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St. James Episcopal Church
October 6, 2017
Volume 7, Number 40
The e•Messenger

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This Sunday at St. James

October 8: The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost




The St. James church cornerstone, located at the southwest corner at the Fourth and Convention Street intersection, deep behind the Sago palms, is, like all cornerstones, where diametrically opposed directions meet, and, given such strong foundation, can join forces and move upward toward heaven..


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 choirs.
  • 5:00 p.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite II, in the Chapel of The Twelve Apostles

We'll be watching Nate, and if there is any change to Sunday's schedule needed, we'll send out an email blast by 6:00 p.m. Saturday.

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. Breakfast provided!


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.
The Messenger
The Messenger

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Church Calendar Link

The Day School is on fall break, this morning. Friday morning Eucharist with the Day School resumes next Friday, October 13 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 not meet this Monday, October 9. The next class will be on Wednesday, October 18 at 9:30 a.m. These free classes are held on the first and second Mondays of each month, 11:00-12:30; and, on the third and fourth Wednesdays from 9:30-11:00 a.m., 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! Read about the Red Shift concerts.


It's time for YOU to suggest parishioners to the Vestry Nominating Committee as they begin their deliberations in developing the 2018 slate of vestry candidates. Read about the vestry requirements and submit your suggestions, here.

ECW Fall Deanery Meeting


If you're interested in going to this event, tomorrow, Saturday, October 7, please contact Denise Allen for carpool opportunities.





Bad Girls Book Club
Introducing St. Mary's Bible Study

St. Mary’s is a new Bible Study group for women who are in their late-20s to 50-ish. The group will meet on the third Thursdays in October, November, January, February, March and April at 6:30 p.m., starting Thursday, October 19.


We'll meet in members' homes, and have volunteer lists for snacks. We're meeting at 6:30 p.m., hoping it's convenient for both those who work outside the home or inside the home. Our study theme this year is “Women in the Bible,” but there are no reading assignments or homework. All you need to do is show up! If - and only if - you would like to lead a lesson, you may volunteer to lead one of the six lessons for the year.


We recognize we have sorely neglected this fabulous group of women parishioners for the past several years; and, we’re hoping to use this bible study as a building block for this group. Please contact Mary Boutwell (225-421-3543) or Anna Catherine Soule (205-242-1290) if you are interested, or email with the button, below.



Email Denise Allen

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 and many volunteers will be needed to help with registration, greeting and offering welcome to visitors, campus directions, and more.


Denise Allen is leading our planning committee and is asking for volunteers to assist before and during the convention. Email Denise, letting her know which or both days you're available (or maybe behind the scenes), and how you'd like to help.



Bad Girls Book Club

The Bad Girls Book Club selection for October is One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus, and we'll be meeting on Monday, October 23 at 6:00 p.m. for discussion.


We meet at La Madeleine's on Jefferson at Old Hammond Hwy. Don't forget to bring a sweater!


Let Monica Murphy know you'll be attending via email, or text to 225-335-3572.


Parish Survey Closes Today


As part of the self-study the Rector Search Committee is undertaking to accurately prepare a Parish Profile to potential candidates, this survey is designed to gather preceptions, ideas, and suggestions from as wide a spectrum of St. James parishioners as possible.


Please help us by having each adult in your household complete their own survey. This is your avenue to share with the Search Committee your thoughts and desires as we look to the future of St. James Episcopal Church. Each opinion is valuable to us, whether lifelong St. James parishioners or joining us last year, and will assist us in presenting our self-portrait more accurately.


Your survey response is anonymous and confidential. Please give this your immediate attention as the survey closes today.


Hannah's Highlights
EYC Bowling Night

We'll meet at the Friends of the Animals on Wednesday, October 11 at 6:00 learn about their program to foster, find adoptions, and save dogs in the GBR area

If you'd like to attend, please let Hannah know -- click the button, below.


Episco-ALIENS Senior High Rally is October 7-8, 2017 at the Solomon Episcopal Conference Center.


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.

Day School Carnival 2017

Click the image to download a form to submit with your check, or click here to donate online!


Red Shift presents Joby Talbot's Path of Miracles, the inaugural concert project of the 2017-2018 season. A multi-movement masterwork for 17-part advanced unaccompanied choir, Path of Miracles was composed in 2005 as a musical depiction of the mediaeval pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. Rarely performed because of its difficulty and extended length, the choir's staged production will constitute the southeastern premiere of the work, presented twice, on October 14 and 15. Dedicated to resonant, innovative storytelling, Red Shift is a professional choir of exceptional artists (including our own choir interim directors, Eric Johnson and Sara Bray) offering audiences new perspectives of sound and meaning in our shared world. Tickets @


Red Shift Choir Performance
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