A Message from Dr. Whitmire about The Celebration. 
(click on the image to watch)
Register by Wednesday to secure your seat. 

One of the most anticipated parts of The Celebration: A Feast of Goodwill & Connection is the surprise musical production. In the past, it’s been everything from Gershwin to Beatles–and this year’s theme is a closely held secret.

We’re already expecting 300 St. James’sers but there’s plenty of room–and desire–for more of you to come to this exciting night of fine dining, open wine & beer bar, entertainment, and the company of friends new and old. 

The deadline to register is this coming Wednesday, October 19.
Here’s where you register and tell us which entree you want. It’s also where you can make a voluntary donation to this otherwise free event. 

And we need volunteers to help the night of The Celebration,  sign up here.
You can also sign up in the Narthex this Sunday morning. 
Tuesday, October 18
Young Adults - 5:45 pm, Michaux House, room 205
We'll for some combination of fellowship, prayer, and Bible or book study.
Contact the Rev. Blake Singer, bsinger@doers.org

Wednesday, October 19
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.
 Contact: Betsy Trow, betsytrow@gmail.com

Wednesday Noon Holy Eucharist Service
St. James's chapel

Thursday, October 20
Men's Bible Study Breakfast - 7:30 am, Valentine Hall
We are a lay-led group that meets every other Thursday to read and
discuss the Lectionary Readings for the upcoming Sunday. It’s a great way to learn the scriptures and build deeper relationships with other St. James'sers.
Contact Mark Cooper, markcooper1966@gmail.com

Friday, October 21-23
Fall Parish Retreat
Shrine Mont, Orkney, VA
This week's eChimes features
  • Meet Sunday's speaker, Bill Martin
  • Vestry Nominations
  • Youth Parent Social tonight
  • October events for our Youth
  • Come to the REAL LIFE cookout and picnic this Sunday
  • Your Annual Giving pledge makes a difference
  • Holy Land Tour 2023 with Mark Cooper
  • Be a Sunday Flower delivery volunteer
  • The easy way to order your Name Tag
  • Wednesday Noon Eucharist
  • Those who have recently died
  • Prayers of the People
Meet this Sunday’s
Adult Forum Guest,
Bill Martin

The format for our Adult Forums this fall is to invite a new guest to be interviewed each Sunday around the idea of “The Power of Community.” This Sunday’s guest is Bill Martin, Director of the Valentine Museum in Richmond. 

Bill joined the Valentine Museum in 1994 as Director of Marketing and Public Relations, following years of experience as the director of museums in Georgia, Florida and Virginia. In 1995, he was promoted to the position of Executive Director. Under his steady leadership, the institution has successfully completed two capital campaigns, raising more than $10 million; undergone significant name and brand changes and greatly increased and diversified its programming. Bill is also active in the community, serving on numerous boards, committees and task forces in support of the health and diversity of the Greater Richmond region.
Bill will be talking with us about “the power of understanding and claiming our history” as he talks about the work he does at the Valentine Museum. 
St. James’s is
now accepting nominations
for the 2023 Vestry Class.

All confirmed members of
St. James’s are eligible to be nominated. And our goal is to have the Vestry continue to represent as wide a range of parishioners as possible, including both new and long-time members. It’s also important to find Vestry members with a range of talents and interests. 
As you think about who you might nominate, consider folks who can bring the imagination, focus and dedication required for this essential position. And, yes, a previous Vestry member can serve again. 
Nominations are due by November 23 to Veni Davidkova, Parish Administrator at vdavidkova@doers.org.

Please do your best to provide the following information about each of your nominees:
  • Name
  • Nominated By
  • Age Range
  • Relevant Work
  • Why you think your nominee would be a good choice
There are two October events
for our Youth! 

Sunday, Oct. 16 at 12:30 pm.
REAL LIFE Picnic at Carillon Shelter,
Byrd Park
Youth will play games with kids at
St. James's picnic for REAL LIFE.

Saturday, Oct. 29 at 6:15pm
Our first Youth Social is on!
We'll be going to Halloween Haunt at King's Dominion, leaving at 6:15 pm.

For more information and to sign up for these events, click here.  

Youth Parents! The first quarterly Youth Parent Social will be tonight (10/14) from 6:00-7:30 pm in the Quirk Hotel Lobby Bar. Come for some fellowship with other youth parents and enjoy a drink and appetizers on St. James's. 
Meet the women
in the REAL LIFE program. 
this Sunday, October 16

REAL LIFE is one of our primary outreach partners. To strengthen our partnership, we're having a cookout and picnic with the women in the REAL LIFE program on Sunday, October 16 at 1pm.
This is a great way to be a DOER.

Come to the Carillon Shelter at Byrd Park to enjoy food, lawn games, and fellowship–plus the powerful opportunity to engage with and get to know our neighbors in a "ministry with" model versus "ministry for." All ages are welcome!
To see all the ways you can be a "DOER Doing" in October and November, click here.
St. James's Annual Giving

Thanks to everyone who has already made your 2023 annual pledge. We’re on the way to having a successful pledge campaign.

For those of you who wonder why we’re so focused on pledging, the reason is simple: Knowing how much our parish plans to give to the church empowers us to plan with confidence for the upcoming year. And it’s only by receiving your pledges that we can have a true sense of how generous the congregation will be. 

You can pledge with the card we mailed you, or you can pledge online here

To know more about the value of pledging go here.
Or contact Grace Davis Barrett, Director of Stewardship, at gbarrett@doers.org.
Visit the Holy Land
with Mark Cooper

The Rev. Dr. Mark Cooper is once again leading a tour to the Holy Land from February 13 - 23. Past trips, which include Israel, Palestine and Jordan, have been nothing less than life-changing events for the participants. For a day-by-day breakdown of the itinerary, go here.

And go here to register. The deadline to sign is November 30. 
If you have any questions, reach out to Mark at markcooper1966@gmail.com
Or call him at (703)980-0130.
Sunday Flower Delivery Ministry
St. James’s is bringing back one of the ministries that was a victim of the pandemic–the Sunday Flower Delivery Ministry! This lovely ministry helps St. James’s fulfill its mission by delivering flowers used in the Sunday services to various parishioners who may be sick, homebound, or celebrating special life events.
As a volunteer you can select which Sundays you want to deliver flowers.
Four flower arrangements go out each Sunday, so we’re hoping for two volunteers per Sunday. Flowers are ready for delivery any time after 12:30 p.m. and before 5:00 p.m. A card containing the recipient’s name and address will accompany the flowers  
If you are interested in helping us with this thoughtful and joyful ministry, please sign up here. For more information contact Donna Ellis at dellis@doers.org.
The easy way to
order your Name Tag.

The church will now happily make a permanent name tag for you, complete with a plastic holder that has your choice of a magnet attacher or a pin/clip.

You can always find the link to order your Name Tag under Connect on the nav bar on the home page of doers.org.

And, yes, you can order a new one if you lose your old one. 

Noon Eucharistic Service

We have a Noon Eucharist service on Wednesday in the Chapel. It is a lovely and powerful way to connect with God. We look forward to seeing you.
Parishioners who died recently:
Frank L. Call II (d. 10/9/22)
We commend Frank 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.

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 contact Mary Brown or call her at 804-355-1779, ext. 313.
For Diocese of Virginia news and information, visit: https://www.thediocese.net/

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