. Your wrapped gifts will be due back to church on Sunday, November 26. If you have any questions regarding gift selections, contact  Rosalind Duddy, 858-485-1770. 
St. Bart's Christmas Bazaar
Saturday, November 18, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Sunday, November 19, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Our annual Christmas Bazaar, sponsored by St. Bart's Thrift Shop, is open next weekend on the patio and in Fr. Al's Nook and St. Bart's Art Gallery. In addition to the amazing finds offered by St. Bart's Thrift Shop, we have several vendors participating in this year's Christmas Bazaar.  You're sure to find the perfect gift for family and friends.

St. Bart's Thrift Shop will be taking orders for See's Candy and have gift certificates available at the Christmas Bazaar.
Advent Faith-at-Home Workshop
Friday, December 1, 6-8 p.m. 
Join us to make Advent wreaths and learn news ways to pray through Advent with your whole family. Dinner and wreath materials will be provided. For more information, contact Alex Howard.
St. Bart's Golf Day
Saturday, December 16 
Calling all golfers! Registration begins later this month for St. Bart's Golf Day. Choose either 18 holes ($50/per person) or 9 holes ($38/per person).  Cost includes golf, cart, and BBQ lunch - freshly grilled burger or chicken breast sandwich, choice of chips, and a beverage.  Lunch served at 12 p.m. If you'd like to attend for lunch only, cost is $13. Contact Jerry Blanton with questions.
Help Out at This Year's Temporary Shelter
St. Bart's will host Interfaith Rotational Shelter twice this winter. We will welcome guests through the temporary shelter on December 26-30 and January 26-February 3. This is an emergency, nighttime shelter program utilizing area congregations of faith to house, feed, and care for 12-15 men, women, and children throughout the county. To learn more about how you can help or to sign up as a volunteer, go to the signup genius site. Please note that Interfaith recommends Hepatitis A vaccines for all volunteers this year. For more information or to sign up, contact Kate McKone-Sweet, 781-856-8044, or Diane Covel, 858-254-2916.
Submit Outreach Proposals
The outreach team is developing a plan for fundraising and fund distributions for 2018. If you know of an organization or a community project that could use funding, volunteers, or other support for 2018, please  email by December 1. We will help you fill out an outreach proposal form. 
Columbarium Prices Increase in 2018 - BUY NOW!
St. Bart's Columbarium, on the hillside above the campus, provides a peaceful burial site where you and your loved ones can be eternally remembered. Niches, the space where an urn is placed, are on sale through the end of 2017.  Contact Beth Dean, 858-487-2159, to discuss purchasing your Columbarium niche.

2017 Price
2018 Price

Eye-Level Niche
$1,550 $2,200
Heart-Level Niche 

Knee-Level Niche

Garden Plot 
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Altar Flower Donations

You can honor your loved ones throughout the year by making an offering to support our altar flowers. Place an envelope in the weekly offering or deliver it to the church office (write Altar Flowers in the memo line of your check). Memorials and Thanksgivings will appear in the next available St. Bart's News under the Lectionary list. Please include the name of who you are honoring and your name. Contact Beth Dean, 858-487-2159, with questions. Suggested donation $25. 

Have you had your home blessed?
St. Bart's clergy are available to come to your home for a house blessing. Whether you have a new home or have lived there for many years, House Blessings are an ancient practice that is making a comeback in today's church. Plus, it's a great excuse to throw a little party for your friends and add a little church to your neighborhood! Contact the  Rev. Chris Harris, 858-487-2159.
Are you moving? Let us bless you on your way.
The church is a fluid community with new members joining all the time, as well as, members who leave for any number of life's circumstances. While it is always sad to see members of our faith family leave, we want to mark those moments in our life together and to offer you our blessing on your way. Contact the  Rev. Chris Harris, 858-487-2159, for more information.      
Update Your Information with St. Bart's! 
Have you experienced a change in your life recently? Please make sure to let us know! Stop by the church office, give us a call 858-487-2159 or email to update your address, phone number, or email.          
Pastoral Emergencies  
Clergy is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for pastoral care. If you have a pastoral emergency, call 858-487-2159, then press 2 to be connected to the clergy person on call.

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