A different Annual Meeting for a different time.

Short. Sweet. Fun. These may not be words you’d normally associate with the St. James’s Annual Meeting, but these aren’t normal times. This year’s meetingscheduled for January 31 at 10 am--will offer a quick review of the past year, followed by voting on the Vestry. That’s it. Then you can stay for a virtual coffee hour and visit with fellow parishioners. And if you’re lucky, you could win one of four $25 Starbucks Gift Cards. 

We must have 170 people in attendance to achieve a quorum. So please make every effort to be 1 of the 170. It’s essential to making the meeting a success More details to followlike how to sign up and vote. But please save the date. It takes all of us to Meet the Moment. 
This week's eChimes features
  • Mardi Gras at St. James's
  • Meet Your Vestry Nominees
  • Youth Group Trivia Throwdown
  • Stewardship
  • Creation Care Mission & Pilgrimage to Florida
  • St. Jimmy's Trivia Night
  • Episcopal Church News
& Programs

Get a Glimpse of Mardi Gras 2021

The St. James Mardi Gras for Mission & Outreach is gonna be awesome. Yes, it’ll be online but our plans—plus a few surprises we’re still working on—will make it fun, engaging and even delicious (yes, delicious). 
There are three ticket options:
• 1 ticket per household
• 1 ticket per household + Ukrops King Cake
Raffle ticket

Plus there will be a silent auction starting February 10 and a live auction the night of the event, February 16. 

Here’s the link to the website, where you can see how everything will work—plus get a glimpse of the auction items, with more added every day.

More information to come. But for now, save the date, February 16. And be on the lookout in the eChimes, Facebook and Instagram for more updates and reminders.
Meet Your Vestry Nominees

The one and only item of business at the Annual Meeting will be voting on new Vestry members. Here are the nominees: Ann Rawls, Christie Hartwell, Elliott Harrigan, Harry Warner, Katie Morris and Tracy Schneider

Click here to read bios and see pictures of each nominee. 
The Youth Group
Trivia Throwdown.
Who accepts the challenge?

St. James’s Youth Group resumes this Sunday with a Trivia Throwdown hosted by Mike Wade, longtime counselor at Shrine Mont Camps. 

Come show how much you know (and maybe see how little Mary Beth knows.) No experience necessary. In fact, you don’t even have to be a Youth Group regular to play. Just go to this Zoom link . The fun lasts until 10:30. 

Regular Youth Group will resume January 31 from 9am til 10:30 via Zoom. The 2021 Youth Ministry schedule is available on our Youth Ministry page.
House Churches are back for Lent!

Learn about them at Wednesday Night Fellowship & Study - January 27:
Fellowship: 6:00 - 6:30 pm
Discussion: 6:30 - 7:30 pm

Join the Rev. Hilary Streever and Blake Singer for conversation about our new house church ministry, which relaunches for the season of Lent through Easter Sunday, April 4th. Learn more about what house churches are, what to expect at a house church, hear from fellow St. Jamesers their experience of our house church experiment during Lent, ask questions and get connected to a house church!  To register for the Zoom link, click here.

House Church registration ends Wed., February 3. You can find the registration form here.

Before you register, think about how you want to participate:
  • In-Person House Church ― Small groups that meet on Sunday evenings in person, socially distanced, and outside to worship, pray, and share in fellowship (masks required). Friends and Neighbors welcome!
  • Family House Church ― A single family gathering together weekly in your home.
  • Zoom House Church ― A group will meet on Sunday evenings on Zoom to worship
and pray.
We are profoundly blessed.

It takes a bit of ingenuity to come up with a list of blessings in the midst of what we now call “these challenging times.” But we are, for the most part, the lucky ones. Among our many blessings is the community of saints that is our church--a church committed to mission, to empathy, to inclusion, to peace, to love and forgiveness and appreciation. 

We are so grateful for all the gifts each of you brings to this special parish. But as you can see by the chart, we have not yet met our reduced goals for 2021. It is far more important for you to make a gift of any size than to not respond to this invitation to sustain our worship and ministries. With the support of every member we can continue to be this extraordinary church. Thank you!

You can give by clicking on doers.org/give or by calling Suzanne Hall at 355-1779 x335.
Only One Spot Left!

There's only one spot left in our youth scuba diving mission trip. 

This summer we’re going on a Creation Care Mission and Pilgrimage to Florida focused entirely on creation care. Through scuba diving and intentional study we'll be focused on current threats to the planet and conservation of God's creation. Register here while there’s still a spot.
Totally Trivial. Completely Fun.
Saturday, February 6th

St. Jimmy’s Trivia Night is coming Saturday, February 6 from 8 to 9:30 pm. This freeand incredibly fun-- virtual trivia contest is a great way to have fun with your family and your fellow St. James’s parishioners. (Not to mention, earn some bragging rights.)

It works like a classic bar trivia game except you’re sitting on your couch or bed or at the kitchen table with your family. The event is organized through Trivia Throwdown Online, and hosted by fellow Virginia Episcopalian, Michael Wade. Let’s get together! Here’s the Zoom link.
The Church Pension Group (CPG), a financial services organization that serves The Episcopal Church, has launched Choose Well, a new podcast series featuring interviews with health and finance experts who provide insights and suggestions on some of today’s most important topics: financial wellness, cultivating healthy behaviors, and leading a balanced life. You can access Choose Well through their favorite podcast app or CPG’s website (cpg.org/podcast).
Tell Me Something Good is a new web series from The Episcopal Church that highlights positive stories from around the church through conversations with a variety of guests. New episodes of Tell Me Something Good will be released every two weeks. Episodes 1-6 are available for viewing on The Episcopal Church website here, on Facebook here, and on Instagram TV, @theepiscopalchurch.

In this sixth episode of Tell Me Something Good, hosts Jerusalem and Marcus chat with the Rev. Canon Broderick Greer and Evans Ousley, both from St. John’s Cathedral in Denver, Colorado, about how their staff has learned to shift gears and work both more broadly and more specifically during Covid-19.
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