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Vol. 5, No. 50

Friday, December 11, 2015

The Messenger issue for December 2015 is here as a downloadable PDF, or click the image below to read on Issuu:

June Messenger

Pick-up copies are available in the narthex and foyers.


EKC (third-fifth graders) will have their Christmas gathering this Sunday, December 13, at 5:00 p.m. Send Marvin an email for more information, and to get on the EKC or EYC notification lists.

XmasTreeChristmas Party for
the Youth of the Diocese

Saturday, December 12 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the home of the Rev. Canon John and Tait Kellogg, at 7215 Zimple St, New OrleansĀ (next to the Chapel of the Holy Spirit). If you think you would like to come, please send an email to Canon Kellogg. Youth leaders and parents are welcome!

Sunday's Leaflets in PDF:LeafletImage

7:30 a.m.

As You Are

9:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m.

5:00 p.m.

Inquirers' Class

Fr. Mark will leads a series for Inquirers at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings in the Conference Room on the second floor of the Ministries Center. If you've not already spoken with him about your interest in attending, please let him know, now, so proper class arrangements are made.

Holiday Office Hours: The church office will close at noon on Wednesday, December 23, through Friday, December 25; and noon on Thursday, December 31 through Friday, January 1.

Donations intended for 2015 tax purposes must be received in person before noon, or online before midnight on December 31.

Download our Advent coloring, reading, and event calendar.

The Third Sunday of Advent

John Preaching in the Wilderness
As someone once said, "If this is the good news, I don't want to hear the bad." This Sunday's reading from Luke brings the preaching of John to "the crowds," to every one. And, John really brought it home: Who you think you are or where you came from doesn't matter. Share. Play fair. Don't be a bully.
Pieter Brueghel the Younger (1565-1636) copied his father's work, "John the Baptist Preaching in the Wilderness," at least 25 times, sometimes with slight variations (above), but always with the full variety of people in "the crowds" as depicted in his father's original. Click the image for a larger view. Here is the original version.

7:30 a.m. - Rite I service in the church.

As You Are service begins at 9:00 a.m. in the Chapel of the Twelve Apostles.

Children's Church: Meet in the Choir Room on the second floor of the Parish Hall between 8:50 and 9:00 a.m. for an age-appropriate lesson on the day's reading, an activity, and music with Jody Hanet.

9:00 a.m. - Rite II service in the church with organ and cantors.

10:00 a.m. - Christian Education offerings. Read more.

11:00 a.m. - Rite II service in the church with organ and cantors.

5:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II in the Chapel of the Twelve Apostles.

Centering Prayer this Sunday at 6:00 p.m. in the CSF Suite on the third floor of the Ministries Center.

Pilgrimage 2015

Advent Reflections

Christian Ed this Sunday at 10:00 a.m.

Good Shepherd and True Vine Sunday School meet on the second floor of the Parish Hall, for children 3-5 and 6-9 with age-level lessons about the life of Jesus from prophecies of his birth through the resurrection, the seasons of the church year, the sacraments, Bible parables, and more. Mr. Bob, Ms. Cathy, Anna & Allie welcome you!

Older Youth/Adults: Gather in the CSF Atrium for an Advent Meditation led by the Rev. Skully Knight, chaplain at Episcopal School.

Christmas Pageant

Betsy invites all youngsters interested in appearing in our Christmas pageant tableau to sign up, now! There will be one rehearsal with costume assignments, on Sunday, December 20 immediately following the 11:00 a.m. service. We'll have lunch for the children. Send an email to Betsy with your child(ren)'s name and age, now, to sign up!

The St. James Choirs invite you to:

Lessons & Carols

Group Meeting Info

The Bad Girls Book Club meeting is Monday, December 14, and we'll discuss Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich. Let Monica Murphy know you're coming by email to her at or text 225-335-3572, and don't forget to bring a sweater!

The Mom-to-Mom Group is meeting Thursday, December 17 at 6:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall parlor. Contact Mary Boutwell to reserve child care space.

2015 Christmas Dinner

Gift bags have been assembled, fruit collections are coming in, and we'll open the doors of Bishops Hall to our neighbors living on the streets or in area shelters this Sunday at noon.

Dinner volunteer positions are currently full. You can still help as we decorate Bishops Hall for our guests this Saturday, December 12 from about 10:00 a.m. 'til noon. Read more on the volunteer sign-up sheet.

If you would like to help with the cost of the dinner or gift bags, you can make a contribution online, here; or, put your check in the offering plate or mail clearly marked for "Christmas Dinner."

Christmas Flower Deadline is next Friday, December 18

Christmas Flower Form

Download a form for printing, here.

Announcement: The 2016 St. James Episcopal Church Annual Parish Meeting will be held Sunday, January 10, 2016. This will avoid conflicts of time, traffic, and parking we have experienced on the third Sunday of January since the inception of the Louisiana Marathon.

Stewardship 2015

Read more about Stewardship at St. James. You can also submit your 2016 pledge online, or via email, as well as set up automatic contributions toward your pledge.

Trinity Institute 2016

Interested in attending TI2016, "Listen for a Change: Sacred Conversations for Racial Justice," held January 21-23, 2016? Learn more at Trinity Church, Wall Street, here, and let us know to expect you. We will have a live simulcast in the CSF Atrium with Skype-teleconference and guided reflection and discussion periods.

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