Volume 8, Issue #9 - March 1, 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.

For you who were unable to be present on Sunday, February 25, here is the homily delivered by Leah MacSwords, our Senior Warden (excerpts are presented here; click below for the full text):  

“One bread, one body, one Lord of all, one cup of blessing which we bless. And we, though many, throughout the earth, we are one body in this one Lord.”

Yesterday, we were one body in this one Lord when over 200 people gathered at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Winchester for the 122 nd Convention of the Diocese of Lexington...

The clear theme of the convention was reconciliation.... Bishop Bruce [Caldwell] said that healing needs to be undertaken in our diocese. He suggested that we update our leadership model, find ways to share services, value everyone, listen with our hearts, and practice reconciliation. It will be a struggle, he said, but we must sit down and wrestle with our differences....

At this convention, we voted by a chorus of "ayes" to place ourselves under the provisional charge and authority of Bishop Mark Van Koevering .... Bishop Van Koevering is a Michigan native. He served in the Peace Corp in Thailand. He was ordained deacon and priest in the Anglican Church of Wales and served churches in Wales and Mozambique before being called as the bishop of the Diocese of Niassa in Mozambique in 2003. Since 2015, he has served as the Assisting Bishop of the Diocese of West Virginia.

The selection of Bishop Van Koevering was described as the "rent to own" option. If we like him and he likes us, after a few years, the diocese can elect to call him as our permanent bishop. This process saves the diocese the tremendous cost of a traditional search for a bishop. Bishop Van Koevering began his new duties immediately upon adjournment of the convention.

As for my impressions of the day, ... CLICK HERE to read more... (PDF)
Lenten Activities @ Ascension - Church of the Ascension

Find your space in the intergenerational activities offered at Ascension during Lent 2018.

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Sunday, and Tuesday through Friday, 5:00 p.m.
DAILY EVENING PRAYER with the Benedictine Cell

Morning Prayer schedule remains unchanged, Tuesday through Saturday at 9:15 a.m.
Wednesdays, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
All are invited to come together for homemade soup and bread, from 6:00-6:30 p.m. Stay for the Book Study with Father Neat, or Family Lenten Activities in the parish hall, from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Thursdays, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
After Evening Prayer, stay to share a light meal and Bible study with Mother Nancy.
Saturday, March 3, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Opened by the Benedictine Cell with a short introduction and practice of centering prayer, a 2000-year-old Christian meditation practice.
Financial Update     
February 2018 Income: 2/4 - $2,580 2/11 - $3,317 2/18 - $4,409 2/25 - $4,747
Feb 11 - April 8

This 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. The same schedule is posted on the office window - please write in changes there, as needed, or notify Deacon Rebecca Saager. 

  • 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 3 Lent, Year Two (3/4/18) - BCP 955
or go to www.lectionarypage.net
  • BREAKFAST begins at 8:50 a.m.
  • ADULTS gather at 9:15 a.m. in the library for "The Preacher's Forum." 
  • CHILDREN of all ages meet in the parish hall at 9:15 for Christian Formation/Sunday School. Godly Play is available for younger children, and an in-depth study of The Lord’s Prayer is offered for older children.
  • COFFEE HOUR - all ages gather for refreshment and fellowship after the 10:30 service in the parish hall.
8:00 a.m. - Rite I
  • Subdeacon: Sue Kurtz
  • Chalice Bearer: Scott Mello
  • Lector & Prayers of the People: Michal Smith-Mello
  • Acolyte: Angela Goetter
10:30 a.m. - Rite II   
  • Subdeacon: Sue Kurtz
  • Chalice Bearer: Jim King
  • Lector: Jim Kimbrough
  • Acolytes:  
  • C: Reagan Napier & Tori Word
  • T: Jordan Masters & Ian Pinkerton
  • No JS in Lent
  • Ushers: Scott & Kathy Kimbel
  • Altar Guild: T4 - Sue/Rick Kurtz, Debbie/Jim Kimbrough, Jim King
  • Men's Club: T1 - Geoff Pinkerton, William Legg, Pauline VanHorn, Skip Hunt

COUNTERS:   TWO  needed


COFFEE HOUR:    Ginni Fox (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 host 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!
For the Church: Theological Sunday – Seminarians, Postulants and Candidates of the Diocese of Lexington.

Recently in need of prayers: Collin; Darlene; David; Donna; Elena; Faye & Steve; Geoff; Holly; Isaiah; Jessica; Jim & Fonda; Kevin; Leslie; Marsaela; Polly; Rachel; Robert; Rose; Vivian; Walt; and Will.

Continuing concern: Alfred; Ava; David; Debbie; Dillard; Doris & Charlie; Gail; Harrison; Isaiah; Jean; Jim & Debbie; Jinks; Julia; Lara; Linda; Luke; Marilyn; Natalie; Risa & her daughter; Scott & Kathy; Shelia; Sherri; Shirley; and Tom. 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:  3/4 – Nancy Caudill, George Robertson; 3/5 – Maggie Wunderlich;
3/6 David Rossman; 3/7 – Miller Elliott V, Rick Kurtz.
  • Prelude:  (David Hurt)
  • Processional Psalm: Psalm 25:15-16
  • Gradual Psalm: Psalm 19 Caeli enarrant         
  • Gospel Acclamation
  • Offertory: Drop, drop slow tears - Richard Shephard (Lacy Wallace, soprano)
  • Sanctus: S 122
  • Fraction Anthem: S 160
  • Communion Hymn: Hymn 325 - Let us break bread together - Let Us Break Bread
  • Closing Hymn: Hymn 685 - Rock of ages, cleft for me - Toplady 
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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