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St. James Episcopal Church
April 21, 2017
Volume 7, Number 16
The e•Messenger

It's Still Easter!

This Sunday at St. James

April 21: The Second Sunday of Easter



Jesus Appears to Thomas


Carl W. Bloch painted "Doubting Thomas" ca. 1885.

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
  • As You Are - Rite II service at 10:30 in the Chapel of the Twelve Apostles
  • 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.



  • Children's Sunday School at 9:15 a.m. and Children's Church (during the 10:30 services) will resume next Sunday, April 30.



  • Young people in grades six through twelve gather in the Youth Room on the first floor of the Ministries Center at 9:15 a.m.

  • Youth confirmation series gathers at 9:15 a.m. in the Activities Room on the first floor of the Ministries Center.


ADULT classes at 9:15 Sunday mornings:

  • "A Dose of Daily Scripture: Reflection and Discussion of the Sunday Readings," gathers in the reception area of the diocesan offices on the third floor of the Ministries Center. The Revs. Ralph F. Howe, Jr., and John M. Pitzer, as well as lay leaders, including Annie Knazs Jung and Ed Henderson, read and discuss the Sunday readings from the lectionary.

  • The Episcopal Church with the Very Rev. Joe Reynolds, continues at 9:15 a.m. this Sunday, in the CSF Atrium on the third floor of the Ministries Center. Videos of his presentations are available on our website, here.

Adult Classes Spring 2017
Holmes Reception 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. The May issue will go live next Friday, and be ready for pick-up on Sunday, April 30.


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Church Calendar Link

Morning Prayer with the Day School resumes Monday, April 24 at 8:15 a.m. Holy Eucharist with the Day School is celebrated Friday mornings at 8:15 a.m.


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


This Tuesday, April 25 at 10:00 a.m., St. Martha’s Guild is meeting in the Parish Hall Parlor. The members of this ministry of St. James serve as hosts/hostesses for visitations held in the parlor before funerals. They assist the family with details and help direct visitors who are guests to our parish at the visitation. Please join us on Tuesday if you are an active St. Martha member or if you’re interested in learning about this guild.


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. As a special treat, the Ladies of St. Matthew's will be serving chicken/sausage gumbo for lunch. Please bring a side, salad, or dessert to share. R.s.v.p. to Joyclyn Yuja at 985-653-4975 or 504-957-2892; or, Mary Thacker at 504-443-6155, if you plan to attend so proper arrangements can be made.


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.


The St. James Children's Council invites you to an open meeting, next Sunday, April 30, following the 10:30 services. Learn more about programs in the works, summer plans, and get involved! Read more here.


Bad Girls Book Club: 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!


April 30 Hearty Breakfast Sign-up
Hannah's Highlights
  • Sunday School classes this Sunday, April 23, 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

  • Confirmation Series meets at 9:15 a.m. in the Activity Room on the first floor of the Ministries Center.

  • Camp Hardtner 2017 summer camp registration is now open! Read more, below. Click the image to visit Camp Hardtner's web site.

Camp Hardtner 2017

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

Bishop's Book Study
VBS 2017: Camp Out Volunteers needed

June 12-16 -- 9:00 a.m. 'til noon with extended care option 'til 3:00 p.m. Limited space remains -- Contact Mary Boutwell about volunteer opportunities!

  • Music & mMore
  • Bible Exploration
  • Projects-With-a-Purpose®
  • Wilderness Games
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.

Open Meeting of Children's Council on April 30

Childrens Council Meeting


Come hear about summer plans, long-range plans, special events, and more! Opportunities to get involved, too. We'll meet in the CSF Atrium on the third floor of the Ministries Center after the 10:30 services. A light lunch will be provided, and the nursery will be staffed. Questions? Comment? Email the Children's Council.


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.

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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