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St. James Episcopal Church
April 8, 2016
Volume 6, Number 15
The e•Messenger
Treble Choir Hymnathon
This Sunday at St. James
April 10: The Third 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.
  • Our graduating high school seniors and longest-serving acolytes will be recognized at the nine o'clock service, this Sunday, and the seniors fêted at a reception in the Parish Hall parlor, following. Seniors: Don't forget to get your photos and bio in by April 15!
  • 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. - iConfirm series for youth preparing for confirmation is in session with Marvin McLennon in the Youth Room on the first floor of the Ministries Center.
  • 5:00 p.m. - EKC (third through fifth grades) will go on a video scavenger hunt around St. James! Please email Marvin to let him know if you will be joining in, or not.
  • 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.
Trivia Night Thursdays
Alyce and Marvin invite you - first gathering this Thursday, April 14!
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 April 15.


Holy Week and Calendar Items

This Sunday, April 10 at 4:00 p.m. - The 26th Annual Sounds of CommUNITY Concert is at Greater New Guide Baptist Church, 3445 Fairfields Avenue, Baton Rouge, and reception. No cost - Freewill donation. Community conversations in three-week sessions about the themes in the music will follow. Read more about the concert, here, and about the conversation series, here.


AARP Safe Driving Course is coming to St. James! Dr. John Thomas, certified instructor, will lead the course on Tuesday, April 12 from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. The AARP member fee is $15 and $20 for nonmembers. Course completion may qualify you for auto insurance discounts! Contact Mary Boutwell for more information and reservations.


Fr. Ralph's Bible 2.0 will conclude the semester with some exciting sessions this month, on Wednesday, April 13, and, Wednesday, April 27. The group gathers at 6:00 p.m. in the Activity Room on the first floor of the Ministries Center.


Thursday, April 14 marks the inauguration of the 25-35 Thursday Trivia Nights at The Bulldog on Perkins Road, starting at 7:00 p.m.


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. Next 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, again, on Sunday, April 17 at 10:00 a.m., 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 on Sunday, April 17. Read more, below.


Treble Choir Hymnathon fundraiser for Royal School of Church Music course is on Sunday April 17 at 6:00 p.m. Read more, and contribute, below.


The Bad Girls Book Club next 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.




Send Us Your Selfie!

Warren Green


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, we are happy to snap a picture for you, like we did for Warren Green (left), who stopped by the office, recently.

If you already have a favorite family "selfie," 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.

Treble Choir Hymnathon Fundraiser!

Our wonderful Treble Choir is making plans to attend a Royal School of Church Music summer course in Houston, Texas in June. RSCM America, founded in England more than 80 years ago, is committed to educating church musicians in the traditions of the church and to help them grow musically and spiritually. Our choristers will have the opportunity to work and study with some of the leading musicians and singers in The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion.


The course tuition is $587.50 per chorister, including their music, but not including travel to and from Houston. So that as many choristers can attend as are willing to make the commitment, the Treble Choir will be hosting a Hymnathon fundraiser next Sunday, April 17 at 6:00 p.m.


Get out your hymnal (or, find all the hymns in the Hymnal 1982, here), pick your favorites, and you can "buy" a hymn -- or two, or three -- to be sung during the Hymnathon.


Donation envelope forms are around the campus, can be obtained from a Treble Choir member, or, make your selection and donation online! Turn in your envelope to a Treble Choir member or director, put in the offering plate, or hand to a staff member, please, on or before Thursday, April 14!

Welcome to the St. James parish family …

Kristi Nelson Brousseau comes to us from another church in town. Kristi's mom is our parishioner, Alice Nelson.

Jr. High Rally

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. --Matthew 28:19


What is Jr. High Youth Rally? Jr. High Youth Rally is a retreat weekend for youth in grades 6-8. Rally is designed by the youth and adults on the Diocesan Youth Leadership Committee and staffed by youth and adults from that committee. Rally is designed to be a fun, relaxing retreat weekend at the Solomon Episcopal Conference Center that combines presentations by youth, small group discussion, and worship with games, activities, music, and fellowship. Rally is designed to be welcoming to everyone who attends and the goal of the weekend is to make sure that everyone is included fully in the community.


Who can attend Rally? Jr. High Rally is open to all youth in grades 6-8 from the Diocese of Louisiana, and friends of any religious background. While the topics presented and discussed will have a Christian focus, we welcome all young people who have a willingness to participate fully in the weekend regardless of their religious affiliation. You need not be an Episcopalian to attend, however you must be committed to engage in theological reflection from a Christian perspective.


Newcomers Lunch

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!

Reminder for Graduating Seniors

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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