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St. James Episcopal Church
February 24, 2017
Volume 7, Number 8
The e•Messenger

Sunday Schedule Feb. 26

This Sunday at St. James
February 26: Last Sunday of Epiphany

Sunrise from Mt. Sinai


Mount Sinai (Arabic: طور سيناء‎ Ṭūr Sīnāʼ  or جبل موسى Jabal Mūsá ; Egyptian Arabic: Gabal Mūsa, lit. "Moses' Mountain" or "Mount Moses"; Hebrew: הר סיני‎ Har Sinai ), also known as Mount Horeb, is a mountain in the Sinai Peninsula of Egypt that is the traditional and most accepted identification of the biblical Mount Sinai. The photo is by Mohammed Moussa and used by Creative Commons license. 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
  • 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.


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


Centering Prayer is on break until Sunday, March 12. During Lent, Centering Prayer will begin at 5:45 with a few minutes of introduction and practice of Centering Prayer for those new and/or interested in further information. The sessions will conclude at 6:30 p.m. Centering Prayer is held in the Chapel of the Holy Presence on the third floor of the Ministries Center.

Ash Wednesday Services
The Messenger
The Messenger

Read the MARCH 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.



CC Bowling March 2017

Register by March 6: Online registration/payment is available here.

Church Calendar Link

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


The Day School is out of session, this week; the church office will be closed on Tuesday, February 28 in observance of Mardi Gras. Morning Prayer with the Day School will resume Monday, March 6 at 8:15 a.m., and Holy Eucharist with the Day School on Friday, March 10 at 8:10 a.m.


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.


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!)

Gumbo Countdown

Gumbo opens next Friday!

Are you ready? Find Your Place! Volunteer! Spread the word! Buy Gumbo!

Every Lent, the parish of St. James comes together to support the work of this ECW annual event benefitting ministries of the parish and community. And, your volunteer hours effectively add over $6,000 yearly to the effort!


Picture yourself at Gumbo 2017! 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.
Hannah's Highlights
  • TONIGHT! TONIGHT! We'll meet at Trinity Episcopal at 7:30 p.m. (note change of time; streets closing later than expected) at 3552 Morning Glory Ave. at Stanford, and watch the parade with St. Luke's EYC, there. Please email Hannah if your youth will be attending.

  • Sunday morning classes are on break this Sunday, February 26. Classes will resume next Sunday, March 5, 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.

  • 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. MISSION TRIP MEETING on Sunday, March 19 after 10:30 services in the Parish Hall small parlor.

  • 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.

  • GLOW-IN-THE-DARK KICKBALL has been rescheduled to Saturday, March 18 due to the weather/parade schedule rearrangement last weekend. Third-fifth graders are invited! Saturday, March 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!)

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

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


Lenten Potluck & Speaker


  • March 8: Lenten Potluck in Bishops Hall. The Rev. John Restrepo, a engaging speaker (Dominican who was colleague to Fr. John Pitzer) will talk about "Lent: A Season of Sabbath." No-assignment potluck! Bring whatever you like - enough for your group and some to share.

  • 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


Prison Ministries Conference

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