The Messenger issue for January 2015 is here as a downloadable PDF, or click the image below to read on Issuu:
Limited copies are available in the tract racks and narthex for pick up. This issue includes candidate bios; Annual Meeting is January 18, 2015!
Sunday's Leaflets in PDF:
Meetings Coming Up!
St. Mary's Mom-to-Mom Ministry is geared toward mothers who have children under the age of five, and who would like to gather once a month for prayers, friendship, and fellowship.
The evening group next meets on Thursday, January 8, from 6:00-7:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall Parlor.
The daytime group has postponed their "first Friday" usual date to next Friday, January 9, from 9:30-10:30 a.m., also in vesting room off the Parish Hall foyer. Nursery care is provided courtesy of the St. James ECW.
If you would like more information or to reserve child care, please contact Mary Boutwell, 225-387-5141 ext. 229.
2015 Flower Form is ready! Download here to submit with your check, or read about how to submit online, here.
Bad Girls Book Club
We are reading The Next Elvis: Searching for Stardom at Sun Records by our very own Barbara Barnes Sims, and will meet at La Madeleine's on Jefferson Highway, on Monday, January 19 at 6:00 p.m.
Barbara will join us for a reading and Q&A! We are meeting in the private room at La Madeleine's on Jefferson Hwy. R.s.v.p. to Monica Murphy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 225-335-3572.
SERVICES THIS SUNDAY, JANUARY 4
The Second Sunday after Christmas
| Was Christmas 2014 not all you hoped? Were you missing a loved one, or unable to make all your plans come to fruition? Perhaps it will help to remember Christmas never was all bows and sparkle and perfection. 1) A manger is dirty and stinky. 2) Strangers kept popping in, without even a ready casserole. 3) The adoration of the magi let The Powers That Be in on the secret, and Herod was not happy to hear of any threats to his rule. 4) Airport delays cannot compete with travel over 100 miles, by foot or donkey, across the Sinai Peninsula to Egypt, with a two-year-old. But, God led them, and God in Christ is with us, in all our mess and disappointment, holding tight, and can lead us back to home in Him. The Flight Into Egypt is by Vittore Carpaccio and hangs in the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.
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 for Holy Eucharist, Rite II
9:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite II in the church with organ and cantors and more Christmas carols!
10:00 a.m. - Bishop Charles Jenkins will offer a presentation on What Is Epiphany? in the CSF series on Liturgical Seasons, in the CSF Atrium on the third floor of the Ministries Center. Coffee and cookies await you, there!
11:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite II in the church with cantors, organ and more Christmas carols!
5:00 p.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite II, in the Chapel of the Twelve Apostles. Come as you are, leave different!
In case you missed it: You can read the Christmas poinsettia and other decoration dedications, here.
From January 22-25, 2015, St. James Episcopal Church's Center for Spiritual Formation will host the broadcast of a diverse group of scholars, faith leaders and economists including Dr. Cornel West, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, Barbara Ehrenreich and Robert Reich as they offer strategies for developing a more just economy and instill the confidence to take action for social change at Trinity Institute's 44th National Theological Conference, Creating Common Good: A Practical Conference on Economic Equality, at Trinity Wall Street.
Conference participation is open to anyone interested in a practical, theological perspective on economic inequality and ideal for seminarians, students and young church leaders looking for thought-leadership from experts and activists.
Dr. West, author of The Rich and the Rest of Us, will offer an opening keynote building the framework of the conference. Archbishop Welby will consider when inequality becomes sinful and talk about the common good. Ms. Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed, is set to discuss the class divide in American society, delving into issues such as immigration, poverty, gender, and mobility. An economist, author and professor, former Secretary of Labor Reich will discuss his 2013 documentary, "Inequality for All" via Skype.
The live conference will be held at Trinity Church (Broadway at Wall Street, New York City). As a partner site, St. James will offer all aspects of the conference either in real time, via webcast—where participants can submit questions for speakers via email during the live Q&A. Onsite reflection groups are coordinated using materials prepared and provided by Trinity Institute.
Keynote speakers for this year's conference include: Dr. Cornel West (The Rich and the Rest of Us), Professor of Philosophy and Christian Practice at Union Theological Seminary and a prominent and provocative democratic intellectual; The Most Rev. Justin Welby (Archbishop of Canterbury), a former business executive who has focused his writing on ethics, international finance and reconciliation;
Barbara Ehrenreich (Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America, This Land Is Their Land), a writer and activist currently working on the Economic Hardship Reporting Project;
Juliet Schor (Plenitude: The New Economics of True Wealth), Professor of Sociology at Boston College; and, the Rt. Rev. Julio Murray (Bishop of Panama), a passionate advocate for justice in Panama and internationally through his work for the Anglican Communion.
Panelists include: Rachel Held Evans, New York Times best-selling Christian author and popular blogger, who has been featured on NPR, Slate, The BB and The Washington Post;
Jennifer Jones Austin (Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies), CEO and Executive Director of FPWA, which promotes the social and economic well-being of greater New York's most vulnerable;
R.R. Reno (Editor of First Things magazine), a theology teacher at Creighton University and the author of In the Ruins of the Church: Sustaining Faith in an Age of Diminished Christianity;
Nicole Baker Fulgham (founder and President of Expectations Project), an activist who develops and mobilizes faith-motivated advocates who help close the academic achievement gap in public schools; and,
Robert Reich (Aftershock: The Next Economy and America's Future), Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley and Senior Fellow at the Blum Center for Developing Economies. Reich also served as Secretary of Labor in the Clinton Administration.