Volume 8, Issue #20 - May 17, 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 All,

By now some of you may have heard that I plan on doing my summer leave and continuing education a bit differently this year.

Normally, I take two weeks for normal retreat leave and continuing education, a week's vacation later in the fall, along with some days here and there (usually totaling much less than my authorized leave of 4 weeks vacation, 2 weeks continuing ed.). But this summer, I plan to do it somewhat differently and be gone from 1 July - 12 August for an extended period of prayer, rest, family time and continuing education. The vestry concurred at our meeting last week.

Our Senior Warden, Leah MacSwords, is in charge of the parish in my absence. The Vestry will go about its work of taking care of the parish's business under the leadership of the Senior Warden.

Worship will not change. Mother Nancy Farley will preside at most of our Sunday liturgies during this time, with Canon Elise Johnstone visiting on at least one or two occasions. Father Bill Brown will preside on Saturday nights and Wednesdays.

Pastoral Care will continue with Deacon Rebecca Saager as the primary point of contact, with our other regular care givers continuing right along.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Announcing an Early Summer Book Study with Father Jessee

Finding God in the World – A Spiritual Revolution
by Diana Butler Bass

Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00 PM
30 May – 27 June 2018
This summer we will examine the continuing trend of people moving from being 'religious' to being 'spiritual.'  Grounded, published in 2015, drills down deeply and broadly into the ongoing spiritual renewal in the world about us. This is a follow-on book to Christianity After Religion, also by Diana Butler Bass, which we read and discussed during Lent. 
Grounded continues to explore cultural turns as Diana Butler Bass unpacks how people are finding new spiritual ground by discovering and embracing God everywhere in the world around us—in the soil, the water, the sky, in our homes and neighborhoods, and in the global commons. Faith is no longer a matter of mountaintop experience or institutional practice; instead, people are connecting with God through the environment in which we live. Grounded guides readers through our contemporary spiritual habitat as it points out and pays attention to the ways in which people experience a God who animates creation and community. (Copied & very slightly edited from the description found on Amazon.com)

The book costs about $10 from Amazon , or may be found elsewhere. To register and receive a syllabus, please contact Father Jessee (email rector@ascensionfrankfort.org ).
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 .
You are Invited to Attend a
Graduation Celebration
Reagan Grace Napier & MacKenzie Hope Napier
2018 Graduates of Western Hills High School

Saturday, May 19, 2:00-5:00 PM
in the Parish Hall
This Sunday, May 20, is the final day to donate to the ECUMENICAL FOOD DRIVE for the Emergency Community Food Pantry of Franklin County . Please drop off filled bags in the parish hall. Thanks to our CAYA group for their help with collection and delivery!
The parish office will be closed on Friday, May 25, and Monday, May 28, in observance of Memorial Day. Regular office hours will resume on Tuesday, May 29.
THE BROTHERHOOD OF ST. ANDREW will meet next on Saturday, May 26 (every other Saturday), at 8:00 a.m. in the parish hall. Contact William Legg for details.
THE DAUGHTERS OF THE KING will meet next on Sunday, June 10 (second Sunday of each month), in the library after the 10:30 service. Contact Deacon Rebecca or Sue Kurtz for details.
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 ).
In five years, we have paid off 97% of this debt.
Let's burn the mortgage in 2018!
May 2018 Income 
  • 5/6: $5,295
  • 5/13: $6,250

Note: these income numbers do include ALL donations (and pass-thru expenses),
such as those designated for Capital Campaign, Music Fund, Reading Camp, etc.,
which may account for large spikes on the graph.
May 13 - September 2

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
Day of Pentecost, Year Two (5/20/18) - BCP 965
Week of Proper 2, Year Two - BCP 967
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: Sue Kurtz
  • Chalice Bearer, Lector & Prayers of the People: Pauline Van Horn
  • Acolyte: Stuart Brown

10:30 a.m. - Rite II   
  • Subdeacon: Sue Kurtz
  • Chalice Bearer: Joyce Taylor
  • Lector: Heidi Hiemstra
  • Acolytes:  
  • C: Reagan Napier & Jordan Masters
  • T: Mia Kinnett & Lucy Saunderson
  • JS: Peyton Heady, Charlotte Saunderson, Hannah Lee
  • Ushers: Kristi & Laura Buffenmyer
  • Altar Guild: T1 - Suzanne Cox, Laura & Kristi Buffenmyer
  • Men's Club: T2 - Jim Kimbrough, Jim King, Starla Yount

COUNTERS:   TWO  needed

VESTRY LOCKUP DUTY: Shannon Lancaster

COFFEE HOUR:    Chris & Mia Smith, with David Hurt - 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 University of the South – Dr. John M. McCardell, Jr., Vice-Chancellor, The Rt. Rev. Samuel John Howard, Chancellor; The Rt. Rev. J. Neil Alexander, Dean, School of Theology.

Recently in need of prayers: Barbara; David; Faye & Steve; Gene; Geoff; Holly; James; Jim & Fonda; Jim & Nancy; Kevin; Kristi; Lara; Leslie; Marsaela; Mildred; Penny; 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: 5/20 – Hayden Hoover.

Anniversaries: 5/25 – Geoff Pinkerton & Heidi Hiemstra.
  • Prelude - LChoral varié sur le thème du “Veni Creator” - Maurice Duruflé
  • Opening Hymn - Hymn 225 - Hail thee, festival day! - Salve festa dies 
  • The Gloria: S 278
  • Gradual Psalm: WLP 886 - Psalm 104:25-35,37 - Benedic, anima mea 
  • Pentecost Sequence: Hymn 504, v. 1-6 - Come, Holy Ghost - Veni Creator Spiritus
  • Baptismal Procession: Hymn 503, Come, Holy Ghost
  • Offertory: Praise the spirit in creation - David Hurd [for text by Michael Newlett, see Hymn 507]
  • Sanctus: S 128
  • The Great Amen
  • Fraction Anthem: S 165
  • Communion Hymn: Hymn 513 - Like the Murmur of the Dove’s Song
  • Closing Hymn: LEVAS 752 - Sweet, sweet spirit
  • Postlude: Komm, Gott, Schöpfer, heiliger Geist - J.S. Bach

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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