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St. James Episcopal Church
December 21, 2018
Volume 8, Number 51
The e•Messenger
Christmas Service Schedule
This Sunday at St. James

December 23: The Fourth Sunday of Advent

The Visitation

Luca della Robbia (Florence 1399-1485) created The Visitation. Not only an artistic masterpiece, depicting Mary and Elizabeth differently than other, more popular works, it is a technical masterpiece, as well. Read more, here.

Sunday's Service Schedule
  • 8:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite I, in the church
  • 10:30 a.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite II in the church
  • 5:00 p.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite II in the Chapel of the Twelve Apostles

Nursery Hours: Our professionally-staffed nursery is open Sunday mornings from 8:45 a.m. 'til 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.


Our nursery will open at 1:45 p.m. on Christmas Eve for the 2:30 pageant and service of Holy Communion.


Christmas floral dedications are here.

Church Calendar Link

The church offices will be closed Monday-Wednesday, December 24-26. No Wednesday noon Eucharist, this week. Day School offices are closed Friday, December 21 through Thursday, January 3, 2019.


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


TAX FYI: Contributions to be attributed to your 2018 tax returns must be postmarked by December 31, 2018; received in hand by noon on December 31, 2018 when the office closes; or, completed by online transaction before 11:59:59 p.m. on December 31, 2018.


Bad Girls Book Club next meets on Monday, January 21 to discuss The Storied Life of AJ Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin, at 6:00 p.m. in the private room at La Madeleine's on Jefferson Hwy. R.s.v.p. to Monica Murphy, or text her at 225-335-3572. Don't forget to bring a sweater!


Jay Noland was elected by the vestry to serve as 2019 Senior Warden at the December 17 meeting of the vestry. His term as Senior Warden will begin after the Annual Meeting scheduled for Sunday, January 27. The Junior Warden will be selected by the vestry at their first meeting after the Annual Meeting.


Christmas Service Schedule

Click here to volunteer at Hearty Breakfast!

Glory into Glory Class


"Finish, then, thy new creation; pure and spotless let us be.

Let us see thy great salvation, perfectly restored in thee;

changed from glory into glory, till in heaven we take our place,

till we cast our crowns before thee, lost in wonder, love, and praise."

Love divine, all loves excelling by Charles Wesley (Hymnal 1982 #657)

From generation to generation, the prayer of the Church is that we will be transformed from one degree of glory into another. In other words, we celebrate the rich inheritance of God's blessing and yet also open ourselves to continued transformation from Glory into Glory and strength into strength.


Beginning Sunday, January 6, all adults of the parish are invited to undertake deliberate and directed conversation about how God has called and continues to call the good people of St. James to be transformed from Glory into Glory.


This three-week program led by Fr. Chris will have two components, each week: a short Sunday presentation followed by small group discussion, all during the Sunday School hour starting at 9:15 a.m. in Bishops Hall.

Welcome Baby!

Congratulations to …


LaToya and Chet Carter who are the proud parents of a son, Chambers Lloyd Carter, born on December 9, 2018. Chambers has two older sisters, Destiny and Micaiah, and an older brother, Chetwin.


Julia and Carlos Spaht, the proud parents of Holden Robert Spaht born on December 13, 2018, and older sisters, Cappa and Virginia.

EYC News

Sunday, December 30: Let's go ice skating! Sixth-twelfth graders and their friends! We'll meet at 5:00 p.m. in the Youth Room for a quick dinner and New Year's Eve-themed hangout. At 5:40-ish, we'll walk down to the River Center for the 6:00-7:30 ice skating session, and be back in the Youth Room in time for an 8:00 p.m. pick-up. R.s.v.p. to Mrs. Annie by December 27 for ticket pre-purchase.


Senior High Rally info and registration (click the image):


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