The blood of Christ, the cup of salvation  

We're happy to announce that we've re-introduced wine to our Communion service. We strongly request that you drink from the chalice and not dip (or intinct) the body. All scientific evidence makes it clear that drinking from the cup is safer than dipping the wafer. 
Monday, November 15th
Community Yoga on Zoom:
Yoga for Mobility & Stability: 2:30 pm (suitable for beginners)
Vinyasa Yoga: 4 pm
For Zoom link and more info, contact: Sarah Eck,

Tuesday, November 16th
Tuesday Men’s Bible Study on Zoom: 7:30 am
Contact: Patrick Patrick Strickler, or

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

Wednesday, November 17th
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
Topic: PBS documentary - How the Monuments Came Down
Evening Prayer at 5:30 pm,
Study at 6 pm, Fellowship at 7 pm
Come for all or part of our evening together

Thursday, November 18th
Men's Bible Study Breakfast: 7:30 am
Valentine Hall
Contact: Drew Lichtenberger,

Saturday, November 20th
Pick-up your pre-orders - Taste of St. James's
10 am - 1pm
St. James's Michaux House Parking Lot Drive-thru

For more information about this week's events, visit
This week's eChimes features
  • Corey's Gospel Hour - new date
  • Baptism Orientation
  • Thanksgiving FEED MORE food offering
  • Order your Christmas poinsettias
  • St. James's Advent Retreat
  • The Service of Hope
  • Become at LEM (Lay Eucharist Minister)
  • Wednesday Night Gathering - November 17th
  • 2021 Advent & Christmas Schedule
  • Christmas Open House
  • Watch the Annual Convention of the Diocese of Virginia
  • What’s with all the emails?
  • Those we commend to God's love
  • Prayers of the People
Corey’s Gospel Hour

Same amazing evening of music, poetry and love of God, now on a different date.

Click the image to learn more.
Your Baptism questions happily answered here. 

Baptism Orientation - This 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 on the images for more information.
St. James’s Advent Retreat:
Lost and Found

Saturday, December 4, 2021, 9am to 3pm
Valentine Hall

COVID has changed you. What have you lost in COVID times? What gifts have you discovered? You might want to spend some time reflecting on grief and loss so that you can move on to discover what you have gained during the last 18 months. 

Join our facilitator, David Hoover, on Saturday, December 4th for a workshop we are calling: Lost and Found. Through a variety of spiritual practices and safe small group discussions, participants will be guided to explore the toll and the treasure of this pandemic. Click here to learn about David Hoover. 

Suggested Donation: $25.00
  • Make out checks to St. James’s Church, writing in the memo line “Advent Retreat.”
  • Mail to: St. James's Episcopal Church, Attn: the Rev. Hilary Streever, 1205 W. Franklin Street, Richmond VA 23220.
The Service of Hope.
Because grief knows no season.

While Advent and Christmas are times of joy, they can be a challenging time too, especially if you’re dealing with the loss of a loved one or loneliness or grief of any sort. Solemn, candle-lit, prayerful, and moving, Our Service of Hope is a time to slow down, feel supported and loved, and reconnect with our God and others feeling grief. 

Part of this service includes the reading of the names of those being remembered, whether they have passed away or need to be remembered for another reason.

If you have a name or names you wish to submit, please send them to Mary Brown ( by December 9th

Our Service of Hope will be Monday, December 13th at 7 pm. Attend in person or watch the livestream. 
“This is my blood of the new covenant.” 

Serving the blood of Christ from the cup of salvation is a powerful act--perhaps the most powerful act a non-ordained person can perform in the church. If you’ve ever yearned to be a LEM (Lay Eucharistic Minister), now is the time to sign up. The church has now added wine back to the Eucharist, so the role of LEMs has returned to normal. Please reach out to Mary Brown or Michael Lantz to know more.  
Wednesday Night Zoom gathering,
November 17th

Discussion: How the Monuments Came Down
Late during the time period covered by this part of our history project, 1865-1900, Virginia and Richmond began to erect monuments to Confederate leaders along Monument Avenue. You’re invited to watch the recent PBS documentary, How the Monuments Came Down, for the story of why they went up and how they came down. Then join us for a discussion on November 17. Watch the documentary free here:

Wednesday Night Worship, Study & Fellowship on Zoom: Evening Prayer at 5:30 pm,
Study at 6 pm, Fellowship at 7 pm
Come for all or part of our evening together

Meeting ID number: 838 0728 2761
Here’s our Advent & Christmas schedule…

....all neatly wrapped and tied up with a bow. Click the image to know everything that’s happening.
John & Cynthia McCard's Christmas Open House

When: Sunday, Dec, 12th from 5--8 pm.

Where: The McCards, 1104 West Ave.

This is always a warm and lovely event, and a wonderful way to kick off the Christmas season.

You can watch the Annual Convention of the Diocese of Virginia this weekend.

Friday, November 12, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 13, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
For the first time ever, a livestream of the full proceedings of the 227th Annual Convention of the Diocese will be available. All members of the Diocese are invited to watch and worship with the Convention via livestream on our YouTube channel. The livestream will be broadcast in both English and Spanish.
To view the agenda, click here. The worship bulletins are available in English, Spanish and Korean.
What’s with all the emails?

We know we’ve been sending a lot of emails lately. It’s a busy time of the year and we’re trying to make sure that everything going on gets the attention it deserves. The good news is, y’all are opening our emails at the highest rates we’ve seen since tracking the open rates. So, thank you. 

Moving forward, we will make every effort to stick to our normal weekly email schedule of Wednesday, Friday (the eChimes) and Sunday morning.
And check out the new It’s updated nearly every day, so there’s a good chance it has the information you’re looking for. 
Parishioner who passed away recently:

Henry Willett, Jr.
We commend Henry to God’s love.

If you would like information on how to reach out to the loved ones of the deceased, please do not hesitate to contact the church office at 804-355-1779.

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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