Volume 7, Issue #42 - October 19, 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.

Standing Committee Letter to the Diocese of Lexington

Linked above is a letter from the Standing Committee regarding three possible directions for our next Bishop's search.

(A free PDF viewer such as Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to read the letter online.)

The election of the next Bishop Provisional candidate will be on the agenda for the Diocesan Convention on February 24, 2018.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact any member of the The Standing Committee of the Diocese of Lexington:

Mr. J.P. Brantley
Ms. Dale Chapman
The Rev. Amy Dafler Meaux, Secretary
The Rev. Paula Ott
Ms. Carolyn Witt-Jones
The Rev. Matthew Young, President
Farewell to Randy Hollis - This Sunday, October 22, will be Randy's last Sunday at Ascension; he is moving "back home" to Arkansas. There will be a brief leave-taking observance at the end of the 10:30 service. As prior of Ascension's Benedictine cell, recorder for the vestry, choir member, substitute organist, and a friend to all, Randy will be missed. Godspeed.
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: 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! Please offer a special thanks to our Kentucky State University vocal majors!  Contact John Martin, music@ascensionfrankfort.org
  • FEAST OF ALL SAINTS – Wednesday, November 1, at 12:15, and again on Sunday, November 5. 

COMMEMORATION OF ALL FAITHFUL DEPARTED, aka ALL SOULS – on Thursday, November 2, at 12:00, we will commemorate those members of the congregation who have died since last All Souls Day, as well as those whom you name to be commemorated. Please contact the church office by October 31 to submit a name to be included for All Souls, or add names to the list posted in the parish hallway.

  • ALL SAINTS' SUNDAY, November 5 - Clocks go BACK one hour - end of Daylight Savings Time.
A VOICE RECITAL by Dr. Caroline Gibson , accompanied by John Martin, will be held in Ascension’s parish hall on All Saints Sunday, November 5, at 4:00 p.m. Dr. Gibson is Assistant Professor of Music, Artist in Residence, and Director of Opera/Musical Theatre Workshop at Kentucky State University. This free event is open to the entire community and will include works by Handel, Verdi, Puccini, and Strauss, so plan now to attend – and expect a real treat!
  • Thursday & Friday, November 9 & 10 - Candlelight Chili Supper, 4:30-8:00 PM - Men's Club fundraiser.

  • Sunday, November 12 - Ecumenical Food Drive for the Emergency Community Food Pantry of Franklin County - on Sunday, October 29, CAYA will pass out RED BAGS to collect food for the Emergency Community Food Pantry of Franklin County. Handy bookmarks with a list of suggested items are included with the bags, which are also available on church tables. Please return filled bags to the parish hall as soon as possible; final collection is November 12. Thank you to everyone!

  • Sunday, December 10 - Advent Service: The Great O's, 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.

  • Sunday, January 14 - Annual Meeting (after the 10:30 service) - please plan to attend!

  • Friday, January 26 - Sunday, January 28, 2018 - Annual Vestry Retreat - if you are on the 2018 Vestry, or thinking of running for election to it, mark this weekend on your calendar!
October Weekly Income:

  • October 1 = $4,352
  • October 8 = $4,160
  • October 15 = $11,295
October 15 - December 31

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).
Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
Sunday, October 22, 2017

Daily Lectionary: Year One 
Week of Proper 24, Year One (10/22/17) - BCP 988


8:00 a.m. - Rite I
  • Subdeacon: Susan E. Kurtz
  • Chalice Bearer: Pauline Van Horn
  • Lector & Prayers of the People: Mac Elliott
  • Acolyte: Stuart Brown

10:30 a.m. - Rite II   
  • Subdeacon: Susan E. Kurtz
  • Chalice Bearer: Ron Gruzesky
  • Lector: Jim King
  • Acolytes: 
  • C: Jordan Masters & John Bullock
  • T: Peyton Heady & Natalie Agne
  • JS: Hannah Lee, Lucy & Charlotte Saunderson
  • Ushers: Linda & Tori Word
  • Altar Guild: T2 - Faye Thacker, Rose Gayle Hardy, Agnes Parman, Ruth Feindel
  • Men's Club: T2 - Jim Kimbrough, Jim King, Starla Yount


COFFEE HOUR:     The Ascension Choir - Thank You!!

  • 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 Episcopal Church Women, Lisa Edwards, President;
The Episcopal Men of the Diocese, Randy Railey, President.

Recently in need of prayers:  Collin; Darlene; David C.; Faye & Steve; Geoff; Jim; Jon; Joyce; Leslie M., Skip & Family, Tom .

Continuing concern:  Alfred; David G.; Debbie; Dillard; Doris & Charlie; Gail; Harrison; Jan; Jean; Jim & Debbie; Jinks; Julia; Lara; Linda; Luke; 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; for Susan Kurtz, Postulant for Holy Orders; and for Randy Hollis, who is leaving the Ascension congregation as of Sunday, October 22.

Birthdays:  10/22 – Jimmy Van Meter, Katelyn Frost, Randy Hollis; 10/25 – Anne Davis, Daniel Aossey. 
  • Prelude: Prayer - George Walker
  • Opening Hymn: Hymn 544 - Jesus shall reign where-e’er the sun - Duke Street
  • Gloria: S 278
  • Gradual Psalm: S 411 - Psalm 99
  • Gospel Acclamation: S 49
  • Offertory: Lord I hear of show’rs of blessings - LEVAS 167 
  • Sanctus: S 128
  • Fraction Anthem: S 165
  • Communion Meditation - Hymn 684 - O for a closer walk with God - Caithness
  • Closing Hymn: Hymn 665 - All my hope on God is founded - Michael 
  • Postlude

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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