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St. James Episcopal Church
January 8, 2016
Volume 6, Number 2
The e•Messenger
Flamingos Fundraiser
This Week at St. James

January 10: The First Sunday after The Epiphany

The Baptism of Our Lord

Icon of the Theophany
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 soloist
  • 11:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite II in church with organ and cantors
  • 5:00 p.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite II in the Chapel of the Twelve Apostles
Leaflets now 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, or order a flocking or parking pass online!
    • Adults will gather in the CSF Atrium as Fr. Ralph Howe presents Geography of the Holy Land. In a fly-over of the Holy Land from the River Jordan to the Wilderness of Judea, from the beauty of Galilee to the holy City of Jerusalem, follow the path of Jesus' ministry. Your stereotypes of what the Holy Land looks like may be changed.
  • 12:30 p.m. - Fr. Ralph Howe will facilitate a session of Safeguarding God's Children, required child safety training for those involved (as a volunteer or for pay) with our children. Please contact Fr. Ralph via email, here, or 225-387-5141 ext. 1225. to make required reservations for this event, to be held in the CSF Atrium on the third floor of the Ministries Center.
  • 3:30 p.m. - The Mission & Vision subcommittee considering Christian education programs at St. James will be meeting in the library on the second floor of the Ministries Center
  • 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.
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. A parents' informational session will be held Sunday, January 31 at 10:00 a.m.
The Messenger
Annual Parish Meeting
The 2016 St. James Episcopal Church Annual Parish Meeting will be held on Sunday, January 24, 2016. Bios of our vestry candidates, and the Associate Vestry slate profiles, are in the January issue of The Messenger, available for pick-up in the narthex and foyers, or online.
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. Registration is free, but required so that proper arrangements for your presence and dialogue groups can be made.
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.


Fr. Ralph will lead a session of Safeguarding God's Children for anyone working with children in the parish - volunteer or employee - this Sunday, January 10 at 12:30 p.m. Please register so proper arrangements can be made.


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.

Sarah and Robert Heroman welcomed their son, John Robert Heroman, on January 4, 2016, weighing 8 lbs., 7 oz. Thrilled grandparents are Susie and Buzzy Heroman.
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.

It's a five-Sunday month, so time to offer a hearty breakfast to our neighbors living on the streets and area homeless shelters. Breakfast will be served from 8:00 until 9:00 a.m. in Bishops Hall. Volunteers need to report 7:45-7:50 a.m. Sign up today!

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 $150 until January 11 and late registration is $175. The cost covers 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 Hartdner
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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