May 17, 2023

Saint James the Less Weekly News & Updates

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A Note From Father Rock

Good morning, Church Family!

This Sunday wraps up our program year, which means we gather and celebrate before we head into the summer. 

  • Church Picnic, after the 10 a.m. service: Bring a side or dessert to share. We will provide the main dishes, BBQ, Chicken Tenders, and Hot Dogs. We will also have plenty of water and soda, so please come out and help us celebrate our community. 
  • Sunday Evening, 5 p.m. Reggie and the Chancel Choir have been working very hard to present the Choral Evensong liturgy. This is a glorious service of music, readings, and prayers. We hope you will come and invite your friends. This will be a wonderful capstone to the year, and you will not want to miss out. 

On the 28th we have Pentecost, so find your favorite red items, and the following week we have Graduate Sunday, and hope you will join us for that as well. So much good fun to come this summer!



Wednesday, May 17, 2023

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

Sunday, May 21, 2023

  • 8am- Eucharist Rite I
  • 9am- Sunday School for adults and children
  • 10am- Eucharist Rite II (music)
  • 11am- Church Picnic
  • 5pm- Choral Evensong
  • 5:45pm- J2A (youth group)

Monday, May 22, 2023

  • 10:30am- Vinyasa Yoga
  • 10:30am- Good Grief group
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Church Picnic- SUNDAY!

Please join us for our Church wide picnic on THIS SUNDAY, May 21st after our 10am service to celebrate the end of our program meals. The church will provide BBQ, hot dogs, green beans, baked beans, chips, coleslaw and water and sodas. Please bring a dessert (or different side than what we have) to share. It will be a wonderful time to be together in community!


We have the most wonderful woman, Lorie Lower, who teaches yoga on Mondays and Wednesdays here at St. James the Less at 10:30am. They've even begun practicing yoga in the pavilion on the nice days. If you'd like more information or would like to be added to her mailing list, you can do that here.

Book Club

Thursdays at 10am in May and June we have Book Club on Zoom. We are reading The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. You can purchase it HERE from Amazon. The Pamunkey Library system also has it and you can check it out HERE. We really hope you can join us! If you have any questions or would like to be added to our Book Club email list, let us know.

Who: Dr. Rachel E. Easter, MD 

What: Mission Trip to rural Honduras to promote Menstrual Health Hygiene and Education Outreach 

Where: Los Pinares, rural Honduras, Intibuca region

When: May 25-June 1, 2023

Ways to help: 

1.       Monetary funding is needed for the following items: 

a-You are welcome to donate with cash or check. You can give directly in person, or pass along to Kasey at the church office. You can make the check payable to SJTL and put "Honduras donation" in the memo.

b.      Raw fabric materials and sewing notions ($500-750)

                                                               i.      Flannel fabrics or knit t-shirt fabrics

                                                             ii.      Thread

                                                            iii.      Scissors

                                                            iv.      Snaps

                                                             v.      Measuring tapes

c.       Parts for existing treadle Singer sewing machines (x3) ($150-$200)

                                                               i.      Belts, needles, bobbins for 15N machines

                                                             ii.      Machine oil

d.      Community Health Educators (x3) ($225-$250)

                                                               i.      15-20 sessions x $15/session per instructor

e.       Printing ($200)

                                                               i.      Presentation booklets (x3)

                                                             ii.      Paper handouts in period kits

2.       Material donations 

a.       Tote bags or drawstring sport bags

b.       Girls and women’s underwear (new or used, any size)

c.       Soap (Hotel or travel size soaps preferred)

d.       Washcloths (dark or black colored preferred)

3.       Amazon Wish List



It is getting close to the time we start celebrating our graduates in our community. Our graduate Sunday is June 4th. We would love to have them participate in the service if they are willing.  It is always a favorite for this community to be able to celebrate with our graduates and their families.  

If you have a graduate (high school, college, trade school, etc), we'd love to know:

  • Full name as they would like to be celebrated
  • Where they are graduating from 
  • Their degree (if applicable)
  • Their future plans (if known)
  • And we’d love a picture to put in our weekly eblast to celebrate them
  • If they would like to participate in our Graduate Sunday service at 10am on June 4th

If you can get this information to me by May 21st, I’d be so grateful.  We look forward to celebrating with you!


8am Service for the Summer

For the months of June, July and August we will be holding our 8am service in the Pavilion on Sundays. It is such an incredible addition to our property and worship space. We hope you will mark your calendars to join us for a few of these services.

Children's Summer Plans

As we begin to wind down the program year we wanted to let you know upcoming changes so that you can plan. We will have no nursery, Sunday School or Children's Church over the summer, starting May 28th.

We will be refreshing and renewing to come back inspired in the fall. We will have a few children & youth events over the summer to keep us connected. If you have any ideas, let us know!

Flying Squirrels Game

Take me out to the ballgame! We are going to see the Flying Squirrels on Thursday, August 10 for Faith night at the Diamond. They will have pre-game faith-based bands, player testimonials on the field, post-game fireworks, and more! St. James the Less has tickets together for $10 a ticket. If you'd like to purchase tickets and sit with our community, you can do that HERE. (They will email your tickets to you directly, but you will be sitting with all of us)


  • 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 meat (spam, chicken, ham, salmon, tuna, etc.)
  • Canned fruit
  • Peanut butter
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Instant potatoes (smaller size boxes)
  • Cereal (healthier varieties preferred)
  • Pork & beans 
  • 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 summer clothes (sizes 12 - 18)
  • Boy's and Girl's summer pajamas (all sizes)
  • Boy's and Girl's shoes (all sizes)
  • Girl's larger size underwear (sizes 16 - 18)
  • Diapers (size 4, size 6 and size 7)... We do not need pull-ups
  • Baby Wipes


Adult Clothing:

  • Men's athletic shoes (all sizes)
  • Men's jeans (waist sizes 30 - 36)
  • Men's white undershirts (all sizes)
  • Women's bras (band 36 and above; cup D and above)
  • Women's underwear (size large thru 3x)
  • 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, 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 & Gail, our Bishops, 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, Brad Rose, Wendy Vaughan, 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., Tre’ Michael, Brennan McFarlane,Tim Easter, Marie Bohrer, Melanie Fischer, Frank Buckingham, Jim Segneri, Barbara Brzozowski, Richard Grosse, Harry Hassell, Carl Morlock, Luke David, Baker/Penland family, Carol Barnes, Vikki Snelgrove, Melissa & Riley Jones, Kendall Martin, Kathy Wimberly, Joel Blunk, Lin Varner, Holly Rison and family, Rebecca Paxton, Britton Stewart, and Bobby & Parker 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 Flangan, Kemper Jones, Greg Ericksen, Matthew Thomas, Philip Morison, James Ashley, Ellie, Andrew Brunson, Jordan Fox, and Katherine Murphy. 

We ask your prayers for those who have died, especially Gordon Sutton. 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.

Sixth Sunday After Easter Homily


May 18

Jessica Sanders

May 21

Joseph Meade

May 22

Haden Hopkins

May 24

Mary Leachman


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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