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St. James Episcopal Church
July 15, 2016
Volume 6, Number 29
The e•Messenger

Summer Sounds at St James


This Sunday at St. James
July 17: The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

Jesus, Mary, and Martha

Christ, Mary, and Martha (ca. 1605) by Alessandro Bronzino Allori. Click the image for a larger view.

A more frenzied Martha is depicted here, by Quellinus and Utrecht, also a 17th century work.

Sunday's Service Schedule
  • 7:30 a.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite I in the church
  • 10:30 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
Sunday Education and Events
  • Sunday Nursery: Infants six-weeks to children four years old are lovingly cared for in our professionally-staffed nursery, should you desire it. During redesign of the usual nursery area, please follow the signs to our summer nursery in Werlein Hall (Day School building). Your infants and young children are always welcome in church.
  • 11:30 a.m. - Please join us for fellowship with coffee, cookies, and lemonade in the Parish Hall parlor, and enjoy the St. James Artists Guild Summer Exhibition!
  • 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

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Summer Sounds & Art Show

Summer Sounds at St. James 2016 performances continue on WEDNESDAY evening at 7:00 p.m. Next Wednesday: a return engagement by Chris Thomas King!


The professional work of the St. James Artists Guild is now on exhibit in the Parish Hall parlor. In addition, the art work of students from The One Stop Homeless Center in Baton Rouge is on exhibit in the small parlor of the Parish Hall small parlor. Parishioner Elizabeth Whitley, professional artist and teacher, is their instructor. She is assisted by parishioner Warren Green.


Art will be on exhibit during the church office business hours during weekdays; on Sundays, before and after services; and, each Wednesday evening during July.

Link to Lay Ministry Page

We'll gather this morning, Friday, July 15 at the Hilltop Arboretum, 11855 Highland Road from 10:30-12:30. We will take a short nature walk around the property, and then come back to the pavilion to make an enchanted "Fairy Garden" or "Pirate's Cove" to bring home. Light lunch provided. There is also an option for the older children to participate in a scavenger hunt!


Email Mary Boutwell for required registration. Visit her page with the link, below, for more information and online payment link. ($10 per family helps defray expenses.)


Friday, July 22 is splish-splash day, and we'll meet on July 29 for pinwheels and popsicles.


Loaves & Fishes Cooking
Loaves & Fishes Fill the Freezer!

The ECW of St. James Loaves & Fishes group gathered Wednesday morning to fill the freezer with casseroles and soups we can share with parish families in time of need.


It was a grand morning, disproving the old adage about "too many cooks in the kitchen." It was described as a morning spent in comaraderie and fellowship, doing good work for our parish family.


For information about the next cooking date or St. James Episcopal Church Women, contact ECW President Denise Allen.


The Messenger
The Messenger

The JULY issue of The Messenger is now live. You can read it online at Issuu, or in PDF at the link, below. Pick-up copies are available in the foyers and narthex of the church. Deadline for the August issue is July 15.


Visit our Newsletter Archive page to view past issues of the e-Messenger and The Messenger, or to subscribe or change your subscriptions.




Pastoral Care Team
A Lay Pastoral Care Ministry team, with far-reaching possibilities, is being formed as part of our Strategic Plan: Good News 2020. Volunteers are needed all along the way - from planning to implementation to hands-on.
Fall Group Forming
Members of an Education for Ministry group meet each week to discuss reading materials that provide a basic education in the history of Christianity and contemporary theological issues.
Volunteers Needed

We begin filling bags at 7:30 a.m. on distribution days and we're finished by 9:00 a.m.

Volunteers are needed to help set up the bagging assembly line between 1:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Tuesdays before distribution days.

Church Calendar Link

COMBINED MID-MORNING SERVICE: We continue a mid-morning 10:30 service through Labor Day. It's been a wonderful time to reconnect with parishioners from among and across the morning services!


Open meetings of AA are held daily at noon in the Activities Room on the first floor of the Ministries Center.


The Bad Girls Book Club meets this Monday, July 18 at 6:00 p.m. at La Madeleine's on Jefferson at Old Hammond Highway to discuss A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman.


AUDIOPHILES: If you would be interested in being part of an Audio Guild, helping with sound set-up and logistics for worship services, special services, speaker programs, etc., please email Rodger Green.

Youth Director Position Open

St. James is seeking a part-time Youth Director to develop and oversee Christian education and community. An Episcopalian with college and administrative experience is preferred. Please send résumés to, putting "Christian Education résumé" in the subject line.


Welcome Ministry Materials
Invite - Welcome - Connect

The welcome brochures, seasonal post cards, and business-size cards around our campus are physical tools to help parishioners invite and welcome others to St. James. Please help yourself to the materials you may use to share St. James with friends, associates, neighbors.


Are you ready to welcome others to St. James? Perhaps you're ready to explore one of our other hospitality, outreach, or group ministries? We're here to help you find your mission!

St. James Children's Council

invites young adults and parents of children 12 and under to a

Summer Social

on Thursday, July 28 at 6:30 p.m.

at the home of Martha & Jeremy Vasquez, 4889 Field Drive.


An evening of fun and fellowship, and preview of the

exciting, new events planned for the children of St. James, this fall!


Adults only. R.s.v.p. with one of the buttons, below:

St. James Place residents hosted at Independence Parade

Mtr. Mary Ann Garrett shares, "Thanks, blessings, and gratitude to our comptroller, Debbie Stiltner, who hosted a group of St. James Place residents at her home for the July 3 Kenilworth Independence Parade. These wonderful folks were treated to the parade at front-row seats. Debbie, you are pure treasure. Thank you!"


Parade Party at Debbie Stilter's
July Hearty Breakfast
Summer Sounds at St. James
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