Let’s talk about our Mission work. 

St. James’s has a rich history of Mission work. And as we emerge from COVID into a different landscape, we’re taking a long and thoughtful look at the future of Missions at St. James's.
It began with the survey we put out a few weeks ago – and which you can still fill out by clicking here.

This Sunday, our Adult Forum (held between the services in Valentine Hall) will be focused on mission work. For starters, we'll hear from St.James'sers who've been part of missions in the past. Then we'll take time to begin the discussion of how we want missions to look moving forward.

We want to hear your voice as we discern just how this essential ministry will look in the years to come. Please make every effort to be there.
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Tuesday, February 7
Tuesday Men's Bible Study - 7:30 am, Valentine Hall
A weekly hour of fellowship, discussion of the bible and good food.
Contact: Patrick Strickler, jpstrickler@verizon.net
     Stephen Spraker, stspraker@gmail.com

Young Adults - 5:45 pm, location varies
We'll gather for a combination of fellowship, prayer, and Bible or book study.
For more information and/or to get on the GroupMe, contact the Rev. Blake Singer.
Contact: the Reverend Blake Singer, bsinger@doers.org

Wednesday, February 8
Living Faith Bible Study - 10 am via Zoom
This opportunity for fellowship, study and discussions that help to make
our Christian faith a “living faith” and apply the witness of the Scripture
to our everyday lives. Please contact Betsy for the Zoom link.
 Contact: Betsy Trow, betsytrow@gmail.com

Wednesday Noon Eucharist
in the Chapel

Singing Class with Mark Whitmire - 6:15 pm, Children's Choir Room
Contact: Mark Whitmire, mwhitmire@doers.org

Thursday, February 9
Thursday Men's Breakfast Bible Study - 7:30 am
This group meets every other Thursday to read and discuss the Lectionary Readings
for the upcoming Sunday. It’s a great way to learn the scriptures and
build deeper relationships with other St. Jamesers.
Contact: the Reverend Dr. Mark Cooper, markcooper1966@gmail.com

Women in Fellowship - 7 pm, location varies
The group meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month at a parishioner's home.
We’ll be following the lectionary, and reading and discussing the upcoming week’s Gospel. 
For information about where we'll meet this week, contact Kendal Sibley.
Contact: Kendal Sibley, KSibley@hunton.com
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This week's eChimes features
Mardi Gras ....
  • Volunteer
  • Be a cook
  • Purchase your tickets
Wednesday Nights at St. James's
Has your contact information changed
Did you miss our Youth Summer Mission Preview?

Looking ahead ....
  • to Saturday. February 11
  • to Sunday, February 12
  • to Sunday, February 19
Upcoming Music Event
Those who have died
Prayers of the People
Virginia Diocese information
for Mardi Gras

We are excited to bring back one of St. James's favorite parties, and need LOTS of volunteers to help make it happen.

We're looking for help with set up, decorations, check-in, servers, bartenders, and more. Go here to volunteer.
needed too for Mardi Gras

We need cooks in the kitchen to make delicious food so we can eat and be merry at Mardi Gras. We're inviting everyone to join our cooking team!

Reach out to Dave Sealey if you would like to help at dsealey@comcast.net

Mardi Gras is Tuesday, February 21
at 6 pm in Valentine Hall

Join us in person for one of St. James’s legendary parties and help us fund Outreach and Missions. Fabulous foods, drinks, and an exciting live auction and raffles (even childcare).

Go here to purchase tickets or make a donation.

Then come back to the site to see our fabulous auction items and/or buy raffle tickets. 

Be part of our new Wednesday Nights at St. James's
Fun, Food, Fellowship & Learning

Whether you’re new to the church or were baptized here, join other St. James’s “Doers” for a Wednesday evening class exploring the fundamentals of Christianity, the Episcopal Church, and life at St. James’s.

When: Wednesdays, February 1 thru March 29 in Valentine Hall
5:30-6:30 Community Dinner and Fellowship
6:30-7:30 Fun-“Do”-Mentals Class

The Community Dinner is just that, a dinner for the St. James’s community. And you’re welcome to join us for dinner whether or not you are participating in the class. The suggested donation for dinner is $5 per person, with a $20 maximum per family.

The Fun-“Do”-Mentals class is taught by the Rev. Amelia Arthur and the Rev. Blake Singer, and will feature presentations each week followed by a small group discussion and fellowship. We encourage you to register for the class and plan to attend each week to make the most of the experience. This class will also fulfill Confirmation/Reception requirements. Click here to see the full schedule of classes.

This coming Wednesday's Fun-"Do"-Mental presentation is Scripture Part I

Come for some or come for it all, please be sure to RSVP so we know how many to count on for dinner and for class by going here.
Has your contact info changed?

Have you moved? Changed your email address? Gotten a new phone number? Even changed your name? If so, please send your updated contact information to Veni Davidkova at vdavidkova@doers.org.

It’s the best way to make sure you get all the information from the church that you need. Thanks!! 

Did you miss our
Youth Summer Missions Preview?

If so, you can get information about our summer mission and volunteer opportunities here.

To sign up, complete this form. We hope you'll join us!

We hope you'll join us!

SATURDAY, February 11
 Youth Family Social

The next Young Family Social is Saturday, February 11, from 4 to 6 pm at Rev. Amelia Arthur’s house (3918 Hanover Avenue). St. James will provide snacks, water, and lemonade. Parents are encouraged to bring a favorite beverage. We hope to see you there!
SUNDAY, February 12
Youth Sunday

Sunday, February 12, is Youth Sunday here at St. James’s. With our youth serving as readers, ushers, assistants in the Nursery and Children’s Chapel, even as preachers, this is one of the most inspiring and exciting services of the program year.
The Blessing of the Keys

The Blessing of the Keys for tenth graders will occur during the 9:00 and 11:15 services on Sunday, Feb. 12. The Blessing of the Keys is a milestone event to acknowledge and bless the increased independence of our maturing youth.
A combo Youth Sunday reception and Valentine Gift Bag assembly for REAL LIFE.

Our outreach partner REAL LIFE serves individuals who have been affected by incarceration, homelessness, or substance abuse disorder by giving them an opportunity to overcome the personal and community barriers that hinder their pathway to a thriving life.

Our goal is to provide Valentine Treat Bags for the 140 adults who are residents of the 12 REAL LIFE residences. Review and signup below for the items needed for the Valentine Treat Bags.

This is a great opportunity to involve people of all ages (especially treat and valentine making!). Also, feel free to join us on Feb. 12 in Valentine Hall during Formation/Sunday school hour (10am-11am) to help pack the bags and make more valentines.

Signup here to donate items here by Thursday, Feb. 10th.

SUNDAY, February 19
Transfiguration Sunday

February 19 is Transfiguration Sunday. It’s also the Sunday we begin "The Power of Community in a Season of Transformation."

For 6 straight weeks Adult Formation will feature conversations with St. James’s different outreach partner agencies (REAL LIFE, Caritas, Peter Paul) as we talk about the work they do and where they see transformation in their work.

Check upcoming eChimes for more details.

11:15 am Choral Eucharist service

On Sunday, February 19, the 11:15 am service will be a Choral Eucharist featuring the Parish Choir with strings. The Choral Eucharist will have glorious organ music and choral pieces, hymns in which the congregation joins in singing, and a sermon.

Franz Joseph Haydn's 'Little Organ Mass' will be a part of the Choral Eucharist.

Sunday, February 19 - 11:15 am
Choral Eucharist featuring Parish Choir with strings.
Haydn’s Little Organ Mass

Ash Wednesday, February 22
12 noon & 7 pm
Ash Wednesday Service with Soloists at noon and West Gallery Choir at 7 pm

Sunday, February 26 - 5 pm
Evensong with the Saint Singers, Kerry Court and Greg Vick, Directors

Sunday, March 19 - 9 am
Dylan Mass with West Gallery Choir and Guitar Ensemble

Parishioner who passed away recently:
David Caldwell Reynolds, died 1/29/2023

 We commend David to God’s love.

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.            

Here are 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 email Veni Davidkova at vdavidkova@doers.org or call her at 804-355-1779, ext. 315
For Diocese of Virginia news and information, visit: https://www.thediocese.net/
You can always find the eChimes at doers.org/eChimes.