Volume 10, Issue #7 - February 13, 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

One of the things I was hired to do was to help Ascension grow. In last year's Holy Cow! survey, y'all said that attracting new members (and also specifically attracting younger members) were significant priorities.

I was at B's Bakery last week and while I was there, I began chatting with the 20-something clerk behind the pastry counter. She saw my clergy collar and asked where I work. When I said "Church of the Ascension - the Episcopal Church" she looked at me with a very confused face.

This is a young person who works one (1) block away from our church and has no idea that we are here or what we are...

To begin the work of letting people (especially younger people) know that the Church of the Ascension is a great place to be, I have asked Taylor Lunsford to do some work for us. Taylor and I worked together for two years at St. Philip's, Harrodsburg. She is 24 years old and is an excellent videographer and graphic designer. Among other projects, she helped to create a series of "welcome to the Episcopal Church" videos for St. Philip's - we all know that the first visit to an Episcopal Church can be a little intimidating (because of the structured worship/liturgy, etc.) for visitors. 

In her introductory article below, Taylor provides links to some of the work that she hass done, both for St. Philip's and in a wider context. I encourage you to click on the links, take a few minutes to look over her work, and start to dream a little about our next steps here at the Church of the Ascension. There are a LOT of young people present in the offices, shops, and other downtown businesses around the parish. How can we reach out effectively to them? Please be in in prayer about this and help me to welcome and support Taylor as she works to support us. 

With Joy,
Hello! I am Taylor Lunsford from Harrodsburg, Kentucky. I will be working with Church of the Ascension to help provide some videos about the special things this Church does. Also, I will create digital artwork to help advertise upcoming events. I will be working with Father Peter to try and get more of a younger crowd following what’s going on here through Instagram and YouTube. I am excited to be working with you and to show off the great things this church is doing!

Here are links to a couple of videos I have done. First, a music video:

And here is an example of the “vlog” type videos we did with Peter at St. Philips:

All are welcome to drop in on our lively group discussion of the Gospels on Sunday mornings (led by me, Peter). We meet at 9:00 a.m. in the parish library; please feel free to pick up breakfast in the kitchen first and bring it along! Through January, February, and March, we are focusing on the Gospel of Mark.

For this Sunday (February 16), please read Mark, Chapter 9. Bring your questions and insights, and join us for this wonderful discussion!
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.
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.
We are now enrolling for a new EfM class
to begin at Ascension in March-April 2020. 

The annual enrollment fee is $375.00. There are limited partial scholarships available for those who need assistance. If you are interested, please contact the Ascension office to obtain an enrollment package 
(email  info@ascensionfrankfort.org  or call 502-223-0557). 

Education for Ministry (EfM) is a unique four-year distance learning certificate program in theological education based upon small-group study and practice. The program was developed by, and is offered through, the  School of Theology, University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee.  

EfM helps the faithful encounter the breadth and depth of the Christian tradition and bring it into conversation with their experiences of the world as they study, worship, and engage in theological reflection together. Since its founding in 1975, this international program has assisted more than 80,000 participants in discovering and nurturing their call to Christian service.

Every baptized person is called to ministry. EfM provides people with the education to carry out that ministry. Lay persons face the difficult and often subtle task of interpreting the richness of the church's faith in a complex and confusing world. They need a theological education which supports their faith and also teaches them to express that faith in day-to-day events. As the emphasis on lay ministry has grown, EfM has come to play an important role by providing a program that develops an informed and knowledgeable laity.

EfM provides college level study spread over four years. The first-year participants study the Hebrew scriptures, to include how, when, where and why those books were written, edited and preserved. Second-year students focus on very similar questions concerning Jesus and the canonical books of the New Testament. Third-year students read and consider Christian history and tradition over the last 3,000 years. Fourth-year students engage the world of theology and ethics.

While the study of canonical Christian scriptures, Church history and tradition and theology is challenging, by far the most dynamic part of EfM is the development for each participant in the skill of Theological Reflection (TR). With almost forty years of experience, EfM, through the systems developed in the program and through Sewanee’s School of Theology, has provided a powerful tool for individual insight.
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.
2/2: $4,224
2/9: $3,833
THE BROTHERHOOD OF ST. ANDREW will meet next on February 15, 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, March 1 (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 2/05/2020
February 16, 2020
Daily Office Lectionary
Week of 6 Epiphany, Year Two - BCP 949
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, Lector & PoP: Julia Tyson
  • Acolyte: Steven Pankey
10:30 a.m. - Rite II   
  • Chalice Bearer & Lector: Shannon Lancaster
  • Acolytes:  
  • C: Hank Pinkerton
  • T: Ian Pinkerton, Jordan Masters
  • Jubilee Streamers as available
  • Ushers: Jim & Debbie Kimbrough
  • Altar Guild: T3 -  Michal Smith-Mello, Scott & Kathy Kimbel
  • Men's Club: T3: Roy Upshaw, Jack Bates, Fred Kirchhoff
COUNTERS:   TWO needed

& Coffee Hour Coordinator this week: SHANNON LANCASTER
  • 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: The Episcopal Church Women, Leslee Roberts, President; The Episcopal Men of the Diocese, Randy Railey, President.

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

Continuing concern: Betty; Carrie & Shawn; 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: 2/17 – Jennifer Lee; 2/18 – David Bemiss; 2/20 – Alex Aossey, Bill Brown, Bob Gable; 2/21 – Kathy Inman; 2/22 – Rob McGurk.

 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 16
John B. Martin, Organist

  • Voluntary: Vater unser im Himmelreich, BWV 636 - Johann Sebastian Bach - (1685-1750)
  • Hymn in Procession: Hymnal 603 - When Christ was lifted from the earth - St. Botolph
  • The Gloria: Hymnal S 280
  • Gradual Psalm: Psalm 119:1-8 Beati immaculati
  • Gospel Acclamation: S 49
  • Offertory: Vater unser im Himmelreich, BWV 683 - Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Sanctus: S 129 - Holy, holy, holy
  • Fraction Anthem: S 154
  • Communion Hymn: Hymnal 474 - When I survey the wondrous cross - Rockingham  
  • Hymn in Procession: Hymnal 344 - Lord, dismiss us with thy blessing - Sicilian Mariners
Voluntary - Vater unser im Himmelreich, BWV 737 - Johann Sebastian Bach

The prelude, offertory and postlude are three different settings of the German chorale (or hymn) setting of the Lord’s Prayer – Vater unser im Himmelreich. These settings demonstrate Johann Sebastian Bach’s compositional brilliance. The BWV numbers are from the thematic catalog of all of Bach’s compositions (Bach Werke Verzeichnis). 

 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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