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St. James Episcopal Church
December 29, 2017
Volume 7, Number 52
The e•Messenger
Hearty Breakfast
This Sunday at St. James

December 31: The First Sunday after Christmas



The Adoration of Simeon and Anna at the Presentation in the Temple is by Jan Van't Hoff, a contemporary artist from The Netherlands. The facial expressions on Anna and Simeon, here, evoke all the expressions in the text. Used with permission. Click the image for a larger view.

Sunday's Service Schedule
  • 8:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite I, in the church
  • 8:00-9:00 a.m. - Hearty Breakfast in Bishops Hall for parishioners and our neighbors. Come enjoy a hot breakfast, or come help greet our guests!
  • 9:15 a.m. - Fellowship over coffee and refreshments in the Parish Hall parlor.
  • 10:30 a.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite II, in the church
  • 5:00 p.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite II, in the Chapel of the Twelve Apostles.
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. Submit your nomination(s) using the button, below.


Sunday Education & Events

Nursery: Our professionally-staffed nursery is open this Sundays between 8:45 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. 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.


CHILDREN, YOUTH, and ADULT classes are on holiday break until Sunday, January 21. Read about youth and EYC events in Hannah's Highlights. You can catch up on Pure Grace, with Fr. Joe Reynolds, with class videos here.


Family New Year's Event Downtown

Red Stick Revelry Birthday CelebrationStarting right after church, at 11:30 a.m. on December 31 in the North Boulevard Town Square, the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish Libraries, Visit Baton Rouge and Red Stick Revelry kick off the celebration with “Red Stick Rising” in the North Boulevard Town Square.


Bring the entire family from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. and enjoy hands-on arts for the kids with local artists, the dedication of a bicentennial plaque with Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome, and a 200th birthday cake for Baton Rouge.


Special musical guest James Linden Hogg, Louisiana State Fiddle Champion, will perform historic songs from the soundtrack of early America, and with the celebration falling on Sunday this year, downtown churches are invited to attend the mid-day activities to join in a community singing of Auld Lang Syne at noon.

The Messenger
The Messenger

Read the JANUARY 2018 issue online at Issuu, or in PDF at the button, below, including Vestry bios and Associate Vestry slate to be voted upon at our Annual Meeting on January 21.


Visit our Newsletter Archive page for other issues, or to change or update your electronic message subscriptions.



Church Calendar Link

The church offices will be closed Monday, January 1 in observance of the New Year's holiday.


The Day School is on holiday until Monday, January 8, when we will have a modified service of Morning Prayer at 8:15 a.m. This service is held all Monday mornings school is in session and 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.


Donations intended for 2017 tax purposes must be received at the office before noon on Friday, December 29, put in the Sunday, December 31 collection plate, or completed online at before midnight on December 31.


Yoga changes in 2018: Monday yoga is no longer offered, but Margaret Culbertson is adding a third Wednesday to her schedule - teaching on the second, third, and fourth Wednesdays in January at 9:30 a.m.  Anyone who wishes to attend should RSVP to by noon on Tuesday before each class so attendance/potential conflicts can be determined.


Wednesday, January 3 is the next Joan of Arc Study Group meeting, hosted at noon by Rieta Reiser. Barbara Bacot will lead the study on the Apostle James. All women of the church are invited; contact Nina Broyles for more information.


The Bad Girls Book Club 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. The book selection for February 12 is Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf.

Hannah's Highlights

Student help is needed during the holidays filling We Care lunch bags - a simple procedure is posted in the We Care closet (first door to right on entry to the Activities Room on the first floor of the Ministries Center). Good holiday hours are 11:30-12:30 just about any weekday! (Not good days: Wednesday, December 20; Friday, December 22; or Monday-Tuesday, December 25-26.) Please email to sign up to help over the holidays!


January 7: Confirmation Information meeting at 10:00 a.m. in the Activities Room on the first floor of the Ministries Center. Youth interested in May 2018 confirmation at the bishop's visit, along with their parents/adults, should plan to attend for class schedule, requirements, and additional information.


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


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