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Invites You to Explore Our Life and Ministries at St. James Episcopal Church

Volume 99, Number 12

225-387-5141 Fax 225-387-1443

Service Schedule

Christmas Services at St. James

7:30 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II*
9:00 a.m.
As You Are Service*
10:00 a.m. Christian Formation for

all ages and Coffee Hour*
11:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II*
5:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Downtown Christmas Pilgrimage

Sundays, Dec. 6, 13 & 20

Sunday, December 13 - arrives at St. James about 7:30 p.m.

A Festival of Lessons and Carols

Sunday, December 20 at 5:00 p.m. (No Chapel service.)

Christmas Eve

Christmas Pageant & Mass - 3:30 p.m.

Sunday, December 27

Nursery open 2:30-5:30 p.m.

7:30 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II
with the As You Are musicians*
10:00 a.m.
Coffee Hour*
11:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II*
5:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Choral Mass at 7:00 p.m. & 11:00 p.m.

Christmas Day at 10:00 a.m.
The clergy, wardens, and staff look forward to seeing you as we worship
the King this holiday season and
wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
The Episcopal Church welcomes you!

Mondays, Dec. 7 & 14
8:15 a.m. Day School Morning Prayer
Holy Eucharist, Rite II

with Healing Prayers (Chapel)
Fridays, Dec. 4, 11 & 18
8:15 a.m.
Day School Eucharist
Christmas Eve & Day
Thursday, December 24
3:00 p.m.
Arrival of pageant
3:30 p.m.
Christmas Pageant

and Holy Eucharist, Rite II*
7:00 p.m.
The Christ Mass

Holy Eucharist, Rite II w/choir
11:00 p.m.
The Christ Mass

Holy Eucharist, Rite II w/choir
Friday, December 25
10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II
*Nursery available

December 2015

After your prayerful consideration, please:

Return your 2016 pledge card by mail or in the offering plate , or

Use our online pledge form at or send a private
email to to register your 2016 pledge; or,
Phone our accounting office at 225-387-5141.

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St. James Staff

The Rt. Rev. Morris K. Thompson, Jr.

Bishop of Louisiana
The Very Rev. J. Mark Holland

Rector of St. James
The Rev. Ralph F. Howe, Jr.

Sr. Associate Rector and Day School Chaplain
The Rev. Mary Ann Garrett

Associate Rector and Director of Pastoral Care for

St. James Place
The Rev. John Pitzer

Prior, The St. James Center for Spiritual Formation
The Rev. Ken Ritter

Associate Rector
Deacon Pat Lyle

Spiritual Director in Residence
The Rev. Charles A. Wood

Chaplain, St. James Place
The Rt. Rev. Robert C. Witcher

XIX Rector of St. James
The Rt. Rev. James M. Coleman

XX Rector of St. James
Mary Hunt Boutwell
Director of Lay Ministries
Jo Craddock
Director of Communications
Mary Davis-Palms
Parish Dietician
Rodger Green
Facilities Director
Jody Hanet
Cherub Choir Director
Jason Hubbard
Eric Johnson Asst Choirmaster & Treble Choir Director
Marvin McLennon Youth & Young Adults Ministries
Cheryl Speights Olinde
John Ozier
Parish Secretary
Sylvia Rabalais
Administrative Secretary
Lauren T. Ray
Head of School
Herndon Spillman
Debbie Stiltner

St. James Vestry

Lee Griffin*......................................Senior Warden
Dan West*........................................ Junior Warden
Jane Christensen**.........................................Clerk
Kevin Curry, ex-officio.............................Treasurer
Copper Alvarez*
Josh Pesses**
Trey Roberts*
Rip Collins**
Caroline Ross***
Margaret Culbertson***
Manette Sammons***
Chris Frink**
Chip Stirling***
Tricia Henderson **
Gerry Sulzer***
Lolly Martin*
Tom Wade**
Andy McCall***
Shirley Young*
The Diocese of Louisiana is one church, faithful
to our Lord Jesus, united in mission,
reaching out through service and proclamation
to all for whom Christ died. We live in joyous
expectation of Gods transforming power,
compassion, and mercy in our lives.

EYC & EKC Information

Its that time of the year again! The St.
James EYC will be holding its 2016 flocking
fundraiser. This great way to give back to
the youth and help them with their funds,
and have fun at the same time. Signing up
will begin after Advent!
Confirmation Classes
Do you know a teenager interested in
confirmation? Starting in January, our youth
director, Marvin McLennon, will be offering
confirmation classes through April. We
will be using the Confirm Not Conform
curriculum, with the iConfirm service on
scheduled on April 24, with Bishop Morris
Thompson. Classes will be on Sundays, but
times are to be determined, so please keep
an eye out for that information. If you have
any questions or to get on the notification
list, please contact Marvin McLennon at
225-387-5141, ext. 1224.

November 2015

Nursery Information

Infants and toddlers to age four are

welcome at all services, but, as parents
desire, may also be lovingly cared for by
trained staff in our nursery/wiggle room
on the first floor of the Parish Hall between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Sunday mornings, and for other events as announced.
You may prefer to keep your young child
with you during the service, and children
are welcome at all our services. Some
hints that may help you and your young
child be more comfortable while we worship together are available on our website,
or by clicking here.

Floral Dedications and Arrangements

The flowers on the altar are given to the glory of God, and, on November 22, in loving
memory of Ann Lynn and Chick Colvin, by their children and grandchildren.
Arrangements in the parlor on December 6 are by Nancy Bogan; on December 13 by
Belva Dewey; by Amy Ferachi on December 20; and,
on December 27 by Tricia Henderson.
Christmas Poinsettia deadline is December 18. Contribution form on back cover.

In Our Thoughts and Prayers

For recent concerns of: Bill Caballero,
Peppy Doughty, Robin, Anne Williams,
Ellie Slate, Janie, Brenda, Ken, John Ware,
Ashley Coates Delrie, Patsy Delrie, B,
Maretta Creveling, Bunny Hines, William
Casey, Mary Rettig, Luke Nelson, Barbara
Reiser, Clayton Carroll, Stephen, Ben
diNapoli, Max Roy, Olivia, Kevin Hedges,
Cheney Joseph, Babette Vlahos
Continuing prayers are offered for:
Thomas, Fred Frey Jr., Betty Romero, Mary
C. Elliott, Kevin Stockton, Glenn Stockton,
Estelle Schilling, Bobby Rayne Jr., Jim
Coleman, James Ott, Bob Boyd, Richard
Garber, Anne Anthony, Sky Alexandra,
Barbara Shilg, Larry Durant, Michael D.
Moore, Colleen Ramshur, Todd Turpin,
Judy Calhoun, Debra Bagley, Emma,
Janet Arst, Casey Du, Randall Nachman,
Lauren Nachman, Gray Horn, Peyton
Feigley, Mary Jarnagin, Chuck Wood,
Tara Sperandeo-Ellis, Joanne Anderson,

Cheyenne Sylvia, Bessie Stockton, Jim

Toups, Marcia Campbell, Kenlee Jackson,
Jeff Cobb, Bonny Burger, Billy Heroman,
Sally Buchanan, Amy Teague, Tim Foss,
Ashley Atchison, Bobby McCall, Butch
Noland, Jack Ralston
For those in the armed forces: Rob
Hutchins, Major John Lyford V, Sgt
William Martin USMC, PFC Don Ellen, Lt
Jon Bethel, Trey Wolf ABFAN, Lt Jordan
Morris, Sgt James Chambers, Major
Andrew Andy Stone USAF, Capt Michael
Oliver, Specialist Daniel Anderson, Sgt
Ethan Wade, Major Charlie Hines, Capt
Mathis Guy Hall USMC, Chad Hornsby
SFAAT US Army, Airman Avery Frink,
Philip Thomas Loret USN
For those in law enforcement: Sgt.
Carol Landry, Deputy Chad Tate, Chief
Detective John East, Officer Eddie Kay,
Louise Myers, Sgt. Jeremy Hummert

November 2015

The Messenger

Advent: the Season of Preparation

St. James Angel Tree
By Mary Boutwell, Director of Lay Ministries
St. James partnered with two organizations this Christmas season
to help provide presents for those in need. The St. James Angel Tree is
ready for you to select a recipient and make a thoughtful gift choice
before the agency deadline to gather the presents for delivery.
Please select your angel ornament, and sign-out your angel by
puting your name next to the tag number on the list provided
next to the tree.
A description of your angel is provided to help you shop for your gift. Wrap the gifts, and
attach the original card/ornament securely to the present, and place back under the tree
before December 1 when gifts will be prepped for agency pickup so they can coordinate
delivery in time for Christmas.
If you have any questions, please email Mary Boutwell or phone her at 225-387-5141,
extension 1229.

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Joan of Arc Luncheon

Lubna Culbert opens her lovely home
for the Joan of Arc Study Group ECW
luncheon on the first Wednesday in
December, and invites all ECW chapters
and interested ladies of the parish to
join them on Wednesday, December 2
at noon. R.s.v.p. to Lubna Culbert at 225344-8612.

Lessons & Carols

Sunday, December 20 at 5:00 p.m.
Following the format used by Kings College, Cambridge, and enjoyed by young
and old for nearly 100 years, come hear the
Christmas story interspersed with favorite
Christmas hymns, carols, and anthems.
This one-hour service is an Anglican masterpiece!

Christmas Eve and Day

December 24 at 3:30 p.m.
The St. James Christmas Pageant; a
joyous family service where many of
our sweet angels, handsome shepherds, and cuddly lambs dress up to
reenact the Christmas story with traditional carols and song; followed by
the celebration of Holy Communion.
To participate, contact Betsy Hurst
at Our professionally-staffed nursery will be open.
Thank you for your contributions of items toward our gift bags! We now offer
opportunities to help as we prepare the bags, as well as financial contributions toward
any last-minute items and the cost of the dinner, or at the dinner, itself.
You can send your contribution by check to the church office with the memo Christmas
Dinner, or make an online gift, here, select the fund title, Other Donations, and put
Christmas Dinner in the pop-up memo box.

Would you like to volunteer at the dinner, or putting the bags together?
There are opportunities to fit your schedule.

You can:
Help assemble the gift bags in the foyer of Bishops Hall on Thursday, December 10
between 10:30 a.m. and mid-afternoon
Set and decorate the tables on Saturday, December 12 from 10 a.m. til noon.
Be a part of the 80+ volunteers who will assist on Sunday, December 13. Volunteers
need to arrive at 11:40, and well be done around 1:30 p.m.
We need at least 80 volunteers at that Sunday event to be able to serve our guests! We
welcome new and returning volunteers!
Click here to sign up by inserting your name in the volunteer slot youd like. Thats it! If
you have any problem with this form, send an email to our recruiter, Nancy Jo Poirrier,
and she will let you know if that position is still available. These opportunities fill up fast!

December 24 at 7:00 p.m.

The Christ Mass. Be part of this beautiful, traditional Christmas Eucharist,
full of Christmas carols with the St.
James Choir, director Jason Hubbard,
and Herndon Spillman, organist.
December 24 at 11:00 p.m.
The Christ Mass in our beautiful
church is calm, and stained glass is
bright just before Christmas morning in this very special service for the
family to remember the true meaning
of Christmas.
December 25 at 10:00 a.m.
When Santas last present is opened
and you are not ready to tackle the
mess, join us for a simple Christmas
morning service.

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Bad Girls Book Club

Our book selection for December
is Two for the Dough by Janet
Evanovich, and we are meeting in
the private room La Madeleines
on Jefferson Hwy. at 6:00 p.m. on
Monday, December 14.
R.s.v.p. to Monica Murphy at or contacting her
at 225-335-3572.

St. James to participate in Downtown

Church Christmas Pilgrimage
December 13 starting at 5:30 p.m.

Join us as we celebrate our Christian community by strolling to

some of our beautiful downtown churches, singing carols at each
stop. The pilgrimage begins at Mt. Zion Baptist Church 356 East
Boulevard at 5:30 p.m., then goes to First Methodist Church and
First Presbyterian Church on North Boulevard, St. Josephs Cathedral, then arrives at St. James Episcopal Church at about 7:30 p.m.,
and concludes at First Baptist Church by about 8:00 p.m. You can
stop or start anywhere along the way.

St. Marys Mom-to-Mom

Ministry is a group of mothers

who have children under the age

of five, and who would like to
gather once a month for prayers,
friendship, and fellowship.
A Christmas gathering is planned
on Friday, December 12. Call or
email Kate Medine, 25-776-1554,
for more information!
The next group meeting is
December 17, from 6:00-7:00
p.m. in the Parish Hall parlor. Nursery care is provided; reserve
your childs spot with an email to Mary Boutwell, or phone Mary
at 225-387-5141 ext. 1229.

November 2015

Trinity Institute: Save the Date!

Listen for a Change: January 21-23, 2016
Trinity Institute is an annual conference in its 45th year to equip
clergy and laypersons for imaginative and catalytic leadership. Trinity
Institute conferences present emerging and inclusive theological
and social perspectives and engage participants in inquiry, dialogue,
and reflection. Participants from all faith perspectives are welcomed.
The conference is sponsored by Trinity Wall Street, an Episcopal
parish in New York City. This years conference TI2016: Listen for
a Change focuses on racial justice.
In todays society, many systems of discrimination thrive because
they remain invisible to those benefitting from them. As children
of God, we are called to wake up, and to listen up. People of faith
know the power of truth telling: speaking truth not only to those in
positions of power, but first to ourselves. As Supreme Court Justice
Sonia Sotomayor has observed, The way to stop discrimination
on the basis of race is to speak openly and candidly on the subject
of race.
TI2016 presents conversation as a learning opportunity: a chance
to engage in deep listening and truth telling and, as a result,
develop the skills to create change within a troubled system. By
having these difficult conversations, we can build the underlying
skills and willingness to address the racial tensions
of our time. Not everything that is faced can be
changed, wrote the late James Baldwin, but nothing
can be changed if it is not faced.
TI2016 is for anyone who is interested in a theological
perspective on racial justice and a fuller understanding
of present realities and ways to transform them. Its
not just for clergy anyone interested is invited to
attend. TI is also perfect for seminarians, students,
activists, and young church leaders looking for new
insights from thought leaders and change agents and
all who are dedicated to or interested in striving for
racial justice.
The conference will be simulcast at St. James in the
CSF Atrium on the third floor of the Ministries Center. Check the
schedule of sessions at the Trinity Church website, here.

Parish Family News

Catherine Lisa Munn, daughter of Holly and Jason Munn, was
born October 22, 2015, weighing six pounds, seven ounces.
Riley Christine Bentley, granddaughter of Mary Davis-Palms,
was born November 6, 2016, weighing six pounds, thirteen and
one-half ounces, and measuring 20 inches, long
Madelyne Freeman and Michael Freeman III, students at the
Day School and children of Alexis Johnston Freeman and Michael
G. Freeman Jr. were baptized on November 2, 2015.
Adam Frison, Day School student and son of Sheryl Bagsby
Frison and Erskine Frison Jr., was baptized on November 2, 2015.
Hudson Fuselier Thomas, Day School student and son of Debra
and John B. Thomas, was baptized on November 2, 2015.

Wyatt Allen Little, infant son of Casey Little and Derek Wood
Little, was baptized on November 8, 2015.
Payton Reese Hudnall, infant daughter of Anya and Derek
Hudnall, was baptized on November 22, 2014.
The ceremony uniting Mary Evelyn Palmer and Jafar Takabi
was celebrated on November 7, 2015.
Jim Simpson died on October 23, 2015. His burial office was
held at Rabenhorst Funeral Home on Tuesday, November 24.
J. Cooper Harrell died on October 31, 2015. Following a requiem
Eucharist on November 5, 2015, his remains were interred in the
St. James Columbarium.

2 advent

*Nursery open



5:00 EKC (Grades 3-5)


No As You Are Service

Musicians at 9:00 service

christmas 1



Noon AA - MC Media Room

D a y

S c h o o l







Noon AA - MC Media Room

AA - MC Media Room
Kids Orchestra
EfM Holland/Garrett Group
Treble Choir Rehearsal

8:15 Day School Eucharist

Exec. Comm. - offsite


christmas eve

11:00 SMILE Bible Study Group
Noon Holy Eucharist & Healing Svc.
Noon AA - MC Media Room

H o l i d a y s

new Years eve

Office closed

7:00 p.m. - christ Mass with choir

11:00 p.m. - christ Mass with choir



the nativity of our

lord Jesus christ

Office closed

C h r i s t m a s H o l i d a y s
10:00 The Christ Mass
SMILE Bible Study Group
Holy Eucharist & Healing Svc. 3:30 p.m. - christmas pageant
(nursery available)
AA - MC Media Room

C h r i s t m a s

Downtown Running of the Santas



st. stephen
Boxing Day

10:00 Diocesan Executive Comm.


5:30 Downtown Christmas


10:00 Decorate for Dinner in

Bishops Hall


Slow Down Listen Its Advent

Food Pantry
8:15 Day School Eucharist
Spiritual Direction
Noon EfM Grads - Offsite
11:40 Day School Dismissal
SMILE Bible Study Group Noon AA - MC Media Room
Holy Eucharist & Healing Svc.
3:00 Kids Orchestra
Noon AA - MC Media Room
AA - MC Media Room
5:00 Healing for a Broken Heart
Christmas Listings
EfM Garrett/Holmes Group 6:00 EfM Holland/Garrett Group
6:00 Mom-to-Mom Group
Order Here
Adult Choir Rehearsal
6:00 Treble Choir Rehearsal

5:00 Adult Choir Rehearsal



Food Pantry
8:15 Day School Eucharist
SMILE Bible Study Group
Holy Eucharist & Healing Svc. Noon AA - MC Media Room
AA - MC Media Room
3:00 Kids Orchestra
Noon AA - MC Media Room
Joan of Arc ECW - offsite
EfM Garrett/Holmes Group
Bible 2.0
6:00 EfM Holland/Garrett Group
Property Committee
Adult Choir Rehearsal

11:00 SMILE Bible Study Group 8:00

Noon AA - MC Media Room
Noon Holy Eucharist & Healing Svc.
4:00 Mission & Visioning Comm. 3:00
4:30 EfM Garrett/Holmes Group
6:00 Welcome Committee
Meet & Greet - CSF Atrium 6:00
7:30 Adult Choir Rehearsal

S c h o o l
Noon AA - MC Media Room


D a y

no 5:00 Chapel service

6:00 Centering Prayer - CSF Atrium 7:00 Mondays on Tap - offsite

5:00 Lessons & Carols


Noon AA - MC Media Room
3:00 Kids Orchestra
5:30 Kids Orchestra Concert 5:30
Bishops Hall


10:00 Sts. Agnes/Edith/Monica - 9:00
Meditative Yoga - CSF
Finance Committee
Noon AA - MC Media Room
AA - MC Media Room
5:30 UBE - 3rd Fl. Conf. Room
Vestry Meeting
6:00 Day School Christmas
Bad Girls Book Club offsite

Day School Morning Prayer

CSF Board
Mondays on Tap - offsite

11:00 Meditative Yoga - CSF

Noon AA - MC Media Room



10:00 Advent Meditation

CSF Atrium

st. nicholas day,



8:15 Day School Morning Prayer

11:00 Meditative Yoga - CSF
Noon AA - MC Media Room
Noon AA - MC Media Room
3:00 Kids Orchestra

6:00 Centering Prayer - CSF Atrium 5:30

3 advent
10:00 Advent Meditation
CSF Atrium
Noon Christmas Dinner
at St. James
5:00 EYC Finals Event - TBD
5:30 Downtown Pilgrimage
7:30 approx. time @stjames
4 advent

5:00 EKC (Grades 3-5)

10:00 Advent Meditation

CSF Atrium


Sunday Schedule
(unless otherwise noted)
Rite I - spoken, in the church
Rite II in the Chapel - As You Are*
Rite II w/music in the church *
Christian Education*
Rite II w/music in the church*
Rite II in Chapel of 12 Apostles


December 2015
205 N. Fourth Street | Baton Rouge, LA 70801
225 387 5141 | Fax 225 387 1443
*Indicates child care provided


Amy Ferachi

Tricia Henderson

Belva Dewey
Joyce Rucker
Bessie & Glenn Stockton
Randy Garrett
Cathy McHugh
Sharon Hoffeld

Altar Guild

Eucharistic Ministers
Lector 1
Lector 2
Altar Guild

3:30 - Pageant & Mass

Nancy Bogan
Joyce Rucker
Bessie & Glenn Stockton
Mickey Christensen
Mary Thomas
Liz Carter
Jane Christensen
Brent & Kent Caldwell
Liz Treppendahl
Brent Caldwell
Liz Treppendahl
Hays Town III
Kent Caldwell
Allen Paterson
Honey & Randy East

Readers (in order):

Shirley Young
Michael Ferachi
Alyce Howe
Maria Woodyear Bowen
Chris Frink
Denise Allen
Nancy Litton
Adelaide Russo
Emily Kay
Bahin Leonard

Lessons & Carols

Joyce Rucker
Bessie & Glenn Stockton
Tony Carter
Jane Christensen
Karen Kennedy
Cathy McHugh
Robin diNapoli
John Cadwallader
deSha Carter
Anna Garrett
deSha Carter
Anna Garrett
Honey East
BB Stirling
Honey & Randy East
Hillary Poirrier
Alan Miller
Brian Murphy
Trey Roberts


Mimi Rich
Mimi Rich
Gordon Ellis
Mimi Rich
Pat Colquette
Monica Murphy
Katherine Martin
Honey & Randy East
B Phillips
Gary Richards
Ford Thomas
Chris Kiesel
Linda Ohmstede

Rayleigh Lapeyrouse
Maile Braden
Jessica Smith
Andrea Vidrine

Eucharistic Ministers
Altar Guild

Joyce Rucker
Bessie & Glenn Stockton
John Ozier
Sharon Hoffeld
Dodie Edmonds
Mildred Taylor

Laurance W. Brooks Jr.

Rip Collins
Ben Reiser
Mike Fontenot
George Clark
Ethan Wax
Gracie Gagliano
Warren Ross
Stan Prutz

Denise Allen
Debbie Taylor
Susie Heroman
Agnes Harrop
Thelma Herthum
Trudy Ivy

Fred Frey
Charles Coates Jr.
Charlie Frey
David Rollins
Steve Anderson

Anna Grace Kurtz

Colin Clark
Bryan Olsson
Ed Henderson

Pat Culbertson
Margaret Culbertson
Maria Bowen
Zoe Harrell
Nancy Jo Poirrier

Charles Kahao
Chris Frink
Vernon Middleton
Chuck Oliver
Sandy Arst

Steve Anderson

Pat Harrop
Stan Prutz
David Lowe
Chris Williams
Paul Lapeyrouse


Steve Fair
Amy Longfield
Summer Keane
Larry Mitchum
Nora Say

Randall Peterson
Scott Garver
Bill Lee
Hays Alexander

James Van Hook

Olivia Van Hook
Sally Hurst

Elizabeth Whitley

Altar Guild

Pageant readers


Chip Middleton
Frank Leonard
John Compton
Neal Elliott Jr.
Bob Laughlin

Bennett Gibson
Abigail Gibson
Grant Griffin

Alyce Howe

Lou Ellis
Alyce Howe

John Noland
Virginia Noland
Chet Coles
Pauline Barrow
Laura Collet
Nancy Penn

No AYA Service
Musicians will play
at 9:00 service


Mary Brandon Harrell

Margaret Harrell
Lucy Pellegrin

Liz Holland

Nancy Litton
Douglas Kennedy
Martha Yancey
Catherine Harrell
Jennie Price

Hays Town
Sheila Feigley

Chris Williams

Judy Foil

Derek Little
Betsy Hurst
Melanie Clark
Linda Bowsher
Margaret Culbertson
Amanda Phillips

Stephanie Kay
Andrea Kay
Olivia Landrem
Douglas Kennedy

Nancy Litton
Steven Anderson
Linda Bowsher

Chip Middleton
Frank Leonard
John Compton
Neal Elliott Jr.
Bob Laughlin

Martha Rhodes
Hays Alexander
Granison Alexander

11:00 p.m. - The Christ Mass

Phillip Wright
D.J. Richard
Norm Martinusen
Joe OBanion
Stephen Jung

Nancy Hubbard

Rayleigh Lapeyrouse

7:00 p.m. - The Christ Mass

Pat Broderick
Bob Frazier
Dan West
Gerry Sulzer
Derek Mathews



Jane Perkins

Chet Carter
Chris Frink
Lou Ellis
Barbara Bearden
Jane Henslee
Ann Holmes
Susan Rolfs

Lessons & Carols

Bob Israel
Chad Phillips
Pat Culbertson
Kyle Landrem
Hill Savoy

Eucharistic Ministers

Alyce Howe
Ruth Martinusen
Steve Anderson
Martha Grant Adams
Julia Adams
Bahin Leonard
Susan Ozier

Hays Town
Frances Garland

Eucharistic Minister
Altar Guild

10:00 a.m.


Jeannie Frey Rhodes

Elizabeth Libbers

Parlor Arrangements
7:30 a.m.

As You Are

9:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m.

5:00 p.m.

November 2015

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November Vestry Report

Vestry Clerk Jane Christensen offers
the following highlights from the
November 16, 2015 meeting of the St.
James vestry:

A resolution to affirm the presentation

and to confirm to the 2016 Vestry that this
work is of the highest priority was offered
and approved.

A motion approved by the Finance

Committee was from the Property
Committee to update the audio/visual
system in Bishops Hall. A bid from
Southern Automated Services to add
equipment to transition the system from
analog to digital control, continue the
support of the existing analog equipment,
and allow the system to be remotely
operated away from the audio/visual room
was submitted in the amount of $2347.00.

Lolly Martin presented a progress report

on the Mission and Visioning Committee
which will be made available to the parish.
Additional committee commentors were:
Shirley Young, Christian Formation said
that the millennials are meeting and
developing projects for next summer.
There are lots of ideas about Christian
Education, and it is felt very strongly
that a permanent Christian Education
director is needed. The Diocesan Office is
assisting with Stewardship Goal S-1 and
will send out a survey to vestry members.
A special Vestry meeting will be held on
December 17, 2015 with Canon Shannon
Manning in attendance to evaluate the
surveys. The By-Laws committee hoped to
have their work completed shortly. Allen
Paterson has agreed to act as Goal Leader
for Pastoral Care and has already lined up
several people to work with him. Outreach
is going more slowly. The Welcoming
Committee is working on communications
with the parish, encouraging fellowship,
and forming bonds.

Gordon Skeet LeBlanc presented the

Mission and Visionings Real Estate Task
Force recommendation to hire CPEX, an
outside consultant to develop a real estate
master plan at a cost of $88,000. (At the
October meeting, the Vestry approved a
maximum of $125,000 from the Barnes
Trust to be used toward hiring this outside
consultant.) The motion to hire CPEX at a
cost of $88,000 came from the Task Force,
was seconded and approved.
Sue Larisey presented a property task
force report that included information and
costs on repointing bricks on the church;
exterior window repair, painting and
Lexan covering; rewiring and relighting of
the church; repairs and updating systems
on the church organ; and, repair and
painting of plaster inside the church, for
information only.

Trey Roberts advised the Day School

received very positive response to a
potential PreK-3 program, and have
already had 18 inquiries although the
program could only support 16. It is felt
to be a good market to keep students at St.
James Day School longer. Some retrofitting

of the nursery will be done to welcome this

program to the church and Day School.
Trey also reported that he, Fr. Holland,
Linda Chauviere, and Lauren Ray had
been to Washington, D.C. to receive the
Blue Ribbon School award.
Trey Roberts presented a visual program
of the vestry nominees for 2016: Helen
Campbell, Gary Field, Charlie Frey,
Barbara Irwin Garon, Leslie Gladney,
Barbin Graham, Catherine Harrell, Buzzy
Heroman, Bill Hines, Sue Larisey, Philip
Martin, and Mimi Rich.
Margaret Culbertson reported that
stewardship response is slow, and asked
that any vestry members who had not
completed a pledge to please do so.
The election of the 2016 senior warden
was tabled until December to allow Fr.
Holland to meet with candidates.
The Bishop of Louisiana has, in accordance
with action of General Convention of
The Episcopal Church, authorized trial
liturgies for Blessing of a Civil Marriage,
or Celebration and Blessing of a Marriage,
among others, for same-sex couples, and
beginning on the First Sunday of Advent,
2015, given presbyters permission to
officiate these sacraments. Fr. Holland
stated that he will make the sacraments
available to any legal parishioners
of St. James, following the diocesan
requirements and prayer book rubrics
already in place.

Womens Recovery Retreat at the Solomon Episcopal Conference Center in January

The Addictions Recovery Ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana announces the 2016
Womens Recovery Weekend, The Bent Over Woman, will be held January 15-17, 2016 at the
Solomon Episcopal Conference Center in Loranger, Louisiana.
Our facilitator is Sr. Kay Kanick, a Sister of Mercy currently residing in Rochester, New York. Sr.
Kay has been involved in retreat work for over 25 years in many states on the East Coast presenting
workshops, days of reflections, and retreats. She is a Credentialed Substance Abuse Counselor in
both New York State and Florida. Sr. Kay has been active in 12-Step recovery for over 30 years and
all her work is spirituality-focused, as is our program of recovery. We can all relate to those times
when life seems heavy and a burden...sometimes we carry things from the past into our present
and future. This retreat will include presentations and discussions on Acceptance, Letting Go,
Spiritually Caring for ourselves and will allow time for prayer and quiet. Also important will be
celebrating recovery with humor and light-heartedness.
This weekend is a great opportunity for relaxing, reflecting, renewing, and visiting. It is a wonderful
gift to ask for or to give yourself. Visit online for more information and
registration, or contact Lance Armstrong at 225-315-9083 or


Invites You to Explore Our Life and Ministries

The MESSENGER is the monthly

magazine of St. James Episcopal
Church, containing extended
news of parish programs and
Readers are encouraged to use
the online version to enjoy color
photographs and graphics, easy
links to contact information,
maps, reference materials, and
more at
If you know of someone who
cannot receive the electronic
version, nor is able to pick up
a paper copy available in the
narthex, foyers and vestibules,
please share their name with us
so other arrangements can be
made or better yet: pick up a
paper copy at church and bring it
to them on a visit, yourself!

We proclaim Christ crucified and risen, and invite all to join with us in ministry together in his name.

Christmas Flowers

If you would like to place poinsettias as a memorial or thank offering during the Christmas
season, please complete this form and place it in the offering plate, or drop it by the church
oce on or before Friday, December 18. The usual donation is $40. If mailed, please
put to the attention of Sylvia Rabalais to avoid delay in receipt and listing.

Make your contribution online with your credit/debit card or electronic check HERE, choose the Flower
Fund, then forward your email receipt with the following information to

Donor __________________________________________________________________________
Exact wording of listing (please print): ________________________________________________