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Vol. 5, No. 18

Friday, May 1, 2015

Joan of Arc Chapter

Chapter Meeting

Suzette Tannehill hosts the May 6 meeting at noon of the Joan of Arc ECW Chapter. Lubna Culbert will present the lesson. R.s.v.p. to Nina Broyles at

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7:30 a.m.


9:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m.

5:00 p.m.

iConfirm Service

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

February Messenger

Print copies available in foyers.

Deadline nearing!

Outreach Grant Applications

Applications must be submitted on the official form for email submission or print submission and submitted no later than May 15, 2015.


Mark 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!

Bad Girls Book ClubBad Girls Book Club

Our book selection is The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah, and we will be meeting in the private room at La Madeleine's on Jefferson Hwy. on Monday, May 18 at 6:00 p.m. R.s.v.p. by email to Monica Murphy, or at 225-335-3572, and don't forget to bring a sweater!

Flowers on the altar are given to the glory of God and...

Flower FormDates are available this summer for dedicating altar flowers in memory of loved ones or commemoration of a significant event in your or a loved one's life. Download an order form, here.

The Fifth Sunday of Easter

True Vine Icon

A little "did you know?" Last Sunday's lesson was that of The Good Shepherd, also the name of our 3-6 year- olds' Sunday School curriculum. These young children relish the stories of the loving care and tenderness of ever-present Jesus. Our 6-9 year-olds attend the True Vine atrium, named after this Sunday's Gospel reading. The lessons for this group, ready to consider how their world and their relationships work, aim to keep them abiding with Jesus. Pictured above is a 16th century Christ as the True Vine icon.

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

Children's Church meets at 9:00 a.m. in the choir room, on the second floor of the Parish Hall for a lesson on the readings of the day, an activity, and music, before returning to church in time for communion.

9:00 a.m. The "As You Are" Rite II Eucharist in the Chapel of the Twelve Apostles
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Holy Eucharist, Rite II in the church, with organ and cantors.

10:00 a.m. - Classes for children and adults. Coffee and fellowship in the Parlor where we will also fête our high school graduating seniors, after they are recognized at the nine o'clock service.

Children three years through fourth grade are on the second floor of the Parish Hall.

Adults: One more from the popular Amy-Jill Levine series, The Old Testament, in the CSF Atrium on the third floor of the Ministries Center, where coffee and cookies are also available. Look for info on special summer sessions, soon!

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

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

iCONFIRM is at 5:00 p.m. this Sunday, with Bishop Morris K. Thompson, Jr., in the church.

6:00 p.m. Centering Prayer on the third floor of the Ministries Center.

Tonight! For the whole family! Bring a dessert!

Crawfish Boil

The Strategic Planning Committee invites you to:

Town Hall Meetings

At a Planning Workshop held April 17 and 18 at St. James Episcopal Church, the objective was to create a foundational vision document and expand that to a draft strategic plan with clear goals and specific objectives, using the survey responses from parishioners and task force reports as our guide. Our results are now in the hands of our consultant who will consolidate the two-day efforts into a strategic plan draft.

The draft plan will be shared with all of you at Town Hall meetings on May 17 and May 20, 2015 where we will seek your input on the plan. Read more, here, and reserve your spot for dinner and/or child care at the Town Hall meetings.

Youth Calendar & Info:

Graduation CapGraduate Recognition: High school graduating seniors, both parishioners and/or Day School alumni, will be recognized at the nine o'clock service this Sunday, May 3, and at a reception immediately following, in the Parish Hall parlor.

Graduating Seniors: We'd like to share your news, accomplishments and future plans with the parish. Please send a photo and brief bio by Monday, May 4, to Sylvia Rabalais for inclusion in the June issue of The Messenger. A form (not required) is here.

Why, God?Why, God? Suffering Through Cancer into Faith, written by our own Ed Henderson and his granddaughter, Margaret (Maggie) Cupit can be bought from Ed for $12, a 40% discount, or it can be ordered online from the publisher, here. To receive the 40% discount from the publisher, good until May 16, use the code word WHY. Why, God? is now also available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions! A portion of all royalties and profits from sales will go to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Ed and Maggie will hold a book signing, tentatively scheduled on July 5.

CPC Sunday will be observed on May 17


The Church Periodical Club was founded in 1888 by Mary Ann Fargo and a small group of women in the Parish Church of the Holy Communion in New York City. They began by sending bundles of church periodicals, prayer books, and Bibles via the Wells Fargo Stage Coach Line to clergy and laity, missionaries and Indians in the Dakotas, and the "far west." The commitment to supply theological and educational texts, audio and video tapes, and computer software has continued for over 100 years to promote religious and secular needs throughout the Anglican Communion. Please put "CPC Sunday" in the memo box of your check or online donation.

Diocesan News and Events:

The Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop (JNCPB) at the 78th General Convention in Salt Lake City, June 25-July 3, concluded its discernment process at a two-day meeting in Fort Worth, Texas, April 19 and 20.  The nominees will be announced today on the General Convention website and via press release and social media: Facebook and Twitter.

Musical Events in the Community:

This Saturday evening at 7:00 p.m., the Greater Baton Rouge Children's Chorus will present Once Upon a Time, a concert of musical settings of texts from favorite children’s stories including Peter Pan, Winnie the Pooh, and Alice in Wonderland at FIrst Baptist Church, one block east of St. James on Convention Street. The St. James parish family includes several alumni of GBRCC.

This Sunday, May 3 at 4:00 p.m. - The 25th Annual Sounds of CommUNITY Concert, a production of the Interfaith Federation of Baton Rouge, is at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 3912 Gus Young Avenue. Performers include the McKinley High School Gospel Choir, Beth Shalom Synagogue, St. Paul's choir, St. Augustine Episcopal Church, Children's Handbell Choir, and Greater Mt. Carmel Baptist Church. More information is at

Kids Orchestra ConcertTuesday, May 5 at 6:00 p.m. - Join us to celebrate Kids Orchestra students from St. James, St. Luke's Episcopal Day School, The Dufrocq School, Shiloh Baptist Early Learning Academy, and LaSalle Elementary in their Neighborhood Concert in Bishops Hall at St. James Episcopal Church! The Neighborhood Concert highlights the skills acquired during Kids’ Orchestra after school music program that begins each September.  Second through fifth grade instrumental students will perform a piece of music they learned in class. Instruments include strings, woodwinds, brass, or percussion. More here.

Treble Choir Concert

Concerts are free and open to the public. Offerings will be accepted at each concert.

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