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Vol. 5, No. 17

Friday, April 24, 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.

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 Fourth Sunday of Easter

Doubting Thomas

The Good Shepherd window at St. James. Photo by Fred C. Frey III. Click for a larger view.

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 with Jody Hanet, 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. Children three years through fourth grade are on the second floor of the Parish Hall.

Adults: 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.

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.

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

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:

Confirm-not-Conform meets this Sunday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. for confirmation rehearsal; and EYC will mees at 5:00 p.m.

Graduation CapGraduating 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.

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

Today! Prior John Pitzer leads the

Mens Retreat

As of press time, space remains available for this men's weekend of rest and renewal. Check-in opens at 4:00 p.m. this afternoon. Contact Bill Batson, from Christ Church, Covington (not the SECC) for registration information, by email or phone 985-778-0054.

Next Friday night! For the whole family!

Crawfish Boil

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 when Maggie is next in Baton Rouge.

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 on May 1 on the General Convention website and via press release and social media: Facebook and Twitter.

Musical Events in the Community:

This Sunday, April 26 at 6:30 p.m. - University Baptist Church presents An Evening of Sacred & Gospel Music, a salute to the "old hymns of faith," with various choirs, ensembles, quartets, trios. For more information, visit the UBC website at

Next 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.

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

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