As they’ve done each Lent for over 60 years, volunteers at St. James will serve fabulous Gumbo lunches of either shrimp, or chicken and sausage gumbo, along with Sensation Salad, bread and a tasty dessert, between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. each Friday. Dine-in customers enjoy water, tea or coffee included with their meal.
Drive-thru pickup of boxed lunches is also available. Ala carte items are great for heat-and-eat meals at home or the office: pints and quarts of gumbo, rice, cole slaw, dessert servings and bread by the loaf are offered. Just phone in your pick-up order to 225-387-5141 on Friday mornings between 8 and 10, and it can be delivered right to your car on our Fourth Street pick-up lane.
St. James’ Friday Lenten Gumbo lunches are the sole fundraiser for the Episcopal Church Workers’ outreach projects. The St. James ECW has offered assistance to numerous local groups and agencies, as well as making significant contributions to hurricane relief as well as foreign mission work involving parishioners and of local interest.
The St. James Artists Guild is open to all practicing artists in the St. James family. Twice a year, month-long exhibitions of works are held in the Parish Hall parlor (generally, in July and November) and professional works are displayed in a stunning arrangement displaying the artistic talents of the parish. Some pieces are offered for sale at the exhibitions, but "NFS" pieces are also exhibited. Both exhibitions have developed sustained followings through their eight-year runs. Contact Nancy Jo Poirrier for more information about the Guild.
One Stop Artists Guild is comprised of art students taught at the One Stop Homeless Services Center, a facility of the Capital Area Alliance for the Homeless, by St. James parishioners Elizabeth Whitley and Warren Green. Elizabeth and Warren have helped direct the efforts of several students with profound talent who create insightful and enjoyable works of art.
St. James Episcopal Church in Baton Rouge will present an exhibition of art created by members of the St. James Artists Guild, in the Parish Hall parlor. The work of these professional artists will be on exhibit throughout the month.
The exhibition will be open every Sunday, immediately before and following church services, (as well as evenings the Parish Hall may be open for other events). The exhibition may also be viewed during church office hours (M-Th 8:00-4:00; Fri. 8:00-noon), or by special arrangement made through the church office.
Practicing artists with a parishioner/friend relationship with St. James Episcopal Church are invited to apply for space at the exhibition. Contact Nancy Jo Poirrier if you would like to exhibit.
Ministries Fair rescheduled to Sunday, September 11
We will focus our efforts this week and this Sunday, August 21, on service to our neighbors and community. The Blood Drive will go on as scheduled: 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. We will spend our fellowship time in volunteer assistance, be it sorting items for distribution to family and friends in need, shelters, etc., preparing sandwiches for evacuees and first-responders, and/or coordinating assistance to parishioners who have experienced damage. Please come prepared to help!
Baker and Woodlawn areas have specific needs to aid recovery in their areas:
The Salvation Army was flooded at their headquarters on Airline at Greenwell Springs, so they are able to accept only limited donations at this time that can be sent directly to the area in need:
Please DO NOT bring clothing unless sorted and labelled for a specific need. Current needs are:
Several parishioners are still in gut-and-clean mode and help is welcome. Mary Boutwell has the current names, work details, and contact information.
Emily and Eddie Kay need help Saturday, August 27 at Eddie's comic book shop. Eddie is a Denham Springs Police Officer, and Emily writes, "Eddie's shop, Southeast Cards & Comics, located in Denham Springs, flooded. He had over 6 feet of water! We've been cleaning it out when he can squeeze a few minutes away from policing (they're all working double shifts right now). We're making our last push this Saturday from 9-2 to finish cleaning out the space and salvage what we can. We could use a few more pairs of hands. The address is 2338 S Range, Ste B. If anyone can come help, please have them call me and I'll give them specific instructions for how to access the building. My cell number is 225-907-4492. I wanted to wait to request help until most of the homes were taken care of."
Visit our web page here and send a report, so we can keep track of "who is wet and who is dry." Volunteers can also register on this form!
Compassionate God, source of all comfort,
We pray for those whose lives have been devastated by rain and flood. Bring them comfort, we pray. Protect the vulnerable. Strengthen the weak. Have mercy on all those working to rescue the stranded and feed the hungry. And may our response to their suffering be generous and such as would bring you praise.
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Yesterday the Baton Rouge area awoke to a prodigious rainstorm dropping up to seven inches of water in some places in a relatively short period of time. As news reports have come in about localized flooding, several have reached out to check on the church/school facilities as well as those in our church community. Thank you for your concern.
First and foremost, if your home or property received damage in yesterday’s storm, then please reach out to either Fr. Ralph (225-247-9994) or me (225-270-3448). Even if you do not need assistance, we would like to know. If you do need assistance, then we can put together a team of people to help.
As for the church and school facilities, all-in-all the buildings and grounds survived unscathed. The usual leaks leaked, and we are continuing our efforts to get those sealed. We even found a few new leaks in the process but will address those as quickly as possible. Also, due to the volume of water dropping, the water from the city drainage backed up into the Ministries Center basement, but this did not lead to any damage and has since subsided. Finally, the storm appears to have interfered with the thermostat computer system, but that is being investigated today so that we are back online for Sunday services.
Thank you for everything that you do for St. James.