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St. James Episcopal Church
February 23, 2018
Volume 8, Number 8
The e•Messenger
Gumbo Opens Friday!


I am pleased and excited to share with you the news that Annie Jung has joined the staff of St. James Church as our Director of Youth Ministry.


Annie has extensive experience in youth ministry. She has served as the Youth Director for St. Luke's Episcopal Church, and she has done a stint as Youth Ministry Coordinator in the Diocese of Louisiana. She has experience with mission trips both in the United States and abroad. She has been a Sunday School teacher, a summer camp counselor, and is a part of the leadership team for the Adult Ed Lectionary Bible Study at St. James. And much more.


Hannah Rothermel has done an excellent job of putting a youth ministry program in place. I am confident that Annie will be able to build on that foundation and move to the next level. She is already hard at work having joined us this week. Welcome, Annie.

Joe Reynolds

Joe Reynolds

This Sunday at St. James

February 25: The Second Sunday in Lent

Repin - Follow Me, Satan


Editorial cartoonist Pia Guerra drew "Hero's Welcome" after learning that teacher/coach Aaron Feis died trying to protect students in Ash Wednesday's Parkland massacre. Used with permission. 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. - Christian education for all ages
  • 9:15 a.m. - Youth confirmation class session
  • 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.
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 resume at 9:15 a.m. this Sunday, February 25. Children's groups gather on the second floor of the Parish Hall; and, youth (grades six-12) meet in the EYC room on the first floor of the Ministries Center.


Youth Confirmation Class meets at 9:15 in the conference room on the second floor of the Ministries Center.


Adult classes at 9:15 a.m. this Sunday, February 25:

  • “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 nears the conclusion of 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.

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Church Calendar Link

The Day School Eucharist is in the church at 8:15 this morning. Student families and parishioners are welcome to attend.


Open meetings of AA are held weekdays at noon in the Activities Room on the first floor of the Ministries Center.


Meditative Yoga is offered on the second-fourth Wednesday mornings at 9:30 in the CSF Atrium on the third floor of the Ministries Center. Margaret Culbertson leads these sessions in gentle, widely accessible poses. R.s.v.p. to Margaret by Tuesday, noon, if you plan to attend, so proper arrangements can be made.


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, March 7: Our second of three Lenten Potluck Supper & Speaker starts with dinner at 6:00 p.m. On March 7, we'll have a real pot luck: bring a casserole or other entrée, vegetable dish, salad, 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 Wednesday, March 21.

Church Calendar Link
Joan of Arc
Study Group meets March 7

Joan of Arc Study groups gathers at noon, hosted by Martha Richard. The lesson on Thomas will be presented by Nina Broyles Fleshman.


Helen Campbell and Betty Berry provide sandwiches, and Emily Wray Lamont and Joy Bagur, desserts.


Contact Nina Broyles Fleshman for more information.

Next meeting Monday, March 19

The March book selection is Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng, and for the Monday, April 16 meeting, Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart.


The March meeting begins at 6:45 p.m. at La Madeleine's on Jefferson at Old Hammond Hwy.


R.s.v.p. to Monica Murphy by email, or text to 225-335-3572.

Lent Reflections Link
If you've missed any, or would like to re-visit them, the Lent Reflections are being blogged on our website. Click here.
This Saturday Night!
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.

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