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Vol. 5, No. 23

Friday, June 5, 2015

Donate Blood

The Associate Vestry Summer Blood Drive will be held at St. James on Sunday, July 12 from 8:00 'til 12:30. Read more here about how to be a blood donor.

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

June Messenger

Paper copies are available in the foyers of the church, Parish Hall, and Ministries Center.

Sunday's Leaflets in PDF:LeafletImage

7:30 a.m.

No AYA Svc.

9:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m.

5:00 p.m.


Susan and Frank Breaux, and their children, Catherine and Frank Jr., come to St. James from another parish in the city.
John Desselle has transferred his letter from Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Sulphur, Louisiana.


The June meeting is on Tuesday, June 16 at 6:00 p.m. in the small parlor.  The group will read and discuss The Mission of Motherhood:  Touching Your Child’s Heart for Eternity by Sally Clarkson.  Nursery and materials provided by ECW.  Contact Amy Longfield for more information.

Bad Girls Book ClubBad Girls Book Club

Our book selection this month is Why, God?: Suffering Through Cancer into Faith by Margaret Carlisle Cuplit and St. James' very own Ed Henderson. Ed will be attending the meeting, and will sign your copy of the book! Use the Amazon link, above, or contact Ed, directly, to purchase from him. We are meeting at the home of Dr. Christine Smith, 10623 Ashbrook Drive, Baton Rouge, on Monday, June 22 at 6:00 p.m. R.s.v.p. to Christine, or 225-241-8843.  Please bring $5 to cover the cost of dinner.

Loaves & Fishes

The ECW of St. James will meet on Tuesday, June 23 from 10:00 a.m. 'til noon to prepare casseroles to fill the St. James freezer with meals to take to parish families after a child’s birth, after a death or in other times of need. We will have a coffee bar and breakfast snacks to keep us going!  Please contact Mary Boutwell, or 225-387-5141, if you are planning on attending.

The Second Sunday after Pentecost

Reasons Video

What did he say? He's eating with whom? He did what on Sunday? This Sunday's Gospel reading is a powerful telling of what TPTB thought of this Nazarene and his calls for action, not words; inclusiveness, not shunning; forgiveness, not ostracizing; following the Spirit instead of being bound by the law. What has restricted instead of enriching your relationship with God?

7:30 a.m. Rite I service in the church.

The Rt. Rev. Morris K. Thompson Jr. joins us a the nine and eleven o'clock services for confirmations and receptions.

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

10:00 a.m. Enjoy coffee and fellowship in the Parish Hall parlor.

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

5:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II in the Chapel of the Twelve Apostles.

6:00 p.m. Centering Prayer gathers in the CSF Suite on the third floor of the Ministries Center. All are welcome to experience this time of quiet listening.

Family Movie Night: THIS Wednesday, June 10!

Movie Night

Cardboard CarReminiscent of the days when families would pile into the station wagon for an evening at the drive-in, we'll gather in Bishops Hall for an evening of burgers and hot dogs, popcorn, concessions, cartoons, and a family-friendly movie!

Kids: Make your drive-in vehicle out of a cardboard box for our Cardboard Car Contest, with prizes! Click here for a larger view of the quick car, left, or here for some more ideas.

On Wednesday, June 10, the Bishops Hall drive-in opens at 6:00 p.m.! Reservations required; $5 per "car" (family) will help defray expenses. Click here to register and/or pay online; contact Mary Boutwell for more information: 225-387-5141.

Summer Choir

Summer is a joyous time to sing in the choir: no anthems, no rehearsals! 

Come join this important ministry! Just show up at the choir room on Sunday around 10:45. The choir room is to the right after the fire door at the top of the front stairs in Parish Hall. Please add your voice to worship God in song!

Announcing a New Summer Event!

Friday Playdates

The Episcopal Church Women (ECW) of St. James are hosting off-site play dates for church families with young children, every Friday in June from 10:00 a.m. to noon

  • June 5: It’s My Party!
  • June 12: Spray Park
  • June 19: Pretend & Play
  • June 26: Park & Clubhouse 

We will have food, drinks and lots of fun at each event! Maybe even a surprise or two!

Grandparents and baby sitters are welcome to bring your children to the play dates if that works best for you!

Each playdate is $5 per familyReservations are required and space is limited, so make reservations now! For more information, contact Mary Boutwell, or 225-387-5141.

Play Date Reservations

Study of Genesis continues on Sunday mornings

The Old TestamentEd Henderson will lead two 10:00 a.m. sessions this month continuing the Bible study by building on Amy-Jill Levine's teaching about the stories in Genesis.

In two sessions, at 10:00 a.m. on June 14 and June 21 in the CSF Atrium on the third floor of the Ministries Center, we will contrast the Genesis 1 creation story with the ancient Babylonian creation story in order to probe ancient Jewish wisdom about God and God's ways with the world. Christians have inherited that wisdom, and Jesus develops it further in his teachings and in his life, crucifixion, and resurrection. The study will make every effort to keep an eye on the meaning-for-life of the biblical story of creation, to say why it matters now.

From the Diocese of Louisiana Deputation to General Convention:

The Deputies and Alternates elected at the Diocesan Convention in 2014 have been preparing for General Convention, to be held June 23-July 3 in Salt Lake City, Utah.  A number of important issues will be before the Convention, including the election of a new Presiding Bishop, the potential restructure of the Episcopal Church, proposed liturgical changes, a new budget for the Episcopal Church and many other issues. 

The Deputies will be providing information throughout the Convention, which you can follow at You can learn more about the resolutions that have been submitted to General Convention and other information at and

We will also be attending Province IV Synod June 3-5 at the Kanuga Conference Center in North Carolina to learn more about the issues we will be addressing at General Convention.

Your Bishop, Deputies and Alternates attending Provincial Synod and General Convention are:

  • The Rt. Rev'd Morris K. Thompson, Jr.
  • The Rev'd Sharon Alexander (Chair), Trinity, Baton Rouge
  • The Rev'd Fred Devall, St. Martin's, Metairie
  • The Very Rev'd AJ Heine, St. Augustine's, Metairie
  • The Rev'd Anne Maxwell, Christ Church, Covington
  • The Rev'd Roman Roldan, Grace Church, St. Francisville (Alternate)
  • The Very Rev'd Ron Clingenpeel, Retired (Alternate)
  • Ms. Ann Ball, All Saints, River Ridge
  • Mr. Edgar Cage, St. Patrick's, Zachary
  • Mr. John Musser, Trinity, New Orleans
  • Mr. Ed Starns, St. Luke's, Baton Rouge
  • Dr. Caroline Carson, St. Paul's, New Orleans (Alternate)

Also attending are Levi Johnson, St. Luke's, New Orleans as a Province IV Youth Deputy (with voice and seat at Convention) and The Rev'd Canon Shannon Manning. In addition, representatives from the ECW of the Diocese will be attending the 48th Triennial Meeting of the ECW, which will be occurring at the same time in Salt Lake City.

Your prayers for all preparing for and attending Provincial Synod and General Convention are requested. The following is found on page 818 of the Book of Common Prayer (Prayer 12, For a Church Convention or Meeting):

Almighty and everliving God, source of all wisdom and understanding, be present with those who take counsel in The General Convention of The Episcopal Church for the renewal and mission of your Church. Teach us in all things to seek first your honor and glory. Guide us to perceive what is right, and grant us both the courage to pursue it and the grace to accomplish it; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Summer Sounds 2015

The professional work of the St. James Artists Guild will be on exhibit the entire month of July in the Parish Hall. In addition, the art work of students from The One Stop Homeless Center in Baton Rouge will be on exhibit in the small parlor of the Parish Hall. Parishioner Elizabeth Whitley, professional artist and teacher, is their instructor. She is assisted by parishioner Warren Green. On weekdays in July, the work will be on exhibit during the church office business hours; on Sundays before and after services; and, each Wednesday evening during the Summer Sounds at St. James concerts and receptions.

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