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St. James Episcopal Church
September 30, 2016
Volume 6, Number 40
The e•Messenger

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Stewardship 2016 Kick-off Luncheon this Sunday

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 -- see and hear about what we've been up to, and what's coming up in the fall campaign.

This Sunday at St. James
October 2: The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

The Lost Drachma by James Tissot

Brassica nigra (black mustard) ( Sanskrit : राजक्षवक, rajakshavak ; Marathi :काळी मोहरी, Kali Mohari ) is an annual plant cultivated for its seeds, which are commonly used as a spice. Image by Franz Eugen Köhler, Köhler's Medizinal-Pflanzen, c. 1897, is in the public domain in the U.S.

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 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.
  • 9:15-10:15 a.m. is Coffee Hour and Christian Education for all ages. Read more, here.
  • Stewardship Kick-off Luncheon is after the 10:30 services, in Bishops Hall.
  • No EYC this Sunday afternoon due to Jr. High Rally. 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

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. 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 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.


St. Joan of Arc ECW Study Group begins its fall semester this 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.


Church Calendar Link


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.


The Bad Girls Book Club 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.



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.


LA Flood

Latest Flood Recovery Information

We have been entrusted with some limited emergency funds from generous local donors and donors from 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 you know of someone, who needs help replacing such household needs, please let us know.


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.

Notes from Hanna
  • This Sunday, October 2: We will have a parent-volunteer step in for Hannah to lead sixth-12th grade Sunday School. Join us from 9:15-10:15 a.m. in the youth room on the first floor of the Ministries Center.
  • No EYC this Sunday afternoon as Hannah and a few of the St. James youth will be attending Jr. High Rally at the Solomon Episcopal Conference Center. Please keep them in your prayers.
  • Volunteer with The Lot Project on 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 to enjoy a date night, or get together with other parents for a fun evening downtown. More information to come!
  • Cancellation notice: The fall retreat has been cancelled due to a scheduling conflict. We will reschedule this as a spring retreat and will announce details closer to the date.


Welcome Committee

The Welcome Committee is looking for some new ways to make our visitors feel welcomed and at home. 


If you’ve had the opportunity to visit a church and were impressed by the way you were welcomed, please share your ideas with us!

Thank You Notes

Emily Wray Lamont, new head of St. Martha's Guild, shares the Guild's thanks to Mary Sentell as the Guild founder upon Mary's retirement as the Guild leader for many years. St. Martha's is a wonderful service to our church family, and we are blessed that Mary had the wisdom to start this outreach program which provides help hosting to families in bereavement during funerals and family receptions at St. James. If you would like to be part of St. Martha's Guild, please contact Emily.

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