Volume 8, Issue #27 - July 5, 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.
Sometimes we all need a little 'extra' help from our friends. This summer, Ascension's historic building and grounds are in need of some extra care and repair. Our maintenance budget is already stretched far beyond expectations this year due to multiple HVAC repairs (two compressors, damper motor, condenser fan motor, and more), major dishwasher and freezer repairs, replacement of all fire extinguishers to meet fire codes, and a number of plumbing and electrical repairs.

We now face two more summer projects - the "Bee Business" and "Gardens & Grounds" - or "Bees and Weeds." If you can help with a special, extra donation to either of these projects, please write your check payable to Church of the Ascension, and write the project name in the memo area (or see below for a link to donate by credit card via PayPal).

ONE: "The Bee Business"
After years of finding dead bees inside the church and a couple of people being stung, a major infestation of honeybees has been discovered in the east sanctuary wall, high above the altar/reredos. A large portion of the hive and thousands of bees can be seen with the naked eye (and a flashlight), at the junction of the dark brown wooden roof and white wall; they can also be seen in abundance on the outdoor side of that wall as they enter and exit the hive.

The bees present little danger as long as they are not disturbed. However, there are about 50,000 bees in the colony, and possibly as much as 80-100 pounds of honey within the wall - which will eventually cause significant damage to the structure. The bees must go. (Unfortunately, the honey is very likely too contaminated for consumption.)

A professional apiarist (beekeeper), recommended by the Ky. State Dept. of Agriculture, has been engaged. He is licensed and insured, and has experience with bee removal from historical structures. He located the hive and has presented a bid for its relocation. This relocation is expected to be a complex project involving scaffolding and some wall damage and repair, due to the height of the colony and the likelihood that the hive (and most importantly, the location of the queen bee) extends several feet down inside the wall.

Every effort will be made to preserve the life of the bees and relocate the hive, if possible.

The quote for removal of the wall section, removal and relocation of the bees, and repair of the wall, is $3,500.

To make a special donation toward this project, please write " Bees " in the memo area of your check.

TWO: Gardens & Grounds
Several areas of the church gardens, grounds and parking lots are becoming infested and overgrown with vines, weeds, saplings, and poison ivy to an extent far beyond the scope of our regular lawn-mowing service. Unfortunately, we don't have folks with the available time, talent, and good health to voluntarily clear such an unsightly mess under the hot summer sun.

A thorough, one-time cleanup will cost about $1,500.

To make a special donation toward this project, please write " Weeds " in the memo area of your check.

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To make a secure credit card donation via PayPal, CLICK HERE .
Be sure to note "Bees" or "Weeds" in the memo area on the screen.

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Many thanks to all friends of Ascension!
Ascension staffers have recently been targeted by multiple fraudulent emails impersonating our Rector, asking for "a favor" to wire money to someone! One tip-off was that the actual "from address" was not correct (even though the 'account name' was completely correct); another tip was that the 'signature' was not in the style normally used by Fr. Neat. Another local church actually fell for a very similar scam, sent money, and didn't discover the error until weeks later. Ouch!

Typically, the first email just asks for a simple response. Once a response is received, they will email back and ask for a “favor” of sending money/wiring cash to a friend or for some special purpose… or they may ask for a gift card, activation code, etc. The sender(s) will actually converse back and forth… if you say you need to get approval, or try to refer to someone else, the sender will insist that you "get approval immediately" or “handle this for me right away." There are real people on the other end, who are practiced at deception and impersonation.

Apparently scammers often look at web sites to learn actual names of specific people to target. This is one reason why our church web site does not show any email addresses. (There is a Contact Box on the home page that will send an email message to the office, without the email address being shown.) 

  • If you receive and identify one of these requests, please delete it immediately. Do NOT click on any link inside an email without first verifying that it is actually from a known sender.

  • Please call the parish office to verify the legitimacy of a request from any of our parish clergy or staff, or on behalf of Ascension.

  • "Church scam tricks exploit trust and cost their victims millions of dollars every year, so much so that one state has named one variety of this type of crime its number one scam." https://www.scambusters.org/churchscam.html

SUMMER OFFICE SCHEDULE

The parish office continues on a modified summer schedule, closing on Fridays. Office hours through July and August will be Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Regular Tuesday-Friday office hours will resume in September.


Tomorrow Night!
A NIGHT IN MARGARITAVILLE

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 $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. Be there to show your support for ROSM!  Click here for complete schedule of concerts.
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 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 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
July 2018 Income: 
  • 7/1: $7,031
  • 7/8: $5,160

Capital Campaign Update: The mortgage debt is now just under $20K. Let's wipe out this debt by the end of 2018!
Note: the income and expense numbers in the chart above 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.
July 15 - September 2

This schedule (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 ). (The same schedule is posted on the office window - you may mark changes there in advance.)
Daily Lectionary
Week of Proper 10, Year Two - BCP 975
or go to www.lectionarypage.net and choose by calendar date
 S UNDAY MORNINGS:
  • 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
  • Chalice Bearer: Chris Smith
  • Lector: Tony Charters
  • Prayers of the People: Candy Charters
  • Acolyte: Peggy Stoner
10:30 a.m. - Rite II   
  • Chalice Bearer & Lector: Julia Tyson
  • Acolytes:  
  • C: Josh Roll
  • T: Lucy Saunderson & Mia Kinnett
  • JS: (as available)
  • Ushers: Scott & Kathy Kimbel
  • Altar Guild: T1 -  Suzanne Cox, Laura & Kristi Buffenmyer
  • Men's Club: T5 - Rick Kurtz & Sons, Mac Elliott

COUNTERS:   TWO needed

VESTRY LOCKUP DUTY: Ginni Fox

COFFEE HOUR:    ???
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: Christ Church Cathedral, Lexington – The Rt. Rev Mark Van Koevering, Bishop Provisional of Lexington, The Very Rev. Carol Wade, Dean and Rector, The Rev. Brent Owens, Associate Dean, The Rev. Deacon Paula Ott.

Recently in need of prayers: Barbara; David; 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: 7/18 – Lucy Saunderson; 7/19 – Betsy Moore; 7/21 – Jack Bates.

Anniversaries: 7/17 – Jennifer & Anthony Lee.
10:30:
  • Prelude - Amazing grace - Frederick Swann
  • Opening Hymn - Hymn 436 - Lift up your heads, ye mighty gates - Truro
  • The Gloria: S 280
  • Gradual Psalm: WLP 886/LEVAS 273 - Psalm 24 - Domini est terra
  • Gospel Acclamation
  • Offertory
  • Sanctus: WLP 858
  • The Great Amen
  • Fraction Anthem: S 154
  • Communion Hymn: Hymn 671 - Amazing grace - New Britain
  • Closing Hymn: Hymn 686 - Come, thou fount of every blessing - Nettleton
  • 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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