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Vol. 5, No. 38

Friday, September 18, 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.

This Sunday at 5 pm:


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 this Sunday, 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.


Next Sunday!

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 next gathering is Sunday, September 27 at 5:00 p.m.Send Marvin an email for more information, and to get on the EKC mailing list.

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 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 help in scheduling your gathering at St. James!

Save the Date!

Fall Event Reservations

Friday, October 16 - Look for your card in the mail, soon!

The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

Jesus Blessing the Children

His disciples are still having a tough time understanding what sort of Kingdom Jesus reigns. In Sunday's Gospel, we hear, "But they did not understand what he was saying and were afraid to ask him." Instead, they argue between themselves. Fear tears at their relationship with Jesus, and can blind us to the presence of God in our daily lives. If we, like children, can instead look with joy and wonder, maybe that's what we'll find. -Jesus Blessing the Children is by Nicolaes Maes, a Rembrandt protégé, included under a Creative Commons license.

It's SECC Sunday!

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

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

10:00 a.m. - Christian Education classes. 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 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.

Bad Girls Book ClubBook Club September & October Meeting Info

The September meeting is this 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 this 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.

Mom to MomMom-to-Mom Group

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

The next Thursday evening meeting is on October 15, in the Parish Hall parlor, from 6:00 'til 7:00 p.m., with nursery care courtesy of the St. James ECW.

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

Holy Land Trip

A Journey to the Holy Land: Information Session

“. . . Five gospels record the life of Jesus. Four you will find in books and one you will find in the land they call holy. Read the fifth gospel and the world of the four will open to you.” –Bargil Pixner

The Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana’s biennial pilgrimage to the Holy Land will be June 2-14, 2016. People from around the diocese are invited to take part in this transformative spiritual experience. A pilgrimage is not a vacation, nor a mission trip, but a journey to find God. On this pilgrimage we will walk in Jesus’ footsteps from Bethlehem, to Nazareth, to the Judean desert and the Dead Sea, to the Sea of Galilee, to the cross of Jerusalem, and the empty tomb.

To register for this once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage you must attend one of three informational sessions scheduled in New Orleans and Baton Rouge:

  • Wed., Sept. 23, 6:30 pm, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 6249 Canal Boulevard, New Orleans
  • Mon., Oct. 5, 6:30 pm, St. James Episcopal Church, 205 N. 4th Street, Baton Rouge
  • Wed., Oct. 14, 6:30 pm, Christ Church Cathedral, 2919 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans

The Rev. Rob Courtney, Rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church & School, New Orleans, will be leading this pilgrimage. If you have questions, need more information, or are interested but unable to attend one of the sessions, please contact him, here, or 504-488-3749, ext. 122.

The locals call it “the land of the Holy One who makes us holy.” Join us as we encounter Christ in the people and places who still give his testimony to this day.

 O God of Abraham, you have revealed yourself to the world most fully through the people and places around the holy city of Jerusalem: be with our pilgrim group as we seek to connect with you in this holy land, its holy places, and its holy inhabitants; open our hearts and minds to the gifts you offer us through our travels, that we may grow in knowledge and understanding of our connection to your abiding presence in all places, and through all people. This we ask in the Name of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. (A collect written by our 2014 pilgrim group as they prepared for their journey).

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

"I believe in giving my kids enough so they can do anything, but not so much that they can do nothing." –Warren Buffett
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