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St. James Episcopal Church
February 9, 2018
Volume 8, Number 6
The e•Messenger
Ash Wednesday Schedule
This Sunday at St. James

February 11: The Last Sunday after The Epiphany



The Transfiguration of Christ was the final painting of Raphael, who worked on it until his death in 1520. It was commissioned by Cardinal Giulio de Medici (Pope Clement VII). Unlike other depictions, Raphael captures both the mountaintop experience, and the earthly work of ministry. Click to view a larger image, or read more about the iconography, here.

Sunday's Service Schedule
  • 8:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite I, in the church with voting on Vestry and Associate Vestry candidates
  • 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 and ready as an introduction to our parish for potential rector candidates. 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.


Sunday School classes are on Mardi Gras break this Sunday, February 11.


Adult classes will resume next Sunday, February 18 at 9:15 a.m.; all sessions return on Sunday, February 25.

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 Eucharist is this morning at 8:15 a.m. in the church. 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.


The Bad Girls Book Club is meeting on Lundi Gras, 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.


The church office will be closed on Mardi Gras, Tuesday, February 13. The Day School is closed all week. (No Monday or Friday services, next week.)


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.


Ash Wednesday Liturgy will be celebrated in the church at 7:30 a.m., noon, and (with music) 5:30 p.m.


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. 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.

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

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.


During this Lenten season the Presiding Bishop has asked that the church as a community study together. Bishop Morris Thompson encourages all of us to participate together in the Good Book Club and read the Gospel according to Luke and the Book of Acts during Lent and Easter. 


Bishop Thompson will again offer a weekly, brief reflection, a word or phrase that struck me as memorable. He says, "I hope you will read with me and respond with your comments. I hope that we can all be engaged in this journey together as we learn more about Jesus who walked among us to heal and save."


You can sign up to receive Bishop Thompson's weekly reflections on Luke, here.

2018 Gumbo Countdown



A new, improved volunteer sign-up sheet ready -- sign up for the dates and duties that work for you! Click here to sign up, now!


Watch Sunday Journal with John Pastorek at 6:30 a.m. on WBRZ this Sunday for a special feature about St. James Gumbo!

Welcome to the parish

Congratulations! William Jackson Ivy was born January 31, 2018, weighing 8 lbs., 9 oz., and measuring 20 inches long, to Beth and Drew Ivy. He was welcomed home by big sister Claire Ivy. Proud grandmother is Trudy Slocum Ivy.


Welcome to our parish family Helen Paterson Folks who has transferred from St. Martin's, Metairie. She is married to Andrew Christopher Folks and their daughter is Gabrielle Claire Folks. Helen is also the daughter of Charlotte and Allen Paterson.

Hannah's Highlights

THIS Saturday is Spanish Town parade! We'll be in the parking lot all day -- come join us!

Update Page

You can read here the FINAL MONTHLY report from our Durable Slate project manager.

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