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St. James Episcopal Church
July 7, 2017
Volume 7, Number 27
The e•Messenger

Link to Summer Sounds Page


Visit the St. James Artists Guild show this Sunday!

This Sunday at St. James

July 9: The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost



Well and Leather Bucket


"Christus consolator" was painted by the Danish artist Carl Bloch (1834-1890) and donated to the Sofia Albertina Church, Sweden ca.1883-1884. Bloch's work, in the realism style, waned in 20th century European popularity, but another version of this piece, borrowed from the Frederiksborg Castle, has twice been exhibited in Salt Lake City and Bloch's work fills the Church of LDS literature.

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.
  • Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy the art exhibited by the St. James Artists Guild, and the One Stop Artists.
  • 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. Join us for fellowship with coffee, lemonade, and cookies in the Parish Hall parlor before and after the morning services..

The Messenger
The Messenger

Read the JULY 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.



Summer Sounds 2017

St. James Episcopal Church in Baton Rouge will present an exhibition of art created by members of the St. James Artists Guild, in the Parish Hall parlor. The work of these professional artists will be on exhibit throughout July.


The exhibition will be open every Sunday in July, immediately before and following church services, as well as each Wednesday evening before and after our Summer Sounds at St. James concert series. The exhibition may also be viewed during church office hours (M-Th 8:00-4:00; Fri. 8:00-noon), or by special arrangement made through the church office. The Summer Exhibition has developed a following over its eight-year run.


In addition to pieces by the St. James Artists Guild, space is reserved for pieces by the art students at The One Stop Homeless Center who are being taught by parishioners Elizabeth Whitley and Warren Green. Mostly untrained, the works by these students have proven to be insightful and enjoyable creations.


Church Calendar Link

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


Meditative Yoga will be on holiday in July, resuming on Monday, August 7 at 11:00 a.m.


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: Our selection for July is The Widow of Wall Street by Randy Susan Meyers, to be discussed on Monday, July 17. The 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.

Children's Council Events in July
Popsicles in the Park
July Parent Social
Welcome to our parish family …

Emma and Tray Achorn who come to us from Grace, St. Francisville. Emma, née Benton, will be teaching fifth grade at the Day School this fall.

Bishop's Book Study
Where Do I Stand?
A month or so ago, I preached a sermon where I listed questions that I asked of myself concerning my commitment to the Lord and my actions as a Christian. A number of people have asked me for the list, which I lent to someone. The questions have now come back to me, and are listed below.
  1. Do I leave the Lord at the church door?
  2. Do people say that I am a person of integrity? Am I a person of my word?
  3. Am I a positive person? Do I bring about a sense of joy?
  4. Am I a negative person? Am I always talking about my own problems? Do people run when they see me to avoid my negativity?
  5. Do the people I love know it? Do I show it? Do I tell them?
  6. Can I be trusted?
  7. Do I gossip about others so I can feel better about myself?
  8. Do people know that I am a Christian because of my actions and words?

The Rev. Ralph F. Howe, Jr.

(Ed. note: Sermon is dated May 14, 2017 on our sermons page.)

Hannah's Highlights
Destination Unknown

Hannah and the St. James youth registered for Destination Unknown plan to have an exciting evening, tonight -- a special time to explore, grow in fellowship, and enjoy their summer break, together!


Deanery Youth Event

Please join us for a Deanery Youth Retreat beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 29, and ending at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, July 30. This retreat is open to all youth in grades 6-12 who attend one of our Baton Rouge deanery churches.


We will have games, an amazing race scavenger hunt, dodge ball tournament, a movie, and a Saturday evening chapel service.


Sunday morning, we'll have breakfast and then serve at the St. James "Hearty Breakfast" -- a meal to our homeless friends and neighbors in downtown Baton Rouge.  Registration forms are due by July 19. See you there!.


Update Page

June report from our Durable Slate Site Manager: Durable Slate mobilized on site on June 5-6, and scaffold erection began for the first phase of scaffold work which includes the rear of the structure, and the front.


The beginning of the month consisted mostly of setting up general provisions both for work to begin and for church, pedestrian, and crew safety. Also, roofing work was undertaken to repair broken slate shingles, failing caulking, and some minor copper work.


The second half of the month has been full speed ahead with raking out the Portland mortar of the joints and giving this church her first chance to breathe in years! Continued here.


Follow along with the church restoration project, here.

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