Our Bishop is Today's Speaker
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 our own Bishop Morris K. Thompson, Jr. of the Diocese of Louisiana. Be rejuvenated with 25 minutes of music, meditation, and message -- in the church.
Yet to Come:
Click the image to download a letter-size reminder for your refrigerator, or to share with a friend.
Sunday's Leaflets in PDF:
ECW Chapter Meeting: Sts. Agnes/Edith/Monica group will meet at the home of Edna White, St. James Place #303, in the Audubon Building, on Tuesday, March 17 at 10:00 a.m.
The Messenger issue for March 2015 is here as a downloadable PDF, or click the image below to read on Issuu:
Limited print copies are now available in the foyer tract racks and narthex.
The Easter Bunny Needs You!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Bad Girls Book Club is reading The Light Between Oceans by Ml.L. Stedman, and will meet in the private room at La Madeleine's on Jefferson Hwy. Don't forget to bring a sweater! R.s.v.p. to Monica by email, or at 225-335-3572.
Mark your calendar for the Episcopal Church Women Diocese of Louisiana 128th Annual Gathering at St. Matthew’s, Houma, on May 15-16, 2015: Vive La Renaissance with keynote speaker, the Rev. Sharon Alexander, rector of Trinity Church, Baton Rouge.
Daylight Saving Time Begins: Spring Forward!
SERVICES THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 8
The Third Sunday in Lent
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 St. James Treble Choir.
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.
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 STILL Cold Outside! Warm up with some
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 on Sunday, March 22.
The Evening Group meets on Thursday, March 12 at 6:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall parlor. Please reserve child care space (provided by the ECW) by email to Mary Boutwell.
It’s Outreach application time, again! As part of our tithe to the community at large, St. James funds about $62,000 in small grants to area and diocesan charities. Funding is focused on the areas of greatest need — food, medical services, shelter and education — for the people of greatest need, delivered by the most effective means. Please encourage the charities you know and love to apply. More information and the application are found here.
Part of our outreach funding is derived from the Easter plate offering, so please also consider giving generously at that time. Last year we helped cancer and hospice patients, the homeless, low-income schoolchildren and more. You can read more, here.
In 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.
The itinerary has been completed! Look for an information meeting soon! In the meantime, contact Marvin McLennon for more info.
Youth is What is Happening!
Happening is open to teens in ninth through 12th grades of any denomination who have not participated in Happening in the past. (If you have participated in Happening and would like to serve on staff you can email Marvin McLennon at email@example.com.) You need not be an Episcopalian to attend, however you must be committed to engage in theological reflection from a Christian perspective.
Happening #74 will be held April 10-12, 2015 at the Solomon Episcopal Conference Center. Registration deadline is March 27. Click here for more information, registration details, and permission forms.