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St. James Episcopal Church
September 29, 2017
Volume 7, Number 39
The e•Messenger

Parish Survey

This Sunday at St. James

October 1: The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

Episcopal Schools Sunday


Two Sons


Two Sons by Kazakhstan artist Nelly Bube (1949-). She has illustrated Jesus' parables for the Bible Society in Kazakhstan, which was published in Norwegian under the title Himmel tree.


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
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.

Save the Date: Fall Hospitality Party




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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.


Save the Date: Fall Hospitality Party


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


The Interfaith Federation of Baton Rouge celebrates World Day of Peace this Sunday, October 1 at 2:00 p.m. in the Louisiana State Capitol Rotunda with art, music, and activities. For more information, visit


Meditative Yoga meets Monday, October 2 at 11:00 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 coming soon.

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

Final Week for Parish Survey


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 one more week.


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

Tomorrow, 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 TODAY! -- 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.


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!

The Day School introduces The Pelican's Nest, a special program for young children and their parents, led by Day School teachers. Please share this opportunity with the parents of toddlers you may know!


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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