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St. James Episcopal Church
December 2, 2016
Volume 6, Number 49
The e•Messenger

Advent Retreat for Busy Person


Registration requested, but not required.

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This Sunday at St. James
December 4: The Second Sunday of Advent

John the Baptist


A mid-1200s mosaic of John the Baptist announcing the Messiah at the Cappella Palatina, the royal chapel of the Norman kings of Sicily, situated at the center of the Palazzo Reale in Palermo

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. - Holy Eucharist, Rite II in the Chapel of the Twelve Apostles
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 all ages. Read more here.
  • 5:00 p.m. - EYC for grades 6-8 gathers in the Youth Room on the first floor of the Ministries Center. Read Hannah's Highlights, here.
  • Centering Prayer is at 6:00 p.m. in the Chapel of the Holy Presence on the third floor of the Ministries Center.

Tickets for January 10 event with Brené Brown are going fast! Read more here.


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

There is a special children's celebration schedule this Sunday, December 4 for youngsters, ages three-12 during the Christian Education hour starting at 9:15 a.m. We will gather in the Parish Hall Parlor where we have an activity/craft planned, and will be reading a Christmas story. Maybe we'll even have a special visitor!


Christmas Pageant Sign-up is now going on. The one-and-only pageant rehearsal will be held on Sunday, December 18 immediately following the 10:30 worship services.


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 -- have Sunday School in the Youth Room on the first floor of the Ministries Center, during the 9:15-10:15 a.m. Christian Education hour.


Daily Scripture Class Graphic

Adult classes at 9:15 Sunday mornings:

  • The Interim Rector's Forum, with the Very Rev. Joe Reynolds, in the CSF Atrium on the third floor of the Ministries Center, with presentation on belief, practice, and theology of the wider church and topics important to St. James. You can watch previous sessions, here.
  • PLEASE NOTE A NEW LOCATION for "A Dose of Daily Scripture: Reflection and Discussion of the Sunday Readings," is 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.

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



Christmas Luncheon



ECW Christmas Pot-luck Luncheon

All women of the church are invited to the home of

Lubna Culbert
2933 Reymond Avenue

at noon, Wednesday, December 7, 2016

as we greet the holiday season.

Please bring your special Christmas dishes:
entrée, salad or dessert.

Wine and refreshments provided.

Regrets to Lubna Culbert: 225-344-8612


The Messenger
The Messenger

The DECEMBER 2016 issue of The Messenger is now live. You can read it online at Issuu, or in PDF at the button, below. Pick-up copies are available in our foyers.


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

Angel Tree gifts are now due. The Salvation Army will be arriving on Monday to gather gifts for delivery to your recipient.


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


Randall Peterson invites you to join him on the latest Habitat for Humanity project, under construction right now. Email Randall here, or phone him at 225-938-8585 for more information.


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 Wednesday at noon in the Chapel of the Twelve Apostles. Take a few minutes mid-week to give yourself time for prayer and communion.


Advent Home Eucharists continue on Wednesday, December 7 and December 14. We'll gather at 6:00 p.m. at a parishioner's home, for Eucharist led by Fr. John Pitzer, then enjoy brief fellowship over a light dinner of items brought by those attending. We'll be on our way home by 8:00 p.m. Very limited space remains on December 7 or December 14.



Mom-to-Mom next meets on Thursday, December 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall parlor. As always, let Mary Boutwell know if you will need childcare so appropriate staffing is secured.



Hannah's Highlights
  • Youth in grades seven-12 are studying "Called by God" at 9:15 a.m. in the Youth Room on the first floor of the Ministries Center.
  • Final Sunday School before holidays is Sunday, December 11, 9:15-10:15 a.m.
  • Sunday, December 11 - 2:30-5:30 p.m. - Third through 12th graders are invited to serve at The LOT Project in downtown, Baton Rouge.
  • 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:



Christmas Flowers


Click on the image to download a PDF form for printing, or click here to pay online then send your email receipt along with your listing information to Sylvia Rabalais.


Click the image for more information

Visit St. James Place
Concert Tickets

Treble Choir Director Eric Johnson and Cherub Choir Director Sara Bray invite you to hear them sing with Red Shift in a southeastern premiere of The Consolation of Apollo, featuring the 1968 Christmas Eve broadcast by the crew of Apollo 8 as they became the first astronauts to leave Earth’s orbit, circle the moon, and photograph the entire Earth. Experience celestial holiday music by Red Shift, the preeminent professional choral ensemble of Baton Rouge, Trey Davis, conductor, in concert at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church on Saturday, December 10, and Episcopal School on Sunday, December 11. $15 General Admission, $10 Students; $18/$12 at the door. Click the image to purchase tickets online.

Christmas Dinner 2016

Volunteers have already been hard at work on preparations for our Annual Christmas Dinner for the Homeless, but you have opportunities to help.


We'll be offering our guests a gift of a nylon backpack with some necessary and usable items for those living on the streets or in area shelters, which we've priced to cost about $12 each. Please consider making a financial contribution toward our bulk purchase of items.


You can give online, here. Under "Funds," choose "Other Donations," and note "Christmas Bag Donation" in the memo box. Or, send your check to St. James with the notation: “Christmas Bag Donation" on the memo line.


We expect about 45 ladies at our dinner, and would like to include unused cosmetic items in their bags to make their gifts a little special. If you have received "gift-with-purchase" items, or have other unused cosmetics to regift, please leave them in the marked bin in the foyer of the Ministries Center.


If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please email Margaret Blades, here, or phone her at 225-755-6532 or 225-505-3105.


Volunteer hands-on using the button, below. If you have any problem signing in on the sheet, please email Nancy Jo Poirrier and identify the slot you're interested in filling!

  1. Friday, December 9 at noon – Stuff the gift bags in the foyer of Bishops Hall (1-1½ hours)
  2. Saturday, December at 10:00 a.m. – Decorate the tables in Bishops Hall for the dinner (about one hour)
  3. Sunday, December 11 at 11:40 a.m. – Assist at the Christmas Dinner


Downtown Christmas Pilgrimage
Christmas Dinner 2016

Coming to St. James in January 2017

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.


  • Advent Retreat for the Busy Person - Tomorrow, Saturday, December 3, 8:30 a.m. 'til noon. Registration requested, but not required. If you know you'll be coming, just click here to send us a quick email.
  • Advent Home Eucharists on Wednesdays, December 7 & 14 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Gift Bag Prep for Christmas Feast for Homeless - Friday, December 9 at noon, Bishops Hall foyer
  • Decorate for Christmas Feast for Homeless - Saturday, December 10 at 10:00 a.m., Bishops Hall
  • The Consolation of Apollo concerts on Saturday, December 10 at St. Margaret's, and Sunday, December 11 at Episcopal School
  • Christmas Feast at St. James - annual dinner for homeless - Sunday, December 11 at noon, Bishops Hall
  • Downtown Churches Christmas Pilgrimage - Sunday, December 11, starting at 5:30 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church (at St. James, approximately 7:30 p.m.)
  • Christmas Flower Dedication Deadline: Friday, December 16 at noon
  • Christmas Pageant Practice: Sunday, December 18 immediately after 10:30 services
  • Lessons & Carols - Sunday, December 18 at 5:00 p.m. (no five o'clock service)
  • Christmas Eve Services - Pageant & Holy Eucharist at 3:30 p.m.; The Christ Mass with choir at 7:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 25 - Christmas Day - 10:30 service, only
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