Just before everything shut down for Covid, the vestry had undertaken a Master Plan process to identify St. James’s needs and aspirations for our programs and campus. We retained Glavé & Holmes Architects, who compiled an abundance of information through parish-wide surveys and interviews.

Over the last few months we have restarted the process with an enhanced Master Plan Committee that has worked with the architects to conceptualize how our needs and aspirations can develop, plus options and priorities for St. James’s for years to come.

This Sunday at our Adult Forum, the architects will present these concepts to the congregation, eager to hear your input as they prepare the final plan that will be presented to the vestry at its December meeting.
Please join us in Valentine Hall at 10:15 for what promises to be an inspirational presentation.
Harry Warner
Junior Warden
Tuesday, November 15
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 16
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 Holy Eucharist Service
St. James's Chapel

The Taste - 5-7pm, Valentine Hall
Come for a night of food, fellowship, and fun,
all the while benefiting our outreach and youth mission partners.

Thursday, November 17
Thursday Men’s Breakfast Bible Study
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

Friday, November 18 - Saturday, November 19
Confirmation Camp at Camp Hanover
Contact: Katie Ricard, youth@doers

This week's eChimes features
  • Evensong this Sunday at 5pm
  • Advent Bible Study begins this Sunday
  • Be A DOER - fill a bag for the Thanksgiving Food Drive
  • The Taste is this Wed. - come be a Day-of-Event Volunteer
  • Lots of St. James's Youth Ministry activities this weekend
  • Youth Parent Social tonight at Hardywood - Richmond
  • Music News - Lisa Niemeier Recital and U2 Celtic Mass
  • Why we pledge our support to St. James's
  • RSVP to the McCard's Christmas Open House
  • It's time to order your Poinsettias
  • Learn to be a Court Appointed Special Advocate for a child
  • Vestry Nominations
  • Parishioner who passed away recently
  • Prayers of the People
  • Virginia Diocese information
Sunday, November 13 at 5 pm in the Sanctuary

This Sunday evening, November 13, make plans to attend our beautiful Evensong service, starting at 5 pm in the Sanctuary. Since Old Testament times, the people of God have offered praise and prayers as the day draws to an end. The core of Evensong is hymns, a psalm, readings from Scripture, the Song of Mary (Magnificat) and Song of Simeon (Nunc dimittis) canticles, the Lord’s Prayer and concluding prayers.

On Sunday the Magnificat and Nunc dimittis will be from the Evening Canticles in D, composed by A. Herbert Brewer (1865-1928), who was a boy chorister and, later, the organist at Gloucester Cathedral.
Advent Bible Study
with Doug Wigner in a new location

Advent Gospels, Preparation and Incarnation
Sundays • Nov 13, 20 / Dec 4, 11
10:15 — 11:00 am
Now meets in Gibson Hall, Conference C

The Rev. Doug Wigner will lead a bible study looking at The Two Themes of Advent — Preparing for the celebration of Jesus’ birth, the Incarnation and the return of the Christ. Using the propers for Advent Sundays a few weeks ahead, this study will be a chance to dive deep into the gospel stories we will hear during the Advent Season.

You will have the inside track on which way the preacher may go, or not! Bring your Bibles and enthusiasm for the question of — Why is this important in my life?
Our Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive supporting FEED MORE is back.

Our friends at FEED MORE are really counting on individual donations. FEED MORE was recently in the news reporting that Grocery Stores donations are down due to supply chain issues.

In addition, communities are experiencing extreme economic strain and there's an increase in food insecurity.

This Thanksgiving helping our friends at FEED MORE support the children, families and seniors who struggle with hunger is more essential than ever.

You can pickup a bag this Sunday (11/13) in the Narthex, along with a list of FEED MORE's most needed items.

Return your bag(s) full of food to the Narthex next Sunday, November 20
or at the Thanksgiving Service (11/24). You may also use your own grocery bags.

For more information contact Blake Singer, bsinger@doers.org Thank you for being a DOER.
The Taste
is this Wednesday and in-person!
Make room in your fridge.

The Taste of St. James is this Wednesday, November 16th from 5 to 7pm in Valentine Hall – just in time to stock up on Thanksgiving soups, meals and sweets.

Come for a night of food, fellowship, and fun, all the while benefiting our outreach and youth mission partners, with a focus on supporting food insecurity in the Richmond and Virginia area.

Please note: Unlike years past, there will be no pre-orders

We still need help with the bake shop wrapping and folks to man the tables. 
If you’re able to help, please sign up here.

Lots of
St. James's Youth Ministry Activities this weekend!

Our Youth Ministry is busy this weekend and we would love you to join us for fellowship and fun . We're kicking off the weekend with our Youth Parent Social tonight at Hardywood Brewery - 2410 Ownby Lane - from 6:00-7:30.

A Classical Romance: A Story Recital.
This Monday, November 14 at 7 pm
in the Sanctuary. 

St. James's Parishioner Lisa Niemeier will present her senior recital at St. James’s on Monday, November 14 at 7 p.m. Music by Schubert, Granados, Chopin, Ravel and Liszt. Please join us in celebrating Lisa’s accomplishment and enjoying the fruits of her labor.
U2 Celtic Mass
Sunday, November 20 at the 9 am service.
The Guitar Ensemble and The West Gallery Choir will sing music by U2 at the 9 am service on Sunday, November 20. The service also includes Gaelic hymns (Slane and Cwm Rhondda) and a liturgy written expressly for this mass. Join us and bring a friend.
Here’s how U2’s Bono sees the connection between U2’s music and God: There [are] cathedrals and alleyways in our music. I think the alleyway is usually on the way to the cathedral, where you can hear your own footsteps and you’re slightly nervous and looking over your shoulder, and wondering if there’s somebody following you. And then you get there and realize there was somebody following you: It’s God.
Why we pledge our support
to St. James's.

Megan and Scott Matthews share why they're so committed to supporting St. James's in our newest Annual Giving video. 

As you listen to their story, we hope you'll begin to realize all the reasons you want to make your 2023 pledge to St. James's. As Wilson Trice, co-chair of our Annual Giving committee, has said, "The needs of the church are great because the work of the church is great."
To everyone who has already pledged, thank you. To those about to pledge, thank you too.
You can make your pledge here.
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. 
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 St. James’s Episcopal Church
(be sure to mark memo - Poinsettia)
* Include with 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.
Could You Be A Child's Voice?

Richmond CASA is looking for volunteers to advocate for children in the court system who have been abused or neglected.

CASA is now accepting applications for their Winter Training Class that begins January 24th.

For questions about applying or to get more information about Richmond CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Sarah Keel Crews at volunteer@grscan.com or 804-646-5184.
St. James’s is
now accepting nominations
for the 2023 Vestry Class.

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 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
Parishioner who passed away recently:
David Martin Barnett (d. 11/8/2022)
We commend David to God’s love.

If you would like information on how to reach out to the loved ones of the deceased, please do not hesitate to contact the church offices.

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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