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Vol. 5, No. 3

Friday, January 16, 2015

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

Messenger Cover

Limited copies are available in the tract racks and narthex for pick up. This issue includes candidate bios; Annual Meeting is this Sunday, January 18, 2015!

Bad Girls Book Club

Bad Girls Book Club

We are reading The Next Elvis: Searching for Stardom at Sun Records by our very own Barbara Barnes Sims, and will meet at La Madeleine's on Jefferson Highway, on Monday, January 19 at 6:00 p.m.

In the male-dominated workforce of the 1950s, 24-year-old Sims found herself thriving in the demanding roles of publicist and sales promotion coordinator at Sun Records.

Barbara will join us for a reading and Q&A! We are meeting in the private room at La Madeleine's on Jefferson Hwy. R.s.v.p. to Monica Murphy at or 225-335-3572.

Chapter Meeting

Sts. Monica, Edith and Agnes ECW Chapter will meet on Tuesday, January 20 at 10:00 a.m., hosted by Margaret Roussel, #316, St. James Place.

Pledge Envelopes

Those who requested envelopes for 2015 can find them in a box in the Parish Hall foyer, on the table, and a list of those who ordered them is with the envelopes.

Sunday's Leaflets in PDF:LeafletImage

7:30 a.m.


10:30 a.m.


5:00 p.m.


St. Mary's Mom-to-Mom Ministry is geared toward mothers who have children under the age of five, and who would like to gather once a month for prayers, friendship, and fellowship.

Corrected dates and times: The daytime group will meet Friday, February 6 at 9:30 a.m.; the evening group on Thursday, February 12 at 6:00 p.m.

Nursery care is provided at both meetings, courtesy of the St. James ECW. If you would like more information, or to reserve child care space, please contact Mary Boutwell, 225-387-5141 ext. 229.


Congratulations to Kelli and Cory Ewing who welcomed their first child, a son named William, on December 31, 2014!

Flower Form2015 Flower Form is ready! Download here to submit with your check, or read about how to submit online, here.

Coming Soon:

Info on a great group of Baton Rouge preachers lined up for the first Fr. John Moloney Preaching Series to be held each Friday at 12:05 p.m., during Gumbo 2015!

Second Sunday after the Epiphany and The Annual Parish Meeting


Recent events have us considering satire, offense, and ramifications in liberty and tragedy. Nathanael had a sarcastic response to Philip's invitation to learn more about Jesus, according to this Sunday's Gospel reading, though Jesus rather evened the score with his own snappy welcome to Nathanael. The sign put above Jesus' head on the cross was supposed to be a satirical critique of Jesus' "kingdom," yet 2000 years later we recognize and understand this cartoon's significance. As we elect parish leaders this Sunday, may we hear and discern the word of God like Eli and Samuel, and all be strong enough to say -- even in the face of doubt and sarcasm like Nathanael's -- "Come and see!" the radical inclusivity of Jesus Christ, son of God, who invites all and through whom, "Tout est pardonné."

It is Louisiana Marathon weekend, and the route goes right in front of St. James. Please CLICK HERE to read more about the route and parking, and to know how it will affect your travel and arrival at St. James this Sunday.

7:30 a.m. - A quiet, spoken service using Rite I, in the church. The Annual Meeting will be open for the purpose of casting ballots, then recessed.

8:30 a.m. - The Associate Vestry invites you to the Annual Parish Breakfast in the Day School Cafeteria. Your Associate Vestry members will be serving breakfast until 10:00 a.m.

10:30 a.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite II in the church with organ, the Adult Choir, and the As You Are musicians leading music at communion. The Annual Meeting will be re-opened for balloting.

11:30 a.m. - The Annual Meeting will resume in Bishops Hall for reports to the parish and election results.

5:00 p.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite II, in the Chapel of the Twelve Apostles. Come as you are, leave different! No balloting at this service.

Annual Meeting
Saints and Superheroes: Youth Rally 2015
January 30 - February 1, 2015

at the Solomon Episcopal Conference Center

Rally 2015Registration is now open for Youth Rally. To register and for more information: Please register by January 18.

Youth Rally is a retreat weekend for youth in grades 6-12. Rally is designed to be a fun, relaxing retreat weekend that combines presentations by youth, small group discussion, and worship with games, activities, music, and fellowship. 

For any questions, please contact Marvin McLennon, Diocesan Youth Minister for the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana, at phone 225-387-5141 ext.224 or email:

Begins Thursday evening at the CSF:

Creating Common Good

From January 22-24, 2015, St. James Episcopal Church's Center for Spiritual Formation will host the broadcast of a diverse group of scholars, faith leaders and economists including Dr. Cornel West, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, Barbara Ehrenreich and Robert Reich as they offer strategies for developing a more just economy and instill the confidence to take action for social change at Trinity Institute's 44th National Theological Conference, Creating Common Good: A Practical Conference on Economic Equality, at Trinity Wall Street.

Dr. West, author of The Rich and the Rest of Us, will offer an opening keynote building the framework of the conference. Archbishop Welby will consider when inequality becomes sinful and talk about the common good. Ms. Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed, is set to discuss the class divide in American society, delving into issues such as immigration, poverty, gender, and mobility. An economist, author and professor, former Secretary of Labor Reich will discuss his 2013 documentary, "Inequality for All" via Skype.

The live conference will be held at Trinity Church (Broadway at Wall Street, New York City). As a partner site, St. James will offer aspects of the conference either in real time, via webcast, where participants can submit questions for speakers via email during the live Q&A, or on demand shortly after each segment's conclusion. Onsite reflection groups are coordinated using materials prepared and provided by Trinity Institute.

Read more, including the schedule of sessions being simulcast at St. James Center for Spiritual Formation atrium, here.

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