Volume 10, Issue #1 - January 2, 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.

Happy New Year! Now that we have begun 2020, we will also begin reading through the Gospels. As mentioned previously, I will lead a group in reading through the four Gospels during 2020. We will meet each Sunday at 9:15 a.m. in the parish library (during the Preacher's Forum time). 

Our basic Scripture translation is the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV): this is the same version that we use during worship services here at Ascension. However, I am encouraging everyone to also explore other translations of the Bible. One of the main goals of this reading group is to gain a good, basic understanding of these Gospels. That is much easier to do if you are comfortable with the translation of the Bible that you are reading. 🙂 I will have several different copies of Bible translations available for you to peruse during our first meeting on January 5.
For the first meeting on January 5, please read The Gospel of Mark, Chapter 1 . Mark is thought to be the first Gospel that was written. Mark was a foundation for Matthew and Luke when they wrote their Gospels, so reading Mark first will start us in a good place. 

I look forward to reading, journeying, and learning with you!

With joy,
by Shannon Lancaster

In the name of Invite, Welcome, Connect...
Let's Connect!

It's never too late to be a kid again. There is no place better to turn off the noise. That is how I feel about The Cathedral Domain. I would love to share The Domain with you.

If you would be interested in a parish/family/invite-who-you-want weekend for a quiet retreat, please email me, Shannon Lancaster, at shanl82861@gmail.com by JANUARY 16. We will discuss at the annual parish meeting on January 19.
Sunday, January 19, 2020

Annual Meeting
will be held after the 10:30 service,
with the traditional pot-luck luncheon.
Plan to be there!
OUR ANNUAL PARISH MEETING  will be held on Sunday, January 19, 2020, after the 10:30 service, in the parish hall. Your attendance is encouraged and needed as we review the year just past, and make important decisions for the year to come. Please plan to attend!

Potluck Dinner: Please contact Leah MacSwords to coordinate luncheon plans; food items should be brought into the kitchen before the 10:30 service. 

Reports: The proposed budget for 2020 will be presented for discussion and approval. Committees and organizations should submit annual reports for 2019 by Tuesday, Jan. 14 . Email your Word-format documents to info@ascensionfrankfort.org , or submit a print copy to Mona in the parish office. (For reports completed later, please make your own copies.)

Voting: In accordance with the bylaws of the Church of the Ascension, Article III, Membership and Parish Meetings, Section 1, Membership: “Qualified voters at a Parish meeting shall be: (a) All those who are confirmed communicants in good standing of the age of 16 years or older, and (b) Any other baptized persons of age 16 years or older who are regular worshipers in the Parish and who for six month immediately preceding the meeting have been regular contributors to the support of the Parish. (Canon 17.04, Diocese of Lexington)

  •  Election of Vestry Candidates: The Nominating Committee will present a slate of candidates to fill vacancies on the vestry; watch for candidate details, coming soon!

  • Election of Ascension deputies and alternate(s) to the 2020 Diocesan Convention: Three lay deputies and alternate(s) will be elected; the Senior Warden for the calendar year is automatically the fourth lay deputy. (If you are interested in being a deputy, please contact Leah MacSwords, Nominating Committee Chair – lcmacs@aol.com. Qualifications are the same as for voting and vestry candidates.)

  • Early Voting for 8am Attendees: For those eligible voters who attend the 8am service on January 19 and are unable to return for the Annual Meeting, early balloting will be allowed at the conclusion of the 8am service. Balloting will be conducted in the parish office.

Every Sunday

Meet at 9:30 a.m.
in the downstairs choir room.

More singers are needed –
come join us!

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.

Adults are invited to meet in the parish library at 9:15 a.m. every Sunday to discuss topics related to the sermon and readings of the day. 

  • 12/1: $3,896
  • 12/8: $2,780
  • 12/15: $13,460
  • 12/22: $15,033
  • 12/26: $24,319


If you give by an automated bank donation (ACH), please be sure to check the amount of your actual bank withdrawal(s) in January.

By January 31, 2020, you will receive an itemized statement listing all of your 2019 giving – including “donations in kind.”

If you have any questions about donations or pledges, please contact Mona Proctor in the parish office: call 502-223-0557 or email info@ascensionfrankfort.org .
THE BROTHERHOOD OF ST. ANDREW will meet next on January 4, 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, January 5 (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: December 1 - January 26 as of 11/27/19 *

January 5, 2020
Daily Office Lectionary
Second Sunday after Christmas, Year Two – BCP 941
Week of The Epiphany and Following, Year Two - BCP 943

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: Chris Smith
  • Lector & PoP: Julia Tyson
  • Acolyte: Peggy Stoner
10:30 a.m. - Rite II   
  • Chalice Bearer: Bob Bullock
  • Lector: Jim King
  • Acolytes:  
  • C: Josh Roll
  • T: Jordan Masters & Tori Word
  • Jubilee Streamers as available
  • Ushers: Scott & Kathy Kimbel
  • Altar Guild: T4 -  Rick & Sue Kurtz, Jim & Debbie Kimbrough, Jim King
  • Men's Club: T2 - Jim Kimbrough, Jim King, Starla Yount
COUNTERS:   TWO needed

& Coffee Hour Coordinator this week: Leah MacSwords
  • 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. Timothy’s Mission, Barnes Mountain – The Venerable Bryant C. Kibler, Sr. Priest-in-Partnership.

Recently in need of prayers: Bill; Bob & Angela; Candy & Tony; Carrie & Shawn; Daneen; Edith & Marion; Heidi & Ian; Greg; Josh; Marie; Mike & Susie; Shelley & Cody.

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; Jim & Debbie; Jinks; John; Julia; June; Lara; Linda; Mac; Marilyn; Mary; Melissa; 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: 1/6 – Allison Parrish; 1/7 – Carol Roe; 1/8 – Lara Heady; 1/9 – Bob Bullock, Laura Graham; 1/11 – Judy Kizer. 


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, January 5: Second Sunday after Christmas, and Epiphany

John B. Martin, Organist

  • Prelude: Prélude sur l’Introït de l’Epiphanie - Maurice Duruflé
  • Opening Hymn: Hymnal 128 - We three kings of orient are - Three Kings of Orient
  • The Gloria: Hymnal 96 - Angels we have heard on high - Gloria
  • Gradual Psalm: Hymnal 517 - How lovely is thy dwelling place - Brother James' Air
  • Sequence Hymn: Hymnal 632 - O Christ, the Word Incarnate - Munich
  • Offertory: Das alte Jahr vergangen ist  (The old year now hath passed away) - Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Sanctus: S 130 - Holy, holy, holy
  • Fraction Anthem: S 164 - Jesus, Lamb of God
  • Communion Hymn: Hymnal 124 - What star is this - Puer nobis
  • Closing Hymn: Hymnal 119 - As with gladness - Dix
  • Postlude: The three kings - Wilbur Held

  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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