So many ways to celebrate All Saints Sunday. 

All Saints Sunday is the day we’ve set aside to show honor and reverence to saints both canonized and unknown – ultimately celebrating all the faithful followers of Jesus throughout church history. It is also a day to remember those closest to us who have died and to give thanks to the saints who have guided each of us to Christ. 

All Saints is also a traditional Sunday for baptisms, and this Sunday is no exception. We’ll be marking our youngest parishioners as “Christ’s own forever” at the 9 am service and renewing our baptismal vows at the 11:15. 

Finally, we’ll be having a special intergenerational event in Valentine Hall between the services called “Party with the Saints!” We'll celebrate our past and present Saints with cake, luminaries, and other activities. This special event is in place of traditional youth group and Sunday School. 
Tuesday, November 8
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 Rev. Blake Singer,

Wednesday, November 9
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 Holy Eucharist Service
St. James's Chapel

Friday, November 11
Youth Parent Social - 6:00-7:30 pm
at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, 2410 Ownby Lane in Richmond.
Contact: Katie Ricard,

Saturday, November 12
Young Family Social - 4-6pm
at the home of Mary Beth and Chris Abplanalp (8346 W. Weyburn Road).
This week's eChimes features
  • Thanksgiving Food Drive
  • Evensong on Sunday, Nov. 13
  • Thank you for pledging
  • Music News - A Story Recital and U2 Celtic Mass
  • The Taste is Wednesday, Nov. 16
  • Taste needs Cooks, Bakers and Volunteers
  • Youth Parent Social - Friday, November 11 at Hardywood
  • This Saturday - A tasty way for Youth to earn service hours
  • Young Family Social - Saturday, November 12
  • McCard's Christmas Open House
  • Your St. James's Name Tag is ready to be picked up
  • Vestry Nominations
  • Wednesday Noon Service
  • Prayers of the People
  • Virginia Diocese information
Our Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive supporting FEED MORE is back. With communities experiencing extreme economic strain and an increase in food insecurity, helping our friends at FEED MORE support the children, families and seniors who struggle with hunger is more essential than ever.

Starting this Sunday, November 6, paper bags will be available in the Narthex, along with a list of
FEED MORE's most needed items.
You can also pick up a bag next Sunday (11/13).

Return your bag(s) full of food to the Narthex on the Sunday before Thanksgiving (11/20)
or at the Thanksgiving Service (11/24). You may also use your own grocery bags.

For more information contact Blake Singer,

Thank you for being a DOER.
Sunday, November 13 at 5 pm in the Sanctuary

Next Sunday evening, November 13, make plans to attend our beautiful Evensong service, starting at 5 pm in the Sanctuary. Since Old Testament times, the people of God have offered praise and prayers as the day draws to an end. The core of Evensong is hymns, a psalm, readings from Scripture, the Song of Mary (Magnificat) and Song of Simeon (Nunc dimittis) canticles, the Lord’s Prayer and concluding prayers. On November 13 the Magnificat and Nunc dimittis will be from the Evening Canticles in D, composed by A. Herbert Brewer (1865-1928), who was a boy chorister and, later, the organist at Gloucester Cathedral.
Thanks to everyone who has already pledged! 
And everyone else who plans to.

Our Annual Giving campaign is already more than half way to our goal of $2 million. Thank you to everyone who has chosen to recommit to the financial wellbeing of our church.

For those of you who need a gentle reminder, look for this postcard in your mailbox this week, then consider your pledge for the 2023 year. Again, thanks.

A Classical Romance: A Story Recital
November 14 at 7 pm
in the Sanctuary. 

St. James's Parishioner Lisa Niemeier will present her senior recital at St. James’s on Monday, November 14 at 7 p.m. Music by Schubert, Granados, Chopin, Ravel and Liszt. Please join us in celebrating Lisa’s accomplishment and enjoying the fruits of her labor.
U2 Celtic Mass
Sunday, November 20 at the 9 am service.
The Guitar Ensemble and The West Gallery Choir will sing music by U2 at the 9 am service on Sunday, November 20. The service also includes Gaelic hymns (Slane and Cwm Rhondda) and a liturgy written expressly for this mass. Join us and bring a friend.
Here’s how U2’s Bono sees the connection between U2’s music and God: There [are] cathedrals and alleyways in our music. I think the alleyway is usually on the way to the cathedral, where you can hear your own footsteps and you’re slightly nervous and looking over your shoulder, and wondering if there’s somebody following you. And then you get there and realize there was somebody following you: It’s God.
The Taste is Coming!
Make room in your fridge.
And on your calendar.

The Taste of St. James is Wednesday, November 16th from 5 to 7pm in Valentine Hall – just in time to stock up on Thanksgiving soups, meals and sweets.

Come for a night of food, fellowship, and fun, all the while benefiting our outreach and youth mission partners, with a focus on supporting food insecurity in the Richmond and Virginia area.

Please note: Unlike years past, there will be no pre-orders
We still need cooks, bakers, and volunteers for the Taste to be a success. 
All the delicious soups, chicken pot pies and sweets are made by our very own parishioners. We also need help with the bake shop wrapping and folks to man the tables. If you’re able to help, please sign up here.
Our Youth Parents
are getting together again! 

Friday, November 11

The second Youth Parent Social will be this coming Friday, November 11, from 6:00-7:30 pm at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, 2410 Ownby Lane in Richmond. 

Come for some fellowship with other youth parents and enjoy a drink and appetizers on St. James's.
A Tasty Way to
Earn Service Hours
This Saturday 9am -12 noon

If you need community service hours, come out for our cooking event on Saturday, November 5 from 9am - 12 noon in Valentine Hall. We’ll be cooking and baking for the Taste of St. James!

No experience needed, just a desire to learn and have fun. To sign up, click here.
Young Family Social
is Saturday, November 12

The next Young Family Social is Saturday, November 12 from 4-6 pm at the home of Mary Beth and Chris Abplanalp (8346 W. Weyburn Road). 

St. James’s will provide snacks, water, and lemonade. Please feel free to bring a favorite beverage to enjoy! 

If you have ANY children living at home, these socials are for you!
John & Cynthia McCard's Christmas Open House

This is always a warm and lovely way to kick off the Christmas season, and one of the highlights of the holidays. As Santa might say, the more the merrier.

When: Sunday, Dec, 11 from 5--8 pm.
Where: The McCards, 1104 West Ave.
RSVP here by December 7th, so we know how much food to prepare. 
Update on the St. James's
Name Tags

The response to our Name Tag program has been amazing. Thanks to everyone who has requested one–and is wearing it on Sundays (especially in the reception line) and at other church events.

If you haven’t picked up your name tag yet, it’s waiting for you in the Narthex.

Just to be clear, the name tag is yours to have, hold and keep.

If you need more than one, you can always order more by going here.
St. James’s is
now accepting nominations
for the 2023 Vestry Class.

Serving on the Vestry is one of the great privileges of church membership--and one
of the most important responsibilities.

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

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

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.

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 Mary Brown or call her at 804-355-1779, ext. 313.
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