Volume 10, Issue #2 - January 9, 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.

Last Sunday, we had a really great first meeting of our Gospel-reading class! We nearly had more people than chairs: a wonderful situation to be in. If you were unable to attend last week, no worries: please attend as you are able. 

The format of the class is a mixture of teaching by me and discussion of folks' reading experiences. We have a lovely range of Bible translations being used for this class, which results in a lot of great discussion as we compare/contrast our individual understandings of the same verses. For example, we noticed that in Mark Chapter 1, Verse 41, there was a big discrepancy in translations. This is a verse where Jesus heals a man of leprosy. 

Some of our translations say: 
  • "Moved with pity, Jesus...touched him, and said to him..."Be made clean!"

Others note that the translation might be:
  • "Moved with anger, Jesus...touched him, and said..."Be made clean!"

As you can see, the passage reads very differently depending on how it's translated!

For our next meeting (Sunday, January 12), please read Mark Chapters 2 and 3. We will meet at 9:00 a.m. in the library: please feel free to pick up breakfast in the kitchen first and bring it along to the class!

With joy,
by John Cosby
Have you ever wondered what it was like to worship in the early days of Christianity? At the last Friends of the Library Sale at the Paul Sawyier Public Library, I found a book titled, “Going to Church in the First Century, and another titled, ironically, “Welcome to the Episcopal Church.” Reading about the early services, I discovered that they were gatherings of a small number of “Believers” who met in their homes. As a regular participant in the Wednesday Noon Service at Ascension, I noted that this meeting is like a contemporary “House Church” where we gather in a small corner of “God’s House” in the chapel area of the transept and are led by a member of the clergy, ministering to a small number of worshipers and a furry, friendly “Church Dog.”
These and other small group services during Holy Week and on Holy Days are a glimpse of what the early church was like and can still be today. At these services one can experience an “Up Close and Personal” relationship with The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in a reverent setting. As Jesus said, “Whenever two or more gather in my name, I will be there.” At the Wednesday Noon Service, one can experience the Anglican Rosary, a Homily, Prayers, Rite II Holy Eucharist, and Healing Anointing with a group of caring and loving people who will laugh, cry, comfort, and pray for you in an “all for one and one for all” spirit. The Priest will often step into the congregation and seek personal input regarding worshiper’s opinions and experiences concerning the scriptures and social issues.
As stated in the other book that I found and displayed on the sign at the front of the Church of the Ascension, “All Are Welcome” to come and experience the personal blessings at noon on Wednesday much like early Christians did. Thanks be to God!
Check out the new double-sided "sandwich" sign in Ascension's front yard, near the street. The old sign was faded and contained outdated information - the new sign has great visibility! The heavy-duty plastic frame is on wheels and can hold ballast for weight to stay in place; the content inserts are easily interchangeable for updates and special events. Pauline Van Horn spurred the search; Mona Proctor found it through an online vendor, Mike Oder approved the purchase ($200), and Jim King assembled it. Good teamwork!

Thank You, Jim King!
I am writing to say a heartfelt THANK YOU to our Junior Warden, Jim King. Jim has been faithfully working to fix the sewage smell coming from the kitchen sinks. 

What initially looked like a fairly straightforward situation, turned out to be rather complicated and involved not only plumbing issues but also working with the City of Frankfort, which has specific regulations for kitchens like ours. 

Fortunately, Jim was not daunted by the pipes, the smell or the red tape! He eventually located the specific source of the problem and got the City to agree to its removal, which was done last weekend. 

Thank you, Jim for your hard work on this smelly situation!

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 SIGN UP on the sheet posted on the office hallway window to indicate what you will bring; contact Leah MacSwords with any questions. 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: Four individuals have been identified as eligible candidates and recommended by the Nominating Committee. Watch for details coming soon, and feel free to chat with these folks about the Vestry:

  • Fred Kirchhoff
  • Judith Spencer
  • Julia Peavler Tyson
  • Tori Word

  • 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.

1/5: $13,547

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

A printed, itemized statement listing all of your 2019 giving – including pledge payments, donations for flowers and prayer books, documented “donations in kind” and all other monetary donations to Ascension - are being prepared and will be available for pickup at the Annual Meeting on January 19, and in the church office through January 27. At that time, remaining statements will be mailed via first-class U.S. Mail; help us save postage costs by picking up your statement in person!

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 18, 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: January 12 - April 26 as of 1/9/2020

January 12, 2020
Daily Office Lectionary
Week of 1 Epiphany, 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: Scott Mello
  • Lector & PoP: Michal Smith-Mello
  • Acolyte: Stuart Brown
10:30 a.m. - Rite II   
  • Chalice Bearer & Lector: Pauline Van Horn
  • Acolytes:  
  • C: Hank Pinkerton
  • T: Ian Pinkerton, Jordan Masters
  • Jubilee Streamers as available
  • Ushers: Todd & Miller Elliott
  • Altar Guild: T4 -  Rick & Sue Kurtz, Jim & Debbie Kimbrough, Jim King
  • Men's Club: T3: Roy Upshaw, Jack Bates, Fred Kirchhoff
COUNTERS:   TWO needed

& Coffee Hour Coordinator this week: Jim King
  • 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 Youth Community – Cindy Sigmon, Youth Missioner; Daughters of the King, Diocesan Chapter – Sallie Razor, President.

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: 1/14 – Linda Claus; 1/16 – Garland Hurt, Ruth Feindel; 1/18 – James Presley, Bobbie Lee Wilson.


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 12: Week of 1 Epiphany
John B. Martin, Organist

  • Prelude: Deep river - Maurice Duruflé
  • Opening Hymn: Hymnal 121 - Christ, when for us you were baptized  - Caithness
  • The Gloria: Hymnal S 280
  • Gradual Psalm: Psalm 29 - Afferte Domino 
  • Sequence Hymn: LEVAS 143 - Wade in the water, v. 1-3
  • Gospel Response: LEVAS 143 - Wade in the water, v. 4
  • Offertory: Christe, unser, zu Jordan kam  (Christ our Lord to Jordan came) - Johann Sebastian Bach (see Hymn 139 for text)
  • Sanctus: S 129 - Holy, holy, holy
  • Fraction Anthem: S 154
  • Communion Hymn: LEVAS 141 - Shall we gather at the river - Puer nobis
  • Closing Hymn: Hymnal 1 - Father, we praise thee - Christe sanctorum
  • Postlude: Christe sanctorum - David Blackwell

  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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