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St. James Episcopal Church
May 11, 2018
Volume 8, Number 19
The e•Messenger

Hymnathon 2018

This Sunday at St. James

May 13: The Seventh Sunday of Easter


The Ascension of Christ, by Salvador Dali, 1958, was inspired by a dream eight years before its production. © Salvador Dali. Fair use of historically significant work for information or education in format unsuitable for commercial use.

Sunday's Service Schedule
  • 8:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite I, in the church
  • 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.
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 conclude for the semester this Sunday at 9:15 a.m. on the second floor of the Parish Hall, with levels for children four years old through fifth grade.


Children's Church gathers this Sunday, and Sunday, May 20 before taking a summer break. Meet at the back of the church during the hymn before the Gospel reading, for an age-appropriate Bible lesson and activity before returning to church in time for communion with families.


A Daily Dose of Scripture led by Fr. Ralph Howe and various lay leaders, as well as The Four Gospels with the Very Rev. Joe Reynolds, classes for adults, conclude this Sunday at 9:15 a.m. on the third floor of the Ministries Center. Videos of Fr. Joe's classes remain online at our Adult Education page at


Church Calendar Link
The Messenger
The Messenger

Read the MAY 2018 issue online, including highlights of some of our graduating seniors, the May calendar and worship assignments, and more.


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


Church Calendar Link

Day School Eucharist this morning is at 8:15 a.m., in the church. Parishioners and Day School families are invited to attend.


Open meetings of AA are held each weekday 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. This simple service lasts about 35 minutes, and is held in the Chapel of the Twelve Apostles, just inside the Parish Hall door on N. Fourth Street.


Sts. Agnes/Edith/Monica ECW Chapter meets in the Card Room at St. James Place on Tuesday, May 15 at 10:00 a.m.

The St. James Chancel Choir is asking parishioners to submit the hymn numbers and names of two of their favorite hymns from the Hymnal 1982 so the choir can incorporate them into our services. Please respond by May 15:


James Gang
ECW Convention Documents
Evensong on May 20 at 5:00 p.m.


Bad Girls Book Club


The Bad Girls Book Club is reading The Radium Girls by Kate Moore who recently presented at the EBR Goodwood library and, reportedly, "was fabulous!" They meet next for discussion on Monday, May 21 at 6:00 p.m. at La Madeleine's on Jefferson Highway. R.s.v.p. to Monica Murphy, or text 225-335-3572. (The June book is The Good Earth by Pearl Buck, and meeting date is June 18.)


Reynolds Reception

St. James Outreach

Outreach Application Deadline June 15

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.

St. James Children's News
Spring Fever

Oops...Slow response to the Treble Choir Hymnathon and Vacation Bible School registration indicates we missed something -- schedules too busy near the end of the school year, conflicting or convergence of dates with other opportunities, or, perhaps it's just plain, old spring fever.


Both events have been cancelled. If you had already registered for either, we will be in contact about refunds.


The Children's Council is planning some individual playdates this summer -- individual opportunities for fellowship and community development that are easier to fit in our busy lives. Watch this space for more information, coming soon!

Watch for Playdate Info Here
EYC News

Come to the special Evensong service on Pentecost at 5:00 p.m., and stay for the fun!


EYC Family Kickball Night


We'll follow the service with a jambalaya dinner together, and kickball on the playground (gym in case of rain). Bring potluck side dishes/desserts. Dress ready to play: Best family "team" costumes and kickball talent will be awarded for prizes. Friends welcome. R.s.v.p. by Thursday, May 17:

Stewardship Ministries of the Week

The Pastoral Care Committee is the stewardship of helping others in need within the St. James community. We visit those who are confined to their homes, assist clergy with celebration of the Eucharist in nursing homes, and telephone people we have not seen in worship for a while to check on their needs. We basically check on those in need. We invite you to join us in this stewardship activity and would like to tell you more about it. Please visit with us in the parlor after this service, or to find out more, please contact Father Ralph.

Our Nursing Home Ministry is the stewardship of worship and outreach. Once a month, we help the clergy with services at St. Clare's Manor and Ollie Steele Burden, by helping residents in finding their place in the prayer book and hymnal and offering a smile and kind heart. Please visit with us in the parlor following this service to learn more about this stewardship ministry, or contact Robin and Thomas DiNapoli at


Go in peace, to love and serve the Lord.


The Rev. Ralph F. Howe, Jr.

David Warrington

Michel Hanet

Stewardship 2018

Stepping Stones Brochure
Kids' Orchestra Summer Registration Now Open

Is your child passionate about music? Or just looking for a fun, new activity this summer? Join the Kids' Orchestra Summer Day Camp and they can learn how to play an instrument in a week. All courses are instructed by local music professionals.


Children take part in summer fun, arts & crafts, a field trip, and more! At the end of camp, students perform in a concert for friends and family. Session 1 (June 18 – 22) we'll be teaching Violin, Viola, Cello and Bass (2nd – 5th grade), and Music Fundamentals (K – 1st grade). Session 2 (June 25 – 29) we'll be teaching Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet, Trombone and Percussion (2nd – 5th grade), and Music Fundamentals (K – 1st grade). (Children must have completed Kindergarten; those entering in fall 2018 will have to wait 'til next year.)


Weekly tuition is $250 ($50 deposit) which includes instrument rental, breakfast, lunch and a healthy snack daily, field trip expenses, T-shirt and other camp keepsakes! Times are 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday with extended care available from 7-8 a.m. and 5-6 p.m. for $10 a day per child.


Contact Kids' Orchestra at 225-922-4656 or, on their Facebook page, or on their website for more information and for registration.

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