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St. James Episcopal Church
May 5, 2017
Volume 7, Number 18
The e•Messenger

Parish Meeting

This Sunday at St. James

May 7: The Fourth Sunday of Easter



Supper at Emmaus by Caraveggio


A sheep of Gloucestershire, looking up into the recurrent English mist, photographed by your editor in October 2016.

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 Events

Nursery: Our professionally-staffed nursery is open Sundays 8:45 a.m. 'til noon for infants of six weeks of age 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.


No classes at 9:15 this Sunday, May 7 so that our class leader volunteers and others may attend the Parish Update Meeting in Bishops Hall. Accommodations for our younger parishioners are outlined below.


CHILDREN from six weeks through age four will have supervised care and activity in the nursery on the first floor of the Parish Hall.


YOUNGSTERS age five through teens will gather in the Parish Hall parlors for a special kids' breakfast bar, movies, board games, and more!


ADULTS (and teens interested) are encouraged to attend the Parish Update presentation in Bishops Hall at 9:15 a.m. The coffee and cookies will be there.

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One week from tonight!
2017 Hymnathon
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Morning Prayer with the Day School is on Monday mornings at 8:15 a.m. through May 22; and, Holy Eucharist with the Day School is celebrated Friday mornings at 8:15 a.m. through May 19.


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 May is The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion, and we'll meet on Monday, May 15. Want to read ahead? 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!


2017 Hymnathon
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Busy, busy, busy! Due to hectic schedules, we have cancelled the Children's Council Parent Social originally scheduled for this evening.


We are looking forward to seeing everyone at the next Children's Council Open Meeting on Sunday, May 21, in the CSF Atrium on the third floor of the Ministries Center, at 11:45 a.m. (to give you a chance to stop by the reception, below). The nursery will be open through the meeting, and a light lunch will be served to those attending, and for children in the nursery.

Hannah's Highlights
  • Sunday School classes this Sunday, May 7, 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.

  • Youth Confirmation Retreat is this Sunday afternoon, starting at 1:00 p.m.

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.

  • Register with  Hannah by Wednesday, May 17.

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!

  • 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 and Grant, and their pets, will be heading toward Michigan the following 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.

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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.


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.

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