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St. James Episcopal Church
April 29, 2016
Volume 6, Number 18
The e•Messenger
Associate Vestry Crawfish Boil
This Sunday at St. James
May 1: The Sixth Sunday of Easter
Ignation Open Doors
Sunday's Services
  • 7:30 a.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite I in the church
  • As You Are- An informal service at 9:00 a.m., with praise-style music, in the Chapel of the Twelve Apostles
  • 9:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite II in church with organ and cantors
  • 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.
  • 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: Fr. Ralph Howe will lead an exploration of the most controversial book in the Bible - The Revelation to John!
  • 12:10 p.m. - Combined EKC/EYC lunch and walk-about! Meet Marvin in the Ministries Center lobby right after the eleven o'clock service, and we'll go to Raising Cane's for lunch and visit the LASM on River Road. We'll be back at the church by 3:30 p.m. R.s.v.p. to Marvin!
  • 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.
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.


Are you ready to welcome others to St. James? Perhaps you're ready to explore one of our other hospitality, outreach, or group ministries? We're here to help you find your mission!

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

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 (this Monday, May 2 is next!), 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.


Tuesday, May 10 at 6:00 p.m. - Come out and make your voice heard on the Campus Master Plan! Read more, below.


Kids' Orchestra Neighborhood Concert featuring students from St. James Episcopal Day School and Dufrocq School, is in Bishops Hall at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 12.


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 Teen Support group will meet on Sunday, May 15 at 9:30 a.m., in the library on the second floor of the Ministries Center.


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!

The Banks family on Easter Sunday


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. Selfie sticks are available in the Parish Hall foyer for you to use at church, if you like!

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.

Enneagram Workshop at Trinity, New Orleans

Sandra Smith, M.Div. and Certified Enneagram Teacher, who held a workshop at St. James a few years ago that was very well received, will be conducting An Introductory Workshop to the Enneagram: Deepening Self Awareness, at Trinity Church, New Orleans on Saturday, May 14 from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The fee for the workshop is $80 until May 1; $100 after May 1; lunch is provided.


During this workshop, participants will learn an overview of the Enneagram; attentional patterns and world views of the nine types; gifts and inner resources of each type; the three centers of intelligence and spiritual patterns; and, strategies for loosening automatic patterns.


Download the information and registration sheet, here. Register online here. Questions? Contact Maria Elliott at Trinity, New Orleans.


Individual sessions on May 13 are available by contacting Sandra, directly.



St. James Outreach

It's Outreach Application Time!

As part of our tithe to the community at large, St. James funds about $62,000 in small grants to area and diocesan charities. Funding is focused on the areas of greatest need—food, medical services, shelter, and education—for the people of greatest need, delivered by the most effective means. Last year, we helped cancer patients, the homeless, low-income school children and more.


Please encourage the charities you know and love to apply. They can find the application on our website.

Final Consultant Feedback

Our consultants will present the first draft “conceptual plan” based on our first round of surveys and meetings on Tuesday, May 10 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in Bishops Hall, and we want your feedback!

This is the final opportunity for St. James school families and parishioners to weigh in on the design before the final plans are drawn. Come get a sneak peek at the drawings and let us know what you think!

The Campus Master Plan was identified as a goal in St. James’ recent Strategic Plan.

Congratulations …

… to Kim and Myles Bergeron on the birth of their daughter, Lillian Grace Bergeron, on April 22, 2016.

Vacation Bible School Scheduled!

St. James' 2016 Vacation Bible School will be held the week of June 13-17 with drop-off starting at 8:30 a.m. Sessions run from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Children should bring a sack lunch each day.


It takes lots of volunteers! Please contact Amy Kurtz. To register your child(ren), contact Mary Boutwell, or use our online registration/fee payment, here. (The VBS fee is $50/child or $75/family.)

Episcopal Youth Event 2017 Planning Team

The application deadline to serve on the Mission Planning Team for the July 2017 Episcopal Youth Event (EYE) has been extended to May 10.


EYE2017 will be held at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Oklahoma, July 10-14, 2017. EYE17 is being planned by the Episcopal Church in partnership with the Diocese of Oklahoma.

Applications to serve on EYE2017 Mission Planning Team are available here.


To be eligible for the Mission Planning Team, youth applicants must be currently enrolled in grades nine-11 and must be a communicant of an Episcopal Church congregation. Adult applicants must be at least 25 years old, a communicant of an Episcopal Church, and have experience working with high school-aged youth.


For information contact Bronwyn Clark Skov, Episcopal Church Youth Ministries Missioner, at, or contact Marvin McLennon at St. James.


EYE traditionally draws hundreds of youth from throughout the Episcopal Church. EYE2017 marks the 13th EYE and remains a popular and well-attended event. EYE2017 is geared for youth in grades 9-12 during the 2016-2017 academic year and their adult leaders.

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Pitzer Reception of Orders
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