Volume 8, Issue #18 - May 3, 2018 

In the name of Christ, we embrace all people to be nourished and empowered by the Holy Spirit to love and serve the world.
Dear Ascension Family,

I want to share some wonderful news with you that is just too good not to share right away. As of today, our outstanding mortgage balance is $24,456!

We received a very generous contribution from an Ascension family member that lowered the balance from about $45,000. You may recall that we began the Capital Campaign in 2013 with a mortgage balance of approximately $769,000 . W e have now paid off approximately 97% of that amount!

The five-year fixed interest rate of the mortgage loan expires this month. Beginning in June, our monthly loan payments will jump from $885 to $944. This reflects an increase in the interest rate from 3.75% to 6.0%.  

The upcoming mortgage payment increase of $59 monthly -- or $708 yearly -- may not seem like much, but for us it is real money. For instance, $708 would provide about three dozen food vouchers from Pic Pac that we use to help feed the hungry. That same amount also represents about one third of the Reading Camp annual expenses. 

On the other hand, if we could pay off the loan immediately, just think what we could do with $944 monthly! I will be getting back with you soon to see how we might knock out this debt once and for all.

Again, I want to thank each and everyone of you who have been so generous and given sacrificially.

Ginni Fox
Capital Campaign Chair
FIRE SAFETY: New fire extinguishers have been installed in various areas around the church. Look around and learn where they are located! Here is a simple tutorial about how to use an extinguisher: https://www.wikihow.com/Use-a-Fire-Extinguisher

REMEMBER: In case of building evacuation due to fire or other emergency, please re-group in the parking lot of the Presbyterian church, next to Harrod's Funeral Home (directly across Washington Street from Ascension). In case of an exterior threat such as a tornado, move quickly to the downstairs area of the Education wing.

If you have any questions regarding fire/weather safety, or any other concerns related to the building and grounds, please speak to our Junior Warden, Jim King ( jimkingfft@hotmail.com ).
CENTERING PRAYER , every Saturday morning. All are invited and welcome to come and explore this ancient technique. Please gather in the church between 9:45-10:00 a.m. No latecomers – at 10:05, we will lock the doors and move to a quiet interior room for about an hour. For more information, contact Scott Kimbel, kskimbel@yahoo.com .
THE BROTHERHOOD OF ST. ANDREW will meet next on Saturday, May 12 (every other Saturday), at 8:00 a.m. in the parish hall. Contact William Legg for details.

The Focus On Race Relations (F.O.R.R.) group is hosting the only candidate forum that will zero in on race relations and how it can be impacted by the offices for which the candidates are running. IF YOU CARE…YOU NEED TO BE THERE!

  • Dates: Wednesday, May 9 & Thursday, May 10
  • Time: 6:00pm til 8:45pm
  • Place: KSU - Julian Carroll Academic Service Bldg. Auditorium
Free Breakfast for All Mothers!
Sunday, May 13, starting at 8:50 a.m.
THE DAUGHTERS OF THE KING will meet next on Sunday, May 13 (second Sunday of each month), in the library after the 10:30 service. Contact Deacon Rebecca or Sue Kurtz for details.
ECUMENICAL FOOD DRIVE for the Emergency Community Food Pantry of Franklin County – Sunday, May 20. The Food Pantry distributes food every weekday to hungry families and individuals in Franklin County. In 2017, they provided a week’s worth of groceries to 8,508 people, including 3,024 children. The Pantry is run entirely using donated food, funds and volunteers to help our community. Collection bags and lists of needed items are on the tables; drop off filled bags in the parish hall between now and May 20. See Deacon Rebecca for more information ( curate@ascensionfrankfort.org ).
CALLING ALL GRADUATES! Let us know who “our” church graduates are this year, whether from high school, college, or other significant program. We are compiling a list, and need your help to let us know if you or your family members are graduating in 2018. Please don't assume that "everyone already knows" - we will only list those who are specifically named for this purpose. Tell us the graduate's name, school/program/degree, and if desired, plans for future school or work. Call Mona in the parish office at 502-223-0057, or email info@ascensionfrankfort.org
FRANKFORT READING CAMP – June 25-29, 2018 – Mark Your Calendars!  Deacon Rebecca Saager will again serve as Director. Your assistance is definitely needed this year, as her CAYA helpers are depleted due to graduations. Please contact her to offer your support ( curate@ ascensionfrankfort.org ).
PLEDGE PROGRESS statements were emailed on Wednesday, 5/2, to those who pledged donations for 2018 during the Stewardship Drive. The PDF statement attached to that email shows all PLEDGE payments received from January 1 through April 30. Please take a moment to review and ensure that our records match your own. If you have any questions, call Mona in the church office at 502-223-0557. Thank you!
Financial Update     
April 2018 Income: 
  • 4/1, Easter Sunday - $7,903 
  • 4/8 - $3,045
  • 4/15 - $9,296
  • 4/22 - $2,084
  • 4/29 - $2,948
Note: these income numbers do include ALL donations (and passthru expenses),
such as those designated for Capital Campaign, Music Fund, Reading Camp, etc.,
which may account for large spikes on the graph.
April 22 - July 1

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. 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 ).
Daily Lectionary
Week of 6 Easter, Year Two (5/6/18) - BCP 963
or go to www.lectionarypage.net
  • 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. Godly Play is available for younger children, and an in-depth study of the Creed is currently offered for older children.
8:00 a.m. - Rite I
  • Subdeacon & Chalice Bearer: Sue Kurtz
  • Lector: Tony Charters
  • Prayers of the People: Candy Charters
  • Acolyte: Angela Goetter

10:30 a.m. - Rite II   
  • Subdeacon: Sue Kurtz
  • Chalice Bearer: Jim King
  • Lector: Jim Kimbrough
  • Acolytes:  
  • C: Thomas Bemiss & Josh Roll
  • T: Lucy Saunderson & Mia Kinnett
  • JS: Charlotte Saunderson, Peyton Heady, Hannah Lee
  • Ushers: Linda & Tori Word
  • Altar Guild: T4 - Sue/Rick Kurtz, Debbie/Jim Kimbrough, Jim King
  • Men's Club: T5 - Rick Kurtz & Sons, Mac Elliott

COUNTERS:   TWO  needed


COFFEE HOUR:     The Word Family - Thank You!
  • Yes, we are still looking for Coffee Hour hosts and helpers! Do you have a team, group, family or partner who could bring in a few light/simple snacks, and/or help serve and clean up, for our important time of fellowship after the 10:30 service on Sunday? If you would like to help with Coffee Hour, please sign up on the printed sheet on the office window (or contact Jan Stevens - see below). The coffee itself is provided by the Men's Club, and 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 to discuss Coffee Hour questions, needs and procedures. If you can bring treats but need a helper, or vice versa, Jan can help you team up!
Intercessions for the Church: The Anglican Communion – The Most Rev. and Rt. Hon. Justin Welby, 105th Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Rev. Michael Curry, 27th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church.

Recently in need of prayers: Barbara; David; Faye & Steve; Gene; Geoff; Holly; James; Jim & Fonda; Kevin; Kristi; Lara; Leslie; Marsaela; Mildred; Polly; Rachel; Rose; Susie; and Vivian.

Continuing concern: Alfred; Bettie; Betty; Collin; Darlene; David; Dillard; Doris & Charlie; Elena; Isaiah; Jean; Jim & Debbie; Jinks; Julia; Lara; Lee; Linda; Marilyn; Natalie; Scott & Kathy; and Shelia. 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: 5/6 – Bettie Beach; 5/8 – Steve Wolford; 5/9 – Cathy Ott. 
  • Prelude - Kyrie, Gott Vater in Ewigkeit (Kyrie, God Father in heaven above) - Tobias Volekmar
  • Opening Hymn - Hymn 292 - O Jesus, crowned with all renown - Kingsfold
  • The Gloria: S 280
  • Gradual Psalm: LEVAS 274 - Psalm 98 - Cantate Domino 
  • Gospel Acclamation
  • Baptismal Procession: Hymn 405 - All things bright and beautiful - Royal Oak
  • Offertory: Look there! The Christ, our Brother, comes resplendent - William Albright
  • Sanctus: S 129
  • The Great Amen
  • Fraction Anthem
  • Communion Hymn: Hymn 593 - Lord, make us servants of your peace - Dickinson College
  • Closing Hymn: Hymn 291 - We plow the fields and scatter the good seed on the land - Wir pflugen
  • 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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