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St. James Episcopal Church
April 27, 2018
Volume 8, Number 17
The e•Messenger
Heart Breakfast this Sunday
This Sunday at St. James

April 29: The Fifth Sunday of Easter

Christ the True Vine


Christ the True Vine is a 16th century Greek icon, currently located in the Byzantine & Christian Museum, Athens.

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
  • 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.

The Messenger
The Messenger

Read the MAY 2018 issue online, including highlights of some of our graduating seniors, the May calendar and worship assignments, and more.


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


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.


Mimi Riché invites you to join her and other volunteers, in the parking lot at 9:00 a.m. this Saturday, for some parking lot pick-up, mainly weeding and litter patrol. Many hands make light work!


St. James Food Pantry opens Wednesday, May 2 at 8:00 a.m. for distribution to qualified recipients in the 70802 area. Volunteers are always welcome!


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.



Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc Study Group

The concluding session of the academic year is Wednesday, May 2 at noon, hosted by Jane Perkins, with the lesson on the Apostle John by Denise Allen. Connie Schneider and Bobbie Broyles provide sandwiches, with Lynne Parker and Lubna Culbert providing desserts.


Contact Nina Broyles for more information.



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


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. (The June book is The Good Earth by Pearl Buck, and meeting date is June 18.)


Town Hall Meeting at 9:00 a.m., Sunday, May 20: Don't miss this parish update - summer plans, clergy coverage, church restoration, and more, in Bishops Hall.


Pentecost Evensong & Family Kickball Night: Sunday, May 20, starting at 5:00 p.m. with Evensong (in place of the 5:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist). Youth and their families are invited to stay for jambalaya dinner and family-fun events. Read more.

James Gang

St. James Outreach

Outreach Application Deadline June 15

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

Confirmation Service Project: This Sunday's Hearty Breakfast! Help serve the homeless in Bishops Hall, this Sunday morning. Hannah Rothermel will be the adult chaperone for this event. Plan to arrive at 7:45 a.m.; you'll be done at 9:15 a.m. after helping set up, serve, and clean up, so do not wear church/dressy clothing; jeans are fine.


Sunday, May 6: Confirmation Day! 9:15 a.m. - Final class with the Bishop in the Activities Room. 10:30 a.m. - Confirmation service followed by light reception in the parlor.


Wednesday, May 9: "Brain Break" at Coffee Call from 5:45 'til 7:00 p.m. - Give your brain a break before studying for finals! We will enjoy beignets and write prayers of focus and peace to share with each other. Grades 6-12 & friends welcome. Bring $5. RSVP by Tuesday, May 8 to Mrs. Annie.


Sunday May 20: Youth Family Fun Kickball Night 5:00-7:30 p.m. We'll attend the Pentecost Evensong at 5:00 p.m., followed by a jambalaya dinner, together, and kickball on the playground (gym in case of rain). Bring potluck side dishes/desserts. Dress ready to play: Best family "team" costumes and kickball talent will be awarded for prizes. Friends welcome. RSVP to Mrs. Annie by Thursday, May 17.

Stewardship: Focus on Ministries to kickoff this Sunday

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

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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