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Vol. 5, No. 19

Friday, May 8, 2015

Outreach Grant Applications

Applications must be submitted on the official form for email submission or print submission and submitted no later than May 15, 2015.

Sunday's Leaflets in PDF:LeafletImage

7:30 a.m.


9:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m.

5:00 p.m.

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

February Messenger

Print copies available in foyers.


The new, combined Mom-to-Mom group meets next Tuesday, May 12 at 6:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall parlor. We'll get to know each other, introduce our next book selection (the ECW will sponsor getting copies!), and plan summer meeting dates. Nursery care is also provided courtesy of the ECW; please contact Mary Boutwell to reserve spot(s) so proper coverage is scheduled.

Bad Girls Book ClubBad Girls Book Club

Our book selection is The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah, and we will be meeting in the private room at La Madeleine's on Jefferson Hwy. on Monday, May 18 at 6:00 p.m. R.s.v.p. by email to Monica Murphy, or at 225-335-3572, and don't forget to bring a sweater!

Welcome Back!

Bill Meares (also known as Margo Spielman's brother!), returns to St. James, as does Anya Glusman Hudnall, who returns from the Church of the Incarnation, Dallas, Texas.

PentecostPentecost is May 24! Plan to wear red as we celebrate the birthday of the church!

The Sixth Sunday of Easter

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An oft-heard quip is in this Sunday's Gospel reading. Perhaps you, too, heard it directed to bickering siblings from a father yearning for peace and quiet in the house! It is one of those simple, but not easy, commands of Jesus. How can the righteous really love the sinner? How can the sinner really love the righteous? Perhaps it helps to remember we are each some of both, sinner and righteous. And yet we are, each and everyone, the focus of God's unconditional and irrevocable love. --Remembering SNC on 10 May 2015, the 95th anniversary of his birth.

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

Children's Church meets at 9:00 a.m. in the choir room, on the second floor of the Parish Hall for a lesson on the readings of the day, an activity, and music, before returning to church in time for communion.

9:00 a.m. The "As You Are" Rite II Eucharist in the Chapel of the Twelve Apostles
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Holy Eucharist, Rite II in the church, with organ and Cherub Choir!

10:00 a.m. - Children three years through fourth grade have classes on the second floor of the Parish Hall.

Adult classes in the CSF Atrium are on break, at present. Look for info on special summer sessions, soon! Enjoy coffee and fellowship in the Parish Hall parlor, this Sunday morning.

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

5:00 p.m. Rite II service in the Chapel of the Twelve Apostles.

6:00 p.m. Centering Prayer on the third floor of the Ministries Center.

Your reservation is requested for the

Town Hall Meetings

The Strategic Planning Committee draft plan will be shared with all of you at Town Hall meetings on May 17 and May 20, 2015 where we will seek your input on the plan.

Read more, here, and reserve your spot for dinner and/or child care at the Town Hall meetings by Sunday, May 10, please.


Why, God?Why, God? Suffering Through Cancer into Faith, written by our own Ed Henderson and his granddaughter, Margaret (Maggie) Cupit can be bought from Ed for $12, a 40% discount, or it can be ordered online from the publisher, here. To receive the 40% discount from the publisher, good until May 16, use the code word WHY. Why, God? is now also available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions! A portion of all royalties and profits from sales will go to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Ed and Maggie will hold a book signing at St. James, tentatively scheduled on July 5.

Next Sunday, May 17: Attend and/or help!

Hearty Breakfast

CPC Sunday will be observed on May 17


The Church Periodical Club was founded in 1888 by Mary Ann Fargo and a small group of women in the Parish Church of the Holy Communion in New York City. They began by sending bundles of church periodicals, prayer books, and Bibles via the Wells Fargo Stage Coach Line to clergy and laity, missionaries and Indians in the Dakotas, and the "far west." The commitment to supply theological and educational texts, audio and video tapes, and computer software has continued for over 100 years to promote religious and secular needs throughout the Anglican Communion. Please put "CPC Sunday" in the memo box of your check or online donation.

Diocesan News and Events:

  • The Spring 2015 issue of Churchwork can be downloaded, here.
  • The Addictions Recovery Ministries Mixed Weekend Retreat is August 7-9 at the Solomon Episcopal Conference Center. Registration information is here.
  • The 20th Annual Creative Process Retreat is October 8-11 at the Solomon Episcopal Conference Center. Download the flyer.
  • The Paula D'Arcy - Listening To Your Life retreat is at the Conference Center, October 16-18. Read more, here.
  • Congratulations to Bishop and Mrs. Thompson on the arrival of their first grandchild, Morris King "Mack" Thompson, IV. A King born the same day as a princess -- May 2, 2015!

All Souls Episcopal Church and Community Center of the Lower Ninth Ward, New Orleans, has shared their spring newsletter, including kind thanks to the parish of St. James for our support toward their outstanding community and summer programs. Read more, here.

St. James Treble Choir visits Aldersgate Church, Slidell

Treble Choir Concert

The St. James Treble Choir was the guest of Aldersgate Methodist Church, Slidell, on April 26, 2015. You are invited to hear this elite choir of auditioned youngsters under the direction of Eric Johnson, with Nola Swanson accompanist, along with area vocalists and musicians, in their spring program at St. James on Sunday, May 24 at 2:30 p.m.

Lineup Announced! Tickets go on sale May 15!

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.

• May 2015 The MessengerAltar Flower Donation FormOnline Giving LinkChurch Calendar

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