November 15, 2023

Saint James the Less Weekly News & Updates

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A Note From Father Rock


I want to thank everyone involved for a fantastic weekend. It was a hive of activity at St. James the Less. We held our annual Brunswick Stew Sale. So many people came out Thursday, Friday, and Saturday to make it happen. It may take a village to raise a child, but it definitely does to cook 500+ quarts of Brunswick Stew. So, to all the choppers, pickers, stirrers, and ladlers, THANK YOU! We only have a handful of quarts in our freezers that are not yet spoken for, and we will probably get rid of those today. Also, people were picking up their ornaments, so we got most of them out, and we got enough orders for them to do a second run. This outpouring of community, camaraderie, and support for our church is overwhelming.

Sunday, at our Stewardship Luncheon I saw the smiles and spirit around the room. It made me so thankful for this place. Finances are rarely fun, but being appreciative of God's abundance is. Over and over again, the stories of God's provision and generosity is a hallmark of our faith community. We have so much to be thankful for and reaching out to the community at large with this abundance is why we have been given it. We have almost two thirds of our budget pledged for next year, and two thirds of our expected pledge units. The pledges are so generous, many giving more than last year. And beyond that, people have been giving sacrificially to the Capital Campaign and to Thanksgiving/Special Gifts. This has enabled us to move ahead with the Capital Campaign. It was announced Sunday that with a Memorial Gift and 6 faithful folks, the parking lot is fully pledged and will be replaced in the early spring. The challenge to the congregation was to finish the campaign with the roof and paying off our debt (owed to our endowments) paid off fully. It is do-able, and also a faith-filled hope. 

This whole weekend was a deep reminder of why I am so thankful for this parish and each and every one of you that make it up. We have so much to offer Ashland and Hanover. Thank you for your faithfulness and calling to serve God in the place at this time.




Wednesday, November 15, 2023

  • 7:30am- Eucharist Rite II & breakfast to follow
  • 10:30am-Vinyasa Yoga with Lorie
  • 5pm- Vinyasa Yoga with Susan

Thursday, November 16, 2023

  • 6pm- Hand Bell Rehearsal
  • 7pm- Parish Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, November 19, 2023

  • 8am- Eucharist Rite I (no music) INDOORS
  • 9am- Adult & Children Sunday School
  • 10am- Eucharist Rite II (music)
  • 5pm- Contemplative Service

Monday, November 20, 2023

  • 10:30am- Good Grief
  • 10:30am- Vinyasa Yoga with Lorie

Tuesday, November 21, 2023

  • 10am- Book Club
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November Calendar:

  • 11/18- Supper Club
  • 11/20- 6:30pm Vestry Meeting
  • 11/23 & 11/24-Thanksgiving- Office Closed

What a fun weekend being in community making stew! The stew itself is absolutely fantastic. They've perfected their recipe. We couldn't have done it with out the help of all our fantastic volunteers! A huge thank you to Dale Hill for all he does(seen and unseen) to make this stew possible. We are grateful to all our amazing helpers!

Contemplative Service

Please join us this Sunday, November 19th, at 5pm for our Contemplative Service that our Seminarian, Bart Natoli, will lead for us in a beautiful time of quiet worship focusing on an interfaith vigil for peace in Gaza and Israel.

Bettilee Kay funeral

We will celebrate the beautiful life of former member Bettilee Kay Saturday, November 18th at 11am here at St. James the Less with a reception in the Parish Hall to follow. We hope you can join us.

Get Some SJtL Swag!

We have an online St. James the Less store where you can get shirts, sweatshirts, hat, or a bag. Click HERE to shop! Show your support and love for this incredible community. The online store will be open until November 26th so that orders can be fulfilled by Christmas. We will let you know when your order is ready to be picked up at the church.

Santa Shop

It is hard to believe, but we are starting to gather Santa Shop needs for the Advent faire! We need trinkets for the shop as well as bags and tissue paper to wrap them in. Below are a few ideas of what we have had in the shop in the past. Reach out to Miriam if you have any questions! Thank you as always for your incredible support!

Candles, snow gloves, oven mit, stationary, pen set, nativity sets, ornaments, little keepsakes, mugs, pottery, notepads, card games, nice books, etc.

Blanket Drive

Please join our youth in their Blanket Drive for CJ's Thumb's Up. You can bring them in and put them in a box in the hallway. Thank you in advance! We are grateful for your support!


Sunday Schedule:

  • Children's Sunday School- Sundays 9am
  • Nursery- Sundays 9am
  • Children's Church- during the 10am service

Children's Supplies -Help us get ready for the new program year. Click the link HERE to see the needs for our youth and children’s programming. Thank you all so much for your continued support!!!

Regional Youth Group: Go Fourth Sundays

Join us on November 26th at 6pm for the next meeting of Go Fourth Sundays for our Youth! We will share a meal, create a to go service project, and share in fellowship! Follow us on Instagram for more information. @GoFourthSundays


  • 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 beef stew
  • Canned vegetables (not green beans)
  • Canned fruit
  • Canned soup
  • Canned beans
  • Peanut butter
  • Pasta sauce
  • Cold cereal
  • Oatmeal (smaller sizes, or instant packets)
  • Laundry detergent


Children's Clothing:

  • Boy's and Girl's fall & winter clothing (all sizes)
  • Boy's and Girl's fall & winter pajamas (all sizes)
  • Boy's and Girl's shoes (all sizes) VERY LOW INVENTORY
  • Boy's and Girl's socks (all sizes)
  • Boy's underwear (size 6 - 8)
  • Girl's underwear (size 16)
  • Diapers (size 4, 5, 6 and 7)... We do not need pull-ups
  • Baby Wipes 

Adult Clothing:

  • Men's athletic shoes (all sizes)
  • Men's work boots (all sizes)
  • Men's jeans (all sizes but especially size 28 - 40)
  • Men's undershirts (all sizes)
  • Men's athletic socks (all sizes)
  • Women's athletic socks (all sizes)
  • 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. Encourage us to faithfulness, righteousness, and compassion for all God’s Children. We lift up Justin, Archbishop of Canterbury, Michael, our Presiding Bishop, Mark, Dabney & Gail, our Bishops, Rock+, our priest, and Dawn+, our Deacon. We pray for Bart, our Seminarian, in his formation 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, Dennis Folsom, Court Warfield, Andrea Alexander McCallum, Janet Taylor, Joy Stevenson, Andy Newchok, Rebecca Hottman, Haden Hopkins, Kim Keene, Pam Bowers, Hilda Kelly, Lee & Susan Chambers, Harry Hassell, Baker/Penland family, Joel Blunk, Holly Rison and family, Bower family, Michele Murphy, Gavin Yonce and family, Smith family, Lyde Longaker, Mary Ann Harris, the Poskey family, Dennis Ray, Michele Parks, Gini Dryden, Aubree Dillon, Angela Bennett, Steve Sullivan, Debby Hudgins, Garland Eubank and Tim & 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 Flanagan, Kemper Jones, Greg Ericksen, Matthew Thomas, Philip Morison, James Ashley, Ellie Deas, Andrew Brunson, Liam Higgins, and Katherine Murphy. 

We ask your prayers for those who have died, especially Bettilee Kay, Wendy Vaughan and Wayne Morris. We ask your prayers for those who grieve.  

Our citizens who live in Hanover County, the Board of Supervisors, School Board, and Manager. The print and broadcast media. The churches of metropolitan Richmond: members and clergy. All who live in poverty. All who suffer from mental illness. Our citizens who live in Ashland, Hopewell, Colonial Heights, and Petersburg, the town and city Councils and Managers. All who work in banks and finance; all making financial decisions for greater Richmond. Prisons and jails of metropolitan Richmond: prisoners and staff. All who are unemployed or underemployed. All public servants.

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.

Proper 27 Homily

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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. Deacon Dawn McNamara Deacon

Reggie Long- Organist/Music Director

Miriam Smith- Christian Formation- Children & Youth Director

Kasey Buckland- Parish Administrator

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