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St. James Episcopal Church
November 3, 2017
Volume 7, Number 44
The e•Messenger

Thank You Reception

This Sunday at St. James

November 5: All Saints' Day, observed

Fall Back this Sunday

The Last Judgment


"To the right of Christ, the Blessed kneel in adoration, their faces radiant with the love of God, as angels dance in a circle in the verdant vegetation of Paradise. Golden rays of light stream through the open gates of the City of God and illuminate the white gowns of the Blessed seeking entry." The Final Judgment, Fra Angelico, c. 1431, is in the Museo di San Marco, Florence. Detail above; 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
  • 11:30 a.m. - Confirmation information meeting in the church, for parents of potential youth confirmands and youth
  • 4:00 p.m. - All Saints' Evensong led by the Chancel Choir, in the church
  • 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.
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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. Read the Day School #bignews announced Thursday!


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


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.


Volunteer Thank You Reception is at 6:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall parlor. On any given day at St. James, you'll find an army of parishioners working to further our mission to the parish, city, and world -- from altar guild to ushers, from greeters to food pantry workers, from choir members to Sunday school leaders, from those who grill burgers to those who deliver food or flowers to parishioners and friends, and many, many more -- we are blessed to have so many remarkable people volunteering their time and talents.


We do this for the glory of God, not personal recognition. That said, we would like to take a moment to thank all of our volunteers. So, whether you volunteer one day a year, or are here several days a week, we honor your commitment to the mission of St. James Episcopal Church and hope you will join us as we celebrate your presence and work at St. James.


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!


Altar Guild members throughout the diocese are invited to the Diocesan Altar Guild Fall Workshop, on 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.


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.

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.


Church Calendar Link
Submission Deadline is Monday, November 6

Please help us identify parishioners for leadership positions on Associate Vestry and Vestry.


The Vestry Nominating Committee has begun deliberations in developing the 2018 slate of vestry candidates. Read about the vestry requirements and submit your suggestions, here. Deadline for submissions is November 6.


The Associate Vestry is seeking nominations for new members who commit to serving for three years. If you would like to nominate someone or are interested yourself, please email AV president John Soule. The mission of the Associate Vestry is to build and strengthen our Christian community through hospitality. The group meets once per month and plans several major fellowship events over the course of the year including the Pancake Breakfast, the Crawfish Boil, and the Fall Hospitality Party.


Convention Opens Today

We will be hosting the 180th Convention of the Diocese of Louisiana at St. James on Friday and Saturday, November 3 and 4, 2017. Denise Allen has gathered a great group of volunteers and leads direction for the people of St. James to welcome Episcopalians from all over southeast Louisiana.

Hannah's Highlights

Confirmation Informational Meeting: Sunday, November 5 following the 10:30 a.m. service, in the church. Young people interested in being confirmed at Bishop Thompson's May 6, 2018 visit, and their parent(s), should attend. We will be scheduling a four (4)-class confirmation series in the spring. Let Hannah know if you plan to attend, please.


Wednesday, November 8 - Pizza Night with the EYC at St. James, 6:00-7:30 p.m.


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.

Coming Soon:

Angel Tree goes up November 12, with opportunities to share Christmas with needy children and seniors living alone. Read more.


The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to St. James and is a great way to support the school library, while helping your child discover the power of reading. We invite everyone to come shop Scholastic’s wonderful collection of books and toys at our Wild West Book Fair. The fair will be open for church parishioners on Sunday, November 12 from 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. The Book Fair will also be open in the school library November 13-17 from 7:45 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (we will close shortly after church on Friday).


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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