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St. James Episcopal Church
November 17, 2017
Volume 7, Number 46
The e•Messenger

Angel Tree 2017

This Sunday at St. James

November 19: The Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost



The parable of the talents, depicted in a 1712 woodcut. The lazy servant searches for his buried talent, while the two other servants present their earnings to their master.

Sunday's Service Schedule
  • 8:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite I, in the church
  • 9:15 a.m. - Adult Christian Ed classes only; children and youth classes on Thanksgiving break
  • 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 has begun the Thanksgiving break. Classes will resume on Sunday, December 3.
Christmas Pageant Time




ADULT classes this Sunday at 9:15:

  • “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 with the Rev. John Pitzer, the Rev. 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. No classes on Sunday, November 26. All classes resume Sunday, December 3.

The Messenger
The Messenger

Read the NOVEMBER 2017 issue online at Issuu, or in PDF at the button, below. Limited pick-up copies are in the foyer tract racks. The December issues goes live next Friday, and will be ready for pick-up 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. (No Morning Prayer or Friday Eucharist, next week, as the Day School is out all week on Thanksgiving break.)


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


Now open in the parlor, and CAAH One Stop Artists exhibit in the small parlor:


Artists Guild Show


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 has a modified November schedule. Class will meet on 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.


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.

Advent Events Begin Soon! Mark your calendars, now:
Maxwell Advent Event
Joseph's Story - Sunday, December 3

Dinner and performance, starting at 6:00 p.m.

  • Catered spaghetti dinner by Ruffino's in Bishops Hall
  • 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
2017 Christmas Dinner

Advent Home Eucharists are scheduled on Wednesday, December 6, and Wednesday, December 13. 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, 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!

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.

Hannah's Highlights

Have a great Thanksgiving break! We'll see you the following week for:


Tuesday, November 28 -- EYC @ CC's -- 5:00-6:30 p.m.

We'll meet at CC's on Jefferson Hwy -- Bring homework and money for a coffee!


Wednesday, November 29 -- Movie Night -- 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Join us for a movie night in the EYC room. Dinner provided and friends are always welcome!

Quiana Lynell
Congratulations to …

Quiana Lynell who was awarded first place in the Sixth Annual Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition. Quiana and her daughters are St. James parishioners. She has formerly been a featured soloist in our choir, and twice a featured performer at Summer Sounds at St. James. The competition to find the next great jazz vocalist was held on Sunday, November 12 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center as part of the TD James Moody Jazz Festival. Contestants were judged on vocal quality, musicality, technique, performance, individuality, artistic interpretation, and the ability to swing, with more than 600 submissions from men and women around the world. The award comes with a cash prize and recording contract offer!

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