February 22, 2023

Saint James the Less Weekly News & Updates

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A Note From Father Rock

Dear St. James the Less Church Family,


Lenten blessings! This Sunday is our Annual Meeting between our Sunday morning services. You will hear reports from our leadership, a report of our annual budget, and have our election of our new Vestry members.


Below you will see the slate of Vestry candidates for this year. All of them are good with experience on Vestry. In our polity, most of the administrative work is done at the Vestry level. This last year's Vestry has been under the phenomenal leadership of Alice Cobb as Senior Warden and Bob Hughes as Junior Warden. They deserve our deep thanks. The newly elected Vestry votes on the Wardens that day so there is no gap in leadership.


This is a good day to judge the "State of the Parish." With our continued re-opening, many new faces, and our ongoing capital campaign we have much to ponder and celebrate. The pavilion is in its final stages, and we should have it open and ready by Easter. 


I do hope you will be here on Sunday with the meeting starting promptly at 9 so we can fit it in between services. 


Blessings and thanks!



Wednesday, March 1, 2023

  • 7:30am- Eucharist Rite II & breakfast to follow
  • 10:30am-Vinyasa Yoga

Thursday, March 2, 2023

  • 6pm- Handbell Choir
  • 7pm- Parish Choir

Sunday, March 5, 2023

  • 8am- Eucharist Rite I (no music)
  • 9am- ANNUAL MEETING (No Sunday School this week)
  • 10am- Eucharist: Rite II (music)
  • 5:45pm Journey to Adulthood

Monday, March 6, 2023

  • 10:30am- Vinyasa Yoga (for all fitness levels)
  • 10:30am- Good Grief group

Tuesday, March 7, 2023

  • 10am- Book Club via Zoom
  • 7pm- Lenten Series in library
Click Here to Watch Services Live or Later

Our youth group is so wonderful! They prepared food for families who are food insecure this past week in partnership with Seva Food Truck. What a great group of kids!


Episcopal Church Women of The Diocese of Virginia Scholarship Program


The Episcopal Church Women of the Diocese of Virginia are seeking your financial support to support our Episcopal students in meeting the rising costs of higher education.

The Episcopal Church Women (ECW) of the Diocese of Virginia administer the Episcopal Student Scholarship Program which awards scholarship funds to Episcopal students who plan to continue their education after high school. Episcopal students planning to attend a four-year college or university, a community college, or a trade/vocational school are eligible to apply.

Funds have been provided by the Episcopal Church Women’s Gift of Life Fund and The Book of Remembrance Fund. With the inflation and the major increases in the costs of higher education for our Episcopal students, however, these funds are no longer adequate to meet the need. 

Donations in any amount to the Episcopal Student Scholarship Program would help these students to successfully begin their college or higher learning education. Please make your donation payable to ECW-Diocese of Virginia with “ECW Scholarship Program” in the check for: Line. Please mail the check to:

Diocese of Virginia-ECW Scholarship Program:

Kaaron Austin, Treasurer

7319 Willson Road (Note two “L’s” in Willson)

Henrico, VA 23231


For any questions or additional information, please contact:


Kathy Jimerson

ECW Gifts and Scholarships Chairman




Annual Meeting

Mark your calendar for THIS Sunday, March 5th at 9am for our Annual Meeting in Brydon Hall. We will meet in between our two services for an update on our Parish. We have such incredible things going on within our walls. We look forward to sharing with you.

Lenten Study

We are looking forward to our upcoming Lenten Study on Matthew. It will be held on Tuesday nights at 7pm in Brydon Hall, starting on February 28th.

End of Life Planning

Please join us on Sunday, March 12 following the 10am service (around 11am). We will be giving you resources to help plan for end of life care. We will have information available for preparing documents, funeral services, obituaries and planned giving. We hope you will join us!

Vestry Nominations

Voted on this Sunday at Annual Meeting


We are so blessed to have some amazing candidates standing for our next Vestry election. We are grateful for their willingness to serve our community with their incredible gifts. We will vote to elect these candidates at our annual meeting on March 5th.

We are so grateful to our current Vestry members and their service to us. We are so sad to see Alice Cobb, Ana Bajcsi, and Harry Hassell rotate off, but know we are deeply appreciative for their service.

James Allen

My name is Jim Allen, and I am honored to be nominated to run for a Vestry position.  My wife Kris and I joined SJtL last year.  We relocated to Richmond from Northern Virginia a few years ago, and after visiting several churches in the metro area we were happy to find SJtL.  We felt welcomed and were made comfortable, by both the congregation and the clergy, from our very first Sunday here.  We look forward to meeting more of the family and becoming more involved at SJtL.

We were members of St. David’s Episcopal Church in Ashburn, VA for over 20 years, and there I served on the Vestry (including terms as both Jr. and Sr. Warden), chaired a Rector Search Committee, served as a delegate to the Diocesan Convention, served as an usher captain, was a founding member of their chapter of the Brotherhood of St. Andrew, served on a lay committee for a summer Seminarian, served on a discernment committee for a Seminarian-to-be, and filled numerous other roles.

Kris and I currently live in Mechanicsville.  I am an attorney for a crane rental company that is headquartered in Richmond. Our three grown children were raised in the Episcopal Church to which we belonged before moving to Richmond, and are now spread out across Central Virginia.  Kris is a middle school math teacher for HCPS, and has volunteered to serve SJtL as an offering counter.  I would say that we are enjoying being empty nesters, but my wife would point out that I forgot the dogs.

George Field

St. James the Less has been my church home and my spiritual center for over thirty years. In past service, I have completed two previous vestry terms and am currently completing the term of a vestry member who was not able to finish her term. I would be very honored to serve for another three-year term. Over the years, I have enjoyed being active in the church, serving as a Chenery Committee member, Shrine Mont Parish Retreat organizer, recycler, Supper Club Coordinator for many years, Property Warden and Parish Life Warden, Petersburg Work Camp chaperone, ROMEOs co-convener, and other various activities.

As a lifelong Virginian and a lifelong Episcopalian, I came to St. James the Less in the late 1980s with my late wife, Mary. While much has changed for me over the years, with times of both joy and sadness, St. James the Less has always been a major part of my life and has been a source of strength and comfort. My son Keenan was raised and confirmed here. My fiancée, Faith Boyle, a longtime member of St. James the Less, and I feel a deep commitment here.

On a personal level, I also enjoy life in Ashland, an old house, old cars and several other hobbies.

I believe that we are currently enjoying an exciting period in the life of our church, with excellent leadership and many new faces, who will keep us strong and thriving. I look forward to being a part of the next chapter of St. James the Less.

Melissa Hoar

I’m a cradle Episcopalian and long-time member of St. James the Less. As a child, my siblings and I were active in Sunday School, Choir, Youth Group, and Acolyte ministries. My parents were also active in the church. These early experiences created a life-long love for the Episcopal church and the community of St. James the Less.


My husband John and I were married at St. James the Less in 1985. We served as Youth Group leaders for a couple of years until our daughters, Olivia and Rachel, were born. Both our daughters were Acolytes and active in Youth Group at St. James the Less.


Previous service to St. James the Less includes Youth Group leader, Sunday School teacher, Vestry member, and Chenery Committee member. I’m also an Education for Ministry (EFM) “grad” via St. James the Less. I’m active in the community as a volunteer at the Ashland Farmer’s Market (Thank you, Betty Moore!) and Circles Ashland.


Prior to my retirement last June, I was the Annual Fund and Grants Manager for The Doorways, a non-profit hospital hospitality house located in downtown Richmond. Prior to that, I worked primarily in larger, corporate environments in various management roles with a focus on healthcare management, medical policy, product and business development, marketing, and communications.


I’m deeply indebted to St. James the Less and all that the community here has given to me. I would be honored to serve on the Vestry, and I thank you for the opportunity.

Melissa Roberts

As a cradle Episcopalian, I have been a member of St. James the Less for 51 (!) years.  Church was a family affair for us growing up.  Since my time at this church, I have been part of the Youth Group and a Youth Group leader, a member of the youth choir and adult choir, and was one of the first two female acolytes at St. James the Less. I have worked with the clinic since its inception, taught Sunday school, served on the Chenery Committee and Vestry. Rick and I were married at this church.  Our children, Kathryn and Chip, were baptized and grew up in this church.  Most recently, our grandchild, Evelyn, was baptized here.  This church has been central to our family’s life. 

Rick and I have lived in Glen Allen (Henrico) for 30+ years.  We both retired together in 2021 to enjoy spending time together, time our friends and family, traveling and visiting our children and grandchild.  I am honored to serve on the Vestry. 


  • 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)


  • Beef stew
  • Canned meat (spam, chicken, ham, salmon, tuna, etc.)
  • Canned fruit
  • Instant potatoes (smaller boxes)
  • Rice (smaller bags)
  • Peanut butter
  • Personal care items (soap, toothpaste, shampoo, lotion, deodorant, toilet paper, etc.)
  • Cleaning products (laundry soap, dish soap, etc.)


Children's Clothing:

  • Boy's and Girl's larger size winter clothes (sizes 12 - 18)
  • Girl's larger size underwear (sizes 14 - 18)
  • Diapers (size 4, size 6 and size 7)... We do not need pull-ups



Adult Clothing:

  • Men's athletic shoes (all sizes)
  • Men's work boots (all sizes)
  • Men's jeans (waist sizes 32 - 36)
  • Men's plus size sleepwear
  • Men's white undershirts (all sizes)
  • Women's bras (band 36 and above; cup D and above)
  • Women's underwear (sizes 8 and larger/XL and larger)

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, 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, Mark, our Bishop, Rock+, our priest, and Dawn+, our Deacon. 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, Dennis Folsom, Debra Bernard, Smith family, Court Warfield, Andrea Alexander McCallum, Janet Taylor, Jessica and family, Joy Stevenson, Kim Keene, Brad Rose, Wendy Vaughan, Sara Reece, Andy Newchok, Pam Bowers, Bettilee, Iana Mason, Bill Mercier, Jonathan Smith, Rebecca Hottman, Lyde Longaker, Haden Hopkins, Charles Bridges, Hilda Kelly, Lee & Susan Chambers, Michele Murphy, James Crump, Sr., Ginny Tilton, Tre’ Michael, Brennan McFarlane,Tim Easter, Marie Bohrer, Melanie Fischer, Frank Buckingham, Jim Segneri, Barbara Brzozowski, Richard Grosse, Gordon Sutton, Harry Hassell, Morgan Winfrey, Margaret Rush, Carl Morlock, 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: Larson Flangan, 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.

This Weeks Homily

February 26, 2023

First Lent


March 2

Emma Toscano

March 3

Ian Sutton

Anabel Shifflett

March 4

Liam Penland

Aidan-Thomas Smith

March 6

Gay Gibson


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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