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Vol. 5, No. 11

Friday, March 13, 2015

Today: The Rev. Gerrit Dawson from 1st Prez

Glory & Gumbo

You are encouraged to attend the Fr. John Moloney Preaching Series, held each Friday at 12:05 p.m., during Gumbo 2015, featuring six wonderful preachers from area congregations and traditions.

Be rejuvenated with 25 minutes of music, meditation, and message -- in the church.

Yet to Come:

Friday, March 20 - Sister Joan Laplace of St. Joseph's Academy

Friday, March 27 - The Rev. Brady Whitton of First Methodist Church

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

Sunday's Leaflets in PDF:LeafletImage

7:30 a.m.


9:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m.

5:00 p.m.

ECW Chapter Meeting: Sts. Agnes/Edith/Monica group will meet at the home of Edna White, St. James Place #303, in the Audubon Building, on Tuesday, March 17 at 10:00 a.m.

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

February Messenger

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

The Easter Bunny Needs You!

Easter Egg Prep

A collection box will be in the Parish Hall Parlor through Palm Sunday, March 29 so you can help prepare for our Easter Sunday egg hunt (following the nine o'clock service, at which children may also help flower the cross). The Easter Bunny needs any color plastic eggs and small trinkets (stickers, bouncy balls, erasers), or individually wrapped candy for filling the eggs.

Julie McCall and Erin Irby are in touch with the Easter bunny and heading up his helpers. If you would like to help, or if you have questions, please email Julie McCall at

Bad Girls Book Club The Bad Girls Book Club is reading The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman, and will meet in the private room at La Madeleine's on Jefferson Hwy. this Monday, March 16.Don't forget to bring a sweater! R.s.v.p. to Monica by email, or at 225-335-3572.

ECWMark your calendar for the Episcopal Church Women Diocese of Louisiana 128th Annual Gathering at St. Matthew’s, Houma, on May 15-16, 2015: Vive La Renaissance with keynote speaker, the Rev. Sharon Alexander, rector of Trinity Church, Baton Rouge. Information packet available, here; registration form, only, here. If you're interested in attending, please contact Leslie Gladney for registration info, ride share, and more!

Centering Prayer Workshop Postponed

Centering Prayer

Due to a family health emergency, Fr. Tom Ward will be unable to be with us to lead the Centering Prayer Workshop on March 21. The Centering Prayer Workshop will be rescheduled at a future date. Please keep Fr. Tom Ward and his family in your prayers.

The Fourth Sunday in Lent

Healing the Mother in Law

The Gospel reading may remind those of "a certain age" of Rollen Stewart, whose rainbow wig, bleacher antics, and sign emblazoned John 3:16 was the 1980s version of today's sporting event "kiss cam," enough to become part of the American lexicon. In fuller context, however, Sunday's reading recalls the serpents of the Old Testament reading which were sent by God after the Hebrew community in the desert had forgotten their salvation from Egypt at God's hand. Rollen has had his own problems, but the call to the light is not his alone, and it remains for him, as for all of us, everlasting. Just as the Hebrews were led from Egypt -- and whined -- as a community, Jesus came for "the world," not just a few in some future-perfect sense, but for relationship with the community -- with the world -- in the here and now.

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 St. James Treble Choir.

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

CloverSt. Patrick and the Celtic Saints

Meet Marcus Losack, a priest of the Church of Ireland and a retreat leader who has studied and written about St. Patrick and led pilgrimages tracing the path of the Celtic Saints through Ireland and now into Brittany. He'll be in the small parlor in the Parish Hall at the 10 o'clock coffee hour to share his research suggesting St. Patrick was originally from Brittany, not Britain. He will have copies of his latest work, a new translation of St. Patrick's letters, as well as information about the fall pilgrimage to Ireland and Brittany being sponsored through the Center for Spiritual Formation.

Old Testament

CSF Atrium on the third floor of the Ministries Center: Amy-Jill Levine, University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School, via DVD, continues in this CSF series at 10:00 a.m. in the CSF Atrium on the third floor of the Ministries Center. Written in ancient Israel over 1,000 years, cited on the floor of the Senate and from the bench of the courtroom, inexplicably intertwined with politics, Middle East conflict, and claims to return to "biblical values," Dr. Levine will discuss especially interesting or prominent passages from a cross-section of all the genres the Old Testament contains, using each passage as an example of how to apply a particular method of interpretation to the Bible.

Adult Confirmation Series Begins

Fr. Mark Holland begins a series for adults considering confirmation or reception into the Episcopal Church (or others interested) at 10:05 a.m. in the Conference Room on the second floor of the Ministries Center. Please let him know if you plan to attend, so proper arrangements can be made.

Gumbo on sale in the Parish Hall parlor!

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. *See news on workshop change, below.

Countdown begins: Time to stock your freezer!Gumbo 2015

Gumbo 2015 co-chairs Mary Pesses and Kelly Williams share record sales of St. James Gumbo the last two weeks! It's time to start stocking your freezer with a particular good "vintage!" Volunteers still welcome! Peek at the volunteer spreadsheet is here; add your name and contact info, or email Mary or Kelly and let them know where you'd like to help. Download a flyer, here, to share at the office, gym, etc.

Dine-in between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Phone your order to 225-387-5141 between 8 and 10 a.m., and we'll have it ready for pick-up in our drive-thru lane on N. Fourth Street! Quarts and pints will be sold on Sunday mornings during the Coffee Hour, and, after the five o'clock service next Sunday, March 22.

Outreach Grants

Outreach LogoIt’s Outreach application time, again! As part of our tithe to the community at large, St. James funds about $62,000 in small grants to area and diocesan charities. Funding is focused on the areas of greatest need — food, medical services, shelter and education — for the people of greatest need, delivered by the most effective means. Please encourage the charities you know and love to apply. More information and the application are found here.

Part of our outreach funding is derived from the Easter plate offering, so please also consider giving generously at that time. Last year we helped cancer and hospice patients, the homeless, low-income schoolchildren and more. You can read more, here.

Celtic PilgrimageIn 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.

Youth Calendar & Info:

No Confirm-not-Conform session this Sunday, March 15, only. We'll resume next Sunday, March 22. EYC gathers at 5:00 p.m., both days!

2015 Mission Trip

The itinerary has been completed! Look for an information meeting soon! In the meantime, contact Marvin McLennon for more info.

Registration Open for Youth Happening!

Happening LogoHappening is a youth-led spiritual formation weekend designed for high school teens. It is an amazing experience that changes the way you think about yourself and your faith.

Happening is open to teens in ninth through 12th grades of any denomination who have not participated in Happening in the past. (If you have participated in Happening and would like to serve on staff you can email Marvin McLennon at You need not be an Episcopalian to attend, however you must be committed to engage in theological reflection from a Christian perspective. 

Happening #74 will be held April 10-12, 2015 at the Solomon Episcopal Conference Center. Registration deadline is March 27. Click here for more information, registration details, and permission forms.

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!

March 27 is Deadline for Easter Lily/Altar of Repose Listings:

Holy Week Flowers

Listening to Your Life: A Retreat with Paula D'Arcy

Registration to open on March 16 and expected to fill up fast, so please register soon.

Solomon Episcopal Conference Center
Learning to listen and see with the eyes of the heart how the thread of Divine love moves in everything, summoning us to live with a new intention. Read more about Paula D'Arcy and her foundation..

  • When: October 16-18, 2015
  • Where: Solomon Episcopal Conference Center, Loranger, LA
  • Cost: Single Room - $300; two nights / six meals
  • Cost: Double Occupancy Room - $250; two nights / six meals
  • Cost: Saturday Only - $80; lunch only
  • Registration Opens: Monday, March 16, 2015
  • Registration Link:, on or after Monday, March 16!
  • Questions: Contact the Rev'd Canon John Kellogg or 504-895-6634

Hosted by the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana
Download the Paula D'Arcy Retreat Flyer here.

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