October 11, 2023

Saint James the Less Weekly News & Updates

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A Note From Father Rock


Blessings! A few reminders on this weekend. For those not going to Shrine Mont, there is a 10 o'clock service this weekend. All other activities are canceled. 

For those going to Shrine Mont, check-in is in the screened pavilion (The "Birdcage") next to Tucker Dining Hall. Dinner is down the hill at Virginia House (the big hotel, 2nd floor). Then we have the campfire up the mountain next to the big field. Keep going up the hill to the grassy field with a fire going. If you get there late, no problem. You can get nametags and such in the morning before breakfast. It should be a great weekend!

The following two Sundays we have two programs after the 10 am service we hope you will stay for. On October 22, we will have "Talk Saves Lives" is about basic identifiers for those contemplating suicide. Hanover County Community Services Board will be presenting this and some initial help you can provide for your friends and loved ones. Because we are getting lunch, please let us know if you are coming. More info is below. The second weekend, October 29, we will have a coffee gathering looking at our budget for the coming year. We had a good conversation in the spring, and had great ideas come from it. We are hoping for the same. This is an attempt at transparency, not a cry for help. God has provided and will continue to do so. Our job is to be good stewards of what God provides.

As we pull out sweaters and shift into the chillier months, know that we will be here for you. I am thankful for this parish's dedication to one another and to God, and your flexibility when we get thrown a curve ball. Blessings, and hope to see you soon!



Wednesday, October 11, 2023

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

Thursday, October 12, 2023

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

Sunday, October 15, 2023

  • There is NO 8am Service, Adult or Children's Sunday School, or Children's Church
  • 10am- Morning Prayer (music)

Monday, October 16, 2023

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

Tuesday, October 17, 2023

  • 10am- Book Club
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There is NO 8am service, Adult or Children's Sunday School this week while. This is the weekend of the Parish Retreat at Shrine Mont. Dr. Bart Natoli will be leading Morning Prayer Sunday at 10am.

October Calendar:

  • 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)

Miriam, our Formation Director, does such a wonderful job teaching our lovely children. She sets the altar every week and teaches them a version they can understand of the beautiful traditions our beloved Altar Guild set up every week.

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. We will be having yummy soup and sandwiches.

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!

Election Eve Prayer

The Election Eve Prayer Service is a area-wide service praying for our community, state, and nation. We have been doing this for several years. It is a non-partisan gathering lifting up our friends and neighbors and asking for God's grace in our communal life on Monday, 11/6 at 7pm. All are welcome, as we celebrate our unity in Christ with The Rev. Rock Higgins and Reverend Isaac Varner of Independence Christian. Please join us and invite your church and neighbors!

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


If you would like to view the rest of the Halloween events the town of Ashland has going on, click HERE. What a fun place to live!


  • 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, Sykes family, Debby Hudgins, 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 22 Homily

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October 12

Justin Truitt

Elsie Mae Jones

October 13

Alice Cobb

Ryan Markwood

October 14

Elizabeth Andrews

Murphy Sprinkel

Morgaine Goettle-Meyer

Piper Shifflett

Wynn Jones

October 15

Larson Flanagan

October 17

Matthew Yagla


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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