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St. James Episcopal Church
December 9, 2016
Volume 6, Number 50
The e•Messenger

Christmas Feast at St. James

This Sunday at St. James
December 11: The Third Sunday of Advent

Finding Beauty


In 2007, Joshua Bell, one of the most celebrated violinists of his era, played a half-dozen selections on his multi-million dollar Stradivarius near a Washington Metro stop, barely noticed by most of the 1,097 commuters who went by. He'd played earlier in the week to a sold-out performance at $100 per seat. (Read the real story, not the Internet version, here.) Photo: Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post.

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.
  • 2:30 p.m. - Youngsters in grades three-12 will volunteer at The LOT Project. Read Hannah's Highlights, here.
  • 5:30 p.m. - Downtown Churches Christmas Pilgrimage begins at Mt. Zion Baptist Church
  • Centering Prayer is at 6:00 p.m. in the Chapel of the Holy Presence on the third floor of the Ministries Center.
  • 7:30 p.m. - Downtown Christmas Pilgrimage should arrive at St. James Episcopal Church.

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

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 -- 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 -- last Sunday School in the Youth Room on the first floor of the Ministries Center, 'til 2017, at 9:15 a.m.!


Interim Rector's Forum


Adult classes at 9:15 Sunday mornings:

  • FINAL SESSION OF The Interim Rector's Forum, with the Very Rev. Joe Reynolds. The class is held 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.

  • 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!


Downtown Christmas Pilgrimage

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

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

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.



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 conclude next Wednesday, December 14. We've gathered at a parishioner's home for Eucharist led by Fr. John Pitzer, then brief fellowship over a light dinner of items brought by those attending, and heading home by 8:00 p.m. Very limited space remains on December 14.




Mom-to-Mom is not meeting at the church on Thursday, December 15, but will be meeting with the Children's Council for a seasonal event; watch for a group email update!



Christmas Flower Deadline is Friday, December 16


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.

Lessons & Carols is next Sunday; reception follows


Lessons & Carols

Longest Night Service at St. Luke's on 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 for more information.


Christmas Schedule of Services
Hannah's Highlights
  • We'll conclude our Sunday a.m. sessions, "Called by God" for the semester, this Sunday, December 11 at 9:15 a.m. in the Youth Room on the first floor of the Ministries Center.
  • 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:



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.



Christmas Luncheon




Jude William Munn was born on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 to Holly and Jason Munn. Jude weighed in at 8 lbs., 5 ounces. He was welcomed home by his sister, Catherine.


(The Munns have been coordinators and helpers in our Angel Tree program for the past few years. We'll let them have this year off, to enjoy their own new delivery!)


Thank you for your Angel Tree gifts!


Thank You, Angels!

Joan of Arc Luncheon Fellowship


Thank You, Angels!

Frances Garland, the Very Rev. Joe D. Reynolds, Trudy Ivy, and Judy Foil (L to R) enjoy visiting at the Joan of Arc Christmas luncheon on Wednesday, December 7, hosted by Lubna Culbert.

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