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St. James Episcopal Church
March 1, 2019
Volume 9, Number 9
The e•Messenger
This Sunday at St. James

March 3: The Last Sunday after The Epiphany

Joseph recognized by his brothers


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

Nursery Hours: Our professionally-staffed nursery is open Sunday mornings from 8:45 a.m. 'til 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.


Sunday classes are on Mardi Gras break, March 3 and March 10.


Children's Church is offered during the 10:30 service. Children depart to the chapel for their own homily and program, with opportunity to stretch and wiggle, and will return to church in time for communion with their family.


St. James is a community of prayer. We gather as a community on Sundays, during the week, and our Day School gathers twice a week. We have all seen the power of prayer and St. James would like to offer an opportunity for you. We are looking for a group of people that would be willing to commit themselves to praying for those on our prayer list. The prayer list will be sent to you during the week, and we simply ask that you pray for each person on the list. You might commit to doing this one day a week, or to praying daily. The purpose is to offer up those on the list, in your home or some quiet place, so that the individuals on the list will have the prayer support of many people. If you are interested, send your email address to Sylvia Rabalais in the church office.

The Messenger
The Messenger

The MARCH 2019 issue is now AVAILABLE IN PDF.


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

Church Calendar Link

The Day School celebrates Holy Eucharist in the church at 8:15 a.m. each Friday school is in session. Parishioners and Day School families are welcome.


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


SPANISH TOWN PARKING PASS HOLDERS: It is strongly suggested you arrive at the St. James lot before 10:15 a.m., as the streets will be closed for pedestrian safety shortly thereafter.


No Wednesday noon Eucharist in the Chapel, on March 6. Please consider the Ash Wednesday noon liturgy in the church.


Joan of Arc Study Group meets at noon on Wednesday, March 13, hosted by Belva Dewey.


Deacon Joey Clavijo, diocesan Environmental Commission chair, invites you to an Environmental Field Day at St. George's Church, New Orleans. Download the flyer, here, and register for the free event, here.

Lent Retreat Registration

Join us on Saturday, March 23, 9:00 a.m. to noon, for a Lenten Quiet Day led by the Rev. Janet Vincent.


While serving as rector of Grace Church in White Plains, New York, she volunteered as a chaplain at the World Trade Center site after the events of 9/11. Her experiences were featured on PBS' NewsHour in 2006, as they observed the fifth anniversary of that terrible day.


Janet will use excerpts from a journal she kept of her time at Ground Zero as she explores questions of doubt, faith, hope and companionship.



GUMBO 2019 opens next FRIDAY, MARCH 8

Online store now open for next Friday pick-up!

St. James Gumbo Store


Volunteer positions available, and you're invited to help out at Gumbo 2019. Click here to view the sign-up sheet, or contact Gumbo chair, Vickie Schenk.


Invite and bring your friends, neighbors, co-workers to Gumbo! Dining open from 11:00 a.m. 'til 1:00 p.m. Share the Gumbo menu on your office, gym, or neighborhood bulletin board: Download, here.


Hospitality room volunteers needed: Amy Kurtz is coordinating refreshments for the volunteer hospitality room. You can drop off items such as cookies, chips, pretzels, small beverages, etc. Sign up here, or contact Amy Kurtz.


Gumbo pints and quarts will be available after Sunday services depending on availability.

Bowling Night
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Safeguarding God’s Children and People


For years, we have heard tragic stories regarding sexual abuse and misconduct of clergy and lay within various denominations and congregations. It is important to know that The Episcopal Church, nationally; the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana; and St. James Episcopal Church are doing everything we can to protect children and adults alike from abuse and predatory behavior. In the Baptismal Covenant, we commit to “respect the dignity of every human being.” Therefore, we commit ourselves to making St. James a place where all are welcome, cared for, and safe.


For more than twenty years, The Episcopal Church has required extensive training and background checks for volunteers, staff, and clergy who serve directly with children, youth, and adults, through a program called Safeguarding God’s Children and People. At St. James, we take the Safeguarding program very seriously and have a staff member who oversees this entire process.


The trainings are intended to mark clear boundaries, suggest how to create safe environments, and teach participants to be watchful. If you would like to learn more about the Safeguarding God’s Children and People program, visit the diocesan web page, or contact our Business Manager, Jacques Pourciau.


Finally, please pray for those in all religious communities who have been injured by the church, no matter the denomination or congregation.


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