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St. James Episcopal Church
September 15, 2017
Volume 7, Number 37
The e•Messenger

Parish Update this Sunday


Christian Education classes for all ages begin this Sunday at 9:15 a.m.

This Sunday at St. James

September 17: The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost



Unforgiving Servant


Domenico Fetti (c. 1589 – 1623) was an Italian Baroque painter. His depiction of the unforgiving servant shows him choking his debtor, his own sins having been forgiven. Click the image for a larger view.

Sunday's Service Schedule
  • 8:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite I, in the church
  • 8:45 a.m. - Search Committee Forum - Bishops Hall
  • 9:15 a.m. - Christian education for all ages
  • 10:30 a.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite II in church with organ and cantors.
  • 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.


The final Search Committee Forum in this series immediately follows the 8:00 a.m. service in Bishops Hall, led by Helen Campbell and Trey Roberts.



  • 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 starts a series on Pure Grace: The Application of 12-Step Principles to Life, based on his own manuscript, at 9:15 a.m. in the CSF Atrium on the third floor of the Ministries Center.
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Church Calendar Link

Holy Eucharist with the Day School is celebrated this morning at 8:15 a.m., in the church. All are welcome to attend this joyful service with music and readings led by our Day School students.


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


Meditative Yoga meets Wednesday, September 20 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!


The James Gang is Back!


The James Gang


Belva & David Dewey are planning fun excursions for The James Gang, and the first one will be to the World War II Museum in New Orleans. September is Louisiana month at the museum and the entrance fees are half price for Louisiana residents!


Date: Thursday, September 28

Time:  9:00 – 2:00

Where to meet: St. JamesParking Lot

Cost:  $60.00


The cost includes transportation to and from New Orleans, ticket to WW II museum as well as the movie Beyond all Boundaries narrated by Tom Hanks, and a box lunch.


Space is limited so reply immediately!


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.

Search Committee Forums



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 earliest attention as the survey will be open for three weeks.


We thank the Diocesan Office for their help in developing and administering this survey. Canon Shannon Manning will be at St. James on Sunday, October 15 to preach and celebrate with us at 10:30 a.m. and address the parish at a meeting immediately following that service.


SECC Sunday
Hannah's Highlights
EYC Bowling Night
Save the Date: Fall Hospitality Party
Day School Carnival 2017

Click the image to download a form to submit with your check, or click here to donate online! And, the Day School introduces The Pelican's Nest. Click the image to go to the registration page, and please share this with the parents of toddlers you may know!


Pelican's Nest Sign Up Pag
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