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St. James Episcopal Church
September 23, 2016
Volume 6, Number 39
The e•Messenger

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Covered Dish Luncheon on Sunday, October 2 - Read more here!


Stewardship 2016: Oct. 2 - Nov. 6

This Sunday at St. James
September 25: The Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

The Lost Drachma by James Tissot

Whatsoever You Do is a lifesize bronze sculpture by Timothy P. Schmalz. One installation is outside the oldest hospital in Rome, near the Vatican; another is in a churchyard near the Canadian Parliament. Schmalz has also sculpted large monuments honoring US and Canadian veterans and firefighters. Schmalz' Homeless Jesus was featured in an earlier newsletter.

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

Age-appropriate Sunday School lessons 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 space 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 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.


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. This group is 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 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 Fr. Reynold's first session, here, and get a feel for his objectives and expectations for this series. His next few sessions will focus on the Bible -- what it really says, and what it doesn't say. Ask him about the pomegranate!
  • 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!



Acolyte Training THIS SUNDAY!

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 this Sunday, September 25.


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


Thank you!


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.


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.


St. Joan of Arc ECW Study Group begins its fall semester on Wednesday, October 5 with a noon meeting hosted by Virginia Noland. Lubna Culbert will present the first lesson in the series on The Miracles of Jesus. Contact Nina Broyles for more information on the St. Joan group.


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.


We all know of parishioners, friends, or neighbors who 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.


We have been entrusted with some limited emergency funds from generous donors around the country that might help replace some essential toiletries, or go toward refilling a cabinet of food staples, or replace a set of sheets, etc. lost in the flood.


If you are, or know of, a flood victim who could use such assistance, please let us know on our Flood Registration Form, with information about how to reach the intended recipient (use the message box as necessary), and one of our clergy will be in touch.


Bookmark our Flood Information Page. 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.

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.


This Sunday, September 25 at 5:00 p.m., both groups will gather in the Youth Room on the first floor of the Ministries Center and we'll start with an introduction to The Gospel According to Pixar.


Jr. High Rally is next weekend, and registration is open until Monday, 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
Stewardship 2016 Kick-off Luncheon

We'll begin our fall campaign for your 2017 pledges of support to St. James Episcopal Church with a parish-wide luncheon in Bishops Hall following the 10:30 services on Sunday, October 2. St. James will provide the fried chicken; parishioners are asked to bring side dishes as assigned by last name: A-H brings salads; I-Q brings vegetable dishes; and, R-Z brings desserts.


We'll enjoy some fellowship-over-food time, hear a few words about the importance of stewardship -- to the church, and to yourself -- and see and hear about what we've been up to, and what's coming up in the fall campaign. Check out the October issue of The Messenger for more information.

Welcome to our parish family …

… Barbara "Bobbye" Ballard, and the Rev. Joe Ballard, from St. James in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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

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