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St. James Episcopal Church
September 16, 2016
Volume 6, Number 38
The e•Messenger

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This Sunday at St. James
September 18: The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

The Lost Drachma by James Tissot

In this 1640 work attributed to Marinus van Reymerswale, the little sign to the right reads, "Redde rationem villicationis Tuae: iam enim non poteris villicare," translated as, "Give an account of your stewardship; for you may be no longer steward." Redde rationem is a colloquialism in some circles, yet today, for what we might call a "showdown." Click the image for a larger view.

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 fellowship time for parents who desire it. Our renovated nursery space is open from 8:45 a.m. until noon while you attend worship services or classes, and located right off the Parish Hall foyer. Your infants and young children are always welcome in church.
  • Coffee Hour and Christian Education for all ages. 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.
New Sunday Schedule
Children's Sunday School and Children's Church

The Children's Council has been very busy this summer doing a fun and engaging reboot of Sunday School offerings for our children from age three through twelve.


Beginning this Sunday, our age-appropriate Sunday School lessons will be held before the 10:30 service: from 9:15 until 10:15 a.m., and we offer, as well, Children's Church for youngsters who would like to spend time at the start of the 10:30 services in age-appropriate lessons, music, and activity before joining their families in time for communion.


Cherub Choir, with Sara Bray, will rehearse Sundays from 9:55 until 10:20 a.m. Sarah will retrieve youngsters from Sunday School who wish to participate; all other youngsters who would like to sing in Cherub Choir should report to the choir room promptly at 9:55 a.m.


Children's classes are held in the Good Shepherd, True Vine, and Golden Thread rooms on the second floor of the Parish Hall.


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


Sixth through twelfth graders -- the EYC age group -- will have a combined Sunday school, held in the Youth Room on the first floor of the Ministries Center, during the 9:15-10:15 a.m. Christian education hour on Sunday mornings. They will be going through the series Called By God, part of the Episcopal Curriculum for youth from Virginia Theological Seminary.

In Called by God, each study examines God's call to us in the Scriptures. Each person answers the call in a different way, but not without struggles, difficulties, and conflict. Seeing ourselves as Christians in the world and responding to God's call to live out our promises of the Baptismal Covenant is the hope for outcome of this course of study.

Dose of Daily Scripture

Adult classes starting this Sunday morning at 9:15 include::

  • 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,
  • 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 SEPTEMBER 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.





Acolyte Training on September 25

Fr. Joe Reynolds invites all acolytes -- those currently serving, as well as youngsters third grade and older interested in serving -- to join him for lunch and acolyte training following the 10:30 service on Sunday, September 25.


For more information, and to get a count for lunch, please contact Caroline Ross, acolyte scheduler extraordinaire.


Thank you!

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.


Sts. Agnes/Edith/Monica ECW Chapter will meet on Tuesday, September 20 at 10:00 a.m. at St. James Place, the lesson, on Judith from the Old Testament, will be presented by Lubna Culbert.


The Bad Girls Book Club will discuss, The Time in Between by Maria Duenas at their meeting on Monday, September 26. The BGBC now meets on the fourth Monday of each month, at 6:00 p.m. at La Madeleine's on Jefferson at Old Hammond Highway. The October book is A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner to be discussed at the meeting on Monday, October 24. R.s.v.p. to Monica Murphy or text her at 225-335-3572.


Monday, October 10 is the date for the annual Blessing of the Animals at the Day School. Weather permitting, we'll gather on the playground at 8:10 a.m. for prayer and blessing of our leashed or caged pets of all types.



LA Flood

Latest Flood Recovery Information


PLEASE BRING canned goods with you to church. The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank was inundated and lost everything. We need to refill our own pantry, and help the Food Bank refill theirs. Canned fruits and vegetables are especially requested.



  • A few parishioners are still in various phases of gut-and-clean and help is welcome and needed. Mary Boutwell has the current names, work details, and contact information.
  • More parishioners, friends, neighbors -- we all know someone/family flooded -- are in that tense time of insurance wrangling. Please keep them in your prayers for healing and wellness, whatever the outcome, while we all pray for assistance in being the presence needed during these times.

Bookmark our Flood Information Page. It includes a check-in form, how to request help, volunteer sign-ups, downloadable documents you may need, clean-up and documentation suggestions, and guides developed by the St. Bernard Project in dealing with disaster recovery, insurance, and more.


Like and follow our Facebook page, and share our posts.


As needs in the community change, we endeavor to keep you up-to-date so that your response can do the most possible good. Join Nancy Jo Poirrier's From The Parish list for her Tuesday newsletter and additional updates she sends throughout the week.

Notes from Hanna

"Junior" (grades six-eight) and Senior High (grades nine-twelve) youth will alternate EYC time on Sunday afternoons from 5:00 until 6:00 p.m.. The Jr. High EYC group will meet on the first and third Sundays, and the Sr. High Group will meet on the second and fourth Sundays. We'll plan some special events for the fifth Sundays during the year.


Join the Tailgate Party, this Sunday at noon, in Bishops Hall. Evening EYC gatherings will begin NEXT Sunday, September 25 with the Sr. High Group.


Jr. High Rally is the weekend of September 30, and registration is open until September 26. Our own Hannah Rothermel will be involved as a chaperone at the Conference Center for the weekend. Click the image, below, to go to the EventBee registration site.


Jr. High Rally Registration

John Robert Bolen was born July 20, 2016 to Connie and Nile Bolen. John Robert was welcomed home by his big sister, Elisabeth.


Eleanor Perry was recently born to Lacee and Hunter Perry. Eleanor was welcomed home by two big brothers, Field and William.

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