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St. James Episcopal Church
January 12, 2018
Volume 8, Number 2
The e•Messenger
Louisiana Marathon


Click on the Marathon map to find your easiest route to church.

Park east of N. Fourth Street! Our lots will be blocked.

Citi Plaza II parking garage will be open for parishioners ONLY

between 7:30 a.m. and NOON.

Enter from Convention across from the Day School.

Vehicles not removed by noon will be locked in the garage.

This Sunday at St. James

January 14: The Second Sunday after The Epiphany

Sunday's Service Schedule
  • 8:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite I, in the church
  • 9:15 a.m. - Fellowship over coffee and refreshments in the Parish Hall parlor.
  • 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 Now Accepting Nominations

The Search Committee is working on the Parish Profile to be provided potential rector candidates with a completion goal this month, and is now accepting parishioner nominations for candidates to be considered for the position of rector of St. James Episcopal Church. 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, YOUTH, and ADULT classes are on holiday break until next Sunday, January 21. Read about youth and EYC events in Hannah's Highlights. You can catch up on Pure Grace, with Fr. Joe Reynolds, with class videos here.

The Messenger
The Messenger

Read the JANUARY 2018 issue online at Issuu, or in PDF at the button, below, including Vestry bios and Associate Vestry slate to be voted upon at our 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 church offices and Day School will be closed Monday, January 15 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.


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


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.


Yoga changes in 2018: Margaret Culbertson leads meditative yoga on the second, third, and fourth Wednesdays in January at 9:30 a.m. Anyone who wishes to attend should RSVP to by noon on Tuesday before the Wednesday class, so attendance/potential conflicts can be determined.


The Bad Girls Book Club January meeting will be on Monday, January 15 and the selection is The Bone Lady by Mary Manhein, world renowned forensic anthropologist, and we are very excited to announce that Ms. Manhein will be joining us for the evening to discuss her book! 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 book selection for February 12 is Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf.


St. Mary’s Bible Study: This month's study will be Thursday, January 18 at the home of Lacee Perry. Her address is 2185 Brentwood Avenue. We meet at 6:30. 


Emotional Sobriety: A weekend retreat for women who are or want to be in recovery is at the Solomon Episcopal Conference Center, January 19-21. More information here.


Diocesan Stewardship Summit is next Saturday, January 20 at St. Paul's, 6249 Canal Blvd, New Orleans. For more information, visit, here.


Annual Parish Breakfast



Gumbo 2018  Luncheon is Wednesday, January 24, at 11:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall Parlor. Email Mary Boutwell if you plan to attend.

Hannah's Highlights

Self Reflection - A Stepping Stones Retreat will be conducted on Saturday, February 17 from 9:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Chapel of the Holy Spirit, 1100 Broadway St., New Orleans.


This is the first in a series of young adult lay discernment retreats for anyone 18-39 years old. Each retreat is focused on a different topic with talks, small group discussion, and activities. This retreat will cover topics of self-reflection such as spiritual direction, therapy, and theological reflection. The cost is $15, and there are scholarships available. To learn more, please contact the Rev. Watson Lamb, or 504-533-4916; or, the Rev. Liz Embler-Beazley


About the Stepping Stones Retreat


The purpose of the Stepping Stones: Young Adult Retreats is to give young adults some tools and a means of discernment which is not specifically about discerning a call to ordination.

Each day retreat focuses on an aspect of the spiritual life which everyone will struggle with and ultimately discern in his/her life. We hope to give individuals tools to help them in the process of discernment and invite them to consider how God is active in every aspect of life.

The five retreats will be about Self-Reflection, Prayer, the Spirituality of Relationships, the Spirituality of Work, and Lay Ministries. At each retreat, there will be three talks on topics centered around each of the five aspects of the spiritual life.

Download registration form and payment information by clicking here.


Download the brochure by clicking here.


Children's Council


The St. James Children's Council invites you to reserve two dates on your calendar:


Date: Saturday, February 24

Time:  TBD

What: Winter Hop

DJ for dancing, hamburgers and hot dogs by the Holy Grillers, activities for the children. Nursery will be open. Space is limited so reply immediately!


Date: June 11-15, 2018

Time: 9:00 a.m. - noon

What: Vacation Church School

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


Hannah's Highlights

This Sunday evening, January 14: EYCers in grades 6-8 meet in the EYC Room, first floor of the Ministries Center, 6:00-7:30 p.m.


ICE SKATING & BEIGNETS on Saturday, January 20 - After a cool evening at Leo's Iceland, we'll warm up at Coffee Call. Meet at St. James at 6:00 p.m., and we'll be back by 9:00 p.m. R.s.v.p. to Hannah, here.


It's Flamingo Time, again! Click here to place your flocking order.


Flamingos Coming to You!


Spanish Town Parking Passes will be sold for parishioner-use only, and in-person only on Sundays. Contact Hannah Rothermel for further information.


HAPPENING #80 Registration Open: February 2-4, 2018 at the Solomon Episcopal Conference Center in Robert. Registration deadline is January 31.

Happening is a youth-led spiritual formation weekend designed for high school teens. It is an amazing experience that changes the way you think about yourself and your faith. Happening is open to ninth through 12th grade teenagers of any denomination who have not participated in Happening in the past. If you have participated in Happening and would like to serve on staff you can email the Rev. Jane-Allison Wiggin-Nettles. You need not be Episcopalian to attend, however you must be committed to engage in theological reflection from a Christian perspective.
Cost is $150. Scholarship assistance is available. For scholarship information, please contact the Rev. Jane-Allison Wiggin-Nettles. For the weekend details, registration details, and permission forms, please visit The Solomon Center.

Questions? Comments? Need to get on her email list? Email Hannah!

HELP WANTED: We are now hiring church sextons to assist at funerals, weddings, and special events. Duties include preparing our church home to receive visitors by freshening the bathrooms, sweeping the sidewalks, setting out beverages, and brewing coffee. This is a great way for a college student to earn some spending money! Please contact Mary Boutwell or 225-421-3543. Must be able to pass a background check.

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