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St. James Episcopal Church
March 30, 2018
Volume 8, Number 13
The e•Messenger


Good Friday Services at 7:30 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.

Children's Program at 1:00 p.m.


Easter Eve Egg Hunt - Saturday at 4:00 p.m.


The Great Vigil of Easter - 6:00 p.m.

Agapé Meal - immediately following


Easter Sunday Services

8:00 a.m., 9:15 a.m., 11:00 a.m. & 5:00 p.m.

This Sunday at St. James

April 1: The Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ

NASA Sunrise


NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman posted this image of a sunrise from the International Space Station on 29 October 2014. Image Credit: NASA/Reid Wiseman. Permission granted.

Sunday's Service Schedule
  • 8:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite I, in the church
  • 9:15 a.m. - Hoy Eucharist, Rite II in the church with Flowering of the Cross, choir and brass
  • 11:00 a.m. - Hoy Eucharist, Rite II in the church with Flowering of the Cross, choir and brass
  • 5:00 p.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite II, in the Chapel of the Twelve Apostles.

We'll have our blessing for April birthdays on Sunday, April 8.

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.


No Classes on Easter Sunday. Children's classes and A Daily Dose of Scripture resume Sunday, April 8 at 9:15 a.m. The Four Gospels with the Very Rev. Joe Reynolds resumes Sunday, April 15 at 9:15 a.m.

The Messenger
The Messenger

Read the APRIL 2018 issue online.


Pick-up copies are available in the tract racks in the Parish Hall and Ministries Center foyers, and the church narthex..


Due to changes in their subscription terms, we will not be uploading to Issuu effective immediately. Please let us know if this is a problem for you so we can find other arrangements.

Church Calendar Link

No Day School Eucharist this morning. The Day School is on Easter break through Friday, April 6.


The church office is closed today, in observance of Good Friday, and closed on Monday, April 2.


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


The St. James Food Pantry is open for distribution to qualified recipients in the surrounding zip code areas this Wednesday, April 4 at 8:00 a.m. Volunteers are always welcome. Students may earn service hours at the Food Pantry!


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.


Joan of Arc Study Group meets Wednesday, April 4 at noon, hosted by Mary Boutwell. Barbara Sims will present the lesson on Judas. Barbara Sims and Barbara Hughes provide sandwiches; desserts by Martha Adams and Rosemary Campbell. Contact Mary Boutwell or Nina Broyles for more information.


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.


The Bad Girls Book Club is reading Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart for their meeting on Monday, April 16 at 6:00 p.m. at La Madeleine's on Jefferson Highway. for the May 21 meeting, they are reading The Radium Girls by Kate Moore who recently presented at the EBR Goodwood library and, reportedly, "was fabulous!" R.s.v.p. to Monica Murphy for either or both meetings: or text 225-335-3572.


Coming Soon: The 2018 Treble Choir Hymnathon will be held on Sunday, May 13. Look for hymn sign-up forms and more details in coming issues of the eMessenger!



St. James Outreach

It's Outreach Application Time

As part of our tithe to the community at large, St. James funds over $60,000 in small grants to area and diocesan charities. Funding is focused on the areas of greatest need—food, medical services, shelter, and education—for the people of greatest need, delivered by the most effective means. Last year, we helped cancer patients, the homeless, low-income school children and more.


Please encourage the charities you know and love to apply. They can find the application on our website.

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.
St. James Children's News
Email the Children's Council
Easter Egg Hunt

Our Easter eve Egg Hunt is tomorrow!

  • Saturday, March 31 at
  • 4:00 p.m. at the
  • McCarthy home at 1465 Steele Blvd.

Children 0-10 are invited!


Walking the Way with Jesus


VCS 2018: Shipwrecked!


Registration Now Open


Date: June 11-15, 2018

Time: 8:30 a.m. drop-off 'til noon

What: Vacation Church School

Cost: $40 first child/$60 two or more children


Registration (with online payment option) is now open! Registration deadline is May 15.


Lent Reflections Link

We will be honoring Linda Middleton at the Day School Eucharist on Friday, May 4 on the occasion of her 35th anniversary as a teacher at St. James Episcopal Day School.


If you or your children were fortunate enough to have Mrs. Middleton as your teacher, please consider sharing your note of congratulations, or thanks, or a short memory (you can even upload a photo to share!), on our special web page, here.

EYC News
EYC News


Junior High: June 11-15 -Texas: Youth rising to sixth through eighth grades (and their friends!) are invited to join Christ Church/Covington as we travel to Quest Ranch in the Texas hill country to assist in flood relief efforts, visit Canyon Lake, and Schiltterbahn Waterpark! Cost: $250* includes all food, lodging, transportation, & activities *Scholarships available, please contact Annie Jung. $75 non-refundable deposit to reserve your spot due April 1, with balance due three weeks before trip.


Senior High: July 8-15 - Tennessee: Rising ninth graders through finishing seniors (and their friends!), and youth from Grace Church/St. Francisville, will pair with Team Effort Mission Camp in Copperhill, Tennessee in light construction and home repair in an economically-depressed area. When the work is done, we'll enjoy whitewater rafting and ropes courses! Cost: $400* includes all food, lodging, transportation, & activities *Scholarships available, please contact Annie Jung. $75 non-refundable deposit to reserve your spot due April 1, with balance due three weeks before trip.



Junior/Senior High Youth Rally is April 21 & 22


Rally is designed to be a fun, relaxing retreat weekend that combines presentations by youth, small group discussion, and worship with games, activities, music, and fellowship. Rally is designed to be welcoming to everyone who attends and the goal of the weekend is to make sure that everyone is included fully in the community.  


Who can attend Rally?


Youth Rally is open to all youth in grades 6-12 from the Diocese of Louisiana, and friends of any religious background. While the topics presented and discussed will have a Christian focus we welcome all young people who have a willingness to participate fully in the weekend regardless of their religious affiliation. You need not be Episcopalian to attend, however you must be committed to engage in theological reflection from a Christian perspective. 


More information and registration form is here.


Permission form is here.


EYC News
Welcome Ministry Materials
Day School Soirée on April 20

The St. James Day School Spring Soirée on Friday, April 20, 2018 at The Hilton, downtown, will include entertainment, food, cocktails, and great company, and all proceeds from this event directly benefit the children at St. James Episcopal Day School.


Early bird ticket costs are $75 for an individual or $125 for a couple until April 1, 2018, then $100/person or $150 per couple. Make sure to get your tickets now and take advantage of the early bird special!

Stepping Stones Retreat II: Prayer

April 28 from 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Presentations will include:

  • "Corporate Prayer: Spiritual Practices in Community"
  • "Silence: Finding God in Stillness"
  • "Personal Prayer: Developing Your Own Spiritual Practice"

This retreat is the second in a series of young adult lay discernment retreats for anyone 18-39 years old who wants to deepen their relationship with Jesus and asks questions like "What is God calling me to do?" or "How do I recognize the Spirit moving in my life?" Each retreat is focused on a different topic with talks, small group discussion, and activities.


For more information, contact the Rev. Watson Lamb or 504-533-4916; or, the Rev. Liz Embler-Beazley. The cost is $15 per person; registration is due Friday, April 20.


Read the brochure about Stepping Stones retreats, here.

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