May 25, 2022

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Good morning, sisters and brothers in Christ!

It was so hard to be apart from you this last Sunday. As many of you have heard, COVID hit our home. Stephanie and the kids tested positive Friday morning, and in caution, I have been quarantining. I have repeatedly tested negative, and the family have let me isolate safely. I am so thankful for Becky+ jumping in so ably, and as I became one of those worshiping at home on livestream, I was deeply moved by her beautiful sermon. (If you missed it, her recording is below, and I hope you will catch it.) Missing everyone at the picnic was another hardship. I, like you, love our church family and the joy of being together. For those that reached out, I am thankful for your love and support of me and my family. It means so much.

In the coming weeks we have some wonderful things to look forward to.  

  • June 3 begins our Summer Film Festival with a fun family movie, Sing 2. You will love it, whether you know this film series or not. It is a delightful animated movie spoofing shows like American Idol. We hope you will come out, and maybe invite some friends to join in. 
  • On June 5, we have some huge things: Pentecost, one of my favorite holy days of the church calendar.
  • And then, right after church, we have the Summer Kick-Off Family Festival. This is another great event to invite your friends and neighbors to come, have fun, and get to know us better. 
  • At 5 p.m. on the 5th, the Robbs are leading us in a Contemplative Service focused on the Holy Spirit (it still is Pentecost at 5 p.m.) and healing in the Spirit. We will have space for healing prayers and anointing amidst the beautiful music. 
  • On June 12, we have a baptism and our High School graduates speaking. It will be quite a day.

We have received fantastic news on our planned pavilion, and we will have much to share soon. The hurdles that have slowed us down have mostly been cleared, and I am so thankful to our leaders (especially Bob Hughes and Dale Hill) who have gotten us this far. My prayers are that we will be breaking ground soon, and that we will have things wrapped up by the fall. We are well underway in our Capital Campaign and have gifts and pledges covering the pavilion. Thank you for your faithfulness. It is still underway, and we have our next tiers of the parking lot, the roof, and outstanding debt to go. If you feel led to join in the work, we are still in process toward our goals and invite you to be a part!

Summer may be kicking off, but the work of the Church never slows down. Know of my appreciation for you all, especially your thoughts and prayers this weekend. We are gifted with each other on our earthly pilgrimage, thanks be to God! 

In Christ,



Wednesday, May 25, 2022

  • 7:30am-Eucharist Rite II
  • Breakfast following

Thursday, May 26, 2022

  • 10am- Book Club

Saturday, May 28, 2022

  • 9am- Group Exercise Class

Sunday, May 29, 2022

  • 8am- Eucharist: Rite I Service
  • 10am- Eucharist: Rite II (music)

Monday, May 30, 2022


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What a beautiful time to be together this past Sunday for our Annual Picnic. Hard to believe it’s been 3 years since the last one. We are blessed with an incredible community full of love and support (and remarkable cooks!)


We will hold a short, informal meeting following the 10:00 a.m. service (May 29th). Those who attended the Bishop Meet and Greet Meetings (either in person or virtual) will have an opportunity to share their thoughts and observations. We will meet in Brydon Hall. We hope you will join us as we gather to make this important decision for our Region. 


Thank you to those donating cakes for the cake walk for this Sunday’s Children’s Carnival. We ask that all cakes for the fair should be placed in the 4th Quarter Room on the 5th. If someone wants to drop off something early, on Saturday, you can put them in the kitchen. If you haven’t signed up to bring a cake and still want to, that’s okay too. Please bring them. (store bought or homemade) We are grateful! 


Please join us this Saturday at 9am for a Group Exercise Class in Brydon Hall, lead by Ale Meade. Get ready for a functional training class that will include some cardio, strength and core that will take your fitness to the next level and will help you with to improve you everyday life. Open to all and adequate for all fitness levels. Please bring a mat.  First class is free, $10 per class or $80 for 10 pass class (only punched when you attend). We look forward to seeing you 


Our beloved Smith family is in the midst of some tough times. If you would like to make the load a bit lighter and take them a meal, please sign up for their Meal Train HERE. They are endlessly grateful for all your support and love. 


Please join us for Book Club on Thursdays at 10am.

The link to join the meeting is here


 If you need to call in, please dial 1 301 715 8592 and enter Meeting ID: 894 6180 0018 and Passcode: 781507

The book is Inspired, by Rachel Held Evans. You can purchase the book on Amazon HERE.  You can also get it on Hoopla through the library (ebook & audiobook).  Please let us know if we can purchase it for you or you need any assistance.  


We are so excited! We are putting together a new Church Directory. It will even come with an app for your phone so that you can locate people's contact information while you are on the go. Our dates to have your pictures taken are June 15-18. Just for participating you will receive a complimentary 8x10 portrait and a copy of the church directory. You will view your images right away and have the chance to purchase family portraits for your own memories and to give as gifts.

Please click HERE to sign up for a date and time. Click on "Photography Appointment Scheduling Login." Enter church code va139, and the church password is photos. We look forward to seeing you beautiful faces on the pages of our directory!


Please mark your calendars for Sunday, June 5th for the Children’s Carnival from 11:30am- 1:30pm. Bring your children, grandchildren, neighbors and friends. It will be so much fun. We will have food, games and lots of laughter.

If you would like to volunteer to work a station, please let us know


Join us for some our summer movie line up! We have family films and movies for just the grownups. We will hold all movies indoors in Brydon Hall at 6pm, so come rain or shine. We will have popcorn, but you are more than welcome to bring food and drink from home to enjoy while you watch. 


Family films:  

  • June 3- Sing 2
  • June 17th- The Wizard of Oz
  • July 1- Raya the Last Dragon
  • August 5- The Jungle Book (live action)

For the grownups:

  • July 15th- Agatha Christie’s Death on the Nile
  • August 19- That Thing You Do

"We rise by lifting others." -Robert Ingersoll
Meals for the Clinic Volunteers

As many of you know, Saint James the Less Free Clinic meets every Wednesday evening. It is staffed by some INCREDIBLE volunteers who care in remarkable ways for our community. We have the opportunity to provide meals for them. If you would like to bring food over for 8-10 people before clinic starts on a Wednesday evening, click HERE to choose your date. More information is listed on the website. We are grateful for your willingness!
Emergency Food Pantry

Right outside our Saint James the Less Free Clinic we have a food pantry. It is available 24/7 and used a great deal as immediate needs come up. Please donate non-perishables to this. It would be an incredible blessing to our community.

ACES is in need of the following items:

Pantry: Spaghetti sauce, noodles, boxed potatoes, oatmeal, pork & beans, Baked beans, Queen size sheets

Adult Clothing: Women’s bras (C and larger cup; 38 and larger band), Women's underwear, Men’s athletic shoes (sizes 10 and larger), Men’s undershirts (sizes L, XL, and 2X), Men’s boxers and briefs (sizes L, XL, and 2X), Men’s jeans (all sizes)

Children's Clothing: Boy’s clothing & Girl’s clothing (sizes 10- 18), Boy t-shirts, Socks, summer shoes (sandals, flip flops, etc.)

*They are now looking for spring and summer items.

ACES is open on both Mondays and Wednesday from 8:30-11:30am. Thank you for your continued support!

Peter Paul is currently in need of the following items. If you are able to give you are welcome to put them in the box in the hallway.

Hygiene items- bar soap, body wash, lotion, deodorant, toothpaste, chapstick, Vaseline, sanitary products.

Laundry items- Detergent pods, rolls of quarters, dryer sheets.

We are still collecting Pop Tops for Ronald McDonald house. Hang on to them or bring them by when you can. This is a valuable resource that goes to help families with children in the hospital here in Richmond.

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, Susan, Jennifer, and Porter our Bishops, Rock+ and Becky+, our priests. 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, Chambers Cromwell, Dennis Folsom, Carter, Paul Robb, Debra Bernard, Smith family, Alex Gillette, Pam Gillette, Sally Budd, Sarah Chamblee & family, Jeff Lawrence,  May and family, Melanie Fischer, Court Warfield, Jane Howard, Pam Bowers, Rose & Mike Brown, Wendy Vaughan, Andrea Alexander McCallum, Matt & Megan Goff, Tom Ficklin, Betty Lee, Janet Taylor, Bower family, Sarah Sebastian, the called Diocesan Convention for our new Bishop and the Slate of Candidates for the process.

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: 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 health care in Metropolitan Richmond: For clinics, medical personnel, and all institutions that serve persons who are uninsured or underinsured. For a national health care system that promotes and encourages health, wellness, and well being for all people.

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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May 31

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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. Becky McDaniel- Assistant Priest

Reggie Long- Organist/Music Director

Miriam Smith- Christian Formation- Children & Youth Director

Kasey Buckland- Parish Administrator

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