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St. James Episcopal Church
May 19, 2017
Volume 7, Number 20
The e•Messenger

Children's Council Meeting


Open Meeting this Sunday at 11:45 a.m.


Child care available in the nursery


Adults meet in large Sunday School room, Parish Hall second floor


A light lunch will be served.

This Sunday at St. James

May 21: The Sixth Sunday of Easter



Seeing Jesus


"Mandato" is by David Wanner and exhibited at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The artist describes his work, "If you love God, take care of your neighbor; prove yourself as a Christian." Photo by Ed Bierman under Creative Commons license. Click 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 Treble Choir
  • As You Are - Final service - Randy asks that you wear your Easter white. Singing of favorite hymns and prayers will begin at 9:30 a.m. Service begins at 10:30 a.m.
  • 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, 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 is at 9:15 a.m. and Children's Church is held during the 10:30 services. 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.

ADULT classes at 9:15 this Sunday:

  • "A Dose of Daily Scripture: Reflection and Discussion of the Sunday Readings," gathers for the final session 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 series with the Very Rev. Joe Reynolds concludes this Sunday at 9:15 a.m., in the CSF Atrium on the third floor of the Ministries Center. Videos of his presentations are available on our website, here.

RECEPTION honoring Randy and Jason at 11:30 a.m.


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Rector Search

Search Committee Chairs named; nominations open for members


Read more here.

Church Calendar Link

Morning Prayer with the Day School breaks for the summer after this Monday morning, May 22 at 8:15 a.m.


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


Meditative Yoga options: 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.


Bad Girls Book Club: Our selection for June is The Rules of Civility by Amor Towles, and we'll meet Monday, June 19. 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!


Make a date of it! Friday, June 9:
Parents' Night Out
Hannah's Highlights
  • Last Sunday School class through summer is this Sunday, May 21, 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.

Fun Friday May 19

  • Fun Friday for third through twelfth graders: We'll have dinner, watch a movie, go on a scavenger hunt, and other games.

  • Parents: Enjoy a date night, or get together with other parents for a fun evening downtown.

Bishop's Book Study
VBS 2017: Register Now

June 12-16 -- 9:00 a.m. 'til noon with extended care option 'til 3:00 p.m. Limited space remains -- Contact Mary Boutwell about volunteer opportunities! Nursery care will be provided for volunteers' children too young for VBS.

  • Music & More
  • Bible Exploration
  • Projects-With-a-Purpose®
  • Wilderness Games
Music Directors' Reception

Randy East, Director of the As You Are Music Ministry, and Jason Hubbard, Director of the St. James Adult Choir, are leaving their posts after the May 21, 2017 worship services.


Randy is retiring, having been the inaugural and continuing director of music at the Contemporary/As You Are worship services for over twenty years, and the As You Are service will be retiring with him.


Jason, who has also been on staff at Episcopal School of Baton Rouge, most recently as Associate Head of School for Arts, Technology, Marketing, and Communications, has accepted a position at Interlochen Arts Academy. He will be heading toward Michigan next week.


St. James Outreach

It's Outreach Application Time!

As part of our tithe to the community at large, St. James funds over $60,000 in small grants to area and diocesan charities. Funding is focused on the areas of greatest need—food, medical services, shelter, and education—for the people of greatest need, delivered by the most effective means. Last year, we helped cancer patients, the homeless, low-income school children and more.


Please encourage the charities you know and love to apply. They can find the application on our website.

ECW Convention Graphic

The Episcopal Church Women of the Diocese of Louisiana will hold the 130th ECW Annual Gathering at St. Augustine's, Metairie, June 2-3, 2017. The theme this year is: "ECW - Embrace the Community and World." The Scripture focus comes from the Gospel of Matthew, "I was a stranger and you welcomed me." (Matt. 25:35b) Indeed, all are welcome to join us at the Annual Gathering for Christian fellowship, worship, learning and fun! So, do not be a stranger; embrace and celebrate with us the divine spark that God gives to each of us.


The Rev. William Miller, a popular author and rector of Christ Church, Covington, will be Saturday's keynote speaker. Miller is the author of The Gospel According to Sam and The Beer Drinker's Guide to God. He is a dynamic speaker, innovator, and Jazz enthusiast who recently moved to Louisiana following tenures at churches in the Dioceses of Texas and Hawaii.


The church office will be closed Monday, May 29 in observance of Memorial Day.


Summer Office Hours begin May 30: Monday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.; and, Friday, 8:00 a.m. until noon, through Friday, August 4, 2017.



The Habitat ReStores Need Your Help

The Habitat for Humanity ReStore locations need summer volunteers. You can enjoy the air conditioning while helping the ReStore raise funds to build simple decent homes, as well as divert quality building materials from the landfill! There are many volunteer opportunities at the ReStore: Customer Service, Preparing Donations for Display, Picking up Donations, or Office Support. This is a great opportunity for anyone, especially retired individuals who want to do meaningful work that makes a difference in our community!


The ReStore sells donated new and gently used building supplies to the public at a greatly reduced price. All proceeds help Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge build affordable homes with families in need.

To volunteer, contact:

Ronny Lockett - ReStore North          Kirsten Acosta - ReStore Southeast

4301 Airline Hwy.                             10300 Perkins Road             

225-355-1895                                   225-408-0021

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