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St. James Episcopal Church
February 10, 2017
Volume 7, Number 6
The e•Messenger

Spanish Town Parking Passes

This Sunday at St. James
February 12: Epiphany 6

Hands Across the Divide


Claude Lorrain's ca. 1636, The Sermon on the Mount, is not only huge (5.5 x 8.5 feet), but depicts a near-perfect landscape filled with Holy Land landmarks and impressive focal point. An "idealised nostalgia," one critic says. Real life is not often so ideal, yet we try our best, with what we can, as we can. (The Frick Collection houses the work and has an interesting web page feature to examine the art more closely.)

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
  • 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.


Classes at 9:15 a.m.:



  • Sunday morning Christian education programs for children ages three through 12 meet on the second floor of the Parish Hall at 9:15 a.m.

  • Children's Church is for youngsters who would like to spend time during 10:30 services in age-appropriate lessons and activity before returning to their families in time for communion. Gather at the back of the church during the sequence hymn (just before the Gospel reading).

  • Spring 2017 volunteers for children's Sunday School and/or Children's Church are needed! The spring semester sign-up sheet is ready for you to volunteer: click here!



  • 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 resumes next Sunday, February 19 at 9:15 a.m. Contact Hannah Rothermel for more information.


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, his new series, 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



Acolyte Meeting at 11:30 a.m.


Fr. Joe will offer further training, and the new “team” system will be introduced and explained. Hopefully this system will make acolyting more flexible for everyone. Please try to have your acolyte(s) and one parent there. Gather in the church following the 10:30 a.m. services. We will not be providing lunch this time.


Centering Prayer is held at 6:00 p.m. in the Chapel of the Holy Presence on the third floor of the Ministries Center.

The Messenger
The Messenger

Read the FEBRUARY 2017 issue online at Issuu, or in PDF at the button, below. Pick-up copies are available in the Parish Hall and Ministries Center 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

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


A modified service of Morning Prayer is held each Monday school is in session at 8:15 a.m., in the church. All are welcome.


Meditative Yoga: 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.


A service of Holy Eucharist with Healing Prayers is held each Wednesday at noon in the Chapel of the Twelve Apostles. Take a few minutes mid-week to give yourself time for prayer and communion.


An EfM Grads Group gathers monthly for brown-bag lunch and discussion in the EfM-style. Judy Foil hosts the meeting on Thursday, February 16, noon-1:30 p.m. Contact Nancy Jo Poirrier for more information on the EfM Grads Group. R.s.v.p. to Judy Foil for next Thursday's meeting.


The Mom-to-Mom Group will be gathering this Thursday, February 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall Parlor, with childcare provided (by reservation). Contact Mary Boutwell for more information and/or to reserve childcare space.


A service of Holy Eucharist led by the Day School students is held each Friday school is in session at 8:15 a.m. Come, enjoy this joyful community celebration!


Red Shift, a professional choir based in Baton Rouge, invites you to their upcoming concert, Origins. The program features varied works including Aaron Copland's interpretation of the first two chapters of Genesis in his work, In The Beginning, on Saturday and Sunday, February 18-19 at Episcopal High School Chapel. Please visit for more information. 


The Sts. Agnes/Edith/Monica Chapter of the St. James ECW will meet at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 21, at St. James Place.


Cookies are coming! The St. James Episcopal Day School Brownie troop will have Girl Scout Cookies for sale in the Parish Hall before and after the mid-morning services on Sunday, March 5 and Sunday, March 12. (Remember: Sundays are in Lent, but not of Lent!)

Welcome Ministry Materials
Bad Girls Book Club

We will not be meeting in February, since our next book selection is almost 500 pages long, and our standard fourth Monday falls on Lundi Gras. Enjoy a good read and a great Carnival season!


We look forward to seeing you on Monday, March 20; yes, the third Monday, as opposed to the usual fourth, when our book selection is Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult.

We are meeting at La Madeleine's on Jefferson Hwy. Don't forget to bring a sweater!

Hannah's Highlights
  • Sunday morning classes 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.

  • FLAMINGO FLOCKING IS BACK! St. James youth will be in the parlor after the mid-morning church services all during Epiphany to arrange a flocking for you! $25 sends a flock of flamingoes to friend or foe; $50 keeps the St. James flocks out of your yard. All proceeds go toward summer mission trip expenses (Cathedral Urban Service Experience at Christ Church Cathedral, Houston!) You can pay online here, or download your flocking order form, here, and turn it in Sunday at the EYC table in the parlor. SPANISH TOWN PARKING PASSES NOW AVAILABLE, TOO! Click here to reserve your spot.

  • GLOW-IN-THE-DARK KICKBALL - Third-fifth graders invited! Saturday, February 18 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on the Day School playground. Wear dark colors and meet on the first floor of the Ministries Center. (Come fed; only snacks provided!)

  • EYC - The Gospel According to Pixar - Wednesday, February 22 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the youth room on the first floor of the Ministries Center.

  • SOUTHDOWNS PARADE VIEWING - Friday, February 24 from 5:30 p.m. 'til about 9:00 p.m. Meet at Trinity Church at 5:30 p.m. where we'll meet up with Trinity and St. Luke EYC groups to watch the parade. Brings snacks to munch on, and bags for all the beads you'll catch!

  • MISSION TRIP PLANS - St. James will join St. Luke's on their 10th anniversary trip to CUSE (Cathedral Urban Service Experience) at Christ Church Cathedral in Houston in two trips: (1) May 31-June 3 for those currently in grades 6-8; and (2) June 27-July 1 for those currently in grades nine-12. MANDATORY MISSION TRIP MEETING next Sunday, February 19 at 12:30 p.m., at St. Lukes'. Deposit due ($65), along with insurance information (bring card). If you cannot make this meeting, please contact Hannah Rothermel.

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

Gumbo Countdown

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Congratulations to …


Amanda and Tyler Branch on the birth of their second son, Emmett Charles Branch, on January 19, 2017. Emmett was also welcomed by big brother, Colin.


Bishop's Book Study
Lenten Book Study with the Bishop

Beginning on Ash Wednesday, March 1, Bishop Thompson will be sending out a reflection each Wednesday during Lent on The Soul of Money by Lynne Twist.


"This compelling and fundamentally liberating book shows us that examining our attitudes toward money - earning it, spending it, and giving it away - can offer surprising insight into our lives, our values, and the essence of prosperity. Twist takes an honest and critical look at the extraordinary power that money wields over our lives and its profound and often destructive influence on our self-image and relationships. In a consumer society that glorifies the pitch, the sale, and the insatiable appetite for more as a measure of self-worth, The Soul of Money asks us to step back, to examine our relationship with money, to assess our connection with core human values, and to change this relationship and, in so doing, to transform our lives."


If you would like to join a bookstudy in the diocese, please contact the Rev. Canon John Kellogg.


Coming in March

  • March 22: John Maxwell presents "Me and My Shadow: The Story of Judas Iscariot"

Trinity Institute: Water Justice

  • March 23-24: Trinity Institute 2017 Conference - Water Justice

Trinity Institute: Water Justice


  • March 27-29: Diocese of Louisiana Prison Ministry Commission holds national conference at St. James

Prison Ministries Conference

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