Attend Blake and Kilpy’s Ordination this Saturday.

Tomorrow morning at 10:30 am, Blake and Kilpy Singer will be ordained as priests.
The ordination service will be held at Christ Church Episcopal at 5000 Pouncey Tract Road in Glen Allen. This event is open to all, and no ticket is required. 
Celebrate Blake’s milestone at our Epiphany Party on Sunday.

This Sunday, ALL AGES are invited to Valentine Hall during formation hour (10:15 -11 am)
for our Epiphany Party. 

Like the magi who followed the star, we all will have opportunities to make stars to hang in our homes and learn about the ancient tradition of chalking our doors to invite God’s blessing. And to top it off, we’ll have cake to celebrate Blake’s ordination. 

Tuesday, January 10
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 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, January 11
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

Thursday, January 12
Thursday Men's Breakfast Bible Study - 7:30 am
This group 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. Jamesers.
Contact: the Reverend Dr. Mark Cooper,

Saturday, January 14
Young Family Social, 4-6pm,
If you have ANY children living at home, this social is for you!
Location - The Abplanalp's, 8346 W. Weyburn Road
Contact: Katie Ricard,

This week's eChimes features
  • MLK, Jr. Evensong
  • Hospitality help needed for Evensong Reception
  • Be a DOER during CARITAS Bridge Week
  • Back pack Drive for CARITAS
  • A new Bible Study group - Women in Fellowship

  • Young Family Social
  • Two Amazing Youth Winter Events
  • Is this your check?
  • St. Philip's Episcopal Church Blood Drive this Saturday
  • Prayers of the People
  • Virginia Diocese information

MLK Evensong
Sunday, January 15, at 5 pm

Come celebrate the dream of Dr. King in music and in his own words. 

The St. James’s MLK Evensong is our annual tribute to the inspiration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This powerful and moving service will feature St. James’s Choirs and the Concert Choir of Norfolk State University, one of the premiere African-American ensembles in the country, directed by Dr. Harlan Zachery.

And for the very last time, Dr. Carl W. Haywood, former director of the Norfolk State Concert Choir, preeminent organist, conductor, composer, and editor of Lift Every Voice, will be the Organist and Guest Conductor.

Hospitality help needed for
Evensong Reception

We will welcome hundreds of folks from across the city for next Sunday’s MLK service. If you can provide a food item for the reception, please tell Laura Shuford, our Music Hospitality Coordinator. This is a perfect way to Invite, Welcome, and Connect.

You can reach Laura at or 804-539-4378.
Caritas Bridge Week is changing.
And there are so many ways to be a DOER.
January 20-26

The beautiful new CARITAS Center is now housing the Women’s Shelter guests, so instead of hosting CARITAS shelter guests here at St. James's like we've done in the past, St. James’ers are now invited to help provide food, fellowship, and fun right on-site at the shelter during the week of January 20-26. 

There are so many ways for you to help, including preparing and serving breakfast, preparing and dropping off lunch, preparing dinner at St. James’s and serving it at the shelter, providing evening entertainment, and going on a CARITAS Center tour. 
All DOERS are encouraged to Sign up here.

The CARITAS Center is at 2220 Stockton St., Richmond VA 23224

Please no elementary/middle school age children at the shelter. High schoolers may participate at your own discretion.
A second way to help:
Backpack Drive for the
Men and Women at CARITAS

Leading up to and during the Bridge Week we’ll also be collecting new and gently used adult backpacks for men and women graduating from the CARITAS Works program.

You can drop off your backpacks in the indicated bins in the narthex or at The Parish House from Sunday, January 8, through Sunday, January 22.
A New Bible Study Group
just for Women. 

We’re excited to announce that there’s a new women’s bible study called Women in Fellowship here at St. James’s. It’s been created for women in their 30s, 40s and 50s but don’t worry 20 somethings or 60+ somethings, we won’t be checking IDs. 

What we will be doing is gathering on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month from 7 to 8:30 pm in the home of a group member for fellowship, study, discussion, prayer, and finding ways to fit our faith into daily life and actions.

The first meeting, happening this Thursday, January 12 will be at Kendal Sibley’s home (4103 Cambridge Rd, 23221); on January 26, the meeting will be at Laura Stricker’s home (1238 Rothesay Circle, 23221)

We’ll be following the lectionary, and reading and discussing the upcoming week’s Gospel. We’ll close in prayer for each other and those in need.

If you’re planning on coming, please email Kendal Sibley at so they know how many to expect. 
Young Family Social
Saturday, January 14

The next Young Family Social is Saturday, January 14th from 4 to 6 pm at Mary Beth and Chris Abplanalp’s house (8346 W. Weyburn Road). 

St. James will provide snacks, water, and lemonade. Parents are encouraged to bring a favorite beverage. We hope to see you there!
Don’t miss out on two amazing Winter events! 

It's time to register for two beloved youth events: the MLK Service Lock-In and Snowfest! 

Youth in grades 9-12 may attend the MLK Service Lock-In on January 15-16 at St. James’s. The lock-in is a great opportunity to earn community service hours, while also engaging in reflection on Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy and helping one’s community. To register, click here

Youth in grades 6-12 may attend Snowfest on February 3-5 at Shrine Mont. At Snowfest we ski, snowboard, or tube, while also engaging in fellowship, fun, and some formation! For more information and to register, click here

Don’t miss out on either of these two amazing events!
We’re trying to figure out
who sent us a check. 

A kind and generous soul sent us a check from TD Ameritrade Clearing and while we very much appreciate it, there’s no name attached to the gift.

If you instructed TD Ameritrade to send us money, please email Poconna Thiel at so she can make sure it’s on your gift record. Thank you. 
Blood Drive
This Saturday, January 7
10 am - 3 pm

Our friends at St. Philip's Episcopal Church and the Richmond Alumni Chapter Emergency Response Team Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
are having a blood drive this Saturday.

The blood Drive is being held at
St. Philip's Episcopal Parish Hall
2900 Hanes Avenue
Richmond, VA 23222

To register go to:
Use the Sponsor Keyword 'philip' (note one 'l')

The Red Cross is always in need of blood donations - your donation can save a life.

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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