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St. James Episcopal Church
December 1, 2017
Volume 7, Number 48
The e•Messenger

Children's Council


Tonight! Enjoy the downtown festivities!

This Sunday at St. James

December 3: The First Sunday of Advent


The fig is the third tree mentioned in the Hebrew Bible (after the Tree of Life and Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil) and subject of no less than five New Testament stories.

Sunday's Service Schedule
Search Committee Now Accepting Nominations

The Search Committee is working on the Parish Profile to be provided potential rector candidates with a completion goal in January 2018, and is now accepting parishioner nominations for candidates to be considered for the position of rector of St. James Episcopal Church.


Sunday Education & Events

Nursery: Our professionally-staffed nursery is open Sundays between 8:45 a.m. and noon for infants of six-weeks to children four years old as parents desire and are in worship and fellowship. The nursery is located directly off the Parish Hall foyer. Your infants and young children are always welcome in church.


Christmas Pageant Time


  • Children's Sunday School is at 9:15 a.m. - We'll have a holiday celebration this Sunday morning, with a special guest, and distribute pageant costumes!



  • The EYC will be wrapping your Christmas presents in the parlor during Sunday school hour and after the 10:30 service. We will have gift wrap and gift tags to choose from, or you are welcome to bring your own. This outreach is free to the church. The youth will accept donations toward their summer mission trips.


ADULT classes at 9:15 Sunday mornings:

  • “A Dose of Daily Scripture: Reflection and Discussion of the Sunday Readings,” gathers in the reception area of the Kids' Orchestra offices on the third floor of the Ministries Center to read and discuss the Sunday readings from the lectionary.

  • Fr. Joe Reynolds continues his series, Pure Grace: The Application of 12-Step Principles to Life, based on his own manuscript, in the CSF Atrium on the third floor of the Ministries Center.
The Messenger
The Messenger

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Church Calendar Link

Holy Eucharist with the Day School is at 8:15 a.m. in the church. All are welcome.


Sunday, December 3 is the fall UTO Ingathering: The United Thank Offering is a worldwide opportunity to show thanks for all our blessings. Many people have a special UTO box and contribute daily in thanksgiving. Others add to the boxes when special blessings come their way. The money collected is sent to the national treasurer of The Episcopal church and is used to fund grants submitted from around the world. UTO envelopes will be in your service leaflet, Sunday. If putting a check in the alms basin, please make the check payable to United Thank Offering.


Closing Sunday:


Artists Guild Show


Morning Prayer with the Day School is at 8:15 a.m. on Monday mornings when school is in session. All are welcome.


Open meetings of AA are held weekdays at noon in the Activities Room on the first floor of the Ministries Center.


Wednesdays at noon: A service of Holy Eucharist with opportunity for healing prayers is held each week in the Chapel of the Twelve Apostles. This quiet, mid-week service lasts about thirty minutes.


Meditative Yoga will meet on the Monday sessions in December (December 4 and 11 at 11:00 a.m.) in the CSF Atrium on the third floor of the Ministries Center. No Wednesday sessions in December.


The Bad Girls Book Club meet Monday evening, December 4 to discuss The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion. The January meeting will be on Monday, January 15 and the selection is The Bone Lady by Mary Manhein, world renowned forensic anthropologist, and we are very excited to announce that Ms. Manhein will be joining us for the evening to discuss her book! We meet at La Madeleine's on Jefferson at Old Hammond Hwy. Let Monica Murphy know you'll be attending via email, or text to 225-335-3572.


Kids' Orchestra winter concert series will involve nearly 800 Baton Rouge students from 24 different public, private, and charter elementary schools at 11 concerts this winter! Each student will demonstrate musical skills learned through participation in the first semester of Kids' Orchestra afterschool programming. All concerts are free and open to the public, including the concert scheduled at St. James, on Thursday, December 14 at 4:00 p.m. in the CSF Atrium on the third floor of the Ministries Center.


Looking for a home for some gently used Christmas decorations? An individual opportunity to help others? Youth Oasis, a shelter and support services site for youth 10-21, would like help decorating for Christmas, etc. Contact Outreach Coordinator Audrey Bell by email or phone 225-343-4553


A New Year's Eve - Fifth Sunday - Hearty Breakfast! Mark your calendar, now, to come enjoy a hot breakfast with fellow parishioners, and our neighbors living on the streets or in area shelters, on Sunday, December 31, 8:00-9:00 a.m. Want to help out? Visit the sign-up sheet, here.


Thomas Allen Medine was born on November 14, 2017, weighing eight pounds, five ounces, and measuring 22 inches long. Proud parents are Kate and Travis Medine, and thrilled big brothers are Michael and Stewart.


Frances Marin Myers was born to Louise Hines Myers and Michael Myers on November 22, 2017. Delighted grandparents include Bunny & Bill Hines.

Maxwell Advent Event
Joseph's Story - This Sunday evening

John Maxwell's performance begins at 7:00 p.m., in the church. Dinner reservations are now closed, but space remains for the show.

  • Advent activities for children and tweens (nursery open) at 7:00 p.m.
  • Acclaimed one-man dramatic presentation for adults and older youth in the church at 7:00 p.m.
  • Coffee & conversation following the show
Day School Outreach

The Day School kicks off with two Advent Outreach Projects on Monday, December 4 which run through Friday, December 15:


1) We will be having a book drive for Gonzales Primary School in Gonzales for books to create classroom libraries so students can borrow books to read at home.


2) We will also be collecting money for Emmanuel Episcopal School in Houston, destroyed in the floods of Hurricane Harvey. Emmanuel is currently holding classes at Holy Spirit School in Houston, but has lost everything, much more than will be covered by insurance. Read more, here.

Please bring elementary-age books for Gonzales Primary, and deliver to the Ministries Center foyer in a marked bag. Donations for Emmanuel Episcopal School should be delivered to the church or school office, or put in the alms basin; make checks payable to St. James Day School and put "Emmanuel School" in the memo line, please.

2017 Christmas Dinner

There's still space for you at the Wednesday, December 6 Advent Home Eucharist. We'll gather at 6:00 p.m. at a parish home for Eucharist led by Fr. John Pitzer, then enjoy brief fellowship over a light dinner of finger-food, all brought by those attending. We'll be on our way home by 8:00 p.m. Due to space limitations, these are adults-only, registration-required events. Sign-up using the button, below.

2017 Christmas Dinner

The 2017 Christmas Dinner at St. James, for our homeless neighbors and those living in area shelters, is December 10, and Alice Nelson & Nancy Jo Poirrier say there's still a place for you to help at our annual dinner for our neighbors living on the streets or in area shelters:

  • Any time - Contribute to the “Christmas Dinner and Gifts” fund. Put that on the memo line and send check to St. James. (Or, donate online, here - choose "Other Donations" and put "Christmas Dinner" in optional memo box.) Sponsor one gift bag: Text STJAMESBR XmasDinner $15.00 to 73256.
  • Bring Sunday – Collect toiletries (samples, gifts-with-purchase, travel/hotel size) for the gift bags and put in the collection box is in Ministries Center foyer.
  • December 3-8 - Collect fruit for table decorations and gifting and deliver to the Ministries Center foyer.
  • Friday, December 8 at 11:30 a.m. - Be part of the team filling gift bags in Bishops Hall foyer.
  • Saturday, December 9 at 10:30 a.m. – We'll be decorating tables in Bishops Hall for the dinner, creating a holiday atmosphere.
  • Sunday, December 10 at 11:40 a.m. – It's Feast Day at St. James – A Christmas Dinner for the Homeless – Volunteers report at 11:40 and the event will be over about 1:30 p.m.

To volunteer, check our spreadsheet and enter your name.


If you have any problem, or have questions, contact Nancy Jo Poirrier.

Lessons & Carols
2017 Christmas Pilgrimage

Christmas Flowers

Click on the image to download a PDF form for printing, or click here to pay online then send your email receipt along with your listing information to Sylvia Rabalais. DEADLINE FOR CHRISTMAS LISTING IS DECEMBER 18.

Hannah's Highlights

TONIGHT! 5:30-8:00 p.m. Dinner & Downtown Tree Lighting

Meet in the EYC room and we'll walk to the lighting at Town Square on North Blvd., and help with crafts at the St. James tent.


Gift Wrapping

The EYC will be wrapping Christmas presents for parishioners in the parlor during Sunday school hour and after the 10:30 service. We will have gift wrap and gift tags available, or some parishioners will bring their own. This outreach is free to the church, but we'll accept donations to go toward summer mission trips. Show off your mad skillz with paper, ribbon, and scissors!


Sunday evening, we'll join the parish for the spaghetti dinner at 6:00 p.m. At 7:00 p.m., enjoy John Maxwell's presentation of The Story of Joseph, or make Advent wreaths in the parlor.


Next Saturday, December 9, we'll have an EYC Christmas Party and watch the downtown Christmas parade. Meet in the EYC Room at 5:30 p.m. Bring a gift for a white-elephant exchange ($10 max). We'll be done by 8:00 p.m.


Questions? Comments? Need to get on her email list? Email Hannah!


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