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St. James Episcopal Church
March 4, 2016
Volume 6, Number 10
The e•Messenger
Glory and Gumbo Opens Friday

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

Chilly nights call for warm gumbo. Get yours, today!

It's National Marching Band Day: March 4th!

This Week at St. James
March 6: The Fourth Sunday in Lent
Jesus and The Pharisees
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 cantors
  • 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 shares Part II of his "Geography of the Holy Land," in the CSF Atrium on the third floor of the Ministries Center.
  • 5:00 p.m. - EYC (sixth through twelfth grades) will join the youth at St. Alban’s Episcopal, corner of Dalrymple and Highland, for some Lenten games along with looking at a lesson on “Praying In Color” (an incredible way to look at the Lenten season). Marvin is away on a diocesan retreat, but Noelle Allison, the youth director for St. Alban’s, will be leading the youth; 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. Read about our Summer Mission Trip with St. Alban's, here!
  • 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! Download menu, here.


The Day School Girl Scout troop will have Girl Scout Cookies for sale in the Parish Hall parlor between the nine and eleven o'clock service.



Community Mission Appeal donate link
Community Mission Appeal Sunday

The Community Mission Appeal is the collection plate that is dedicated to taking our diocese’s mission beyond the physical walls of our churches. Through CMA, we provide donations to our parishes so that they can grow their ministries.


One hundred percent of the gifts received through CMA will go directly to churches in the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana to support the development and continuing strength of mission work. This summer we will invite churches to apply for a Community Mission Appeal Grant. A committee will review the grant proposal and we will announce grant recipients at the Annual Convention to be held November 4 and 5.


Please put "CMA" in the memo area on your check and put it in this Sunday's offering plate, or click the button below to donate online.


Welcome Ministry Workshop
Invite - Welcome - Connect

At last weekend's Welcome Ministry workshop, the importance of parishioners having physical tools to help invite others to church was emphasized.


The welcome brochures, seasonal post cards, and business-size cards around our campus are just such tools. 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
Art, History, Health, Prayer and baking, too!

Our special Lenten series continues this Wednesday evening with Holy Eucharist at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner, then class options for adults, as well as programs for children and youth, all ending by 7:15 p.m.


We want to prepare well for you, so ask that you register for each Wednesday you plan to attend, if you've not already done so, at the link below, where you can also read more about each week's offerings.



  • Art & Spirituality - On March 9, Drawing Hands Michelangelo Style with Elizabeth Whitley will meet in the Activities Room on the first floor of the Ministries Center. (Note: Slides from Virginia Noland's March 2 class are available, here, or under "Music & Arts" on our website navigation bar.)
  • Church History - How We Became Anglicans: In Search of the Middle Way Fr. Mark Holland continues this five-week 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.
  • Bread Baking with Fr. Ralph: On March 9, Fr. Ralph will show us how to make dinner rolls, cinnamon bread, and pigs-in-a-blanket.
  • Prayer & The Spirit - Ed Henderson will lead this discussion during the first four weeks of the series on Fleming Rutledge’s short book of powerful Lenten meditations: The Seven Last Words from the Cross, in the Chapel of the Twelve Apostles.
  • Health - March 9: Cancer Screening in the 21st Century by Dr. Dwayne Delrie, hematologist-oncologist at the Ochsner Medical Center; and, on March 16: Innovations in Breast Cancer Treatment with Dr. Delrie.
  • Contemplative Prayer - March 9, Marsha Wade will discuss Centering Prayer; and on March 16, Margaret Culbertson and Renée Smith-Tadie will present Prayer & Movement.
Calling All Millennials!
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? Your fellow Millennials are here and you aren't alone!

Alyce Howe is spearheading St. James' efforts 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.

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.


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.


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 Flowers

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
The Ordination of the Rev. Deacon Rod Kennedy

Maria Curry shared this photo of the altar party at last evening's ordination. From left: the Rev. Ralph F. Howe, Jr.; the Rev. Deacon Rodney Wallace Kennedy; the Rev. Mary Ann Garrett; the Rev. Deacon Cindy Obier; the Rt. Rev. Morris K. Thompson, Jr.; and, the Very Rev. J. Mark Holland. Karen Mackey took the consecration photo, below. It was a joyous banquet, part of a joyous service, with superb music by the St. James Compline Choir.

Kennedy Ordination
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