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St. James Episcopal Church
April 22, 2016
Volume 6, Number 17
The e•Messenger
Associate Vestry Crawfish Boil
This Sunday at St. James
April 24: The Fifth 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
  • No As You Are Service this Sunday.
  • 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. - iConfirm Service in the church
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. - On the third floor of the Ministries Center: Larry Koenig, Ph.D. discusses self-esteem in the CSF Atrium. Read more below.
  • 5:00 p.m. - The Rt. Rev'd Morris K. Thompson, Jr. presides as youth completing the iConfirm curriculum, and adults of the Inquirers' Class with Fr. Mark, are presented for the Sacrament of Confirmation. The service is in the church. A reception follows in the Parish Hall parlor.
  • 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.
Listen to the Treble Choir!
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 May 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 June issue is May 15!


Church Calendar Link

TODAY AND TOMORROW: 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.


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 discuss self-esteem, this Sunday, April 24 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.


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.


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 May 2), gathering at The Radio Bar, in the Westmoreland Shopping Center, 3079 Government Street.


Joan of Arc Study Group is hosted by Bunny Hines at noon on Wednesday, May 4. The lesson will be presented by Denise Allen on The Parable of the Good Samaritan. Contact Nina Broyles for more information on the Joan of Arc Study Group.


Sunday, May 15 is the Feast of Pentecost and Fr. Mark's last Sunday with us. Read about the day's special plans, below.


The Bad Girls Book Club meets on Monday, May 16 at 6:00 p.m. at La Madeleine's on Jefferson Highway at Old Hammond Highway. The book is Out of Africa by Karen Blixen. Please let Monica Murphy know you'll be attending. The June selection is Room by Emma Donoghue, and meeting date is Monday, June 20.


The Rev. John Pitzer returns to St. James in May! Read more below.



Send Us Your Selfie!

Warren, Caroline & Stewart Ross


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 Ross family.

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.


ECW Convention Procession

St. James hosts ECW this weekend

St. James Episcopal Church is hosting the 129th Annual Gathering of the Episcopal Church Women of the Diocese of Louisiana today and tomorrow, 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!

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.

Special Events:
Holland Final Celebration
Pitzer Reception of Orders
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