March 15, 2023

Saint James the Less Weekly News & Updates

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A Note From Father Rock

Greetings, Church family,

We had a great weekend, and I was so appreciative of the great turn-out for our End-of-Life Workshop. We had to make lots of extra copies of the materials, a good problem to have. If you wanted to attend, but could not, please reach out to the Office and we can get you the hand-outs. They are self-explanatory, but a great place to work through the important questions we all need to ask while we are able.

This Sunday night we will be having our Contemplative Service, and we will focus on Healing Prayer. These services have been deeply moving as participants, both those praying for healing, and those receiving prayers for healing. All are welcome and encouraged to participate on Sunday at 5 p.m.

I can attest to the Parish how blessed we are with the Vestry for the coming year. At our Annual Meeting we elected this year's slate of candidates, and on Saturday we had our Retreat. We were doing things frugally, as this year necessitated. We were in a borrowed room and had a simple lunch. We were locked into the time frame of 9-2 because of the space we were using, and we did not waste a minute. As you pray for the staff, I encourage you to pray for the Vestry and their work as the Spiritual Leaders of the parish for the coming year.

Lenten Blessings, and hope to see you Sunday!



Wednesday, March 15, 2023

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

Thursday, March 16, 2023

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

Sunday, March 19, 2023

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

Monday, March 20, 2023

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

Tuesday, March 21, 2023

  • 10am- Book Club via Zoom
  • 7pm- Lenten Series in library
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Thank you to our current Vestry serving this year. The Vestry Retreat went beautifully. They have many gifts among this team that will enrich our community so well. Please pray for them as they discern for us.

Easter Flowers

If you would like to dedicate Easter Flowers in a loved ones name for Easter Sunday, please email Kasey with the name of the beloved(s) you would like to honor. They can be "in memory of" or "in thanksgiving of". The cost is $25 per flower. They will be assorted types of Easter and Spring flowers. It will be so beautiful to see our sanctuary filled with remembrances of our most cherished saints.

Name Tags

Here at St. James the Less we wear nametags on Sunday mornings as a sign of hospitality to those new to the community. If you need a name tag or would like to have a magnet put on the back of yours (thanks to the great idea from Annual Meeting), just let us know. We are happy to make that happen.

Volunteers for Fall Line Farms

Fall Line Farms uses our building on Thursday evening to deliver local farmer's goods to the community. If you would like to volunteer to help Fall Line Farms on Thursday evenings, please let us know. This is a volunteer run organization and we would so appreciate your help.

Grocery Bags

The Youth Group will be collecting grocery bags of all kinds for our monthly service night on March 26th. Please bring in plastic, reusable or paper bags with handles to help support our service night! These will be used for the First Baptist Food Pantry. Thank you so much!

Formation Wish List

We have updated our Children & Youth Wish list to add a few items that we need for the upcoming season. If you are able to help with an item or two, we'd be so grateful! HERE is the link.


Contemplative Healing Prayer Service

Please join us for our next Contemplative Healing Prayer Service this Sunday at 5pm. It will be a reflective time of worship. Healing prayer will be offered by our own beloved Patty Smith.


  • 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, 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, Luke David, 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 Brian Moores. 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

March 12, 2023

Third Sunday of Lent


March 17

Hardy Meade

March 18

Beth Harrison

March 20

Julie Ericksen

Dawn Davis-Baker


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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