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Volume 8, Issue #49 - December 13, 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.
Fourth Sunday of Advent
Sunday, December 23, 8:00 & 10:30 a.m.
Christmas Eve – Family Service
Monday, December 24, 5:00 p.m.
with Children’s Pageant
Christmas Eve Mass
Monday, December 24
Music starts at 10:00 p.m., Service starts at 10:30 p.m.
Christmas Day Mass
Tuesday, December 25, 10:00 a.m.
Christmas Lessons & Carols
Sunday, December 30, 8:00 and 10:30 a.m.

  • The parish office will be CLOSED from Monday, December 24, through Tuesday, January 1.

  • Regular office hours will resume on Wednesday, January 2.

  • Morning Prayer will continue daily at 9:15 a.m., except for Christmas Day.

  • Wednesday Eucharist will be held as regularly scheduled at 12:15 p.m. on December 26 and January 2.

Tuesdays and Thursdays
December 4 through December 20
5:00-5:15 p.m.

This group meets in the chancel area, led by members of Ascension’s Benedictine Cell; all are welcome. If you want a short break from the hectic pace of December days and to be reminded of what Advent is for, stop in and join us. You are welcome to come a few minutes early for individual silent prayer – and/or to stay on Tuesdays for “Welcome Silence” meditation, immediately following Evening Prayer.

Invite… Welcome… Connect!

T he Christmas dinner and party for Simon House families and staff will be held in Ascension’s parish hall on Saturday, December 15, starting at 3:00 p.m. Please bring food items to the kitchen by noon on Friday, December 14. Check with Jan Stevens or Deacon Rebecca for details. ( curate@ascensionfrankfort.org ). Thank you!!
Frankfort Scouts BSA Girls Troop 1281 - An Information Session will be held on Tuesday, December 18, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. in Ascension’s parish hall. As you may be aware, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) will be allowing girls to join and form all-girl troops on February 1, 2019. We already have a handful of girls in Frankfort who are interested, as well as a strong group of adult leaders. Girls who are age 11-17 on February 1, 2019, may join the new troop. Interested girls and their parents/guardians are invited to attend this organizational meeting. Any questions may be directed to Natalie Lile, 502-229-8403, natalie@lilelaw.com
It is time to purchase poinsettias for this year’s Christmas celebration at Ascension. You may designate your flowers to be in honor of, in memory of, or in thanksgiving for, any person(s) you choose.

Please use the Poinsettia Order Form (located on tables in church and hallway). Many thanks for your kind gift as Ascension prepares for the season of our Lord’s nativity. Put completed forms in the collection plate or return them to the church office no later than Wednesday, December 19.

After the Christmas Lessons & Carols services on December 30, you are welcome to claim your poinsettia(s) to take home or share with others. Thank you for helping to decorate the church for Christmas!
Practice for the children’s Christmas Nativity is currently being held during Godly Play, from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. The pageant will be held on Christmas Eve, Sunday, December 24, during the 5:00 p.m. service in the main church. Please plan to arrive at 4:15 p.m. to suit up! For more information, please contact Godly Play instructor Laura Buffenmyer ( lalasunflower@yahoo.com ).  
THE BROTHERHOOD OF ST. ANDREW meets every other Saturday in the parish library. Starting on December 22, the meeting time is changed to 10:00 a.m. (from 8:00 a.m.) until further notice. This group endeavors to bring men and youth to Christ through the three-fold disciplines of Prayer, Study and Service. Contact William Legg ( williamlesterlegg@msn.com ) for details.
CENTERING PRAYER , every Saturday morning, 10:00 - 10:30. All are invited and welcome to come and explore this ancient technique, meeting
in the main church. For more information, contact Scott Kimbel, kskimbel@yahoo.com for more information.
THE DAUGHTERS OF THE KING will meet on Sunday, January 6 (FIRST Sunday of each month), in the library after the 10:30 service. Contact Judith Spencer for details ( jspencer254@yahoo.com ) .
Check out all service and activity schedules on the online church calendar at

Find the Diocese of Lexington online at
Financial Update, December:   
  • 12/02/18: $4,490
  • 12/09/18: $1,676
ABOUT THE INCOME SPIKES: 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 accounts for large spikes on the graphs. The income spike shown in August 2018 is due to a Line of Credit Loan for $20,000 which was incurred on 8/17/18 to carry us through the coming months. This precaution is mainly due to very high maintenance costs this year. Monthly expenses are recorded only at the end of each month, calculated as a weekly average. In November 2018, the mortgage loan was completely paid off and $10,000 was returned to the bank from the Line of Credit Loan.
As the end of the calendar year approaches, please be aware that all donations you wish to deduct for tax year 2018 MUST BE RECEIVED no later than Sunday, December 30, for deposit on December 31. You will receive an itemized statement January listing all of your 2018 giving. Thank you!
  • If you have not yet turned in your stewardship pledge form for 2019, please do so before December 31, as we are in the final stages of preparing the 2019 budget.

  • If you give by an automated bank donation (ACH), please be sure to re-confirm the amount of the withdrawal for 2019 with our office, and also submit a new pledge form. (You may set up a new automated donation at any time.)

  • As of December 31, all 2018 pledges will be reset to zero, including any unpaid remainders. The new 2019 pledges take effect on January 1. All “pledge payments” received on or after January 1 will count toward 2019, not 2018.

  • By January 31, 2019, you will receive an itemized statement listing all of your 2018 giving – including “donations in kind.”

If you have any questions about donations or pledges, please contact Mona Proctor in the parish office: call 502-223-0557 or email info@ascensionfrankfort.org .

Thank you for all the time, treasure and talent you donated in 2018!
Schedules & Teams:
December 2 - January 20 as of 11/29/18
December 16, 2018
Daily Office Lectionary
Week of 3 Advent, Year One - BCP 938
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: Godly Play classes for age 2 through fourth grade will resume on September 9. Please gather in the parish hall to go upstairs together as a group. Latecomers must be escorted by a parent to the upstairs classroom.. 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, Lector & Prayers of the People: Julia Tyson
  • Acolyte: Stuart Brown

10:30 a.m. - Rite II   
  • Subdeacon: Sue Kurtz
  • Chalice Bearer: Jim Kimbrough
  • Lector: Bobbie Lee Wilson
  • Acolytes:  
  • C: Ava Marie Allison
  • T: Lucy Saunderson & Mia Kinnett
  • Ushers: Linda & Tori Word
  • Altar Guild: T4 - Sue/Rick Kurtz, Deb/Jim Kimbrough, Jim King
  • Men's Club: T2: Jim Kimbrough, Jim King, Starla Yount.

COUNTERS:   TWO needed


COFFEE HOUR:      Vestry - Reimbursable Pickup - Ron Gruzesky
  • 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: Emmanuel Church, Winchester – The Rev. James Trimble, Priest-in-Charge.

Recently in need of prayers: Angela; Anna; Barbara; Bob; David; the Duncan Family; Erika; Faye & Steve; Geoff; Harry; Holly; Janet; Jim & Fonda; Jim & Nancy; John; Kevin; Kim; Leia; Leslie; Mary; Melissa; Mildred; Penny; Philip; Polly; Rebecca; Rose; Sherri; Theresa; Vic; and Vivian.

Continuing concern: Betty; Carolina; Carrie Beth; Collin; Darlene; David; Dillard; Doris & Charlie; Elena; Ellie; Isaiah; James; Jean; Jim & Debbie; Jinks; Julia; Lara; Lee; Linda; Mac; Marilyn; Marsaela; Natalie; Scott & Kathy; Susie; Shelia; and Willie. 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: 12/20 – Adam Saunderson, Pauline Van Horn.

Anniversaries: 12/16 – Jessee & Jenny Neat.
  • Prelude
  • Introit Psalm - Psalm 85 (choir sings)
  • Kyrie: S 98
  • Gradual Canticle: Canticle 9: The First Song of Isaiah (Isaiah 12:2-6) - Ecce Deus
  • Gospel Acclamation
  • Offertory: Hymn 70 - Herald, sound the note of judgement
  • Sanctus: S 124
  • Agnus Dei: S 161
  • Communion Hymn: Hymn 76 - On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry - Winchester New
  • Closing Hymn: Hymn 63 - O heavenly word, eternal light - Verbum supernum prodiens
  • There will be no Postlude during Advent.
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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