Volume 10, Issue #5 - January 30, 2020 

In the name of Christ, we embrace all people to be nourished and empowered by the Holy Spirit to love and serve the world.
From Peter's Pen

The Vestry, the Deacons, and I had a very good and productive weekend away at the Transfiguration Spirituality Center in Cincinnati. We spent three days getting to know each other a little better, and listing and celebrating the many strengths and ways that God blesses the Church of the Ascension. We filled up several pages of over-sized newsprint with some of these great things. 🙂

We also began making plans for 2020. In the weeks to come, Julia Peavler (our new Senior Warden), Ron Gruzesky (our new Junior Warden), and I will be sorting through the list of worship, outreach, in-reach, and physical plant priorities around CoA. 

I am delighted with the Vestry that you have elected. It is a good group of talented, hard-working folks who bring a lot of love for Ascension and a lot of wisdom, energy, and gifts to the table. With God's grace, I believe that we are going to have a fabulous year here at 311 Washington Street.

With Joy,
Scenes from the weekend:
invites you to a
Dinner and Interactive Murder Mystery
performed by The Murder Mystery Company

Friday, February 21, 2020
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
in Ascension’s Parish Hall

Poison Ratenstein is in town for a killer concert, but this twisted tour turns tragic with a murder and a mystery to solve. Help the crowd and the detective figure out who ruined this totally tubular night, so everyone can, like, take a chill pill.

Dress for the times! Grab your ‘80s concert gear to rock in style while you solve a crime with your friends. Jean jackets, spandex leggings, big hair, bangles, leg warmers, ripped jeans and neon colors will be all the rage at this rocking night of mystery. See you there!
Ticket cost is $45 per person, including dinner.
For tickets, call Simon House at 502-223-2138.

All proceeds benefit Simon House, providing services to homeless women with children and other low-income clients.
Pancake Supper
February 25 – 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Everyone is invited to join us for an indulgent Pancake Supper with lots of fixin's, prepared by the Ascension Men's Club and served in our historic parish hall. A small donation is welcome, but the meal is free to those in need. 

Shrove Tuesday is the day immediately preceding Ash Wednesday (the beginning of Lent). Shrove, derived from shrive, refers to the confession of sins as a preparation for Lent, a usual practice in Europe in the Middle Ages. This day became known as Shrove Tuesday because this was when the eggs, butter and fat were used up to ensure they were all gone for Lenten season... Thus the tradition of celebrating Shrove Tuesday and eating pancakes began because people wanted to use up the tempting food that they were giving up for Lent.
Services with Imposition of Ashes
February 26 - 12:15 and 7:00 p.m.

Two services with Imposition of Ashes are offered: one from 12:15-12:45 p.m. and one from 7:00-8:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend and participate. 

Ash Wednesday — officially known as the Day of Ashes — is a day of repentance, when Christians confess their sins and profess their devotion to God. During a Mass, a priest places ashes on a worshiper's forehead in the shape of a cross. The ashes come from palms from the last year's Palm Sunday and are meant to signify penance, mourning and mortality.The day is seen as a way for Christians to remind themselves that they need to repent their sins.
SAVE THE DATE: June 22-26, 2020

Sunday School / Christian Formation Classes with
Every Sunday
led by Laura Buffenmyer.
All school-age youth are invited;
gather in the parish hall at 9:15 a.m.

1/5: $13,547
1/12: $9,569
1/19: $6,284
THE BROTHERHOOD OF ST. ANDREW will meet next on February 1, 2020 (every other Saturday), in the parish library at 10:00 a.m. This group endeavors to bring men and youth to Christ through the three-fold disciplines of Prayer, Study and Service. Contact William Legg ( wleggwork@msn.com ) for details.
CENTERING PRAYER group meets every Saturday morning, 10:00 - 10:30. All are invited and welcome to come and explore this ancient technique, meeting in the main church. For more information, contact Scott Kimbel, kskimbel@yahoo.com
THE DAUGHTERS OF THE KING will meet on Sunday, February 2 (FIRST Sunday of each month), in the parish library after the 10:30 service. Contact Judith Spencer for details ( jspencer254@yahoo.com )
Check out public service and activity schedules on the online church calendar at www.ascensionfrankfort.org/calendar

Find the Diocese of Lexington online at www.diolex.org 
Schedules & Teams
* UPDATED: February 2 - April 26 as of 1/30/2020
February 2, 2020
The Presentation of Our Lord

Daily Office Lectionary
Week of 4 Epiphany, Year Two - BCP 947

OR go to www.lectionarypage.net and choose by calendar date
  • BREAKFAST begins at 8:50 a.m. - free of charge to those in need; others may pay a small amount as able.

  • ADULTS gather at 9:15 a.m. in the library for "The Preacher's Forum." 

  • CHILDREN & YOUTH: Christian Formation/Sunday School - All ages please gather in the parish hall to go upstairs together as a group. Latecomers must be escorted by a parent to the upstairs classroom. Children of all ages are welcome and encouraged to attend all church services; a nursery is available for younger children starting at 9:15 a.m.
8:00 a.m. - Rite I
  • Chalice Bearer: Scott Mello
  • Lector & PoP: Michal Smith-Mello
  • Acolyte: Steven Pankey
10:30 a.m. - Rite II   
  • Chalice Bearer: Heidi Hiemstra
  • Lector: Jim King
  • Acolytes - Scouts:  
  • C: Ian Pinkerton
  • T: Nathaniel Keffer, Armond Guerrero
  • Jubilee Streamers as available
  • Ushers: Linda & Tori Word
  • Altar Guild: T2 -  Rose Gayle Hardy, Agnes Parman, Ruth Feindel
  • Men's Club: T1: William Legg, Skip Hunt, Pauline Van Horn
COUNTERS:   TWO needed

& Coffee Hour Coordinator this week: RON GRUZESKY
  • Vestry member responsible for lockup will also coordinate or supply snacks for Coffee Hour (reimbursable expense) and ensure kitchen cleanup is complete.

  • Jan Stevens is our Hospitality Coordinator - contact her by email at jstevens5@aol.com to discuss Coffee Hour questions, needs and procedures. If you can bring treats but need a helper, or vice versa, Jan can help you team up!
Intercessions for the Church: St. Thomas Church, Beattyville – The Ven. Bryant C. Kibler, Sr., Priest-in-Partnership.

Recently in need of prayers: Barbara; Bill; Bob & Angela; Candy & Tony; Carrie & Shawn; Daneen; Donnie; Edith & Marion; Heidi & Ian; Greg; Jon; Josh; Linda; Marie.

Continuing concern: Betty; Collin; Dan; Darlene; David; Debbie; Dillard; Doris; the Duncan Family; Erika; Faye & Steve; Gillian; Ginni & Vic; Holly; Isaiah; James & Stella; Janet; Janice; Jean; Jinks; John; Julia; June; Lara; Linda; Mac; Marilyn; Mary; Melissa; Mike & Susie; Natalie; Polly; Scott & Kathy; Sherri; and Tom. We also pray for those on active duty in the military: Daniel, Houston, Mary Jo, Nick, Seth, Tanner, and Walter.

Birthdays: 2/2 – Polly Coblin; 2/4 – David Gierlach; 2/7 – Fred Kirchhoff; 2/8 – Jack Hoover.

Anniversaries: 2/5 – Richard & Ruth Feindel.

 Part of the strength of this congregation is our care and concern for each other. Please help us to do this by letting the church office know when you are ill, hospitalized, or otherwise in need of prayer and/or visitation. We especially want to serve you during these times.  Also, if we don’t have your birthday or anniversary on file, or if it appears incorrectly, please let us know!  Call the office at 502-223-0557 (messages are checked Tuesday thru Friday), or email curate@ascensionfrankfort.org
Pre-Planning for End of Life

Rite I or Rite II? Eucharist or no? Burial service in the church, or only a graveside committal? Special music, songs, readings, people? Please consider writing your preferences on a “Funeral Information and Burial Instructions” form, for secure long-term storage in the parish office. This confidential information will serve as a guide to the church and your family after your death. A 'Kentucky Living Will Directive and Health Care Surrogate Designation' Form is also available.

Ask in the office or one of the deacons for a blank form, or download from our web site at: https://www.ascensionfrankfort.org/links

Return the completed form(s) to Deacon Rebecca, Deacon Sue, or to the parish office.
Sunday, February 2
John B. Martin, Organist

  • Prelude: A meditation on ‘Brother James’s air’ - Harold Darke
  • Hymn in Procession: The “Scout” Hymn
  • The Gloria: Hymnal S 280
  • Gradual Psalm: Hymnal 517 - Psalm 84 Quam dilecta!- How lovely is thy dwelling place - Brother James’ Air     
  • Gospel Acclamation: S 49
  • Offertory: God is my shepherd - Antonin Dvořák - Misty Agne, soprano
  • Sanctus: S 129 - Holy, holy, holy
  • Fraction Anthem: S 154
  • Communion Hymn: Hymnal 324 - Let all mortal flesh keep silent - Picardy
  • Hymn in Procession: Hymnal 436 - Lift up your heads - Truro
  • Postlude
  Ritesong Online Music Library
Clergy and Staff

  • The Rev. Peter Doddema, Priest
  • The Rev. Dr. William G. Brown, Associate Priest Emeritus 
  • The Rev. Deacon Rebecca A. Saager, Curate
  • The Rev. Deacon Susan E. Kurtz, Deacon
  • Mr. John B. Martin, Director of Music & Organist
  • Ms. Mona Landrum Proctor, Parish & Financial Administrator 
  • Mr. David Gierlach, Sexton

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