June 8, 2021
Our Weekly News & Updates
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
This last Sunday meant so much to so many of us, being back in our space after so long. Thank you to everyone as we slowly get back to our new routines after so long away. I did have some people ask about masks. It is easy to think of it this way. We vaccinate to protect ourselves. We mask to protect others. Some in our midst cannot be vaccinated or are not yet fully vaccinated, like children and those with medical conditions that prevent it. We mask for them. It is a small thing that could be life-altering for someone else. You may have heard about the 9 NY Yankees ballplayers and staff that were fully vaccinated but were infected with no symptoms and were contagious. Breakthrough infections can happen to any of us.
Reggie sounded wonderful on the new organ, and I hope you appreciated getting to hear it in person. He looked up the last thing he played before COVID and it was "Lift High the Cross." He began with that as the Processional Prelude, and we closed singing to it. Nothing could be more appropriate. That is our call, no matter what we do or who we are. If we are in Christ, that is our calling. Seeing the Acolyte raise it, watching you bow as it came by, all these are outward signs of that inward grace we find in Christ. I was deeply moved.
As we continue moving forward, may we let that be our banner and our song. 
Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim
till all the world adore his sacred name.
In Christ, 
We had a wonderful start to being able to worship indoor this past week! Father Rock's message was one of honesty, hope and encouragement. You could see people wiping tears and "chilly bumps" as they heard the organ play for the first time inside. We were able to celebrate our acolyte, Hardy Meade. We were also able to sing (wearing masks)! What joy to see the love you all have for one another and this place.
It was so wonderful being together this past weekend inside! If you would like to sign up for a another Sunday service, please click the on-line sign up below so that you can sign up for your spot since space is limited. You can also call the office between 8:30am- 2pm weekdays to reserve your spot. We will be offering two services, one at 8:30am and 10am, both Rite II with music.

8:30am services

10am services

Increasing numbers of our members are vaccinated. However, we cannot and will not be asking for anyone’s vaccination status, be aware of the risk inherent with a public gathering and please DO NOT attend if feeling ill. We will be cleaning between services to ensure safety for all. Masks are REQUIRED indoors to protect those in our congregation who are unable to get vaccinated or are not yet fully vaccinated.
What to expect:
  • Wear your mask.
  • Please come in the doors up the ramp at the library or the door from the Memorial Garden to the office. 
  • There will be a check in desk in the library. Attendees will be checked in, temperature taken and a series of questions asked, per the CDC. (Questions listed here) Once you have done that, ushers will seat you.
We will be holding our beloved parishioner, Katherine Tinker's, funeral this Saturday, June 12th at 11am. The service will be held outdoors on the front side of the church. There will be a catered reception afterward on the grassy area between the church and rectory. We hope you will join us if you are comfortable. Please wear a mask. If you aren't able to join us and want to watch online, you can join us HERE. If you would like to view the bulletin to follow along, you can do that HERE.
A huge thank you to our AMAZING volunteers for helping to paint and restore our pipes for the organ! They look absolutely gorgeous! Dale, George, Ed and Mike worked countless hours getting these ready for our first indoor service this weekend! Each pipe was taken off individually, labeled, restored and painted. What a work of love! We cannot thank you enough and feel so grateful you are part of this community!
They look absolutely stunning all put back together!
This past weekend we held the Contemplative Service on Sunday. The theme was on the Baptismal Covenant: Reconciliation. It is a beautiful time to reflect on areas that you might need to make amends and how to do that. We hope you will take the time to watch. It will be a place to deepen your faith and your relationships.
Our Parish Retreat at Shrine Mont is being held October 15-17. If you would like to go ahead and sign up, email us. You can mail us your deposit (50%) or bring it by. We so hope you will join us for this glorious time in the mountains for a deepening of your faith and time of connection together!

The cost will be:
  • Adults (age 18+) $160
  • Teens (ages 13-18) $80
  • Children (ages 4-12) $60
  • Young Children (0-3) Free
Area you or your youth thinking of the sacrament of Confirmation? Father Rock is hoping to hold a class for those interested in learning more or getting confirmed. Email us and let us know if you would like to be part. We will make sure you get all the information. We hope you will join us!
If you would like to sign up to be an usher or greeter for any of our up coming services, please click the link below. We would love to have you join our team of smiling faces. We will happily train you, all you have to do is show up. For the summer services, if you sign up, you will be signing up for both the 8:30am and 10am services.

Indoor Worship
For those signed up for indoor worship, we have the individual coloring bags like we did at the outdoor service. We also have a small children's area in the library. It is the bookcase closest to the garden door. There are all of the children's books and board books for you all the enjoy. Feel free to take some in to the sanctuary or if you need a space to be with the kids, you all more than welcome to sit in the library. 
Pop Tops & Yoga
We will be counting pop tops on June 17th at 5:30pm. We will also have an adult outdoor yoga offered for parents whole the kids are counting. 

Join us for the Morning Prayer service this Wednesday at 7:30am and then a cup of coffee afterward at 8am on Zoom. Please make sure that your screen name is your name so we know who is there. We look forward to seeing you!

Link to join the conversation at 8am: click here.

If you would like to call in (audio only) dial (646) 558 8656 and enter the Meeting ID: 826 2172 6493 and Password: 997124
Please join us this week for Book Club at 10:30am on Thursday as we delve into Searching For Sunday, by Rachel Held Evans. The conversations will be rich as the book is insightful, honest and enriching to your faith. The link to purchase the book is HERE. The link to join the meeting is HERE.

Please read chapters 23-25 (they are short chapters). Even if you aren't able to read this, please still join us. It will be accessible to everyone!

If you would like to call in, please dial 1 301 715 8592 and enter:
Meeting ID: 840 2332 3497
Passcode: 570346
This Sunday

Please join us for an in-person INDOOR Eucharist: Rite II Worship Service at 8:30am and 10am. There will be limited seating, so please click the links in the article above to reserve your seat. If you aren't able to join us and you would like to watch from home the link to watch is HERE.

We also have an abbreviated Spiritual Eucharist service at 9am. The link to watch is HERE.

Grief Group will be meeting in person, outdoor in the Memorial Gardens at 10:30am on Monday. We hope you will join this special time of connection.

"We rise by lifting others." -Robert Ingersoll
Saint James the Less Free Clinic

Right outside our Saint James the Less Free Clinic our very own, Flory Brockwell, did her Gold Award Girl Scouts project by donating a food pantry. It is available 24/7 if people might have an immediate need. Please feel free to come by and donate non-perishables to this. It would be an incredible blessing to our community.
ACES is in need of the following items:
  • Pantry: Boxed Potatoes (smaller boxes), Boxed or Bagged Rice (smaller boxes/bags), Laundry Detergent (smaller bottles/jugs)
  • Children’s Clothing: Girl’s new underwear (size 8)
  • Warehouse: Oscillating Fans

Thank you for your continued support!

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.

Students at present time need school supplies. They would be grateful to receive any of the following:
  •  note book paper
  • spiral note books
  • high lighters
  • pencils 
  • pens
  • erasers
  • pencil boxes
  • crayons
  • markers
In front of the Coleman Center there is a small closet for non- perishable food. Students and families can take what they need. Canned food and small boxes are requested. Cereal boxes are too big. These donations would be much appreciated as well. You are welcome to bring the donations here and we can get them down there. Thank you!
Wednesday, June 9, 2021
  • 7:30am-Morning Prayer Service (online)
  • Link to watch service
  • Link for bulletin
  • 8am- Coffee & Conversation (online)
  • Link to join

Thursday, June 10, 2021
  • 10:30am- Book Club (online)
  • Link to join

Sunday, June 13, 2021
  • 8:30am & 10am- In Person, Indoor Eucharist:Rite II Worship 
  • Link to watch service
  • Link for bulletin

Monday, June 14, 2021
  • 10:30am- Grief Group (in person Memorial Garden)

If you can't join us live-time, no worries. All of our services can be viewed at your convenience afterward on Facebook. All our Sunday morning and Contemplative services will be posted on our YouTube Channel, "St. James the Less Ashland VA." You can access that here.
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, and Harrison, 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, Ralph, 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, Pat, Dick, Erin, Joanie, Anna, Meredith, Madge, Mary Ann, Katie, Molly, Amy, Meghann, Mark, Carol, David, Alice, Dennis, Barbara, Colin and Caleb, Jimmy, Michael Fox, Alex Gillette, Bill & Beth Arrott, Bill Blakemore, Mason, Jan Meacham, Karl Meyer, Chambers Cromwell (friend of Betty & Jim Moore), Horace Crowe (friend of the Meyer’s family), Delaney Thompson family, Aubrey Fletcher, Dee Alvarez, Shelby, Lyla Buchanan, Kimette Cannady, Pam Gillette, Melanie Fischer, Dennis Folsom, Tom & Fran Burke (Beth Renswick’s aunt & uncle), Ginny Miller (Carol Barnes’ sister), Doris Hassell, Carter and Lila (family of Betsy Snipes and Kristina Raney), Shirley Dols, Jay Hart, Cliff Pierce (cousin of the Wehman-Hopkins family), Jack, Rison and Sutherland families, Judy Malory, Connie Geisenderfer, Paul Robb, Roxanne, Sarah Reece, William Timberlake, Doc and Karen, Jonathan Smith, Anne Ericksen (Julie Ericksen’s mother-in-law) and Rev. Dr. Susannah Metz.

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 the Churches and religious institutions of Metropolitan Richmond: For all who seek God on behalf of others; for pastors, ministers, missionaries, lay leaders, congregants, intercessors and other servants of Christ. 

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.
NeverTheLess and Weekly E-News Deadline:  If you have an announcement to be shared with the parish, please get the information to Kasey no later than noon on Monday. Thanks! 
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Andy Baker
Matt Woodbridge
Michael Toscano

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Pat Funk
Taylor Fines
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Ruby Starrett

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June 14
Don Bruce
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