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Volume 8, Issue #32 - August 16 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.
Thy Kingdom Come

Novena for Vision

in The Diocese of Lexington

Seeking a Vision for God’s People in


A Time of Prayer

from August 24 to September 1

During Ascensiontide 2018, the Archbishop of Canterbury called the entirety of the Anglican Communion to a season of prayer for Thy Kingdom Come . He asked each of us to join in… an initiative encouraging people to explore through prayer how they might courageously witness to God’s life-changing work.

Inspired by this, our Bishop (Provisional), the Right Reverend Mark Van Koevering, is asking us to consider what Thy Kingdom Come looks like in the Episcopal Diocese of Lexington. As Bishop Mark asked in his first pastoral letter to the Diocese… "I have been reflecting on how we might begin a Great Conversation in our diocese to describe the good that God is doing in and through us so that we might describe a common vision…."

August 24 through September 1 has been set aside as a time of intentional prayer to seek God's guidance for the Diocese of Lexington. This is an invitation for individuals, families and churches to spend nine days in concentrated prayer on the theme of Thy Kingdom Come. As you pray, inquire how you might better live out your call to be the Church and participate in bringing the way of God to grow in the Diocese of Lexington…

The Novena for Vision was put together by Fr. Jeff Queen and invites us to Read, Look, Wait, Listen, and then Respond to God's probing by answering daily questions included in the guide. To help facilitate a time of prayer for our Diocese, this guide has been developed to lead us through with specific readings and questions along the way.

Your participation and responses are requested and valued.

A limited number of print copies will be available at church during the prayer season - look for the gold-colored booklets.

Please print the Novena for Vision guide if you are able, and write your responses on the forms provided. OR you may choose to read the guide online, and write your responses on a half-sheet of paper.

Better yet - email your responses to ascensionoffice.fft@gmail.com Be sure to include the assigned date of the question you are answering AND the entire question, with your response. Do NOT email your novena responses to any other address.

Return your responses in the offering plate by September 2, or to the office by September 5.

Following these nine days of prayer on September 2, 9, and 16, sermon themes will incorporate your responses and focus on God’s Kingdom made real in our Worship, our Mission and our Ministry.

Come Holy Ghost, our souls inspire, and lighten with celestial fire… 


On August 13, Bishop Van Koevering admitted Sue as a Candidate for Holy Orders. This major step from Postulant to Candidate brings her closer to ordination to the Diaconate.
CALL FOR ADULT ACOLYTES: With so many of our senior youth graduating last year, we need more people to step up to serving as Acolytes (Crucifer and Torch) at the 10:30 service on Sunday. These positions are specifically open to adults as well as youth. The duty schedule rotates Sundays according to a schedule published in advance, so you need not commit to every Sunday. You have the opportunity to serve the Lord, your church, and your fellow parishioners in a very meaningful way. If you are interested in learning more, please see or email Craig Aossey (caossey@gscottarch.com) , or Sue Kurtz (susankurtz751@hotmail.com) .
‘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, August 18 (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, September 9 (second Sunday of each month), in the library after the 10:30 service. Contact Deacon Rebecca or Sue Kurtz for details.

The parish office continues on a modified summer schedule, closing on Fridays. Office hours through 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. Morning Prayer continues on the regular schedule, including Fridays.
Check out all service and activity schedules on the online church calendar at

The Bishop's Visit is scheduled for Sunday, October 28.
July 2018 Income - Thank You! 
  • 8/5: $5,970
  • 8/12: $4,368

Fortunately, special donations covered the costs of our recent sewer repairs, as well as the “bees and weeds” projects.

Unfortunately, we have had tremendous maintenance and non-discretionary repair costs this year for HVAC, appliances, lighting, plumbing, and so on – costs that have adversely affected our cash flow. As in previous years, we are operating at a critical margin, and our ability to pay our bills and payroll is threatened.

Projected expenses for the year up to this point were $218,618, but our actual expenses have been $239,186. This is why we needed “special collections” for the recent projects, and why we continue to struggle financially.

We will soon be sending out pledge progress statements for your review. Please check your statement promptly, and catch up if you can and/or pay ahead as you are able. Thank you.

– Jim King, Junior Warden & Finance Committee Chair
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.
Schedules & Teams:
August 19 - January 6 - UPDATED!

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, as changes and substitutions are sometimes necessary. 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 15, Year Two - BCP 981
or go to www.lectionarypage.net and choose by calendar date
  • 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 9:15 a.m.
8:00 a.m. - Rite I
  • Subdeacon: Sue Kurtz
  • Chalice Bearer: Chris Smith
  • Lector: Tony Charters
  • Prayers of the People: Candy Charters
  • Acolyte: Angela Goetter
10:30 a.m. - Rite II   
  • Subdeacon: Sue Kurtz
  • Chalice Bearer: Suzanne Cox
  • Lector: Laura Buffenmyer
  • Acolytes:  
  • C: Thomas Bemiss
  • T: Peyton Heady & Hannah Lee
  • JS: (as available)
  • Ushers: Jim & Debbie Kimbrough
  • Altar Guild: T4 - Sue/Rick Kurtz, Deb/Jim Kimbrough, Jim King
  • Men's Club: T5: Rick Kurtz & Sons, Mac Elliott

COUNTERS:   TWO needed


COFFEE HOUR:     Rose Gayle Hardy (reimbursable pickup - if you have questions, ask Jan Stevens - jstevens5@aol.com )
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: St. Augustine’s Chapel, Lexington – Rob Coulston, Lay Chaplain.

Recently in need of prayers: Barbara; Carolina; Carrie Beth; David; Edith; Faye & Steve; Geoff; Harry; Holly; James; Jim & Fonda; Jim & Nancy; Kevin; Kim; Leia; Leslie; Mac; Mildred; Penny; Polly; Rebecca; Rose; Sherri; Sister Judy; Vic; Vivian; and Willie.

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, Candidate for Holy Orders.

Birthdays: 8/19 – Erika Kaiser; 8/22 – Thomas Bemiss.

  • Prelude - Lead them upward to the holy place (Adore te devote) - Charles Callahan
  • Opening Hymn - Hymn 427 - When morning gilds the skies - Laudes Domini
  • The Gloria: S 280
  • Gradual Psalm: WLP 886/LEVAS 273 - Psalm 111 - Confitebor tibi
  • Gospel Acclamation
  • Offertory
  • Sanctus: WLP 858
  • The Great Amen
  • Fraction Anthem: S 154
  • Communion Hymn: Hymn 314 - Humbly I adore thee - Adoro devote
  • Closing Hymn: Hymn 594 - God of grace and God of glory - Cwm Rhondda
  • 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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