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St. James Episcopal Church
February 26, 2016
Volume 6, Number 9
The e•Messenger
Glory and Gumbo Opens Friday

Gumbo open today 11 am - 1 pm in Bishops Hall

Freezer-ready gumbo now available!

This Week at St. James
February 28: The Third Sunday in Lent
Jesus and The Pharisees
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 the Treble Choir
  • 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
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 is in session with Marvin McLennon in the Youth Room on the first floor of the Ministries Center.
  • Adults will gather in Bishops Hall for a presentation by Welcome Ministry expert Mary Parmer. Read more just below.
  • 5:00 p.m. - EKC (youth in third, fourth, and fifth grades) gathers in the Youth Room on the first floor of the Ministries Center. This Sunday, we’re going to be playing Lenten Jeopardy. There will be plenty of food and prizes, so please join us!
  • 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.

Gumbo will be available for purchase in the Parish Hall parlor after the nine and eleven o'clock services, as supplies last! Download menu, here.

The Day School Girl Scout troop will have Girl Scout Cookies for sale in the Parish Hall parlor between the nine and eleven o'clock service.

Welcome Ministry Workshop
Welcome Ministry Workshop

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. Read more, here.

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

As a primary need expressed in our Strategic Planning survey, ministry leaders, ushers, Vestry and Associate Vestry members are especially encouraged to attend.

The Messenger
The Messenger

The March 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.

Wednesdays in Lent
Art, History, Health, Prayer and special guests, too!

Our special Lenten series continues this Wednesday evening 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 want to prepare well for you, so ask that you register for each Wednesday you plan to attend, if you've not already done so, at the link below, where you can also read more about each week's offerings.


Come Hear About the Campus Master Plan and How You Can Get Involved


As part of the Good News 2020 Strategic plan, St. James is developing a campus master plan for the church and school that better utilizes the parish's property. The consultants that are helping guide us in this process will tell us a little bit about it and how each of you can be involved during the dinner portion of this week's Wednesdays in Lent.


NEW THIS WEEK: In our Health series, this week Emmanel Andrews of Pennington Biomedical will be with us to discuss Diabetes: Your Health, Your State, and What We Can Do About It. In Art, Virginia Noland will share her acclaimed presentation on da Vinci's masterpiece, The Last Supper. Ann Holmes will present Lectio Divina, (Latin for "Divine Reading") a traditional Benedictine practice of scriptural reading, meditation and prayer intended to promote communion with God and to increase the knowledge of scripture, on a personal basis. Fr. Mark's Church History class, and Ed Henderson's Prayer and the Spirit series continue.

Celtic Pilgrimage
Pilgrimage Deadline Extended
Baby Announcement
Dates for your calendar

Joan of Arc Study Group will gather at noon on Wednesday, March 2, hosted by Martha Richard. Nina Broyles presents the lesson on the parable of "The Pharisee and the Tax Collector," from Luke 18:10-14. Contact Nina for more information on the Joan of Arc Study Group.


Bad Girls Book Club meets next on Monday, March 15 at La Madeleine's on Jefferson Highway at Old Hammond Highway. The March book is Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. The April selection is Out of Africa by Karen Blixen. Please let Monica Murphy know you'll be attending.


The Mom-to-Mom Group gathers in the Parish Hall parlor on Thursday, March 17 at 6:00 p.m. Childcare is provided courtesy of the St. James Episcopal Church Woman (and Gumbo!). Please reserve childcare by email to Mary Boutwell.

Easter Flower Form
Looking Toward Easter

Julie McCall is helping out the Easter bunny, collecting treat-filled plastic Easter eggs for this year’s Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday, March 27, immediately following the 9:00 service, where the children will open our celebration with flowering of the cross. Particularly if you think you might have a child or grandchild participate, please consider donating to the Easter Bunny’s Basket.


A collection box will be in the Parish Hall Parlor through Palm Sunday. The Easter Bunny needs plastic eggs of any color and small trinkets (stickers, bouncy balls, erasers or individually wrapped candy) for filling the eggs. If you have questions, please email Julie.


Altar of Repose and Easter Flowers

Forms for dedications of plants for the Altar of Repose and/or lilies in the church on Easter Sunday can be found around the campus, or downloaded below. Please print your listing clearly and make note on your check that your donation is for "Easter Flowers" or "Altar of Repose." Or, donate online, and forward your receipt to Sylvia Rabalais with the requested listing information.

Ordination of Rodney Wallace Kennedy

God Willing, the Right Reverend Morris K. Thompson, Jr., Bishop of Louisiana, will ordain Rodney Wallace Kennedy to the Sacred Order of Deacons in Christ's one holy catholic and apostolic Church
on Thursday, the third of March in the year of our Lord, two thousand sixteen, at six o'clock in the evening at St. James Episcopal Church, No. Fourth at Convention Streets, Baton Rouge. Your prayers and presence are requested at the service, and at the reception, following.

Calling All Millennials!
St. James Millennials at Spanish Town Parade

Are you a Millennial between the ages of 25-35, or do you know one who's looking to get involved at St. James? Your fellow Millennials are here and you aren't alone!

Alyce Howe is spearheading St. James' efforts to identify and meet the needs of the parish's millennials.

We want to know who you are so we can keep you in the loop and those people who would like to be involved in our efforts. If you're interested and want to be included, please email Alyce.

Youth Events Coming Soon
Youth Mission Trip Details Announced

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 putting on 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.

St. James Episcopal Day School
Employment Opportunities

St. James Episcopal Day School is accepting applications for a Pre-K 3 teacher, a Teaching Assistant for Pre-K 3, a grade school teacher, and Curriculum Director.

The Pre-K 3 teacher must be certified in Early Childhood Education, and the grade school position requires a valid Louisiana Teaching Certificate.

Read more about the Curriculum Director position, below.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, résumé, (one-page educational philosophy for CD position), and three to five professional references, before April 1, 2016 to Lauren T. Ray, Head of School, St. James Episcopal Day School.

Congratulations to the Tyler Family!
St. James Episcopal Day School

First grade teacher at the Day School, Lauren Tyler, and her husband, Thomas, welcomed their first child, Grace Ann, on Tuesday, February 23, 2016.


We offer our congratulations and thanksgivings on her safe arrival.

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