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St. James Episcopal Church
November 11, 2016
Volume 6, Number 46
The e•Messenger



Fall Hospitality Party

This Sunday at St. James
November 13: Twenty-sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Poppies in Flanders Field


Soldiers of World War I - the "war to end all wars," endured conditions never before seen in battle. November 11 is Veterans' Day, first celebrated as Armistice Day to commemorate the cessation of hostilities established at the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" of 1918, but now honors all military veterans.

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: Infants six-weeks to children four years old are lovingly cared for in our professionally-staffed nursery during worship and education time for parents who desire it. Our renovated nursery space is open from 8:45 a.m. until noon, and located right off the Parish Hall foyer. Your infants and young children are always welcome in church.
  • The St. James Artists Guild Fall Exhibition and Sale opens in the Parish Hall parlor. Read more, here.
  • 9:15-10:15 a.m. is Coffee Hour and Christian Education for all ages. Read more, here.
  • Day School Book Fair and Parishioner Open House. Read more here.
  • 3:30 p.m. - The Christian Education subcommittee of the Strategic Planning Group will meet in the CSF Atrium on the third floor of the Ministries Center for a wrap-up and update.  At that time, we will also discuss ways to sustain and support our present programs.
  • 5:00 p.m., EYC for the Grades 6-8 group, in the Youth Room on the first floor of the Ministries Center.
  • 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 now available! Read more here.



Carnival Thank YouOut of Sight



Tie Dye Bar
Thank you, Parish Peace Partners!

HeartWhitney & Patrick Banks Heart Linda & Bob Bowsher Heart
HeartMargaret & Pat Culbertson Heart Kay Elliott Heart
HeartBetsy & Hank Harper Heart Mtr. Mary Ann Garrett Heart
HeartJanet & Billy Heroman  Heart Susie & Buzzy Heroman Heart
HeartSuzette & Fr. Ralph Howe  Heart Bahin & Frank Leonard Heart
HeartLouise & Ronald Mullenix Heart Sharon & Gary Poirrier Heart
HeartSylvia & Craig Rabalais Heart Rita & Ben Reiser Heart
HeartElizabeth & Joe ReynoldsHeartJohn Sykes & John CarpenterHeart
HeartDr. & Mrs. O.M. Thompson, Jr Heart  Marsha & Tom Wade Heart
HeartDavid Warrington Heart Susan & Otey White, III Heart

Christian Education for All Ages on Sunday Morning

Sunday School for children ages 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12 is at 9:15 until 10:15 a.m. is in their dedicated rooms on the second floor of the Parish Hall. Follow the signs to the appropriate room! Cherub Choir Director Sara Bray leads our youngsters in music during the Christian Education hour as part of the children's Sunday morning programs.


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. Follow the small cross to 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 listen to previous sessions, here.

  • A Dose of Daily Scripture: Reflection and Discussion of the Sunday Readings, in the conference room on the second floor of the Ministries Center, with the Revs. Ralph F. Howe, Jr., and John M. Pitzer, as well as lay leaders, including Annie Knazs Jung and Ed Henderson.

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


The Messenger
The Messenger

The NOVEMBER issue of The Messenger is now live. You can read it online at Issuu, or in PDF at the link, below. Pick-up copies are available in the foyers and narthex of the church.


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.


Randall Peterson invites you to join him on the latest Habitat for Humanity project going on, right now! Email Randall here, or phone him at 225-938-8585 for more information. In the wake of the August floods, Habitat for Humanity has opened five new Americorps positions in Client Services, Construction Site Supervision, and Supply & Logistics. These positions offer a modest monthly stipend, education funding, insurance, and childcare. If you or someone you know is interested, for full position descriptions, or to apply, email your cover letter and resume to


No Meditative Yoga until next Monday, November 21, 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.


The Associate Vestry will be selecting members for the 2017 slate for approval at the January Annual Meeting, this month. If you would like to submit your name for consideration, or if you have any questions about the requirements for Associate Vestry members, please contact Julie McCall.


The Sts. Agnes/Edith/Monica ECW Chapter will meet on Tuesday, November 15 at 10:00 a.m., at St. James Place. The Chapter will not be meeting in December.


EfM Grads Group will meet on Thursday, November 17, hosted by Mary Boutwell. Please let Mary know if you plan to attend: Email Mary here, or phone 225-588-4217.


The Downtown Thanksgiving Service will be held at First Baptist Church on Sunday, November 20 at 6:00 p.m.


In lieu of regularly-scheduled Sunday morning classes, we'll all gather in Bishops Hall on Sunday, November 27 during our Christian Education hour at 9:15 a.m. to create our Advent Wreaths. Slow down, pray,'s Advent.

Notes from Hanna
Notes from Hanna
  • This Sunday, November 13: Join us from 9:15-10:15 a.m. in the youth room on the first floor of the Ministries Center as we continue studying Called by God.

  • EYC - Senior High group gathers this Sunday at 5:00 p.m. in the Youth Room on the first floor of the Ministries Center! Email Hannah for more information, or join the Youth email list, below:
Welcome Materials
Book Fair Opens This Sunday

The Day School 2016 Book Fair will open this Sunday, Nov. 13 at 10:00 a.m., and remain open until 12:30 p.m.


You're invited to a special Day School Open House following the 10:30 service this Sunday, as well. Read more, here.


Librarian Tanya Cambre Miles, M.L.I.S., also invites you to come by the Book Fair on Monday-Thursday, November 14-17, between 7:45 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., or Friday, November 18 at 7:45 a.m. until the Day School church service that morning.


You can also shop online, here!

Day School Open House
Christmas Dinner 2016

Volunteers are already at work on preparations for our Annual Christmas Dinner for the Homeless!


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 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



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.


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 their children Ellen and Charlie.


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.


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