Volume 9, Issue #11 - March 21, 2019 

In the name of Christ, we embrace all people to be nourished and empowered by the Holy Spirit to love and serve the world.
FRIENDS:  David Gierlach  drove his car off a small cliff on March 3. He totaled the car and fractured some vertebrae. If recuperation goes as planned, he MAY be able to return to work on or about June 1.

A big THANKS goes out this week to Junior Warden Jim King, who spent many hours and much labor on repairing the broken chapel chairs.
Great job!

as of 2/28/19
"Holy Cow!" Survey:


Ascension parishioners are invited to complete the Church Assessment Tool (CAT) from Holy Cow! Consulting; this survey is an on-line instrument that will help our leaders gauge the strength, vitality, and trends in our church. The information gained from this assessment will be valuable in helping the Vestry as we make decisions about the future of the Church of the Ascension.

Parishioners should have already received an email with a unique link to the Church Assessment Tool (CAT). If you need a paper copy, please come to the office; we will provide one for you along with a self-addressed stamped return envelope.


All answers are strictly anonymous. We have no way of matching a ny assessment to a particular person, so please feel free to candidly share your perceptions, opinions and experiences. Our future together is dependent on your participation and honest answers.

If you have questions, please contact:
  • Vestry member Zachary A. Horn
(email zachary.a.horn@gmail.co m , phone 859-559-8862),

  • Senior Warden Leah MacSwords
(email lcmacs@aol.com , phone 502-545-0437).
Many thanks,
The 2019 Ascension Vestry
Leah MacSwords, Senior Warden
Jim King, Junior Warden
Tim Agne, Laura Buffenmyer, Ginni Fox, Ron Gruzesky, Rose Gayle Hardy, Todd Elliott, Zachary A. Horn, David Hurt, Shannon Lancaster, and Pauline Van Horn

  • 03/03/19: $3,942
  • 03/10/19: $6,236
  • 03/17/19: $9,853
Two pianos are available at no charge – you must transport from the church
(one is on the ground floor, one is upstairs).
First come, first served!

All inquiries to Jim King: JimKingfft@hotmail.com  
Saturday, May 11
Square Dance for Cowan Creek Music School

June 17-21
Frankfort Reading Camp @ Ascension
THE BROTHERHOOD OF ST. ANDREW will meet next on March 30, 2019, (every other Saturday) in the parish library at 10:00 a.m. 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 group meets 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
THE DAUGHTERS OF THE KING will meet on Sunday, April 7 (FIRST Sunday of each month), in the parish library after the 10:30 service. Contact Judith Spencer for details ( jspencer254@yahoo.com ) .
Check out public service and activity schedules on the online church calendar at www.ascensionfrankfort.org/calendar

Find the Diocese of Lexington online at www.diolex.org 
Schedules & Teams:
Updated: March 24 - June 30 as of 3/20/19
March 24, 2019
Daily Office Lectionary
Third Sunday in Lent, Year One - BCP 952

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 are ongoing for age 2 through fourth grade. 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: Scott Mello
  • Lector & Prayers of the People: Michal Smith-Mello
  • Acolyte: Stuart Brown

10:30 a.m. - Rite II   
  • Subdeacon: Sue Kurtz
  • Chalice Bearer: Jim King
  • Lector: Jim Kimbrough
  • Acolytes:  
  • C: Jordan Masters
  • T: Geoffry Pinkerton & Craig Aossey
  • NO Jubilee Streamers during Lent.
  • Ushers: Todd & Miller Elliott
  • Altar Guild: T3 - Michal Smith-Mello, Scott & Kathy Kimbel
  • Men's Club: T4 - Darci Verry, Tim Agne, Charlie Caudill

COUNTERS:   TWO needed


COFFEE HOUR:     Reimbursable pickup - Rose Gayle Hardy
  • 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: Diocese of Haiti and the Diocese of Guatemala, Companion Dioceses – The Right Rev. Jean-Zache Duracin, Bishop of Haiti, and The Most Rev. Armando Guerra Soria, Bishop of Guatemala.

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

Continuing concern: Anna; Betty; Bob; Carolina; Collin; Darlene; David; Dillard; Doris & Charlie; Harry; Holly; Isaiah; James; Janet; Jean; Jim & Debbie; Jim & Fonda; 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, Seth, and Tanner; and for Sue Kurtz, Ordinand, Sacred Order of Deacons.
Birthdays: 3/25 – Carlee VanHouten, Rena Bartlett; 3/27 – Lisa Perkinson, Scott Mello.
Guest Organist: Matthew West

Viola: Dale Jones

  • Prelude: O Mensch bewein dein Sünde gross (O Man Bewail Thy Many Sins) - J.S Bach
  • Processional Psalm: Psalm 25:1-2, 15-17 
  • Gradual Psalm: Psalm 63:1-8  Deus, Deus meus
  • Gospel Acclamation  
  • Offertory: Larghetto - G.F. Handel
  • Sanctus: S 124   
  • The Great Amen
  • Fraction Anthem: S 161
  • Communion Hymn: Hymn 439 - What wondrous love is this - Wondrous Love
  • Closing Hymn: Hymnal 344 - Lord dismiss us with thy blessing - Sicilian Mariners
  • There will be no Postlude during Lent.

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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