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Vol. 5, No. 37

Friday, September 11, 2015

The Messenger issue for September 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 church narthex, and the Parish Hall and Ministries Center foyers.



EKC -- Episcopal Kids Community will be an opportunity, on the second and fourth Sundays, for youngsters in grades 3-5 to grow spiritually while also creating new bonds, friendships, and a familial community through games and activities all in a safe, welcoming environment. The first gathering is Sunday, September 13 at 5:00 p.m.Send Marvin an email for more information, and to get on the EKC mailing list.


For grades 6-12

Director of Youth Ministry Marvin McLennon says, "EYC -- for sixth through twelfth graders -- will begin meeting on the first and third Sundays each month, the first gathering on September 20 at 5:00 p.m." Make sure you're on Marvin's email list by sending him an email with your address and/or text number.

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.

Carnival 2015

Day School Fall Fest 2015 is Friday, October 9!

Lindsay & Earl Turner are this year's Church-Day School Carnival liasons, and they invite you to click here, or on the image, for information on becoming a Parish Partner to this popular and important Day School fund raiser!

Parish Partner forms are also available in the Parish Hall foyer and parlor.

And, save the date for a fun filled evening for the whole family at the Fall Fest 2015!

Bible 2.0

Fr. Ralph's Wednesday schedule for Bible 2.0:

  • September 16
  • September 30
  • October 7
  • October 21
  • November 4
  • November 18
  • December 2
  • December 9

Geared to young parents, but open to everyone, the group meets in the first floor media room in the Ministries Center at 6:00 p.m.

Remember: The Church Calendar is online for you to check for any last-minute changes to schedules, or to schedule your gathering.

Baby Welcome

Amy and Evan Longfield, along with big brother Ewan, announce the birth of their daughter, Katherine "Kate" Willow Longfield, born September 7, 2015, weighing 7 lbs., 14 oz., and measuring 20-3/4 inches long. Congratulations!

The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Peter's Rebuke

Sunday's Gospel has Jesus referring to one of his own disciples - Peter, The Rock, no less - as Satan! No, Peter claims, "You don't have this right. The Messiah is all glory, and power, and prosperity!" But that's human thinking, Jesus rebukes him, not God-like thinking. What else do you get more of by giving it away?

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.

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

10:00 a.m. - Christian Education fall term begins! 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.

Fall Christian Ed Term Begins This Sunday

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 the day's lesson, activity, and music with Jody Hanet. Children will be brought to church in time for communion.

Good Shepherd and True Vine Sunday School: At 10:00 a.m., 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, through the year.

DavidDAVID: The Kid with the Sling and the Great King of Israel - Father Ralph Howe leads a study of one of the most famous characters in scripture (because of that Goliath guy), yet whose adulthood is not so well known. Follow David from a young shepherd, to a well-loved soldier, to a fugitive, to one of the most respected kings of Israel, at 10:00 a.m. in the CSF Atrium on the third floor of the Ministries Center.

Mom to MomMom-to-Mom meets Thursday Evening

St. Mary's Mom-to-Mom Group next meets Thursday, September 17 at 6:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall parlor. The M2M group is for moms of young children. Nursery care is provided for the meeting, courtesy of the St. James ECW. Contact Mary Boutwell to reserve a spot for your child(ren) at 225-387-5141 ext. 229.

A brunch is planned on Sunday, September 27. Contact Kate Medine at 225-776-1554 for more information.

Bad Girls Book ClubBook Club September & October Meeting Info

The September meeting is Monday, the 21st, and for this meeting, we are reading The Truth According to Us by Annie Barrows. The October book is Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands by Chris Bohjalian, and we'll be meeting on Monday, October 19.

We will, generally, meet at La Madeleine's on Jefferson Hwy. at 6:00 p.m. Let Monica Murphy know you're comming by email to her at or text 225-335-3572, and don't forget to bring a sweater!

Mondays on Tap

MoT is not your ordinary Bible study. It is a gathering of young adults (20s-30s) that discusses interesting theological and spiritual topics such as the Gnostic Gospels, The Apocrypha, along with many, many more. Things will be kicking off on Monday, September 21 at The Radio Bar, 3079 Government Street, at 7:00 p.m.

Now Being Received:

Suggestions to the Nominating Committee of potential candidates to stand for election to the St. James Vestry at the January 2016 Annual Meeting are now being received. Download the form, here; copies are also available in the foyers and church narthex.

Solomon Center

2016 SECC Sunday Campaign

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

This past summer I was walking the grounds of the Solomon Conference Center and enjoying the beauty of the place when I noticed three ducks following me. I was amazed they followed so closely, seemingly unaffected by my clunking steps. There used to be eight or nine ducks but over the course of nights, one by one they disappeared, food for a night owl or maybe the alligator we found swimming in the lake. I like walking the grounds because it is so peaceful. Where else can you stroll leisurely surrounded by such beauty?

September 20 is SECC Sunday. Every year we set aside one day for churches to take up a special offering to help support the retreat center. This year, Frank Hall, the center's director, hired Chef Cody LeBoeuf to revamp the food services, and has he ever! Just ask one of the clergy who attended the clergy gathering back in July. The food was absolutely fabulous.

I hope you will be prayerful as to how much you can give for the ministry of the Solomon Center. SECC is a jewel waiting for you to come and walk its paths and rest for a while. We need your help.

SECC Donate Now



The Rt. Rev'd Morris K. Thompson, Jr.
Bishop of Louisiana

Retreats Coming Soon to the Solomon Episcopal Conference Center

The Solomon Episcopal Conference Center is a place to rest your mind and revive your soul.

SECC Chapel

"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted." – Aesop
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