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St. James Episcopal Church
May 18, 2018
Volume 8, Number 20
The e•Messenger

Hymnathon 2018

This Sunday at St. James

May 20: The Day of Pentecost


"And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit..."

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. - Pentecost Evensong in the church (No evening Eucharist in the Chapel, this Sunday.)
Sunday Education & Events

Nursery: Our professionally-staffed nursery is open this Sunday 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. Summer nursery hours will be 10:00 a.m. 'til noon, starting May 27.


Children's Church gathers this Sunday 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.


Sunday morning classes have concluded for the semester. Videos of Fr. Joe's classes remain online at our Adult Education page at


Pentecost Evensong
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.e


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


Church Calendar Link

The final Day School Eucharist of the academic year is this morning 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.


The church and Day School offices will be closed on Monday, May 28 in observance of Memorial Day.


Summer office hours begin Tuesday, May 29: The church office is open Monday-Thursday, from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., and on Fridays, 8:00 a.m. 'til noon. The Day School office is open Monday-Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Summer hours are in effect through August 3.


SUMMER SOUNDS AT ST. JAMES performance info released! Read more, here.

James Gang

The James Gang enjoyed a tour of the River Model at the Center for River Studies, followed by lunch at The Pastime, yesterday, and had a wonderful day together! Thanks to Belva & David Dewey for coordinating this event.

ECW Convention Documents

Bad Girls Book Club

The Bad Girls Book Club is reading The Radium Girls by Kate Moore 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

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

Bad Girls Book Club

A long-standing St. James Episcopal Day School tradition is that day, near the end of each school year, when students who've bid for the opportunity, get to shadow an administrative position, "For the Day."


Fairfax Noland joined last Monday's staff meeting as, and with, Head of School Lauren T. Ray for the day, in matching outfits, right down to the sunglasses to wear while on playground or carpool supervision!


We'll miss all the Day School students' smiling faces for the coming weeks, and wish the 2018 Day School graduates all the best as they enter middle school, and beyond!



EYC News

Family Kickball night has been postponed due to overwhelming calendar conflicts.


Mrs. Annie is conducting a super-quick YOUTH SURVEY to help plan the Youth Ministry program for next school year. The survey will close at the end of the month.


Do you need Service Project Hours this summer? (1) St. Luke's Episcopal Vacation Bible School needs volunteers (middle & high school age) the week of June 25- 28. Contact Ashley Danos to sign-up 225-235-1716. (2) St. James needs volunteers for assembly of our We Care lunch bags, especially during the summer months. Come by the Ministries Center from 9:00-10:30 on Monday through Friday, or 1:00-4:00 p.m. on Tuesdays when an adult volunteer is available for directions and to sign service hour forms. Packing up our We Care bags with protein, grain, water, and dessert items is quick and easy, yet means so much to our homeless neighbors.


Sunday June 3: A Mission Trip Details Meeting will be held in the Activities Room at 9:15 a.m. All youth missioners and chaperones are encouraged to attend! Commissioning of our 2018 summer youth missioners and chaperones will be conducted at the 10:30 a.m. service.

Stewardship Ministries of the Week

The St. James Food Pantry is a stewardship of outreach which distributes a bag of groceries to about 70 needy households per month in our immediate community, as part of the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, and we invite you to help with this stewardship ministry. Visit with Allen Paterson in the Parish Hall parlor after the 10:30 service, or contact him at


We share because We Care is a signature stewardship outreach ministry providing 40 seven-item meal bags weekday mornings from our Ministries Center to the homeless and hungry. Supported by your contributions, youth and adults filled and handed out 8,923 meals last year. You are invited to join us. Visit with Carole & Phillip Wright for coffee in the Parish Hall after the 10:30 service, or contact them 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.

2018 Summer Sounds program info

In a revamp year for the Summer Sounds at St. James program, Chris LeBlanc will be performing in Bishops Hall at St. James on Wednesday evening, July 25 at 7:00 p.m.


Chris LeBlanc has been a mainstay on the Louisiana music scene for over 20 years, playing local and regional shows, throughout the U.S., and Europe. He has been billed with such artist as  ZZ Top, Hank Williams Jr, Buddy Guy, Dr John, BB King, Vince Gill, and Brett Michaels. He is described as “a musician’s musician and a performer’s performer.” LeBlanc has released four CDs since 1995 on his own label, Sweetroll Records, as well as recording with other legendary artists, including Bobby Charles, Dr. John, Sonny Landreth, Bobby Charles, and others.


Chris’ music resonates a rich bluesy sound of the south and pays homage to some of his greatest influences, including The Rolling Stones, Muddy Waters, and every juke joint in between. His show includes original pieces as well as covers ranging from The Beatles and Creedance Clearwater Revival to Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters.


General admission is $10; college students with a valid ID will be admitted free. A reception follows so the audience may have an opportunity to meet the performers, obtain memorabilia and recordings, and enjoy the St. James Artists Guild Summer Exhibition and Sale.


Tickets are now on sale online, or may be purchased at the door on July 25.

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