St. James's Legendary Mardi is this Tuesday, Feb. 16
But the silent auction is open now!
Here’s the link to the website, where you can register and see all the auction items plus how Mardi Gras will work.  

How many ways will you celebrate Mardi Gras?
There’s a Zoom Pre-Party starting at 6:30 pm.
Come dressed for Mardi Gras if you’d like. And show off your house decorations too.
It’s a chance for everyone to hang out before the live auction begins at 7pm.
We’ll also be announcing the winners of our spectacular Raffle prizes. Zoom links to follow. 
There’s also an After-Party following the Auction, also on Zoom.

The silent auction is OPEN and the live auction starts at 7pm on Mardi Gras.
You don’t need to buy a ticket but you do need to register. You can do it right on the website. We’ve got a great selection of items to bid on. Remember, all the money we raise goes to
St. James’s’ ambitious Outreach & Missions programs.  

Even if you don’t attend any of the Mardi Gras events, you can still go to the Mardi Gras website and make a donation. Check out the “Fill the Float” section to see how much good your gift will do. Thanks in advance. 

When you buy a Raffle ticket, you’re eligible to win one of two (or possibly more) great packages, including a Cirrus Vodka Tailgate Kite and a Virginia Seafood Package. 

When you buy a King Cake ticket, you’ll get one of Ukrop’s amazing King Cakes (see visual above) to make your Mardi Gras experience even more authentic.
 Your king cake will be delivered to you.

The folks in New Orleans are decorating the outside of their houses this yearand we’re hoping you’ll do the same. Send a pic of your decorations to Weezie, subject: Mardi Gras Spirit. She’ll post it to Facebook and/or Instagram. 
Remember, just because we can’t be together,
doesn’t mean we can’t do something great together
Link to Casual Coffee Chat Zoom 
This week's eChimes features
  • Lent in A Bag
  • Ash Wednesday Service
  • The More We Connect
  • Youth Ministry Summer 2021 Mission Trips
  • Episcopal Church News
& Programs
Lent in A Bag

We can’t celebrate Lent together, but we can still have a shared experience this year. The free St. James’s Lent in a Bag contains a variety of materials for your Lent and Easter, including a wooden cross, a Lenten calendar from Forward Movement (that’s colorable!), a devotional booklet, a candle and more.

The deadline to place your order for a Lent in a Bag is this Sunday, February 14. Here’s the link to order.

You can pick up your Lent in a Bag at St. James’s on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 17, or the First Sunday in Lent, Feb. 21.
ASH Wednesday Service
February 17 - 12 noon & 7 pm

You’re invited to the start of Lent, the holy season of fasting, penitence and spiritual discipline leading up to the Feast of the Resurrection, Easter.

This year our Ash Wednesday service will stream at 12 pm and 7pm. You can attend on Facebook, Youtube and (If your preferred link doesn’t work, please try one of the others.) 
The more we can connect,
the more we can do.

St. James’s is Always Doing. But unless you’re connected, you won’t fully know all the things we’re doing. There are lots of ways to stay connected to St. James’s, and each one is easy to do. 

Share your Email
Your email is our most direct link to you. Make sure we have the best email for you. Or, if you haven’t shared your email, now’s a great time to do it.
Here’s the link. It will take less than 10 seconds. 

Subscribe to our YouTube Channel
All the videos we produce, including our Sunday services, sermons and announcements, are on our YouTube page. We currently have just over 800 subscribers. Our goal is 1000.
Just go to, search for St. James’s Episcopal Church in Richmond, then click on the red Subscribe button. 

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram
When you follow us, our messaging ends up in your feed--so you see the latest news about services, mission, events and everything else happening at the church
Facebook & #sjec1205

Youth Ministry Summer 2021 Mission Trips: Change someone's life, including yours.

Jesus calls us to “love our neighbor.” And thanks to our upcoming mission trips, you can show your love by providing meals for families with food insecurity, or by doing home repairs for folks living in poverty. Along the way, you’ll get to know your friends at St. James’s--and yourself--a lot better. 

The first trip is a Mini-Mission trip gleaning crops in Central Virginia, where 5th-8th graders have the opportunity to glean (harvest) crops from the fields of nearby farms that will go to local food banks.
For our current 9th – 12th graders, the Appalachia Youth Mission is your chance to help with much-needed (and appreciated) home improvement projects in the town of Hurley, VA. 

Both trips will happen sometime in July, with exact dates to be determined later. To express interest or ask questions, email Mary Beth or call her at 703-470-6832. 

All trips will strictly follow CDC guidelines for covid safety. 
The Episcopal Church actively creates programs and news of interest. Every week, the eChimes will feature resources we think could be of special interest to you. 
When God shows up: Hint, it's not only
at church.

This free online retreat during Lent focuses on the ways we’re called to “show up”--or to use a St. James’s-ian word, do--for our neighbors. Led by Jim Melchiorre, Director of Content at Trinity Church Wall Street, this three-part retreat will help you discover how answering the call to do can break us open to new and greater insights.
Go to Facebook Live and use the title up in the headline to search for this free event. Here are the dates: March 5 at 8pm; March 6 at 10am, 2pm and 8pm; and March 7 at 4pm
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