The blood of Christ, the cup of salvation  

Starting this Sunday, we are happy to announce that we will be re-introducing wine to our Communion service. We strongly request that you drink from the chalice and not dip (or intink) the body. All scientific evidence makes it clear that drinking from the cup is safer than dipping the wafer. 
Monday, November 8th
Community Yoga on Zoom:
Yoga for Mobility & Stability: 2:30 pm (suitable for beginners)
Yoga and Mindfulness Tools for Stress Management Workshop: 4 pm
For Zoom link and more info, contact: Sarah Eck,

Tuesday, November 9th
Tuesday Men’s Bible Study on Zoom: 7:30 am
Contact: Patrick Patrick Strickler, or

Women's Bible Wisdom on Zoom: 5 pm
Contact: Mary Lou Rumble,

Education for Ministry (EfM) on Zoom: 6 pm
Contact: Jane Dowrick,

Wednesday, November 10th
Living Faith Bible Study: 10 am
Contact: Betse Trice,

Wednesday Night Worship, Study & Fellowship on Zoom: 5:30 pm - 8 pm
Meeting ID number: 838 0728 2761

Becoming Beloved Community History Project
Speaker: Our parishioners who have been researching St. James's history
Evening Prayer at 5:30 pm,
Study at 6 pm, Fellowship at 7 pm
Come for all or part of our evening together

Friday, November 12th
Youth Confirmation Camp at Camp Hanover
November 12th and 13th

For more information about this week's events, visit
This week's eChimes features
  • Turn back clocks
  • Corey's Gospel Hour is back.
  • Yoga & Stress Management workshop
  • New monthly update on Becoming Beloved Community
  • DOERS Doing in the Community
  • Praise the Lord and pass the pizza
  • Don't sleep on The Taste. Get while the gettin's good.
  • Thanksgiving FEED MORE food offering
  • Are you getting your daily bread?
  • Order your Christmas poinsettias
  • Save the date - Christmas Open House
  • Your baptism questions answered
  • Prayers of the People
Corey’s Gospel Hour is back. 

Maybe you’ve seen his one-of-a-kind act at Main Line Brewery or Cary Street Cafe. Or maybe you’ve read about him in RVA Mag or Style Weekly. Or maybe you have no idea who Corey Axt is. It doesn’t matter, you’re gonna love Corey’s Gospel Hour, Sunday, November 14th at 7 pm in Valentine Hall.   

We’re lowering the lights but turning up the intensity, whether it’s old gospel hymns, a quiet poetry reading, or original songs performed by Corey himself, it promises to be an unforgettable evening. 

This is the third time Corey is bringing his gospel hour to St. James’s, joined by The West Gallery Choir and Guitar Ensemble. You don’t want to miss it.
Yoga and Mindfulness Tools for
Stress Management Workshop

Monday, November 8 at 4PM
Hosted by Angela Cox and Sarah Eck
The World Health Organization calls stress 'the health epidemic of the twenty-first century.' In this one hour workshop, we will explore mind, body and breath techniques to help manage stress and enhance our sense of wellbeing. We will discuss short-term strategies to reduce stress in the moment, calming and resetting the nervous system. This workshop will not include a physical yoga practice. No prior experience is required. Please join us as we learn together in community how to use these tools to support our overall wellbeing. 

Angela, YTT-200, will share from her own experiences and from her extensive training on the topic with Yoga Medicine, Mental Health and Well Being. Sarah, RYT-200, will likewise share her perspectives from her personal practice, as well as from related mental health modules in her 300 hour program and other recent trainings.

Please contact Sarah Eck, for a zoom link to this workshop. 
Monthly Updates of Two Essential Ministries
Our New Monthly Update of
Becoming Beloved Community.

Becoming Beloved Community is an active and vital ministry here at St. James’s that inspires us to look at our history--the church’s, the region’s and the nation’s--through the lens of race. It is a ministry that has been supported by the Episcopal Church since 1952 and has flourished here at St. James’s, especially in the last few years. To know more about its mission, history and the opportunities offered by BBC, please read here
Doers Doing

We’ve reimagined our Outreach efforts to make them more focused and easier to get involved in.

Please click here to learn all the ways you can work with our partners CARITAS, REAL LIFE and Peter Paul this month. 
Food for Thought
Praise the Lord and pass the pizza. 
This Sunday St. James’s 5 pm contemporary service will be followed by pizza from Piccola in the Memorial Garden. So come enjoy our intimate, casual and worshipful Eucharistic service, then dig in to some tasty ‘za.
Here’s a link to a Spotify playlist featuring our 5 o’clock songs performed by Michel and Kim. Listen at your leisure. Then sing with abandon.
No need to dress up, come as you are.
Don’t sleep on The Taste.
Get while the gettin's good.

The Taste of St. James’s is going strong. This year’s menu of items includes long-time favorites plus some tasty new additions. Some items are already sold out, so don’t wait.

Pre-orders will be available for pick up from St. James’s Michaux House Parking Lot drive-thru (1133 W. Franklin Street) on Saturday, November 20th from 10 am to 1 pm - just in time for Thanksgiving!

AND there will be goodies prepared by our Senior Youth Group plus any extra Taste items available to purchase in-person on Sunday, November 21st in Valentine Hall.
Help FEED MORE feed more people
at Thanksgiving. 

Our traditional Thanksgiving Food Offering is back. You can pick up your grocery bag in the Narthex for the next 2 Sundays (Nov. 7th and Nov. 14th). Please fill the bags with the preferred items (here’s a link to the list), and return the bags to the Narthex either the Sunday before Thanksgiving (preferred) or at the Thanksgiving service.

You may also use your own grocery bag. For more information, contact Blake Singer (
Are you getting your Daily Bread?

Every day on the home page of is a feature called Daily Bread. Sometimes it’s inspiring. Sometimes it’s funny. Other times it’s thought-provoking. Of course, many are spiritual. And they’re always interesting. Make it a part of your daily routine to get your Daily Bread. It will be a small but meaningful light in your day.  
Christmas is Coming
It’s time to order your Christmas poinsettias! 

The Flower Guild welcomes memorial gifts for poinsettias during the Christmas season. They will be delivered to home-bound parishioners after Christmas. The deadline is Friday, December 10th. You may email your memorials to or call Gina Young at 355-1779, ext. 315.

Payment Instructions:
· Amount per poinsettia: $25 payable to St. James’s Episcopal Church (clearly marked for poinsettia)
· Include: your name and the name of honoree(s).
· Mail to St. James’s Episcopal Church, 1205 W. Franklin St., Richmond, VA 23220.
Christmas Open House

John and Cynthia’s annual Christmas Open House will be Sunday, Dec, 12. This is always a warm and lovely event, and a wonderful way to kick off the Christmas season. More details to follow, but in the meantime, please save the date. 

Just a few more
Your Baptism questions happily answered here. 

Baptism Orientation - Sunday, November 14, 10:15 a.m., Michaux House Basement

Are you considering baptism for yourself or your child? Are you expecting a child and thinking about baptism? Our clergy, staff, and Baptism Guides warmly invite you to our 45-minute baptism information session designed to answer important questions in preparation for this joyful sacrament. We address both theological and practical questions like: “What does God do at baptism?” “Who should I ask to be a godparent for my child?” and “How do I sign up my child or myself to be baptized at St. James’s?” Offered twice a year. Spring Dates TBD.

Click here to see 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 contact Mary Brown or call her at 804-355-1779, ext. 313.

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