October 4, 2023

Saint James the Less Weekly News & Updates

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A Note From Father Rock

Good morning, friends!

We are looking at the weather forecast for this Sunday, and at 8 am it is supposed to be in the 40s. We will be moving back inside earlier than planned. Our rule of thumb is inside if colder than 60 degrees, and Sunday it definitely will be. 

I will miss being outside for the Rite I mass. What started as an experiment proved more successful than we could have hoped. Most Sundays in the summer, the 8 am was a handful of people. Every Sunday we were outside (starting June 1 through last week) we were double and often triple normal summer attendance. It is no longer experimental. We will move outside in the spring as we can and stay out as long as we can. God blessed us in so many ways moving that service outside. Rather than grieving moving inside earlier than planned, I thank God that more came to worship during the summer. 

On the 15th many of us will be on the Church Retreat at Shrine Mont, but Dr. Bart Natoli will be leading morning prayer for those staying back. There will only be one service at 10 am at St. James the Less, and we will try to livestream from the retreat if we can.

After our highly successful Lunch & Learn in September, we are looking forward to another on October 22nd. Hanover County Community Services Board will be sending a representative to do a talk for us on recognizing when a friend or loved one is contemplating suicide, and things we can do to prevent it and get them the help we want for them. "Talk Saves Lives: A Brief Introduction to Suicide Prevention" will be our theme directly following the 10 a.m. service. 

Lastly, we are inviting the town to join us for a Halloween movie night on Sunday, October 29, 6:30 p.m. (rain or shine). We are hoping we can get some people to hand out candy like one would do on the 31st, make and hand out popcorn, and just be welcoming. We are showing a beloved Disney Halloween favorite about a certain takeover of a December holiday. If you can help, please call the office and let us know. (804-798-6336)

Blessings on this day, the Feast Day of St. Francis!



Wednesday, October 4, 2023

  • 7:30am- Eucharist Rite II & breakfast to follow
  • 10:30am-Vinyasa Yoga with Lorie
  • 5pm- Vinyasa Yoga with Susan

Thursday, October 5, 2023

  • 6pm- Hand Bell Rehearsal
  • 7pm- Parish Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, October 8, 2023

  • 8am- Eucharist Rite I indoor
  • 8:45/9am- Sunday School
  • 10am- Eucharist Rite II (music)

Monday, October 9, 2023

  • 10:30am- Good Grief

Tuesday, October 10, 2023

  • 10am- Book Club
Click Here to Watch Services Live or Later

The 8am service has been moved INDOORS due to colder temperatures this Sunday, 10/8.

We celebrate our incredible Altar Guild. Our beloved Karen Fritter and Sylvia Spagna have served so faithfully as the leaders for many years. We are deeply grateful for their guidance and leadership. Karla Batten will be taking over and leading the Altar Guild now. We are so grateful for the service of all these remarkable women. THANK YOU!

The Blessing of the Animal's service was filled with so much spirit and and a lot of cuteness! We love all God's creatures- great and small!

A Blessing For Animals (Kathy Baldwin)

Father, bless these dear companions,

Keep them in Thy tender care.

Sharing in our lives together,

May they know that we'll be there

Watching in their daily journey,

In their sleep and when they rise;

May we love You and they love us,

Trust and praises in their eyes.

October Calendar:

  • 10/9- Indigenous Peoples Day - Office Closed
  • 10/13-15- Shrine Mont Retreat
  • 10/15-10am Morning Prayer service (no 8am)
  • 10/16 – 6:30pmVestry Meeting 
  • 10/19- Journal Group with Beth Harrison 10:30am
  • 10/21- Supper Club
  • 10/22- Lunch & Learn- Talk Saves Lives (after 10am service)
  • 10/29- Coffee Pot- Budget Check In (after 10am service)

All Saints

We will be observing All Saints at our Sunday, November 5th service. We read the names of our Beloveds that have passed at that service. If you would like the name of your loved one read aloud, please email Kasey and let us know how you would like it to read.

Lunch & Learn 10/22 11am

Please join us on Sunday, October 22nd after the 10am service for a Lunch and Learn sponsored by Hanover County Behavioral Health and Wellness Specialist, Christopher Townes. He will be sharing with us important tools and information about mental health and suicide. Educating yourself will help your family and community.

Please email Kasey to let her know you'd like to attend and we can make sure we have enough food.

Coffee Pot- Budget Check In

For those who are curious about how the church is doing financially, please join us for a Coffee Pot on Sunday, 10/29 following the 10am service. We will be able to answer questions and give a clear picture of how things are going. We hope you will join us!

SJtL Blood Drive

We are hoping to host a blood drive here at SJtL. If you are willing to donate blood, please email us or sign up on the board in the hallway. This is not a commitment since we do not know times and dates yet. We simply need 30 people willing to consider before they will come out to our property.

Brunswick Stew

We are so excited to be selling our famous "Bishop's Blessed Brunswick Stew." They will be $12 a quart. If you would like to reserve a quart (or more) for yourself or your family, please do that here, or you are welcome to call Kasey and she can set you up. (804-798-6336). You can pay when you pick it up via check, cash or card on Saturday, November 11th.

We need volunteers! If you are willing and able to help us, please sign up on the bulletin board or email us and let us know how/when you'd like to be part. We need help with set up, stirring the stew, chopping vegetables the day beofre, etc. It is so much fun to work together! THANK YOU!

2023 SJtL Ornament

We started a tradition last year creating a SJtL Christmas ornament. We are thrilled to continue that again this year! This year's ornament features the Pavilion. (last year it had our logo on it) It is crystal with beveled edges. It's gorgeous! We are selling this Parish Fundraiser for $20. To place an order, please complete this form, sign up in the hallway on the bulletin board or call the office, 804-798-6336. Orders need to be in by Friday, October 27th for pick up at our Stew Sale. You can pay when you pick them up. Thank you for supporting this community!


Sunday Schedule:

  • Children's Sunday School- Sundays 9am
  • Nursery- Sundays 9am
  • Children's Church- during the 10am service

Children's Supplies -Help us get ready for the new program year. Click the link HERE to see the needs for our youth and children’s programming. Thank you all so much for your continued support!!!

Regional Youth Group: Go Fourth Sundays

Join us on November 26th at 6pm for the next meeting of Go Fourth Sundays for our Youth! We will share a meal, create a to go service project, and share in fellowship! Follow us on Instagram for more information. @GoFourthSundays


Shrine Mont

We are looking forward to our Parish Retreat October 13-15 at Shrine Mont retreat center. Please make sure you've paid your fees before we go or make arrangements with the office. The cost is $175 for adults, $90 for youth (13-18) and $75 for children (4-12, 2 and under are free).

Book Club for Shrine Mont

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackery has been chosen as our book club for Shrine Mont. You can purchase the book from Amazon HERE. There are also copies in the local library. We will be discussing this beautiful book while we are on the mountain. Everyone is wanted and welcome!


  • Sign up to bring meals for the Clinic Volunteers HERE
  • Help stock our Emergency Food Pantry (outside the clinic)
  • Send in your Pop Tops for McDonald House
  • Bring in Hygiene or laundry items for Peter Paul
  • Donate to ACES (see below)


  • Canned beef stew
  • Canned vegetables (not green beans)
  • Canned fruit
  • Canned soup
  • Canned beans
  • Peanut butter
  • Pasta sauce
  • Cold cereal
  • Oatmeal (smaller sizes, or instant packets)
  • Laundry detergent


Children's Clothing:

  • Boy's and Girl's fall & winter clothing (all sizes)
  • Boy's and Girl's fall & winter pajamas (all sizes)
  • Boy's and Girl's shoes (all sizes) VERY LOW INVENTORY
  • Boy's and Girl's socks (all sizes)
  • Boy's underwear (size 6 - 8)
  • Girl's underwear (size 16)
  • Diapers (size 4, 5, 6 and 7)... We do not need pull-ups
  • Baby Wipes 

Adult Clothing:

  • Men's athletic shoes (all sizes)
  • Men's work boots (all sizes)
  • Men's jeans (all sizes but especially size 28 - 40)
  • Men's undershirts (all sizes)
  • Men's athletic socks (all sizes)
  • Women's athletic socks (all sizes)
  • Women's sanitary products

ACES is open on both Mondays and Wednesday from 8:30-11:30am. Thank you for your continued support!


Lord, we lift up this nation struggling with itself these days. Encourage us to faithfulness, righteousness, and compassion for all God’s Children. We lift up Justin, Archbishop of Canterbury, Michael, our Presiding Bishop, Mark, Dabney & Gail, our Bishops, Rock+, our priest, and Dawn+, our Deacon. We pray for Bart, our Seminarian, in his formation May they be strengthened and encouraged as the work with us to proclaim your Good News in this world. We pray for Joe, our President, Glenn, our Governor, and Steve, our Mayor, and all our elected officials. Guide them to lead us to the common good. 

We ask your prayers for peace; for goodwill among nations; and for the well-being of all people. Remembering especially Gus Miller, Erin Yagla, Meredith Moon, Meghann Batten, Dennis Folsom, Court Warfield, Andrea Alexander McCallum, Janet Taylor, Joy Stevenson, Wendy Vaughan, Andy Newchok, Rebecca Hottman, Haden Hopkins, Kim Keene, Pam Bowers, Hilda Kelly, Lee & Susan Chambers, Harry Hassell, Baker/Penland family, Joel Blunk, Holly Rison and family, Bettilee Kay, Bower family, Michele Murphy, Gavin Yonce and family, Smith family, Richard Delaney, Lyde Longaker, Mary Ann Harris, the Poskey family, Dennis Ray, Michele Parks, Gini Dryden, Joanne Flanagan, and Bobbie Street.

We ask your prayers for the poor, the sick, the hungry, the oppressed, and those in prison. We also ask your prayers for those serving in the diplomatic corps, the military, and as missionaries: Larson Flanagan, Kemper Jones, Greg Ericksen, Matthew Thomas, Philip Morison, James Ashley, Ellie Deas, Andrew Brunson, Liam Higgins, and Katherine Murphy. 

We ask your prayers for those who have died, especially Robert Herigodt. We ask your prayers for those who grieve.  

Our citizens who live in Hanover County, the Board of Supervisors, School Board, and Manager. The print and broadcast media. The churches of metropolitan Richmond: members and clergy. All who live in poverty. All who suffer from mental illness. Our citizens who live in Ashland, Hopewell, Colonial Heights, and Petersburg, the town and city Councils and Managers. All who work in banks and finance; all making financial decisions for greater Richmond. Prisons and jails of metropolitan Richmond: prisoners and staff. All who are unemployed or underemployed. All public servants.

For all those who seek peace in the world and for ourselves, that we may bring about God's Kingdom here on earth. For our enemies, and for those who wish us harm.

Praise God for those in every generation in whom Christ has been honored.

Proper 21 Homily

Click HERE to read the sermon text


October 4

Clint Rose

Ed Cichocki

October 6

Mary Lou Brown

Karen Fritter

Dawn Stockbridge

October 7

Hannah Holmes

October 8

Robyn Davies

October 9

Peter Trible

October 10

Joanne Flanagan

Tahira Abaire


Saint James the Less Episcopal Church

125 Beverly Road

Ashland, VA 23005

(804) 798-6336


The Rev. Rock Higgins, tssf Rector

The Rev. Deacon Dawn McNamara Deacon

Reggie Long- Organist/Music Director

Miriam Smith- Christian Formation- Children & Youth Director

Kasey Buckland- Parish Administrator

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