We look forward to seeing you at our
Thanksgiving Day Holy Eucharist Rite II service at 10 am.
The Reverend Dr. Doug Winger will be preaching and
The Reverend Dr. Bob Friend with be the Celebrant.

The clergy will bless our Thanksgiving Food Drive bounty during the Thanksgiving Day service.

We're gladly accepting donations to the Food Drive through Thanksgiving. If you're able, please bring a bag.

Feed More most needed items are ....
peanut butter, lean canned protein (tuna, salmon or chicken in water), canned vegetables (low sodium or no salt added), canned fruits (in its own juice or water), beans (canned or dry)
The Parish House will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 24 and Friday, Nov. 25
for Thanksgiving
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
Tuesday, November 29
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

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, bsinger@doers.org

Wednesday, November 30
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

Wednesday Noon Eucharist
in the Chapel

Thursday, December 1
Thursday Men’s Breakfast Bible Study - 7:30 am, Valentine Hall
We are a group that meets every other Thursday for breakfast and
to read and discuss the Lectionary Readings for the upcoming Sunday.
Contact: Mark Cooper, markcooper1966@gmail.com

Brown Bag Book Club - 12 pm via Zoom
The Brown Bag Book Club Group meets the first Thursday of the month.
We read and discuss both fiction and non-fiction selections.
All interested readers are invited to bring a lunch and join in the lively and
thoughtful discussions. Please contact Linda for the Zoom link.
Contact: Linda Owen at lindaowen23@gmail.com
December: Matrix by Lauren Groff (fiction)
January 5 — Rearing Wolves to Our Own Destruction by Midori Takagi (non-fiction)

This week's eChimes features
  • Vestry Nominations are due today
  • RSVP to the McCard's Christmas Open House
  • Sign-up for the Christmas Pageant
  • Children's Center Crosses
  • Advent & Christmas Schedule
  • Peter Paul Giving Tree
  • Lunch & Learn at Peter Paul
  • December Music Calendar
  • Advent Lessons & Carols
  • December Organ recitals
  • Read why Katie Morris is pledging to St. James's
  • Have you ordered your Poinsettias?
  • Prayers of the People
  • Virginia Diocese information

"Holy God, the navigator of our souls, hear us as we hold up before you our annual Vestry. Be with us in our yearning to chart a course together, inspired by the presence of your Spirit. Give courage to our clergy, all of our leaders, and each of us, as we move forward with your blessing. For all we do, we do to your glory, in Jesus' name. AMEN"
St. James’s nominations
for the 2023 Vestry Class
are due today, November 23

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 today, November 23 to Veni Davidkova, Parish Administrator at vdavidkova@doers.org.

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
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. 
St. James's Christmas Pageant

The Christmas Pageant is December 18 at 5 pm, which will be here before you know it.

If you have a child or youth who would like to participate, please sign them up using this form by December 16.

Interested youth should contact Katie Ricard at youth@doers.org.

This is one of the great traditions here at St. James’s. We encourage everyone to be a part of it.

St James's Children's Center
2022 Christmas Cross

The SJCC cross is a wonderful St. James's Christmas tradition and created with love.

This year's cross features a clear acrylic cross atop a fluted edge bisque disc. Violet and Gold ribbons bring the piece together. St. James's clergy were donning The Children Center crosses last Sunday, which is a great way to enjoy your Christmas cross. Or you can hang it on your tree.

This year's crosses are available for a donation of $30 each. Many of the Children Center children struggle with food stability, so the meals they receive at the Children's Center are important. This donation will cover the cost of one week's breakfast, lunch and daily snacks for one of our children.
You can order by scanning the QR code

or visit the SJCC website: Stjchildrenscenter.org
If you order 10 or more, delivery is free.

Thank you and may your holidays be full of joy, laughter and love.
DOERS Doing in The Community
Help us Decorate the
Peter Paul Giving Tree!

Peter Paul is again asking us to give gift cards so families can purchase Christmas presents of their choosing.

There will be a table setup at the Advent Fair this Sunday where you can donate either in cash, by check, or online.

Once you make the donation, you will have the opportunity to write your name (or someone else’s name whom you’re giving in honor of) on an ornament and put it on the Giving Tree.
On Dec. 4th and 11th, the tree will be moved inside Michaux House, where you will also be able to donate and put an ornament on the tree.

If you have any questions, contact Blake at bsinger@doers.org.
Lunch and Learn with Peter Paul on Thursday, Dec. 1, at noon
Sign up now!

Join other St. James’ers for a Lunch and Learn on Dec. 1 at noon at Peter Paul (1708 N 22nd St. Richmond, VA 23223) to walk through the Coleman Center as Peter Paul staff share opportunities to engage with them, as well as updates on their programs.

This is a special opportunity being offered just to St. James's to meet with Peter Paul’s staff, including Executive Director, Damon Jiggetts, about the exciting things happening now and in the future.

Spots are limited to 20, so signup now!
The deadline to signup is Sunday, Nov. 27th. Signup here.
Upcoming Music Events
Advent Lessons and Carols
Next Sunday, December 4 at 5pm

In the season of Advent we sing, “O come, o come Emmanuel” and we await joyfully, if not impatiently, to hear the story of the birth of the Messiah. And yet, even more eagerly, we, as God’s children, await the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. In candlelight and quietness, let us reflect upon God’s loving pursuit of us.
Organ Recitals
December 9 and December 10

We are having two organ recitals in December -- Friday, December 9 at 7 pm and Saturday, December 10 at 2 pm.

Here are five reasons why you don’t want to miss these recitals:
1. The two programs will include all the major organ works by the French composer César Franck, considered to be among the greatest composers of music for organ.

2. Scott Dettra, former organist at Washington National Cathedral, is a brilliant organist and an expert interpreter of the music of Franck.

3. You will hear CB Fisk Opus 112 in all its glory! St. James’s is blessed to have one of the finest pipe organs in the country.

4. Franck played an organ built by Aristide Cavaillé-Coll. Our CB Fisk organ was modeled on organs by Cavaillé-Coll, so we will hear a very authentic rendition of this remarkable music.

5. This a perfect opportunity to invite your friends to St. James’s. Our beautiful church, filled with profoundly beautiful music and friendly music-lovers, will bring them back.
More News
Reconnect, Recommit

"My family and I have jumped back into so many activities at St. James's, from Cherub and Children's Choir to Sunday School, Young Family Socials and the Parish Retreat.

On a recent Sunday, a quick stop at the playground after church turned into an impromptu lunch date at Hardywood with 4 other families. I guess I had forgotten how much I missed this community over the past couple years, but reconnecting has truly made our Fall.

In fact, my 10-year-old daughter Betsy told Blake at the retreat, "I love our church community." I can’t think of a better or more important investment than supporting this church that gives so much to us in return."
--Katie Morris
Christmas Poinsettias

It’s time to order your poinsettias!
The Flower Guild welcomes memorial gifts of poinsettias during the Christmas season.

They will be delivered to home-bound parishioners after Christmas.

The deadline is Friday, December 9. You may email your memorials to Veni Davidkova, Parish Administrator at vdavidkova@doers.org. or call 804- 355-1779, ext. 315.

* Amount per poinsettia: $25
* How to pay: by check -- payable to St. James’s Episcopal Church
(be sure to mark memo -- Poinsettia)
* Include a note with your name and the name of honoree(s)
* Mail to St. James’s Episcopal Church, 1205 W. Franklin St., Richmond, VA 23220.

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

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