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St. James Episcopal Church
December 16, 2016
Volume 6, Number 51
The e•Messenger

Lesson & Carols at St. James

This Sunday at St. James
December 18: The Fourth Sunday of Advent

Finding Beauty


The Dream of St. Joseph is by Anton Raphael Mengs (1728–1779). Click the image for a larger view.

Sunday's Service Schedule
  • 8:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite I in the church
  • 10:30 a.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite II in church with organ and choir
  • As You Are - Rite II service at 10:30 in the Chapel of the Twelve Apostles
  • 5:00 p.m. - A Festival of Lessons & Carols, in the church with reception following
Sunday Education and Events
  • Sunday Nursery: Our professionally-staffed nursery is open Sundays between 8:45 a.m. and noon to infants six-weeks to children four years old while parents are in worship, fellowship, or education time, as parents may desire, and located right off the Parish Hall foyer. Your infants and young children are always welcome in church.
  • 9:15-10:15 a.m. - Christian Education for children and adults. Read more here.

Limited seats remain for January 10 event with Brené Brown! Read more here.


Christian Education at 9:15 this Sunday morning
Christmas Pageant Sign-up

Christmas Pageant Rehearsal is this Sunday, December 18 immediately following the 10:30 worship services -- lunch provided!


Sunday morning Christian education programs for children ages three through 12 are on the second floor of the Parish Hall.


Children's Church is for youngsters who would like to spend time during 10:30 services in age-appropriate lessons and activity before returning to their families in time for communion. Gather at the back of the church during the sequence hymn (just before the Gospel reading).


Sixth through twelfth graders -- the EYC age group -- holiday break has begun! Enjoy some fellowship time in the Parish Hall parlor, or try out the Daily Dose of Scripture class!


Daily Dose of Scripture


Adult classes at 9:15 Sunday mornings:

  • The location for "A Dose of Daily Scripture: Reflection and Discussion of the Sunday Readings," is now in the reception area of the diocesan offices on the third floor of the Ministries Center. The Revs. Ralph F. Howe, Jr., and John M. Pitzer, as well as lay leaders, including Annie Knazs Jung and Ed Henderson, read and discuss the Sunday readings from the lectionary.

  • The Episcopal Church with the Very Rev. Joe Reynolds begins Sunday, January 8 in the CSF Atrium on the third floor of the Ministries Center. Sessions of "The Interim Rector's Forum" are still available online, here.

We hope you will take advantage of our programs for the whole family!



The Messenger
The Messenger

Read the DECEMBER 2016 issue online at Issuu, or in PDF at the button, below. Pick-up copies are available in our foyers. The January issue will go live next Friday, and be available for pick-up on Sunday, December 25.


Visit our Newsletter Archive page to view past issues of the e-Messenger and The Messenger, or, to subscribe or change your subscriptions.



Church Calendar Link

Open meetings of AA are held daily at noon in the Activities Room on the first floor of the Ministries Center.


Meditative Yoga is held Mondays (except December 26 and January 2), 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the CSF Atrium on the third floor of the Ministries Center. The relaxed styles used by Margaret Culbertson and Carmen Board are accessible to almost anyone, and everyone is invited to attend.


A service of Holy Eucharist with Healing Prayers is held each Wednesday at noon in the Chapel of the Twelve Apostles. Take a few minutes mid-week to give yourself time for prayer and communion.




Christmas Flower Deadline is TODAY!


The usual donation is $40. Click here to contribute by credit/debit card or electronic check online, then send your email receipt to Sylvia Rabalais along with your listing information (in memory of, in thanksgiving for, etc.) as you would like it listed in the Christmas service leaflets.


Longest Night service at St. Lukes, December 21


While the rest of the world seems to be preparing for festivities and celebrations, some may be asking, “How am I going to make it through this time, with such a heavy heart?” In conjunction with the winter solstice on December 21, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church will offer a “Longest Night” service for those who have experienced a loss, any kind of loss. This will be a time to offer up those feelings of sadness, pain, loneliness…and to find hope, healing, comfort, and nourishment. All are invited.

5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 21 at 8833 Goodwood Boulevard. Phone 225-926-5343 or visit for more information.


Christmas Schedule of Services
Hannah's Highlights
  • Look for a postcard with 2017 plans coming your way, soon!
  • As always, email Hannah for more information, or join the Youth email list, below:



Limited seats remaining!

Brené Brown

Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston where she holds the Huffington Brené Brown Endowed Chair at The Graduate College of Social Work.


She has spent the past fifteen years studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy and is the author of three #1 New York Times bestsellers – Daring GreatlyThe Gifts of Imperfection, and Rising Strong,


Her TED talk, The Power of Vulnerability, is one of the top five most viewed TED talks in the world, with over 27 million views.


Brené is the Founder and CEO of both COURAGEworks – an online learning platform that offers classes for individuals and families on braver living and loving, and BRAVE LEADERS INC – a platform that brings her latest research on leadership development and culture change to teams, leaders, entrepreneurs, change makers, and culture shifters.


Brené lives in Houston, Texas with her husband, Steve, and Ellen and Charlie, their children.


Through Dr. Brown's generosity, proceeds from this event will be designated to the Bishop of Louisiana's Discretionary Fund for Flood Relief, designated to assist the most vulnerable flood victims in our community. Your support will have a positive impact on those who are facing the difficult taks of rebuilding their homes, businesses, and lives.



End-of-year closures and deadlines

The church office will close at noon on Friday, December 23 and remain closed through Monday, December 26; and, close at noon on Friday, December 30, 2016 through Monday, January 2, 2017.

Donations intended for 2016 tax purposes must be received at the office before noon on Friday, December 30, 2016, or online here before midnight on December 31.

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