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St. James Episcopal Church
January 15, 2016
Volume 6, Number 3
The e•Messenger
This Week at St. James
January 17: The Second after The Epiphany
Wedding at Cana
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
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.
    • 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.
    • EKC and EYC (older youngsters and teens) are involved with their Epiphany fundraisers: Flamingos and Spanish Town parade parking passes, in the Parish Hall parlor. Come by their table and send a flock of flamingos to a friend -- stealthily delivered by the EYC and friends -- or order a flocking or parking pass online!
    • 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. - This Sunday, we will be kicking off 2016 with a EYC welcome back party at SkyZone (11030 Industriplex Boulevard, Baton Rouge, LA 70809). We'll be done by 6:30. This Sunday is also going to be a special one because we will be joining the youth from St. Alban's Episcopal Church! Read more and access waiver.
  • 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.
Louisiana Marathon Weekend
The fifth Annual Louisiana Marathon winds through Baton Rouge this weekend. Visit the Marathon web page here for Saturday and Sunday race routes. You may need to reconsider your usual route to church on Sunday morning: both Fourth Street and North Boulevard will be blocked, along with several mid-city intersections.
The Marathon organizers offer parishioners free parking in the Wampold garage, accessible from Convention Street across from the Day School entrance, with valet service to the church. Click the link, below, for entrance map and further instructions
Youth Confirmation Series
Bishop Thompson will be at St. James on April 24 to confirm young people prepared through the iConfirm series. Marvin McLennon is starting class 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 for information and/or to register by January 31.
The Messenger
Parish Meeting & Breakfast

The 2016 St. James Episcopal Church Annual Parish Meeting will be held on Sunday, January 24, 2016, opening and voting at the 7:30 and COMBINED 10:30 services.


The Associate Vestry invites you to the Parish Pancake Breakfast in the Day School Cafeteria. They'll be serving up a great breakfast from 8:30 until 10:00 a.m.

2016 Trinity Theological Conference
In the words of theologian Gustavo Gutièrrez, “All injustice is a breach with God.” TI2016 brings action-oriented theologians and thought leaders together to provide better understanding, inspiration, and ideas you can use in your community to make a positive impact. The conference will be simulcast in the CSF Atrium at St. James on Friday, January 22, and Saturday, January 23 with facilitated discussion groups. Registration is free, but required so that proper arrangements for your presence and dialogue groups can be made. Just send us an email to let us know you're coming!
Bad Girls Book Club
Bad Girls Book Club

The next meeting is Monday, January 18, and we are reading The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe.

The February meeting is Monday, the 15th, and The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende is scheduled for that meeting.

We meet at 6:00 p.m. at La Madeleine's on Jefferson at Old Hammond Hwy. Don't forget to bring a sweater!


ECW Chapter Meeting

The Sts. Agnes/Edith/Monica Chapter meeting is Tuesday, January 19 at 10:00 a.m. in the Card Room at St. James Place. Contact Ann Row or Mary Boutwell for more information.

Welcome to our parish family... extended to John Carpenter, who comes to us from another parish in the city.

Mom to Mom Group

The Mom to Mom Group meeting will be Thursday, January 28, one week later than usual due to Day School event, at 6:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall parlor. Look for group notice, or contact Mary Boutwell for more information.

ECW Officers Elected

After a delightful Gumbo Preview Party, on Wednesday, January 13, an ECW meeting was convened for election of the slate of officers for 2016. The approved slate consists of:

President - Denise Allen
Vice President - Aza Walker
Secretary - deSha Carter
Treasurer - Linda Gibson
Immediate Past President - Leslie Gladney
Gumbo Co-Chair - Susan Rolfs
Gumbo Co-Chair - Kelly Williams
Gumbo Treasurer - Lubna Culbert
ECW Representative - Lynnette Frazer
Board Member at Large - Jennie Price
Board Member at Large - Bahin Leonard

Interfaith Federation Programs
January Thaw: Melting Away Interfaith Misunderstanding and Cultivating Peace offers opportunities throughout the city and throughout the month to participate in worship or study in another tradition.
Registration is Open for Senior High Rally!

What is Rally? Youth Rally is a retreat weekend for youth in grades 9-12. 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.


Cost and Registration? The cost of the weekend is $175, covering lodging in rooms, all meals, snacks, and activities, as well as a t-shirt and group photo. (1) Download an EDoLA Permission Form, here; (2) Visit here for information and your choice of paper or online registration.

Camp Hardtner
Camp Hardtner Summer Registration

The online information for the Summer Camping Season at Hardtner is now up and running. It can be viewed at

We are currently accepting applications for the Summer Permanent Camping Staff. These are paid positions and include: Head Counselor, Driver, and cabin counselors. Interviews for these positions begin January 9. If you know someone who would like to apply, is at least 19 years of age, is good with young people, works very well with others and exhibits a commitment to Christ, please encourage that person to apply.

Rreservations for the summer camping season opened January 5 and campers may register through the Harder web page. Early registration is recommended. There is some scholarship aid available for those who qualify.

St. James Episcopal Day School
PreK-3 Now Enrolling!
St. James Episcopal Day School is pleased to announce that applications for a 2016-2017 PreK-3 class are now being accepted. Visit the Day School web site to learn more, arrange your tour, and begin the application process, today!
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