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St. James Episcopal Church
May 4, 2018
Volume 8, Number 18
The e•Messenger

Hymnathon 2018


Hear our wonderful Treble Choir sing your favorite hymn, while

helping support their trip to the Royal School of Church Music summer course in Houston!

This Sunday at St. James

May 6: The Sixth Sunday of Easter

May the Fourth


This image of the Lagoon Nebula celebrates the Hubble telescope's 28th anniversary in April 2018, presenting a vast stellar nursery in stunning unprecedented detail. A monster star, 200,000 times brighter than our sun, is carving out life. Click the image for a larger view.

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 - Bishop's visit, with confirmation and receptions
  • 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 meet 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 at the back of the church during the hymn before the Gospel reading, offering 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, meet at 9:15 a.m. on the third floor of the Ministries Center.


The spring Christian Education semester ends on Sunday, May 13. A fact-filled Town Hall meeting will be held at 9:00 a.m. (note: 15 minutes earlier than usual) on Sunday, May 20, in Bishops Hall, and you are encouraged to attend.

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, and includes teacher/staff recognition and honoring Linda Middleton on her retirement, having taught at the Day School for 36 years. A reception for her, in the parlor, follows. 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:


The James Gang, our age-gifted adult group, is going to tour the fascinating river model at the new LSU Center for River Studies on Thursday, May 17. This is a free tour. We'll meet, afterward, at The Pastime for lunch (on your own). Please register by Tuesday, May 15 if you plan to attend -- we need to provide numbers to both LSU and The Pastime.

James Gang
ECW Convention Documents
ECW Annual Gathering is May 18-19, Christ Church, Covington
James Gang


Town Hall Meeting at 9:00 a.m., Sunday, May 20: Don't miss this parish update - summer plans, clergy coverage, church restoration, and more, in Bishops Hall.

Pentecost Evensong & EYC Family Kickball Night: Sunday, May 20, starting at 5:00 p.m. with Evensong (in place of the 5:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist). Youth and their families are invited to stay for jambalaya dinner and family-fun events. Read more.


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.)


James Gang

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


VCS 2018: Shipwrecked!


Registration Deadline May 15


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!.


EYC News


This Sunday, May 6: Confirmation Day! 9:15 a.m. - Final class with the Bishop in the Activities Room. 10:30 a.m. - Confirmation service followed by light reception in the parlor.


This Wednesday, May 9: "Brain Break" at Coffee Call from 5:45 'til 7:00 p.m. - Give your brain a break before studying for finals! We will enjoy beignets and write prayers of focus and peace to share with each other. Grades 6-12 & friends welcome. Bring $5. RSVP by Tuesday, May 8 to Mrs. Annie.



EYC Family Kickball Night


Sunday May 20: Youth Family Fun Kickball Night 5:00-7:30 p.m. We'll attend the Pentecost Evensong at 5:00 p.m., followed by 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 Ministry of the Week: Ushers

Kyle Landrem invites you to consider stewardship as a church usher. He will be in the Parish Hall parlor this Sunday, following the 10:30 service, to answer your questions and extend an invitation to you. Ushers are assigned at most church services to collect offerings, bring forth the elements for communion, and coordinating parishioner communion. Please visit with Kyle at coffee after the 10:30 service or email Kyle, here.

Ushers for funerals is a stewardship of hospitality as, oftentimes, most people attending a funeral at St. James are not parishioners of St. James. A warm greeting, answering a variety of questions, and coordinating the service participation is the goal. For more information on how to get involved, visit with Phillip Wright during the coffee hour in the Parish Hall following the 10:30 service this Sunday, or contact him via email, here.


Go in peace, to love and serve the Lord.


The Rev. Ralph F. Howe, Jr.

David Warrington

Michel Hanet

Stewardship 2018

Stepping Stones Brochure
Tonight at St. Luke's …

… is a special lecture and dinner event with Fr. Albert Haase, Franciscan priest and author, on Friday, May 4 at 6:00 p.m. In his renowned friendly, funny, and heart-warming style, Fr. Haase shares insight on living a "Eucharistic life," over dinner and dessert.


Registration in advance at is requested. A $10 donation is suggested.

Stepping Stones Brochure
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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