Volume 7, Issue #47 - November 22, 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.
Come with me, and I will make you fishers of men.
This Sunday our preacher will be Brother Jeff Butcher, President of the Brotherhood of Saint Andrew - see http://www.brothersandrew.net/ . B rother Butcher will also be with us for the Preacher's Forum, Coffee Hour and beyond for conversation. 

The Brotherhood of Saint Andrew is a world-wide ministry for men and boys that is Service oriented; it is informed and sustained through individual and corporate Prayer and Study. The Brotherhood has stayed very current with the needs and concerns of the church, and now has special emphasis on ministry for veterans and Boy Scouts. 

The Brotherhood's core principals are Prayer, Study, and Service, with seven primary missions flowing from those principals: Discipleship and Mentoring; Veteran Friendly Congregational Initiatives; Boy Scouts of America; Restorative Justice; Racial Reconcilia tion and Healing; Social Justice; and Addictions. 

In 1893, only ten years after the founding of the Brotherhood, Ascension established one of its earlier chapters. Somewhere along the line, our chapter went dormant. (As an aside, I suspect that our current Men's Club probably evolved from our 19th Century Brotherhood chapter.) At a critical point in my life, while I was still serving in the Army, I was a Brother-at-large for a number of years. The discipline of the Brotherhood's rule of life helped me in my discernment along the way towards my call to Holy Orders.
Just as we have a goodly number of people drawn to contemplative nature of our Benedictine Cell and the intercessory ministry of the Daughters of the King (DOK), I believe that several of our men and boys would find that a Brotherhood chapter will enrich your spiritual lives. I also strongly believe that a resurrected and active chapter would help us to lead others to Ascension to grow and strengthen it.
I hope you will prayerfully consider being a part of this renewal. I ask that you pray about this invitation and that you talk with me about it. 


If you have any questions or wish to learn more,
please contact Susie Oder ( susieoder@gmail.com )
and/or Father Neat ( rector@ascensionfrankfort.org ).

Please submit your pledge on or before this coming Sunday, November 26, 2017 - Commitment Sunday
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: 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
  • 22nd ANNUAL THANKSGIVING WALK OF AWARENESS for Frankfort’s Access Soup Kitchen and Men’s Shelter: Since its beginning, this walk has started at Ascension; the route then goes about 2 miles through historic downtown Frankfort to the State Capitol, and ends at the Access building at 311 W Second Street. This walk helps fund food, supplies, and shelter for those in need. This year Access decided to move the starting point to a larger venue in order to have more room for indoor registration activities – including coffee, light snacks, and tee shirt sales – for the expected crowd. Sign-in begins at 7:30 a.m. inside the First United Methodist Church building at 211 Washington Street.

  • CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING: The parish office will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 23-24; regular office hours will resume on Tuesday, November 28. Morning Prayer will be held daily as usual, with no interruption for the holiday. Happy Thanksgiving to all!

  • SIMON HOUSE CHRISTMAS PARTY – This year we continue our “angel tree” tradition for the families of Simon House, and CAYA will host a Christmas dinner party for them on Saturday, Dec. 16. Paper angels will soon be available on a tree in the parish hall; take one and RETURN IT WITH the wrapped gift, no later than Sunday, Dec. 10. Note: There will also be paper angels indicating food items needed for the Christmas party, to be delivered to church by 1:00 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 15. Be an angel – help make this Christmas special for families in need! Contact Rebecca Saager for details (curate@ascensionfrankfort.org).

  • Sunday, December 10 - Advent Service: The Great O's, 5:00 p.m. This Advent service of hope and expectation is based on the hymn, O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, where each verse begins, “O Come…” We will call for God to come among us as we pray and begin to prepare ourselves for Christmas.

  • Saturday, December 16 - Christmas Dinner for Simon House residents, in Ascension's parish hall, 3:30-5:30 p.m.

  • Thursday, December 21 - Winter Solstice - time ?? 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!
As the end of the calendar year approaches,
please be aware that all donations you wish to deduct for tax year 2017
MUST BE RECEIVED no later than Sunday, December 31.
You will receive an itemized statement in January
listing all of your 2017 giving. Thank you!

November Income:       
  • Sunday, 11/5: $17,501 - Many thanks to those who responded to last week's appeal and paid their remaining pledges through the end of 2017.
  • Sunday, 11/12: $6,161
  • Sunday, 11/19: $11,119
November 19 - 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).
Last Sunday after Pentecost: Christ the King
Sunday, November 26, 2017

Daily Lectionary: Year One 
Week of Proper 29, Year One (11/26/17) - BCP 994

8:00 a.m. - Rite I
  • Subdeacon: Susan E. Kurtz
  • Chalice Bearer & Prayers of the People: Chris Smith
  • Lector: Pauline Van Horn
  • Acolyte: Peggy Stoner

10:30 a.m. - Rite II   
  • Subdeacon: Sue Kurtz
  • Chalice Bearer: Shannon Lancaster
  • Lector: Lara Heady
  • Acolytes: 
  • C: Tori & Jillian Word
  • T: Jordan Masters & Natalie Agne
  • JS: Peyton Heady & Hannah Lee
  • Ushers: Fred & Frances Kirchhoff
  • Altar Guild: T1 - Suzanne Cox, Laura & Kristi Buffenmyer
  • Men's Club: T2 - Jim Kimbrough, Jim King, Starla Yount

VESTRY LOCKUP DUTY:  Charlie Caudill

COFFEE HOUR:      Charlie Caudill - 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: Ascension’s Benedictine Cell, the Daughters of the King, and the Brotherhood of St. Andrew.

Recently in need of prayers:  Collin; Darlene; David C.; Faye & Steve; Geoff; Isaiah; Jim; Jim & Fonda; Jon; Joyce; Leslie M.

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; Skip; Tom; 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: 11/27 – Thomas Pilling; 11/28 – Samuel Agne; 11/29 – David Hurt, Micah Kinnett; 12/1 – Julia Bookout.
Matthew West, Guest Organist

  • Prelude: - Nun danket alle Gott - J.S. Bach 
  • Opening Hymn: Hymn 460 - Alleluia! sing to Jesus - Hyfrydol
  • Gloria: S 278
  • Gradual Psalm: S 411 - Psalm 100
  • Gospel Acclamation: S 49
  • Offertory: O God beyond all praising - David Cherwien
  • Sanctus: S 128
  • Fraction Anthem: S 165
  • Communion Meditation - Hymn 573 - Father eternal, Ruler of creation - Langham
  • Closing Hymn: Hymn 494 - Crown Him with many crowns - Diademata
  • Postlude: Nun danket alle Gott - Sigfrid Karg-Elert
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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