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St. James Episcopal Church
March 22, 2019
Volume 9, Number 12
The e•Messenger
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We'll begin in the Parish Hall parlor at 9:00 a.m.

Registration requested, but not required.

Let race traffic cops know you're attending retreat for parking lot access.

This Sunday at St. James

March 24: The Third Sunday in Lent

Fruitless Tree

"We will have times and seasons when we are less than fruitful in our attention to the conditions of soil and water and light." --Sherron R. Blezard, 25 Feb 2016, "Where are the Figs?"

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.


This Sunday, March 24, at 9:15 a.m.:

  • Children from PreK-3 age through fifth grade meet on the second floor of the Parish Hall for Christian education classes and fun activity!
  • Episcopal 101, a review of the church from Old Testament through the Prayer Book, is in Bishops Hall. This Sunday's class is on Secondary Theology with Fr. Chris.
  • Daily Dose of Scripture, a study of the Sunday lectionary readings, is led in the Parish Hall small parlor, led, this week, by Casey Duncan.

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.


Youth Confirmation Series continues, this Sunday afternoon at 3:15 p.m., in the Ministries Center.

Church Calendar Link

Vestry Update: Due to significant commitments, Jay Noland has stepped down as Senior Warden. Denise Allen, former Junior Warden, has assumed the position. The vestry will elect a new Junior Warden in the weeks ahead.


Gumbo call-in lines open at 8:00 a.m. this morning, to place your pick-up orders: 225-387-5141, or order and pay online at


Holy Eucharist with the Day School is at 8:15 a.m. today, in the church. Day School families and parishioners are invited to attend and experience a special joy in worship with this student-led service.


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


Monday, March 25, 2019 marks the 175th anniversary of the Louisiana Legislature's issuance of a charter to that group of about 20 persons known as “The Church of St. James in the Parish of East Baton Rouge.” We'll have birthday cake at the Coffee Hour following the 10:30 service, this Sunday, as we kick-off celebration of our 175th Anniversary,


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 2019 Altar of Repose sign-up sheet is ready, and you may commit to being present with the Holy Sacrament, in the Chapel of the Twelve Apostles, between the Maundy Thursday liturgy and the Holy Eucharist on Good Friday at 7:30 a.m. Sign-up is not required, but helps us ensure there is coverage throughout the night. View and sign-up on the sheet, here.

St James Gumbo Store
Gumbo this Friday
It's time to start stocking your freezer, and we have pre-frozen quarts and pints at the ready! Just indicate on your order form you'd like pre-frozen gumbo.
Bowling Info
Bowling next Friday

A fun-filled event for all ages!


Heart Breakfast Sign-up
Hearty Breakfast next Sunday
Come, enjoy a hot, hearty breakfast! You can also volunteer and greet our guests.
Pint4APint Blood Drive
AV Pint-for-a-Pint on April 5
Give a pint of blood at the Bloodmobile onsite on Friday, April 5, and receive a pint of gumbo!
Email Steve Boutwell
Grounds Clean-up & Lunch
Bring your blower (or other yard tools) and help us spruce up before Easter! The Holy Grillers will prepare a great lunch at noon!
Help out the Easter bunny!
Preparing for the Egg Hunt
Amy & Mike Rabalais will host the egg hunt on April 20. You can help now, by donating plastic eggs and/or trinkets or individually wrapped candies! Please place in the Easter box in the Parish Hall foyer by Palm Sunday, April 14..
Download Form
Easter Flowers/Altar Plants
The deadline for dedication listings for Easter flowers and/or Altar of Repose plants is Monday, April 15.
EYC 2019 Mission Trip
EYC Mission Trip Announced
Help restore a Pearland, Texas community suffering after Hurrican Harvey & build comraderie along with tiny houses!
EYC News

St. James Food Pantry thanks you!


Since starting the food item of the month, St. James has seen substantial increase in items donated to the Food Bank. Thank you so much for your generous spirit.


Each month a new food item will be shared in our various publications. We're focusing on canned greens in March, and March is canned greens, particularly leafy vegies that you might find on sale; and, April's focus will be peas.


Any non-perishable items are always welcome, but these items are scheduled according to demand and to help remind us of this giving opportunity when we are grocery shopping. Donations can be dropped off in barrels in the foyer of the Parish Hall and the narthex in the church, or, in the Ministries Center foyer.


St. James is an official partner with the East Baton Rouge Food Bank as a designated distribution location for the 70802 zip code. If you would like to help out on the first or third Wednesday during distributions, please contact Allen Paterson, or Fr. Ralph Howe. Volunteers are always welcome!

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