May 10, 2023

Saint James the Less Weekly News & Updates

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A Note From Father Rock

Good morning, Church Family!

I want to send out a huge thank you for all the folks that enabled us to have our community event, St. Jimmy's Jam, on Saturday. We had several hundred folks come through during the day, and many of us had great conversations of connection with people who came to have fun that day. It has always been about being a friend-raiser before a fundraiser. We definitely were in the black and we are still determining by how much. But most importantly we had new faces as guests on Sunday morning and at our Bluegrass Mass Sunday night. That is what this was about, and may God continue to bless all the hard work in the days to come.

We have moved our Bluegrass Mass outside to our pavilion so that we can be even more welcoming and inclusive. We had a superb turnout for May, and we hope you will join us for June.

One of the things that was repeated at both events was how WONDERFUL the Sanders' Pavilion is and how it adds so much to our campus and our facilities. We are currently reviewing our usage policies so that we can share this space as generously as we have shared our indoor space in the past. If you have not checked out the space, I do hope you will swing by and check out how much it adds. 

Coming up, I do hope you will add these events to your calendar: 

  • May 21 morning: End of program year and Parish Picnic. I hope you will join us as we wrap up Sunday School for 2022-2023 and celebrate our community. Bring a side or dessert for a fantastic day!
  • May 21 evening: Choral Evensong led by our choir. This service is a rare treat, and I hope you will join us at 5 p.m. for a simple, yet beautiful liturgy. 
  • June 4: Graduate Sunday, when we celebrate our High School, College, and Doctoral graduates. This is always a favorite Sunday in our fellowship

We have so much to be thankful for, and you make it possible through your faith, your labors, and your presence.




Wednesday, May 10, 2023

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

Sunday, May 14, 2023

  • 8am- Eucharist Rite I
  • 9am- Sunday School for adults and children
  • 10am- Eucharist Rite II (music)
  • 5:45pm- J2A (youth group)

Monday, May 15, 2023

  • 10:30am- Vinyasa Yoga
  • 10:30am- Good Grief group
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What an incredible day in community! St. Jimmy's Jam went off without a hitch! The weather was gorgeous. The bands were fantastic. The food & drink was beyond delicious. Miriam created a super fun Children's Carnival. The main attractions were certainly our wonderful volunteers. It took our whole village to make this event happen, but you came out and made it happen! THANK YOU! There are so many people who did so much. We are grateful! It was so much fun to be together!

Join us for Choral Evensong!

Next Book Club

We are excited for our next installment of Book Club. We will be switching to Thursdays at 10am for this book club in May and June, beginning May 11th . We will be reading The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. You can purchase it HERE from Amazon. The Pamunkey Library system also has it and you can check it out HERE. We really hope you can join us! If you have any questions or would like to be added to our Book Club email list, let us know.

Who: Dr. Rachel E. Easter, MD 

What: Mission Trip to rural Honduras to promote Menstrual Health Hygiene and Education Outreach 

Where: Los Pinares, rural Honduras, Intibuca region

When: May 25-June 1, 2023

Ways to help: 

1.       Monetary funding is needed for the following items: 

a-You are welcome to donate with cash or check. You can give directly in person, or pass along to Kasey at the church office. You can make the check payable to SJTL and put "Honduras donation" in the memo.

b.      Raw fabric materials and sewing notions ($500-750)

                                                               i.      Flannel fabrics or knit t-shirt fabrics

                                                             ii.      Thread

                                                            iii.      Scissors

                                                            iv.      Snaps

                                                             v.      Measuring tapes

c.       Parts for existing treadle Singer sewing machines (x3) ($150-$200)

                                                               i.      Belts, needles, bobbins for 15N machines

                                                             ii.      Machine oil

d.      Community Health Educators (x3) ($225-$250)

                                                               i.      15-20 sessions x $15/session per instructor

e.       Printing ($200)

                                                               i.      Presentation booklets (x3)

                                                             ii.      Paper handouts in period kits

2.       Material donations 

a.       Tote bags or drawstring sport bags

b.       Girls and women’s underwear (new or used, any size)

c.       Soap (Hotel or travel size soaps preferred)

d.       Washcloths (dark or black colored preferred)

3.       Amazon Wish List


Little Shop of Horrors at Patrick Henry

This weekend the cast of Little Shop of Horrors from Patrick Henry came and sang a few song from their show in costume at St. Jimmy's Jam. They were INCREDIBLE. HERE is a link if you would like to purchase tickets to see the full show this weekend.

Website Help

We are hoping to update our website in the coming weeks. If you have experience in this field and would like to give us input, we'd be so grateful. Please let us know if you would like to be part of the team.


It is getting close to the time we start celebrating our graduates in our community. Our graduate Sunday is June 4th. We would love to have them participate in the service if they are willing.  It is always a favorite for this community to be able to celebrate with our graduates and their families.  

If you have a graduate (high school, college, trade school, etc), we'd love to know:

  • Full name as they would like to be celebrated
  • Where they are graduating from 
  • Their degree (if applicable)
  • Their future plans (if known)
  • And we’d love a picture to put in our weekly eblast to celebrate them
  • If they would like to participate in our Graduate Sunday service at 10am on June 4th

If you can get this information to me by May 21st, I’d be so grateful.  We look forward to celebrating with you!


Church Picnic

Please join us for our Church wide picnic on Sunday, May 21st after our 10am service to celebrate the end of our program meals. The church will provide BBQ, hot dogs, beans and water and lemonade. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share. It will be a wonderful time to be together in community!

Flying Squirrels Game

Take me out to the ballgame! We are going to see the Flying Squirrels on Thursday, August 10 for Faith night at the Diamond. They will have pre-game faith-based bands, player testimonials on the field, post-game fireworks, and more! St. James the Less has tickets together for $10 a ticket. If you'd like to purchase tickets and sit with our community, you can do that HERE. (They will email your tickets to you directly, but you will be sitting with all of us)


  • 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 meat (spam, chicken, ham, salmon, tuna, etc.)
  • Canned fruit
  • Peanut butter
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Instant potatoes (smaller size boxes)
  • Cereal (healthier varieties preferred)
  • Pork & beans 
  • 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 summer clothes (sizes 12 - 18)
  • Boy's and Girl's summer pajamas (all sizes)
  • Boy's and Girl's shoes (all sizes)
  • Girl's larger size underwear (sizes 16 - 18)
  • Diapers (size 4, size 6 and size 7)... We do not need pull-ups
  • Baby Wipes


Adult Clothing:

  • Men's athletic shoes (all sizes)
  • Men's jeans (waist sizes 30 - 36)
  • Men's white undershirts (all sizes)
  • Women's bras (band 36 and above; cup D and above)
  • Women's underwear (size large thru 3x)
  • 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, 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 & Gail, our Bishops, 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, Andy Newchok, Pam Bowers, Bettilee, Iana Mason, Bill Mercier, Rebecca Hottman, Lyde Longaker, Haden Hopkins, Charles Bridges, Hilda Kelly, Lee & Susan Chambers, Michele Murphy, James Crump, Sr., 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, Robert & family, Carl Morlock, Luke David, Baker/Penland family, Carol Barnes, Vikki Snelgrove, Melissa & Riley Jones, Kendall Martin, Kathy Wimberly, Joel Blunk, Lin Varner, Holly Rison and family and Bobby & Parker family.

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.

Fifth Sunday After Easter Homily


May 10

Finn Chambers

May 15

Debra Grosse


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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