Volume 10, Issue #4 - January 22, 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.
Many thanks to all who worked behind the scenes to make the 2020 Annual Meeting a success, and to all who participated and voted. If you were unable to attend, ask a Vestry member for details and/or ask in the office for copies of annual reports from clergy, committees and organizations.

CLICK HERE for all the scoop!

*** Late word comes at publication time (after the above-linked page was distributed) that Ascension is in need of a Chancellor (a legal advisor, usually an attorney) for 2020. All applicants see Father Peter to discuss! ***
From Peter's Pen

We continue studying the Gospel of Mark in our Sunday morning class. Attendance is strong, and I encourage you to be a part of it. I spend some time each session lecturing and sharing a bit about the world of the Bible, the culture in which Jesus and his followers lived, and the (likely) culture(s) to which Mark Gospel was written and how they lived. 

After that, we take time to dive into the chapter of the day. This past Sunday we explored Mark, Chapter 4, in which Jesus teaches the parable of the sower, encourages his followers to live a life of giving (not getting), and terrorizes his disciples by calming a storm over the Sea of Galilee. 

While it is important to take the time to understand what is happening in each individual chapter, it is also important to be able to "put it all together." Mark wrote his Gospel with the intent to portray Jesus in particular ways. He selected specific stories and teachings of Jesus to highlight parts of Jesus' message, personality, and ministry. When we compare Mark's Gospel with the other three (Matthew, Luke, John), we see that each author picked a variety of different stories, teachings, etc., in order to create their own unique picture of who Jesus is. 

With that in mind, we spent some time this past Sunday looking at what Mark has said about Jesus just in the first four chapters of his book. What we saw was a picture of Jesus who is:

  • a teacher and a healer.
  • someone who lived his life among crowds of people.
  • a servant, not a conquering king.
  • someone involved with common people (i.e., not powerful people).
  • someone who, through his teaching & example, shifted parts of his culture out of traditional ways and into new ways.
  • someone who (according to Mark) fulfilled Hebrew prophecy about a messiah figure.
  • someone who brought the Kingdom of God into being in his own time and community.

Lots of good stuff is happening in this class, and we've only just started!

Since the Vestry and I will be away on retreat, this study class will not meet on Sunday, January 26. Instead, we'll resume meeting on Sunday, February 2. Please read through Mark, Chapters 5-6, in preparation for that class.

With Joy,

Friday, January 24
Monday, January 27

East Main Street (US 60) between Capital Avenue and Martin Luther King Boulevard will be closed to through traffic beginning at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, January 24, until 5:00 a.m. on Monday, January 27. The sanitary sewer contractor will have a full road closure from Arlington Avenue to Graham Avenue. (Local access will be provided.) The purpose of this weekend closure is to allow the contractor to install connecting lines across the roadway from the new sanitary sewer main to adjacent properties. Message boards displaying this closure are in place this week.

For more information on the TIGER project-  http://www.frankfort.ky.gov/TIGER

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.

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

NOTE - with apologies! ACH BANK CHANGES were NOT processed in time for the regular January 15 withdrawals. If your ACH was due to change, you may want to make up any increase that was missed on the 15th with a paper check, in order to meet your pledge. We are on track to have the ACH updates complete by the next regular withdrawal date on January 30.

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 - will be available for pickup this Sunday, January 26. After that day, 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 ACH transactions, 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 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: January 26 - April 26 as of 1/21/2020
January 26, 2020
Daily Office Lectionary
Week of 3 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: Frances Kirchhoff
  • Acolyte: Peggy Stoner
10:30 a.m. - Rite II   
  • Chalice Bearer: Suzanne Cox
  • Lector: Pauline Van Horn
  • Acolytes:  
  • C: Jordan Masters
  • T: Ian Pinkerton, Sam Agne
  • Jubilee Streamers as available
  • Ushers: Jim King & Joyce Taylor
  • Altar Guild: T1 -  Suzanne Cox
  • Men's Club: T5: Rick & Rob Kurtz, Cynthia Campbell
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: St. Peter’s Church, Paris – The Rev. Keila Thomas, Priest-in-Charge.

Recently in need of prayers: Barbara; Bill; Bob & Angela; Candy & Tony; Carrie & Shawn; Daneen; Donnie; Edith & Marion; Heidi & Ian; Greg; 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; Jim & Debbie; 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: 1/26 – Betty Lewis; 1/28 – John Hulette. 


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 26: Week of 3 Epiphany
John B. Martin, Organist

  • Prelude: Jerusalem, my happy home - Land of Rest - George Shearing
  • Hymn in Procession: Hymnal 126 - The people who in darkness walked - Dundee
  • The Gloria: Hymnal S 280
  • Gradual Psalm: Psalm 27:1, 5-13 - Dominus illuminatio - God is my strong salvation - Presbyterian Hymnal 179
  • Gospel Acclamation: S 49
  • Offertory: So fades the lovely blooming flower  - Distress George Shearing
  • Sanctus: S 129 - Holy, holy, holy
  • Fraction Anthem: S 154
  • Communion Hymn: Hymnal 581 - Where charity and love prevail - Cheshire
  • Hymn in Procession: Hymnal 304 - I come with joy - Land of Rest
  • Postlude: Come, ye sinners, poor and needy - Restoration - George Shearing

  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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