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St. James Episcopal Church
April 14, 2017
Volume 7, Number 15
The e•Messenger

Good Friday - Easter Services

This Sunday at St. James

April 16: The Feast of the Resurrection - Easter Sunday


Art Piece


Giovanni Girolamo Savoldo (Italian (Lombard), ca.1480-1548) is the artist behind Saint Mary Magdalene at the Sepulchre, ca. 1530s. The piece is at The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, and reproduced here through The Getty Open Content Program. Read more, here. Click the image for a larger view.

Sunday's Service Schedule
  • 8:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite I, in the church
  • 10:30 a.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite II in church with organ and Treble Choir
  • No As You Are Service - Please join the service in the church.
  • 5:00 p.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite II, in the Chapel of The Twelve Apostles
Sunday Education and Events


Nursery: Our professionally-staffed nursery is open Sundays between 8:45 a.m. and noon for infants of six-weeks to children four years old as parents desire and are in worship, fellowship, or education time. The nursery is located right off the Parish Hall foyer. Your infants and young children are always welcome in church.


CHRISTIAN EDUCATION CLASSES for all ages are on break this Easter Sunday. Youth and adult classes resume at 9:15 a.m. on Sunday, April 23. Children's programs (Sunday school and Children's Church) resume on Sunday, April 30.


Read about the Treble Choir 2017 Hymnathon, scheduled on May 14, and how you can get involved!


Read about the reception for Dr. Ann Holmes on April 27, here.


Egg Hunt

Holy Week Offering Recipients: Contributions (not specifically designated toward your pledge or other funds) made at the Holy Week services will be distributed as follows:

  • Maundy Thursday 7:00 p.m. - St. James We Care Ministry - keyword WeCare
  • Good Friday 7:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. - to the work of The Anglican Church in the Holy Land - keyword GoodFriday
  • Easter Services (Vigil on Saturday at 6:00 p.m.; Sunday services at 8:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.) - equally between St. James Outreach and St. James Day School Scholarship Fund - keyword Easter

Donors may give online or via text using debit cards, credit cards, or ACH payments. It takes first-time donors about two minutes to set up their payment method, which is saved for future gifts. Once you're ready to go, text STJAMESBR Easter $25.00 to 73256 to give $25 to the Easter Offering fund (or, replace with preferred keyword and amount) using your text messaging. Standard text messaging rates may apply.

Agapé Meal Invitation
The Messenger
The Messenger

Read the APRIL 2017 issue online at Issuu, or in PDF at the button, below. Limited pick-up copies are in the foyer tract racks.


Visit our Newsletter Archive page to view past issues of the e-Messenger and The Messenger, or, to subscribe or change your subscriptions.



Church Calendar Link

The church office and Day School are closed Monday, April 17; the Day School remains closed through Friday, April 21. Monday Morning Prayer and Friday Eucharist resume the week of April 24.


Assistance packing We Care bags would be especially helpful in the coming week, while our Day School is out of session. If you (or your student) would like to spend as much or as little time as you can packing our hand-out lunch sacks for our homeless friends and neighbors, drop on by the church office anytime next week (except Monday; we're closed!). Service hours are available to most area students!


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


Bad Girls Book Club: We are reading Everything We Keep by Kerry Lonsdale, for our Monday, April 17 meeting. Our selection for May is The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion, and we'll meet on Monday, May 15. The Bad Girls Book Club meets at 6:00 p.m. at La Madeleine's on Jefferson Highway. R.s.v.p. to Monica Murphy or text 225-335-3572, and don't forget to bring a sweater!


Sts. Agnes/Edith/Monica ECW Chapter meets Tuesday, April 18 at 10:00 a.m. the card room at St. James Place.


Meditative Yoga options: Carmen Board leads sessions on the first and second Mondays, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the CSF Atrium on the third floor of the Ministries Center. Margaret Culbertson leads sessions on the third and fourth Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. The relaxed styles used by Margaret and Carmen are accessible to almost anyone, and everyone is invited to attend.


THE SPRING DIOCESAN ALTAR GUILD MEETING will be held at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 243 Barrow Street, in Houma, on Saturday, April 29, 2017. The workshop will be on "Altar Flowers and Greenery." Registration opens at 10:00 a.m., with the workshop followed by Eucharist, lunch, and business meeting with a dismissal planned at 2:00 p.m. Please contact Joyclyn Yuja at 985-653-4975 or 504-957-2892; or, Mary Thacker at 504-443-6155, if you plan to attend.


April is a five-Sunday month, and our next Hearty Breakfast is on Sunday, April 30, for parishioners and our neighbors living on the street or in area shelters. The sign-up sheet for Hearty Breakfast volunteers at the April 30 event is here or click the image, below.

April 30 Hearty Breakfast Sign-up
Hannah's Highlights
  • Sunday School classes this semester: April 23, 30 and May 7, 14, and 21 at 9:15 a.m. for sixth through twelfth graders -- the EYC age group -- in the Youth Room on the first floor of the Ministries Center.

  • We will be serving at the Hearty Breakfast on Sunday, April 30, for parishioners and our neighbors living on the street or in area shelters. Let Hannah know to look for you by April 28.!

  • As always, email Hannah for more information, or join the Youth email list, below:

Last Call to Class of 2017

The parish enjoys hearing about your high school experience and plans for college, work, and beyond. Please be sure to send us a brief bio and photo by Friday, April 14 to be included in the May issue of The Messenger.


Another to-do item, among all the term papers, exam notes, and Senior Trip brochures? Check out last year's graduation issue, here, for samples of what to include, or an easy-to-follow form, here.


St. James Outreach

It's Outreach Application Time!

As part of our tithe to the community at large, St. James funds over $60,000 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.

Bishop's Book Study
VBS 2017: Camp Out!

June 12-16 -- 9:00 a.m. 'til noon with extended care option 'til 3:00 p.m. LIMITED SPACE REMAINING! VOLUNTEERS WELCOME!

  • Music & More
  • Camp Out VBS Stations
    Bible Exploration
  • Camp Out VBS Stations
  • Wilderness Games

Childrens Council Meeting

Day School Spring Soiree

YOU ARE INVITED to the St. James Spring Soirée! The Silent Auction and Gala will take place on Friday, April 28, 2017 at Ruffino's at De La Ronde Hall from 7:00-10:00 p.m. Come celebrate St. James Episcopal Day School with fellow parents, parishioners, and faculty and staff. The evening will feature silent and live auctions with all proceeds benefitting the Day School as well as a photobooth, band, beer, wine, and food. Tickets can be purchased online here and additional information, tuition raffle ticket purchasing, and donation & sponsorship opportunities can be found here.

Holmes Reception Invitation
2017 Hymnathon
Treble Choir 2017 Hymnathon Scheduled

The St. James Treble Choir plans to attend the 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 nearly $600 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 on Sunday, May 14 at 4:00 p.m. at St. James Episcopal Church.


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