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St. James Episcopal Church
June 3, 2016
Volume 6, Number 23
The e•Messenger
Summer Worship Schedule
This Sunday at St. James
June 5: The Third Sunday after Pentecost


Grief - Adams Memorial at Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington DC. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.
Attribution: Danvera at English Wikipedia

Sunday's Service Schedule - NEW!
  • 7:30 a.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite I in the church
  • 10:30 a.m.- Holy Eucharist, Rite II in church with organ, cantors, and AYA musicians. This Sunday, the Rt. Rev. Morris K. Thompson, Jr., Bishop of Louisiana will be with us for his annual visitation.
  • 5:00 p.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite II in the Chapel of the Twelve Apostles

We will be observing this schedule at least through June. Following arrival of our interim rector, the schedule may be reassessed.

Sunday Education and Events
  • Sunday Nursery: At press time, it is not yet clear whether space in the Day School will be ready to safely be opened. Please check our Facebook page Saturday for a status report. Your infants and young children are always welcome in church.
  • 11:00 a.m. - Coffee Time and fellowship in the Parish Hall parlor
  • 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.

Send Us Your Selfie!



Selfie Deadline is June 16!

You've asked for it, and we're working on it! Please send us your photo for the 2016 directory. If you don't care to take a selfie, you are welcome to send a favorite photo, or give us a "heads up," and we'll help you get a current photo. Selfie sticks are available in the Parish Hall foyer for you to use at church, too.

Please send your photo along with your current contact information to us no later than Wednesday, June 16. Clearly identify each person in the photo, in left to right order, and email your photo to
The directories will be distributed at the Ministries Fair on Sunday, August 21.

Vacation Bible School at St. James!

Proof Pirates, Vacation Bible School at St. James is coming, June 13-17, 2016 for youngsters four-years-old through rising fifth graders.


Do you have an older teen/young 20s ready to earn service hours? Volunteer at VBS! Contact Mary Boutwell for more information.





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!

The Messenger
The Messenger

The June 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 also available in the foyers and narthex of the church. The deadline for submissions to the July issue is June 15.


Nancy Jo Poirrier invites you to subscribe to her all-volunteer From The Parish with church, as well as society news. Send an email to Nancy Jo to subscribe.



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 SERVICES IN JUNE: A combined 10:30 service had been scheduled on June 5 for the Bishop's Visitation; and, we will worship in combined 10:30 services (in lieu of 9:00, As You Are, and 11:00) at least throughout the month of June. It'll be wonderful time to reconnect with parishioners from among and across the morning services!


Meditative Yoga is held Mondays, 11:00-12:30 in the CSF Atrium on the third floor of the Ministries Center.

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


The 2016 Atlantic hurricane season is here. Have you been following our Resilience series, issued by Episcopal Relief & Development? Click here for preparedness tips to help you and yours weather emergencies or disasters.


The Bad Girls Book Club meets on Monday, June 20 at 6:00 p.m. at La Madeleine's on Jefferson Highway at Old Hammond Highway to discuss Room by Emma Donoghue. Please let Monica Murphy know you'll be attending. Change to the July book: Because of limited availability of our earlier selection, we'll be reading A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman, and meeting on Monday, July 18.

For updates about Fr. John Pitzer, click here.
St. James Treble Choir Link
The Treble Choir departs Monday for the Royal School of Church Music course in Houston! Please keep our choristers, directors, and chaperones in your prayers, as they travel, learn, play, and sing the week away.

St. James Outreach

Application Deadline is June 15

As part of our tithe to the community at large, St. James funds about $62,000 in small grants to area and diocesan charities. Funding is focused on the areas of greatest need—food, medical services, shelter, and education—for the people of greatest need, delivered by the most effective means. Last year, we helped cancer patients, the homeless, low-income school children and more.


Please encourage the charities you know and love to apply. They can find the application on our website.

Link to Lay Ministry Page

Our first date is Saturday, June 11, 10:30-12:30 with Music Together®, play time, and light lunch. Day School families are especially invited to join us! Read more.

Summer Sounds at St. James

REVISED Line up for Summer Sounds 2016. Read more, here.


Are you a St. James practicing artist? Read exhibition guidelines.

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