July 20, 2022

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Good morning, friends. Praying your week is going well.


Seeing pictures from so many of beach and river adventures or just chillaxing makes be a bit jealous, but so happy that many of you can get away for time with family. Much needed time with family, I am sure.


Getting away from the hustle and bustle is so needed. As the cliche goes, "We are human beings, not human doings." We should spend a third of our lives sleeping the doctors say. We are built to need rest and to pause intentionally. We are not robots designed to go full pace all the time.


As you take time to pause (daily, monthly, or yearly) think on the commandment that we are to "Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy." Sabbath is more than a 24-hour period. Sabbath is about giving space and place for God. Sabbath is about trusting in God's care so that we do not have to work 24/7/365. Sabbath is about recognizing the holy in us. (If God takes a Sabbath, then we should, too, being made in God's image.


Sabbath is a faith statement to God. It goes against a culture that drives the car too often, and leans on the promises of our faith. Who knew that Sabbath was an active of counter-cultural rebellion. Be a rebel! Take a break!


I hope you take some time and space to be still and be with your thoughts, and even more, with your God. Blessings on how you take Sabbath this week!



Wednesday, July 20, 2022

  • 7:30am-Eucharist Rite II
  • Breakfast following

Saturday, July 23, 2022

  • 9am- Group Exercise Class

Sunday, July 24, 2022

  • 8am- Eucharist: Rite I Service
  • 10am- Eucharist: Rite II (music)

Monday, July 25, 2022

  • 10:30am-Grief Group
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A huge “thank you” to Paul Robb for playing in our Sunday service while Reggie is out of the country. Paul is such a wonderful musician and person. We are grateful to him for his willingness to serve our community in this way. 


Would you like to honor or memorialize someone special by signing for the Sunday flowers that our amazing Altar guild creates for us?   Your loved one will be mentioned in the bulletin.  The cost is $35 to sponsor the flowers for a particular week. Please email Kasey if you would like to sign up!


Please join us after the 10am service on Sunday, July 31 for a reception on behalf of our beloved Rev. Becky McDaniel. We wish her all the best as she goes to lead her own congregation. We ask that you bring a summer finger food or dessert to share. We look forward to seeing you there!


We are thrilled to announce that we are taking our Parish Retreat to Shrine Mont on October 14-16, 2022. It is a restorative time for yourself and your family. It is also chocked full of community and faith building. We hope you can join us. There are multiple ways you can let us know you are planning on coming. You can fill out this online form HERE. You can call Kasey and have her sign you up at 804-798-6336. You can also sign up on the bulletin board in the hallway. 

The cost is $75 for children (ages 4-12), $90 for teens (13-18), and $175 for adults (18 +).  If you would like to complete a Chenery grant request to help with the cost of your trip, please complete THIS form. We don’t want cost to hinder anyone from this awesome experience.


Join us for some our summer movie line up! We have family films and movies for just the grownups. We will hold all movies indoors in Brydon Hall at 6pm, so come rain or shine. We will have popcorn, but you are more than welcome to bring food and drink from home to enjoy while you watch. 


Family films:  

  • August 5- The Jungle Book (live action)

For the grownups:

  • August 19- That Thing You Do

"We rise by lifting others." -Robert Ingersoll

Sign up for Meals for the Clinic Volunteers

As many of you know, Saint James the Less Free Clinic meets every Wednesday evening. It is staffed by some INCREDIBLE volunteers who care in remarkable ways for our community. We have the opportunity to provide meals for them. If you would like to bring food over for 8-10 people before clinic starts on a Wednesday evening, click HERE to choose your date. More information is listed on the website. We are grateful for your willingness!

Emergency Food Pantry

Right outside our Saint James the Less Free Clinic we have a food pantry. It is available 24/7 and used a great deal as immediate needs come up. Please donate non-perishables to this. It would be an incredible blessing to our community.

ACES is in need of the following items:

Pantry: Cold cereal, Oatmeal (smaller containers preferred),Canned Beef Stew, Canned Meat (Chicken, Spam, Salmon, etc.)

Adult Clothing: Men’s Boxer Briefs (all sizes), Men’s Athletic Shoes (all sizes), Men’s jeans (sizes 30 – 38)

Children's Clothing: Boy’s Underwear (size 10), Girl’s Underwear (sizes 2 – 3) and (sizes 16 – 18), Boy’s Socks (large sizes, 3 – 9), Boy’s and Girl’s Pajamas (sizes 10 – 18), Diaper’s (size 6)

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

Francesca Carrasco, the Bilingual Hispanic Family Liaison for Hanover County Public Schools and other HCPS staff members are hosting monthly Summer Events to reach families in the following neighborhoods; Ashland Woods, Sedgefield, Stoney Run, and Colonial Estates mobile home parks.

Francesa is creating a gift basket for each event. If you would like to help she is collecting the following items. They can be left at ACES and Francesca will pick them up.


PERSONAL CARE ITEMS: soap, body wash, lotions, washcloths, towels, slippers, sponges, candles, , robes, etc.

BAKING ITEMS: dish towels, spatulas, measuring cups, mixing bowls, cupcake trays, baking trays, rollers, aprons, sugar, flour, cocoa, etc.

BREAKFAST ITEMS: Coffee mugs, coffee maker, thermos, pancake mix, baking mixes etc.

Peter Paul is currently in need of the following items. If you are able to give you are welcome to put them in the box in the hallway.

Hygiene items- bar soap, body wash, lotion, deodorant, toothpaste, chapstick, Vaseline, sanitary products.

Laundry items- Detergent pods, rolls of quarters, dryer sheets.

We are still collecting Pop Tops for Ronald McDonald house. Hang on to them or bring them by when you can. This is a valuable resource that goes to help families with children in the hospital here in Richmond.

Lord, we lift up this nation struggling with itself these days, reeling from this pandemic and its repercussions. Encourage us to faithfulness, righteousness, and compassion for all God’s Children. We lift up Justin, Archbishop of Canterbury, Michael, our Presiding Bishop, Susan and Jennifer, our Bishops, the Bishop Elect, The Rev. Canon Mark Stevenson and family, Rock+ and Becky+, our priests. 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, Michael Fox, Bill Blakemore, Chambers Cromwell, Dennis Folsom, Carter, Paul Robb, Debra Bernard, Smith family, Alex Gillette, Pam Gillette, Sally Budd, Sarah Chamblee & family, Jeff Lawrence,  May and family, Melanie Fischer, Court Warfield, Pam Bowers, Rose & Mike Brown, Wendy Vaughan, Andrea Alexander McCallum, Matt & Megan Goff, Tom Ficklin, Betty Lee, Janet Taylor, Bower family, Curtis and family, Carolyn Moury, Sherry Gilmartin, Nicki Moon, Cameron & Camilla Sharma, Jessica and family, Joy Stevenson, David Turner, Carol Meacham, Wayde Geoghegan,  and Allison Provencher. 

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: Kemper Jones, Greg Ericksen, Matthew Thomas, Philip Morison, James Ashley, Andrew Brunson, Jordan Fox, and Katherine Murphy. 

We ask your prayers for those who have died, especially Doris Fox and Miguel Cruz.

We ask your prayers for those who grieve.  

We pray for governments and governing bodies of Metropolitan Richmond: For the Mayor and City Council of Richmond, the City Administrator, and all city employees.

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 11

July 17, 2022


July 20

Peyton Chambers

July 24

Ashley Harrison

July 25

Marilyn Garlick

Matt Lambert


Saint James the Less Episcopal Church

125 Beverly Road

Ashland, VA 23005

(804) 798-6336


The Rev. Rock Higgins, tssf Rector

The Rev. Becky McDaniel- Assistant Rector

Reggie Long- Organist/Music Director

Miriam Smith- Christian Formation- Children & Youth Director

Kasey Buckland- Parish Administrator

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