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St. James’s Whitlock Legacy Society

The St. James’s Whitlock Legacy Society honors stewards who make financial provisions for the future of this parish. The health and well-being of St. James’s is built upon the generations of saints in our community who have left a legacy intended for the long-term benefit of the church. You can become a member of the Whitlock Legacy Society by naming the St. James’s Endowment Fund, Inc. in your will or legacy gift. Once you make known your intention to St. James’s, you will become a member of the the Society, and your name will be added to the list of the Whitlock Legacy Society members unless you prefer to remain anonymous.

If you have not notified us of your plans, we would greatly appreciate your letting us know. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Ryan Corrigan, Director of Development, at 804-355-1779, ext. 335.

As parishioners of St. James’s, we are called to live as Doers of the Word, worshipping God and serving others to build Christ’s Kingdom. As we add to the foundation of our church to benefit future generations and uncharted ministries, we practice meaningful stewardship of all that God has bestowed upon us.
We are deeply grateful to Whitlock Legacy Society Members who have shown their devotion to St. James’s and their faith in this parish.

Vestry Statement on Legacy Giving:

“As a vestry we, the leaders of St. James’s Episcopal Church, acknowledge that all things do indeed come from God, and that we have a sacred responsibility to God and to St. James’s to support the long-term health of our parish. Our vibrant church of today is built on the generosity of those saints who have gone before us, and we give thanks for their gracious gifts.  To ensure a healthy church for tomorrow we commit ourselves to make provisions for St. James’s Endowment Fund, Inc. in our estate or other long-term financial plans, and by our example to encourage others to do the same.

St. James’s planned giving program and the Whitlock Legacy Society have our full commitment and support. We invite other “doers of God’s Word” to join us on this spiritual journey, thereby becoming an eternal gift to our parish.”

Adopted by the Vestry April, 2019

Who was Elizabeth Whitlock?

Elizabeth Brockenbrough Aiken Whitlock, her husband Charles Evans Whitlock and their two daughters and son lived at 100 E. Franklin Street, which was called Linden Row, a hub of social activity at the time. Linden Row housed several noteworthy schools, including the school founded by Miss Virginia Randolph Ellett, which was to become St. Catherine’s School. Elizabeth was active in philanthropic organizations in Richmond and her family were parishioners of St. James’s Church at its first location at the corner of 5th and Marshall Street. Her husband Charles Evans had a prosperous career with a lumber company and later a cigar and tobacco company. After his death in 1911, she remained at Linden Row later moving to 820 W. Franklin Street. Naturally, she continued to worship at St. James’s which moved to its current location in 1913.

Elizabeth Whitlock left $5000 to St. James’s Episcopal Church at her death in 1930. The value of that gift today would be $68,757.

Omega File

A useful tool in planning for your loved ones after your death is the  Omega File, which provides a comprehensive place for you to document information.

We come into this life with nothing, and we leave with nothing even though we live with abundant gifts from God.  We believe in the importance of returning to God part of what God has given us.  Therefore, when you consider or review your individual financial/estate planning, please commit to make some provision for the St. James’s Endowment Fund, Inc.  The provision can be for any amount, large or small.  St. James’s encourages every member of the parish to make such a consideration.

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