Volume 9, Issue #20 - May 16, 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.
Many thanks go to all the performers and others who worked hard to raise money for Cowan Creek Mountain Music School this past Saturday, and especially to Jim Webb for making it all happen. The music was transcendent.

Special thanks go to the Ascension parishioners who made everybody welcome in our beautiful Parish Hall. This was a great outreach for "Invite-Welcome-Connect" !
A Sermon by the Rev. William J. Neat 
Ascension, Frankfort

12 May 2019/Easter IV 

(Acts 9:36-43; Psalm 23; Revelation 7:9-17; John 10:22-30)
Back a few years ago, an instructor in intercultural communications at a university began an exercise with his students. The instructor told the students to write the word “Jesus” on a piece of paper. After they had written “Jesus,” he told the students to put the paper on the floor and step on the word Jesus.

According to news reports, some degree of chaos ensued. Many of the students were uncomfortable with the exercise. One student became enraged, threatened the professor, was suspended from school, and went to the media. The story then morphed – as these stories tend to do – into an escalating series of diatribes against the instructor in specific, and academia in general.

Within a very short time, the university had not only publicly apologized for “the incident,” but placed the instructor on administrative leave. He was put on leave for his own safety because so many self-professed defenders of Christianity had threatened to, among other things, hang him from a tree, stomp him into the ground, or just plain kill him. However, about three months later he was reinstated to his teaching post.

The great irony in this story is that the instructor is an avowed Christian.

The exercise was designed to (click here to read more)
Sunday, May 19

Emergency Community Food Pantry
of Franklin County

The Food Pantry distributes food every weekday to hungry families and individuals in Franklin County. The Pantry is run entirely using donated food, funds and volunteers to help our community.

This year, Ascension is asked to give only three types of items:


Please drop off in the designated area no later than May 19.
See Deacon Rebecca for more information:
Saturday, June 22

Building & Grounds Cleanup

Many hands make light work!

Save the date and plan to help make our building sparkle and grounds look tidy and neat. Bring your own tools and supplies, please, especially paper yard waste bags.

Contact Jim King ( jimkingfft@hotmail.com ) to review most-needed chores.

Let us know who “our” church graduates are this year, whether from high school, college, or other significant program. We are compiling a list for recognition, and need your help to let us know if you or your family members are graduating in 2019. Please don't assume that “everyone already knows” - we will only list those who are specifically named for this purpose. Tell us the graduate’s name, school, program, degree, and if desired, plans for future school or work. Call Mona in the parish office at 502-223-0057, or email info@ascensionfrankfort.org
Monday-Friday, June 17-21

Deacon Rebecca Saager will again serve as Director.
Please contact her to offer your support:
Sunday, June 30


Evensong: 5:00 PM

Reception immediately following.

THE BROTHERHOOD OF ST. ANDREW will meet next on May 25, 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, June 2 (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 

  • 5/5/19: $4,596
  • 5/12/19: $4,299
Schedules & Teams:
* UPDATED: May 19 - September 8 as of 5/15/19 *

May 19, 2019
Daily Office Lectionary
Week of 5 Easter, Year One - BCP 962

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
  • Chalice Bearer & Prayers of the People: Julia Peavler
  • Lector: Mike Oder
  • Acolyte: Angela Goetter
10:30 a.m. - Rite II   
  • Chalice Bearer: Ron Gruzesky
  • Lector: Jim King
  • Acolytes:  
  • C: Josh Roll
  • T: Jordan Masters & Tori Word
  • Jubilee Streamers as available
  • Ushers: Kristi & Laura Buffenmyer
  • Altar Guild: T3 - Michal Smith-Mello, Scott & Kathy Kimbel
  • Men's Club: T4 - Darci Verry, Tim Agne, Charlie Caudill

COUNTERS:   TWO needed

VESTRY LOCKUP DUTY: Shannon Lancaster

COFFEE HOUR:     Reimbursable pickup - Shannon Lancaster

  • 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 University of the South: Dr. John M. McCardell, Jr., Vice-Chancellor; The Rt. Rev. Robert Skirving, Chancellor; The Rt. Rev. J. Neil Alexander, Dean, School of Theology.

Recently in need of prayers: Angela; Barbara; Crystal; Dan; David; the Duncan Family; Faye & Steve; Geoff; Jerry; Josh; June; Lauren; Mary; Nicole; Peter; Rebecca; Scott & Kathy; Vic.

Continuing concern: Anna; Betty; Collin; Darlene; David; Dillard; Doris & Charlie; Harry; Holly; Isaiah; James; Janet; Jean; Jim & Debbie; Jim & Fonda; Jinks; John; Julia; Lee; Lillian; Linda; Mac; Marilyn; Mary; Natalie; Penny; Polly; Rose; Sherri; and Willie. We also pray for those on active duty in the military: Daniel, Houston, Nick, Seth, and Tanner.

Birthdays: 5/19 – Ellen Thorsen, John Everett Fallis; 5/20 – Hayden Hoover.

Anniversaries: 5/25 – Geoff Pinkerton & Heidi Hiemstra. 

Recently Departed: Theresa Walton.


Part of the strength of this congregation is our care and concern for each other.
Please help us to do this by letting the church office know when you are ill, hospitalized, or otherwise in need of prayer and/or visitation. We especially want to serve you during these times. Call 502-223-0557 (messages are checked Tuesday thru Friday),
  • Prelude: Once more, my soul (Consolation / Morning song) - George Shearing
  • Opening Hymn: Hymn 603 - When Christ was lifted from the earth - St. Botolph
  • Gloria: S 280
  • Gradual Hymn: Hymnal 432 - O praise ye the Lord - Laudate Dominum
  • Gospel Acclamation
  • Offertory
  • Sanctus: S 129   
  • Fraction Anthem: S 167
  • Communion Hymn: Hymn 583 - O Holy city, seen of John - Morning Song
  • Closing Hymn: Hymn 490 - I want to walk as a child of the light - Houston
  • Postlude
Clergy and Staff

  • The Rev. William Jessee Neat, Rector
  • The Rev. Dr. William G. Brown, Assisting Priest (Retired) 
  • The Rev. Deacon Rebecca A. Saager, Curate
  • The Rev. Deacon Susan E. Kurtz, Deacon
  • Mr. John B. Martin, Director of Music & Organist
  • Ms. Mona Landrum Proctor, Parish & Financial Administrator 
  • Mr. David Gierlach, Sexton

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