Volume 7, Issue #37 - September 14, 2017 

In the name of Christ, we embrace all people to be nourished and empowered by the Holy Spirit to love and serve the world.
[About Giving to ERD: If you give online or write a check directly to ERD, be sure to look for the place on the form to include the name and city of your church - "Ascension, Frankfort KY". OR you may write a check payable to 'Church of the Ascension' and we will pass along 100% to ERD. Either way helps to track our congregational outreach.]
Hurricane Irma left hundreds of thousands of people in dire need. They will require critical assistance in the weeks and months ahead. In addition, we are only at the start of what promises to be a very active hurricane season.

As we launch relief efforts in communities both in the US and the Caribbean, we urgently need your support.

Hurricane Irma's impact is truly unparalleled — leveling islands with record-breaking winds, flooding, and heavy rains. At least 47 people died as a result of the storm including at least 12 in the US, and millions continue to be without power. The devastation in the US Virgin Islands is catastrophic. 

We are supporting our partners in the affected areas across the Caribbean and US, and helping them to quickly provide supplies, assess damage, and help rebuild.

The magnitude of the destruction is only beginning to be understood. With your help, we will be prepared to assist communities for the long haul — after Irma and whatever comes next.

Please make an urgent gift to our Hurricane Relief Fund and pray for the individuals and families affected. This is just the beginning of a long recovery — and our brothers and sisters in need are counting on us.

Yours faithfully,
Robert W. Radtke
Episcopal Relief & Development

P.S. After the generous response to Hurricane Harvey, it's vitally important that we provide the same level of compassionate response to families and communities affected by Irma and additional hurricanes yet to come. Your donation today will help them recover as quickly as possible and rebuild in the months ahead.
FUNDRAISER FOR GEOFF PINKERTON: Most of you know that our own Geoff Pinkerton is fighting cancer. Ian’s Cub Scout pack is having a fundraiser dinner featuring bean/vegetable soup on Friday, September 22, 6:00-8:00 p.m., at Highland Christian Church, 265 Versailles Road at Lyons Drive in Frankfort. All you can eat for $5.00! Benefits will help the family with extra expenses during this difficult time.

Also see Geoff's "Caring Bridge" web page at
[sign in, click Ways to Help > View Planner]
- OR -
check with Sue Kurtz ( susankurtz751@hotmail.com )
or the church office to coordinate "offline" offerings.

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Sunday morning breakfast service will begin no later than 8:50 a.m.,
in order to allow time for people to eat and make it to other activities.

ADULTS - "The Preacher's Forum" gathers every Sunday at  9:15 a.m. Contact Father Neat ( rector@ascensionfrankfort.org ) for more information. 

CHRISTIAN FORMATION / SUNDAY SCHOOL is open to children of all ages: participants, leaders and learners will gather in the parish hall at 9:15. Contact Frances Kirchhoff, francesck@bellsouth.net

CAYA (Church of the Ascension Young Adults) - Semi-monthly meetings are held on the second and fourth Sundays of each month - upcoming:: 9/24, 10/8 and 10/22, 11/12 and 11/26, and 12/10. Gather in the library during Coffee Hour (after the 10:30 service ends). All teens and young adults are welcome! Contact Kristi Buffenmyer, kbuffenmyer@yahoo.com

CHOIR REHEARSALS continue on Tuesdays at 6:45 p.m. in the choir room. New voices are always welcome! Contact John Martin, music@ascensionfrankfort.org

  • Sunday, September 24 - Bishop's Visit - The Rt. Rev. Bruce Caldwell, Bishop Provisional of the Diocese of Lexington, will attend our services at 8:00 and 10:30 a.m. There will be a baptism and confirmations at the 10:30 service. Plan to meet and chat with Bishop Caldwell during the Preacher's Forum and Coffee Hour!

  • Sunday, October 1 - Blessing of the Animals, Ascension's front lawn and/or parish hall - 2:00 p.m., rain or shine!

  • Saturday, October 7 - Acolyte Festival, Washington D.C.

  • Saturday, October 14 - Capital Pride Festival, Old Capital Lawn, downtown Frankfort, 11 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Check with Morgan Faulkner (smfaulkner90@gmail.com) about helping out with Ascension's booth!

  • Thursday & Friday, November 9 & 10 - Candlelight Chili Supper - Men's Club fundraiser

  • Sunday, December 10 - Advent Service, 5:00 p.m.

  • Thursday, December 21 - Winter Solstice - late afternoon / early evening - join the "watch" to see the sunbeam travel to the altar in Ascension's sanctuary!

  • Sunday, December 24:
  • 4 Advent Services at 8:00 and 10:30 a.m.
  • Christmas Eve Family Service at 5:00 p.m.
  • Christmas Eve Mass - music begins at 10:00, service at 10:30 p.m.

  • Monday, December 25 - Christmas Day Service, 10:00 a.m.
Weekly Total Income:
  • Sunday, 9/3/17: $4,888
  • Sunday, 9/10/17 - $5,222
September 17 - December 31 (including new Men's Club schedule)

This schedule (PDF file linked above) includes acolytes, chalice bearers, lectors, altar guild and men's club teams, coffee hour hosts, and vestry lockup duties, plus dedications for altar flowers.  

  • Participants, please check this schedule EVERY WEEK to review your upcoming Sunday duties for the next few weeks. The same schedule is posted on the office window - please write in changes there, as needed, or notify Deacon Rebecca Saager. 

  • To share your time and talent in a new ministry, change your team assignment(s), change your availability for a future Sunday, or change duties assigned for THIS Sunday, please contact Deacon Rebecca Saager (curate@ascensionfrankfort.org).
Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Sunday, September 17, 2017

Daily Lectionary: Year One 
Week of Proper 19, Year One (9/17/17) - BCP 984


8:00 a.m. - Rite I
  • Subdeacon: Susan E. Kurtz
  • Chalice Bearer: Will McKee
  • Lector: Chris Smith
  • Prayers of the People: Frances Kirchhoff
  • Acolyte: Peggy Stoner

10:30 a.m. - Rite II   
  • Subdeacon: Susan E. Kurtz
  • Chalice Bearer: Joyce Taylor
  • Lector: Mac Elliott
  • Acolytes: 
  • C: Reagan Napier & Jordan Masters
  • T: Ian Pinkerton & Lucy Saunderson
  • JS: Peyton Heady & Hannah Lee
  • Ushers: Jillian & Tori Word
  • Altar Guild: T4 - Rick & Sue Kurtz, Debbie & Jim Kimbrough, Jim King
  • Men's Club: T2 - Jim Kimbrough, Jim King, Starla Yountt


COFFEE HOUR:    (Pauline Van Horn - reimbursable pickup)

  • Yes, we are still looking for Coffee Hour hosts and helpers! Vestry members have agreed to pitch in on Sundays when no one else is scheduled, but we encourage everyone to share in this ministry as you are able. 

  • Jan Stevens is our Hospitality Coordinator - contact her by email at jstevens5@aol.com - If you would like to host Coffee Hour, please sign up on the printed sheet on the office window.  If you can bring treats but need a helper, or vice versa, Jan can help you team up!

COUNTERS:   TWO  needed

Intercessions for the Church:  The Order of Bishops: The Most Rev. and Rt. Hon. Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury; The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop; The Rt. Rev. Bruce E. Caldwell, Bishop Provisional of Lexington.

Recently in need of prayers:  Bob; Collin; Faye & Steve; Geoff; Jon; Luke. 

Continuing concern:  Alfred; David; Debbie; Dillard; Doris & Charlie; Gail; Harrison; Jan; Jean; Jim & Debbie; Jinks; Julia; Lara; Linda; Marilyn; Natalie; Polly; Risa & her daughter; Ruth; Scott & Kathy; Shelia; Sherri; Walt & Betsy; Will; and Will & Trish. We also pray for those on active duty in the military: Daniel, Houston, Nick, and Seth; and for Susan Kurtz, Postulant for Holy Orders. 

Birthdays:  9/17 – Beth Wollaeger, Debbie Gilbert; 9/19 – Ian Pinkerton, Jane Bartram; 9/20 – Julie McGehee; 9/21 – Catherine Hatchett, Charlotte Saunderson; 9/23 – Abe VanHouten IV, Suzanne Cox. 

Anniversaries:  9/19 – Micah & Elena Kinnett; 9/22 – Jack Bates & Iris Skidmore.
  • Prelude: Machs mit mir, Gott (Deal with me, God, according to your kindness) - Sigfrid Karg-Elert
  • Opening Hymn: Hymn 400 - All creatures of our God and King - Lasst uns erfreuen
  • Gloria: Hymn 421 
  • Gradual Canticle: The Songs of Moses and Miriam – Exodus 15:1b-11, 20-21
  • Offertory: With a voice of singing - Martin Shaw
  • Sanctus: S 124
  • Fraction Anthem: S 161
  • Communion Meditation - Hymn 516 - Come down, O Love divine - Down Ampney
  • Closing Hymn: Hymn 390 - Praise to the Lord, the Almighty - Lobe den Herren 
  • Postlude: O store gud - Frederick Swann

Clergy and Staff

  • The Rev. William Jessee Neat, Rector
  • The Rev. Dr. William G. Brown, Assisting Priest (Retired) 
  • The Rev. Nancy S. Farley, Assisting Priest (Retired) 
  • The Rev. Deacon Rebecca A. Saager, Curate
  • Mr. John B. Martin, Director of Music & Organist
  • Ms. Mona Landrum Proctor, Parish & Financial Administrator 
  • Mr. David Gierlach, Sexton

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