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St. James Episcopal Church
March 2, 2018
Volume 8, Number 9
The e•Messenger
Lent Potluck & Prayer
This Sunday at St. James

March 4: The Third Sunday in Lent

El Greco and the Temple Incident


El Greco, 1563-1614, visited the theme of Sunday's Gospel numerous times; at least four renditions are in popular displays: National Gallery of Art in Washington, The Minneapolis Institute of Art, The Frick Collection in New York, and the National Gallery in London (above) which houses two versions. Examine the divisions in the paintings; is it traders vs. righteous, or, does it depict needed cleansing both without and within?

Sunday's Service Schedule
  • 8:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite I, in the church
  • 9:15 a.m. - Christian education for children and adults
  • 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 Close March 15

The Search Committee nomination period for candidates to be considered for the position of rector of St. James Episcopal Church will close on March 15.


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 classes are at 9:15 a.m.. Children's groups gather on the second floor of the Parish Hall. Children's Church is offered during the 10:30 church service. Gather at the back of the church during the "sequence hymn," for a lesson and activity, and we'll return to church in time for communion with family.


Adult classes at 9:15 a.m.:

  • “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 begins a new class, this Sunday, at 9:15 a.m.:
Adult Education page
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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.


THIS SATURDAY, MARCH 3: The Baton Rouge Deanery Spring Meeting of the ECW will be held at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church, 12663 Perkins Road. Registration opens at 9:30; program begins at 10:00 a.m., including informative presentations, celebration of Holy Eucharist, and lunch. ($8 donation for lunch.) R.s.v.p. to Doris Weber of St. Margaret's.


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 lasts about 35 minutes.


Wednesday, March 7: Our second of three Lenten Potluck Supper & Speaker starts with dinner at 6:00 p.m. This session, 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.


EYC: Look for the EYC tables at the potluck! We will share a meal while playing table games, and sit together during the short church service.


Meditative Yoga will be held on Wednesday mornings, March 21 and 28, 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 noon on the previous Tuesday, if you plan to attend, so proper arrangements can be made.

Church Calendar Link
Church Calendar Link


The St. James Chancel Choir and the First United Methodist Adult Choir will present a service of Evensong on Sunday, March 11 at 2:30 p.m., at First United Methodist Church on North Boulevard.


The choirs will be conducted by Richard Webster, Organist and Choirmaster at Trinity Church, Copley Square in Boston. The music will include the Evening Service in B-flat by C.V. Stanford, Abide with Me by Richard Webster, and selections to be sung by the St. James Treble Choir.

Joan of Arc
Study Group meets March 7

Joan of Arc Study groups gathers at noon, hosted by Betsy Toups (note update in location, please). 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.
Email the Children's Council
Help out the Easter bunny

The Children’s Council is helping out the Easter bunny, collecting treat-filled plastic Easter eggs for this year’s Easter Egg Hunt. The Hunt is on Saturday, March 31 at 4:00 p.m. at the home of Susanna McCarthy, 1465 Steele Blvd.


Please consider donating to the bunny’s collection to hide, particularly if you think you might have a child or grandchild participate. A collection box will be in the Parish Hall Parlor through Palm Sunday where you can drop off plastic eggs of any color, and small trinkets (stickers, bouncy balls, erasers, or individually wrapped candy) for filling the eggs.



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.


Walking the Way with Jesus
2018 Gumbo


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. It's time to stock your freezer! Pints and quarts will be available in the Parish Hall after Sunday services, as supplies last.


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.

EYC News

March Events - for sixth-twelfth graders, and their friends. R.s.v.p. to any, or all, using the button, below.

  • Wednesdays, March 7 & 21 - EYC Lenten "Dinner Games" - We'll have tables at the Lenten church dinners starting at 6:00 p.m., share a meal while playing table games, and sit together during the short church service afterward.
  • Saturday, March 24 - A diocesan youth event, "March for Our Lives," St. James is hosting
    • 9:00 a.m. - Youth Room & Activities Room will open for poster-making and gathering space. Light breakfast snacks provided.
    • 10:00 a.m. - Prayer service in the church, led by Bishop Morris K. Thompson, Jr.
    • 10:30 a.m. - Head toward the starting point for the march which will lead to the Capitol steps
    • 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Scheduled march time
  • Thursday, March 29 - Maundy Thursday Overnight Lock-in - We'll attend the 7:00 p.m. Maundy Thursday service together, then walk to a downtown restaurant for dinner. We will enjoy a lock-in of games, fun, and activities, including prayer shifts at the Altar of Repose throughout the night. Youth need to bring sleeping bags & pillows, and snack to share. Parents pick-up by 9:00 a.m. on Good Friday. Chaperones needed!


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