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St. James Episcopal Church
August 11, 2017
Volume 7, Number 32
The e•Messenger

Off to College Prayer

This Sunday at St. James

August 13: The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost



Jesus Walking on Water


The house church at Dura-Europos (Syria) held a baptistry, and the wall art surrounding the baptistry included this image, dated around 240 AD, and thought to be one of the earliest images of Jesus and Peter in existence. Read about this panel and the other water stories surrounding it, now housed in the Yale Gallery of Art, here.

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 cantors.
  • Coffee, lemonade, and cookies in the Parish Hall parlor
  • 5:00 p.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite II, in the Chapel of The Twelve Apostles
Sunday Education & 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 and fellowship. The nursery is located directly off the Parish Hall foyer. Your infants and young children are always welcome in church.


SUNDAY EDUCATION CLASSES ARE ON SUMMER HOLIDAY until September 17. Join us for fellowship with coffee, lemonade, and cookies in the Parish Hall parlor before and after the morning services..

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


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Church Calendar Link

(Shhh! It's a surprise!) Please go by the Parish Hall parlor before or after attending your service of choice this Sunday, August 13 or next Sunday, August 20, and sign a panel of the birthday card we're putting together for the Rt. Rev. James M. Coleman (rector of St. James 1977-1989) who will celebrate his 88th birthday on August 26. Please sign only one panel; they will be bound into a large card to be presented to Bishop Coleman.


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


Meditative Yoga meets this week on Wednesday, August 16 at 9:30 a.m. (Carmen Board is out of town on Monday.) These free classes are held on the first and second Mondays of each month, 11:00-12:30; and, on the third and fourth Wednesdays from 9:30-11:00 a.m., in the CSF Atrium on the third floor of the Ministries Center. The gentle poses used are accessible to most and everyone is invited to attend.


Wednesdays at noon: A service of Holy Eucharist with opportunity for healing prayers is held each week in the Chapel of the Twelve Apostles. This quiet, mid-week service lasts about thirty minutes.


Bad Girls Book Club: The Monday, August 21 discussion will be on News of the World by Paulette Jiles. 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.

Ministries Fair on Aug. 27
Treble Choir Auditions
Hannah's Highlights
Pool Party!

Youth in grades six through twelve are invited to the Back to School Pool Party, hosted by Susan & Emile Rolfs at 3055 Tyrone Drive. Bring a swimsuit and towel!

Tie Dye Night

Tie Dye Night is Wednesday, August 23 at 6:00 p.m. at St. James in the Youth Room.

Happening Registration Link

Registration for Happening #79 is Now Open: August 25-27

Happening is a youth-led spiritual formation weekend designed for high school teens. It is an amazing experience that changes the way you think about yourself and your faith.


Happening is open to teenagers in grades nine-12, of any denomination who have not participated in Happening in the past. If you have participated in Happening and would like to serve on staff you can email the Rev. Jane-Allison Wiggin-Nettles. You need not be Episcopalian to attend, however you must be committed to engage in theological reflection from a Christian perspective.


Happening #79 will be held August 25-27, 2017 at the Solomon Episcopal Conference Center. Registration deadline is August 21.


Cost is $150. Scholarship assistance is available. For more information, please contact the Rev. Jane-Allison Wiggin-Nettles.

Update Page

Scaffolding and windows! Scaffolding is up and draped on the Convention Street side of the church, and the new coverings over the Tiffany windows are in.


You can read here the July report from our Durable Slate project manager, and view the photos sent with the report as well as this week's new photos.

Bridal Photos email address

Every baptized person is called to ministry. Education for Ministry (EfM) is a unique four-year program of small-group study that provides people with the education to carry out that ministry.

The purpose of EfM is to help the faithful encounter the breadth and depth of the Christian tradition and to connect it with their life experience by engaging together in study, prayer and reflection. Each of the four years of EfM study is comprised of 36 weekly sessions during the nine--month academic year, September through May


An EfM group led by Randy Garrett and Marsha Wade meets in the second floor conference room of the Ministries Center on Thursdays from 5:00 'til 7:00 p.m. There are no prerequisites of study.


Since its founding in 1975, EfM has assisted more than 80,000 participants worldwide in discovering and nurturing their call to Christian service.


During the service of confirmation we ask God to "Renew in these your servants the covenant you made with them at Baptism. Send them forth in the power of the Spirit to perform the service you set before them." EfM offers an opportunity to discover how to respond to the call to Christian service.


For more information about EfM or to register, contact:

Randy Garrett or phone 225-229-5044, or, Marsha Wade or phone 225-802-8067


EfM Grads Group

If you have graduated from the four-year program of Education for Ministry offered by The University School of the South at Sewanee, you are invited to join us on the third Thursday of the month from noon 'til 1:30 p.m. for a time of spiritual feeding in the style practiced in our Education for Ministry groups. This is a drop-in group, for you to come when you can. Brown bag lunches welcome; occasionally, a host may provide a light lunch. A monthly meeting announcement/reminder is sent via email; please let us know if you will be able to attend.


One of the group will volunteer to present a brief lesson at each meeting, followed by a hearty group discussion.


Any format and topic may be discussed. The most important thing is that we get to use our theological reflection skills, our lifetime experiences, our knowledge of the Bible and tradition to hold a rich discussion about the chosen subject, following the tradition learned during our time in EfM.

The fall 2017 semester meetings begin Thursday, September 21.


For more information, or to share contact info for other EfM grads who might like to join us, contact Nancy Jo Poirrier, or (h) 225-926-1679; (cell) 225-603.-7921.

Kids' Orchestra

2017-2017 Applications Now Open

Applications are now being accepted for 2017-18 Kids' Orchestra programming! After our returning student priority round, all new applicants will be accepted through a lottery drawing. So don't wait - submit your application today.

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