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St. James Episcopal Church
September 22, 2017
Volume 7, Number 38
The e•Messenger

Parish Survey


Have you completed the parish survey? Read more.

This Sunday at St. James

September 24: The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost



Parable of Vineyard Workers


The Parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard, by Rembrandt (1637) is an oil on panel piece held by The Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia. Click the image for a view of the entire painting.

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 cantors.
  • 11:30 a.m. - Acolyte Training & Refresher, 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.



  • 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. We will walk over to PJ's Coffee for study and conversation, located at 100 Lafayette Street, and return to the youth room by 10:15 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 is away this weekend. His series, Pure Grace: The Application of 12-Step Principles to Life, based on his own manuscript, will resume next Sunday, October 1.
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The Messenger

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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 27 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!


Next Sunday, October 1 is the start of Episcopal Schools Week. We will recognize Episcopal Schools Sunday with Day School acolytes, ushers, lectors, and special message at the 10:30 service, and the Day School will be hosting tours immediately following the service.

Save the Date: Fall Hospitality Party
ECW Fall Deanery Meeting

If you're interested in going, please contact Denise Allen for carpool opportunities.


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 only two more 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.


Hannah's Highlights
EYC Bowling Night

Next Saturday, September 30, we will meet at the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank at Fraenkel Center, 10600 South Choctaw at 8:00 a.m. to help sort through donations, clean and organize the warehouse, and learn about all the Food Bank does to help the hungry in our area. We will finish by noon.

If you'd like to come please let Hannah know by Wednesday, September 27 -- click the button, below.


Episco-ALIENS Senior High Rally is October 7-8, 2017 at the Solomon Episcopal Conference Center. Registration closes on October 4.


Rally is scheduled and planned for youth by youth in grades nine-12, designed to be a fun, relaxing retreat weekend that combines presentations by youth, small group discussion, and worship with games, activities, music, and fellowship. All are welcome to attend!


If you're interested in attending please click for the Registration Form and Permission Form. Questions? Get in touch with Hannah, here.

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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