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St. James Episcopal Church
April 6, 2018
Volume 8, Number 14
The e•Messenger
This Sunday at St. James

April 8: The Second Sunday of Easter

NASA Sunrise


The Incredulity of St. Thomas, a striking and shocking piece by Caravaggio (1571-1610), shows a Thomas pushing curiosity to its limits before declaring, "My Lord and my God." Click the image for a larger view..

Sunday's Service Schedule
  • 8:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite I, in the church
  • 9:15 a.m. - A Daily Dose of Scripture for adults, third floor of the Ministries Center
  • 10:30 a.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite II in the churc
  • 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.


A Daily Dose of Scripture resumes this Sunday, April 8 at 9:15 a.m. Children's classes and The Four Gospels with the Very Rev. Joe Reynolds resume Sunday, April 15 at 9:15 a.m.

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

No Day School Eucharist this morning. The Day School is on Easter break until Monday. A modified service of Morning Prayer will be held Monday, April 9 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.


The Center for Spiritual Formation board will meet Monday, April 9 at 5:30 p.m. in the conference room on the second 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. Due to a Day School event in the Parish Hall parlor, the service on Wednesday, April 11 will be celebrated in the church.


2018 Graduate Recognition will occur 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.


Coming Soon: The 2018 Treble Choir Hymnathon will be held on Sunday, May 13. Read more and sign up your favorite hymn!



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 Now Open


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! Registration deadline is May 15.


Lent Reflections Link

We will be honoring Linda Middleton at the Day School Eucharist on Friday, May 4 on the occasion of her 35th anniversary as a teacher at St. James Episcopal Day School.


If you or your children were fortunate enough to have Mrs. Middleton as your teacher, please consider sharing your note of congratulations, or thanks, or a short memory (you can even upload a photo to share!), on our special web page, here.

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.



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.


Flood Relief

I have balanced the reports of flood relief efforts provided by St. James in response to the 2016 flood. 


We collected $44,390 in contributions and disbursed $60,000 in financial assistance. This, of course, is in addition to the many volunteer hours put in toward furniture salvage, gutting houses, doing laundry, coordinating and/or delivering supplies, our sandwich-making lines, distributing ice and water, etc. The Brené Brown benefit provided an additional $50,000 to the Bishop’s Discretionary Fund for assistance to people beyond St. James’ family who were in extreme need.


I am grateful for the generosity of the people of St. James.


Thank you,

The Very Rev. Joe D. Reynolds

Download a Crawfish Boil invitation, here, and invite your neighbors, friends, co-workers who might not have a church home. This is a relaxed evening of enjoyment to introduce them to your St. James family!

EYC News
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.


Early bird ticket costs are $75 for an individual or $125 for a couple until April 1, 2018, then $100/person or $150 per couple. Make sure to get your tickets now and take advantage of the early bird special!

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 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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