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St. James Episcopal Church
September 9, 2016
Volume 6, Number 37
The e•Messenger

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Ministries Fair at 11:30 this Sunday!


Click Here for Latest Flood Recovery Info

This Sunday at St. James
September 11: The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

The Lost Drachma by James Tissot

Another realistic portrayal created after his three study trips to the Middle East by James Tissot. This one, ca. 1886-1894, is titled The Lost Drachma and is owned by the Brooklyn Museum. 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.
  • The 2016 Ministries Fair is this Sunday, September 11, immediately following the 10:30 services.
  • 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:


  • 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 this Sunday, September 11
  • 5:00 p.m. - Rite II spoken service in the Chapel of the Twelve Apostles
Read about the programs beginning Sunday, September 18, here.


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.




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 this Sunday afternoon! We'll have two lifeguards on duty, food, and fun getting to know each other.


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


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!

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 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.



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!

A SPECIAL THANK YOU to Ted Heroman and Andy McCall from Mimi Riché on behalf of the Banks family. Ted muscled through the gutting of a tile bathroom, while Andy obtained and expertly maneuvered a Bobcat® and moved debris and rubble away from electrical lines and closer to the street for general pickup. Mimi says, "These are two tremendous guys!"


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. 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!


Notes from Hanna

Sixth through twelfth graders -- the EYC 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. We 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.


"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.


Jr. High Rally has been rescheduled for the weekend of September 30, and registration is open until September 26, and Hannah 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
Jr. High Rally Registration

Adult classes on Sundays at 9:15 a.m. starting September 18 include two offerings:

  • 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!

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.


Mom-to-Mom Gathering

The Mom-to-Mom Fall Study kicks off on Thursday, September 15 with a time change to 6:30 'til 8:00 p.m. to allow for traffic delays and opportunity for discussion.


Before the meeting, please order a copy of Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown, watch her TEDx, here, and bring any thoughts to share.

Welcome to Our Parish Family!
Anna and David Trimble and their children, Margaret, George, and Anne, come to St. James from All Saints Episcopal Church in Austin, Texas. Margaret is in first grade at the Day School and was baptized at St. James in 2010 by Fr. John Miller. George is in PreK-3, and baby Anne Huntington Trimble will be baptized here on All Saints' Sunday.
Day School Coupons and Rebates
Prayers on the Fifteenth Anniversary of 9/11


In our confusion, grief, vulnerability, and loss in the face of terrorism, let us pray to God, God of grace, be with us.


That those who serve you in all countries and all traditions may remember your love, embrace your forgiveness, and hold fast to your hope. Let us pray to God, God of grace, be with us.


That the leaders of this nation, and all others in authority, may be guided by your Wisdom, and find strength and courage to know and accomplish your purposes in the midst of evil. Let us pray to God, God of grace, be with us.


That all peoples of the earth, especially those who suffer loss due to political or religious persecution or terrorism, may have the hope of healing. Let us pray to God, God of grace, be with us.


That we as a nation, having experienced terror and fear, may find unity of purpose not in revenge but in rebuilding our hope and healing the pain of the common tragedies which unite us. Let us pray to God, God of grace, be with us.


That those who have lost loved ones, colleagues, and friends may be continually embraced with your love and healing grace through the embrace and care of the communities who profess to be your body in this world. Let us pray to God, God of grace, be with us.


That those who have died may find peace and joy among the communion of saints. Let us pray to God, God of grace, be with us.


God whose vision spans all the ages of the earth, help us to see beyond such events and to embrace the wider perspective of your whole creation. Deliver us from hatred, cruelty, and revenge, and lead us into a way of love and justice that makes room for all peoples. Let us pray to God, God of grace, be with us.


Edited and compiled from various sources.

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