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St. James Episcopal Church
November 2, 2018
Volume 8, Number 44
The e•Messenger
 
 
 
 
   

Garden Guild Cleanup Morning

There are many reasons why we make giving to St. James a priority in our house. We were both taught by our parents the act of selfless giving of our time, talents and treasure to our church. Giving our treasure to our church not only provides support for the church's many ministries, but also allows us to feel a sense of belonging, of being active in a Christian community, of being part of something bigger than ourselves. But most importantly, it allows us the opportunity to take a look at our lives, at all God has given us, and give to St. James out of complete thankfulness. The phrase, "There but for the grace of God go I," comes to mind. Without God's continued presence, grace and guidance in our everyday lives, we would not be as blessed as we are in so many ways. 

 

We endeavor to instill that same sense of Christian responsibility in our three children. Our family has felt the welcoming love of Christ at St James since we first started attending. All three of our children have been baptized at St. James and each are thriving as students at the Day School. Their Christian education started with St. James and continues as building blocks in every aspect of their lives. We encourage their giving to their church as well, helping them to set aside part of their allowance each month in thankfulness for all that St. James has given them.

 

Our spiritual lives and those of our children have forever been marked by St. James. For these reasons and many more, it is with grateful hearts that our family gives to St. James.

 

This Sunday at St. James

November 4: All Saints' Sunday, observed

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William Bouguereau's (1825-1905) All Saints Day.

 

Sunday's Service Schedule
  • 8:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite I, in the church
  • 9:15 a.m. - Christian Education for children and adults
  • 10:30 a.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite II in the church
  • 5:00 p.m. - All Saints' Evensong, in the church
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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.

This Sunday, November 4, at 9:15 a.m.:

  • Children from PreK-3 age through fifth grade meet on the second floor of the Parish Hall for music with Sara Bray, this Sunday morning. They'll practice a song for a musical offering at the start of the 10:30 service.
  • Adults:
    • Daily Dose of Scripture, an adult study of the Sunday readings, meets in the Parish Hall small parlor.
    • In the Beginning: A Study of Exodus is the second series in our Adult Forum, with this series led by Fr. Ralph Howe. The class meets on the first floor of Bishops Hall.
    • Power Parenting continues this Sunday morning, on the third floor of Bishops Hall. (Stairs and elevator are against the east-most side of the building.) Read more, here. Note that next Sunday, November 11,

      all four of our speakers will conduct a round table question and answer session after church, in same area on the third floor of Bishops Hall! We will have a light lunch available, the nursery will remain open, and we’ll have an activity for the children

No Children's Church this Sunday, as we celebrate our Pledge Ingathering with our families. Busy Bags are freshly stocked and available from the rack in the bell tower!

Church Calendar Link

All Saints Evensong

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The NOVEMBER 2018 issue is now AVAILABLE IN PDF.

 

Pick-up copies are available in the tract racks in the Parish Hall and Ministries Center foyers, and the church narthex.

Church Calendar Link

Holy Eucharist with the Day School, including All Saints' baptism this morning, is at 8:15 a.m. in the church. Day School families and parishioners are invited to attend and experience a special joy in worship with this student-led service.

 

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

 

The Food Pantry will open at 8:00 a.m. on the first floor of the Ministries Center, Wednesday, November 7 to qualified recipients in the 70802 area. Volunteers are always welcome!

 

Holy Eucharist with healing prayers is celebrated each Wednesday at noon. This simple service lasts about 35 minutes, and is held in the Chapel of the Twelve Apostles, just inside the Parish Hall door on N. Fourth Street.

 

St. James Episcopal Day School is accepting applications for a full-time Teaching Assistant to our program for two- and three-year-olds. Read more, here, about careers at the Day School and information on submitting your application. Share this information with the person you know who finds love and joy working with these delightful young people!

 

Bad Girls Book Club is not meeting in November. Our December selection is The Horse Dancer by Jojo Moyes, and the meeting is early: Monday, December 3 at 6:00 p.m. For January 21, 2019, we'll be reading The Storied Life of AJ Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. We meet at LaMadeleine's on Jefferson at Old Hammond Hwy. RSVP by email to Monica Murphy, or text her at 225-335-3572.

 

Click here to read a Diocesan Convention Summary, including an impressive list of present and former St. James parishioners who are on diocesan committees!

 

Next Sunday, November 11 is the opening date for the 2018 Angel Tree, and the Day School Book Fair. Look for details in next Friday's eMessenger about these events, and the Advent Quiet Retreat scheduled on Saturday, December 8!

 
 
Joan of Arc Logo
 

The Joan of Arc Study Group gathers at noon, this Wednesday, November 7, hosted by Becky Johnson. Lubna Culbert provides the lesson on Constantine.

 

Honey East and Bahin Leonard provide sandwiches, with Emily Wray Lamont and Susan Ozier bringing desserts.

 

All ladies of the parish are invited -- contact Lubna for more information.

Give a Christmas Bag

 

Please consider making a cash donation to help with the cost of this exciting ministry. Checks can be mailed to the church office with the memo – Gift Bags for Christmas Feast - or, choose one of our easy ways to cover costs for one gift bag:

  • Text STJAMESBR XmasDinner $15.00 to 73256 to give to the "Misc Donations" fund by text. Standard text messaging rates may apply.
  • Give online through our website. Please put Gift Bags for Xmas in the memo box

SIGN-UP to volunteer at Gift Bag prep, decorating/set-up, and/or serving at the dinner, itself, here!

Give a Christmas Bag

 

Thank You! to the Property Committee for recognizing the struggle in maintaining adequate access to our parking lots for parishioners, church or Day School guests, faculty, and staff. They have obtained and installed two new parking information and warning signs at the entrance to the Fourth Street lot.

EYC News

This Sunday evening, we'll attend the All Saints' Evensong in the church at 5:00 p.m., and enjoy supper and fellowship in the Youth Room, afterward. Pickup time is 7:00 p.m.

 

We're invited to Warren Ross' house on Sunday, November 11 for an EYC Homegroup and Outreach gathering! We'll get to a hands-on project used for outreach ministry. Contact Mrs. Annie Jung for more information.


Registration now open for Jr. High Rally on Saturday-Sunday, November 17-18: Jr. High Rally for grades six through eight is at the beautiful Solomon Episcopal Conference Center in Robert, Louisiana. Registration is available online at seccla.org. Mrs. Annie will be attending as an adult chaperone.

 

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