Volume 8, Issue #26- June 28, 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.
At last Sunday's Prayer Vigil in Solidarity with Families Seeking Refuge, our church was nearly full and was overflowing with the spirit of love and compassion; we estimate around 225 people attended. I would like to thank all those who joined the Vigil and stood in prayerful solidarity with our fellow Christians as witnesses supporting justice.
The Church of the Ascension is a place where the Church catholic and Community intersect, offering a unique ministry for our city and beyond. This is especially the case at times of national crisis, and we believe that we are duty-bound to unite all parts of the community in prayer.
The gravity of the presence and compassionate messages of both Bishop Mark Van Koevering, Episcopal Diocese of Lexington, and Bishop John Stowe, Catholic Diocese of Lexington, plus the presence of a host of other clergy and the sizable turnout, offered a powerful witness that the Body of the Risen Christ stands united as a beacon of light to those who are victims of injustice. The heartfelt words and civic leadership of Frankfort's Mayor Bill May were especially meaningful in today's environment.
In case you haven't heard... the diverse music was a moving and meaningful part of this Vigil, and rocked the place! John Martin coordinated a number of musicians and vocalists from Ascension, Kentucky State University, and the Church of the Good Shepherd, highlighted by the enthusiastic voices of the "Coro Hispano" (Hispanic Choir) from Good Shepherd.
Bishops Van Koevering and Stowe have each shared the text of their homily from the vigil - click a link to read (PDF) :

At the end of the service, members of the Diocesan Commission on Racial Reconciliation offered a list of practical actions for prayerful consideration. See that list here (PDF):


The parish office will work on a modified summer schedule again this year, closing on Fridays (starting on Friday, June 29). Regular office hours through July and August will be Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

Next week, the 4th of July actually falls on Wednesday. To be clear, Morning Prayer and the mid-day Rosary and Eucharist services WILL be held on the regular schedule on Wednesday, 7/4. The office will be OPEN (and just FYI, the Friends of the Farmers Market will be using our kitchen that day).
Underway this week!

for all the prayers, hard work and support
for the 2018 Frankfort Reading Camp.

We have 25 local day-campers; all are served breakfast and lunch daily. We work on various reading skills using many fun tools and activities. The campers enjoyed an inspiring visit from “Woody the Wiener Dog” with author Leigh Anne Florence; field trips include the public library, Broadway Clay, the KSU riverboat, and Heavenly Hilltop Railroad. They will wrap up on Friday by reading to the animals at Life House. Pictures are hanging in the parish hall, and may be seen on Facebook:


Support Simon House by purchasing tickets to this evening of good food and good fun at the Frankfort Country Club on Friday, July 13.

Tickets are $55 before July 10 or $65 after July 10 – available at Simon House, 208 W. Campbell Street, 502-223-2138, online at www.simonhouseonline.org , or directly from John Martin or Jim King.  
‘CHORDS OF COMPASSION’ Concert Series to benefit ROSM (Resource Office of Social Ministry) – Saturdays in July and August, 7:00 p.m. at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 72 Shepherd Way, in Frankfort. This series will feature a variety of musicians – including a concert pianist, a trumpeter, a violinist, a choir, and more! – each representing a different local church. First up is our own John Martin, organist, on Saturday, June 30. Be there to show your support for John, and especially for ROSM!  Click here for complete schedule of concerts [updated 6/21/18].
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, July 7 (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, July 8 (second Sunday of each month), in the library after the 10:30 service. Contact Deacon Rebecca or Sue Kurtz for details.
Check out all service and activity schedules on the online church calendar at
June 2018 Income 

  • 6/3: $10,934
  • 6/10: $6,471
  • 6/17: $3,753
  • 6/24: $4,548

Note: these income and expense numbers do include ALL donations and pass-thru amounts,
such as those designated for Capital Campaign, Music Fund, Reading Camp, Food Pantry, etc.,
which may account for large spikes on the graphs.
June 17 - September 2

T his 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 Proper 8, Year Two - BCP 973
or go to www.lectionarypage.net
  • BREAKFAST begins at 8:50 a.m. - free of charge to those in need; others may pay a small amount as able.
  • ADULTS gather at 9:15 a.m. in the library for "The Preacher's Forum." 
  • CHILDREN & YOUTH: Christian Formation/Sunday School and Godly Play classes are suspended for the summer. Children of all ages are welcome and encouraged to attend all church services; a nursery is available for younger children starting at 9:00 a.m.
8:00 a.m. - Rite I
  • Subdeacon, Lector & Prayers of the People: Sue Kurtz
  • Chalice Bearer: Will McKee
  • Acolyte: Stuart Brown
10:30 a.m. - Rite II   
  • Subdeacon: Sue Kurtz
  • Chalice Bearer: Julia Tyson
  • Lector: Jim King
  • Acolytes:  
  • C: Mia Smith
  • T: Lucy Saunderson & Mia Kinnett
  • JS: (as available)
  • Ushers: Laura & Kristi Buffenmyer
  • Altar Guild: T4 -  Sue/Rick Kurtz, Debbie/Jim Kimbrough, Jim King
  • Men's Club: T3 - Roy Upshaw, Jack Bates (Fred Kirchhoff OUT)

COUNTERS:   TWO needed


COFFEE HOUR:    Jack Bates - reimbursable pickup
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!

Recently in need of prayers: Barbara; David; Elliott; Faye & Steve; Geoff; Holly; James; Jim & Fonda; Jim & Nancy; Kevin; Kim; Leslie; Mac; Mildred; Penny; Polly; Rose; Vic; and Vivian.

Continuing concern: Alfred; Bettie; Betty; Collin; Darlene; David; Dillard; Doris & Charlie; Elena; Isaiah; Jean; Jim & Debbie; Jinks; Julia; Lara; Lee; Linda; Marilyn; Marsaela; Natalie; Scott & Kathy; Susie; 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: 7/1 – John Martin; 7/4 – Marisa Frost; 7/6 – Artie VanHouten III, Julia Tyson, Taylor Hoover.  
  • Prelude - De profundis (Out of the depths have I cried unto thee) - Jean Langlais
  • Opening Hymn - Hymn 411 - O bless the Lord, my soul - St. Thomas
  • The Gloria: S 280
  • Gradual Psalm: WLP 886/LEVAS 273 - Psalm 130 - De profundis
  • Gospel Acclamation
  • Offertory
  • Sanctus: WLP 858
  • The Great Amen
  • Fraction Anthem: S 154
  • Communion Hymn: Hymn 151 - From deepest woe I cry to thee - Aus tiefer not
  • Closing Hymn: Hymn 567 - Thine arm, O Lord, in days of old - St. Matthew
  • 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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