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Vol. 5, No. 10

Friday, March 6, 2015

Our Bishop is Today's Speaker

Glory & Gumbo

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:

Small Poster

Click the image to download a letter-size reminder for your refrigerator, or to share with a friend.

Girl Scout Cookies

Sunday's Leaflets in PDF:LeafletImage

7:30 a.m.


9:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m.

5:00 p.m.

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:

February Messenger

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

The Easter Bunny Needs You!

Easter Egg Prep

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

Bad Girls Book Club 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.

ECWMark 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!

The Third Sunday in Lent

Healing the Mother in Law

The Gospel reading this Sunday is the extensively examined passage about Jesus' "tantrum at the temple." Worshippers from various regions, with varied monetary systems, needed to exchange their currency for temple gifts. Stories abound about exchange rates and interest charged, which often led to prejudicial stereotypes of the Jewish people. Another exegesis highlights John's correlation between the physical temple and Jesus himself, focused on the apostles' remembrance of this event after the resurrection, especially in light of the actual destruction of the Temple in 70 AD. A combining view might be to consider that focusing on getting "it" all now, without regard for our inner temple - that place where we hold dearly to God - is what can keep us from attaining the true Kingdom. Rembrandt's portrait, above, and seen without the Internet meme, here, is from ca. 1626, an oil on panel measuring only 43 x 33 cm (about the size of a spread of "The Messenger") and housed at the Pushkin Museum, Moscow.

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 someGumbo 2015

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.

Mom2MomThe 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.

Outreach Grants

Outreach LogoIt’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.

Celtic PilgrimageIn 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.

2015 Mission Trip

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 LogoHappening 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 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.

Centering Prayer

A Centering Prayer workshop serves both as an introduction to Centering Prayer for those who know nothing of this practice, and a refresher course for those who have been praying this way for some time. Four conferences give shape to the day: Prayer as Relationship, the Method of Centering Prayer, the Place of "Thoughts" in Centering Prayer, and Centering Prayer and the Fruits of the Spirit.

The St. James Center for Spiritual Formation is hosting a Centering Prayer Workshop with the Rev. Tom Ward, an experienced and acclaimed Centering Prayer teacher and retreat leader, on Saturday, March 21 from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. with appropriate breaks and an hour for lunch (on your own). Two sessions of Centering Prayer are part of the design. Read more, and register, here.

Lent Madness

Lent Madness is a fun, engaging way for people to learn about the men and women comprising the church’s Calendar of Saints within a unique Lenten devotion. Combining a love of sports with a passion for the lives of the saints, Lent Madness was born. Follow the blog at (the only address for voting the saint bracket), as well as conversation and typical fan debate at the Lent Madness Facebook page. We'll keep a bracket chart up to date in the Parish Hall foyer, too!

March 27 is Deadline for Easter Lily/Altar of Repose Listings:

Holy Week Flowers

• March 2015 The MessengerAltar Flower Donation FormOnline Giving LinkChurch Calendar

• St. James Facebook PageSt. James on TwitterSt. James Episcopal Day SchoolNews Archives

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Fourth Street between Florida and Convention Streets | PO Box 126
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70821
(225) 387-5141



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