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St. James Episcopal Church
October 12, 2018
Volume 8, Number 41
The e•Messenger
Annual Giving Campaing
This Sunday at St. James

October 14: The Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost

Jesus Blesses Children Window


Whether this is "the" Eye of the Needle" gate from Jesus' time remains under debate. You can read more about it, here.

Sunday's Service Schedule
  • 8:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite I, in the church
  • 9:15 a.m. - Christian Education for young children & adults
  • 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.

This Sunday, September 30, at 9:15 a.m.:

  • Children from PreK-3 age through fifth grade meet on the second floor of the Parish Hall in sections for three levels
  • Youth and teens in grades six-12 will not meet this Sunday. Enjoy your fall break!
  • Adults:
    • Daily Dose of Scripture, an adult study of the Sunday readings, meets this fall in the Parish Hall small parlor.
    • In the Beginning: A Study of Genesis is the first series in our Adult Forum, led by Fr. Chris Duncan. The class meets in Bishops Hall.
    • Special series coming in October: Power Parenting. Read more, here.

Children's Church is offered during the 10:30 service. Children depart to the chapel for their own sermon and an opportunity to stretch and wiggle, and return to church in time for communion with their parents.

Pledge Statement
Why We Give to St. James

My life is centered on Communion with our Lord. This brings peace to my soul, so I focus on attending a service every Sunday, at least. So, why St. James?


A St James Associate Rector somehow found that my family had moved to Baton Rouge in late 1970, and invited us to attend, which we did. He subsequently visited me, where I worked across the street, and invited me to run for the Associate Vestry. Upon election, I met, and became friends with 11 members in my age group and St. James became home.


Home to a greater extent, however, because our parishioners of all ages are of one mind in living the teachings of Christ. We live these teachings by following the many different paths that are open to us through St James. These many paths encourage us to individually choose those paths that best fit our talents and treasure, so that we are all following that same path that Christ teaches. That’s why I attend St James Episcopal Church.

Church Calendar Link
Day School Eucharist

No Eucharist this morning as the Day School is on fall break.


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


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.


The Bad Girls Book Club is reading Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover for the Monday, October 15 meeting at 6:00 p.m. at La Madeleine's on Jefferson Highway. There will be no meeting in November, and the December meeting will be held on Monday, December 3, to discuss The Horse Dancer by Jojo Moyes. R.s.v.p. to Monica Murphy by email here, or text her at 225-335-3572.

Please observe the handicapped designated parking spots, directly in front of the church, enforced Sunday mornings between 8:00 and noon.

Molly Israel LeJeune and Travis LeJeune welcomed their second child, Barlow Travis LeJeune, on Friday, October 5, 2018. Delighted grandparents are Deanne and Bob Israel.
ECW Meeting Saturday
The Baton Rouge Deanery of the ECW announces the fall meeting, Saturday, October 13, at St. Patrick's Episcopal Church, 1322 Church Street, Zachary. The morning opens at 9:00 with registration and continental breakfast, and offers an information presentation, celebration of Holy Eucharist, and lunch. An $8 donation is requested for lunch. R.s.v.p. to Beth Kimmell of St. Patrick's, via email, or 225-654-9388.

Altar Guild Meet-and-Greet with Fr. Chris Duncan is next Sunday, October 21 during the 9:15 Christian education hour. Please put this on your calendar and come have a short visit with Fr. Duncan so he gets to know all of our important Altar Guild members. We'll gather in the Activities Room on the first floor of the Ministries Center..


ERD is a 4-star charity at Charity Navigator, and 98.7% of contributions go directly to program services, as reported by Donate to the Hurricane Relief Fund, here.

Give a Christmas Bag


Christmas is fast approaching and once again the St. James family will open their hearts to the less fortunate with a wonderful Christmas feast with all the trimmings and an exciting gift bag.


We will be putting together 200 bags this year, at an estimated cost of $15.00 each, utilizing bulk purchasing. The backpack will contain personal care products as well as a poncho, fleece scarf, a fleece blanket, gloves, a cap and socks. We will also gather some small toys, coloring books, pencils and some candy for bags for the children.


We will be ordering immediately as many of the items are not available later in the year.  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 using your text messaging. Standard text messaging rates may apply.
  • Give online through our website. Please put Gift Bags for Xmas in the memo box.
EYC News

Enjoy your fall break, and make plans, now, to attend next Sunday, October 21, on our Tunica Hills Hike! We'll be joining EYC from St. Luke's and Grace/St. Francisville, after meeting at St. James at 12:30 p.m. Plan to wear appropriate hiking shoes and clothes that can get wet; and, bring a change of clothes/shoes for the trip home. Contact Mrs. Annie for more info and to hold your spot, today!


2018-2019 Youth Registration: We have a new youth registration/permission system in place. All St. James youth (and friends attending) need to complete the registration form at the link, below, and download and complete the permissions form also at the link. Mrs. Annie thanks you!


This information should be received before our Tunica Hills hike. Take a few minutes and fill it out, now!


Day School Carnival

Mellow Mushroom Instructions

Click on the image to download PDF of instructions.

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