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Vol. 5, No. 51

Friday, December 18, 2015

Christmas flower deadline is today!

Hand-deliver your form and donation to the office before noon, today, or make your donation online, here, then send your email receipt to Sylvia Rabalais with your listing information.

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.

Youth Confirmation Series Sign-up Open

Bp. Thompson will be at St. James on April 24 to confirm young people prepared through the iConfirm series Marvin McLennon is beginning on Lent 1: February 14. If you or a teen you know is interested in being confirmed, contact Marvin for information and/or to register by January 31.

Sunday's Leaflets in PDF:LeafletImage

7:30 a.m.

As You Are

9:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m.

L & C

Inquirers' Class

Fr. Mark leads a series for Inquirers at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings. This Sunday, December 20, please gather in the church.

Year-End Notes

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.

Joan of ArcJoan of Arc Study Group meets Wednesday, January 6, at noon, hosted by Susan Rolfs. Margaret Culbertson will present the lesson on the Parable of the Ten Virgins, as depicted in Matthew 25:1-13. Contact Nina Broyles for more information.

The Fourth Sunday of Advent

John Preaching in the Wilderness
"I affirm that had the Virgin not first borne God spiritually He would never have been born from her in bodily fashion. A certain woman said to Christ, 'Blessed is the womb that bear Thee.' To which Christ answered, 'Nay, rather blessed are they that hear the Word of God and keep it.' It is more worthy of God that He be born spiritually of every pure and virgin soul, than that He be born of Mary. Hereby we should understand that humanity is, so to speak, the Son of God born from all eternity." Meister Eckhart, referencing Sunday's Gospel reading. The artwork is The Visitation by Domenico Ghirlandaio, c. 1459, for a private chapel, presently in the Musée de Louvre.

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.

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

10:00 a.m. - Good Shepherd and True Vine Sunday Schools for children 3-9; Older Youth/Adults: Gather in the CSF Atrium for an Advent Meditation with Mtr. Mary Ann Garrett in the CSF Atrium.

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


Christmas Pageant

We'll have a light lunch for the children while costumes are sized and assigned, followed by rehearsal in the church. We should be done by 2:15 p.m. Be sure you have your costume before you leave!

Don't Miss Lessons and Carols, this Sunday!

Lessons & Carols

What is Rally? Youth Rally is a retreat weekend for youth in grades 9-12. Rally is designed by the youth and adults on the Diocesan Youth Leadership Committee and staffed by youth and adults from that committee. Rally is designed to be a fun, relaxing retreat weekend at the Solomon Episcopal Conference Center that combines presentations by youth, small group discussion, and worship with games, activities, music, and fellowship. Rally is designed to be welcoming to everyone who attends and the goal of the weekend is to make sure that everyone is included fully in the community.

Who can attend Rally? Sr. Rally is open to all youth in grades 9-12 from the Diocese of Louisiana, and friends of any religious background. While the topics presented and discussed will have a Christian focus, we welcome all young people who have a willingness to participate fully in the weekend regardless of their religious affiliation. You need not be an Episcopalian to attend, however you must be committed to engage in theological reflection from a Christian perspective.

Cost and Registration? The cost of the weekend is $150 before January 4 and $175 between January 4-11, 2015. The cost covers lodging in rooms, all meals, snacks, and activities, as well as a t-shirt and group photo. (1) Download an EDoLA Permission Form, here; (2) Visit here for information and your choice of paper or online registration.

Questions? Contact Marvin McLennon, here or 225-387-5141.

Annual Meeting Announcement

The 2016 St. James Episcopal Church Annual Parish Meeting will be held Sunday, January 24, 2016. (Please note change from earlier announcements.) 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.

Bios of our vestry candidates and the Associate Vestry slate profiles are in the January issue of The Messenger, ready for pick-up on December 27 and available online in next Friday's eMessenger.

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.

Merry Christmas!

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