The Messenger issue for February 2015 is here as a downloadable PDF, or click the image below to read on Issuu:
Limited print copies are available in the foyer tract racks and narthex.
Sunday's Leaflets in PDF:
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 James Gang plans to attend as a group on February 27; look for a card in the mail, soon!
Click the image to download a letter-size reminder for your refrigerator, or to share with a friend
From the Strategic Planning Committee:
You are urged to participate in strategic planning for the future of St. James. Click here to go 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."
Any parishioner in your household 18 years or older may participate. If you are unable to take the survey online, we will have volunteers in the Parish Hall who will use their laptops to enter your survey responses for/with you during the Coffee Hour on Sundays, February 8 and February 15. If you want to take the survey using a hard copy, call the church office at 225-387-5141 to make arrangements.
Over a dozen young St. James scouts will be presented God & Country awards this Sunday, February 8 at 11:00 a.m.
Fr. Ralph F. Howe, Jr. has been assisting their leader, Irving Sanders, with this series of achievements.
The Mom-to-Mom Evening Group meets Thursday, February 12 at 6:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall parlor. (The daytime group meets next in March; more info, soon.)
SERVICES THIS SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 8
Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany
Relief for mothers-in-law in this Sunday's Gospel reading! One of Mark's earliest recorded miracles of Jesus -- just after the removal of the unclean spirit asking, "What have you to do with me?" -- is the remitting of a fever ailing Simon's (Peter, of the Bishop of Rome variety) mother-in-law. Others, ill and dis-eased are brought to Jesus throughout the night for healing.We know the outcome. We've heard this story before, knowing these blabber-mouths lead the authorities to Jesus; arrest; and, his crucifixion. Don't you just want to yell out, "Keep it quiet!" Or, is that fear of acting on the Good News before authority the real illness? Are we brave enough to go out in the night to be cured of our cynicism? Our apathy? Our lack of generosity? It is James Tissot's portrait, above. Click here for a larger view of this image, housed in the Brooklyn Museum..
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: The Rev. John Denson, Jr., D.Min., of St. Paul's, Indianapolis, will talk on Church Trends, at 10:00 a.m. Please plan to hear this presentation!
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!
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.
The men's retreat on February 21 will be led by the Very Rev. Andy Andrews, former curate at St. James, and now dean at St. Mary's Cathedral, Memphis. The Rev. Dr. Mitzi Minor leads the women's retreat. Minor was leader of the acclaimed Pentecost workshop of a few years ago at St. James.
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 www.stjamesbr.org. 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.
Spanish Town Countdown!
iConfirm meets in the EYC room at 3:15 p.m. this Sunday, followed by EYC at 5:00 p.m., in the Youth Room, with Marvin.
Click the image to reserve your spot with payment online. Passes are going fast!
You are invited to a
Coffee & Chat!
What is a CCRC? What is life care? What services are available? What are the tax advantages?
Tuesday, February 10 or Thursday, February 26 at 10:00 a.m., please join us for continental breakfast and friendly Q&A about the services, amenities, and lifestyle at St. James Place. Seating is limited; please phone 225-228-3644 to reserve your place!
Mtr. Mary Ann Garrett's study and discussion group for those needing Healing for a Broken Heart, returns. Please let her know if you have any questions about the group and/or plan to attend; click here.
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!
Krewe of Mutts Parade is Sunday afternoon!
The CAAWS (Capital Area Animal Welfare Society) invites you to join the fun at the Krewe of Mutts parade, strolling by St. James this Sunday afternoon: "Come out and have a doggone good time before and after the parade. Visit the booths and vendors located along North Blvd. at Towne Center & Galvez Plaza for a day full of food, shopping, information, demonstrations, activities, contests and fun." Your parade pet, leashed or crated, is welcome at St. James! Click the image, above, for more information on the parade.
Reminders: The Day School will be closed Monday-Friday, February 16-20. The church office will be closed on Mardi Gras, February 17.
Ash Wednesday: The Ash Wednesday liturgy with imposition of ashes will be observed at 7:30 a.m., noon, and 5:30 p.m. in the church.
Hymnals & Prayer Books: A meaningful remembrance or gift in honor of a loved one is a donation to the memorial fund earmarked for replacement hymnals or prayer books for our church and chapels; to fund a new prayer book or hymnal is about $20. Go online here, and chose either the Memorial, Commemorative Gift, or Other Fund, and put in the memo box whether you'd like to contribute toward a hymnal or prayer book. You may send your wording for a bookplate recognizing your contribution to Sylvia Rabalais, here.