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Vol. 5, No. 7

Friday, February 13, 2015

Strategic Planning

From the Strategic Planning Committee:

We need more parishioners to take this very important survey! Click here to go to the online survey for The Strategic Planning for St. James Episcopal Church Survey.

Please take advantage of this opportunity to express what you think are the best choices St. James can make for our future as a healthy Christian community living out our mission:

"We proclaim Christ crucified and risen, and invite you to join with us in ministry together in His name."

Any parishioner in your household 18 years or older may participate. If you are unable to take the survey online, we will have volunteers in the Parish Hall who will use their laptops to enter your survey responses for/with you during the Coffee Hour this Sunday, February 15. If you want to take the survey using a hard copy, call the church office at 225-387-5141 to make arrangements.

Only eight more days to take this very important survey. The survey is open through February 21.

Cub Scout Awards:

Cub Scouts Award

These young Cub Scouts of the St. James pack were awarded their God & Me awards at last Sunday's eleven o'clock service. Irving Sanders is the pack leader. (Click the image to view a larger picture.)

Mark Your Calendar!

The first Fr. John Moloney Preaching Series to be held each Friday at 12:05 p.m., during Gumbo 2015 featuring six wonderful preachers from area congregations and traditions.

James Gang Event

The James Gang plans to attend the Preaching Series as a group on February 27. Look for a card in the mail, soon, or email Mary Boutwell for more information!

Small Poster

Click the image to download a letter-size reminder for your refrigerator, or to share with a friend.

Sunday's Leaflets in PDF:LeafletImage

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The Messenger issue for February 2015 is here as a downloadable PDF, or click the image below to read on Issuu:

February Messenger

Limited print copies are available in the foyer tract racks and narthex.

Last Sunday after the Epiphany

Healing the Mother in Law

Transfiguration: from To Kill a Mockingbird, to the Harry Potter series, to Bob Dylan's September 2012 interview in Rolling Stone, there is clear intrigue with, and perhaps even desire, for transfiguration - for us, or to be seen in those around us. As we near the end of the season of Epiphany (def. "a moment of sudden revelation or insight.") with the transfiguration (def. "a complete change of form or appearance into a more beautiful or spiritual state") of Christ before Peter, James, and John -- who cower and shield their eyes -- may we open ourselves to light and change and a deeper spirituality during Lent. A transfiguration prayer by the Rev. Dr. William R.G. Loader:
Let’s go up the mountain.
Let’s go up to the place where the land meets the sky
where the earth touches the heavens,
to the place of meeting,
to the place of mists,
to the place of voices and conversations,
to the place of listening.

Above: Mt. Tabor, the traditional site of Jesus' transfiguration. Click for a larger view.

7:30 a.m. - A quiet, spoken service using Rite I, in the church.

9:00 a.m. - The As You Are service gathers in the Chapel of the Twelve Apostles with music by the As You Are musicians.

Children's Chapel - Youngsters four years old through fourth grade meet in the Day School Chapel at 9:00 a.m. for a lesson on the readings, and an activity, before returning to the church in time for communion.

9:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite II, in the church with organ and cantors.

10:00 a.m. - Christian Education Hour - Children 3-6 and 6-9 gather in the Good Shepherd atria on the second floor of the Parish Hall.

All About Lent:

CSF Atrium on the third floor of the Ministries Center: The Rev. Mary Ann Garrett will present an Introduction to the Liturgical Season of Lent in the CSF continuing series, Our Anglican Traditions. In this series, we examine why we do what we do and note some of the variances in our services.

11:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite II in the church with organ and the Adult Choir.

5:00 p.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite II, in the Chapel of the Twelve Apostles. Come as you are, leave different!

6:00 p.m. - Centering Prayer, CSF Library and/or Chapel of the Holy Presence, on the third floor of the Ministries Center. All are welcome. Please enter quietly.

A Variety of Lenten Disciplines Suggested Below

Lent Retreats

Men's Retreat is next Saturday, February 21. Register now!

The Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana and the St. James Center for Spiritual Formation are sponsoring two important opportunities to observe a personal Lenten discipline: one-day retreats led by master retreat leaders, one for men, and one for women, both at the Solomon Episcopal Conference Center in Loranger.

The men's retreat on February 21 will be led by the Very Rev. Andy Andrews, former curate at St. James, and now dean at St. Mary's Cathedral, Memphis. The Rev. Dr. Mitzi Minor leads the women's retreat. Minor was leader of the acclaimed Pentecost workshop of a few years ago at St. James.

Register Now! The cost for either retreat is $35, including lunch at the Center. Register with your check payable to St. James with "CSF Retreat" in the memo line, or online at Please do not let the cost of the retreat prevent you from attending, but contact Prior John Pitzer for information about scholarships. A limited number of rooms have been reserved at the Conference Center for participants who would prefer to arrive on the Friday evening before the retreat (no dinner). Rooms are on a first-come, first-serve basis with payment to secure your reservation, online, or via check.

Spanish Town Parking: Last Call!


Click the image to reserve your spot with payment online. Passes are going fast!

St. James Place

Coffee & Chat!

What is a CCRC? What is life care? What services are available? What are the tax advantages?

On Thursday, February 26 at 10:00 a.m., please join us for continental breakfast and friendly Q&A about the services, amenities, and lifestyle at St. James Place. Seating is limited; please phone 225-228-3644 to reserve your place!

Healing a Broken Heart

Mtr. Mary Ann Garrett's study and discussion group for those needing Healing for a Broken Heart, returns. Please let her know if you have any questions about the group and/or plan to attend; click here.

Mom2MomThe Daytime Group next meets Friday, March 6 at 9:30 a.m.. The Evening Group on Thursday, March 12 at 6:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall parlor.

Please reserve child care for either group (provided by the ECW) by email to Mary Boutwell.

Reminders: The Day School will be closed Monday-Friday, February 16-20. No Monday Morning Prayer or Friday service of Holy Eucharist, this week.

The church office will be close at noon on Lundi Gras, February 16, and remain closed on Mardi Gras, February 17.

In the name of the church, you are invited to a holy Lent:

Ash Wednesday Services

Gumbo Countdown

Gumbo 2015 co-chairs Mary Pesses and Kelly Williams invite you to join the fun at the ECW Lenten Friday lunches, or in Thursday prep, or Sunday overage sales! The volunteer spreadsheet is here; take a peek and see where you can help, and add your name and contact info, or email Mary or Kelly and let them know where you'd like to help.

Be part of our TV Team next Friday morning!

John Pastorek and 2une-In will visit us early in the morning on Friday, February 20. If you're looking for an exciting way to start your day, come on down and join us at about 6:00 a.m. We're always looking for ways to share the fun that is Gumbo, and the community that is St. James Episcopal Church!


It's time to...

Stop, Pray, Work, Play & Love
SSJE's Lent 2015 Five Week Video Series and Workbook information is now available at There is an introductory video from a very animated Br. Geoffrey. He cares passionately about helping people with their sense of time, achieving balance and embracing Sabbath wisdom.

Five Weeks - Daily Short Videos
The series will ask people to think about how they relate to Time in their life over five weeks. The series begins on Ash Wednesday, February 18, 2015 and runs through to Palm Sunday.

It is organized into three days of introduction followed by five weeklong sessions on Stop, Pray, Work, Play and Love. Each day there is a video, a provocative question and a call to reflect either in the workbook or via social media by following @SSJETime on Twitter or Instagram. Use the hashtag #SSJETime to share your thoughts on the daily videos.

Lent Madness

Lent Madness is a fun, engaging way for people to learn about the men and women comprising the church’s Calendar of Saints within a unique Lenten devotion. Combining a love of sports with a passion for the lives of the saints, Lent Madness was born. Follow the blog at (the only address for voting the saint bracket), as well as conversation and typical fan debate at the Lent Madness Facebook page. We'll keep a bracket chart up to date in the Parish Hall foyer, too!

Lent Retreats

Spend a day at the Solomon Episcopal Conference Center in retreat, led by one of our acclaimed retreat leaders. Read more here.

ERD Lenten Meditations

Episcopal Relief & Development offers their own Lenten Meditation booklet. Free copies are available in the narthex and foyers of the church, or you may download a PDF version to read on your phone or tablet, here.

This year’s devotional focuses on creating economic opportunities and strengthening communities, with a particular focus on empowering women. The daily readings are co-authored by a group of leaders from across the Anglican Communion, who bring a range of perspectives as they reflect on Scripture and other sources of spiritual wisdom.

This Sunday, February 15 is World Mission Sunday, and next Sunday, February 22, the first in Lent, is Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday.


Centering Prayer

A Centering Prayer workshop serves both as an introduction to Centering Prayer for those who know nothing of this practice, and a refresher course for those who have been praying this way for some time. Four conferences give shape to the day: Prayer as Relationship, the Method of Centering Prayer, the Place of "Thoughts" in Centering Prayer, and Centering Prayer and the Fruits of the Spirit.

The St. James Center for Spiritual Formation is hosting a Centering Prayer Workshop with the Rev. Tom Ward, an experienced and acclaimed Centering Prayer teacher and retreat leader, on Saturday, March 21 from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. with appropriate breaks and an hour for lunch (on your own). Two sessions of Centering Prayer are part of the design. Read more, and register, here.

Celtic Pilgrimage

In the Footsteps of Saint Patrick and the Celtic Saints

CSF Pilgrimage to Ireland and Brittany:
September 14-26, 2015
Led by the Reverend Marcus Losack

Read more here.

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