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Vol. 5, No. 52

Friday, December 25, 2015

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.

The Messenger issue for January 2016 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.

9:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m.

5:00 p.m.


Year-End Notes

Holiday Office Hours: The church office is closed today, and will close at 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 First Sunday of Christmas

Pageant Tableau

Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace..." Merry Christmas to you and yours, from last evening's pageant tableau. Click the image for larger view.
Sunday's readings are here.

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

No As You Are service as music leaders enjoy a holiday.

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

Enjoy coffee and fellowship in the Parish Hall parlor at 10:00 a.m. as our Christian education leaders are on holiday.

11:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite II service in the church with organ and Christmas carols.

5:00 p.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite II, in the Chapel of the Twelve Apostles. Come as you are, leave different!

Rally Registration Link

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 in the foyers and narthex, and available online here.

Bad Girls Book Club Book Club Schedules Meetings

The January meeting is Monday, the 18th, and we are reading The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe.

The February meeting is Monday, the 15th, and The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende is scheduled for that meeting.

We meet at 6:00 p.m. at La Madeleine's on Jefferson at Old Hammond Hwy. Don't forget to bring a sweater! R.s.v.p. to Monica Murphy or text 225-335-3572.

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!

Christmas Floral Dedications are here.

2016 Flower Dedication form is here, for printing; or, here with online instructions and links.

• January 2016 The MessengerAltar Flower Donation FormOnline GivingChurch Calendar

• St. James on FacebookSt. James on TwitterSt. James Episcopal Day School The Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana

Document Library with Readings Newsletter Archives Ministry Assignments

St. James Episcopal Church
Fourth Street between Florida and Convention Streets | PO Box 126
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70821
(225) 387-5141