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St. James Episcopal Church
March 31, 2017
Volume 7, Number 13
The e•Messenger

Glory & Gumbo Promo


Enjoy Gumbo first, then Glory & Gumbo, or dine-in after.

This week's preacher is our own Fr. John Pitzer.


This Sunday at St. James

April 2: Fifth Sunday in Lent



Raising of Lazarus


Vincent Van Gogh created The Raising of Lazarus, based on a Rembrandt etching, while a patient at Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, May 1890, portraying himself (the red beard being the give-away) as the entombed Lazarus. Click the image for a larger view. The women (identified as friends of Van Gogh) cry out in their distress. Van Gogh completed his suicide in July 1890.

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 Treble Choir
  • 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.



  • Children's Sunday School at 9:15 a.m. and Children's Church (during the 10:30 services) are back! Children gather on the second floor of the Parish Hall for Sunday School at 9:15 a.m., 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.

  • Youth confirmation series gathers at 9:15 a.m. in the Activities Room on the first floor of the Ministries Center.


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, 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 gathers on Sunday evenings. During Lent, Centering Prayer will begin 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
St. James Egg Hunt on April 15

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.


Embracing the Journey - An End of Life Resource Fair is at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, tomorrow, Saturday, April 1. Read more, here.


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 this 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.


Food Pantry Distribution setup is Tuesday, April 4 at 1:30 p.m. on the first floor of the Ministries Center. Distribution begins at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 5. Volunteers at either or both times are welcome!


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!


Property Committee meets at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5, in the library on the second floor of the Ministries Center.


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!


April is a five-Sunday month, and our next Hearty Breakfast is on Sunday, April 30, for parishioners and our neighbors living on the street or in area shelters. The sign-up sheet for Hearty Breakfast volunteers at the April 30 event is here.


Holy Week Schedule Graphic
Gumbo Promo


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!


ONLY TWO GUMBO FRIDAYS LEFT IN 2017! Now is the time to stock your freezer -- how nice will it be to have Gumbo on hand for a busy day, to take to a friend, or comfort food? Crawfish étouffée must be pre-ordered, today, for next Friday's pick-up! Download an order form, below, and have it ready to turn in.

Hannah's Highlights
  • 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.

  • 2017 Graduate Recognition is this 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. A form to help you complete your bio is here.

  • Sunday School classes this Sunday, April 2, 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; and Confirmation Series meets at 9:15 a.m. in the Activity Room on the first floor of the Ministries Center.

Backyard Bonfire

  • Youth in grades three-12 are invited to a fun night at our Backyard Bonfire, at the home of Annie & Stephen Jung! We will have barbeque, s'mores, outdoor games, and of course a bonfire. Parents are invited to stay and socialize. R.s.v.p. to Hannah by April 5.

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

Bishop's Book Study
VBS 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

Childrens Council Meeting

Easter Flower Form

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 Spring Soiree

YOU ARE INVITED to the St. James Spring Soirée! The Silent Auction and Gala will take place on Friday, April 28, 2017 at Ruffino's at De La Ronde Hall from 7:00-10:00 p.m. Come celebrate St. James Episcopal Day School with fellow parents, parishioners, and faculty and staff. The evening will feature silent and live auctions with all proceeds benefitting the Day School as well as a photobooth, band, beer, wine, and food. Tickets can be purchased online here and additional information, tuition raffle ticket purchasing, and donation & sponsorship opportunities can be found here.

St. Luke's Journey Fair

Graphics provided by St. Luke's

Holy Week Schedule

Holy Week Offering Recipients: Contributions (not personally designated toward your pledge or other funds) will be distributed as follows:

  • Maundy Thursday - St. James We Care Ministry - keyword WeCare
  • Good Friday - to the work of The Anglican Church in the Holy Land - keyword GoodFriday
  • Easter Services - equally between St. James Outreach and St. James Day School Scholarship Fund - keyword Easter

Donors can give online or via text using debit cards, credit cards, or ACH payments. It takes first-time donors about two minutes to set up their payment method, which is saved for future gifts. Once you're ready to go, text STJAMESBR Easter $25.00 to 73256 to give $25 to the Easter Offering fund (or, replace with preferred keyword and amount) using your text messaging. Standard text messaging rates may apply.

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