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St. James Episcopal Church
November 25, 2016
Volume 6, Number 48
The e•Messenger

Advent Retreat for Busy Person

This Sunday at St. James
November 27: The First Sunday of Advent


"Let us cast away the works of darkness and put on the armor of light." Romans 13:12b; The Collect for Advent 1, BCP p. 211.

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 closes this Sunday! Read more, here.
  • 9:15-10:15 a.m. - We'll all gather in Bishops Hall this Sunday, November 27 to create our home Advent Wreaths. Forms, some greenery, and candles provided. You may want to bring some greenery from home, snips, clips, ribbons, or other adornments for your wreath.
  • 5:00 p.m. - No EYC today. Enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday!
  • 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 Resumes Sunday, December 4
Christmas Pageant Sign-up

Sunday School for children ages 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12 is at 9:15 until 10:15 a.m. 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. Special children's celebration on December 4!


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 this coming 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 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.


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.


Meditative Yoga is Monday, November 28, 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 is currently considering recommendations for the 2017 slate to be put forth at the January Annual Meeting. If you would like to submit a name (even your own!), or if you have any questions about the requirements for Associate Vestry members, please contact Julie McCall.


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. Registration for November 30 is closed, and just a couple of spots remain on December 7 or December 14.


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
  • Advent Wreaths at 9:15; no EYC, this Sunday afternoon. Enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday!
  • 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:


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



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 Wreaths this Sunday, November 27 at 9:15 a.m.
  • Advent Home Eucharists begin Wednesday, November 30 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Advent Retreat for the Busy Person - Saturday, December 3, 8:30 a.m. 'til noon
  • 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
  • Christmas Feast at St. James - annual dinner for homeless - Sunday, December 11 at noon, Bishops Hall
  • Downtown Church Christmas Pilgrimage - Sunday, December 11, starting at 5:30 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church (at St. James, approximately 7:15 p.m.)
  • Christmas Flower Dedication Deadline: Friday, December 16 at noon
  • 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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