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St. James Episcopal Church
April 20, 2018
Volume 8, Number 16
The e•Messenger
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This Sunday at St. James

April 22: The Fourth Sunday of Easter


Green valleys, still waters, and sheep grazing on the Pomme de Terre River, a tributary of the Minnesota River in western Minnesota. Courtesy Martha's Blog: "Beside Still Waters."

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.


A Daily Dose of Scripture led by Fr. Ralph Howe and various lay leaders, as well as 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.

UTO 2017 Logo
Spring Ingathering this Sunday

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.



Sunday afternoon at St. Francis, Denham Springs:


The Revs. Roman Roldan, Dan Krutz, and the congregation of St. Francis Episcopal Church, invite you to join them at 2:00 p.m., this Sunday, April 22 for a groundbreaking ceremony at 726 Maple St.  Denham Springs, Louisiana.


As you all know, St. Francis was seriously impacted by the 2016 Louisiana floods. The congregation and Fr. Krutz have worked very hard to get to the rebuilding stage. Please join us in commending to God the upcoming construction work at the church.

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.


The May issue will be available online next Friday, April 27, and in the tract racks on Sunday, April 29.

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.


The Bad Girls Book Club is reading The Radium Girls by Kate Moore who recently presented at the EBR Goodwood library and, reportedly, "was fabulous!" They meet next for discussion on Monday, May 21 at 6:00 p.m. at La Madeleine's on Jefferson Highway. R.s.v.p. to Monica Murphy, or text 225-335-3572.

James Gang

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

Junior/Senior High Rally is this weekend at the Solomon Episcopal Conference Center. Please keep these young people in your prayers for a safe, fun, and meaningful weekend.


Home Group next Thursday -- Fun, games, youth devotional, at Warren Ross' home, 2966 Torrance Drive, from 5:30 'til 7:00 p.m. Let Mrs. Annie know if you'll be there by Tuesday, April 24.

EYC News


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


Welcome Dan Puchalla

The Rev. Dan Puchalla (pronounced pu-ALL-ah) will be assisting with Sunday and Wednesday services, beginning this Sunday.


Dan moved to Baton Rouge in August 2017 from Chicago, where he had been serving as Associate Rector of St. Paul & the Redeemer Episcopal Church since 2011, when he was ordained.

Stewardship: Focus on Ministries to kickoff April 29

Dear Fellow St. James Parishioners,


Stewardship is about using our individual God given talents to serve the Lord. It is not just about raising money! St James offers us many different ways to match our talents to various stewardship missions.


Over time, we would like to introduce you to each of the St. James lay ministry opportunities -- over 55 in all. You will be familiar with a lot of them, but through this process, we hope you will find some ministry you were not aware of, that fits your particular talents and interests, and we invite you to join in.


Each week, beginning April 29, we will feature one or two lay ministries in the e-Messenger, and in the Sunday service leaflets. Each feature will be brief but informative.


We have asked representatives of the featured ministry to be available in the Parish Hall parlor following the 10:30 a.m. service to answer your questions and extend a personal invitation for you to get involved.


Go in peace, to love and serve the Lord.


The Rev. Ralph F. Howe, Jr.

David Warrington

Michel Hanet

Stewardship 2018

Stepping Stones Brochure
Stepping Stones Retreat II: Registration Closes Today!

April 28 from 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. -- second in a series of young adult lay discernment retreats for anyone 18-39 years old. 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 today.

Stewardship of Creation:

Environmental Commission Survey

Care and Justice for all Creation is a Core Value of Our Church

Bishop Thompson has formed an environmental commission in an effort to bring awareness of the increasing challenges facing our natural environment and therefore the people of Southeast Louisiana.


The Environmental Commission will facilitate discussions within our churches and schools to draw upon individual gifts to bring about concrete actions to restore and sustain the environment, beginning with our own church and school buildings, grounds and campuses, and our own family homes.


The Environmental Commission is asking you to connect with them by simply responding to a survey. It can be found online here.


This will enable them to understand your areas of interest in stewardship of the environment. Once connected, they will begin forwarding information with opportunities to participate in various environmental outreach projects as well as information on how to make your home and church “go green.”


Stewardship and care of creation is an eco-justice ministry of The Episcopal Church which seeks to heal, defend and work toward justice for all God’s creation. Please join us in this important work that God has given us.

ECW Convention Documents
ECW Annual Gathering is May 18-19, Christ Church, Covington
Stepping Stones Brochure
St. Luke's Invites You …

… to a special lecture and dinner event with Fr. Albert Haase, Franciscan priest and author, on Friday, May 4 at 6:00 p.m. In his renowned friendly, funny, and heart-warming style, Fr. Haase shares insight on living a "Eucharistic life," over dinner and dessert.


Registration in advance at is requested. A $10 donation is suggested.

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