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St. James Episcopal Church
February 17, 2017
Volume 7, Number 7
The e•Messenger

Garrett Farewell Reception

This Sunday at St. James
February 19: Epiphany 7

Parable of Persistent Neighbor


The parable of The Persistent Widow (Luke 18:1-8) also makes use of the Greek term, telos, found in this week's Gospel reading.

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 this 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



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

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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. (School will not be in session February 27-March 3.)


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.


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!


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
Red Shift presents "Origins"

The professional Baton Rouge choir will musically explore the idea of the beginning of Earth and its inhabitants in its concert, Origins. Red Shift includes our own Eric Johnson, assistant choirmaster and director of the St. James Treble Choir, and Sara Bray, Cherub Choir Director.


The group will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday in the Episcopal High School Chapel, marking its second Baton Rouge appearance. Red Shift's December concert, The Consolation of Apollo, received widespread acclaim.

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 WINDING DOWN! 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.

  • LAST CALL FOR SPANISH TOWN PARKING PASSES! Click here to reserve your spot.

  • SATURDAY NIGHT: 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.

  • Graduate Recognition will be held on Sunday, April 2 at the 10:30 service, with a reception, afterwards. Bios to share in the parish newsletter are due April 14.

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

Campaign Kickoff

Dear People of St. James,


I hope you will join me in Bishops Hall on Sunday, February 26, following the 10:30 service for the official kick-off of a capital campaign, "The Love of Christ Forever."


There has been extensive conversation over the last eighteen months concerning the pressing need for major renovation on our much treasured and historic church building. This involves repointing all the exterior masonry work, but it includes other concerns as well. Information about all proposed innovations will be shared at the meeting.


St. James Church in Baton Rouge was established in 1844 on the spot where it stands today. The current church building was built in 1896. For 173 years, the love of God in Christ has been proclaimed here. For 121 years, that word has been lived and spoken from this pulpit and this church. We follow in a long line of dedicated Episcopalians who have come before us. It is now the turn of our generation to insure our continued proclamation in Baton Rouge.


The meeting will not be long, but it is important. Please come.



Joe Reynolds

The Very Rev. Joe D. Reynolds
Interim Rector

Gumbo Countdown

Gumbo opens in just two weeks!


Gumbo 2017 will require:
  • 500 pounds of pulled, boneless chicken thighs
  • 1,360 pounds of shrimp
  • 250 pounds of sausage
  • 810 pounds of sliced okra

We love our Gumbo Guys, too! Click here to put your name on the volunteer list!


Gumbo Guys 2016
Glory & Gumbo is timed just right for you to enjoy Gumbo lunch, first, in Bishops Hall, then enjoy the brief (25") period of music and speaker in the church, or begin with the word and music, and still have plenty of time to enjoy Gumbo before serving ends at 1:00 p.m.
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


Ash Wednesday is March 1


  • March 8: Lenten Potluck in Bishops Hall. The Rev. John Restrepo, a Dominican who was colleague to Fr. John Pitzer, will talk about "Lent: A Season of Sabbath."

  • March 10: Children's Council is hosting Family Bowling Night, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at All Star Bowling. Details coming soon!

  • 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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