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St. James Episcopal Church
October 27, 2017
Volume 7, Number 43
The e•Messenger

Hearty Breakfast this Sunday!

This Sunday at St. James

October 29: The Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost


It's a Trap!


The Pharisees Question Jesus, ca. 1886-1894, is another of James Tissot's series, The Life of Our Lord Jesus Christ, owned by the Brooklyn Museum. Click the image for a larger view.


Sunday's Service Schedule
  • 8:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite I, in the church
  • 8:00 a.m. - Hearty Breakfast in Bishops Hall
  • 9:15 a.m. - Christian education for all ages
  • 10:30 a.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite II in church with organ and choirs.
  • 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.



  • 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.


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


Meditative Yoga will meet this Monday, October 30 at 11:00 a.m. Due to vacations and Thanksgiving holidays, the November schedule is: 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. We will observe All Saints' Day, a principal feast of the church, this Wednesday, November 1.


Joan of Arc Study Group meets at noon on Wednesday, November 1. Hosted by Becky Johnson, Brandon Stephens will present the lesson on Peter, Apostle of Christ. Contact Nina Broyles for more information and directions.


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!


Fun Adults gathering on Thursday, November 2, 6:30-8:30 p.m., sponsored by the Associate Vestry & Children's Council:

Reformation - 500 Years Later


Click the image, or here, to let Mary know you'll be attending!

Thank You Reception

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.

Church Calendar Link
Called to Leadership?

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.


180th Diocesan Convention

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

Saturday, October 28: Halloween Parade Party, 2:00-8:00 p.m. We'll watch the downtown parade; dinner provided. Costume, if you'd like! Please bring a snack to share. This event open to sixth-12th grades; friends welcome.


Sunday, October 29: We'll help greet and serve parishioners and guests at the Hearty Breakfast in Bishops Hall, 8:00-9:00 a.m. Come help out! Volunteers, please arrive at 7:50 a.m.


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 2018 visit, and their parent(s), should attend. We will be scheduling an eight (8)-class confirmation series in the spring.

Coming Soon:

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


Save the date for a special Family Advent Evening with John Maxwell returning by popular demand to present his one man show: The Father to the Stepson: The Story of Joseph, on Sunday evening, December 3. Catered spaghetti dinner by Ruffino's and show (for adults and older youth). Advent activities for younger children! Tickets are $10 per adult; no charge for children. Look for our mailing and more information coming your way in November.


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.

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