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St. James Episcopal Church
March 11, 2016
Volume 6, Number 11
The e•Messenger
Glory and Gumbo Opens Friday

Gumbo open today 11 am - 1 pm in Bishops Hall.

Fr. Donald Blanchard is today's homilist at 12:05.


Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday. Spring forward!

This Sunday at St. James
March 13: The Fifth Sunday in Lent
Lazarus is Raised - Byzantine Icon
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 Cherub 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
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 with Cherub Choir Director Sara Bray, 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.
  • 10:00 a.m. - iConfirm series for youth preparing for confirmation is in session with Marvin McLennon in the Youth Room on the first floor of the Ministries Center.
  • At 10:00 a.m., Fr. Ralph Howe will present a special Lenten program on The Crucifixion in the CSF Atrium on the third floor of the Ministries Center.
  • 5:00 p.m. - EKC (third through fifth grades) will be playing Capture the Flag! Hopefully, the rain will have passed thorugh, and we'll beautiful weather and a fun day of games! Please email Marvin to let me know if you will be joining us or not. Read about our Summer Mission Trip with St. Alban's, here, for those in sixth grade or older.
  • 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.
  • 7:00 p.m. - Compline in the church. Read more, just below.

Gumbo will be available for purchase in the Parish Hall parlor after the nine and eleven o'clock services, as supplies last! Download menu, here.


Compline at St. James
With the St. James Compline Choir

May the Lord Almighty grant us a peaceful night and a perfect end.


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.

Campus Master Plan Survey Link
Town Hall Meeting on Campus Master Plan

St. James is embarking on a campus master plan to better utilize our property, grow the church and school, connect the church and school campuses, and create a sustainable income source. We need your ideas to make it a success! Here's how you can participate:

  • Share your ideas at the Town Hall Meeting on March 21 at 6:00 p.m. in Bishops Hall.
  • Stop by the Parlor to talk with designers anytime between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on March 21, or 8:00 a.m. until noon on March 22.
  • Participate in the online survey here.
  • Encourage others to participate!


Welcome Ministry Workshop
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.


"We'd love to have you join us at St. James this Easter," on a postcard, mailed or delivered to a neighbor is so easy! Or, hand one of our cards to someone you know who may need the support of church family or pastoral care.


Let us know how you use these materials, or what might help you be part of Invite - Welcome - Connect!

The Messenger
The Messenger

The March 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.

Wednesdays in Lent
Don't Miss Our Final Lenten Wednesday Gathering!

"Can we come back, next week, Mom?" asked one of the youngsters enjoying the evening with Mary Boutwell and Marvin McLennon. "That was really interesting!" exclaimed one of those learning about How We Became Anglicans.


The evening begins with Holy Eucharist at 5:30 p.m., followed by a Lenten soup dinner in Bishops Hall, then class options for adults, and programs for children and youth, all ending by 7:15 p.m.


Read more about the final set of class offerings and register at the link, below. We are asking that you register so we can make appropriate dinner, space, and supply plans.



  • Church History - How We Became Anglicans: In Search of the Middle Way Fr. Mark Holland concludes his series on the beginnings of the Anglican church and its part in the greater Anglican Communion, in the CSF Atrium on the third floor of the Ministries Center.
  • Prayer & The Spirit - Ed Henderson has led this class on Fleming Rutledge’s short book of powerful Lenten meditations: The Seven Last Words from the Cross, in the Chapel of the Twelve Apostles. While scheduled to finish last week, please check online, as another session may be offered.
  • Health - Innovations in Breast Cancer Treatment with Dr. Dwayne Delrie, in the teleconference room on the third floor of the Ministries Center.
  • Bible 2.0 - Fr. Ralph's group continues their Bible study.
  • Contemplative Prayer - Margaret Culbertson and Renée Smith-Tadie will present Contemplative Prayer and Movement: Yoga and Walking the Labyrinth, in the Chapel of the Holy Presence on the third floor of the Ministries Center.
  • The 25-35 year-old crowd is also invited to gather at The Roux House, after dinner. Read more, below.
St. Patty's & Spirits for the 25-35 Crowd
St. James Millennials at Spanish Town Parade

Come meet your fellow friends from St. James for some St. Patty's Spirit next Wednesday, March 16!
Worship is at 5:30 p.m. as part of Wednesdays-in-Lent, followed by 6:00 p.m. Lenten Dinner in Bishops Hall, or, join us directly at The Roux House, 143 Third Street, between 6:00 and 7:30 p.m.
Questions? Email Alyce Howe.

Youth Events Coming Soon
Youth Mission Trip Details Announced

St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Palm Beach operates Hearts of Palm Mission, offering opportunities for service to a variety of programs in the Palm Beach area, including some we're considering for our agenda: Busch Wildlife Sanctuary, the Homeless Coalition of Palm Beach, the Animal Rescue League of Palm Beach, the Palm Beach Food Bank, and the Seagull Services of Palm Beach (a group that works with developmentally disabled youth and adults). Read more here.

Church Calendar Linkq
Dates for your calendar

The Education for Ministry Graduates Group will meet at St. James in the CSF Atrium and library on the third floor of the Ministries Center, from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 17. Mother Mary Ann is the host, and topic presenter. She says, “Since it’s St. Patrick’s Day, I’ll have Irish stew for everyone. They can bring drinks and whatever else they’d like.” This once-a-month (during the school year) gathering is refreshing, enabling, and spirit-lifting. If you, or someone you know who is an EfM grad, please consider joining in! All planning to attend should email Nancy Jo Poirrier by Thursday, March 10, including what your food or beverage contribution might be.


The Mom-to-Mom Group gathers in the Parish Hall parlor on Thursday, March 17 at 6:00 p.m. Childcare is provided courtesy of the St. James Episcopal Church Woman (and Gumbo!). Please reserve childcare by email to Mary Boutwell.


The second Empty Bowls in Baton Rouge, the international project to fight hunger, will be held on Saturday, March 19 at Ingelside Methodist Church. Your $20 ticket purchase selects a beautiful ceramic bowl created by area artists, and includes a simple lunch. There are activities for the entire family. Read more and purchase tickets online, here.



  • Monday, March 21 - Town Hall meeting at 6:00 p.m. in Bishops Hall
  • Spy Wednesday, March 23 - Holy Eucharist and Healing Prayers at noon in the Chapel of the Twelve Apostles
  • Maundy Thursday, March 24 - Day School Eucharist at 8:15 a.m.; Maundy Thursday Liturgy at 7:00 p.m. after which the Blessed Sacrament is processed to the Altar of Repose in the Chapel of the Twelve Apostles for silent meditation and prayer continuously until 7:30 a.m. Good Friday.
  • Good Friday, March 25 - 7:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. observances of the Good Friday Liturgy. The Stations of the Cross will be walked at noon, in the church.
  • Holy Saturday, March 26 - 6:00 p.m. - Easter begins with The Great Vigil, followed by an Agapé Meal in the Parish Hall parlor, honoring the newly baptized of the previous year. Bring your favorite dish, sandwiches, or dessert to share. Wine and punch provided.
  • Easter Sunday, March 27 - Services at 7:30, 9:00 (both church and chapel), 11:00 a.m., and 5:00 p.m. The children's egg hunt will be held at approximately 10:15 a.m. on the playgrounds.


The Bad Girls Book Club will not meet in March, but next meet on Monday, April 18 at La Madeleine's on Jefferson Highway at Old Hammond Highway. The book is still Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, and the next selection is Out of Africa by Karen Blixen. Please let Monica Murphy know you'll be attending.


AARP Safe Driving Course is coming to St. James! Dr. John Thomas, certified instructor, will lead the course on Tuesday, April 12 from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. The AARP member fee is $15 and $20 for nonmembers. Course completion may qualify you for auto insurance discounts! Contact Mary Boutwell for more information and reservations.


Dr. Larry Koenig, parishioner and author of a number of books, including Smart Discipline (HarperCollins, 2002, 2004), Smart Discipline for the Classroom, Fourth Edition (Corwin Press, 2007) and Happily Married for Life, (Cook, 2006), will lead two Sunday morning sessions for the parish in April. On Sunday, April 17, he will introduce his Smart Discipline series, and on Sunday, April 24, on self-esteem. Both sessions will be held at 10:00 a.m. in the CSF Atrium on the third floor of the Ministries Center. Visit Larry's website, here, to learn more.


Merrell with Porter Jane Frampton.
Congratulations …

Susie & Terry Irby are the proud grandparents of Porter Jane Frampton, who was born Tuesday, March 8, 2016, weighing 7 lbs., 5 oz., and measuring 19.5 inches long. Her parents are Merrell and Harrison Frampton.

Easter Flower Form
Looking Toward Easter

Julie McCall is helping out the Easter bunny, collecting treat-filled plastic Easter eggs for this year’s Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday, March 27, immediately following the 9:00 service, where the children will open our celebration with flowering of the cross. Particularly if you think you might have a child or grandchild participate, please consider donating to the Easter Bunny’s Basket.


A collection box will be in the Parish Hall Parlor through Palm Sunday. The Easter Bunny needs plastic eggs of any color and small trinkets (stickers, bouncy balls, erasers or individually wrapped candy) for filling the eggs. If you have questions, please email Julie.


Altar of Repose and Easter Flower Deadline is March 18

Forms for dedications of plants for the Altar of Repose and/or lilies in the church on Easter Sunday can be found around the campus, or downloaded below. Please print your listing clearly and make note on your check that your donation is for "Easter Flowers" or "Altar of Repose." Or, donate online, and forward your receipt to Sylvia Rabalais with the requested listing information.

St. James Episcopal Day School
Employment Opportunities

St. James Episcopal Day School is accepting applications for a Pre-K 3 teacher, a Teaching Assistant for Pre-K 3, a grade school teacher, and Curriculum Director.

The Pre-K 3 teacher must be certified in Early Childhood Education, and the grade school position requires a valid Louisiana Teaching Certificate.

Read more about the Curriculum Director position, below.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, résumé, three to five professional references (and one-page educational philosophy for CD position) before April 1, 2016 to Lauren T. Ray, Head of School, St. James Episcopal Day School.

Kennedy Ordination
St. James Day School Alum Celebrate Ring Day at EHS

The Junior class at Episcopal received their Senior Rings on Tuesday. St. James Day School alum celebrating the day include (kneeling, L to R): Katie Campbell, Nina Jalenak, Sophie Conners, Catherine Courtney Curry, Carson Saurage, Caroline Casey, Anna Catherine Ward, Mary Oliver; and, (standing, L to R): Jordan Byrd, Rory McCracken, Brandon Woolfe, Carson Cooke, Bailey Leopard, Brandon Ewing, Omar Azmeh, Garrett Dahm, Amanda Tsai, William White, Martine Cruz, William Harrell, Devon Kimbrell, Rosemary Boutwell.

Kennedy Ordination
Treble Choir Hymnathon Fundraiser Coming Soon!

Our wonderful Treble Choir is making plans to attend a Royal School of Church Music summer course in Houston, Texas in June. RSCM America, founded in England more than 80 years ago, is committed to educating church musicians in the traditions of the church and to help them grow musically and spiritually. Our choristers will have the opportunity to work and study with some of the leading musicians and singers in The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion.


The course tuition is $587.50 per chorister, including their music, but not including travel to and from Houston. So that as many choristers can attend as are willing to make the commitment, the Treble Choir will be hosting a Hymnathon fundraiser later this spring.


Get out your hymnal (or, find all the hymns in the Hymnal 1982, here), pick your favorites, and you can "buy" a hymn -- or two, or three -- to be sung during the Hymnathon.


Details on our Hymnathon date and how to make your pledge will be coming soon, so begin preparing your list of favorites, now!

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