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St. James Episcopal Church
February 12, 2016
 
 
 
Volume 6, Number 7
 
The e•Messenger
 
 
 
 
     
Glory and Gumbo Opens Friday
 
Gumbo Opens Today! 11 am - 1 pm in Bishops Hall
 
 
 
This Week at St. James
 
February 14: The First Sunday in Lent
 
 
Jesus Tempted by Tissot
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 cantors
  • 11:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite II in church with organ and the Adult Choir
  • 5:00 p.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite II in the Chapel of the Twelve Apostles
  • 7:00 p.m. - Compline
Leaflets available by clicking on service time
 
 
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, before returning to the church in time for communion with their family. Meet our new cherub music director, Sara Bray!
    • 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. - iConfirm series for youth preparing for confirmation begins, with Marvin McLennon in the Youth Room on the first floor of the Ministries Center.
  • Adults will gather in the CSF Atrium for a presentation by the Rev. Marcus Losack, noted researcher and author on Saint Patrick. He will show a documentary on the life of Saint Patrick and discuss his research that seeks to separate myth from fact in the stories surrounding the life of this famous Irish saint. Read more.
  • 5:00 p.m. - EKC (youth in third through fifth grades) gather in the Youth Room on the first floor of the Ministries Center. This Sunday, we will be talking about the history of Lent along with different Lenten meditations, including getting to walk a labyrinth.
  • 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.
  • 7:00 p.m. - Compline led by the St. James Compline Choir, in the church.
 
 
 
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Youth Confirmation Class Begins!
 
Bishop Thompson will be at St. James on April 24 to confirm young people prepared through the iConfirm series. Marvin McLennon is starting class this Sunday, February 14, and classes will continue each Sunday (except Palm and Easter Sundays) from 10:00 a.m. through the 11:00 a.m. service. If you or a teen you know is interested in being confirmed, contact Marvin for information.
 
 
 
 
The Messenger
 
The Messenger
 

The February issue of The Messenger is 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.

The deadline for submissions for the March issue is February 15.

 
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Series begins this Wednesday, February 17
 

An exciting menu of worship, soup-and-salad dinner, and educational options for all ages on Wednesday evenings in Lent, beginning Wednesday, February 17, has been planned out.

You can read more here. The evening begins with Holy Eucharist at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner, then class options for adults, as well as programs for children and youth, all ending by 7:15 p.m.

 

We ask that you register for each Wednesday you plan to attend so we can make appropriate dinner, space, and supply plans.

 
 
 
 
Celtic Pilgrimage
Pilgrimage Leader at St. James starting tonight
 

The Rev. Marcus Losack, Anglican priest, author and teacher, will be at St. James tonight and tomorrow, February 12 and 13 for a series of lectures on the connection between Celtic traditions and the life and writing of the early Christian Desert Fathers.

His talks will be 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, February 12, and 9:30 to noon on Saturday, February 13, in the CSF Atrium on the third floor of the Ministries Center.

The Rev. Losack will also preach at the 9 and 11 o'clock services on Sunday, February 14, and speak at the Sunday morning Adult Christian Education Forum between services.

 
 
Bad Girls Book Club meets Monday evening
 

The next gathering is Monday, February 15, and The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende is our scheduled book selection.

The March book selection is Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, and we'll be meeting on Monday, March 21.

We meet at 6:00 p.m. at La Madeleine's on Jefferson at Old Hammond Hwy. R.s.v.p. to Monica, below, and don't forget to bring a sweater!

 
 
Mom-to-Mom meets Thursday, February 18

The Mom to Mom Group meeting will be Thursday, February 18 at 6:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall parlor. Contact Mary Boutwell for more information, and to reserve child care.

 
 
EfM Grads Group gathers Thursday, February 18
 

Graduates of the Education for Ministry program gather to continue the discussion and fellowship style started during their courses.

Martha Yancey hosts the next gathering on Thursday, February 18 at noon. Brown bag lunches are welcome.

Contact Nancy Jo Poirrier for more information if you're an EfM Grad interested in joining the gatherings.

 
 
 
 
Welcome to our parish family …
 

Victoria and Jeremy McKnight and their children, Olivia, Jeremy Jr., and Dalton, come to us from St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Houma, Louisiana.

 
 
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With the St. James Compline Choir
 

May the Lord Almighty grant us a peaceful night and a perfect end.

From the ancient monastic practice of ending the day in prayer and praise of God, this serene service features a small group of singers leading prayers and chants that may be joined as you desire. Its principal parts are a confession to clear the conscience, then a psalm, short lesson and hymn, all about quiet sleep and confidence in God's protection.

All are welcome to come experience one of the softly beautiful Anglican gems of worship. Come clothed in comfort, make your position comfortable, or move about and study the church or windows in silence, and use the beautiful sounds at the close of the day to deepen your journey through Lent.

 
 
 
Welcome Workshop
Welcome Ministry Workshop - February 27
 

Mary Parmer developed the Diocese of Texas' newcomer ministry project to help congregations Invite, Welcome and Connect visitors and new members. She has taken the work to 30 dioceses throughout The Episcopal Church, and has taught the method to teams of college missioners and at two Episcopal seminaries.

Mary will be at St. James on Saturday, February 27 for an Invite-Welcome-Connect workshop scheduled from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., and you are invited!

 
 
 
 
 
St. James Episcopal Day School
Welcome Wednesday Tours
 
St. James Episcopal Day School will host two special tour days in the coming weeks: Wednesday, February 24 and Wednesday, March 23, including observations of our STEM lab, and youngsters enjoy refreshments and arts with our student and parent ambassadors while the parents' tour continues. Space is limited - register today!
 
 
 
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