This Sunday our Youth will be leading the services. 

Youth Sunday is always one of the most inspiring and heartfelt services of the year. And this Sunday’s services promise to be another chance to see how gracefully our youth have
grown up. 

They’ll be serving as readers, ushers, assistants in the nursery and children’s chapel, even as the preacher. Come celebrate their growth as Christians. 
The Blessing of the Keys

We’ll also be presenting Keys to our 10th graders during the 9 am and 11:15 am services to acknowledge and bless their increased independence and maturity.

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Saturday, February 11
 Youth Family Social - 4 pm to 6pm
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.

Tuesday, February 14
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,

Women's Bible Wisdom - 5pm, Michaux House Library
There's also an option of participating via Zoom
This Bible study meets twice a month, on 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, to read together
through a biblical book or theme at a time. We explore when and under
what conditions the passages were written.
Contact: the Reverend Amelia Arthur,

Wednesday, February 15
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

Wednesday Night Dinner and Fun-DO-Mentals Class - 5:30 pm, Valentine Hall
Please RSVP for dinner by 12 noon on Monday
And go here for information about the Fun-DO-Mentals Class
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This week's eChimes features
Young Family Social this Saturday
God in Your Inbox during Lent
Preview of Mardi Gras Auction items
Mardi Gras ....
  • Purchase your tickets
  • Volunteer
  • Be a cook
Please RSVP for the Wednesday Night Dinners
Has your contact information changed
Looking ahead ....
  • to Sunday, February 19
Upcoming Music Event
Prayers of the People
Virginia Diocese information
Young Family Social

The next Young Family Social is this 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!
We’re seeking parishioners
to write
God in Your Inbox reflections. 

One of St. James’s most cherished Lenten traditions is back. God in your Inbox is a daily reflection of the Lenten readings written by both the clergy of St. James’s and our parishioners, then sent to the congregation by email. If you would like to be one of the people who pens a Lenten reflection, please go here to sign up. 

Once you sign up, you’ll be assigned a reading to reflect upon in your writing. (We’re thinking about 200 words or so.) 

If you have any questions, you can reach out to Jay Sandusky at 
of the Mardi Gras Live Auction

Mardi Gras is just around the corner and it’s time to start thinking about what you might bid on at the auction.

This Bourbon tasting and food pairing event will be brought to your home, where Certified Bourbon Sommelier George "Brak" Braxton will curate and lead your group of 10 through a wide-ranging selection of bourbons. And the flights will be accompanied by delish food.

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. There will be fabulous foods, drinks, and an exciting live auction and raffles (even childcare).

Go here to purchase tickets or Fill-A-Float by making a donation.
And preview some of our fabulous auction items.

Check social media and your emails to learn what we'll be raffling and to purchase raffle tickets.

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.


We need cooks in the kitchen to make delicious food so we can eat and be merry at Mardi Gras.

If you can chop, stir, watch the pot, add the spices, flip the beef and more, we're inviting everyone to join our cooking team!

Reach out to Dave Sealey if you would like to help at
of the Mardi Gras Live Auction

Gather 10 of your favorite kids for an afternoon or early evening pool party in a spectacular venue overlooking the James River.

Enjoy 3 hours of fun in the sun in a cool pool or the hot tub. There will be a kids meal of pizza or burgers & dogs, popsicles or ice creams galore.

Pool floats and all sorts of fun provided … just bring yourselves and some towels!
Please RSVP for our new Wednesday night dinners. 

The response to our new Wednesday Night Dinner & Class has been terrific. The only challenge is that we haven’t had an accurate count of how many folks to expect for dinner.

This week (and every Wednesday moving forward), we’re asking everyone who plans to come to RSVP here by Monday noon. (Once on the Signup page, scroll down to find the dinner RSVP section.)

This Wednesday’s dinner is being catered by Joe’s Inn, and we want to make sure there’s enough for everyone who comes.

The suggested donation for dinner is $5 per person, with a $20 maximum per family.
The Fun-“Do”-Mentals class, which follows the dinner, 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. This coming Wednesday's Fun-"Do"-Mental presentation is Scripture Part II. Click here to signup and to see the full schedule of classes.
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

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

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 or call her at 804-355-1779, ext. 315
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