July 13, 2022

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Greetings, Church Family!

The Episcopal Church just wrapped up its abbreviated 4-day convention. This was the 80th General Convention in the history of the Church. It was supposed to be last year, but COVID bumped it back, and this year was shorted out of the same concerns. There is normally a full church convention every three years.

This year had inspiring sermons from the Presiding Bishop Michael Curry [Link], as well as many others. We are called to remain faithful, committed, and hopeful as we live in these days.

Some of the big issues look at the Book of Common Prayer and what is considered "in" it, and not. There are some alternative liturgies that have been approved, and it begged the question is a "Book" just a book. Or now that we can copy and paste, which many of us do repeatedly in our work lives, can approved liturgies be considered in the "Book" or not? This is mostly referring to the liturgies in the supplemental texts of the "Enriching Our Worship" series. We use one of these Eucharistic prayers in our Bluegrass Mass. For many this may be a lot like insider mumbo-jumbo, but we always have said that our "praying shapes our believing" so this is of importance.


If you are interested in the details, here is the website giving all the information you could want. https://www.generalconvention.org/

Pray for our Bishops, Clergy, and Laity as we live out our faith in our time.



Wednesday, July 13, 2022

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

Friday, July 15, 2022

  • 6pm-Movie Night-  Agatha Christie’s Death on the Nile

Saturday, July 16, 2022

  • 9am- Group Exercise Class

Sunday, July 17, 2022

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

Monday, July 18, 2022

  • 10:30am-Grief Group
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Join us this Friday, July 15th for- Agatha Christie's Death on the Nile. We will hold all movies indoors in the library at 6pm, so come rain or shine. We will have popcorn for this one, but you are more than welcome to bring food and drink from home to enjoy while you watch. We hope you will join us for this!

Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot's vacation aboard a glamorous river steamer turns into a terrifying search for a murderer when a picture-perfect couple's idyllic honeymoon is tragically cut short. Set against an epic landscape of sweeping Egyptian desert vistas and the majestic Giza pyramids, this tale of unbridled passion and incapacitating jealousy features a cosmopolitan group of impeccably dressed travelers, and enough wicked twists and turns to leave audiences guessing until the final, shocking denouement.


Would you like to honor or memorialize someone special by signing for the Sunday flowers that our amazing Altar guild creates for us?   Your loved one will be mentioned in the bulletin.  The cost is $35 to sponsor the flowers for a particular week. Please email Kasey if you would like to sign up!


Please join us after the 10am service on Sunday, July 31 for a reception on behalf of our beloved Rev. Becky McDaniel. We wish her all the best as she goes to lead her own congregation. We ask that you bring a summer finger food or dessert to share. We look forward to seeing you there!


Saint James the Less friends, we are in the process of organizing our new Church Directory. If you missed getting your family's picture taken, it's not too late to still be included. Please send a photo of your family to Kasey by July 15th.  We will make sure you get in. It won't be the same with


We are thrilled to announce that we are taking our Parish Retreat to Shrine Mont on October 14-16, 2022. It is a restorative time for yourself and your family. It is also chocked full of community and faith building. We hope you can join us. There are multiple ways you can let us know you are planning on coming. You can fill out this online form HERE. You can call Kasey and have her sign you up at 804-798-6336. You can also sign up on the bulletin board in the hallway. 

The cost is $75 for children (ages 4-12), $90 for teens (13-18), and $175 for adults (18 +).  If you would like to complete a Chenery grant request to help with the cost of your trip, please complete THIS form. We don’t want cost to hinder anyone from this awesome experience.


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:  

  • 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

Sign up for 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: Cold cereal, Oatmeal (smaller containers preferred),Canned Beef Stew, Canned Meat (Chicken, Spam, Salmon, etc.)

Adult Clothing: Men’s Boxer Briefs (all sizes), Men’s Athletic Shoes (all sizes), Men’s jeans (sizes 30 – 38)

Children's Clothing: Boy’s Underwear (size 10), Girl’s Underwear (sizes 2 – 3) and (sizes 16 – 18), Boy’s Socks (large sizes, 3 – 9), Boy’s and Girl’s Pajamas (sizes 10 – 18), Diaper’s (size 6)

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 and Jennifer, our Bishops, the Bishop Elect, The Rev. Canon Mark Stevenson and family, 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, Pam Bowers, Rose & Mike Brown, Wendy Vaughan, Andrea Alexander McCallum, Matt & Megan Goff, Tom Ficklin, Betty Lee, Janet Taylor, Bower family, Curtis and family, Carolyn Moury, Sherry Gilmartin, Nicki Moon, Cameron & Camilla Sharma, Jessica and family, Joy Stevenson, David Turner, Carol Meacham, Wayde Geoghegan, Miguel Cruz,  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: 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 Jane Howard and Bishop Peter James Lee.

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. Becky McDaniel- Assistant Rector

Reggie Long- Organist/Music Director

Miriam Smith- Christian Formation- Children & Youth Director

Kasey Buckland- Parish Administrator

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