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.
this Sunday, December 31,
at 8:00 and 10:30 a.m.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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
  • 12/24/17: $10,479
From the Episcopal Church Foundation:

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 .
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).
Christmas Day and Following
Daily Lectionary: Year Two

First Sunday after Christmas (12/31) - BCP 941

CHRISTMAS LESSONS & CAROLS at both services!

8:00 a.m. - Rite I
  • Subdeacon: Susan E. Kurtz
  • Chalice Bearer: Pauline VanHorn
  • Prayers of the People: Mac Elliott
  • Acolyte: Angela Goetter

10:30 a.m. - Rite II   
  • Subdeacon: Sue Kurtz
  • Chalice Bearer: Jim King
  • Acolytes:  
  • C: Reagan Napier & Jordan Masters
  • T: Lucy & Charlotte Saunderson
  • Ushers: Kristi & Laura Buffenmyer
  • Altar Guild: T3 - Polly Coblin, Michal Mello, Scott & Kathy Kimbel
  • Men's Club: T2 - Jim Kimbrough, Jim King, Starla Yount


COFFEE HOUR:      Susie Oder - 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

For the Church:  St. Andrew, Fort Thomas – The Rev. Jeffrey Queen, Rector.

Recently in need of prayers:  Collin; Doug & Kaye; Faye & Steve; Fran & Doug; Jim S.; Natasha, Mickey & Camron; Polly; Stan; Walt & Betsy. For our nation and the orderly transition of administrations.

Continuing concern:  Alfred; Ava Marie; Bettie; Bill C.; Bill N.; Billy B.; Bob; Caleb; Doris & Charlie; Dwight; Harrison; Hope; Jan; Jean; Jinks; Julia; John; Leigh G.; Liz; Maggie; Marilyn; Mike E.; Ruth; Sarah; Scott & Kathy; Twister, Barkley & Fran; and Willie. We also pray for those on active duty in the military: Daniel, Houston, and Seth.

Birthdays:  1/6 – Allison Parrish.
  • Prelude: Das alte Jahr vergangen ist (The old year now hath passed away) - Johann Sebastian Bach 
  • First Lesson: Hymn 59 - Hark a thrilling voice is sounding
  • Second & Third Lesson: Hymn 265 - The Angel Gabriel
  • Fourth Lesson: Hymn 100 - Joy to the world
  • Fifth Lesson: Hymn 93 - Angels, from the realms of glory
  • Sixth & Seventh Lesson: Hymn 324 - Let all mortal flesh keep silence
  • Sanctus: S 130
  • Fraction Anthem: S 164
  • Post Communion: Hymn 87 - Away in a Manger
  • Closing Hymn: Hymn 644 - How sweet the name of Jesus sounds
  • Postlude: Sussex Carol - Dale Wood

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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