The Messenger issue for December 2015 is here as a downloadable PDF, or click the image below to read on Issuu:
Pick-up copies are available in the narthex and foyers.
EYC will have their White Elephant Christmas Exchange this Sunday, at 5:00 p.m. EKC (third-fifth graders) will celebrate next Sunday, December 13, at 5:00 p.m. Send Marvin an email for more information, and to get on the EKC or EYC notification lists.
Christmas Party for
the Youth of the Diocese
Saturday, December 12 from
6:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the home of the Rev. Canon John and Tait Kellogg, at
7215 Zimple St, New Orleans (next to the Chapel of the Holy Spirit). If you think you would like to come, please send an email to Canon Kellogg. Youth leaders and parents are welcome!
Sunday's Leaflets in PDF:
As You Are
Semester ending this Wednesday
Fr. Ralph's Bible 2.0meets in the first floor media room in the Ministries Center at 6:00 p.m.
Inquirers' Class begins Sunday, December 6
Fr. Mark will begin a new series for Inquirers at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, December 6. The first session will meet in the CSF Atrium as Fr. Mark leads our Advent Meditation. If you've not already spoken with him about your interest in attending, please let him know, now, so proper class arrangements are made.
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.
Download our Advent coloring and event calendar.
SERVICES THIS SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6
The Second Sunday of Advent
|This Sunday's Gospel reading from Luke begins like all good history: making clear the time and place by listing the movers and shakers of historical significance. But, then, John...son of Zechariah. The lowly, among the powerful? The hairshirt-wearing, locust-eating religious freak among the high society types? Who will recognize him in years to come? Ah, but the story of something small becoming something big is just beginning as we continue our Advent journey. The photo, by Marion Doss and used under a CC license, is of a limestone block discovered in 1961 with Pilate's tribute in Latin to Tiberius. Click the image for a larger view.
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, and the Cherub Choir!
10:00 a.m. - Christian Education offerings. Read more.
11:00 a.m. - Rite II service in the church with organ and cantors.
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.
We are waiting on five Angel bags! Five gift bags were removed from our Angel Tree collection, but not signed out, nor have they been returned. If you have one of these, please contact Mary Boutwell right away!
We also caught some angels in action!
This transformation is thanks to the generosity of St. James parishioners.
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. Mr. Bob, Ms. Cathy, Anna & Allie welcome you!
Older Youth/Adults: Gather in the CSF Atrium for an Advent Meditation led by Fr. Mark. The newly-starting Inquirers' Class will join this session, as well.
Betsy invites all youngsters interested in appearing in our Christmas pageant tableau to sign up, now! There will be one rehearsal, on Sunday, December 20 immediately following the 11:00 a.m. service. Send an email to Betsy with your child(ren)'s name and age.
The St. James Choirs invite you to:
Christmas 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:
- 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
- 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.
Dinner volunteer positions are currently full. You can still help assemble gift bags: Thursday, December 10 starting at 10:30 a.m. and going until about 1:00 p.m., in the foyer of Bishops Hall.
Read more on the volunteer sign-up sheet.
Download a paper form, here.
Announcement: The 2016 St. James Episcopal Church Annual Parish Meeting will be held Sunday, January 10, 2016. 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.
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.
"Education Equity," the second Pre-TI Dialogue leading up to Trinity Institute 2016 (TI2016) will be held at Trinity Church, Wall Street and live webcast tomorrow, Saturday, December 5 from 9:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. (including lunch break, NY time) from Trinity Institute's website.
This forum will examine ways to overcome the inequities in our educational system, such as imbalances in funding, teacher preparedness, discipline, and social support—many of which array along racial lines, and scheduled speakers include:
- Freeman Hrabowski (keynote address), President of University of Maryland, Baltimore County; named one of the "100 Most Influential People in the World" in 2012 by TIME magazine
- Hilary Pennington, Vice President of the Ford Foundation's Education, Creativity, and Free Expression Program
- The Rt. Rev. W. Andrew Waldo, Bishop of the Diocese of Upper South Carolina
- Rudolph F. Crew, President of Medgar Evers College, City University of New York; former chancellor of New York City public schools
Find the live webcast here.
Leading up to the TI January 2016 conference, the Pre-TI Dialogues provide a preview of and chance to delve even further into the issues explored at TI, including mass incarceration, education, and how we talk about race. All are invited to participate in person or online.
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.
Fr. Richard Rohr, live via webcast, Monday evening, December 7
How St. Francis & Pope Francis are changing the world
Via Trinity Church, Wall Street, you are invited to hear internationally recognized teacher and author Richard Rohr in a public lecture titled “The Francis Factor.” Fr. Richard is a Franciscan priest and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His most recent book, Eager to Love, is about Franciscan spirituality and its focus on the Gospel, justice, and compassion.
The program begins at 6:00 p.m. (local time), and you can access the live webcast, here.