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Vol. 5, No. 9

Friday, February 27, 2015

Don't Miss It!

Glory & Gumbo

You are encouraged to attend the Fr. John Moloney Preaching Series, held each Friday at 12:05 p.m., during Gumbo 2015, featuring six wonderful preachers from area congregations and traditions.

Today's preacher is Rabbi Jordan Goldson of Congregation B'nai Israel. Be rejuvenated with 25 minutes of music, meditation, and message -- in the church.

James Gang Event

The James Gang plans to attend today's Gumbo and preaching series, together. Meet in Bishops Hall at 11:00 for lunch. We'll follow with the preaching series at 12:05 p.m.

Yet to Come:

Small Poster

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

Diocesan Convention

Diocesan Convention

The 178th Convention of the Diocese of Louisiana begins today at Trinity Episcopal Church, New Orleans.

Please include the gathering in your prayers, and our delegates: Lee Griffin, Jane Christensen, Tom Wade, Lolly Martin, John Pitzer, and Marsha Wade.

Girl Scout Cookies

Sunday's Leaflets in PDF:LeafletImage

7:30 a.m.


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.

Easter Egg Prep

A collection box will be in the Parish Hall Parlor through Palm Sunday, March 29 so you can help prepare for our Easter Sunday egg hunt (following the nine o'clock service, at which children may also help flower the cross). The Easter Bunny needs any color plastic eggs and small trinkets (stickers, bouncy balls, erasers), or individually wrapped candy for filling the eggs.

Julie McCall and Erin Irby are in touch with the Easter bunny and heading up his helpers. If you would like to help, or if you have questions, please email Julie McCall at

The Second Sunday in Lent

Healing the Mother in Law

The Gospel reading of Mark 8:31-38 this Sunday recalls Jesus' direction that, "If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me." We've just completed several weeks of a parish-wide survey, including questions about what we need, want, and desire for our parish in the coming years. As one examines the portrait, above (attributed to Leonardo da Vinci, based on similarity of characters in his "Battle of Anghiari"), it is a timely reminder that the cross we will carry has not ever been the neat, shiny cross on the altar, or on our necklaces, but a heavy, degrading burden culminating in sacrifice -- giving up our power, strength, and security to serve others. "For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it."

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, continues in 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.

Gumbo & Girl Scout Cookies!

The St. James Episcopal Day School first and fourth-grade Girl Scouts will have cookies for sale this Sunday during coffee hour, and after the 11 o'clock service. Gumbo quarts and pints will also be available at those times, and after this Sunday's five o'clock service, too!

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

It's Cold Outside! Warm up with someGumbo 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, and, after the five o'clock service this Sunday, March 1, and on Sunday, March 22.

Joan of Arc

Lent Retreats

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 the 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.

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 PilgrimageIn 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!

Altar of Repose/Easter Flowers Listing Form:

Holy Week Flowers

• March 2015 The MessengerAltar Flower Donation FormOnline Giving LinkChurch Calendar

• St. James Facebook PageSt. James on TwitterSt. James Episcopal Day SchoolNews Archives

Document Library with Readings The Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana

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



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