So much to celebrate.
So much to cheer. 

Wednesday night’s Celebration was truly that…a celebration! It was a celebration of our coming back together. It was a celebration of our energy and enthusiasm. A celebration of our talents. Of our generous spirits. A celebration of our love for one another–and the larger world. And ultimately, it was a celebration of our faith and spiritual connection. 

We’ve gathered a few pictures here from a night with a thousand feel-good moments and countless reasons to be happy that we’re all on this journey together. 

Thanks to everyone who played a part–big or small–in the creation of The Celebration. And thanks to everyone who came full of energy, enthusiasm and high-spirits. 
Tuesday, November 1
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, November 2
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,

Wednesday Noon Holy Eucharist Service
St. James's Chapel

Thursday, November 2
Men's Bible Study Breakfast - 7:30 am, Valentine Hall
We are a lay-led group that meets every other Thursday to read and
discuss the Lectionary Readings for the upcoming Sunday. It’s a great way to learn the scriptures and build deeper relationships with other St. James'sers.
Contact Mark Cooper,

Brown Bag Book Club - 12 pm via Zoom
The Brown Bag Book Club Group reads and discusses 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
November book: The Organ Thieves by Chip Jones
This week's eChimes features
  • All Saints Necrology
  • Adult Forum with Bill Lohmann
  • An evening with writer David Zahl
  • Amelia speaking at Youth Classes
  • Teens needed to cook & bake
  • Cooks and Bakers needed for The Taste
  • Vestry Nominations
  • 12-step Eucharist at St. Thomas
  • Name Tags
  • Wednesday Noon Service
  • Prayers of the People
  • Virginia Diocese information
All Saints Sunday is November 6. If you have a loved one who’s died that you want remembered, please send their name by this Monday, October 31 to Mary Brown at

Please note, if their name has appeared in the church bulletin during the last 12 months, their name is already on the list – and there’s no need to submit their name.
This Sunday: The Power of Positivity with Bill Lohmann, RTD columnist

Bill Lohmann, columnist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, will be our guest during this week’s Adult Forum series, The Power of Community, Sunday at 10:15 in Valentine Hall. Lohmann will focus on “The Power of Positivity.” 

In addition to being an RTD columnist, Lohmann has been a sports writer, feature writer, and he’s the author of “Backroads and Byways of Virginia: Drives, Day Trips and Weekend Excursions.” 

In 2019, he won the George Mason Award from the Virginia Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. This promises to be a fascinating and inspiring addition to our Adult Forum series.

A Fascinating Evening
with author David Zahl

Join us in Valentine Hall this Wednesday, November 2, from 5:30 to 7 pm for an evening with David Zahl, author of Low Anthropology. We’ll enjoy food and drink, and hear from David. He will also have copies of his book available for purchase that evening.

David Zahl is founder and director of Mockingbird Ministries. He wrote the critically acclaimed book Seculosity: How Career, Parenting, Technology, Food, Politics, and Romance Became Our New Religion and What to Do About It. He has also written for Christianity Today and the Washington Post. He lives with his wife and three boys in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he also serves on the staff of Christ Episcopal Church.

In his latest book Low Anthropology, he explores how our ideas about human nature influence our expectations in friendship, work, marriage, and politics. We all go through life with an "anthropology"--an idea about what humans are like. A high anthropology--thinking optimistically about human nature--can breed perfectionism, anxiety, burnout, loneliness, and resentment. Meanwhile, Zahl invites readers into a biblically rooted and surprisingly life-giving low anthropology, which fosters hope, deep connection with others, lasting love, vulnerability, compassion, and happiness.
Amelia is our
special guest
this Sunday.
This Sunday, The Rev. Amelia Arthur will be sharing her spiritual journey with our middle and high school youth groups. 

Come out to learn more about her, as well as how she experienced faith in her teenage years. We will meet in room 302 from 10:15-11:00.
A Tasty Way to
Earn Service Hours
If you need community service hours, come out for our cooking event on Saturday, November 5. We’ll be cooking and baking for the Taste of St. James! No experience needed, just a desire to learn and have fun. To sign up, click here.  

Bakers and Cooks needed.
We still need bakers and cooks for the Taste of St. James! Click here to sign up to cook and bake. Want to help wrap baked goods, set up, or sell during the event? 

Use the link above to sign up! Also, don’t forget to come out, shop, and enjoy drink, food, and fellowship on November 16 from 5-7pm.

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 o 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

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
The easy way to
order your Name Tag.

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.

You can always find the link to order your Name Tag under Connect on the nav bar on the home page of

And, yes, you can order a new one if you lose your old one. 

Noon Eucharistic Service

We have a Noon Eucharist service on Wednesday in the Chapel. It is a lovely and powerful way to connect with God. We look forward to seeing you.

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.
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