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St. James Episcopal Church
March 29, 2019
Volume 9, Number 13
The e•Messenger
Hearty Breakfast Info
This Sunday at St. James

March 31: The Fourth Sunday in Lent

Fruitless Tree

James Tissot's The Departure is part of his reflection of a "modern-day" - 1882 - version of the Prodigal Son parable. Such depictions were popular at the time. Click the image to see the enlarged view; examine how the elder brother is expressed.

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 31, 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. Fr. Ralph leads a Prayer Book Tour..
  • Daily Dose of Scripture, a study of the Sunday lectionary readings, is led in the Parish Hall small parlor, led, this week, by Ed Henderson.

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.

The Messenger
The Messenger

The APRIL 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

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.


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.


St. Joan of Arc Bible Study meets on Wednesday, April 3, hosted by Mary Boutwell, at noon. Contact Mary for directions.


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 TONIGHT!

A fun-filled event for all ages, and it's not too late to join us.

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!
Garden Guild Clean-up Day
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!
Flower Form
Easter Flowers/Altar Plants
The deadline for dedication listings for Easter flowers and/or Altar of Repose plants is Monday, April 15.
Help out the Easter bunny!
Preparing for the Egg Hunt
You can help now, by donating plastic eggs and/or trinkets or individually wrapped candies! Please place in the Easter bunny box in the Parish Hall foyer by Palm Sunday, April 14.
EYC News

Confirmation Classes continue March 31 and April 7, from 3:15-4:45 p.m. in the Youth Room, first floor of the Ministries Center.


Home Group meets this Sunday evening, 5:30-7:00 p.m. at Fr. Ralph's house! Sixth -twelfth graders are invited to come for dinner, service of Compline, and a game of "Priest on the Hotseat"- ask the priest anything!


High School Senior Recognition Sunday on April 7: Seniors, check your mail for invitations and the request for your graduation highlights to be printed in the church newsletter.


Maundy Thursday Overnight Lock-In: Thursday, April 18 - Friday, April 19 at 9:00 a.m. Sixth through twelfth graders are invited to come to the church for the 7:00 p.m. Maundy Thursday service, after which the all-nighter begins. Bring air mattress, sleeping bag & pillow, and a snack to share. Our overnight plans includes praying in the Garden of Repose, just as Jesus did. A late-night meal at Louie's Cafe will top us off. Pick-up is by 9:00 a.m., Friday morning. RSVP to Mrs. Annie by Sunday, April 14 with a completed permission slip.


2019 MISSION TRIP Plans Announced! Read more and register, here!

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