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St. James Episcopal Church
October 7, 2016
Volume 6, Number 41
The e•Messenger

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This Sunday at St. James
October 9: The Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost

Healing of the Ten Lepers

Cleansing of the Ten Lepers from the Codex Aureus Epternacensis, c. 1035-1040 (in the public domain). Click the image for to view the entire piece. We used a more modern depiction when we read this lesson in 2013.

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.
  • EYC serves at The Lot Project this Sunday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. Read more, here.
  • Centering Prayer is at 6:00 p.m. in the Chapel of the Holy Presence on the third floor of the Ministries Center.
Children's Sunday School and Children's Church

Sunday School for children ages 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12 is held before the 10:30 service: from 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!


Children's Church is for youngsters who would like to spend time during 10:30 services in age-appropriate lessons, music, 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!



Cherub Choir, under Director Sara Bray, will rehearse Sundays mornings during the Christian Education hour as part of the children's Sunday morning programs.


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.

Dose of Daily Scripture

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!



Peace · Love · St. James

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.


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.


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.


Trivia Night at The Bulldog is Thursday, October 13 at 7:00 p.m. The 20s-30s crowd gathers for a fun evening of getting to know each other! Contact Alyce Howe for more information.



The St. James Campus Master Plan

Design Review


Tuesday, October 18 at 6:00 p.m. in Bishops Hall

The presentation will be followed by an open house where the master plan drawings will be on display. Dinner and childcare will be provided.


Our consultants will present their final rendition of our campus, based on your input and feedback. Come let us know what you think and celebrate St. James' bright future!


The Campus Master Plan incorporates church maintenance, enhanced parking, meeting and gathering spaces, and facilities for education and ministries, as envisioned for your church of the future.



Sts. Agnes/Edith/Monica ECW Chapter meets at St. James Place at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 18. You may contact Mary Boutwell for more information.


The Mom-to-Mom Group will meet on Thursday, October 20 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall parlor. The nursery will be open; please email Mary Boutwell by early Tuesday if you will need child care to confirm sufficient caregivers. The group is reading Daring Greatly by Brené Brown and will be discussing Chapters 1 and 2. A reading guide is here.


The Bad Girls Book Club October book is A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner to be discussed at the meeting on 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.


Notes from Hanna
  • This Sunday, October 9: 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.
  • Volunteer with The Lot Project this Sunday, October 9; 2:30-5:00 p.m.! Please meet at St. James in the youth room at 2:30 p.m., and we will go to the site as a group to set up food, help with the church service, and pray/talk with the homeless. St. James will be providing jambalaya as the main dish. If you’d like to bring a side or dessert to go along with that, please let Hannah know. You'll need to cook/bake for about 50 people. This event is open to youngsters in grades three through 12, and their parents!
  • Fun Friday Hangout: October 21, 6-9 p.m. We’re having a hangout night for grades three-12!! We will have dinner, movies, music, and games. This is a great time for parents to enjoy a date night, or get together with other parents for a fun evening downtown. More information to come!


Join the Welcome Committee!

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.

Prayer for those in the path of Hurricane Matthew

O God, our times are in your hand. In the midst of uncertainty lead us by your never-failing grace as we seek to be agents of healing and hope. Walk with us through difficult times; watch over us in danger; and give to us a spirit of love and compassion for those who suffer and mourn. And finally remind us that you have promised never to leave us so that even in the valley of the shadow of death your love may be felt, through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.
— The Rev. Lyndon Harris, from the Episcopal Diocese of New York disaster preparedness plan


Episcopal Relief & Development is already reaching out to partners in the hurricane's path. Following the storm's impact, local churches are best-positioned to aid in assessing damage, confirming the safety of members and others in their communities and using available facilities and resources to respond to immediate needs.

Your contribution to the Hurricane Matthew Response Fund helps Episcopal Relief & Development support churches and other local partners as they provide critical emergency assistance.

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