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St. James Episcopal Church
April 13, 2018
Volume 8, Number 15
The e•Messenger
This Sunday at St. James

April 15: The Third Sunday of Easter


The Appearance to the Apostles is on one of the back crowning panels of Duccio's Maestà from the Duomo at Siena, where Jesus, to dispel their doubts, eats with them. 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 the church with 2018 Graduate Recognition and reception following
  • 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.


Children's classes meet at 9:15 a.m. on the second floor of the Parish Hall, with levels for children four years old through fifth grade. Children's Church gathers at the back of the church during the hymn before the Gospel reading, offering an age-appropriate Bible lesson and activity before returning to church in time for communion with families.


EYC this Sunday (grades 6-12): Sunday Funday. Read more, here.


A Daily Dose of Scripture and The Four Gospels with the Very Rev. Joe Reynolds, classes for adults, meet at 9:15 a.m. on the third floor of the Ministries Center.

The Messenger
The Messenger

Read the APRIL 2018 issue online.


Pick-up copies are available in the tract racks in the Parish Hall and Ministries Center foyers, and the church narthex..


Due to changes in their subscription terms, we will not be uploading to Issuu effective immediately. Please let us know if this is a problem for you so we can find other arrangements.

Church Calendar Link

Day School Eucharist this morning is at 8:15 a.m., in the church. Parishioners and Day School families are invited to attend.


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


S.M.I.L.E. (Senior Men Into Life's Enjoyment) Bible study is in the library on the second floor of the Ministries Center at 11:00 a.m. each Wednesday.


Holy Eucharist with healing prayers is celebrated each Wednesday at noon. This simple service lasts about 35 minutes, and is held in the Chapel of the Twelve Apostles, just inside the Parish Hall door on N. Fourth Street.


2018 Graduate Recognition is this Sunday, April 15 at the 10:30 service, followed by a brief reception, and Day School update tour for the 2011 Day School graduates in this year's class. Seniors: Please submit your photos/bios by April 15 for inclusion in the May issue of The Messenger! Email Sylvia Rabalais with any questions.


The Bad Girls Book Club is reading Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart for their meeting on Monday, April 16 at 6:00 p.m. at La Madeleine's on Jefferson Highway. for the May 21 meeting, they are reading The Radium Girls by Kate Moore who recently presented at the EBR Goodwood library and, reportedly, "was fabulous!" R.s.v.p. to Monica Murphy for either or both meetings: or text 225-335-3572.


Sts. Agnes/Edith/Monica ECW Chapter meets at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 17, in the Card Room at St. James Place.


St. Mary's Bible Study group holds its final meeting of the academic year on Thursday, April 19 at 6:30 p.m., at a member's home. Please contact Mary Boutwell for details.



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.

St. James Children's News


VCS 2018: Shipwrecked!


Registration Deadline May 15


Date: June 11-15, 2018

Time: 8:30 a.m. drop-off 'til noon

What: Vacation Church School

Cost: $40 first child/$60 two or more children


Registration (with online payment option) is now open!.


2018 Hymnathon
EYC News


TONIGHT! Serve our St. James church community by face-painting at the Annual Crawfish Boil between 6:00 and 8:30 p.m. Mrs. Annie will have all the face painting supplies, and have easy pics to help you do simple face painting. No experience needed! You can have all the crawfish you want and this can count as service hours if you need any for school, clubs, etc. Our Associate Vestry asked this week if our EYC youth can lend an extra hand to help out. It will be a fun way to serve our church!


Sunday Funday this Sunday starting at 9:15 a.m. with Donuts & Devotion in the Youth Room, then we'll sit together during the 10:30 worship service. We'll enjoy lunch downtown and then go to early afternoon showing of A Wrinkle in Time! Pick up time is pending the final movie start time. 

EYC News


Are there young people in your life who would enjoy a Mission Trip? Please share this information with grandchildren, nieces/nephews, students, friends, protegés! We have three-five openings remaining in each trip.


Adult Chaperone/Drivers needed for Senior High trip! Please contact Annie Jung ASAP, via email, or phone 225-421-3546.


Junior High: June 11-15 -Texas: Youth rising to sixth through eighth grades (and their friends!) are invited to join Christ Church/Covington as we travel to Quest Ranch in the Texas hill country to assist in flood relief efforts, visit Canyon Lake, and Schiltterbahn Waterpark! Cost: $250* includes all food, lodging, transportation, & activities *Scholarships available, please contact Annie Jung. $75 non-refundable deposit to reserve your spot due ASAP, with balance due three weeks before trip.


Senior High: July 8-15 - Tennessee: Rising ninth graders through finishing seniors (and their friends!), and youth from Grace Church/St. Francisville, will pair with Team Effort Mission Camp in Copperhill, Tennessee in light construction and home repair in an economically-depressed area. When the work is done, we'll enjoy whitewater rafting and ropes courses! Cost: $400* includes all food, lodging, transportation, & activities *Scholarships available, please contact Annie Jung. $75 non-refundable deposit to reserve your spot due ASAP, with balance due three weeks before trip.



Rally Info Page

Junior/Senior High Youth Rally is April 21 & 22


Rally is designed to be a fun, relaxing retreat weekend that combines presentations by youth, small group discussion, and worship with games, activities, music, and fellowship. Rally is designed to be welcoming to everyone who attends and the goal of the weekend is to make sure that everyone is included fully in the community.  


Who can attend Rally?


Youth Rally is open to all youth in grades 6-12 from the Diocese of Louisiana, and friends of any religious background. While the topics presented and discussed will have a Christian focus we welcome all young people who have a willingness to participate fully in the weekend regardless of their religious affiliation. You need not be Episcopalian to attend, however you must be committed to engage in theological reflection from a Christian perspective. 


More information and registration form is here.


Permission form is here.


Welcome Ministry Materials
Day School Soirée on April 20

The St. James Day School Spring Soirée on Friday, April 20, 2018 at The Hilton, downtown, will include entertainment, food, cocktails, and great company, and all proceeds from this event directly benefit the children at St. James Episcopal Day School.


Tickets are $100/person or $150 per couple. Sponsorship opportunities start at just $25. Click here for sponsorship information.

UTO 2017 Logo
Spring Ingathering on April 22

Donations to the United Thank Offering are forwarded to UTO headquarters which distributes the funds for the support of innovative missions, development of new congregations, support of seminary and lay ministry sutdents, assistance with programs for the poor and homeless, and other causes around the world.


Take home a Blue Box and contribute your change while giving thanks to God for blessings you have received. Then, twice a year, empty your Blue Box and bring an offering of the total you've contributed.

Stepping Stones Brochure
Stepping Stones Retreat II: Prayer

April 28 from 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Presentations will include:

  • "Corporate Prayer: Spiritual Practices in Community"
  • "Silence: Finding God in Stillness"
  • "Personal Prayer: Developing Your Own Spiritual Practice"

This retreat is the second in a series of young adult lay discernment retreats for anyone 18-39 years old who wants to deepen their relationship with Jesus and asks questions like "What is God calling me to do?" or "How do I recognize the Spirit moving in my life?" Each retreat is focused on a different topic with talks, small group discussion, and activities.


For more information, contact the Rev. Watson Lamb or 504-533-4916; or, the Rev. Liz Embler-Beazley. The cost is $15 per person; registration is due Friday, April 20.


Read the brochure about Stepping Stones retreats, here.

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