The spring term of classes conclude this Sunday. Special opportunities during the summer will be announced here. Coffee Hour remains undisturbed; enjoy some coffee, cookies, lemonade, and a little time with fellow parishioners and guests after the Sunday morning services.
Children: Catechesis of the Good Shepherd meets on the second floor of the Parish Hall in atria for children 3-6 and those 6-9 at 10:00 a.m.
Older youngsters: The Gap, for those in fifth and sixth grades, meets in the first floor Ministries Center work room at 10:00 a.m.
re:Form for seventh and eighth graders meets in the Youth Room, on the first floor of the Ministries Center at 10:00 a.m.
High schoolers meet for discussion in Grey's Theology at 2:00 p.m.
Adults: The Challenge of Jesus review and discussion of the DVD series concludes this Sunday, at 10 a.m. in the CSF Atrium on the third floor of the Ministries Center.
Bishops Hall at St. James is the venue for the Kids' Orchestra concert on Saturday, May 19 at 4:00 p.m. Admission is free and all are welcome. You won't want to miss this wonderful opportunity to appreciate the work of children of all races, religions, and economic classes who study music and learn to play instruments together. Kids’ Orchestra teaches students from private, public, and charter schools across the city.
Those who like to sing!
Those who like to hear singing!
The adult choir ends the rehearsal year with a party at the home of Lou Ellis this Wednesday, May 23 at 7:00 p.m. All potential singers are invited! Please contact the church office for details and directions. Spouses, partners, and choir groupies welcome, too!
Sunday's Leaflets in PDF:
Bad Girls Book Club:
The club is reading Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: A Novel by Jamie Ford. The next meeting is at the home of Alison Nikitopoulos (447 Kenwood Ave.) on Thursday, May 24 at 6:00 p.m. R.s.v.p. to Alison or (225) 205-3900.
SERVICES THIS SUNDAY, MAY 20
The Seventh Sunday of Easter: The Sunday after Ascension
Join us at the 7:30 a.m. Rite I service in the church, Contemporary Worship at 9:00 in the chapel; or, Rite II services in the church at 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. The 5:00 p.m. Rite II service is in the Chapel of the Twelve Apostles.
Pentecost Celebration and Parish Picnic next Sunday, May 27
"...in our own languages we hear them speaking about God's deeds of power." Acts of the Apostles 2:11
Speakers of languages other than English: Please help us recreate the experience of the first Pentecost by joining in the Gospel reading for the day in your language. Please contact the church office at 225-387-5141 for the reading, and to let us know which service you will be attending.
We'll have the 7:30 a.m. Rite I and 5:00 p.m. Rite II services on this Memorial Day weekend, and in between, we'll have a combined mid-morning service at 10:30 a.m. and following the service, we will move to Bishops Hall for the Annual Church Picnic. Show off your Pentecost spirit and wear red.
Mary Davis-Palms and the St. James cafeteria staff will prepare their fabulous and parish-favorite fried chicken. Parishioners are asked to bring side dishes, as assigned by the first letter of your last name: A-H bring salads; I-Q bring vegetable dishes; R-Y bring desserts, and Z brings chips — enough for your group and some to share.
The office will be closed Monday, May 28 in observance of Memorial Day.
Join us this summer at Hogwarts! Come prepared with courage and a sense of adventure! We will go on a hero's journey with Harry Potter and other beloved characters from the J.K. Rowlings books.
You will be invited to engage with the characters, receive Owl Mail, play games, sing, and work on art projects. Together we will connect Harry's journey to the Bible and our own Christian journey and look at our own values, ideals, and attitudes.
Registrations forms are around the campus, and here.
We Care is our feeding ministry in which up to 50 lunch bags of ready-to-eat food are distributed from the Ministries Center each weekday morning, and it needs your immediate help. These bags supply a small part of the nutritional needs of many of our homeless and transitional neighbors. Each We Care bag includes a protein item, crackers or nutrition bar, fruit cup, dessert cup and bottled water, along with a note, picture, or Bible verse, all packaged by our Day School students and parish volunteers. Each bag costs about $1.96 to fill. You could fund one day of the program for $98. Or, one bag for less than $2. Your extra contribution of any amount to the We Care ministry is greatly appreciated.
It's easy to contribute: 1) Put your check to St. James with We Care on the memo line into the offering plate this Sunday; or, 2) Select the "We Care" line from the choices listed in the AccessACS Online Giving portal, where you can make your pledge payment, as well; or, 3) Buy a bag -- or two, or twenty! -- for the We Care program here, payable by check, debit or credit card.
Parish Family News
Rene and Bill Worsley are the proud grandparents of John Prescott Sides, born April 20, 2012 to Holly and Charlie Sides and big brothers, Harris and Thomas Sides.
We welcome to our parish family Ashley and Sean Allison and their children, Ciara Anne Allison and Thomas William Allison. They have joined us from St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Birmingham, Alabama.
Congratulations to newly-confirmed member Sorcha Clary who graduates from LSU today with a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering. She will begin full-time with Marathon Petroleum at their Garyville location in June.
Congratulations to Micaela Holland who will receive her bachelor's degree in finance at Tulane, today. Micaela is in the 4+1 accounting program and will pursue her master's degree in accounting and take the CPA exam next year.