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St. James Episcopal Church
March 24, 2017
Volume 7, Number 12
The e•Messenger

Me & My Shadow Promo

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.

This Sunday at St. James

March 26: The Fourth Sunday in Lent



Blind Man Washes in Pool of Siloam


.James Tissot (1836-1904) painted The Blind Man Washes in the Pool of Siloam between 1886-1894, the period of his trips to the Middle East to make studies of the landscape and people. His series of 365 gouache (opaque watercolor) illustrations showing the life of Christ were shown to critical acclaim and enthusiastic audiences in Paris), London,) and New York, before being bought by the Brooklyn Museum in 1900. 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 and choir
  • As You Are - A 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.



  • Children's Sunday School at 9:15 a.m. and Children's Church (during the 10:30 services) - Children gather on the second floor of the Parish Hall for Sunday School at 9:15 a.m., for Sunday School, and at the back of the church during the sequence hymn (just before the Gospel reading) for a brief lesson and activity in Children's Church, before returning to their families in time for communion.



  • 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.


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.

  • Fr. Joe Reynolds' class on The Episcopal Church resumes this Sunday, March 26 at 9:15 a.m. in the CSF Atrium on the third floor of the Ministries Center. You can catch up with videos of his presentations, available on our website, here.

Adult Classes Spring 2017


Centering Prayer gathers on Sunday evenings. During Lent, Centering Prayer begins at 5:45 p.m. with a few minutes of introduction and practice of Centering Prayer for those new, needing a refresher, 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.

Email the Children's Council
Help out the Easter bunny

The Children’s Council is helping out the Easter bunny, collecting treat-filled plastic Easter eggs for this year’s Easter Egg Hunt. The Hunt is on Saturday, April 15 at 4:00 p.m. at the home of Susanna McCarthy, 1465 Steele Blvd.


Please consider donating to the bunny’s collection to hide, particularly if you think you might have a child or grandchild participate. A collection box will be in the Parish Hall Parlor through Palm Sunday where you can drop off plastic eggs of any color, and small trinkets (stickers, bouncy balls, erasers, or individually wrapped candy) for filling the eggs.

The Messenger
The Messenger

Read the APRIL 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.



Church Calendar Link

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


Morning Prayer with the Day School is Monday at 8:15 a.m., and Holy Eucharist with the Day School is held on Fridays at 8:10 a.m. when school is in session. (Easter break is April 14 through April 23.)


Meditative Yoga next on Monday, April 3: 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.


The Center for Spiritual Formation Board meets on Monday, April 3, at 5:30 p.m.


Joan of Arc Study Group chapter of the Episcopal Church Women will gather at noon on Wednesday, April 5, hosted by Mary Boutwell. Honey East will present the lesson on Jesus Raises the Daughter of Jairus; Tamara Redhead and Lubna Culbert provide sandwiches; and, Bunny Hines and Myra Gilchrist provide dessert. Contact Nina Broyles for more information about the Joan of Arc Chapter!


Bad Girls Book Club: We are reading Everything We Keep by Kerry Lonsdale, for our Monday, April 17 meeting. Our selection for May is The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion, and we'll meet on Monday, May 15. 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!



Gumbo Countdown


Dine-in between 11 and 1; phone your take-out order between 8 and 10 and pick it up in our easy drive-thru lane on Fourth Street. Place your order now for Easter étouffée for pick-up on April 7. We now accept debit/credit cards!

Hannah's Highlights
Glow in the Dark Kickball

  • March 25, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. - The LOT Project - Third through fifth graders included! We will meet at St. James at 8:00 a.m. and travel to New Sunlight Baptist Church located near North Blvd and 18th Street to serve breakfast, done by 10:30 a.m. We need 10 youth volunteers/parents to help cook in the kitchen, serve the food, take prayer requests, pray with folks, visit with folks, clean up, and anything else that comes up that needs doing. We are collecting hygiene items to give out after breakfast is served. Please drop them off in the designated boxes in the youth room or in Hannah's office. WE'LL HAVE A COLLECTION BASKET AT GUMBO, TODAY, TOO!

  • Sunday School classes this Sunday, March 26, 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.

  • 2017 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. You can send your photo and bio to Sylvia Rabalais.

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

Bishop's Book Study
Vacation Bible School 2017: Camp Out!

June 12-16 -- 9:00 a.m. 'til noon with extended care option 'til 3:00 p.m.

  • Music & More
  • Camp Out VBS Stations
    Bible Exploration
  • Camp Out VBS Stations
  • Wilderness Games

Prison Ministries Conference

Prison Ministries Conference

Forms for dedications of plants for the Altar of Repose and/or lilies in the church on Easter Sunday can be found around the campus, or downloaded below. Please print your listing clearly and make note on your check that your donation is for "Easter Flowers" or "Altar of Repose." Or, donate online and forward your receipt to Sylvia Rabalais with the requested listing information.

Day School Gala & Silent Auction

On Friday, April 28, the St. James Episcopal Day School will hold the first annual Spring Soirée at Ruffino’s Downtown at De La Ronde Hall. The evening will include entertainment, food, cocktails, and great company! We are hard at work organizing fabulous silent and live auctions to directly benefit our children. Parishioner opportunities to help include:

Soirée sponsorship - tables, bar, photo booth
Raffle tickets - chance to win tuition for a year!
Monetary or in-kind auction donations
St. Luke's Journey Fair

Graphics provided by St. Luke's

Agapé Meal Invitation
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