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St. James Episcopal Church
February 5, 2016
Volume 6, Number 6
The e•Messenger
This Week at St. James
February 7: The Last Sunday after The Epiphany
New Members 3 Feb 2016
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 the Adult Choir
  • 5:00 p.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite II in the Chapel of the Twelve Apostles
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, Sarah 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.
  • Adults will gather in the CSF Atrium where we continue with the popular DVD series on the Old Testament taught by Professor Amy-Jill Levine, Professor of New Testament Studies at Vanderbilt University Divinity School. Read more.
  • 5:00 p.m. - EYC Super Bowl party with the youth of St. Alban’s, St. Luke’s, and Trinity, at St. Luke's Episcopal Church Youth Room, 8833 Goodwood Blvd., just west of Airline Highway.

    Feel free to pick your youth up at any point during the night, and youth leaders will be staying 30 minutes after the game for end-of-game pick-ups. Please let Marvin know by Friday at noon if you are able to join us for this fun football and food-filled event!

  • 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.
Mardi Gras Closures
The church office will be closing at noon on Lundi Gras, Monday, February 8 and remain closed through Mardi Gras, Tuesday, February 9, 2012. The Day School is closed all week for Mardi Gras vacation.
Youth Confirmation Series
Marvin McLennon is starting the iConfirm series on Lent 1: 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 ASAP to register. Bishop Thompson will be at St. James on April 24 to confirm young people prepared through the iConfirm series.
The Messenger
The Messenger - February

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.

Wednesdays in Lent
Register Now for Wednesdays in Lent

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

Gumbo Info and Flyer Link
One Week 'til Gumbo 2016!

Co-chairs Kelly Williams and Susan Rolfs invite you to Gumbo, and to get involved! Come, enjoy the fun and fellowship that develops working with your fellow parishioners -- Gumbo Guys and Gals! Come, enjoy lunch -- and bring a friend! Introduce them to your church and parish family. Come, make life a little easier for yourself, or a friend, and pick up a pint or quart of gumbo, along with sides, to heat-and-eat at home.

Click the link below to check out the volunteer opportunities available on Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays, and sign-up for one shift, or weekly. You'll be glad you did.

John Pastorek will be broadcasting 2une-In live from St. James starting at 5:00 a.m. next Friday morning! Come, be in our "studio audience," and share the fellowship that is St. James!

Glory & Gumbo
2016 Fr. John Moloney Speaker Series Begins February 12

The second annual Glory & Gumbo - Fr. John Moloney Preaching Series line-up begins with our own, the Rev. Canon Shannon Manning of the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana, at 12:05 p.m. on Friday, February 12. Get your Gumbo before, or after her presentation, which will end by 12:30 p.m. Look for a flyer describing the whole series in your mail, soon, or download a copy here.

Celtic Spirituality and Pilgrimage
Celtic Saints and the Desert Tradition - February 12-14

The Rev. Marcus Losack, Anglican priest, author and teacher, will be at St. James on Friday and Saturday, 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.

The 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.

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.

Bad Girls Book Club Meets February 15

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

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!

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EfM Grads Gathering

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.

Mom-to-Mom Gathering
The Mom-to-Mom 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.
We offer belated congratulations on the birth of Arden Olivia Ritter who was born on September 14, 2015 to Britton and Robert Ritter. Arden weighed 7 lbs., 10 oz. Her proud grandparents are Sharon and Donald Lee Bergeron.
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Welcoming 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.

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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