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St. James Episcopal Church
March 9, 2018
Volume 8, Number 10
The e•Messenger
Lent Potluck & Prayer
  Richard Webster will also be our guest organist and conductor at 10:30 a.m. this Sunday. Much sought after as a choral clinician, Mr. Webster has led RSCM Training Courses for boy and girl choristers in the U.S. and South Africa, and will be working with the Chancel and Treble Choirs of St. James, and the First United Methodist adult choir, this weekend.  
This Sunday at St. James

March 11: The Fourth Sunday in Lent

Jesus and Nicodemus


Crijn Hendricksz. Volmarijn (c. 1604-1645), a Dutch Golden Age follower of Caravaggio painted Christ instructing Nicodemus. The painting was sold at a Christie's auction in 2002 for approx. $14,400.00. Click the image for a larger view.

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.


Next Sunday, March 18:

Pitzer Reception
Search Committee: Final Days for Nominations

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.


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.


~~ Joining the Episcopal Church ~~


The bishop will be coming to St. James on Sunday, May 6. If you are already an Episcopalian, all you have to do is let the church office know, and we will request your "letter of transfer" from the parish you once attended. If you are not an Episcopalian yet, and would like to join St. James and the Episcopal Church, Father Howe will be conducting informal classes about our church. If interested, please call Father Howe at the church office; 225-421-3539 is his direct line, or 225-387-5141 ext. 1225. Please do this within the week, so we can send you details.



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' class, this Sunday, at 9:15 a.m.:
Adult Education page
The Messenger
The Messenger

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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.


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.


St. Mary's Bible Study meets Thursday, March 15 at 6:30 p.m., gathering this month at the home of deSha Carter, 3018 Tyrone Drive, Baton Rouge. Contact Mary Boutwell for more information.


Bad Girls Book Club meets next on 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.


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.


Wednesday, March 21: Our second of three Lenten Potluck Supper & Speaker starts with dinner at 6:00 p.m. This session, we'll provide jambalaya. Please bring a 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.


Day School Outreach Online Giving


The Day School has two Lent Outreach projects underway: (1) help re-stock the St. James Food Pantry with non-perishable foods and common household items; and (2) Pennies for Patients benefitting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Two wicker baskets are in the Parish Hall parlor for pantry donations, and a large mite box for coin collection. You can also give online at the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society; click the image above. The Day School thanks you for supporting their "Love Thy Neighbor" Lent projects.

Altar of Repose Sign-up


Immediately following the 7:00 p.m. Maundy Thursday service on March 29, at about 8:00 p.m., the reserved Sacrament will be processed to the Altar of Repose in the Chapel of the Twelve Apostles where a vigil will be kept until the first Good Friday service at 7:30 a.m. on March 30.


Volunteers are needed to help prepare the altar at about 9:30 a.m. Thursday, March 29, and to clean-up at about 11:30 a.m. on Good Friday, March 30 (just before the noon walk through the Stations of the Cross).


You are invited to sign-up to help, or for a particular hour’s watch with coordinator Nancy Jo Poirrier, or click the image, above, to sign up directly on our spreadsheet. You are, of course, welcome to come without signing up at any time during the night. Meditation sheets will be available, or bring your own physical or spiritual list. Security officers will be present throughout the night.

Chair Needed for Summer Sounds at St. James

A chairperson is needed to coordinate our annual Summer Sounds music series, bringing an evening of music each Wednesday in July to St. James. The musical performance takes place in our church and is a way to welcome visitors into our beautiful, historic church.


The Summer Sounds chair will form a committee to put this series together. The committee will schedule a different musical talent for each Wednesday evening in July, and coordinate publicity with our communications department. They will be present to welcome our guest artists and assist as the musicians set up for their performance, as well as find volunteers to act as greeters and cashiers. Following the musical performance, there is a reception in the Parish Hall Parlor which is also coordinated by the Summer Sounds committee, offering those attending an opportunity to greet our artists, obtain recordings, photos, etc., and enjoy the summer art show by the St. James Artists Guild.


Please contact Mary Boutwell if you are interested, by email, or telephone 225-421-3543.

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

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

Registration and online payment will be opening soon and close on May 15.


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

Seniors & their parents: We are gathering information to recognize our graduates for their high school accomplishments and future plans in the May issue of The Messenger. Please submit this information to Sylvia Rabalais by April 15 to be included. We want to be sure that the parish can share in this milestone in your life. A grad info form to assist you is available here.

EYC News

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

  • Wednesday, March 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," and St. James is hosting. Note revised times from march organizers:
    • Noon - Youth Room & Activities Room will open for poster-making and gathering space. Light breakfast snacks provided.
    • 1:00 p.m. - Prayer service in the church, led by Bishop Morris K. Thompson, Jr.
    • 1:30-4:30 p.m. - Scheduled march time (pick-up by 5:00 p.m.)
  • 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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