The Celebration is just under three weeks away.
Come be a part of the fun, food and entertainment.

The St. James’s Celebration: A Feast of Goodwill & Connection is just under three weeks away–and the deadline to register is only 12 days away. 

It will be an unforgettable night of fine dining, live music, entertainment, an open beer and wine bar, and countless chances to Connect & Reconnect. Like they once did at the Feasts, Mark Whitmire and his talented performers and singers will be treating us to quite a show.

Register by Wednesday, October 19, then join other St. James’sers on Wednesday, October 26 at the Dewey Gottwald Center at the Science Museum of Virginia from 6 to 9 pm.

This special event is free but there's a suggested voluntary donation of $10 per person. It's important to register so we know what your preferred entree is. Register and donate here.

An event of this size requires volunteers. Here's how you can help.

  • Hosts for the tables – introduce yourself, welcome guests, talk about St. James’s, no expertise needed.
  • Helpers to set the tables the morning of October 26.
  • Help with parking, as many are new to the Gottwald Center. The entrances to parking are well marked – easy job
  • Help with registration, bar setup and bartending, serving food at dinner.

To be a much-needed volunteer, sign up here. You can also sign up in the Narthex this Sunday morning. 
Tuesday, October 11
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, Michaux House, room 205
We'll for some combination of fellowship, prayer, and Bible or book study.
Contact the Rev. Blake Singer,

Wednesday, October 12
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,

Wednesday Noon Holy Eucharist Service
St. James's chapel

Thursday, October 13
Coffee on the Corner - 9 to10:30 am
Corner of Birch and Franklin Streets
Free Blanchard's Coffee every second and fourth Thursday of the month.

Friday, October 14
Youth Parent Social - 6:00 to 7:30 pm
The Quirk Hotel Lobby Bar
Come for some fellowship; your first beverage is on us!
The Parish House will be closed on Monday, October 11 for Columbus Day
If you have a pastoral emergency here's how to reach our clergy.
John McCard: 404-408-8241 / Amelia Author: 504-330-3089
Blake Singer: 423-298-4907 / Doug Wigner: 804-269-2946
This week's eChimes features
  • Meet Dr. Garwood Anderson
  • We have a few spots for the Parish Retreat
  • Young Family Social this Saturday
  • Doing Doers REAL LIFE cookout and picnic
  • What's happening the next few weeks in Youth Ministry
  • Do you have a dish you want to share for the Taste
  • Your Annual Giving pledge makes a difference
  • Collect your plant seeds for St. James's Children's Center
  • Get your own name tag
  • Wednesday Noon Eucharist Update
  • Prayers of the People
Meet Garwood Anderson this Sunday
Our guest preacher and special guest at our Sunday Adult Forum

Dr. Garwood Anderson has been a member of the Nashotah House faculty since 2007 and has served as Dean since 2017. Before coming to Nashotah House, Anderson was on the faculty of Asbury Theological Seminary (Orlando, Florida, campus) from 2002 to 2007. He has also taught as a visiting professor at Bethel Theological Seminary, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Reformed Theological Seminary, and the West African Theological Seminary in Lagos, Nigeria. Prior to his academic career, he served for seventeen years on the campus staff of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (1984-2001), where he ministered on numerous college campuses, including as the Divisional Director for Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, for eleven years.

Dr. Anderson will share stories of “The Power of Community” as it relates to the community he lives in and serves as Dean. Watch this video to know more about Dr. Anderson. 
A few last-minute spots have opened up at the Parish Retreat. 

Due to some last minute cancellations, a few spots have opened up at the Fall Parish Retreat, including accommodations with FREE child care. So if you missed out on a spot earlier, now’s your chance to join fellow St. Jamesers’s for an amazing weekend at Shrine Mont from October 21 to 23.
The cost for two nights of lodging and six meals is $285 for families (or two adults) and $185 for singles. Plus there’s free childcare! Contact Julie Eckstein with any questions. If you’re ready to sign up right now, go here
Our Young Family Social
is this Saturday, October 8th

Our first Young Family Social a few weeks back was a huge success. The next on is this Saturday, October 8, from 4 to 6 pm.

The social will be held at the home of Erin and Bryce Jewett (5 Paxton Road). St. James’s will provide snacks, water, and lemonade. Please feel free to bring a favorite beverage to enjoy! If you have children living at home, these socials are for you!

To know more, contact: Katie Ricard at or Ashlee Ligon at
Meet the women
in the REAL LIFE program. 
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!

We need 15-20 volunteers to help setup, grill, and clean up, but feel free to just sign up to attend
(so we have an idea of how much food to get)!

You can indicate on the signup
if you want to volunteer or just attend.

Please contact the Rev. Blake Singer with any questions at

To see all the ways you can be a "DOER Doing" in October and November, click here.
Here’s a round up of everything happening in our Youth Ministry 
over the next few weeks. 

Community Service Opportunities
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. Sign up here.

Saturday, Nov. 5
Save the date for November's cooking event

Friday, Oct. 14 from 6:00-7:30 pm
Our first Youth Parent Social at the Quirk Hotel Lobby Bar
Come for some fellowship; your first beverage is on us!
If you can’t make this Social, the next one is November 11.
(parents only)

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.
Do you have a dish you want to share with our parish? 

The Taste of St. James’s is back–and, like in the past, it’s planned for just before Thanksgiving so folks can stock up on the sweet and savory goodies we’re famous for. But we’re always open to selling dishes that are altogether new. 

If you think you might be interested in being a cook for The Taste, look for our special email next Wednesday, October 12, with all the details. 

When is The Taste? Mark your calendars for Wednesday, November 16.
St. James's Annual Giving

Thanks to everyone who has already made your 2023 annual pledge. We’re off to a great start. 

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.
Seeds of Love

We hope that, like the children of the Children's Center, everyone will take time to enjoy the sights, scents and ease of the outdoors this fall. While you're outside, cleaning out your summer flower gardens, please save your seeds for the Children’s Center.

Just clip off the deadheads from perennial flowers and place them into a bag. You can place them in the Seeds of Love container in the Narthex of St. James’s Church or deliver your seeds to the Children’s Center. We will use the seeds to make seed balls.

If you include your name and address, we will be happy to save one of our seed balls for you to plant next spring.

Better yet, post a photo of yourself collecting seeds on social media and tag us @ St. James’s Children’s Center. We’ll share your post with our Children’s Center friends, like you.

Thank you for helping children blossom!
Get your very own St. James’s
Name Tag to have and keep.

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.

Just go to this registration page, answer two questions, and your new name tag will be waiting for you in the Narthex (the church entrance) the following Sunday.

Moving forward, you can always find the link to order your Name Tag under Connect on the Nav Bar at the top of the home page of

Noon Eucharistic Service

The Noon Wednesday Eucharist will return this Wednesday in the Chapel. We look forward to seeing you there for this lovely, intimate, powerful service. 

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.
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