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St. James Episcopal Church
February 16, 2018
Volume 8, Number 7
The e•Messenger
Gumbo Opens Friday!
This Sunday at St. James

February 18: The First Sunday in Lent

Repin - Follow Me, Satan


Follow Me, Satan (Temptation of Christ) is by Ilya Repin, ca. 1901-1902. Repin, born in the Ukraine, was described as an artist in the "Russian national style." Few of his pieces depict such vivid colors and quick brush strokes of impressionism as this one. Click the image for a larger view.

Sunday's Service Schedule
Search Committee: Nominations Process Still Open

The Search Committee is still accepting parishioner nominations for candidates to be considered for the position of rector of St. James Episcopal Church.


Read the report given by the Search Committee at the Annual Meeting, here.

You can view and read the profile, here.


Submit your nomination(s) using the button, below.


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 and Youth classes remain on Mardi Gras break, this Sunday, and will resume at 9:15 a.m. on Sunday, February 25.


Adult classes at 9:15 a.m. this Sunday, February 18:

  • “A Dose of Daily Scripture: Reflection and Discussion of the Sunday Readings,” gathers in the reception area of the Kids' Orchestra offices on the third floor of the Ministries Center with the Rev. John M. Pitzer and the Rev. Ralph F. Howe Jr., and lay leaders, to read and discuss the Sunday readings from the lectionary.

  • Fr. Joe Reynolds continues his series, Pure Grace: The Application of 12-Step Principles to Life, based on his own manuscript, in the CSF Atrium on the third floor of the Ministries Center.

Reception honoring Hannah Rothermel immediately following the 10:30 service, in the Parish Hall parlor.

The Messenger
The Messenger

Read the FEBRUARY 2018 issue online at Issuu, or in PDF at the button, below, including the Interim Rector's report given at the Annual Meeting on January 21.


Visit our Newsletter Archive page for other issues, or to change or update your electronic message subscriptions.

Church Calendar Link

No Day School Eucharist this morning. The Day School is on Mardi Gras holiday until Monday morning.


Open meetings of AA are held weekdays 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 in the Chapel of the Twelve Apostles. This simple service takes about 35 minutes.


Wednesday, February 21: Our first of three Lenten Potluck Supper & Speaker starts with dinner at 6:00 p.m. Soup is provided; please bring a salad, bread, or dessert - enough for your group and some to share. Following our community dinner, we will gather in the church at 7:00 p.m. for prayer and preaching. You'll be on your way home by 7:30 p.m. Nursery open; school-age children welcome in church for brief program. We'll do this, again, on Wednesdays, March 7 and March 21.


St. Mary's Bible study meets at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 22, at a member's home. For more info, contact Mary Boutwell or at 225-421-3544.

One week 'til the Children's Council family event!
Children's Council Winter Hop


VCS 2018: Shipwrecked!


Mark your calendars!


Date: June 11-15, 2018

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

What: Vacation Church School

This year's theme is Shipwrecked! More details, soon.


2018 Gumbo Countdown



Volunteer! Sign up for the dates and duties that work for you! Click here to sign up, now!


ORDER YOUR TAKE-OUT items online! Pay in drive-thru with cash or check (St. James ECW); debit/credit cards taken inside, only.



MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Easter Day will be celebrated with four services on Sunday, April 1:

  • 8:00 a.m., Rite I spoken service, in the church
  • 9:15 a.m. Rite II, in the church with choir and flowering of the cross
  • 11:00 a.m. Rite II, in the church with choir
  • 5:00 p.m. Rite II spoken service, in the Chapel of the Twelve Apostles


Welcome to the parish

Flowers in the church at Easter, or plants for the Altar of Repose, can be dedicated as a memorial or thank offering. Download a form here and turn in to the office with your contribution before Wednesday, March 21, or donate online at and forward your email receipt with dedication wording to Sylvia Rabalais.

Hannah's Highlights

Sadly, this is our last column entry under Hannah's Highlights.We'll be honoring Hannah and her work with the youth of St. James this Sunday morning, in the Parish Hall parlor following the 10:30 service. Please join us as we bid adieu and best wishes to Hannah Rothermel as she begins a new chapter in her life.

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