After forty-five years as a priest (six and a half of them here at St. James’s), Bob has shared his plans to step down as pastoral associate. His last day will be Sunday, January 30. Thereafter, Bob and Susan can be found worshiping in the pews.

“This is the last time. Third time’s the charm.”

We want to thank Bob for his work as a pastoral presence for so many parishioners, especially walking with families at the end of a loved one’s life. He was also an effective leader of worship and preacher on Sunday mornings. His spirituality touched the hearts of many in his time with us. Having retired from various positions twice before, Bob has declared, “This is the last time. The third time’s the charm.”

Thank you, Bob, for your good and faithful service.
No Nursery, Children's Chapel, or Sunday School

In light of the recent rise in Covid cases and out of an abundance of caution for our youngest members, we are temporarily closing the nursery, and will not be having Children’s Chapel during the 9:00 service. Sunday school is canceled too, but we may return to our typical children’s ministry programming by January 30, 2022.

Moving forward, please watch the eChimes for weekly updates about the nursery, Children’s Chapel and Sunday School.

 For more information about COVID in our area, please click here
Monday, January 24th
Community Yoga on Zoom:
Yoga for Mobility & Stability: 2:30 pm (suitable for beginners)
Vinyasa Yoga: 4 pm
For Zoom link and more info, contact: Sarah Eck,

Tuesday, January 25th
Tuesday Men’s Bible Study on Zoom: 7:30 am
Contact: Patrick Patrick Strickler, or
Stephen Spraker,

Women's Bible Wisdom: 5:00 pm
Contact Mary Louise Rumble,

Education for Ministry (EfM) on Zoom: 6 pm
Contact: Jane Dowrick,

Tuesday Readers: 7:00 pm
Contacts: Mary Lou Rumble, or
Diane Dodd McCue,

Wednesday, January 26th
Living Faith Bible Study: 10 am
Contact: Betse Trice,

Wednesday Night Worship, Study & Fellowship on Zoom: 5:30 pm - 8 pm
Introduction to Mindfulness & Meditation
Topic: Mindfulness of Body and Breath 
Meeting ID number: 838 0728 2761 / Passcode: 572867

Thursday, January 27th
Men's Bible Study Breakfast: 7:30am
Contact Drew Lichtenberger,

For more information about this week's events, visit
This week's eChimes features
  • We're counting on YOU.
  • The 5 is now Eventide.
  • Mardi Gras update
  • Snow Fest registration closes Monday, January 24th.
  • In case you missed MLK reading
  • Confirmation kit pick-up is Sunday and Monday
  • There's still time to pledge
  • Peter Paul Development Center
  • Join our Mindfulness and Meditation series
  • There's a new Sacred Ground Group in February
  • Pickup your offering envelopes
  • Parishioners who died recently
  • Prayers of the People
We’re counting on YOU.

The 2022 St. James's Annual Meeting will be in church, in person. Next Sunday, January 30th, between the services, we’ll be holding this all-important meeting and the magic number is 165.

That’s the number required for a quorum. So please count yourself among our most committed members.

We’ll be voting on new Vestry members, receiving updates on our progress over the last year, and looking ahead too. Join us as we come together to move our church forward in 2022.
The 5 is now Eventide. 
Starting January 30th

The contemporary service formerly known as the 5 o’clock service is back–and now it’s called Eventide. The new name is just that, a new name.

The service will remain as it’s been, casual, contemplative, contemporary, and intimate–and at 5 pm on Sundays through Palm Sunday. We encourage everyone who’s seeking something different to give this service a try…and invite your friends. 
No Mardi Gras this year, but
we’re planning a big Spring event

After lengthy consideration by the Missions Committee, Vestry leadership, our development team and church leadership, it’s been decided that it wouldn’t be responsible to host our annual Mardi Gras party and fundraiser in person this year. 

But looking ahead to a date later in the Spring, we’re planning a big event where we can all be together–assuming, of course, we can get together and socialize safely. We’re also planning to revive the St. James’s Picnic in the fall. So there’s a lot to look forward to. 

To be clear, one of the church’s primary goals is to get us all back together. But unless we can do it responsibly, we’re always going to put the safety of the congregation first. Thank you, as always, for your patience and understanding. 
A Winter Retreat
for 6th-12th graders

Registration closes this Monday, January 24, 2022.
In case you missed the MLK Reading on Monday…

It was a moving and soul-searching event, made all the more powerful by the gifts of our readers. and the beautiful musical performance by Dr. Lisa Edwards-Burrs. 

Your Confirmation Kit is ready for pickup

Confirmation Kit pick-up for sessions 3, 4, and 5 will be this Sunday, January 23rd from 10:15 to 11 am in Katie’s office on the third floor of Michaux House. 

Kits can also be picked up on Monday, January 24th from 8:30 am to 4:30pm. Please text Katie when you arrive at Michaux House and she can bring the kit to you. 

Katie's cell phone is (508) 309-0128.

Confirmation Session #3 will meet virtually on Sunday, January 30th from 6:30 to 8:30pm.
Our steeple-o-meter is almost full. 

If you’ve been waiting to make your 2022 pledge, there’s never been a better time. You can be among the final few parishioners who gets us to our goal. Your gift will contribute to our unequaled music program, our generous outreach efforts, our amazing children & youth ministries, and to our robust and inspiring adult learning programs, among many other efforts undertaken by the church. 

Please think about the qualities of St. James’s that have meaning in your life, then reflect on how important it is to support those things as we work to bring our congregation back together. Thank you in advance. 

You can easily make a single gift or set up a recurring gift to support our church.  Click here to give online. 

Or fill out the pledge form here.
St. James's Giving Tree

A big Thank you to everyone who
gave to the Giving Tree during Advent and Christmas.

Our parish donated $6,500, an impressive act of generosity. ​​The money was given to purchase gift cards for Christmas presents at Peter Paul. 

Peter Paul Development Center is one of St. James's primary Outreach Ministries, and a long-time partner with the church.
Introduction to
Mindfulness & Meditation,
our new Wednesday Night class
(January 19th - February 23rd)

Response to our first Wednesday Night Mindfulness & Meditation class was awesome. But don't worry, you can still sign up to join in as St. James'ser Fraser Davis guides us in an exploration of how mindfulness can support us in bringing out our best selves. 

You only need to register once for all the classes. After registering, you will receive an email from Zoom.
There’s a New Sacred Ground Group
starting in February

There’s been a groundswell of interest for a new Sacred Ground group. So a new group is forming that will begin meeting in February via Zoom. 
Sacred Ground is a powerful ten-part film and readings-based dialogue series on race, grounded in faith. This series is especially designed to help white people talk about racism with other white people. Each small group walks together through chapters of America’s history of race and racism, while weaving in threads of family story, economic class, and political and regional identity.
Contact the Rev. Hilary Streever if interested in joining:
Learn more at,,
Pick Up Your Offering Envelopes

The 2022 offering envelopes are now on a table in the Narthex, the entrance area of the church.

If you didn’t order any this year but realized you want them, please call or email Poconna at (804)355-1779 ext. 311 or
Parishioners who died recently:
Virginia Bell Trice (died 1/15/2022)
We commend Ginger to God’s love. 

Ginger's service will be this coming Tuesday, 1/25 at 2pm.

If you would like information on how to reach out to the loved ones of the deceased, please do not hesitate to contact the church office at 804-355-1779.

Click here to see the names of those we're remembering in our prayers this week.

We do our best to keep this list current, but if you want your name added or removed, please contact Mary Brown or call her at 804-355-1779, ext. 313.

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