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Vol. 5, No. 36

Friday, September 4, 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.


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 on 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.


For grades 3-5

EKC -- Episcopal Kids Community will be an opportunity, on the second and fourth Sundays, for youngsters in grades 3-6 to grow spiritually while also creating new bonds, friendships, and a familial community through games and activities all in a safe, welcoming environment. The first gathering is Sunday, September 13 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 this fall:

  • September 9
  • September 16
  • 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 schedule your gathering.

The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Vine and Branches

The art, by Jean-Germain Drouais and exhibited in The Louvre, has lots of characters, but Sunday's Gospel implies Jesus may have been approached when alone by the Syrophoenician woman. She was desperate; willing to break all sorts of societal rules to save her daughter. What might we accomplish if we looked out around the edges, toward the stranger, those unafraid to expose their need?

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.

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

10:00 a.m. - Fellowship and coffee in the Parish Hall Parlor. (Christian Formation fall term begins September 13.)

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.

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.

Treble Choir

If you or a child you know in grades 4-10 loves to sing, email Eric today! Download the flyer, here, for details.

Fall Christian Ed Term Begins September 13!

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 church in time for communion.

Good Shepherd and True Vine Sunday School: At 10:00 a.m., 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.

DAVID: 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 Fall 2015 Meeting Plans and Reading List

We will now announce the book and meeting date two (2) months in advance for those of you who would like extra time to read the book. If you like, you can read every other book and take two months to do it!

The September meeting is 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 on Monday, September 21 at The Radio Bar, 3079 Government Street, at 7:00 p.m.

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

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

"We don't inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children." – David Browers
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