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St. James Episcopal Church
March 25, 2016
Volume 6, Number 13
The e•Messenger
Easter Invitation

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This Sunday at St. James
March 27: The Feast of the Resurrection - Easter Sunday
Lazarus is Raised - Byzantine Icon
Sunday's Services
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 does not meet this Sunday. Children are invited to help flower the cross at the nine o'clock service, and the Cherub and Treble Choirs will be singing!
  • 10:00 a.m. - Christian formation for young children and adults will not meet this Sunday. Please enjoy some fellowship time in the Parish Hall parlor after the services, and the children's Easter Egg hunt, starting about 10:20 a.m.
Campus Master Plan Survey Link
  • 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 10:20 a.m. on the playgrounds, if weather permits; in Bishops Hall, if raining.
Report on the Campus Master Plan Charette

Thank you to those who participated in this week's campus master plan design charrette!


Sixty-nine people attended the town hall meeting on Monday; over 40 stopped by to share their ideas with the design team Monday-Wednesday; and, 144 filled out surveys. In addition, over 384 individual comments were collected. Your ideas will help shape the physical plan for how our campus functions and grows in the future.


If you were unable to make it to the meetings this week, you may click here to view the presentation.


If you have not done so already, you may also fill out the short survey, here, until Friday, March 25 at 5:00 p.m.


Consultants will share the resulting draft campus master plan on Tuesday, May 10. The final plan will not be complete until August so please continue to stay involved and give your feedback.


FYI - The campus master plan is one of the projects identified in the St. James 2015 Vision and Strategic Plan. If you are interested in reviewing the Vision and Strategic Plan first shared in August 2015, please click here.


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 visit us at St. James!" 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 April 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.

Deadline for submissions to the May issue is April 15.


Holy Week and Calendar Items

Mondays-on-Tap, is a Bible and theology study geared to the 25-35 crowd. It kicks off at 7:00 p.m. on the first and third Mondays (next on April 4) at The Radio Bar, in the Westmoreland Shopping Center, 3079 Government Street.


Aza Walker hosts the April 6 gathering of the Joan of Arc Study Group, at noon, and Brandon Stephens presents the lesson on the parable of "The Parable of the Talents" from Matthew 25:14-30.
Contact Nina Broyles for more information about the Joan of Arc Study Group!


Fr. Ralph's Bible 2.0 will conclude the semester with some exciting sessions this month, on Wednesdays April 6, April 13, and April 27. The group gathers at 6:00 p.m. in the Activity Room on the first floor of the Ministries Center.


Sunday, April 10 at 4:00 p.m. - The 26th Annual Sounds of CommUNITY Concert is at Greater New Guide Baptist Church, 3445 Fairfields Avenue, Baton Rouge, and reception. No cost - Freewill donation. Community conversations in three-week sessions about the themes in the music. Read more about the concert, here, and about the conversation series, here.


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. Activities are planned for youngsters ten and older during this class; meet in the Parish Hall foyer at 10:00 a.m.


Newcomers' Lunch on Sunday, April 17. Read more, below.


Treble Choir Hymnathon fundraiser for Royal School of Church Music course is on Sunday April 17 at 6:00 p.m. Read more, and contribute, below.


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!

Send Us Your Selfie!
The Best Church Directory Ever!

The church office and ECW are joining forces to create an updated, paper-printed, pictorial "selfie" directory!

We will have selfie sticks available starting on Easter Sunday, so you can snap a pic while wearing your Sunday best. If you don't have a smart phone to take a selfie, we are happy to snap a picture for you.

If you can't be with us this Sunday, or already have a favorite family "selfie," please send your selfie along with your current contact information no later than Wednesday, June 16. Please identify those in the photo, left to right.

All pictures should be emailed to
The directories will be distributed at the Ministries Fair on Sunday, August 21.

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! Turn in your envelope to a Treble Choir member or director, put in the offering plate, or hand to a staff member, please.

Jr. High Rally

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.


Newcomers Lunch

The Easter Organ Voluntaries:


Two seldom heard voluntaries will be featured during the nine and eleven o'clock Easter services, played by our organist Herndon Spillman. The opening voluntary is a reconstruction of an improvisation on the Easter Sequence, Victimae Paschali, recorded in 1931 by Charles Tournemire. The reconstruction was made by Maurice Duruflé with whom Herndon spent two years studying that composer's organ works, culminating in his dissertation, The Organ Works of Maurice Duruflé. Tournemire's Choral-Improvisation sur le "Victimae Paschali" is a splendorous and bombastic work veiled in impressionistic harmonies and a fitting beginning to celebrate the resurrection of our Savior.


The closing voluntary, Anguished American Easter, 1968, was written by the African American composer, Thomas Kerr, with whom Herndon had a close association as a student while working in the renowned Black Music Center in the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. This work is Thomas Kerr's best known organ work and is a significant addition to the repertoire of American composers of the last century, written as a musical reaction to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., four days before the Sunday of the Passion.


The main body of the work was improvised on Good Friday, and performed during two Easter services at Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ in Washington, D.C. The work is a theme and variations on Martin Luther King's favorite spiritual, He Rose. Subsequently, the 1968 version was expanded and revised into a much longer and more violent reaction to the Martin Luther King assassination. Herndon will play from the version of the expanded work on which he worked as editor, recently published by GIA.

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