July 6, 2022

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Good morning, friends!

I want to give huge thank you from all of us to the property folks who have been working so hard fixing so many big (and unnoticed) things at the church the last few weeks. These folks save us thousands every year lovingly caring for our building and freeing up my hours taking care of details beyond my skill set. We cannot say thank you enough!

As we are in the lazier summer days it has been a good time to reflect and catch our breath. Over the weekend we received the news that Bishop Peter J. Lee, the 12th Bishop of Virginia, died.

On his last official visit to any parish as Bishop, he came to St. Andew's on Oregon Hill, and he received me and Stephanie and helped baptize our kids. It was a link to his 25 years as bishop, and the beginning of our time in the Episcopal Church. Bishop Suffragan Susan Goff ordained me to the diaconate, and Bishop Shannon Johnston (13th Bishop of Virginia) ordained me to the priesthood. As we anticipate the 14th bishop, the Rev. Mark Stephenson, bishop-elect, we stand again at a transition.

Hebrews calls the Church beyond "the great cloud of witnesses." What has come before is so important and has a say. As the prolific G.K. Chesterton reminded us, "Tradition means giving a vote to most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead." I find it a great comfort in being connected to Bishop Lee and his ministry, and I do as well being connected with the new bishop in whose election I participated. 

Time is this current which we all swim in and its flow is something none of us can fight. We can ignore it. We can dread it. Or we can recognize and embrace it. None of us are promised another day. That can freeze us to inaction or inspire us to do the work that is ours to do in the days given to us.

As we slow down for a spell, ponder that. Put it in your cud. Are you making the most of the time allotted to you? I will do that same.

Blessings this week! Hope you will join us on Sunday.



Wednesday, July 6, 2022

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

Saturday, July 9, 2022

  • 9am- Group Exercise Class

Sunday, July 10, 2022

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

Monday, July 11, 2022

  • 10:30am-Grief Group
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Saint James the Less friends, we are in the process of organizing our new Church Directory. If you missed getting your family's picture taken, it's not too late to still be included. Please send a photo of your family to Kasey by July 15th.  We will make sure you get in. It won't be the same with


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:

  • July 15th- Agatha Christie’s Death on the Nile
  • August 19- That Thing You Do

"We rise by lifting others." -Robert Ingersoll
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!

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, Jane Howard, 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, 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.

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.


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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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