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St. James Episcopal Church
November 23, 2018
Volume 8, Number 47
The e•Messenger

St. James Artists Guild

This Sunday at St. James

November 25: The Last Sunday after Pentecost - Christ the King

Jesus Before Pilate, First Interview is by James Tissot, and housed in the Broolyn Museum as part of Tissot's "Life of Christ" collection. Click the image for a larger view.

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. - All Saints' Evensong, in the church

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.


Sunday morning Christian Education classes for children and adults are on Thanksgiving break this Sunday, November 25, but Children's Chapel goes on, as scheduled, during the 10:30 service.

The Messenger
The Messenger

The DECEMBER 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

No Friday Eucharist today. The Day School and church offices are closed for Thanksgiving break.


Please plan to return your Angel Tree gifts this week. Our partner agencies need pick-up and delivery arrangement time, since they don't have any reindeer.


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


Advent begins December 2, and we'll mark the day with intergenerational Advent Wreath Making in Bishops Hall at 9:15 a.m., in lieu of Sunday morning Christian education classes. Forms, candles, and some greenery provided; you may wish to bring garden snips, additional greenery and other adornments for your wreath.


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Bad Girls Book Club is reading The Horse Dancer by Jojo Moyes, and the meeting is 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.

James Gang Event


The James Gang is heading to Lafayette!


We'll travel by luxury motorcoach to the Hilliard Museum at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette to view current exhibist, including the architecture of A. Hays Town, and the inaugural venue for Salvador Dali's Stairway to Heaven exhibition! After the museum, we'll have lunch at a local eatery, then return home. The fee of $35 covers transportation and museum admission; lunch is on your own.


Seating is limited so register early. Questions? Comments? Email Mary Boutwell.


Advent Retreat

FREE REGISTRATION now open! Click here, or on the image, to read more about this special time to help compose mind and heart for the season.

Christmas Feast at St. James


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
  • December 2-7 - Collect fruit for table decorations and gifting and deliver to the Ministries Center foyer.
  • Friday, December 7 at 11:30 a.m. - Be part of the team filling gift bags in Bishops Hall foyer.
  • Saturday, December 8 at 10:30 a.m. – We'll be decorating tables in Bishops Hall for the dinner, creating a holiday atmosphere.
  • Sunday, December 9 at 11:40 a.m. – It's Feast Day at St. James – A Christmas Dinner for the Homeless – Volunteers report at 11:40 and the event will be over about 1:30 p.m

VOLUNTEER sign-up form is here!

Christmas Flowers form
Holiday All-Nighter

All sixth through twelfth graders are invited to kick off their holiday break with a jam-packed celebration experience! (If you still have classes or exams, join in for part of the evening.)

The Holiday All-Nighter will include caroling for several parishioners who need a cheery visit, dinner, Laser Tag, late night beignets, and sleepover at the church. Drop off is in the Activities Room on the first floor of the Ministries Center between 4:30 and 5:15 p.m. Pick-up is Friday morning by 9:30 a.m.

Cost for the evening is $20, and friends are invited. All must register with Mrs. Annie by Tuesday, December 18.

Adults, we will need drivers/chaperones in shifts. Contact Annie to claim your shift choice!

When registering, include all names and ages for the evening, and whether staying for part or all of the night. Don't forget the required registration and permission forms!


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Food Pantry Header

St. James donors and volunteers once again will help provide a bountiful Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday for our neighbors in area code 70802, as a teamwork effort.


The Food Pantry volunteers prepare 26- to 28-pound bags of groceries on two
Wednesdays of each month. In November and December, each household also receives a $12.00 voucher for the purchase of a Butterball turkey, thanks to parishioner donations.


Allen Paterson, Food Pantry chair, reports 126 bags were provided in November and, "We are preparing for 160 bags and vouchers for December." The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank provides basic staple groceries for the 1,100 bags distributed each year. Assisting Allen are Brent Caldwell, Casey Duncan, Liz Treppendahl, Mike Fontenot, Kay Nelson, and, Carole and Phillip Wright.


deSha Carter mentors the Day School's holiday food program. As part of her Christian Education curriculum at the Day School, each grade level is assigned a food item: cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, green peas, or boxes of stuffing mix. For the students, she responds, "It is more than just bringing in food. It is a great lesson on serving God through serving others. The children really understand that they are helping those in need, and they take pride in making a difference in someone else's life."


All bags include ten to sixteen cans of vegetables, packages of rice and beans, a large box of cereal, and a variety of items available from the Food Bank.


The December distribution days, on the first floor of the Ministries Center, are Wednesdays, December 5 and 19, starting at 8:00 a.m. Volunteers are always welcome!


Photo provided by Phillip Wright; story also by Phillip, with Allen Paterson.


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