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St. James Episcopal Church
October 21, 2016
Volume 6, Number 43
The e•Messenger

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Stewardship at St. James


Our campaign for your 2017 pledge of support concludes soon, and our 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 in early November.

This Sunday at St. James
October 23: The Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost

The Persistent Widows

Vamesul si fariseul (The Publican and Pharisee). A Romanian icon.

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.
  • 9:15-10:15 a.m. is Coffee Hour and Christian Education for all ages. Read more, here.
  • Grades 9-12 EYC gathers this Sunday at 5:00 p.m. in the Youth Room, 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.

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.


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).


Volunteers are needed for children's lesson leaders -- all lessons and materials provided!



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.


Interim Rector's Forum

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. His next few sessions will focus on the Bible -- what it really says, and what it doesn't say.

  • 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!



Day School Carnival: October 28

We invite you to join us in support of the 2016 Day School Carnival – an essential fundraiser of St. James Episcopal Day School – an essential ministry of St. James Episcopal Church!

— Whitney and Patrick Banks
Day School - Church Carnival Liasons

With your donation of $100 or more you will receive a take-home dinner for two, and your name will be displayed as a Parish Partner in the carnival newsletter and on the corporate sponsor wall. Donations are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Tax ID #72-0542038


The Messenger
The Messenger

The OCTOBER 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.The November issue will go online next Friday!


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! Email Randall here, or phone him at 225-938-8585 for more information.


Meditative Yoga has returned! This free class is held the first-through-fourth Mondays of each month from 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.


Lector Training will be held in the church this Sunday, October 23 after the 10:30 services. The training should last about an hour, and all lectors for the 8:00, 10:30, and AYA services are expected to attend, as well as those those who frequently read at 5:00 p.m.


The Bad Girls Book Club October book is A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner to be discussed at the meeting this Monday, October 24. The group gathers at 6:00 p.m. at La Madeleine's on Jefferson at Old Hammond Highway. R.s.v.p. to Monica Murphy or text her at 225-335-3572. The next meeting will be after the holiday season, on the fourth Monday of January 2017, and the book selection is Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger.


No Wednesday-noon service on October 26 as clergy will be in diocesan meetings.


RECOMMENDATIONS FOR VESTRY CANDIDATES are being received by the Nominating Committee until October 31. Please download a recommendation form, or pick one up from those in the church and parish building foyers, provide all information requested on your recommendation, and turn it in via mail, offering plate, or via email to Charlie Frey, Nominating Committee chair, before the end of the month.


The Joan of Arc Study Group gathers at the home of Becky Johnson at noon on Wednesday, November 2. The lesson on Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand will be presented by Nina Broyles Fleshman. Contact Nina for more information.

Notes from Hanna
Notes from Hanna
  • This Sunday, October 23: 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 for grades 9-12 gathers this Sunday at 5:00 p.m. in the Youth Room on the first floor of the Ministries Center.
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The St. James Welcoming Newcomers Committee needs additional volunteers to welcome visitors at the church doors at each service. If you're interested, please email Mary Boutwell.

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