June 15, 2022

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A NOTE FROM FATHER ROCK

Good morning, friends. 


Sunday was filled with so much joy with our grads and Silas' baptism. Thanks to all those who made it so happy and fun.


This Sunday we will remember more than just Father's Day and a federal holiday, we will celebrate liberation and freedom. This Sunday is Juneteenth. It was first recognized as a federal holiday last year, but it has been remembered long before 2021. We will delve into it at length, but human liberation has been the concern of God since our earliest days. Think of the Exodus, or the book of Philemon in the New Testament. God wants all God's Children to be free. And Juenteenth is the recognition that for too long that was not the legal case in our nation. You may see articles online or in the paper in the coming days. Do not ignore them. 


As St. Paul reminds us in Romans: "Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another; do not be arrogant, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are.  Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all." [12:14-18]


As we celebrate and remember with our African-American brothers and sisters, we celebrate our freedom in Christ, and everyone's freedom in our nation. Hope to see you Sunday!


Rock+

JOIN US THIS WEEK
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Wednesday, June 15, 2022

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


Thursday, June 16, 2022

  • 10am- Book Club


Friday, June 17, 2022

  • 6pm-Indoor Movie-The Wizard of Oz


Saturday, June 18, 2022

  • 9am- Group Exercise Class


Sunday, June 19, 2022

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!

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


Monday, June 20, 2022

OFFICE CLOSED FOR JUNETEENTH

  • 10:30am-NO Grief Group
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PICTURES FROM SUNDAY

What a gift to be together this weekend. This was a SPIRIT filled time celebrating Trinity Sunday, our Graduates and the Bowles family Baptism. 


WIZARD OF OZ

Join us this Friday for the first movie of our summer line up- Wizard of Oz! We will hold all movies indoors in Brydon Hall at 6pm, so come rain or shine. We will have popcorn and Lollipops for the Lollipop Guild, Emerald City Punch for this one, but you are more than welcome to bring food and drink from home to enjoy while you watch. We hope you will join us for this!


When a tornado rips through Kansas, Dorothy (Judy Garland) and her dog, Toto, are whisked away in their house to the magical land of Oz. They follow the Yellow Brick Road toward the Emerald City to meet the Wizard, and en route they meet a Scarecrow (Ray Bolger) that needs a brain, a Tin Man (Jack Haley) missing a heart, and a Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr) who wants courage. The wizard asks the group to bring him the broom of the Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton) to earn his help.

CHURCH DIRECTORY

PICTURES TAKEN THIS WEEK! We are so excited! We are putting together a new Church Directory. It will even come with an app for your phone so that you can locate people's contact information while you are on the go. Our dates to have your pictures taken are June 15-18. Just for participating you will receive a complimentary 8x10 portrait and a copy of the church directory. You will view your images right away and have the chance to purchase family portraits for your own memories and to give as gifts.


Please click HERE to sign up for a date and time. Click on "Photography Appointment Scheduling Login." Enter church code va139, and the church password is photos. We look forward to seeing you beautiful faces on the pages of our directory! You can also feel free to call Kasey to schedule your appointment. 804-798-6336.

GROUP EXERCISE CLASS

Please join us this Saturday at 9am for a Group Exercise Class in Brydon Hall, led by Ale Meade. Get ready for a functional training class that will include some cardio, strength and core that will take your fitness to the next level and will help you with to improve you everyday life. Open to all and adequate for all fitness levels. Please bring a mat. (While this is at the church, it is not a church sponsored event.) First class is free, $10 per class or $80 for 10 pass class (only punched when you attend). We look forward to seeing 

BOOK CLUB

Please join us for Book Club on Thursdays at 10am.


The link to join the meeting is here

       

 If you need to call in, please dial 1 301 715 8592 and enter Meeting ID: 894 6180 0018 and Passcode: 781507



The book is Inspired, by Rachel Held Evans. You can purchase the book on Amazon HERE.  You can also get it on Hoopla through the library (ebook & audiobook).  Please let us know if we can purchase it for you or you need any assistance.  

SHRINE MONT

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 will be announced soon!  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.

SUMMER MOVIES

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:  

  • June 17th- The Wizard of Oz
  • July 1- Raya the Last Dragon
  • 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
OUTREACH

"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: Spaghetti sauce, noodles, boxed potatoes, oatmeal, pork & beans, Baked beans, Queen size sheets


Adult Clothing: Women’s bras (C and larger cup; 38 and larger band), Women's underwear, Men’s athletic shoes (sizes 10 and larger), Men’s undershirts (sizes L, XL, and 2X), Men’s boxers and briefs (sizes L, XL, and 2X), Men’s jeans (all sizes)


Children's Clothing: Boy’s clothing & Girl’s clothing (sizes 10- 18), Boy t-shirts, Socks, summer shoes (sandals, flip flops, etc.)


*They are now looking for spring and summer items.


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.
POP TOPS

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.
PRAYERS

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, Jennifer, and Porter our Bishops, 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, Sarah Sebastian, Curtis and family, Sherry Gilmartin, Shekhar Sharma, Jessica and family, Carolyn Moury, the Bishop Elect, Rev. Canon Mark Stevenson.


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 health care in Metropolitan Richmond: For clinics, medical personnel, and all institutions that serve persons who are uninsured or underinsured. For a national health care system that promotes and encourages health, wellness, and well being for all people.


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.

HOMILIES

Trinity Sunday

June 12, 2022

WEDNESDAY FUNNY

June 15

Morris Pearson


June 16

Chandler Hubbard

Philip Morison


June 18

Johnny Temple

June 20

Sergio Sergi

Lindsey Conley


June 21

Al Garlick

Bob Ellithorpe

Molly Belie

HELPFUL LINKS

Saint James the Less Episcopal Church

125 Beverly Road

Ashland, VA 23005

(804) 798-6336


Staff:

The Rev. Rock Higgins, tssf Rector

The Rev. Becky McDaniel- Assistant Priest

Reggie Long- Organist/Music Director

Miriam Smith- Christian Formation- Children & Youth Director

Kasey Buckland- Parish Administrator

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