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Vol. 5, No. 33

Friday, August 14, 2015

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

June Messenger

Paper copies are available for pick-up in the foyers and narthex of the church..

Sunday's Leaflets in PDF:LeafletImage

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Baby Welcome

Betsy Pesses

Elizabeth "Betsy" Bowen Pesses, daughter of Mary & Josh Pesses and baby sister to Margaret and Louise, was born on August 6, 2015, weighing 6 lbs., 15 oz., and measuring 19-1/2 inches long!

Nursery Worker Openings

The St. James nursery is staffed with skilled, loving caregivers, trained in child safety and CPR techniques.

Open four hours each Sunday morning, and occasional weekday evenings, we currently have openings in this paid position. We will sponsor child safety and CPR training for the right person. This is a great gig for college students.

If you, or someone you know would be who you'd want caring for your own child, please have them call or email Mary Boutwell for more information and to arrange an interview, at 225-387-5141 ext. 229.


Director of Youth Ministry Marvin McLennon says, "Look for the start of EYC in early September, AND we're looking at something new and exciting for grades three through six!"

EKC -- Episcopal Kids in Community -- will be an opportunity, every other week, for these youngsters to grow spiritually while also creating new bonds, friendships, and a familial community through games and activities all in a safe, welcoming environment

The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

John Pitzer

The heavenly bread talks continue. Jesus' original audience must have thought his instruction to "eat my flesh, drink my blood," akin to that of the snake in the Garden, tempting Adam and Eve to eat the forbidden fruit. But, rather than separating us, Jesus' bread reminds us of our dependence -- on the gifts of creation, on each other. And, that the nourishment we receive at the Jesus table can fill us as no other. The image is one of our own newspaper ad invitations to Christmas worship.

7:30 a.m. - Rite I service in the church.

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

9:00 a.m. - As You Are Service in the Chapel of the Twelve Apostles with the As You Are musicians

10:00 a.m. Enjoy coffee and fellowship in the Parish Hall parlor.

11:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II in the church, with organ, cantors and casual choir month!

5:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II in the Chapel of the Twelve Apostles with the Bishop of Cuba preaching! Join us for the special opportunity, and presentation afterward in the Parish Hall parlor.

Bishop Visits

NO Centering Prayer this Sunday. Please attend the presentation by Bishop Griselda, in the Parlor at 6:00 p.m. Centering Prayer will resume next Sunday, August 23 in the CSF Suite on the third floor of the Ministries Center at 6:00 p.m.


Ministries Fair

All the ministries of St. James Episcopal Church will be on exhibit in Bishops Hall following a combined service at 10:30. Find your connection -- to ministry, to others, to service, to the community!

It's Casual Choir Month

You are invited to come sit in the choir stalls during August. The choir will not be robed in August, and you may just find you like the view from there, your pew neighbors, and decide to join the choir on a long-term basis. The St. James Choir welcomes you!

Mom-to-Mom meeting on Thursday, August 20


School is back in session, routines are put in place, and the Mom-to-Mom group will meet at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 20, with nursery care courtesy of the St. James ECW. Please reserve a nursery spot with Mary Boutwell; contact Amy Longfield for more information about the Mom-to-Mom group.

Mom-to-Mom CPR course August 29. Read more.

Special thanks to St. James Episcopal Church for cost-sharing this training course for our ministry and important to all moms, and to the ECW for providing snacks and the nursery.

Sunday, August 30 is a Hearty Breakfast Day!

You are invited to attend and/or assist. Click here to sign-up.

Hearty Breakfast

EfM LogoThe Rev. Mary Ann Garrett and Ann Holmes, Ph.D. will be leading an EfM group this fall, to be held on Wednesdays from 4:30-6:30 p.m., beginning on August 26. Please contact either of them for more information at the links above, or visit them at the Ministries Fair on Sunday, August 23.

HappeningRegistration Deadline next Friday, August 21!

Friday, August 28 - Sunday, August 30

Happening 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 9th through 12th grade teenagers 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. You need not be Episcopalian to attend, however you must be committed to engage in theological reflection from a Christian perspective. 

Happening #75 will be held August 28 - 30, 2015 at the Solomon Episcopal Conference Center in Loranger, Louisiana. Registration deadline is Friday, August 21. Cost is $150. Scholarship assistance is available. For more information, please contact Marvin McLennon, Diocesan Youth Coordinator.

Click here for the SECC EventBee information, rules, and registration page. Download the permission form here.

Bad Girls Book ClubBook Club Meets Monday, August 24 at 6:00 p.m.

Our book selection this month is We are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas.

We are meeting at La Madeleine's on Jefferson Hwy. Let Monica Murphy know you're comming by email to her at or text 225-335-3572, and don't forget to bring a sweater!


"Not only must we be good, but we must be good for something."' – Henry David Thoreau
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