December 18, 2019
Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols for Christmas
On Sunday, December 22 at 5 p.m., the Choirs of St. James will offer a Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols for Christmas. Begun at Truro Cathedral in England 100 years ago, this service has become an annual holiday tradition throughout the world. Nine lessons from Scripture are used to tell the story of the coming of the Messiah.

This year's service at St. James will feature music of David Willcocks, Benjamin Britten, Harold Darke, Elizabeth Poston, and Paul Manz.

The service will be followed by a champagne & shortbread reception at 6 p.m. in the Parish Hall Parlor. The nursery will be open beginning at 4:45 p.m. For more information, please contact Shannon Gallier, Director of Music.
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Service Times
Christmas Eve - Tuesday, 12/24
  •  2:30 p.m. - Festal Eucharist with Children’s Pageant
  •  5 p.m. - Festal Eucharist with Choir
  •  9:40 pm. - Music Prelude
  • 10 p.m. - Solemn Choral Eucharist with Orchestra

*Nursery open for 2:30 p.m. & 5 p.m. services
*Children participating in the pageant need to arrive at 1:45 p.m. in the Parish Hall.

  Christmas - Wednesday, 12/25
  • 10:30 a.m. - Christmas Day Eucharist
5th Sunday Hearty Breakfast
December’s 5th Sunday Hearty Breakfast will take place at 8 a.m. on Sunday, December 29 in Bishops Hall. As you may know, the breakfast takes place to aid our homeless and less fortunate neighbors by providing them with a warm meal, hospitality, and a space to rest and relax.

Volunteers are needed to act as greeters, servers, cleanup crew members, and more. Please sign up via this link . “Walk-in” volunteers can arrive to assist at 7:50 a.m.

All parishioners are welcome to come and enjoy the delicious meal from 8 - 9 a.m. For more information, please email Nancy Jo Poirrier .
Year-End Giving Reminder
As we quickly approach the end of the calendar year, please remember that all charitable giving being claimed for 2019 tax purposes must be received or postmarked by Tuesday, December 31 .

Please know that you can give in many different ways beside just cash and check including online via ACH/credit card, stocks, etc.

If you have questions about your pledge total, on how to make your gift, or other general accounting queries, please contact Cheryl Olinde in the church office.

Thank you for your generous support of St. James.
Sunday School & Nursery Schedule
The nursery is open the following days:
  • Every Sunday for the 10:30 a.m. services November - December
  • During the Sunday School hour on Sunday School days
  • 5 p.m., Sunday, December 22
  • 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m, Tuesday, December 24. (Christmas Eve)

Sunday School schedule reminder:
  • Sunday, 12/15/19 - 1/5/2020: No Sunday School.
  • Sunday, 1/12, 9:15 a.m.: Sunday School resumes
  • Sunday, 1/26/2020: No Sunday School: Pancake breakfast/annual meeting
December Parish Work Day
The December Parish Work Day will take place at 9 a.m. on Saturday, December 21.

The Garden Guild is in need of 20 willing volunteers to work on church grounds until noon. Water and coffee will be provided.

For more information or to become involved, please contact Steve Boutwell .
Christmas Holiday Office Closures
The St. James offices will be closed on the dates listed below.

Regular office hours will continue outside of these dates.

 Tuesday, 12/24 - Thursday, 12/26
 St. James Offices Closed

 Tuesday, 12/31 - Wednesday, 1/1
 St. James Offices Closed
In the New Year
Grief Workshop
A free, eight-week grief workshop will be offered to interested St. James parishioners from 6 - 8 p.m., starting next year on Thursday, January 9.

Spaces are limited to 12 people, so please be sure to register early for this event. Food and refreshments will be provided.

The workshop will be led by Esther Sachse, LCSW-BACS, CT, OSW-C. Esther is an LSU School of Social Work graduate, and specializes in the following areas: grief, life transitions, coping with illness, working with disabled children and their families, and depression/anxiety.

Interested individuals can sign up for the classes via ACS link, available through the "Sign Up" button below. For more information, please contact Mary Boutwell, Parish Life Coordinator .
Annual Parish Meeting
Please set aside time for the annual Parish Meeting at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, January 26, in Bishops Hall.

We will review ongoing and new activities in the parish, including construction updates, church design plans, leadership updates and more. 
Day School Corner
Day School Blog: Gingerbread Exchange
"On Friday, Mrs. Miller and Mrs. Hume’s classes made ornaments and participated in a gingerbread exchange with a class in Minnesota!

This gave our classes an opportunity to learn about what kindergarten was like in the northern part of the country and to share a little bit of our southern culture.  

The students from Minnesota wrote our classes letters and sent us gingerbread girls or boys telling a little about themselves ..."