Get your Mardi Gras tickets before they sell out. 

We’re only days away from the return of our in-person Mardi Gras for Missions & Outreach,
and nearly all the tickets are sold. Don’t miss your chance to enjoy authentic New Orleans style food, drinks, a live auction of amazing items, two raffles, and the company of fellow
St. James’sers in the most festive atmosphere possible.

You can get your tickets and view the auction and raffle items here. 

Even if you can’t make it in person, you can still make a contribution to our Missions & Outreach programs by Filling the Float here

This is one of St. James’s great traditions. Make every effort to be a part of it! 
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Monday, February 20
 President's Day
(Church offices closed)

Tuesday, February 21
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, jpstrickler@verizon.net
     Stephen Spraker, stspraker@gmail.com

Mardi Gras at St. James's - 6 pm, Valentine Hall
Enjoy authentic New Orleans style food, drinks, a live auction of amazing items,
two raffles, and the company of fellow St. James’sers
in the most festive atmosphere possible.
You can get your tickets and view the auction and raffle items here. 

Ash Wednesday, February 22
Ash Wednesday at St. James's
We’ll have Ashes-to-Go on the steps of the church from 7:30 am to 10:30 am.
And we’ll have Ash Wednesday services in the sanctuary at 12 noon and 7 pm. 
 
Wednesday Night Dinner – Ash Wednesday Dinner
No Fun-DO-Mentals class because of our 7 pm Ash Wednesday Service, but we're still inviting everyone to come to a simple dinner beginning at 5:30 pm of soup, salad and bread to kick off Lent. To help us know how many to expect, Please RSVP for dinner by 12 noon on Monday

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, betsytrow@gmail.com
The parish office will be closed Monday, February 20 for President's Day.

For pastoral emergencies,
please call our clergy members’ cell phone numbers:
The Rev. Amelia Arthur, (504) 330-3089
The Rev. Blake Singer, (423) 298-4907
The Rev. Dr. Doug Wigner, (804) 269-2946
This week's eChimes features
• Three Ways to observe Ash Wednesday
• Wednesday Night Dinner Update
• Youth Summer Mission information
• St. James's Children Center wants your input
• Full Lenten Adult Forum Schedule
• Upcoming Music Event
• Has your contact information change
• Prayers of the People
• Virginia Diocese information
Three ways
to observe Ash Wednesday.

Just as day follows night, Mardi Gras is followed by Ash Wednesday. There are three opportunities to observe this most important and holy day here at St. James’s.

Our foreheads are marked with ashes to humble our hearts and remind us that life passes away on Earth. We are reminded of this when we are told: "Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return." Ashes also symbolize grief, in this case, grief that we have sinned and caused division from God.

-- Ashes-to-Go on the steps of the church
from 7:30 am to 10:30 am

-- 12 noon service in the sanctuary with soloists

-- 7 pm service in the sanctuary with the West Gallery Choir
WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNER Update

Since we're having a 7 pm Ash Wednesday Service next week, we’re inviting everyone to come to a simple dinner beginning at 5:30 pm of soup, salad and bread to kick off Lent.

We encourage everyone who plans on coming to dinner to RSVP here by Monday at noon

There will also be an Ash Wednesday service at 12 noon, and Ashes-to-Go from 7:30 am to 10:30 am on the steps of the church

There will be no Fun-DO-Mentals class on Ash Wednesday.

Did you miss our
Youth Summer Missions Preview?

If so, you can get information about our summer mission and volunteer opportunities here.

To sign up, complete this form. We hope you'll join us!

We hope you'll join us!
ST. JAMES’S CHILDREN’S CENTER WANTS YOUR INPUT

The Board of the Children’s Center has begun a strategic planning process and would value your insights about our mission and our work. Please take 5 minutes to complete a short survey by Sunday, March 5!

Here’s the link to the survey. Thank you in advance for your thoughts and insights. 

Here's the full schedule for
our Sunday Lenten Adult Forum series. 
Adult Forum Schedule for Power of Community in a Season of Transformation Series:

  • 2/19- St. James’s Children’s Center- Presenter: Diahann Whittington Interviewer: Dick Fowlkes
  • 2/26- ReWork Richmond- Presenter: Deb Lawrence and Ferd Baruch Interviewer: TBD
  • 3/5- TBD
  • 3/12- Peter Paul- Presenter: Damon Jiggetts Interviewer: Anne Hurt
  • 3/19- REAL LIFE- Presenter: Sarah Scarbrough Interviewer: Katie Morris
  • 3/26- ACTS RVA- Presenter: Billy Poarch Interviewer: The Rev. Amelia Arthur
UPCOMING MUSIC EVENTS

Ash Wednesday, February 22
12 noon & 7 pm
Ash Wednesday Service with Soloists at noon and West Gallery Choir at 7 pm

Sunday, February 26 - 5 pm
Evensong with the Saint Singers, Kerry Court and Greg Vick, Directors

Sunday, March 19 - 9 am
Dylan Mass with West Gallery Choir and Guitar Ensemble

Has your contact info changed?

Have you moved? Changed your email address? Gotten a new phone number? Even changed your name? If so, please send your updated contact information to Veni Davidkova at vdavidkova@doers.org.

It’s the best way to make sure you get all the information from the church that you need. Thanks!! 


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