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Vol. 5, No. 25

Friday, June 19, 2015

Bad Girls Book ClubBad Girls Book Club

Our book selection this month is Why, God?: Suffering Through Cancer into Faith by Margaret Carlisle Cuplit and St. James' very own Ed Henderson. Ed will be attending the meeting, and will sign your copy of the book! Use the Amazon link, above, or contact Ed, directly, to purchase from him. We are meeting at the home of Dr. Christine Smith, 10623 Ashbrook Drive, Baton Rouge, on Monday, June 22 at 6:00 p.m. R.s.v.p. to Christine, or 225-241-8843.  Please bring $5 to cover the cost of dinner. More on Ed's book, here.

Donate Blood

The Associate Vestry Summer Blood Drive will be held at St. James on Sunday, July 12 from 8:00 'til 12:30. Read more here about how to be a blood donor.

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

June Messenger

The July issue will be released with next Friday's eMessenger.

Sunday's Leaflets in PDF:LeafletImage

7:30 a.m.

No AYA Svc.

9:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m.

5:00 p.m.

Loaves & Fishes

The ECW of St. James will meet on Tuesday, June 23 from 10:00 a.m. 'til noon to prepare casseroles to fill the St. James freezer with meals to take to parish families after a child’s birth, after a death or in other times of need. We will have a coffee bar and breakfast snacks to keep us going!  Please contact Leslie Gladney, if you are planning on attending.


The June meeting is this Tuesday, June 16 at 6:00 p.m. in the small parlor.  The group will read and discuss The Mission of Motherhood:  Touching Your Child’s Heart for Eternity by Sally Clarkson.  Nursery and materials provided by ECW.  Contact Amy Longfield for more information.

Why, God?Why, God? Suffering Through Cancer into Faith by Ed Henderson and his granddaughter, Maggie Cupit, can be gotten in several ways:

  • from Cottonwood Books;
  • directly from Ed on Sundays at St. James, or call Ed at 225-803-3675, or email Ed;
  • from the publisher at
  • from Amazon

Price is $20, and any royalties paid will go to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Maggie (Margaret Cupit) will be at St. James on July 5 and will sign books between and after the 9 and 11 services.

The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Mustard Plant

The disciples rile Jesus, having raised him from sleep because of their fright during a sea storm. "Peace! Be still!" Jesus says, and the storm subsides. To whom, or what, were Jesus' words really directed? In the storms of our life, can we find peace with the simple presence of God, or do we cry, "Where are you? Things are bad!" God is here, even in the storms, and surely weeps with us. 
"Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where
there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is
in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen." --BCP, p. 833

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.

No As You Are service this Sunday as Fr. Ralph and Mtr. Mary Ann will be away. The AYA musicians will provide music during communion at the nine o'clock service.

10:00 a.m. Enjoy coffee and fellowship in the Parish Hall parlor. Creation Stories will be discussed in the CSF Atrium with Ed Henderson. Read more here.

11:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II in the church, with organ, cantors and choir. You're invited to sing with the choir!

5:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II in the Chapel of the Twelve Apostles.

6:00 p.m. Centering Prayer gathers in the CSF Suite on the third floor of the Ministries Center. All are welcome to experience this time of quiet listening.

Summer Choir

Summer is a joyous time to sing in the choir: no anthems, no rehearsals! 

Come join this important ministry! Just show up at the choir room on Sunday around 10:45. The choir room is to the right after the fire door at the top of the front stairs in Parish Hall. Please add your voice to worship God in song!

Friday Playdates

The Episcopal Church Women (ECW) of St. James are hosting off-site play dates for church families with young children, from 10:00 a.m. to noon

  • June 19: Pretend & Play
  • June 26: Park & Clubhouse 

We will have food, drinks and lots of fun at each event! Maybe even a surprise or two! Grandparents and baby sitters are welcome to bring your children to the play dates if that works best for you!

Each playdate is $5 per familyReservations are required and space is limited, so make reservations now! For more information, contact Leslie Gladney.

Play Date Reservations

Study of Genesis continues this Sunday morning

The Old TestamentEd Henderson will lead this 10:00 a.m. session, continuing the Bible study by building on Amy-Jill Levine's teaching about the stories in Genesis.

We will contrast the Genesis 1 creation story with the ancient Babylonian creation story in order to probe ancient Jewish wisdom about God and God's ways with the world. Christians have inherited that wisdom, and Jesus develops it further in his teachings and in his life, crucifixion, and resurrection. The study will make every effort to keep an eye on the meaning-for-life of the biblical story of creation, to say why it matters now.

St. James Artists Guild LogoThe professional work of the St. James Artists Guild will be on exhibit the entire month of July in the Parish Hall. In addition, the art work of students from The One Stop Homeless Center in Baton Rouge will be on exhibit in the small parlor of the Parish Hall. Parishioner Elizabeth Whitley, professional artist and teacher, is their instructor. She is assisted by parishioner Warren Green. On weekdays in July, the work will be on exhibit during the church office business hours; on Sundays before and after services; and, each Wednesday evening during the Summer Sounds at St. James concerts and receptions.

General Convention Opens Thursday

The 78th General Convention of The Episcopal Church will be held June 25 – July 3, in Salt Lake City, Utah (Diocese of Utah).  The Episcopal Church’s General Convention is held every three years, and is the bicameral governing body of the Church. It comprises the House of Bishops, with upwards of 200 active and retired bishops, and the House of Deputies, with clergy and lay deputies elected from the 108 dioceses and three regional areas of the Church, at more than 800 members.

You can follow the action whether you are in Salt Lake City or not.  News will be issued from the Public Affairs Office Media Hub, hereEpiscopal News Service will provide extensive coverage of General Convention. Check the General Convention website here regularly for ongoing information and reports. And, here’s the hashtag: #‎GC78

We had so much fun, we're doing it, again!

Movie Night

Thursday, July 23: We'll enjoy burgers and hot dogs, theater popcorn, concessions, a cartoon reel, and the original release of The Parent Trap. This month's contest: Bring a friend and dress as twins! Make your reservations, here, so we'll be ready with goodies for everybody.

Retreats Coming to the SECC

The Solomon Episcopal Conference Center is a place to rest your mind and revive your soul.

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