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Vol. 5, No. 5

Friday, January 30, 2015

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

February Messenger

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


Dorsey Peek who comes to us from another parish in the city; and,

Margaret & Gabriele Piccoli, and their children, Laura Jean and Erik. Margaret was formerly a St. James parishioner, and returns with her family after living away from Baton Rouge for a while. Welcome home!

Sunday's Leaflets in PDF:LeafletImage

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5:00 p.m.

Beyond Bricks EBR

Fr. Ralph Howe will be one of the hosts at a Beyond Bricks EBR forum on Thursday, February 5 at 6:00 p.m. at Baton Rouge High School
2825 Government Street, along with the Rev. Joe Connelly, of Wesley United Methodist Church, and invites you to come, express your voice. Beyond Bricks EBR is a public forum to receive the voice of the community — YOUR VOICE — on educational goals and expectations of our public school system. Read more here.

News from the Day School


Photo provided by Beau Box.

DAY SCHOOL fifth graders recently visited the National WWII Museum in New Orleans, after completing a unit study of the war and the Holocaust. While there, they met and spoke with Martin Greenstein, a survivor of Auschwitz - a "very moving experience," they said.

Mark Your Calendar:

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.

The St. James Gang plans to attend as a group on February 27; look for more info, soon!

Small Poster

Click the image to download a letter-size reminder for your refrigerator, or to share with a friend. Look for a brochure in your mail, soon.

Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

Unclean Spirit

Jesus' power is recognized by the scribes as he drives out an "unclean spirit" in this Sunday's Gospel reading. "His fame began to spread...," the reading ends, with a tease. Jesus silences the spirit; he doesn't fight it. He strengthens the ostracized man, just as we are instructed to strengthen, rather than tempt, those around us in Paul's letter to the Corinthians. The illuminated manuscript, above, is from the 15th century Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry. Do you see yourself as one of the scribes, observing on the left? The helper, holding the flailing man? One of the shocked hiding in the shadows? Click for a larger view.

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.

CSF Atrium on the third floor of the Ministries Center: Mtr. Mary Ann Garrett will finish her presentation about last summer's pilgrimage to the Holy Land. This is part two of two, postponed from last fall.

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!

Youth, youth & more youth stuff!

Marvin and youth from around the diocese are at the Solomon Episcopal Conference Center this weekend for Youth Rally. Please keep them in your prayers for a fun, safe, and meaningful weekend together!

iConfirm meets in the EYC room at 3:15 p.m. this Sunday, February 1, concluding at 4:30 p.m.

The EYC groups of St. James, Trinity, St. Luke's & St. Alban's will gather at St. Luke's Church, 8833 Goodwood, for a Super Bowl viewing party, this Sunday, February 1, at 5:00 p.m. in Pope Hall. Come and stay as long as you like; parents are free to pick up their teens at any time.

EYC Fundraisers


Click the image to reserve your spot with payment online. Passes are going fast!

Lent Retreats

The Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana and the St. James Center for Spiritual Formation are sponsoring two important opportunities to observe a personal Lenten discipline: one-day retreats led by master retreat leaders, one for men, and one for women, both at the Solomon Episcopal Conference Center in Loranger.

Register Now! 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.

From the Strategic Planning Committee:

Strategic PlanningIn the next few days, all parishioners will be receiving an introductory letter from Senior Warden, Lee Griffin, inviting you to participate in strategic planning for the future of St. James. You will also receive an online introductory letter with a link to the online survey for The Strategic Planning for St. James Episcopal Church.

This survey is the opportunity for you to express your ideas as to what you think are the best choices St. James can make for our future health as a Christian community living out our mission, "We proclaim Christ crucified and risen, and invite you to join with us in ministry together in His name."

You are urged to participate. If you are unable to take the survey online, we will have volunteers in the Parish Hall to use their laptops taking your survey for/with you during the coffee hour on Sundays, February 8 and February 15. If you have no computer and need a hard copy, call the church office at 225-387-5141 after February 1 (opening date for the survey).

Gumbo Countdown

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.

John Pastorek and 2une-In will visit us early in the morning on Friday, February 20. If you're looking for an exciting way to start your day, come on down and join us at about 6:00 a.m. We're always looking for ways to share the fun and family that is Gumbo, and that is St. James Episcopal Church!

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