Party in the front and back. Fundraising in the middle.

No, we can’t get together in person. Yes, we can still have an amazing time. Mardi Gras promises to be the party of the year--well, actually the Pre-Party and After-Party of the yearplus the live and silent auctions, where the serious fundraising happens. 
Here’s the link to the website,
where you can see how everything will work — plus get a glimpse of the auction items, with more added every day. 
You don’t have to buy a ticket to participate in the auction. 
But there are two other ticket options:
  Mardi Gras Ukrop King Cake Package ($30)
•  Raffle ticket ($25)
The silent auction starts Wednesday - Feb. 10 and
there’s a live auction the night of the event, Tuesday - Feb. 16. And the raffle winners will be announced at the Pre-Party. 

 Finally, we want to encourage everyone to follow the lead of New Orleans itself and decorate your front porch or yard for Mardi Gras and send a pic to Weezie , subject: Mardi Gras porch. 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
  • Mardi Gras Donations
  • Wednesday Night
Fellowship & Study
  • Second - and Third - Chance to see Dr. Ronald Crutcher
  • Lent in A Bag
  • Youth Ministry Summer 2021 Mission Trips
  • So Many Needs to Meet
  • Episcopal Church News
& Programs
You can still donate an item to
the Mardi Gras auction.

We have a lot of great items for the Mardi Gras auctions (see them on the St. James’s Mardi Gras site) but as they say, nothing succeeds like excess--especially when we’re trying to raise money for Missions & Outreach. So if you have service or an item (like a vacation home, for instance) or some other thing of value that you’d like to donate, it’s not too late. And we, and the communities we support, will be grateful.
Racial Justice Matters...
now more than ever.
Feb. 1o, Wed. Night
Fellowship & Study

St. James’s is committed, like Jesus himself, to creating a more just society. At the center of that effort is our Racial Justice and Reconciliation Ministry (also known as RJR). This Wednesday you can hear from leaders of our RJR Teams - Maxie Cannon, Betsy Blair and Andy Bennett - to more fully understand their mission and to learn about their recent projects like Sacred Ground and the first chapter of a forthcoming history of St. James. Fellowship: 6:00 - 6:30 pm
Discussion: 6:30 - 7:30 pm

To register for the Zoom line, click here.
A second - and third - chance to see
Dr. Ronald Crutcher, author of
"I Had No Idea You Were Black"

Last Wednesday’s Fellowship & Study event with Dr. Ronald Crutcher was a huge success, but not everyone who registered was able to participate (a situation we apologize for.) The good news is that Dr. Crutcher will be making two Zoom appearances in the near future:

Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 7 pm, hosted by RVA bookstore Chop Suey. Here’s the Chop Suey Zoom registration

Saturday, Feb. 13 at 5 pm, hosted by a book Brick & Mortar Books in Seattle.
Lent in A Bag

Some names need no explanation, and Lent in a Bag is a perfect example. As the name suggests, 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. 

You can pick yours up at St. James’s on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 17, and the First Sunday in Lent, Feb. 21. Please place your order by Sunday, February 14 here.
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. 
So Many Needs to Meet!
A Good Used Car
Can Change Someone's Life.

If you’ve considered getting rid of a good used car, our Crisis Ministry would like to suggest you donate it to the church so we can offer it to individuals seeking our help in becoming stabilized. Occasionally people seeking our assistance need a car to sustain employment. If you can help, please contact Nancy Warman, Pastoral Social Worker, via email or 804-873-4083.
Helping Latinos-in-need
eat culturally-appropriate meals. 

Latinos in Virginia Empowerment
Center provides Spanish-speaking individuals education, advocacy, support and emergency assistance, ensuring that language is not a barrier to accessing services that empower individuals to become happy, healthy, and self-sufficient.

One of its greatest needs--especially right now--is culturally appropriate and nutritious food. Our “DOERS in the Community” ministry team is sponsoring a food collection for Latinos in our community and invites you to join them. 

Please review the attached list of food that is most needed, and if you can, contribute any time up to February 19, there are several ways:
  • You may take your food contribution directly to LIVE Center by calling or emailing to set up a drop-off appointment Monday-Friday, 9am-5:00pm. 804-658-3341 /LIVE email
  • You may contact lay leaders, Judy Philpott /804-833-6464 or Yvonne Gibney /804-306-0394 and arrange a drop-off at their homes or a pick-up from yours.

Thank you for being creative, for being generous, and for being a DOER! 
Can your closet help clothe someone in need?

CARITAS CENTER is opening its doors to new residents, and the staff and volunteers are creating clothing closets. Please review the attached list and see if you have new or gently used clothing that you can offer. Everything should be freshly washed or dry cleaned. No rips, stains or tears.

Please call CARITAS at 804-358-0964 to set up a drop-off appointment. If you have questions, please contact church member, Jennifer Pollard via email or at 540-645-9611.
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. 
Dr. King and the Gospel according to Mark

Are you following the Good Book Club’s worldwide reading of the Gospel according to Mark this Epiphany season?
As Chapter 10 comes up with the start of Black History Month, listen to or read this sermon of Dr. King’s, based on Mark 10.

The Rev. Dr. MLK's Drum Major Instinct Sermon.

The Good Book Club is a ministry of the Episcopal Church in collaboration with Forward Movement. It’s not too late to join the worldwide reading of the Gospel of Mark by Shrove Tuesday (February 16) -- the Gospel of Mark is so short you can certainly catch up! Sign up for updates and to download readings,  click here.

The podcast is at your favorite app store or on Megaphone.
Pathways for Baptismal Living is a brand new learning program created out of the desire to make seminary-created theological education and pastoral training more accessible for ALL the baptized, especially laity. Its goal is to give faithful leaders the tools they need to enrich their faith in community – all without having to enroll in a degree program. You can enter where you want and need so you can discern, explore, and deepen your faith and respond to God’s call.

Over 20 courses, workshops, events, and activities are available and you can take them in the order that best suits your personal interests and needs. There are programs for discernment, personal enrichment, licensure in cooperation with the local bishop, and ways to meet church-wide imperatives. The programs are designed with opportunities for personal reflection as well as live and asynchronous online interaction with the instructor and course participants.

Current available courses include:
February 3 – Engaging God’s Word with Dr. Victoria Garvey
February 18 – Becoming Beloved Community with the Rev. Bill Cruse
February 28 – Exploring Theology and Ethics with the Rev. Marcus Halley
February 28 – Understanding the Doctrine of Discovery with Mary Crist

Most courses cost between $200-$300, while some are even free. Visit to see the courses that are open for registration today. You can also get more information here.
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