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Vol. 3, No. 9

Friday, March 1, 2013

The Messenger for March is now available online!


Copies are also available for pickup at the church this Sunday.

Program BrochureGet your copy of our Lent, Holy Week and Easter program schedule here, or pick up a paper copy from the tract rack or narthex.

Hobbit Class

Ed Henderson's series on The Hobbit, begins this Sunday, March 3 at 10:00 a.m. in the CSF Atrium on the third floor of the Ministries Center.

Thrive! Don't Simply Survive continues in the library on the second floor of the Ministries Center at 10:00 a.m.


Youth Confirmation classes continue this Sunday, at 12:15 p.m. in the Youth Room. Contact Mtr. Alina Williams for more information.

Young Adults - Wednesdays on Tap

Young Adults are invited to gather for food and fellowship at Rotolo's on Perkins Road, Wednesday, March 6 from 7-9 p.m.

Sunday's Leaflets in PDF:LeafletImage

7:30 a.m.


9:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m.

5:00 p.m.

Matthew FoxThe Red Shoes, in partnership with The Unitarian Church of BR, is sponsoring a Spiritual Awakening Seminar with internationally acclaimed theologian Matthew Fox this evening, Friday, March 1 and Saturday, March 2 at The Unitarian Church on Goodwood Blvd.

He will present Wisdom of the Mystics on Friday evening, 7-9 p.m. Hildegard of Bingen: The Return of the Divine Feminine is the Saturday focus, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This workshop, based on his new book, Hildegard of Bingen: A Saint for Our Times, presents a prophet from the 12th century who seems to be sounding a call to action as relevant today as it was in her time.

Visit for more information.


Training Workshops

Parish-Based Case Management Training will provide laity and church leaders with the skills and tools needed to assess, plan, organize, coordinate, and monitor services and resources necessary to respond to complex needs following disaster-related losses. These workshops are free and lunch will be provided.

March 12 & 13, 2013 (10 am – 2 pm) at St. James. To Register for this workshop, please email:
(Please include your name, address, phone number, church/ organization name  the body of the email)

Asset Based Community Development is an approach to engaging effectively with the communities around us. It emphasizes building on the strengths and assets in our midst rather than being stymied by the tremendous needs. Each training will provide an overview of ABCD and allow participants to practice using skills and tools to apply these concepts to your own ministries and contexts. All lay and clergy leadership are invited to attend these free workshops and lunch is provided.

The training is Saturday, March 23 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at St. James Episcopal Church, in the Media Room on the first floor of the Ministries Center.

Please register early: Email: and include your name, address, phone number, church/ organization name  the body of the email, or phone 504-895-4304.

The Third Sunday in Lent


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

9:00 a.m. The Contemporary Worship Musicians accompany the Rite II Eucharist in the Chapel of the Twelve Apostles
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the Children's Choir assist in the Rite II Eucharist in the church. (Children's Choir members should be robed and ready to rehearse in the choir room at 8:35 a.m.! Contact Jody Hanet, Director, for more information.)

10:00 a.m. Christian Education for all ages: Children three through fourth grade classes are on the second floor of the Parish Hall; fifth through high school meet for donuts and fellowship in the Youth Room on the first floor of the Ministries Center. Adult classes are detailed on the left.

11:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II in the church with the adult choir.

5:00 p.m. Rite II service in the Chapel of the Twelve Apostles.

EYC meets at 5:00 p.m. in the Youth Room.

Our professionally-staffed nursery is open Sundays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for children six weeks to four years old.

Lent MadnessFollow the competition and learn about the saints this Lent. Click the image to go to the Lent Madness site, read about the day's contestants and vote. Download your own bracket here.

Gumbo 2013

Volunteers are welcome at Gumbo! If you can spare some time today, come on by, anytime between 8:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Your help is appreciated.

Click here for a flyer to distribute at your office, the gym, the hair dresser, or for the JPG version to send via email. Visit and share our Facebook graphics. Help spread the word about St. James Gumbo!

Gumbo quarts and pints will be available in the Parish Hall Parlor on Sunday, as they may be available.

THURSDAY, MARCH 7 -- 9:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.
Diocesan Altar Guild Quiet Day

Father Dan Krutz will conduct the Eucharist and Sister Lin Songy will lead the meditations at the Diocesan Altar Guild Quiet Day hosted by St. Francis Episcopal Church in Denham Springs.

Sister Lin is a Catholic nun with 51 years in the ministry. She has led numerous meditative retreats and is currently one of the chaplains at St. Gabriel prison.

The day begins at 9:00 a.m. with coffee and refreshments, with Eucharist at 9:30 a.m. Sister Lin will begin our meditations following the Eucharist. There will be a $15.00 charge for lunch, payable at Quiet Day. Anyone is welcome to attend; you do not have to be a member of the altar guild. Please let Jo Ann Ziller know if you plan to attend at

Lenten Quiet Time

The St. James Lenten Quiet Time will begin with breakfast at 8:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall Parlor, followed by meditations led by Fr. Skully Knight.

Share in the Sharing

ChaliceThe lay people who help distribute communion at Eucharist are officially known as Eucharistic Ministers. And we can always use more, at all of our services. It is often said that we could not have Eucharist without help, and that is certainly true. But it's not even about the distribution of the bread and the wine. That would eventually happen even with fewer people, it might just take a little longer. What it is really about is sharing Christ with our brothers and sisters, the way that Jesus Christ shares himself with us. He shares, then we share.

Sharing in the Sharing – that is what Eucharistic Ministering is all about. If you are interested in helping at the altar and are at least 16 years old, or if you are already serving but would like a refresher course, please join us at one of our training sessions: Wednesday, March 13, at 3:30, or Sunday March 17, at 10:00. Both will meet with Fr. John in the church. Please let him know that you are interested at so that he can expect you.

Lindsay Lamont Turner is helping the Easter bunny get ready for the St. James Egg Hunt! Click the image below for more information, or contact Lindsay at, or 225-964-5652. Click for more info:

Easter Egg Flyer

March 8-10, 2013 at the Solomon Episcopal Conference Center
"Love-From the Inside Out"
Jr. High RallyJunior High Rally! Join us as we talk about how we are loved, how we love others, and how we respond to love in our lives. We will talk about the love that Jesus has for us and for the world, and how we see that love present and living. Guest musician Mike Peterson from Marietta, Georgia, will be with us for the weekend and the staff will be made up of youth and adults from the Diocesan Youth Leadership Committee. Mtr. Alina is spiritual director for the weekend! The weekend will also allow for time to play, relax, and have fellowship with other youth from around the Diocese of Louisiana in grades six through eight.

The cost of the weekend is $150 and includes double occupancy rooms, all meals, t-shirt, group photo, and all activities for the weekend. Register online at

If you would like to place Easter flowers, or plants for the Altar of Repose as a memorial, honor, or thank offering, please click on the form below and either complete online or attach with your check and put both (marked to the attention of Sylvia Rabalais) in the mail or offering plate. Listings received by Friday, March 22 will be printed in the service leaflets.

Easter Form

Brownies from the Day School will have Girl Scout Cookies for sale in the Parish Hall Parlor at 10:00 a.m. this Sunday, March 3!

Graduating High School Seniors: We'd like to share your news, accomplishments and future plans with the parish. Please send a photo and brief bio by Friday, April 12 to Sylvia Rabalais for inclusion in the May issue of The Messenger.


Did you know? Any underlined words in the eMessenger will take you to more information, or an email contact form, a document, or larger size picture, depending on what the reference point is.

Sit&SewSit & Sew Can Still Use Sewing Machines

All Souls' Episcopal Church and Community Center in New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward "Sit & Sew" classes have begun, to great response. A few sewing machines are available at the Community Center, but very few registrants own their own machine. Sewing is a skill that lasts a lifetime, and can be both a money-saver and money-earner. If you have a sewing machine gathering dust, this is a worthy project that could put it to good and proper use! Carolina Gallop, the Administrative Assistant at All Souls' is also a fashion designer and the volunteer teacher for "Sit & Sew." She says even machines in need of tune-ups and repair are welcome! Arrangements to deliver the machine(s) from St. James will be made. For more information, please call Carolina at 504-218-8995 or on her cell at 504-931-7779.

• March 2013 edition of The Messenger2013 Altar Flower Donation FormOnline Giving LinkChurch Calendar

• St. James Facebook PageSt. James on Twitter St. James Episcopal Day School New! Document Library

St. James Episcopal Church
Fourth Street between Florida and Convention Streets | PO Box 126
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70821
(225) 387-5141

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