December 27, 2023

Saint James the Less Weekly News & Updates

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Wednesday, December 27, 2023

  • N0 Eucharist Rite II
  • No yoga

Thursday, December 28, 2023

  • No Hand bell or choir rehearsal

Sunday, December 31, 2023

  • No 8am service, Sunday School (children or adult) or nursery
  • 10am- Eucharist Rite II (music)- Lessons & Carols

Monday, January 1, 2023

  • Office Closed
  • No Good Grief or Yoga
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What an incredible end to Advent, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day! Our community came together and celebrated the coming of Christ in such special ways. A HUGE thank you to all our volunteers that made our Christmas services happen! From our amazing Altar Guild, to our bread makers, our lectors, ushers, LEMs, acolytes, children's helpers, choir and staff, you are using your talents and they are glorifying God. (and we are so very grateful for you!)

December Calendar

  • 12/27-No Wednesday morning Eucharist service
  • 12/31- Lessons & Carol Service 10am (no 8am service, Sunday School or Nursery)
Reunion for SJTL Youth Group Members and Leaders
Tonight- Wednesday, December 27, 6-9pm, past members and leaders of STJL Youth Group are invited to a reunion at Aleta Meyer and PK Kinser’s to reminisce and reconnect! At Shrine Mont this year, many talked about how fun this would be. They will have veggie chili, cornbread, beer, wine, sodas, and a fire to share. It will be good for our souls! See you there! 319 Myrtle Street, Ashland VA 23005

Book Club Starting January 16th

We will be starting our next Book Club (a non-fiction piece) starting on January 16th at 10am. We will be meeting in person (and via zoom for our hybrid friends) on Tuesdays at 10am for 9 weeks. If you would like to be added to our mailing list to receive information about the group, let us know. We hope you will 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!!!

The youth had a lovely time being together, watching a movie and decorating cookies. Thank you to Miriam for creating such fun moments in community!


  • 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 fruit
  • Peanut butter
  • Pasta sauce/spaghetti sauce
  • Cold cereal
  • Oatmeal (smaller sizes, or instant packets)
  • Laundry detergent
  • Toothpaste/toothbrushes (packs of 1, 2, 3, or 4)
  • Bar soap
  • Shampoo 


Children's Clothing:

  • Boy's winter clothing (size 6 thru size 18)
  • Girl's winter clothing (size 14, 16, and 18)
  • Boy's and Girl's winter pajamas (all sizes)
  • Boy's and Girl's shoes (all sizes) 
  • Boy's and Girl's socks (all sizes)
  • Boy's underwear (size 6 - 18)
  • Girl's underwear (size 10 - 18)
  • 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 and Women's athletic socks (all sizes)
  • Men's and Women's underwear (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, Joel Blunk, Holly Rison and family, Bower family, Gavin Yonce and family, Smith family, Lyde Longaker, Mary Ann Harris, Michele Parks, Gini Dryden, Steve Sullivan, Leslie Crabbs, Diana Timberlake, Bob & Mary Lou Brown, Kay Kemper, David Bandas, Rone Deas, and Lee Roberts.

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. 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.

Advent 4 Homily

HERE is a link to watch our Christ Mass from Christmas Eve

HERE is a link to watch our Eucharist Rite II service from Christmas Morning


December 27

Lele Wehman

Miriam Smith

Dave Werner

December 29

Renee Conley

December 30

Mary Ann Kinser

Sam Rosser

December 31

Beth Renswick

Hannah Moberg


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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