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St. James Episcopal Church
January 26, 2018
Volume 8, Number 4
The e•Messenger
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This Sunday at St. James

January 28: The Fourth Sunday after The Epiphany

Jesus Casts Out Demon



The icon was painted by a workshop in Greece. It is contemporary, with a crackle glaze used to add to the timeless feel of an icon. The workshop also seems to delight in the use of almost garish colors and the occasional whimsy (see the pretty dotted petals in the foreground).

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. 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.

Congratulations and best wishes to our newly-elected vestry members: Denise Allen, Claudia Black, Patrick Broderick, Bob Israel, Julie McCall, and Craig Rhodes. And, a sincere and heartfelt, "Thank you!" to all who agreed to stand for election to a three-year term on this dedicated body.


The newly-approved Associate Vestry members are: Emma Benton Achorn, Nile Bolen, Anita Byrne, Chetwin Carter, Lacee Lissard Perry, Rawlston D. Phillips III, and, Michael F. West. They have committed to a three-year term in this busy ministry of hospitality, for which we offer our thanks.


Church Calendar Link

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.


Next Friday, February 2, is Grandparents Day at the Day School and they will be treated to a special art and musical presentation. There will not be a celebration of Holy Eucharist that morning. Parking around our campus will be extremely limited as we welcome about 400 parents, grandparents, and guests to St. James.


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.

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



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


Hannah's Highlights

THIS Sunday afternoon, 4:00-6:00 p.m., EYC for grades 6-8, in the EYC room on the first floor of the Ministries Center. Bring a friend!


Thursday evening, February 1, 6:00-7:30 p.m., EYC@CC's on Jefferson Highway. Email Hannah and let her know to expect you!


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.


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