March 6, 2024

Saint James the Less Weekly News & Updates

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A Note From Father Rock

Thank you, friends, for gathering with so many for our Annual Meeting on Sunday. It is wonderful when the Church Family can get together. We had good, honest dialogue, and we have a big, bright year ahead. As announced, the Vestry re-elected both of our Wardens, Bob Hughes as Senior and Kathy Marshall as Junior. This continuity will be a real asset while I am away on my sabbatical.

With all the details I forgot to announce the End of Life Workshop starting a bit after 11:30 a.m. this Sunday. We do this annually the week after Annual Meeting to go over wills, funeral, and other general end-of-life questions you should be asking. It is important, and we have a simple, easy-to-use packet that walks you through things you will want to consider. It will be less than half an hour, but well worth your time. We had a crowd last year, and if you did not join us then, please consider it this Sunday. If you cannot make it, we will have extra copies available next time you come to church. Just let Kasey know you want one.

As we close out Lent, Bart's fantastic Lenten series continues Wednesdays at 7 in the Library. On Sunday, March 17, 5 p.m., Dawn+ will be leading a Contemplative Service. These special times of reflection and prayer are always worth being there. We hope you will join us for that.

I pray your Lenten practices/disciplines are going well, that you plan on being with us for Holy Week, and the glorious Triduum Services. Maundy Thursday (7 pm), Good Friday (7 pm), Holy Saturday (Noon), and Easter Vigil (7:45 pm, as it is tied to sunset). Easter Sunday will have our 8 am in the pavilion, 10 am in the Church, and our Easter Egg Hunt following. So much good is happening soon! Please add these to your calendars!




Wednesday, March 6, 2024

  • 7:30am- Eucharist Rite II (with bagels & coffee to follow)
  • 10:30am- Vinyasa Yoga with Lorie

Thursday, March 7, 2024

  • 6pm- Hand Bells Choir
  • 7pm- Parish Choir

Sunday, March 10, 2024

  • Daylight Savings
  • 8am- Eucharist Rite I (no music)
  • 9am- Sunday School (Adult & Children)
  • 10am- Eucharist Rite II (music)
  • 11:30am- End of Life Program

Monday, February 26, 2024

  • 10:30am-Good Grief
  • 10:30am- Vinyasa Yoga with Lorie
  • 7pm- Dream Group (Harrisons)

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

  • 10am-Book Group
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March Calendar

  • 2/21- 3/20- Lenten Program (Wednesdays 7-8pm)
  • 3/10- Daylight Savings
  • 3/10- End of Life Program 11:30am

  • 3/16- Supper Club
  • 3/17- Blood Drive 8am-12pm
  • 3/17- Contemplative Service 5pm
  • 3/28- Maundy Thursday Service 7pm
  • 3/29- Good Friday Service 7pm
  • 3/30-Noon- Holy Saturday Service,
  • 3/30- 7:45pm- Easter Vigil
  • 3/31- Easter Service (8am outside, 10am inside)
  • 3/31- Easter Egg Hunt 11am

Our Annual Meeting was such a blessing! We have an incredible community of people and that's reflected in every aspect of what we do!

End of Life Program

Please join us for our Annual End of Life Program THIS Sunday, March 10th at 11:30am. If you have questions about wills, estate planning or just want to set up a few details for funerals, hymns, and scripture selection, we have good information for you.

Easter Flowers

As our tradition goes, we honor loved ones with the flowers in the service on Easter Morning. 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. 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.

Contemplative Service

We hope you will join us for the Contemplative Service on Sunday, March 17th at 5pm. It will be a beautiful time of reflection and quiet. Come join us as the Rev. Deacon Dawn McNamara leads us.

Triangle of Hope Meals

We are so looking forward to hosting the youth and chaperones of Triangle of Hope in Ashland, VA July 24- August 4 at Randolph Macon. While they are here we will need some help supporting them with meals. We have asked other churches and groups from our Diocese as well. Some meals will be dropped off to them at their dorms at Randolph Macon in individually bagged breakfasts/lunches. Some meals will be prepared warm at St. James the Less. If you, your church or a group of friends and family would like to sponsor a meal, please review the available slots HERE and click on the button to sign up. There will be around 50 people (34 youth, 16 adults) 

Please also bring plates, utensils, napkins, cups and drinks with your meal if you can. If you are bringing a "Grab & Go" meal you are welcome to put them in brown bags. Please include the utensils and napkins needed in the bags. 

Thank you! We are so grateful for your support of this community! We couldn't do it without you!

2023 Pledge Statements

Thank you so much to all who gave in 2023. Your kindness is so appreciated. We've had some trouble with the statements getting to you in the mail, so Susan has kindly reprinted them. You have a copy waiting for you on the table in the hallway, in an envelope with your name on it. Please pick yours up next time you are here. We will put them in the mail again 3/15 if they have not been picked up.

Lenten Series

This Lent, the Diocesan Community is invited into a journey to commit in new ways to becoming Beloved Community and growing loving, liberating, life-giving relationships across the human family of God. We make the journey not only as individual Christians and congregations, but as a whole church, seeking to make a commitment to racial healing, reconciliation, and justice. We will be meeting 5 weeks on Wednesdays 7-8:30pm. February 21st will be the first class. There is no class Holy Week. Our Seminarian, Dr. Bart Natoli will be leading us for this incredible series.

In the ministry of racial healing and justice, none of us walks a straight line. We enter the labyrinth wherever God has provided an opening – telling the truth about our church’s story around race; discerning and proclaiming God’s dream of Beloved Community where we are; learning and practicing Jesus’ way of healing and love; and bravely working to transform systemic racial injustice. We keep moving from one quadrant to another and back. No one is ever really finished. That is the way of ongoing spiritual formation. And so, this Lent, we will “walk” sections of this labyrinth, gathering as a group, engaging with the scriptures, and reflecting on our experiences. 

Blood Drive 3/17

We will be holding a blood drive in our Parish Hall on Sunday, March 17th from 8am -noon. If you would like to sign up for an appointment, you can do that HERE. If you have donated before and are in the system, you can call the office to sign up for a time. (We just can't register first time donors). We have filled 12 of the 37 appointments. Spread some "luck" on St. Patty's Day and save some lives.

They have updated their guidelines so that more folks can donate. Check HERE to see if you are a candidate.

All who come to give will receive a $10 e-gift card to a pet supply merchant of choice. Plus, they’ll be automatically entered for a chance to win a $3,000 gift card. There will be five lucky winners! Details are available at


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 annual Easter Egg hunt and Lent preparations. Click the link HERE to see the needs for our youth and children’s programming. Thank you all so much for your continued support!!!


  • 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- Click HERE for current needs (we have a box in our hallway)
  • Donate to Peter Paul Development Center. (we have a box in our hallway)


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, Harry Hassell, Joel Blunk, Holly Rison and family, Bower family, Gavin Yonce and family, Smith family, Lyde Longaker, Mary Ann Harris, Michele Parks, Gini Dryden, Bob & Mary Lou Brown, Kay Kemper, David Bandas, Trinity Episcopal Church, Rone Deas, Wilson Loving, Phil Edmonds, Diana Timberlake, Kristi Elles, Sharon Street, Betz Martinez, Pam Gillette and Margaret Belyea.

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 Anthony Arrott. 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.

Lent 3 Homily

Click HERE to read the sermon


March 6

Gay Gibson

March 9

Martin Leggott

Jamie Cobb

March 10

Mary Helen Williams

March 11

Gaby Sergi

March 12

Suzanne Cichocki


Saint James the Less Episcopal Church

125 Beverly Road

Ashland, VA 23005

(804) 798-6336

Staff: (click on the name to email them)

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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