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St. James Episcopal Church
February 2, 2018
Volume 8, Number 5
The e•Messenger
EYC Fundraisers
This Sunday at St. James

February 4: The Fifth Sunday after The Epiphany

Christ Healing



A young John Bridges (1818-1854) painted Christ Healing the Mother of Simon Peter's Wife in 1839. Bridges larger repetoire consists largely of portraits, particularly of English college deans. The painting is exhibited at the Birmingham (AL) Museum of Art. Click the image for a larger view.

Sunday's Service Schedule
  • 8:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite I, in the church with voting on Vestry and Associate Vestry candidates
  • 9:15 a.m. - Christian Education classes for all ages. Read more.
  • 10:30 a.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite II, in the church with voting on Vestry and Associate Vestry candidates
  • 5:00 p.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite II, in the Chapel of the Twelve Apostles.
Search Committee Parish Profile Ready

The Parish Profile layout by JCW Creative Agency is complete. This profile will be provided potential rector candidates to introduce them to our parish. 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's Sunday School at 9:15 a.m. and Children's Church (during the 10:30 services) - Children gather on the second floor of the Parish Hall for Sunday School at 9:15 a.m., and at the back of the church during the sequence hymn (just before the Gospel reading) for a brief lesson and activity in Children's Church, before returning to their families in time for communion.



  • Young people in grades six through twelve gather in the Youth Room on the first floor of the Ministries Center at 9:15 a.m. LAST CALL: Flamingo Flockings and Spanish Town Parking Passes for sale in the Parish Hall before and after the morning services!


ADULT classes at 9:15 Sunday mornings:

  • “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.
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

The Day School hosts Grandparents Day today, with a special musical and art presentation for their guests. There is no celebration of Eucharist, this morning. The Day School leads a modified version of Morning Prayer on Monday mornings at 8:15 a.m., in the church. Day School families and parishioners are welcome.


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.


Wednesdays at noon: A service of Holy Eucharist with opportunity for healing prayers is held each week in the Chapel of the Twelve Apostles. This quiet, mid-week service lasts about thirty minutes.


The Bad Girls Book Club February meeting will be on Monday, February 12 and the selection is Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf. We meet at La Madeleine's on Jefferson at Old Hammond Hwy. Let Monica Murphy know you'll be attending via email, or text to 225-335-3572.


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Joan of Arc Study Group

The Joan of Arc Study Group is focusing on the Apostles of Jesus in this year's meetings.


Weezie Mullenix hosts the noon gathering on Wednesday, February 7, and Judy Foil will present the lesson.


Contact Nina Broyles Fleshman for more information. You can email her at the button, below.

From the Children's Council:
Children's Council Winter Hop


VCS 2018: Shipwrecked!


Mark your calendars now!


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
2018 Gumbo Countdown

The Center for Spiritual Formation, with Fr. John Pitzer and Mary Boutwell, have recruited parishioner volunteers to offer reflections on the daily Gospel reading during Lent, beginning on Ash Wednesday, February 14 and going through Easter week.


All subscribers to the eMessenger will receive the early-morning email. You may decline or change your subscription to the Lent Reflections without affecting your eMessenger subscription, by visiting your personal subscription settings with the link at the very bottom of each newsletter email.


We hope these brief messages will encourage you to take a little time away from distraction, for prayer and living into the season, and help toward a fuller spiritual life.

2018 Gumbo Countdown



A new, improved volunteer sign-up sheet is coming soon -- sign up for the dates and duties that work for you! Read more about Gumbo 2018, and check in for updates.


Sentell grandbaby




Lucy James Sentell made a dramatic entrance on January 26, 2018, in Baton Rouge, weighing 7 lbs., 4 oz. Her parents are Ginny and John Allen Sentell -- and of course the dee-lighted St. James grandmother is Mary Sentell. Cheryl & Jim Rabb, Lynn and Warren Rabb, and Theresa Beaugh round out her grandparents and great-grandparents.


Hannah's Highlights

THIS Sunday afternoon, 4:00-6:00 p.m., EYC for grades 9-12, in the EYC room on the first floor of the Ministries Center. Bring a friend!


Do you have your Spanish Town Parking Pass, yet?!


Need to get on her email list? Email Hannah!

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