Be part of our Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive
supporting FEED MORE.

After two years the church community is back on campus and reconnecting with our friends and community. This year we would love to have car loads of foods to give to our friends at FEED MORE. They are really counting on individual donations.

Grocery Stores donations to FEED MORE 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.

Return your bag(s) full of food to the Narthex this Sunday, November 20 or at the Thanksgiving Service (11/24). If you have any questions, contact Blake Singer,

Below is FEED MORE's list of most needed items. Thank you in advance for being a DOER.
Tuesday, November 22
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,

Women's Bible Wisdom - 5pm via Zoom
This Bible study meets twice a month, on 2nd and 4th Tuesdays,
to read together through a biblical book or theme at a time.
Contact: The Rev. Amelia Authur,

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,

Wednesday, November 23
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,
No Wednesday Communion at noon this week.

Instead, there will be a
Thanksgiving Day Holy Eucharist Rite II service at 10 am.
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
This week's eChimes features
  • U2 Celtic Mass
  • RSVP to the McCard's Christmas Open House
  • Sign-up Children and Youth for the Christmas Pageant
  • Advent Fair is November 27
  • Lunch and Learn for Peter Paul Development Center
  • Peter Paul Giving Tree
  • Vestry Nominations are due this Wed., November 23
  • It's time to order your Poinsettias
  • The Taste continues on Sunday
  • Chicken Pot Pie Cooking Instructions
  • Learn to be a Court Appointed Special Advocate for a child
  • Prayers of the People
  • Virginia Diocese information
U2 Celtic Mass
this Sunday at
the 9 am service.
The Guitar Ensemble and The West Gallery Choir will sing music by U2 at the 9 am service on this 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.
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 5pm, 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

This is one of the great traditions here at St. James’s. We encourage everyone to be a part of it. 
Lunch and Learn with Peter Paul on Thurs, 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 for you to speak 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.
Advent Fair
Sunday, November 27

This year’s Advent Fair will be on Sunday, November 27 during our Formation hour. Beautiful greens are available for you to make an advent wreath for $15.00 (cash or check only). This event is for all ages.

Hot chocolate, coffee, and cookies will be available. Advent reflection and devotional materials will also be available to take home. 
Plus Children and youth can decorate wooden ornaments and design a cover for the Christmas Pageant program.

As long as the weather is favorable, the Fair will take place outside by the Memorial Garden and playground (otherwise, we’ll move inside). This formation event is for all ages.
Peter Paul Giving Tree
Help us Decorate the Giving Tree!

Peter Paul is again asking for gift cards rather than gifts to give to families to help purchase Christmas presents. St. James’s will be collecting money that will then be used to purchase gift cards in $100 denominations.

There will be a table setup at the Advent Fair on Nov. 27th 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
St. James’s nominations
for the 2023 Vestry Class
are due this Wednesday

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 this Wednesday, 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
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 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.

The Taste continues
this Sunday. 

Did you miss The Taste? Have no fear! There are still some soups and baked goods available for purchase this Sunday in Michaux House from 10:15-11:15 am

Cash, check, or credit card payment will be accepted. 

Thank you to all those who came out this Wednesday to support the Taste! And to everyone who made the event such a success.
OOPS! We forgot to give cooking instructions for the Chicken Pot Pie. 

Did you buy a Chicken Pot Pie at the Taste? If so, the baking directions were accidentally left out. 

  • To bake your delicious pot pie, thaw your pie in the fridge. Remove the cover and plastic wrap. 
  • Place on a bake sheet and bake at 375 until the filling is bubbling hot, about one hour. 
  • Let cool for at least 15 minutes before serving. 
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 or 804-646-5184.

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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