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St. James Episcopal Church
November 4, 2016
Volume 6, Number 45
The e•Messenger

Fall Hospitality Party

This Sunday at St. James
November 6: All Saints' Sunday

Do Unto Others

The Golden Rule is a mosaic in the United Nations based upon a painting by Norman Rockwell on the theme of Christ's charge to, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." It was a gift from Nancy Reagan on the 40th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations. (Creative Commons license.) Click for the full image.

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.
  • 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.


Picture Yourself Here

Stewardship Sunday, November 6

Our 2017 stewardship goal is 100% participation, at the level that is right for you. Our stewardship volunteers will begin following up with parishioners we've not heard from this month.


Read Fr. Ralph's story, Why I Give, 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 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.


Meditative Yoga is on the first-fourth Mondays, 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 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 on Sunday, November 13 at 3:30 p.m.  At that time, we will also discuss ways to sustain and support our present programs.


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.


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.

Notes from Hanna
Notes from Hanna
  • This Sunday, November 6: 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 - Grades 6-8 gather 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 Next Sunday

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


You're invited to a special Day School Open House next 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 immediately after the Day School church service that morning.

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.


Sign-up to volunteer at the Christmas Dinner is now open -- click here.


Coming to St. James in January 2017

Brené Brown

Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past fourteen years studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame.


Brené is the author of three #1 New York Times Bestsellers: Rising Strong, Daring Greatly and The Gifts of Imperfection.


She is also the Founder and CEO of The Daring Way and COURAGEworks – an online learning community that offers eCourses, workshops, and interviews for individuals and organizations ready for braver living, loving, and leading.


Brené's 2010 TEDx Houston talk, The Power of Vulnerability, is one of the top five most viewed TED talks in the world, with over 27 million views.


Through Dr. Brown's generosity, proceeds from this event will be 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 Flowers

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


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