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St. James Episcopal Church
March 18, 2016
Volume 6, Number 12
The e•Messenger
Glory and Gumbo Opens Friday


Serving in Bishops Hall 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

This Sunday at St. James
March 20: The Sunday of the Passion - Palm Sunday
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
  • 10:00 a.m. - Christian formation for young children and adults will not meet this Sunday, or Easter Sunday. Please enjoy some fellowship time in the Parish Hall parlor after the services.
  • 10:00 a.m. - iConfirm series for youth preparing for confirmation will meet on Palm Sunday, with Marvin McLennon in the Youth Room on the first floor of the Ministries Center.
  • 5:00 p.m. - EYC (sixth through twelfth grades) will be wrapping up the Lenten season by attending the 5:00 p.m. service, and then walking the Stations of the Cross. Email Marvin if you can attend, please. Read about our Summer Mission Trip with St. Alban's, here, for those in sixth grade or older, and info meeting on April 6 at 5:45 p.m.
  • 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.

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


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.



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.

The April issue will be online next Friday, and ready for pick-up on Easter Sunday.


Altar of Repose and Easter Flower Deadline is TODAY!

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.

Holy Week and Calendar Items

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.


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.


The Bad Girls Book Club next meets 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.


Youth Events Coming Soon
Youth Mission Trip Info Meeting on April 6 at 5:45 p.m.

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.


An informational meeting is scheduled on Wednesday, April 6 at 5:45 p.m. in the Youth Room on the first floor of the Ministries Center. Youth interested in going on the trip should attend, along with their parents!

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.


Millennials Group Gatherings!
St. James Millennials at Spanish Town Parade

Are you a Millennial between the ages of 25-35, or do you know one who's looking to get involved at St. James? Alyce Howe is spearheading the efforts of the Young Adult Ministries, along with Marvin McLennon, to identify and meet the needs of the parish's millennials.


We want to know who you are so we can keep you in the loop and those people who would like to be involved in our efforts. If you're interested and want to be included, please email Alyce and Marvin!

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
Treble Choir Hymnathon Fundraiser!

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 on Sunday, April 17 at 6:00 p.m.


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.


Donation envelope forms are around the campus, can be obtained from a Treble Choir member, or, make your selection and donation online!

Kennedy Ordination

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. --Matthew 28:19


What is Jr. High Youth Rally? Jr. High Youth Rally is a retreat weekend for youth in grades 6-8. 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.


Who can attend Rally? Jr. High Rally is open to all youth in grades 6-8 from the Diocese of Louisiana, and friends of any religious background. While the topics presented and discussed will have a Christian focus, we welcome all young people who have a willingness to participate fully in the weekend regardless of their religious affiliation. You need not be an Episcopalian to attend, however you must be committed to engage in theological reflection from a Christian perspective.


Register and more information here.

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