Hilary’s Last Sunday

After more than six years, dozens of engaging sermons, too many Adult Learning events to count, pilgrimages near and far, a million smiles, always the perfect prayer or greeting, so-o-o-o many different hair styles, and an impact beyond measure, Hilary is leaving St. James’s. She and her family are moving to Rochester, NY to begin a new chapter in their lives.

This Sunday she’ll deliver her final sermon at the 9 am and 11:15 am services, then between the morning services we’ll celebrate her time with us and wish her the very best in her new adventures. Please come to Valentine Hall as we express a fraction of the affection and gratitude we feel for her. 
Masks are optional.

Mask are optional for all of our worship services, including the 9 am, 11:15 am and 5 pm services.
While masks will be optional in the sanctuary, the children’s ministry and youth ministry will continue to require masks for all children, youth, and volunteers.
Monday, March 14
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, ecksaraha@gmail.com

Tuesday, March 15
Tuesday Men’s Bible Study: 7:30 am
Valentine Hall
Contacts: Patrick Strickler, jpstrickler@verizon.net or
Stephen Spraker, stspraker@gmail.com

Education for Ministry (EfM) on Zoom: 6 pm
Contact: Jane Dowrick, efmvirginia@gmail.com

Wednesday, March 16
Living Faith Bible Study: 10 am
Valentine Hall
Contact: Betse Trice, betset@hotmail.com

Wednesday Night Study & Fellowship on Zoom: 6pm - 8 pm
Why We need Dante Lenten Series
Topic: Dante's Inferno: True Comedies Begin in the Pit 
With St. James'ser Anna Evas
Meeting ID number: 838 0728 2761 / Passcode: 572867

Thursday, March 17
Chair Yoga and Meditation on Zoom: 4 pm
No experience is required.
Contact: Mark Cooper, markcooper1966@gmail.com
if you have questions and to receive the zoom link.

For more information about this week's events, visit doers.org/events/
This week's eChimes features
  • DOERS Doing: New month, New opportunity
  • Youth Service Weekend
  • 40 Days to the Cross - Lenten Calendar
  • Adult Learning in Lent
  • Holy Week at St. James's
  • Keeping a Holy Lent
  • Lent is the ideal time for confession
  • How you can help Ukraine
  • Dylan Mass
  • Easter Lilies
  • Spring Picnic at Rock Bottom
  • Chair Yoga and Meditation with Mark Cooper
  • Wednesday Nights - "Why you need Dante"
  • Vacation Bible School - Save the date
  • St. James's Youth summer plans
  • Research Assistant for Becoming Beloved Community
  • Prayers of the People
  • Diocese of Virginia Web site
New month, New Opportunity
to join our Doers Doing. 

This month we’re switching things up a bit partnering with our Youth on a project for Harvest of Hope.

All the details are right here, plus ways you can get involved on your own with our three regular partners: CARITAS, Peter Paul, and Real Life.
Youth Service Weekend
is coming.

And everyone is invited…including you. 
Youth Service Weekend is March 25-27. 

Youth, along with Doers Doing in the community, will come together to work on two projects: cutting and tying mesh bags for Harvest of Hope and folding palm crosses for St. James's Palm Sunday services. A third service project for Fox Elementary may be completed if needs arise. 

Food will be provided. To register and get more information, go here.
LENT is the ideal time for confession.

If there is a burden you're carrying that you’d like to lay at the foot of the cross, Reconciliation of a Penitent (or, private confession and absolution) is always available from any member of the clergy, and is particularly appropriate during Lent.

To arrange a time, please reach out to the clergy member of your choice or contact Mary Brown (mbrown@doers.org, 355-1779, ext. 313).

Episcopal Relief is helping Ukraine.
You can help them do more. 

We know a lot of you are looking for a way to make a difference in Ukraine. Episcopal Relief & Development is already hard at work bringing assistance and support.

Click here to make a direct gift to help Ukrainian families. Thank you. 

Dylan Mass
Sunday, March 27 at 9 am

The language we use to describe God and to articulate our beliefs clouds our eyes, closes our ears and numbs our hearts. Dylan wrote, “the more you live a certain way, the less it feels like freedom,” and life certainly validates those words – routines shackle us. This is the motivation behind the Dylan Mass – a new vocabulary in the sanctuary, both musically and lyrically, for the age-old truths for which we hunger.

Stand at the crossroads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way lies; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls (Jeremiah 6:16). Prayerfully the good way will be illuminated as we worship in the spirit, using the words of Bob Dylan.

Let’s remind ourselves of who we are and to whom we belong. Invite a friend and join us at the 9 am service on March 27. 
Remember or honor a loved one with Easter Lilies
St. James’s is filled with beautiful lilies on Easter Sunday. If you would like to contribute a lily as a memorial for or in thanksgiving of a loved one, please contact:

Gina Young at gyoung@doers.org or Mary Brown at 804-355-1779, ext. 313.

Put in your order no later than Wednesday, April 6, please, with the name(s) as you would like them to appear in the bulletin. 

Please send a check for $25 (clearly marked for a lily) and the name of the honoree to:
St. James’s Episcopal Church, 1205 W. Franklin St., Richmond, VA 23220.

Lilies will be delivered to the sick and home-bound after Easter services.
Let’s Have a Picnic on May 15! 

Spring is coming! And so is the Spring Picnic at Rock Bottom. SAVE THE DATE for an early evening picnic and gathering on Sunday, May 15 from 4 to 7 p.m. We’ll enjoy food, fellowship, music and fun for everyone at this beautiful setting on the James River. 

Keep your eye on future eChimes for more information. Registration will be required so we’re sure to have enough food and drink – but all you need to bring is YOU and your picnic blanket or chairs. Don’t miss your chance to join your parish family and celebrate what we love about our church. 
Chair Yoga and Meditation
with Mark Cooper

You’re invited to a new Yoga Class: Lenten Chair Yoga & Meditation Series being led by Dr. Mark Cooper. This 45-minute class–which only requires a chair and a Zoom connection – will meet on the following Thursdays: March 17, 24, 31 and April 7 at 4PM.

Mark, a 500-hour certified yoga instructor and 40+year meditation practitioner, came to meditation from his experience with yoga, says, "The last pose, savasana, is a resting pose and is where meditation can begin."  No prior experience is required. 

Please contact Mark at markcooper1966@gmail.com if you have questions and to receive the zoom link.
Wednesday Night Study and Fellowship Lenten Series: Why You Need Dante
March 9 – April 6, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Zoom

St. James'ser and poet-musician-theologian Anna Evas will be our guide for the next three parts of our journey, through the three volumes of Dante’s Commedia. She’ll begin by asking: What is a comedy? Then walk through Biblical precedents for this most life-like of literary genres, discuss the epic and the Enneagram. Then she’ll ask: Is the Inferno Dante's revenge against his political enemies? She’ll examine an overlooked trait of impenitents and hell's most pathetic sinners, then take a look at The Lord of the Rings and a superlative James Bond moment.

Go here and scroll down the page to register and to see the full schedule.

You only need to register once here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. This link will be emailed each Wednesday to all registered attendees.

Vacation Bible will be June 27 thru 30 for children 3 years old to rising Third Graders. Keep watching the eChimes for details. But in the meantime, mark your calendars for this great Summer tradition. 
St. James’s Youth Ministry has
big plans this summer. 

Whether you’re in 5th grade or college, St. James’s has amazing opportunities for you this Summer.

Click here to see the big plans we have for you, including missions and pilgrimages near and far (including Florida), volunteer opportunities, and camps. You can also find registration and payment information.

Or watch this video to hear what Katie Ricard, our Director of Youth Ministry, has to say about the terrific plans for this summer.
Becoming Beloved Community has a paid position for a research assistant.

The St. James’s BBC History Team is looking for volunteers and a paid part-time research assistant to help with research at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture. We are working on Part III – 1900 to 1960: Jim Crow and Massive Resistance. 

If you’re interested in volunteering or would like more information, please contact Alice Tousignant at alice@hdadvisors.net.

 If you know someone who might be interested in a paid part-time research assistant position, you can review the job description here.

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.

For Diocese of Virginia news and information, visit: https://www.thediocese.net/

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