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SHOPPING LIST TO HELP ALLEVIATE HUNGER IN OUR COMMUNITY

*Dried Beans *Dried Pasta *Canned Fruit *Canned Vegetables *Rice *Coffee *Sugar *Cake Mixes *Packaged Cookies *Jello *Instant Pudding *Canned Soup (Cream of Mushroom, Cream of Chicken, Tomato) *Condiments (Ketchup, Mayo, Mustard, Salt, Pepper).


UPCOMING PARISH EVENTS

Service Changes -- Beginning September 9, our new service schedule will go into effect. Services on Sunday mornings this Fall will be at 8:30 and 10:45 a.m. with Sunday school in-between services at 9:40 a.m. Limited music will be offered at the 8:30 a.m. Sunday service. A complete offering of music will be offered at 10:45 a.m. The 5:30 p.m. service on Saturday evenings will continue to be a weekly, spoken service. Some service offerings for the remainder of 2012 will be different. There will be no return of a weekly service on Sunday evenings. Instead, on most first Sundays of the month, a special service including music (i.e.: Evensong, Lessons and Carols) will be held at 5:30 p.m. On the third Sundays of the month at 5:30 p.m., there will be a monthly Taizé service. The mid-week service of Holy Eucharist will continue at 12:15 p.m. on Wednesdays in the chapel.

Open Positions at St James

  • Do you know someone trustworthy who would like a part-time job helping us take care of the church facility and grounds? St. James is now accepting resumes from applicants for a part-time Evening Security/Sexton. This part-time position expects janitorial experience and references are required. Parish members and their family members are not eligible to apply. Interested individuals may contact the church office at 683-5686 for more information.
  • The After School Program (ASP) is seeking a part-time Program Assistant. Two adults are required for class sessions, and the position of assistant teacher is now open. Hours are 3:30-6:30 p.m., Monday-Thursday, when public schools are in session. Duties include: Assist with program set up. Assist with the running of the program. Assist with pick-up and return. (Children are picked up at their respective schools and returned to those schools at 5:30 p.m. A second adult in the van is necessary for safety reasons.) Assist with ensuring the area of activity for the next day. There is an opportunity for curriculum planning, if you are interested. Contact Caryn Johnson at 558-2009 or johnson.jcaryn@gmail.com.

Youth News -- Start the year off right with the first diocesan youth event of the school year, Fall Fun Fest 2012, September 22-23 @ St Margaret's-Lawrence. For youth in grades 6-12. Live music, fun games, including an inflatable obstacle course, Sumo wrestling, and moonwalk soccer. There are opportunities to make friends with youth from all over the diocese and learn about Christian spirituality. Registration forms are available online at www.episcopal-ks.org/youth/fallfunfest.html and are due by September 10. Cost is $40.

The Guild Hall Players will present "Little Flowers of Assisi: Stories of St. Francis" October 11-14. Call the church office at 683-5686 for reservations.

Penny Drive -- The Church Periodical Club (CPC) is an Episcopal organization dedicated to providing needed books, periodicals, and other printed material to churches and missions around the world. Grants are available in the amount of $844.80 for worthy causes within the church. A penny drive will start July 2 with a goal of collecting a mile of pennies ($844.80). The collection jar is at the front desk (nickels, dimes, quarters, etc, will be gratefully accepted). We will also collect pennies during Bible School to be included in our mile of pennies. We will chart our progress toward the goal on a weekly basis, and we hope all members of the congregation will join us in the venture.

Youth Program and Sunday School Ministries -- Calling all interested mentors! Sunday Christian Education will be for all age groups starting in the fall. We need leaders/mentors for the middle and senior high age groups. High school grads and college students along with older adults are welcome and encouraged to get involved. This is a significant ministry that supports and fosters our young people as they grow spiritually and knowledgeably through our parish. Whether you have done this before or have never done it, we welcome your participation.

St. James is well known for its great youth programs. Our plan and hope is that this year will be no exception. The greatness can happen if we have enough participation by those who have gifts and talents to mentor and guide our youth. We all have talents and gifts that can benefit our Sunday School and Youth Programs. Whether you want to work behind the scenes and be a logistics person, or whether you want to lead and participate in program planning and development, we need everyone who desires to participate. Please contact Curate David at curate@stjameswichita.org with any questions and to become part of our youth program.

Middle and senior high youth groups will meet on Wednesdays from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in our renovated youth spaces in the basement.

Al-Anon meets at St. James on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Fridays. For more information contact the church office at 683-5686.

The Jabberwalkies, St James walking group, is looking for some beginning walkers. We have walkers who would like to go at a little more leisurely pace. If you have been thinking of joining but worry that you might not be able to keep up or walk as far, this is a good opportunity to start a walking regimen. Please join us on Tuesdays, Thursdays (walks begin at the Church at 8:00 a.m.) and some Saturdays for exercise and fellowship. Contact Don Holland (316) 243-2033 or dholland4776@att.net for more information.

St. James Book Club -- Are you an avid reader? Are you always looking for a new, stimulating book? Do you love to discuss the books you read? Then perhaps you'd like to join the St. James Book Club! We meet on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. Watch the website and the e-Tower for upcoming book selections.

Y.A.C.H.T -- Are you a young adult in your 20's or 30's? If so, you are invited to participate in 20's and 30's group activities at St. James! On the FIRST Tuesday of each month, at 7:30 p.m., come to The Anchor, 1109 E Douglas Ave. for dinner, conversation, fun, fellowship, and to meet other young adults from the southwest convocation. We hope this "First Tuesday" will grow to be a regional 20's/30's group. On all other Tuesdays of the month come and gather for prayer and a potluck dinner in the St. James Guild Hall at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome! Bring friends!

St James Meal Ministry -- There are times when people need temporary help with meals, such as after surgery, an injury, or illness. If you would like to help provide meals, please contact Nancy Bell Ringer.


ON-GOING NEEDS

Advocates to End Chronic Homelessness in Wichita (AECH) needs donations of full-sized containers of shampoo and regular-sized bars of soap. These items are broken down into small individual-sized amounts for use by the homeless for their showers. Please place your donations in the Deacon's Basket, in the Garden Corridor. For more information on what AECH is and what they do, go to www.aechwichita.com.

Episcopal Social Services needs food donations (see list above) to help feed the homeless in our community. Don't forget about Penny Sunday (every Sunday). We are so truly blessed -- please be generous. Place these items in the wooden box in the Garden Corridor.

St James After School Program needs healthy snacks for their participants. Place these items in the After School basket in the Garden Corridor.

NEW STAINED GLASS WINDOW OPPORTUNITIES -- HURRY, THEY'RE GOING FAST!

St. James has the space for 32 stained glass windows, in the garden corridor, the corridor to the new Guild Hall, and what will become the connector from the entrance to the offices. Windows can be shared between families or divided in half or into thirds. The artist will be available to meet with each family to determine the design of the window. (All will have the vine, but the family can choose the kind of flower and the placement of the leaves.) The price includes a plaque in honor or in memory of a loved one. For more information about pricing, etc., download the brochure here.

If you or one of your loved ones is interested in this opportunity, please call the church office at (316) 683-5686.

MEMORIALS AND HONORARY DONATIONS

St. James Church would like to invite monetary donations or donations in-kind for the following items:

    Stained Glass Windows | Doors | Water Fountain |Memorial Garden Wall | Shrubbery, Walkway for Memorial Garden | Cabinetry in Choir Room | Storage Room for Silver | Lightweight folding tables for Guild Hall | Lightweight chairs for Guild Hall | Glass doors to Playground | Doors from Lobby into Guild Hall

The Memorial Committee, subject to the approval of the Rector, will consider all donations and respond to the donor on behalf of the church. Contact the church office at (316) 683-5686 for more information.


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