Volume 10, Issue #3 - January 16, 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.
Here are your
Four individuals have been identified as eligible candidates and recommended by the Nominating Committee for the Vestry Class of 2020:

FRED KIRCHHOFF is retired from state employment and enjoys working outdoors. He usually attends the 8:00 a.m. Sunday service with his wife, Frances. Fred served as Council President and on two pastor search committees at a previous church. At Ascension he has served as an usher at the 10:30 service, and he serves on a Sunday Breakfast Team with the Men’s Club.

JUDITH SPENCER is retired and usually attends the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service. At Ascension, she is active in the Daughters of the King, Altar Guild, Reading Camp, and with hospitality and kitchen help for events of all kinds. In the community, she is involved with The Kings Center Secret Angels, Book Buddies at Second Street Elementary, and Life House for Animals.

JULIA PEAVLER TYSON is employed as a school counselor for Jefferson County Public Schools. She attends the 8:00 or 10:30 Sunday service and often serves as Chalice Bearer, Lector or Acolyte, and reads Prayers of the People. She has attended Education for Ministry (EfM) classes. She has served two previous terms on the Vestry, serving as Senior Warden under Father Neat, and has served on the Finance Committee.

TORI WORD is employed as a residential and commercial cleaner. She has served at Ascension as an usher, acolyte, and Acolyte Master. She represented Ascension at the 2018 National Acolyte Festival in Washington, D.C. Tori is also a backstage volunteer for Kentucky Dance Academy Performances. She says, “I hope to help our church in whatever goals we wish to accomplish.” 

Come to the Annual Meeting on Sunday to meet and talk with the nominees!

On Monday, January 20, we will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Music selections at Sunday's 10:30 service – the prelude, offertory, postlude, and communion hymn – were composed by these prominent African-American composers:

William Grant Still (May 11, 1895 – December 3, 1978) was an American composer of more than 150 works, including five symphonies and eight operas. Often referred to as “the Dean” of African-American composers, Still was the first American composer to have an opera produced by the New York City Opera. Still is known most for his first symphony, the “Afro-American,” which was until the 1950s the most widely performed symphony composed by an American. Of note, Still was the first African American to conduct a major American symphony orchestra, the first to have a symphony (his first symphony) performed by a leading orchestra, the first to have an opera performed by a major opera company, and the first to have an opera performed on national television. Due to his close association and collaboration with prominent Afro-American literary and cultural figures such as Alain Locke and Langston Hughes, William Grant Still is considered to be part of the Harlem Renaissance movement. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Grant_Still

Calvin Fuller (b. 1943) earned Music Education degrees (Bachelor’s and Master’s) from Texas Southern University. He pursued further study at the University of Maryland, the University of Texas and the University of Houston. His current activities include serving as organist/choirmaster at St. James Episcopal Church in Houston, music commission member of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, and adjunct professor at his alma mater. Fuller is the chorus master for Houston Ebony Opera Guild and Opera in the Heights.

from King of Kings, Vol. 2: Organ Music of Black Composers, Past and Present

William Farley Smith (1941-1997) was an authority on spirituals – their origins, history, and use for the church today. His work is represented by a large number of spiritual arrangements in hymnals across all denominations, most notably adapting and arranging each spiritual (over 40 in total) in The United Methodist Hymnal, 1989 .

from King of Kings, Vol. 2: Organ Music of Black Composers, Past and Present

The Rev. Dr. Charles Albert Tindley (1851–1933) was one of the eminent preachers of Methodism at the turn of the twentieth century. Hymnologist James Abbington has called Tindley a “pastor, orator, poet, writer, theologian, social activist, ‘father of African American Hymnody,’ ‘progenitor of African American gospel music,’ and ‘prince of preachers.’”

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 this coming 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 budget for 2020 will be presented for review. Reports from individuals, committees and organizations will be available.

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)

  • From The Constitution & Canons of the Episcopal Church, 2012: Communicants in good standing: All communicants of this Church who for the previous year have been faithful in corporate worship, unless for good cause prevented, and have been faithful in working, praying, and giving for the spread of the Kingdom of God, are to be considered communicants in good standing. (I.17.3)
  • 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.

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

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 19, 2020
Daily Office Lectionary
Week of 2 Epiphany, Year Two - BCP 945

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: Angela Goetter
10:30 a.m. - Rite II   
  • Chalice Bearer: Jim King
  • Lector: Jim Kimbrough
  • Acolytes:  
  • C: Natalie Agne
  • T: Lucy Saunderson, Peyton Heady
  • Jubilee Streamers as available
  • Ushers: Joe & Cynthia Campbell
  • Altar Guild: T1 -  Suzanne Cox
  • Men's Club: T4: Tim & Misty Agne, Charlie Caudill
COUNTERS:   TWO needed

& Coffee Hour Coordinator this week: ??
  • 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. James Church, Prestonsburg – The Rev. Sister Judy Yunker, 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: 1/20 – Kerry Lamb, Don Peck; 1/23 – Candy Charters, Chris Smith.

Anniversaries: 1/23 – Scott & Michal Mello; 1/24 – Kristi & Laura Buffenmyer. 


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 19: Week of 2 Epiphany
John B. Martin, Organist

  • Prelude: Bye and bye - William Farley Smith
  • Opening Hymn: Hymnal 525 - The Church’s one foundation - Aurelia
  • The Gloria: Hymnal S 280
  • Gradual Psalm: Psalm 40:1-12 Expectans, expectavi
  • Sequence Hymn: LEVAS 121 - Baptized in water, v. 1-2
  • Gospel Response: LEVAS 121 - Baptized in water, v. 3 
  • Offertory: Reverie - William Grant Still
  • Sanctus: S 129 - Holy, holy, holy
  • Fraction Anthem: S 154
  • Communion Hymn: Methodist Hymnal No. 525 (LEVAS 3) - We’ll understand it better by and by - Charles Albert Tindley
  • Closing Hymn: Hymnal 473 - Lift high the cross - Crucifer
  • Postlude: Fanfare and chorale - Calvin Fuller

  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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