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St. James Episcopal Church
April 15, 2016
Volume 6, Number 16
The e•Messenger
Associate Vestry Crawfish Boil
This Sunday at St. James
April 17: The Fourth Sunday of Easter
Fishing on the Sea of Galilee 1890-1900
Sunday's Services
  • 7:30 a.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite I in the church
  • As You Are - An informal service with praise-style music in the Chapel of the Twelve Apostles
  • 9:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite II in church with organ, and Treble Choir
  • 11:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite II in church with organ and Adult Choir
  • 5:00 p.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite II in the Chapel of the Twelve Apostles
Sunday Education and Events
  • 8:30-12:30 - Our professionally-staffed nursery is an option for children six weeks to four years old as you worship or attend classes.
  • 9:00 a.m. - Children's Church gathers in the choir room, on the second floor of the Parish Hall, for a lesson on the readings of the day, an activity, and music with Cherub Choir Director Sara Bray, before returning to the church in time for communion with their family.
    • If you are interested in volunteering with Children's Church, please contact volunteer coordinator Mary Pesses for information and invitation to the group.
  • 10:00 a.m. - Children three through nine years of age experience Sunday School in the Good Shepherd atria on the second floor of the Parish Hall.
  • 10:00 a.m. - Choice of two adult classes, on the third floor of the Ministries Center: Larry Koenig, Ph.D. introduces his Smart Discipline series in the CSF Atrium; or, with Mother Mary Ann Garret as she concludes Looking Toward Heaven. Read more below.
  • No iConfirm series this morning, as Marvin is at Junior High Rally at the Solomon Episcopal Conference Center. Faith reflections are due on or before Tuesday, April 19.
  • 3:30 p.m. - The Teen Support Group will meet in the library on the second floor of the Ministires Center.
  • 6:00 p.m. - EYC (sixth through twelfth grades) will attend the Treble Choir Hymnathon to hear some of our favorite hymns and support our friends in the Treble Choir.
  • 6:00 p.m. - Centering Prayer is held in the CSF Suite on the third floor of the Ministries Center. All interested are invited to join this time of stillness in God's presence.
  • 6:00 p.m. - Treble Choir Hymnathon! Your response has been generous and exciting. Come, hear the favorites of the parish, sung by our talented Treble Choir in this fundraiser toward their tuition at the Royal School of Church Music course in Houston, this summer.
Hymnathon this Sunday evening!
Welcome Ministry Materials
Invite - Welcome - Connect

The welcome brochures, seasonal post cards, and business-size cards around our campus are physical tools to help parishioners invite and welcome others to St. James. Please help yourself to the materials you may use to share St. James with friends, associates, neighbors.


"We'd love to have you visit us at St. James!" on a postcard, mailed or delivered to a neighbor is so easy. Or, hand one of our cards to someone you know who may need the support of church family or pastoral care.

The Messenger
The Messenger

The April issue of The Messenger is now live. You can read it online at Issuu, or in PDF at the link, below. Pick-up copies are also available in the foyers and narthex of the church.

Deadline for submissions to the May issue is today!


Holy Week and Calendar Items

Dr. Larry Koenig, parishioner and author of a number of books, including Smart Discipline (HarperCollins, 2002, 2004), Smart Discipline for the Classroom, Fourth Edition (Corwin Press, 2007) and Happily Married for Life, (Cook, 2006), will lead two Sunday morning sessions for the parish in April. This Sunday, April 17, he will introduce his Smart Discipline series, and on Sunday, April 24, discuss self-esteem. Both sessions will be held at 10:00 a.m. in the CSF Atrium on the third floor of the Ministries Center. Visit Larry's website, here, to learn more. Young children can attend Sunday School on the second floor of the Parish Hall, and activities are planned for children 10 and older who should gather in the Parish Hall foyer at 10:00 a.m.


Looking Toward Heaven with Mtr. Mary Ann Garrett will gather to look at the options in planning your Episcopal funeral, considering what is right for you and those you leave behind. We'll cover readers and readings, hymns, and memorials; funeral homes; burial or cremation. Mtr. Mary Ann promises, "It will be a fun experience!" This class will gather in the Ministries Center third floor conference room (northwest corner of the building).


Newcomers' Lunch is this Sunday, April 17, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Read more, below.


The Bad Girls Book Club meets on Monday, April 18 at La Madeleine's on Jefferson Highway at Old Hammond Highway. The book is Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, and the next selection is Out of Africa by Karen Blixen. Please let Monica Murphy know you'll be attending.


Mondays-on-Tap, is a Bible and theology study geared to the 25-35 crowd, meeting at 7:00 p.m. on the first and third Mondays (next on April 18), gathering at The Radio Bar, in the Westmoreland Shopping Center, 3079 Government Street.


St. James Episcopal Church hosts the 129th Annual Gathering of the Episcopal Church Women of the Diocese of Louisiana on Friday and Saturday, April 22 and 23, 2016. Read more, below.


Fr. Ralph's Bible 2.0 will conclude the semester with a final session on Wednesday, April 27. The group gathers at 6:00 p.m. in the Activity Room on the first floor of the Ministries Center.




Send Us Your Selfie!

Guy and Mimi Riché


The Best Church Directory Ever!

The church office and ECW are joining forces to create an updated, paper-printed, pictorial "selfie" directory! If you don't have a smart phone to take a selfie, you are welcome to send a favorite photo, a real selfie, or not, like the Richés did.

Please send your photo along with your current contact information to us no later than Wednesday, June 16. Please clearly identify each person in the photo, in left to right order.

All pictures should be emailed to
The directories will be distributed at the Ministries Fair on Sunday, August 21.

Congratulations …

… to Caroline and Robert Shirley who are the proud parents of Merritt Wesley Shirley, born April 2, 2016, weighing 7 lbs., 4 oz., and measuring 19-3/4 inches long. Delighted new grandparents are Pam and Windy Gladney.


ECW Convention Procession

St. James to host ECW Convention

St. James Episcopal Church will host the 129th Annual Gathering of the Episcopal Church Women of the Diocese of Louisiana on Friday and Saturday, April 22-23, 2016.


The theme this year comes from the 2015 Triennial Meeting: “Stir Up the Spirit – Celebremos!” Come celebrate our ministry together as Episcopal Church Women and stir up your spirit!

We have a wonderful program lined up for this year’s Annual Gathering offering you a time of fellowship, learning and sharing among your sisters in Christ — good food, worship, fun, and friendship. Join us for a wonderful two days!

Graduate Bio Deadline is Today!

The parish enjoys hearing about your high school experience and plans for college, work, and beyond. Please be sure to respond to Sylvia's letter requesting a brief bio and photo by Friday, April 15 to be included in the May issue of The Messenger.


Where's that letter among all the term papers, exam notes, and Senior Trip getaway brochures? Check out last year's graduation issue, here, for samples of what to include, and Sylvia's letter, here.

Summer Mission Trip
Youth Mission Trip

St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Palm Beach operates Hearts of Palm Mission, offering opportunities for service to a variety of programs in the Palm Beach area, including some we're considering for our agenda: Busch Wildlife Sanctuary, the Homeless Coalition of Palm Beach, the Animal Rescue League of Palm Beach, the Palm Beach Food Bank, and the Seagull Services of Palm Beach (a group that works with developmentally disabled youth and adults). Read more here.


A few spots remain open! If you've not already contacted Marvin, or missed the info meeting on April 6, get in touch with him, right away at the button, below.

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Pitzer Reception of Orders
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