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St. James Episcopal Church
November 10, 2017
Volume 7, Number 45
The e•Messenger

Angel Tree 2017

This Sunday at St. James

November 12: The Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost



William Blake's The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins, ca. 1799-1800, depicts the moment half the troop realizes they must search for oil and restart their duties. Listen to Met curator Constance McPhee describe the work and parable. Click the image for a larger view.

Sunday's Service Schedule
  • 8:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite I, in the church
  • 9:15 a.m. - Christian education for all ages
  • 10:30 a.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite II in church with organ and choir
  • 5:00 p.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite II, in the Chapel of The Twelve Apostles
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.



  • Children's Sunday School at 9:15 a.m. and Children's Church (during the 10:30 services) - Children gather on the second floor of the Parish Hall for Sunday School at 9:15 a.m., and at the back of the church during the sequence hymn (just before the Gospel reading) for a brief lesson and activity in Children's Church, before returning to their families in time for communion.
Christmas Pageant Time



  • Young people in grades six through twelve gather in the Youth Room on the first floor of the Ministries Center at 9:15 a.m.


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. The Rev. John M. Pitzer will kick off the fall series until the return and addition of Fr. Ralph Howe, along with lay leaders, 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.

Adult classes will meet on Sunday, November 19. Children and youth begin their Thanksgiving break. No classes on Sunday, November 26.

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Church Calendar Link

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


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


Altar Guild members throughout the diocese are invited to the Diocesan Altar Guild Fall Workshop, tomorrow, Saturday, November 11, 2017 at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, 1101 Belle Alliance Drive in LaPlace. The topic of this workshop is "Your Altar Guild." Please, bring a dish to share for our Pot Luck Lunch.Schedule: 10:00 - 10:30, registration; 10:30 - 11:30, Eucharist; 11:30 - 12:30, workshop; 12:30 - 1:30, pot luck lunch; and, 1:30 - 2:00, business meeting. Contact Joyclyn Yuga for more information.


Louisiana Week at the National Cathedral: Each week in the prayers for the nation, Washington National Cathedral lifts up one particular state in the petitions. This week the Cathedral is praying for the state of Louisiana and its residents.

The Cathedral wants to thank you and all friends in Louisiana for their prayers and support with this brief video message from Cathedral Provost Jan Naylor Cope. Watch the video to see some of the ways Louisiana is represented in the Cathedral.


Opens Sunday, in the parlor, and CAAH One Stop Artists exhibit in the small parlor:


Artists Guild Show


Meditative Yoga has a modified November schedule: Monday, November 13 at 11:00; Wednesday, November 15 at 9:30 a.m.; and, Wednesday, November 29 at 9:30 a.m. Class is held in the CSF Atrium on the third floor of the Ministries Center. The gentle poses used are accessible to most and everyone is invited to attend.


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.


The Chancel Choir rehearses at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday evenings in the Choir Room on the second floor of the Parish Hall. All adult singers are invited -- new members are always welcome!


Thursday, November 16 at 6:30 is the next gathering of St. Mary's Bible Study. We will meet at the home of Linda Gibson, 1528 Country Club Dr., and discussing Mary. Please contact Anna Catherine Soule for more information.


The Bad Girls Book Club next selection is The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion. We're meeting on Monday, December 4 at 6:00 p.m. Our 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.


2017 Christmas Dinner at St. James prep is already underway. Read more, here.

Maxwell Advent Event

Sunday evening, December 3 starting at 6:00 p.m.

  • Catered spaghetti dinner by Ruffino's in Bishops Hall at 6:00 p.m.
  • 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
  • $10/adult - children free! Reservations required.


Maxwell Presentation Clip

Thank You! Thank you! Thank you!

… to the 60+ volunteers who shared their valuable time and talent to make the 180th Diocesan Convention a big success! The feedback has been glowing. The diocesan staff and convention delegates complimented everything from setup through registration, the Eucharist, Treble Choir, Kid's Orchestra choir, the reception, breakfast, and the warm hospitality offered by everyone at St. James. We are truly blessed with a gracious and generous community.
The volunteers made it happen! -- Denise Allen

Hannah's Highlights

Big events this weekend:


Saturday, November 11 - Bowling at Don Carter's! Dinner provided, and friends welcome. Meet at Don Carters at 6:00 p.m.; we'll be finished by 9:00 p.m.


Sunday, November 12 - We'll serve at The LOT Project, 2:30-5:00 p.m. Meet at St. James and we'll go to the site next to the Pastime, together.


We are glad to welcome Jim George to St. James from another parish in the city.


Congratulations to three parish families:


Elizabeth "Eliza" Morgia Dampf was born on October 10, 2017 weighing six pounds, three ounces and measuring 19.5 inches long. Eliza is the daughter of Katherine and Ben Dampf.


Russell James Holmes was born at 9:05 p.m. on Monday, November 6, 2017 to Kate Garand Holmes and George Holmes. His thrilled grandparents are Ann and Wendell Holmes of St. James, and Pam Monroe and Jim Garand. He weighed eight pounds, five ounces and measured 20.5" long.


Beckett Edward Larisey was born November 8, 2017 weighing seven pounds, three ounces and measuring 21-1/4 inches long. Beckett's parents are Keegan and Benjamin Larisey. His St. James grandparents are Sue and Mike Larisey, and his great-grandmother is Evelyn Traylor.

2017 Christmas Dinner

The 2017 Christmas Dinner at St. James, for our homeless neighbors and those living in area shelters, is December 10, but volunteers are already at work collecting items for gift bags. Read more about how you can get involved -- contributing items, donating funds, or hands-on -- there's a place for you!

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