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Vol. 5, No. 46

Friday, November 13, 2015


EYC - Sixth through twelfth graders - gathers at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon in the Youth Room, first floor of the Ministries Center. Send Marvin an email for more information, and to get on the EYC mailing list.

The Christian Education subcommittee of the Mission & Visioning Committee will meet Sunday, November 15 at 3:30 p.m. in the CSF Atrium on the third floor of the Ministries Center.

Hearty Breakfast Volunteer Call


It’s time again to offer a Hearty Breakfast to our homeless neighbors on Sunday, November 22 from 8:00 until 9:00 a.m.

Volunteers need to report around 7:45-7:50 a.m., and if you plan to attend the 9 a.m. service, you may be a tad late. Click here to sign up!

Thanks and God’s peace to you,
Alice Nelson
Andrea Vidrine
Nancy Jo Poirrier

Book Fair Opens Sunday

Book Fair

CC Lockwood will be on campus on Thursday, November 19, 11:00 - 1:00 with his latest book, Louisiana Wild, breathtaking, as always.

Book Fair Hours (or click here to shop online!):
Sunday, Nov. 15 - 10:00-1:00
Mon. & Tues., Nov. 16 & 17: 7:50 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Wed. & Thurs., Nov. 18 & 19: 7:50 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The Messenger issue for November 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.

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.

More Bible study

Bible 2.0

Fr. Ralph's Wednesday schedule for Bible 2.0:

  • 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.

BabyCongratulations... parish and Day School dietician Mary Davis Palms on the birth of her first grandchild, a girl!

Riley Christine Bentley was born Friday, November 6, weighing 6 lbs., 13 oz. and was 20 inches long.

Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Widow's Mite

Lots of birth talk in the readings for the 25th Sunday after Pentecost, here. Hannah, well-loved and cared for, is barren and longs for a son. She names her pain and her desire to God, making a vow that her son would be returned to God -- as painful as that might be. When is good enough not enough? When we dream, are we willing to take the risks necessary to fulfill our deepest desire? Can we live as fully open and faithfully honest as Hannah? The replication of a woodcut by Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld is in the public domain.

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. Read about the Treble Choir, in concert at LSU on December 1, below.

10:00 a.m. - Christian Education classes for young children (second floor of the Parish Hall) and adults in the CSF Atrium on the third floor of the Ministries Center. Read more.

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

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.

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, through the year. Mr. Bob, Ms. Cathy, Anna & Allie welcome you!

This Sunday: The Role of Women in the Early Church and Today resumes

Ordination of Women in The Episcopal Church: Who was the first? How has this affected me? What is the future of women in the church? Where are we going? Join Mother Mary Ann at 10:00 a.m. in the CSF Atrium.

Angel TreeThe Angel Tree is up!

Visit and select your angel at the Angel Tree, now in the Parish Hall Parlor. Please be sure to "sign out" your angel on the roster sheet next to the tree.

All gifts must be brought to St. James no later than Sunday, November 29, as delivery to the Salvation Army and Home Instead is scheduled for the first of December.

A Message from the Mission & Vision Steering Committee

Good News 2020:  St. James Episcopal Church Strategic Plan for Its Ministry

How do we know when we get there? First, we start with a good plan.

Organizations, communities and even families constantly evolve over time, requiring periodic “check-in” and planning. A good road map assures the journey/change is productive and getting everyone closer to destinations or aspirations. Last summer, the Vestry appointed the Mission & Vision Steering Committee to be responsible for overseeing implementation of St. James’ strategic plan which has been named Good News 2020. In addition to the current Sr. Warden, Jr. Warden, and Rector serving as members of the committee, six at-large members have been appointed for three year terms. The complete committee includes Lolly Martin, Chair, Lee Griffin, Catherine Harrell, Kaki Heiligenthal, Mark Holland, Andy McCall, Dan West, and Shirley Young.

Read more, here.

“We’ve had enthusiastic response from St. James Church for this strategic plan journey and the momentum is beginning to build. Families love our Church and want to see it thrive,” reports Committee Chair Lolly Martin.

Group and Meeting Info

The Bad Girls Book Club meeting is Monday, November 16. We are reading Circling the Sun by Paula McLain. We meet at La Madeleine's on Jefferson Hwy. at 6:00 p.m. On Monday, December 14, 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!

St. Agnes/Edith/Monica ECW Chapter will meet on Tuesday, November 17 at 10:00 a.m. at St. James Place, in the Card Room of the Square, which is  to the right, just as one comes through the gate at the Main Entrance.

The Mom-to-Mom Group is meeting Thursday, November 19 at 6:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall parlor. Contact Mary Boutwell to reserve child care space. 

Holiday Art Show

Works from the St. James Artists Guild as well as works from the One Stop Art Class under the instruction of Elizabeth Whitley and Warren Green are all on display. Some are offered for sale; please contact the artist, directly, regarding purchase.

St. James Treble Choir

Some Web Site Reminders:


Day School Outreach Project Surpasses Goal Early

Outreach Hair DayChristian Education teacher deSha Caldwell Carter announces, "I am so excited to announce to you that our first week total for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society was $3,421.51. We exceeded our three week goal by $1,400! Thank you all for making this project such a huge success. Please remember in the coming weeks the families and children that this money will help. Every penny counts!"

You can contribute to the Day School Outreach project, here.

Students enjoyed a "Crazy Hat/Hair Day" with their one-dollar donation to the Outreach Project. See more photos on the St. James Episcopal Day School Facebook page.

Christmas at St. JamesChristmas Dinner Gift Bags

We are currently accepting donations toward the gift bags we will offer our guests at the Christmas Dinner on December 13. A box has been placed in the foyer of the Ministries Center for donations. Items needed include:

  • Deodorant
  • Band-Aids, alcohol swabs and antibiotic ointment in individual packs, Q-tips, etc. for carry-along first aid kits we will assemble
  • Small-size bottles of hand sanitizer
  • Small-size bottles of hand lotion
  • Small-size bottles of shampoo and conditioner
  • Soap
  • Toothpaste, toothbrushes and small bottles of mouthwash
  • Special  bags for ladies: Cosmetic samples and bags you might have received as gift-with-purchase items can be put together for a special treat. Check your cabinets for those items you've not used so they can be enjoyed with appreciation.

If you would rather make a financial contribution, our cost is about $12.00 per bag. Make your contribution online, here; or, put your check in the offering plate or mail clearly marked for "Christmas Gift Bags." Questions or want information on helping prepare the bags? Contact Margaret Blades, or 225-505-3105.

Volunteer to help at the dinner! Be the difference to someone this Christmas. Sign up, here.

Stewardship 2015

Click the image to 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.

2015 Celebrations Dinner

• November 2015 The MessengerAltar Flower Donation FormOnline GivingChurch Calendar

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St. James Episcopal Church
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70821
(225) 387-5141