November 8, 2023

Saint James the Less Weekly News & Updates

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A Note From Father Rock

Good morning, Church Family!

We have a big weekend coming up. At the end of this week, we have many coming to prep for our annual Brunswick Stew Sale. We start cooking first thing Saturday morning, and after a million or so stirs we will have a few hundred quarts of what many say is the best Brunswick Stew around. For those who have not been a part of this, we have a great time making it, and a great fundraiser selling it. Pick up of the pre-ordered and the sale of any remaining is Saturday from 2-5. Payments can be made as cash, check, or charge. Also, if you ordered a St. James the Less Ornament they will be available for pick-up as well. Hope to see you working or stopping by this weekend!

On Sunday is our ingathering for our Stewardship Campaign. We have heard from Karla, Bob, and Paul, all of whom spoke to what this place means to them and how they support what they believe in. We will have a special announcement about our Capital Campaign as well. On your pledge card we are asking you to prayerfully consider an annual pledge, and perhaps a special/thanksgiving offering or a gift to the Capital Campaign as we enter our third year. To celebrate our campaign, we have a lunch directly following the 10 am service. I hope you will join us for that!

We are so blessed at St. James the Less, and we are called to be a blessing to Ashland and Hanover. Through our faithful work (and our working faith for that matter) lives are being changed and helped. As I spoke about on Sunday, it all comes down to love. Without love we are nothing. Keep on loving each other, everyone you meet, and God, and I truly believe that everything else will fall into place. 

Blessings and thanks,



Wednesday, November 8, 2023

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

Thursday, November 9, 2023

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

Sunday, November 12, 2023

  • 8am- Eucharist Rite I (no music) INDOORS
  • 9am- Adult & Children Sunday School
  • 10am- Eucharist Rite II (music)
  • 11am- Stewardship Celebration

Monday, November 13, 2023

  • 10:30am- Good Grief
  • 10:30am- Vinyasa Yoga with Lorie

Tuesday, November 14, 2023

  • 10am- Book Club
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November Calendar:

  • 11/11- Stew Sale
  • 11/12- Stewardship Celebration after 10am
  • 11/18- Supper Club
  • 11/20- 6:30pm Vestry Meeting
  • 11/23 & 11/24-Thanksgiving- Office Closed

We are so PROUD!

Father Rock received the Meet Me In Galilee Award from The Diocese at the Annual Convention. You can watch the award at the 2:34:30 mark. This is such a special moment for our entire community!

Saturday Stew Pick Up

Pick up your stew on Saturday between 2-5pm! It will be delicious! We accept check, cash and cards. We will have extra in case you need more than you ordered.

Please bring a cardboard box with you to transport your stew. We will have a few on hand, but it would be helpful if you had your own.

2023 SJtL Ornament

Get your 2023 SJtL ornament. You can pick yours up this weekend when you get your stew. 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.  You can pay when you pick them up. Thank you for supporting this community!

Stewardship Celebration

Please join us to celebrate all the incredible gifts that God has given us at our annual Stewardship Celebration THIS Sunday, November 12th after the 10am service. We will have a delicious lunch catered by our own Keith Herald. It will be delicious and a special time to be together! Everyone is welcome!

Santa Shop

It is hard to believe, but we are starting to gather Santa Shop needs for the Advent faire! We need trinkets for the shop as well as bags and tissue paper to wrap them in. Below are a few ideas of what we have had in the shop in the past. Reach out to Miriam if you have any questions! Thank you as always for your incredible support!

Candles, snow gloves, oven mit, stationary, pen set, nativity sets, ornaments, little keepsakes, mugs, pottery, notepads, card games, nice books, etc.

Blanket Drive

Please join our youth in their Blanket Drive for CJ's Thumb's Up. You can bring them in and put them in a box in the hallway. Thank you in advance! We are grateful for your support!

Bettilee Kay funeral

We will celebrate the beautiful life of former member Bettilee Kay Saturday, November 18th at 11am here at St. James the Less with a reception in the Parish Hall to follow. We hope you can join us.


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


  • 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, 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, Bower family, Michele Murphy, Gavin Yonce and family, Smith family, Lyde Longaker, Mary Ann Harris, the Poskey family, Dennis Ray, Michele Parks, Gini Dryden, Aubree Dillon, Angela Bennett, Steve Sullivan, Debby Hudgins, and Tim & family.

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 Bettilee Kay, Wendy Vaughan and Wayne Morris. 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.

All Saints Homily

Click HERE to read the sermon text


November 8

Vicky Bickel

Phoebe Sieg

November 9

Jack Mark

November 10

Susan Hubbard

Shelby Davies

November 11

Linda Feeley

November 12

Rick Roberts

Tracy Hughes

November 14

Georgia Sehlhorst

Colin Grande


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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