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St. James Episcopal Church
September 2, 2016
Volume 6, Number 36
The e•Messenger

Link to Mary's email



Ministries Fair Rescheduled


Click Here for Latest Flood Recovery Info

This Sunday at St. James
September 4: The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

18th century Nigerian slave-trade shackle, photographed by Nic Bothma/EPA (editorial use permitted). Click the image for a larger view.

Sunday's Service Schedule
  • 7:30 a.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite I in the church
  • 10:30 a.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite II in church with organ, cantors and As You Are musicians
  • 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 - bright, clean, inspiring - and right off the Parish Hall foyer! Your infants and young children are always welcome in church.
  • Coffee Hour in the Parish Hall Parlor following the 10:30 service.
  • No Centering Prayer this Sunday. It will resume at 6:00 p.m. in the Chapel of the Holy Presence on the third floor of the Ministries Center, next Sunday, September 11.


Sunday Schedule Effective September 11:


  • 8:00 a.m. - Rite I spoken service in the church
  • 9:15-10:15 a.m. - Christian education for all ages begins Sunday, September 18
  • 10:30 a.m. - Rite II service with organ and choir(s) in the church and
  • 10:30 a.m. - As You Are service in the Chapel of the Twelve Apostles
  • 11:30 a.m. - 2016 MINISTRIES FAIR - Sunday, September 11
  • 5:00 p.m. - Rite II spoken service in the Chapel of the Twelve Apostles


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.


Submissions for the October issue should be received by September 15.


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.

Pool Party

Susie & Buzzy Heroman are opening their home at 4241 Pine Ridge Drive for a combined EKC and EYC Pool Party and Meet-and-Greet with Hannah Rothermel, our new Director of Youth Ministries!


We'll have two lifeguards on duty, food, and fun getting to know each other on Sunday, September 11 from 4:00 until 6:00 p.m.


All youth in grades three through twelve are invited to join us as we kick off the new year of youth activites for the Episcopal Kids Community (grades 3-5), and Episcopal Youth Community (grades 6-12). Bring a swimsuit and towel. Dinner will be served, too!


R.s.v.p. to Hannah Rothermel

September Tailgate Party


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!

Campus Rendition


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.


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.
  • The Salvation Army was flooded at their headquarters on Airline at Greenwell Springs, so they are using the old Mervyn's space at Cortana Mall as their Flood Relief Headquarters. They are currently accepting:
    • Cleaning products and detergents
    • Pet foods
    • Tools: shovels, rakes, mops, brooms, buckets
    • New school supplies
    • Hygiene products
    • Bug spray
    • Volunteers! Simply go to the site at Mervyn's, complete some simple paperwork, slap on a nametag, and get to work!

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.

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 hopefully engaging reboot of Sunday School offerings for our children.


Beginning September 18, St. James Episcopal Church will be offering age-appropriate Sunday School lessons before the 10:30 service: from 9:15 until 10:15 a.m. (youth and adult classes are offered at this time, also!) as well as 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. Volunteers are needed -- all lessons and materials provided!



Classes for all ages will be at 9:15 a.m. starting Sunday, September 18! Look for final details on youth Sunday School, next week, to be held in the Youth Room on the first floor of the Ministries Center.


Adult classes in the works include two offerings: (1) 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 (2) an in-depth, creative look at The Sunday Lectionary, 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 Professor Ed Henderson.


We hope you will take advantage of our programs for the whole family!

EfM at Sewanee



If you are a graduate of the four-year Education for Ministry theological study offered by The School of Theology at Sewanee, you are invited to join our group of graduates who meet on the third Thursday of the month (excluding June, July, August and December) from noon to 1:30 p.m. for lunch, fellowship, and discussion in the EfM style. We alternate hosts and locations throughout the year.


Our first meeting will be held on Thursday, September 15 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the CSF Atrium on the third floor of the Ministries Center. Mother Mary Ann Garrett is our hostess and she will serve her delicious Taco Soup and offer the month's topic for discussion.


Please contact Mother Mary Ann by September 11 if you would like to join us so we can make proper food and discussion arrangements. You can reach her by email, 225-421-3540 (her direct office line), or cell number 225-933-9961.


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