MLK Evensong, this Sunday at 5 pm

This Sunday at 5 pm is one of the most beautiful and anticipated events of the year at St. James’s – MLK Evensong. Once again, the incredible Concert Choir of Norfolk State University will be joined by St. James’s Choirs. And for the last time, renowned organist and guest conductor Dr. Carl Haywood will be part of this stirring and powerful program. 

We’ll also hear speeches from Dr. King, including “I Have a Dream” read by Kym Grinnage, general manager of NBC12.

Please make every effort to celebrate the brilliance and inspiration of Dr. King at our Evensong event, which will also be live-streamed for those of you who can’t be there in person.
Everyone can be a part of our MLK Service Project this Sunday.
Including you. 
This Sunday during formation hour (10:15 to 11 am), you can be part of our MLK Service Project for all ages in Valentine Hall. Come join us and do service in preparation for our Bridge Week at Caritas. 

There are four different activities you can participate in:
  • Decorate placemats to bring cheer at meal times
  • Fill backpacks with a notebook, pens, and good luck card
  • Make cookies
  • Cook chili

To sign up for activities, click here. You can also sign up Sunday morning as well. 
We especially need your backpack donation
 this Sunday. 

While our backpack drive lasts through Sunday, January 22, donating this Sunday, January 15, would be greatly appreciated.

Part of our MLK Service Project is filling CARITAS backpacks, so the more we have on hand this Sunday, the better. You can also bring your donation to the Parish House during the week. 
Tuesday, January 17
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,
     Stephen Spraker,

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,

Wednesday, January 18
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,

Wednesday Noon Eucharist
in the Chapel

Singing Class with Mark Whitmire - 6:15 pm, Children's Choir Room
If you think you can’t sing, think again.
When it’s done, who knows, maybe you’ll sing with gusto or join a choir.
Contact: Mark Whitmire,

Friday, January 20
CARITAS Bridge Week begins.
CARITAS Bridge Week is January 20-26
The parish office will be closed Monday, January 16 - Martin Luther King Day

For pastoral emergencies,
please call our clergy members’ cell phone numbers:
The Rev. Dr. John McCard, (404) 408-8241
The Rev. Amelia Arthur, (504) 330-3089
The Rev. Blake Singer, (423) 298-4907
The Rev. Dr. Doug Wigner, (804) 269-2946
This week's eChimes features
  • Young Family Social
  • Learn to sing with Mark Whitmire
  • New Wednesday Night at St. James's
  • Here are our Vestry Nominations
  • Come be a DOER during CARITAS Bridge Week
  • Summer Youth Mission Preview
  • Snowfest is coming. Don't miss out.
  • New Women's Bible Study Group
  • Why so many emails?
  • Prayers of the People
  • Virginia Diocese information
Young Family Social
This Saturday, January 14

Our Young Family Social is this Saturday, January 14th, from 4 to 6 pm at Mary Beth and Chris Abplanalp’s house
(8346 W. Weyburn Road). 

St. James will provide snacks, water, and lemonade. Parents are encouraged to bring a favorite beverage. We hope to see you there!
Dr. Mark Whitmire has said countless times:
“I can teach anyone to sing.”
And countless times, he’s proven it. 

If you think you can’t sing, think again. St. James’s Singing Class begins next Wednesday, January 18, and when it’s done, who knows, maybe you’ll sing with the gusto of the fellow in the picture here. 

We meet in the Children’s Choir Room on Wednesdays from 6:15 to 7 pm for five weeks. Guaranteed results. If you would like to participate, please call Mark at 355-1779 x 323 or
email him at

There are 10 real, document benefits to singing, including: 
•Relieves Stress
•Increases Your Pain Threshold
•Enhances Memory
•Helps With Grief

To see the full list, click here.
Announcing a New Wednesday Night Class. 
Created for everyone, from newcomers to long-timers. 

Beginning Wednesday, Feb. 1, we'll be launching a new 8-week Wednesday night class for long-time members, newcomers, and everyone in between. Each class will consist of dinner, a short presentation, and small group discussion.

Topics will include the essentials of our faith, the Episcopal Church, and life at St. James’s. This class will fulfill the requirement for adult confirmation/reception, but we hope everyone will take this opportunity to reconnect with God, our church, and each other.

Registration, more details, and the name of the class coming soon!
Meet the Vestry nominees. 
After careful consideration, the Vestry Nominating Committee has announced the six candidates for the next Vestry class. 
The nominees, who will be voted on at the January 29 Annual Meeting, are:
Andy Sherrod
Billy Baxter
Brooke Taylor
Emily Stock
Richard "Dick" Fowlkes, II
Wilson Trice 
During the formation hour on January 22, you’ll have the opportunity to meet all of the nominees. We encourage everyone to be there. 
Caritas Bridge Week is changing.
There are so many ways to be a 
January 20-26

The beautiful new CARITAS Center is now housing the Women’s Shelter guests, so instead of hosting CARITAS shelter guests here at St. James's like we've done in the past, St. James’ers are now invited to help provide food, fellowship, and fun right on-site at the shelter during the week of January 20-26. 

There are so many ways for you to help, including preparing and serving breakfast, preparing and dropping off lunch, preparing dinner at St. James’s and serving it at the shelter, providing evening entertainment, and going on a CARITAS Center tour. You can also donate back packs!
All DOERS are encouraged to Sign up here.

The CARITAS Center is at 2220 Stockton St., Richmond VA 23224

Please no elementary/middle school age children at the shelter. High schoolers may participate at your own discretion.

Summer 2023 Youth Mission Preview

The Summer Mission Preview is Sunday, Jan. 22 from 10:15-11:00 in room 302 in Michaux House.

Come and hear all about the mission and summer volunteer opportunities for youth in grades 5-12.
Snowfest is coming.
Don’t miss out. 
St. James’s Youth: Now’s the time to register for Snowfest! Snowfest is February 3-5 at Shrine Mont. At Snowfest we ski, snowboard, or tube, while also engaging in fellowship, fun, and some formation! 

For more information and to register, click here.
A New Women's Bible Study Group

We’re excited to announce that there’s a new women’s bible study called Women in Fellowship here at St. James’s. It’s been created for women in their 30s, 40s and 50s but don’t worry 20 somethings or 60+ somethings, we won’t be checking IDS. 

What we will be doing is gathering on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month from 7 to 8:30 pm in the home of a group member for fellowship, study, discussion, prayer, and fitting our faith into daily life and actions. The second meeting, happening Thursday, January 26, the meeting will be at Laura Stricker’s home (1238 Rothesay Circle, 23221)

We’ll be following the lectionary, and reading and discussing the upcoming week’s Gospel. We’ll close in prayer for each other and those in need.

If you’re planning on coming, please email Kendal Sibley at so they know how many to expect. 
Why so many emails?

Our normal weekly email schedule is Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

But there’s so much happening right now that it’s been hard to stick with that schedule. What with Annual Giving, MLK Evensong, Mardi Gras, Doers Doing, and so many other things going on around here, we’ve felt the need to send more emails than usual.

We haven’t noticed a dip in interest but we’ll make every effort to return to our normal schedule next week. Thanks! 

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 Mary Brown or call her at 804-355-1779, ext. 313.
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