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Vol. 5, No. 40

Friday, October 2, 2015

This Sunday at 5 PM:


for grades 6-12

Episcopal Youth Community meets on the first and third Sundays at 5:00 p.m., in the Youth Suite on the first floor of the Ministries Center with Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, Marvin McLennon. Send Marvin an email for more information, and to get on the EYC mailing list.

The Messenger issue for October 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.

The Education Committee, including the Millennial Group, of the Strategic Planning Committee will meet Sunday, October 11 at 3:30 in the third floor atrium of the Ministries Building. We value your input for this important ministry. RSVP to Thanks so much.

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.

Parish Partners: Last Call!

Carnival 2015

Day School Fall Fest 2015 is NEXT 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!

Thank you to the Parish Partners already signed up:

Mary Ann Garrett and Bill Ashby
Earl and Lindsay Turner
Reita and Ben Reiser
Zoe and Cooper Harrell
Hank and Betsy Harper
Judy and Frank Foil
Mr. & Mrs. Lee Griffin
Susie & Buzzy Heroman

Bible 2.0

Fr. Ralph's Wednesday schedule for Bible 2.0:

  • 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.

Mondays on Tap

The Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Coates Window

This Sunday's Gospel was used to stigmatize the full inclusion of divorced persons in the church for hundreds of years. Perhaps the words at the end of the reading -- whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it -- should remind us that it is the oppressed, the marginalized, the voiceless, the victimized, to whom Jesus gives preference. May our hearts be open to the expansive love of Christ and share it with others. -The Blessing Children window is in the Bishops Hall narthex, dedicated to the memory of Ollie Maurin Coates by her grandson, Charles Hunter Coates Jr., 2007.


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. 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 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

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!

DavidDAVID: The Kid with the Sling and the Great King of Israel - Father Ralph Howe concludes his series at 10:00 a.m. in the CSF Atrium on the third floor of the Ministries Center.

Practice of PrayerNext Sunday, October 11: The Practice of Prayer

Ann Holmes will facilitate a discussion of Margaret Guenther's book, The Practice of Prayer, including varieties of prayer, prayer through the centuries, finding God in the ordinary, parenting and prayer, and more. Limited copies of the book are available for $10, as well as a couple of library copies for lending, in the CSF lobby and library on the third floor of the Ministries Center.

Mom to MomMom-to-Mom Group: Change of Date

The next Thursday evening meeting is on October 22, in the Parish Hall parlor, from 6:00 'til 7:00 p.m., with nursery care courtesy of the St. James ECW.



ECW Fall Social

Invitation provided by the ECW. Click the image to email your response.

Bad Girls Book ClubBook Club Meeting Info

Our October book is Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands by Chris Bohjalian, and we'll be meeting on Monday, October 19. The November meeting is Monday the 16th. We are reading Circling the Sun by Paula McLain.

We 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!

Loaves & FishesIf you know of a parishioner or parish family who has recently welcomed a new baby, discharged from the hospital, suffered a death in the family, or other crisis that may benefit from a pre-cooked, frozen meal, please contact Mary Boutwell, or 225-387-5141 ext. 229. The Loaves & Fishes group has prepared meals to share with our parish family in just such circumstances!

Fall Associate Vestry & Stewardship Event - Friday, October 16

2015 Celebrations Dinner

Read more and make your required reservation, here!

Holy Land Trip

A Journey to the Holy Land: Information Session is this Monday evening

“. . . 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 an informational session. 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 the session, please contact him, here, or 504-488-3749, ext. 122.

Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc Study Group resumes on Wednesday, October 7 and the theme this year is The Parables of Christ. We will have seven presentations of seven parables, accompanied by readings from the Bible and appropriate art.

The first meeting is at the home of Rieta Reiser. Lubna Culbert will present the lesson on the "Wise and Foolish Builders," Matthew 7:24-27. Rosemary Campbell and Nora Say provide sandwiches; Barbara Bacot and Jane Perkins are bringing desserts.

Halloween Carnival

Let's Continue the Fun!

Our summer movie events were such fun, we'll continue the offering with a family-friendly Halloween Carnival in Bishops Hall. All the family is invited to attend -- please let us know you're coming, so we can plan appropriately! Register here.

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.


Read more.

"Not only must we be good, but we must be good for something." –Henry David Thoreau
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