January 25, 2023

Saint James the Less Weekly News & Updates

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A Note From Father Rock

Good morning, friends.

We had a great Sunday, and I am always so pleased when we have guests join us for worship. I was also encouraged by the energy, enthusiasm, and commitment people showed in our Community Conversation on our budget. The ideas generated, and the common commitment to the health and vitality of the church, showed that this was a good thing. A few asked to do it again. We will make that happen in the coming months. Wrestling with the hard things shows our strength, not our weakness. We are normal in that we are dealing with the things that the American Church is dealing with. Making a plan and implementing it is the difference which will help us not just exist but thrive in the years to come.

"A society grows great when old men plant trees in whose shade they know they will not sit." -a Greek proverb

Looking ahead we will be looking at the big picture and long-range health of the church. The key reason we have weathered the storm of recent years is the long and hard work of the Budget Balance Reserve that has been accumulating for a rainy day. And we, like much of our society, got really wet the last few years. Because of that foresight and the action taken years ago, we kept things afloat. To the leadership, some dearly departed and some still with us, that made those prescient steps, we all owe a debt. The Bible calls those saints who have gone on that "great cloud of witnesses." And this is still their church that they deeply loved and love still. And we are the saints that are laying the groundwork for the church that we deeply love for the years, and decades, and centuries to come. 

A Church grows great when the elders plant trees in whose shade they know they will not sit. Our work today, will not only echo into the future, but if we are about the Kingdom of Heaven, it echoes into eternity. What type of legacy will we leave?

Blessings, friends,



Wednesday, January 25, 2023

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

Thursday, January 26, 2023

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

Sunday, January 29, 2023

  • 8am- Eucharist Rite I (no music)
  • 9am- Sunday School (children & adult)
  • 10am- Eucharist: Rite II (music)
  • 5:45pm- Journey to Adulthood

Monday, January 30, 2023

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

On Tuesday, February 21st we are hosting our annual Shrove Tuesday meal, aka Pancake Day. It is a day that we feast before we fast heading into Lenten season. Dinner will be served from 5:30pm-7pm. We hope you will join us for this fun time in community. If you would like to sign up to volunteer, please do so HERE. We could really use your help and would be grateful!

Altar Flower Sign Up

If you would like to honor a loved one by signing up for Altar Flowers for a particular week, you are welcome to sign up on the bulletin board or email us. Your loved one's name and dedication will be listed in our weekly bulletin. The cost is $35.

Bring a Meal for the Youth

The Journey to Adulthood (J2A) regional youth group here at Saint James The Less needs your help. We are looking for volunteers to provide one meal for 15-20 people. We would love for you to help serve our youth and share a meal with us! The doors will open at 5:30pm in Brydon hall and someone will be there to help you set up. We ask that you provide a meal that includes a main course, dessert and drinks. Some ideas include pasta casserole, pizza, salad with grilled chicken, hot dogs or burgers, etc. The possibilities are endless! If you would like to sign up, click HERE.

Please help us in our endeavor to create a community poised to give back and appreciate the gifts of people all around them. Thank you! 

Fall Line Farm

Many of you may know that Fall Line Farm uses our facility on Thursday evenings as a place people can pick up orders they've placed with local farmers and artisans. You can checkout their website HERE. Fall Line Farms and Local Roots is a non-profit online farmers market in Richmond, Virginia and the surrounding counties. They are a producers' co-op of small family farms and local businesses providing fresh local food year round to our members.

They have offered us a free 3-month promo code to Fall Line Farms and Local Roots. The code is "LocalFood2023". Please make sure you check them out!


Coffee Pot Conversation THIS SUNDAY

Rachel Easter and her family are one of the new additions to our parish over the last few years, and you have loved her addition to the soprano section of the choir. Recently Rachel received funds from the Chenery Fund to help in going on a medical mission trip to Guatemala. She would love to have you come out on the 29th to hear her stories and enjoy some pictures after the 10 o'clock service. Join us in the parish hall that day!

She has created an Amazon Wish list for her ministry if you wish to help in that way. HERE is the link. We will have a box here that you can put the donations in.

Donations can be NEW or USED, I can use pretty much anything! Used donation descriptions as follows:

1. Small cotton or polyester tote bags, any color, with or without branding

2. Girls underwear sizes 4-12

3. Washcloths or towels, any color or pattern (can be dyed, cut, and repurposed)

4. Soaps, any size, wrapped or unwrapped 

Next Book Club Coming Soon!

Please join us for our next Book Club on Tuesdays at 10am on Zoom, starting February 7th. We will be reading the book Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis. You can purchase the book from Amazon HERE . Hanover Library systems have it available for free in multiple different forms. You can reserve your copy with them HERE. If you are not on our Book Club email list already and would like to receive messages, please let us know. We would love for you to join us!

In the classic Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis, the most important writer of the 20th century, explores the common ground upon which all of those of Christian faith stand together. Bringing together Lewis’ legendary broadcast talks during World War Two from his three previous books The Case for ChristianityChristian Behavior, and Beyond PersonalityMere Christianity provides an unequaled opportunity for believers and nonbelievers alike to hear this powerful apologetic for the Christian faith.


  • 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)

Pantry: Boxed potatoes, Hot and cold cereal, Pasta sauce, Personal care items (soap, toothpaste, shampoo, lotion, deodorant, toilet paper, etc.), Cleaning products (laundry soap, dish soap, etc.)

Adult Clothing: Men's athletic shoes (all sizes), Men's work boots (all sizes), Men's jeans (waist sizes 32 and larger), Men's winter coats (sizes L, XL and larger), Women's winter coats (sizes XL and larger), Men's and Women's plus size sleepwear, Men's undershirts (all sizes)

Children's Clothing: Boy's and Girl's shoes (all sizes), Boy's and Girl's larger size winter clothes (sizes 12 - 18), Boy's and Girl's larger size pajamas (sizes 10 - 18), Diapers (size 4 and size 6)

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, Betty Kelley, Charles Bridges, Hilda Kelly, Lee & Susan Chambers, Michele Murphy, James Crump, Sr., Ginny Tilton, Tre’ Michael, Brennan McFarlane,Tim Easter, Marie Bohrer, Melanie Fischer, Edna Henning, Frank Buckingham, Jim Segneri, Barbara Brzozowski,Richard Grosse, 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, especially Constance Geisenderfer & Tom Ficklin. 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. Deacon Dawn McNamara Deacon

Reggie Long- Organist/Music Director

Miriam Smith- Christian Formation- Children & Youth Director

Kasey Buckland- Parish Administrator

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