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Volume 8, Issue #50 - December 20, 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.
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!
Financial Update, December:   
  • 12/02/18: $4,490
  • 12/09/18: $1,676
  • 12/13/18: $7,741
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.
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
Mark your calendar!

THE ANNUAL PARISH MEETING  will be held on Sunday, January 20, 2019, after the 10:30 service, in the parish hall. Your attendance is encouraged and needed as we review the year just past, and make important decisions for the year to come. Please plan to attend!

Potluck Dinner:  Please contact Leah MacSwords ( lcmacs@aol.com ) to coordinate luncheon plans; food items should be brought into the kitchen before the 10:30 service. 

Child Care:  Young people of all ages are invited to hang out in the Library for organized activities during the business meeting.

Reports:  The proposed budget for 2019 will be presented for discussion and approval. Committees and organizations should submit annual reports for 2018 by Tuesday, Jan. 15. Email your Word-format documents to info@ascensionfrankfort.org, or submit a print copy to Mona in the parish office. (For reports completed later, please make your own copies.)

Voting:  In accordance with the 2015 Constitutions and Canons of the Diocese of Lexington: Qualified voters at a Parish meeting shall be (a) all those who are confirmed communicants in good standing of the age of sixteen years or older, and (b) any other baptized persons of such age who are regular worshipers in the Parish and who for six months immediately preceding the meeting have been regular contributors to the support of the Parish. (Canon 17.04)

  • Election of Vestry Candidates: The Nominating Committee’s work continues… Watch for more information!

  • Election of Ascension deputies and alternate(s) to the 2019 Diocesan Convention: Three lay deputies and alternate(s) will be elected; the Senior Warden for the calendar year is automatically the fourth lay deputy. (If you are interested in being a deputy, please contact Father Neat - fatherjessee@aol.com. Qualifications are the same as for vestry candidates.)

  • Early Voting for 8 am Attendees: For those eligible voters who attend the 8am service on January 20 and are unable to return for the Annual Meeting, early balloting will be allowed at the conclusion of the 8am service. Balloting will be conducted in the parish office.
Schedules & Teams:
December 2 - January 20 as of 12/20/18
December 23, 2018
Daily Office Lectionary
Week of 4 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: Will McKee
  • Lector: Susie Oder
  • Prayers of the People: Frances Kirchhoff
  • Acolyte: Angela Goetter

10:30 a.m. - Rite II   
  • Subdeacon: Sue Kurtz
  • Chalice Bearer & Lector: Laura Buffenmyer
  • Acolytes:  
  • C: Tori Word
  • T: Ian Pinkerton & Jordan Masters
  • Ushers: MacKenzie & Reagan Napier
  • Altar Guild: T1 - Suzanne Cox, Laura & Kristi Buffenmyer
  • Men's Club: T3: Roy Upshaw, Jack Bates, Fred Kirchhoff

COUNTERS:   TWO needed

VESTRY LOCKUP DUTY: Laura Buffenmyer

COFFEE HOUR:      Vestry - Reimbursable Pickup - Laura Buffenmyer
  • 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 Church of the Nativity, Maysville - The Rev. Roxanne Ruggles, Rector.

Recently in need of prayers: Angela; Barbara; Donnie; the Duncan Family; Faye & Steve; Geoff; Jim & Fonda; Lillian; Philip; Polly; Rebecca; Theresa; Vic; and Vivian.

Continuing concern: Anna; Betty; Bob; Carolina; Collin; Darlene; David; Dillard; Doris & Charlie; Harry; Holly; Isaiah; James; Janet; Jean; Jim & Debbie; Jinks; John; Julia; Lee; Linda; Mac; Marilyn; Mary; Mildred; Natalie; Penny; Rose; Scott & Kathy; Sherri; 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: 12/25 – Edward (Boo) Cathcart; 12/28 – Jinks Barnard.
  • Prelude: Magnificat: He remembering his mercy - Marcel Dupré
  • Introit Psalm - Psalm 19 (choir sings)
  • Kyrie: S 98
  • Gradual Canticle: Canticle 15: The Song of Mary - Magnificat
  • Gospel Acclamation
  • Offertory
  • Sanctus: S 124
  • Agnus Dei: S 161
  • Communion Hymn: Hymn 268 - Ye who claim the faith of Jesus - Julion
  • Closing Hymn: Hymn 265 - The angel Gabriel from heaven came - Gabriel’s Message
  • 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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