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St. James Episcopal Church
March 8, 2019
Volume 9, Number 10
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This Sunday at St. James

March 10: The First Sunday in Lent

Blake's First Temptation

William Blake, 1757-1827, is the artist behind this watercolor, "The First Temptation -- Command that these stones be made bread," as an illustration in Milton's Paradise Regained. CC license by Vanderbilt University Unit: Collection: Art in the Christian Tradition.

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
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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 break this Sunday, 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.


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

Church Calendar Link

Still considering your Lenten discipline? Read, or re-read, Fr. Chris' latest A Word from the Rector, here.


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


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.


Joan of Arc Study Group meets at noon on Wednesday, March 13, hosted by Belva Dewey; Tricia Henderson will give the presentation on Augustine of Hippo. Contact Lubna Culbert for more information.


Deacon Joey Clavijo, diocesan Environmental Commission chair, invites you to an Environmental Field Day next Saturday, March 16 at St. George's Church, New Orleans. Download the flyer, here, and register for the free event, here.


The Baton Rouge ECW Spring Deanery Meeting is next Saturday, March 16 at St. Francis Episcopal Church, Denham Springs, with registration at 9:00 a.m., and Holy Eucharist at 9:45 a.m. A presentation will be made by the American Heart Association Go Red for Women director. More info is available from Dianne Abbott-Gill (225-405-7704) or Sheryl Wynters (225-939-5304.


Bad Girls Book Club will discuss Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver at the Monday, March 18 meeting, at 6:30 p.m. The April book selection is Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. BGBC meets at La Madeleine's on Jefferson Hwy.
R.s.v.p. to Monica Murphy by email or text to 225-335-3572. **


EfM Grads Group gathers at the home of Barbara Sims for the March 21, noon, meeting. Contact Nancy Jo Poirrier for more information.


St. Mary's Study Group will be meeting on Thursday, March 21 at 6:30 p.m., hosted by Susan White, with Amy Ferachi presenting. For more information, contact Mary Boutwell.


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To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to from the web browser on your computer or mobile device, and select "St James Episcopal Church, Baton Rouge, LA" as your designated charity. You can use the same account on and AmazonSmile, so your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings remain the same.

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.


Bowling Night
Heart Breakfast March 29
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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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