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St. James Episcopal Church
November 18, 2016
Volume 6, Number 47
The e•Messenger

Advent Home Eucharists

This Sunday at St. James
November 20: Last Sunday after Pentecost - Christ the King

Poppies in Flanders Field


The 108 ft Christ the King statue in ŚwiebodzinPoland is the tallest statue of Jesus in the world, and the $1.5 million used to build it was donated by the 21,000 residents of the town. By Rzuwig - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

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, fellowship, and education time for parents who desire it between 8:45 a.m. and 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.
  • 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.


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 watch 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!



Carnival Thank You



Children's Council Open Meeting

The St. James Children's Council -- the group bringing you Children's Sunday School, Children's Church, Cherub Choir, the Family Football Sunday, and more! -- invites all interested parishioners to their next meeting on Tuesday, November 29 at 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall parlor. If you're interested in getting more involved with the family and social events, or just to learn more about the upcoming events planned for the spring semester, please come!


For more information, email the Children's Council.


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. The December issue will be live next Friday, November 25 and in the foyers for pick-up on Sunday, November 27.


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


Meditative Yoga resumes 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 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.


Children's Council Open Meeting on Tuesday, November 29 at 6:30 p.m. Read more, here.


Advent Home Eucharists begin Wednesday, November 30! We'll gather at 6:00 p.m. on the first three Wednesdays in Advent (Nov. 30, Dec. 7, and Dec. 14), 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. Space is limited (adults only), and slots are filling fast!


Advent Retreat for Busy PersonReservations requested, but not required. Click here.
Notes from Hanna

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.

Notes from Hanna
  • This Sunday, November 20: 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!
  • No Sunday School or EYC on November 27. We'll gather with everyone in Bishops Hall to make our home Advent Wreaths at 9:15 a.m. Forms, some greenery, and candles provided. You may want to bring ribbons, garden snips, clips, or other adornments for your wreath!
  • Sunday School resumes at 9:15 a.m. on Sunday, December 4.

  • Sunday, December 4 - 5:00-6:30 p.m. is our sixth-12th grade EYC Christmas party!
  • 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.
  • As always, email Hannah for more information, or join the Youth email list, below:


Welcome Materials
Eleanor Tripoli Gray Simmons was born October 20, 2016 to Mary McGuire Gray Simmons and Jessie Lee Simmons.  She weighed 9 lbs., 6 oz., and will be baptized on Sunday, January 8, 2017 at St. James Episcopal Church.


Parishioner and Day School Counselor Elizabeth Singletary and her husband, Doug, welcomed their first child, a son, Douglas Brian Singletary, Jr. (pictured). He arrived Sunday, November 13, weighing 6 lbs., 13 oz.

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 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


Flood Relief Volunteers

From Fr. Roman Roldan, Diocesan Flood Relief Coordinator:


Meg, my Administrative Assistant, Peter and I have been doing needs assessments for an Episcopal Relief & Development Grant to aid folks ready for rebuilding. What we are finding out is that there are homes in immediate need of assistance with gutting, mold abatement, and debris removal. They all received teams who did a lot of work, thus causing their names to be removed from lists and their homes to be considered as "done" yet, these homes still need to be finished.


We have a family in Denham Springs, for example, where the mother and three children are sleeping on mattresses, inches a way from moldy walls, and a side wall of the home exposed to the outside... We need immediate help. We need at least 20 volunteers to work in Baton Rouge, Baker, Jackson, and Denham Springs.

We are planning a big push for Saturday, November 19, at St. Luke's in Baton Rouge, starting at 8:30 a.m. Meg Kendrick will coordinate and meet all volunteers, there. We will gladly provide lunch. If you are able to help, please register at and send Meg an email at


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.


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