Volume 7, Issue #50 - December 15, 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.
  • Breakfast will be served as usual on Sunday morning, 12/24.
  • Mass WILL be held on Wednesday, 12/27, at 12:15 p.m., and there will be limited office hours on this day.
  • Morning Prayer and other services will be held on the usual schedules, without interruption, throughout the holiday period.
  • The parish office will be CLOSED from Monday, December 25, through Tuesday, January 2. Regular office hours will resume on Wednesday, January 3.
SUNDAY MORNINGS: BREAKFAST begins at 8:50 a.m. ADULTS gather at 9:15 a.m. in the library for "The Preacher's Forum."  CHILDREN of all ages meet in the parish hall at 9:15 for Christian Formation/Sunday School.
CHILDREN'S CHRISTMAS PROGRAM: The final practice for the children’s Christmas Nativity will be held this Sunday, 12/24, during Godly Play, from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. The pageant will be held on Christmas Eve, Sunday, December 24, at 5:00 p.m., in the main church. Participants, please plan to arrive at 4:15 p.m. to suit up!  

Thank you for the lovely flowers to brighten our church at Christmastime!
  • Sunday, January 21 - 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 standing as a vestry candidate, reserve this weekend on your calendar!

  • Saturday, February 24 - 122nd Convention of the Diocese of Lexington, at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 2410 W Lexington Rd, Winchester, Ky.
From the Episcopal Church Foundation, 12/21/2017:

Now that the tax reform bill is about to become law, it is time to begin planning ahead for 2018 and beyond. As reported in the Wall Street Journal and other sources, due to the pending limits on deductions for state and local taxes for taxpayers who itemize, charitable contributions made before December 31 may be more beneficial in 2017 than in subsequent years.

Please contact your financial or tax advisor to determine if you might benefit from:

  • Making additional charitable contributions to your parish or favorite Episcopal Charity in 2017.
  • Donating appreciated securities.
  • Creating a Donor-advised Fund with the Episcopal Church Foundation (ECF) to receive the full tax deduction in 2017, with the opportunity to make grants to your favorite charities in the future.

For more information, you may contact ECF at: giving@episcopalfoundation.org , or the Ascension office at finance@ascensionfrankfort.org , 502-223-0557.

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, 2017.

You will receive an itemized statement listing all of your 2017 giving to Ascension no later than January 31, 2018. Thank you!

DECEMBER Weekly Income:
  • 12/3/17: $15,076
  • 12/10/17: $4,842
  • 12/17/17: $4,610
December 3 - February 11

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).
Fourth Sunday of Advent
Sunday, December 24, 2017

Daily Lectionary: Year Two

Christmas Day and Following, Year Two
(12/25, 12/29-31) - BCP 941

Holy Days, Year Two (12/26, 12/27, 12/28) - BCP 996

8:00 a.m. - Rite I
  • Subdeacon: Susan E. Kurtz
  • Chalice Bearer: Will McKee
  • Lector: Susie Oder
  • Prayers of the People: Sue Kurtz
  • Acolyte: Peggy Stoner

10:30 a.m. - Rite II   
  • Subdeacon: Sue Kurtz
  • Chalice Bearer: Ron Gruzesky
  • Lector: Jim King
  • Acolytes:  
  • C: Jillian Word
  • T: Dylan & Mia Kinnett
  • Ushers: Jim & Debbie Kimbrough
  • Altar Guild: T3 - Polly Coblin, Michal Mello, Scott & Kathy Kimbel
  • Men's Club: T1 - Geoff Pinkerton, William Legg, Pauline VanHorn, Skip Hunt


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 Church of the Nativity, Maysville – The Rev. Roxanne Ruggles, Priest in Charge.

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

Continuing concern:  Alfred; Ava; David G.; Debbie; Dillard; Doris & Charlie; Gail; Harrison; Isaiah; Jean; Jim & Debbie; Jinks; Julia; Lara; Linda; Luke; Marilyn; Natalie; Risa & her daughter; Scott & Kathy; Shelia; Sherri; Shirley; 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:  12/25 – Edward “Boo” Cathcart; 12/28 – Jinks Barnard; 12/30 – Craig Aossey.
  • Prelude: - Magnificat V: He remembering his mercy hath holpen his servant Israel - Marcel Dupré 
  • Introit Psalm: Psalm 19
  • Kyrie: S 98
  • Gradual Canticle: Canticle 15 The Song of Mary - Magnificat
  • Gospel Acclamation: S 49
  • Offertory: Ye who claim the faith of Jesus - David Hurd - (see Hymn 268 for text)
  • Sanctus: S 124
  • Agnus Dei: S 161
  • Communion Hymn Hymn 56 - O come, O come, Emmanuel - Veni, veni Emmanuel
  • Closing Hymn: Hymn 265 - The angel Gabriel from heaven came - Gabriel’s Message
There will not be a Postlude during Advent.
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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