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Vol. 5, No. 8

Friday, February 20, 2015

Strategic Planning

From the Strategic Planning Committee:

Only two days left to complete the Strategic Planning Survey.  The Strategic Planning Committee has had very good response to the request to take this survey. Thank you very much for your participation. 

Go to this link if you have not yet taken the survey. It is available through Saturday, February 21. Click here to go to the online survey for The Strategic Planning for St. James Episcopal Church Survey.

Begins Today!

Glory & Gumbo

The first Fr. John Moloney Preaching Series to be held each Friday at 12:05 p.m., during Gumbo 2015 featuring six wonderful preachers from area congregations and traditions. Today's preacher is the Rev. Joe D. Connelly of Wesley United Methodist Church. Be rejuvenated with 25 minutes of music, meditation, and message -- in the church.

James Gang Event

The James Gang plans to attend the Preaching Series as a group on February 27. Look for a card in the mail, soon, or email Mary Boutwell for more information!

Small Poster

Click the image to download a letter-size reminder for your refrigerator, or to share with a friend.

Sunday's Leaflets in PDF:LeafletImage

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9:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m.

5:00 p.m.

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

February Messenger

Limited print copies are now available in the foyer tract racks and narthex.

In Memorium:

Ginge Werlein Gecke

Frances Garland shares with the parish a photo of the late Ginge Werlein Geck, taken last November on Ginge's 86th birthday and as she holds her first great-granddaughter, Anna Laetitia.

Ginge's father, Phillip P. Werlein, was rector of St. James 1936-1962 and she was reared in the rectory which was then near the church, on Convention Street. Click the image for a larger view.

The First Sunday in Lent

Healing the Mother in Law

Mark's perfunctory description of Christ's baptism begins our Lenten gospel readings. Stanley Spencer's painting, above, depicts Christ "driven by the spirit" into the wilderness, one of a series painted between 1939 and 1954, during a difficult time of personal conflict in the artist’s life. In great penury, he sealed himself in a bare room in an area of London haven to many refugees from Nazi Germany, and here Christ is depicted as a dispossessed person. Spencer had planned to create forty panels, depicting each day that Christ spent in the wilderness, but eventually completed just eighteen sketches. As driven as we might be to keep a particular Lenten discipline, as driven as we might be to work our way out of a wilderness already surrounding us, we will be reminded time and again how difficult it can be to manage on our own. Christ, Mark reminds us, didn't decide to go out on a hike on his own, but was "driven by the Spirit into the wilderness." The same Spirit who remained with him -- and remains with us -- and, brought him back out, again.

7:30 a.m. - A quiet, spoken service using Rite I, in the church.

9:00 a.m. - The As You Are service gathers in the Chapel of the Twelve Apostles with music by the As You Are musicians.

Children's Chapel - Youngsters four years old through fourth grade meet in the Day School Chapel at 9:00 a.m. for a lesson on the readings, and an activity, before returning to the church in time for communion.

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

10:00 a.m. - Christian Education Hour - Children 3-6 and 6-9 gather in the Good Shepherd atria on the second floor of the Parish Hall.

The Old Testament

CSF Atrium on the third floor of the Ministries Center: Amy-Jill Levine, University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School, via DVD, opens this CSF series at 10:00 a.m. in the CSF Atrium on the third floor of the Ministries Center. Written in ancient Israel over 1,000 years, cited on the floor of the Senate and from the bench of the courtroom, inexplicably intertwined with politics, Middle East conflict, and claims to return to "biblical values," Dr. Levine will discuss especially interesting or prominent passages from a cross-section of all the genres the Old Testament contains, using each passage as an example of how to apply a particular method of interpretation to the Bible.

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

5:00 p.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite II, in the Chapel of the Twelve Apostles. Come as you are, leave different!

6:00 p.m. - Centering Prayer, CSF Library and/or Chapel of the Holy Presence, on the third floor of the Ministries Center. All are welcome. Please enter quietly.

Some Suggested Lenten Disciplines

Opens Today!

Gumbo 2015

Gumbo 2015 co-chairs Mary Pesses and Kelly Williams invite you to join the fun at the ECW Lenten Friday lunches, or in Thursday prep, or Sunday overage sales! The volunteer spreadsheet is here; take a peek and see where you can help, and add your name and contact info, or email Mary or Kelly and let them know where you'd like to help. Download a flyer, here, to share at the office, gym, etc.

Dine-in between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Phone your order to 225-387-5141 between 8 and 10 a.m., and we'll have it ready for pick-up in our drive-thru lane on N. Fourth Street! Quarts and pints will be sold on Sunday mornings during the Coffee Hour, as they may be available.

Lent Retreats

Men's Retreat is TOMORROW! Online reservations are now closed for the men's retreat. Contact Prior John Pitzer for waiting list information.

The men's retreat will be led by the Very Rev. Andy Andrews, former curate at St. James, and now dean at St. Mary's Cathedral, Memphis.

The Rev. Dr. Mitzi Minor leads the women's retreat on Saturday, March 7, from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.. Minor was leader of the acclaimed Pentecost workshop of a few years ago at St. James.

Register! The cost for either retreat is $35, including lunch at the Center. Register with your check payable to St. James with "CSF Retreat" in the memo line, or online at Please do not let the cost of the retreat prevent you from attending, but contact Prior John Pitzer for information about scholarships. A limited number of rooms have been reserved at the Conference Center for participants who would prefer to arrive on the Friday evening before the retreat (no dinner). Rooms are on a first-come, first-serve basis with payment to secure your reservation, online, or via check.

St. James Place

Coffee & Chat!

What is a CCRC? What is life care? What services are available? What are the tax advantages?

On Thursday, February 26 at 10:00 a.m., please join us for continental breakfast and friendly Q&A about the services, amenities, and lifestyle at St. James Place. Seating is limited; please phone 225-228-3644 to reserve your place!

Mom2MomThe Daytime Group next meets Friday, March 6 at 9:30 a.m.. The Evening Group on Thursday, March 12 at 6:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall parlor.

Please reserve child care for either group (provided by the ECW) by email to Mary Boutwell.

Celtic Pilgrimage

In the Footsteps of Saint Patrick and the Celtic Saints

CSF Pilgrimage to Ireland and Brittany: September 14-26, 2015. Led by the Reverend Marcus Losack

Read more here.

Centering Prayer

A Centering Prayer workshop serves both as an introduction to Centering Prayer for those who know nothing of this practice, and a refresher course for those who have been praying this way for some time. Four conferences give shape to the day: Prayer as Relationship, the Method of Centering Prayer, the Place of "Thoughts" in Centering Prayer, and Centering Prayer and the Fruits of the Spirit.

The St. James Center for Spiritual Formation is hosting a Centering Prayer Workshop with the Rev. Tom Ward, an experienced and acclaimed Centering Prayer teacher and retreat leader, on Saturday, March 21 from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. with appropriate breaks and an hour for lunch (on your own). Two sessions of Centering Prayer are part of the design. Read more, and register, here.

Lent Madness

Lent Madness is a fun, engaging way for people to learn about the men and women comprising the church’s Calendar of Saints within a unique Lenten devotion. Combining a love of sports with a passion for the lives of the saints, Lent Madness was born. Follow the blog at (the only address for voting the saint bracket), as well as conversation and typical fan debate at the Lent Madness Facebook page. We'll keep a bracket chart up to date in the Parish Hall foyer, too!

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