Volume 9, Issue #27 - July 12, 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.

We have known that we need a time of transition between Fr. Jessee’s departure and the arrival of our new priest-in-charge. This gives us the opportunity to reflect on the past eight years as we anticipate what the future will bring.

July and August are our transition time. Last Sunday, Fr. Bruce Boss was with us. Fr. Joe Pennington will be with us this Sunday, and Fr. Bruce will return for the last two Sundays in July. Mother Elise will here on August 4, then Fr. Bruce finishes the August Sundays.

The Vestry and I are pleased with the progress we are making in the search for our Priest-in-Charge, and we are confident that we will have the right priest for us by September.

So stay with us these summer Sundays, so we can continue to worship together and pray together for the new chapter of our parish life.

Leah MacSwords
Senior Warden
The Evensong service in honor of Father Jessee's retirement on June 30 was a touching tribute, with almost 200 people attending. So many people did so much to prepare for and execute the complexities of the service and the reception. They are too many to name individually, but thanks and congratulations to all for a job well done. And to Father Jessee and Jenny, thank you again for the last eight years!
Many thanks to all those who loaned fans!
If you have not yet picked up your fan,
check the church hallway at your earliest convenience.

As it turned out, we were able to get all of the A/C units operating just in time for the Evensong service, but the fans definitely did still help! Our Junior Warden persuaded the Frankfort Plant Board to come out on that Sunday afternoon and repair a "blown circuit breaker" on the electrical connection at the street. So right now, the church is comfortable again, although exactly what caused the circuit overload in the first place is still a mystery. The expected lifespan for these units is 20 years; ours are 28 years old and counting...
Book Buddies Mentoring Program

Church of the Ascension is partnering with First Baptist Church and Frankfort Independent Schools to create a literacy-based mentoring program at Second Street School, kindergarten through grade three.

We are looking for volunteers who will commit to one day a week at Second Street, usually during the lunch period, and read to a child. (I am checking to see if every other week would also be possible.) Our goal is to recruit 20 mentors by the end of July so we can start shortly after school starts. This could be a good lead in for recruiting future Reading Campers!

Teachers will decide which students need this service. Volunteers will need to undergo a criminal background check and a child abuse screening, and attend training provide by the school. Contact Ronnie Dunn at 502-226-0205 ( ronniedunn07@gmail.com ) or Deacon Rebecca ( curate@ascensionfrankfort.org ) to ask questions and/or sign up! 

“Over the past several weeks, The Episcopal Church has responded to the reports of inhumane conditions for children and other asylum seekers in government custody in a number of ways. This response includes calls for donations and goods from Episcopal dioceses on the border, prayers for those seeking safety, efforts to engage in advocacy, and pastoral messages from bishops around the Church.”

“We are children of the one God who is the Creator of us all,” said Presiding Bishop Michael Curry. “It is our sisters, our brothers, our siblings who are seeking protection and asylum, fleeing violence and danger to children, searching for a better life for themselves and their children. The crisis at the border is not simply a challenge of partisan politics, but a test of our personal and public morality and human decency.”

“The Episcopal Church, through the Office of Government Relations (OGR) and Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM), has compiled a list of resources, bishop statements, and information in response to the ongoing humanitarian situation at the southern border. The list of resources for education and support is available at  https://episcopalmigrationministries.org/response-to-the-border-education-and-advocacy/   and will be updated with ways to learn more and take action.” …

“The enormity of the challenge is daunting. It is easy to feel helpless to make a difference. While we cannot do everything, we can do something,” said Curry. “The links to resources of bishops and dioceses on the border, the Office of Government Relations and Episcopal Migration Ministries offer practical suggestions for how we can each and together do something.”

If you have questions or concerns about the Church's response to this topic,
please discuss with Deacon Rebecca ( curate@ascensionfrankfort.org ).

Friday, July 12, 2019 at 7 PM – 9:15 PM

Kentucky State Capitol

with Deacon Rebecca

Sundays, June 1 - August 18

All school-age youth are invited!
Gather in the parish hall at 9:15 a.m.
Laura Buffenmyer and Frances Kirchhoff will lead Vacation Bible School at the Stewart Home School , on the school premises. Helpers are needed to monitor and assist with various activities. These special students are regulars at Ascension’s Sunday morning services at 8:00 a.m. They are a joy and a blessing to all around them! Please contact Frances Kirchhoff ( francesck@ bellsouth.net or 502-227-0637) to offer your assistance.  
Sunday Offerings:
  • July 7: $6,485
Fair Share Expenses ARE INCLUDED, and the overdue amount from 2018 is now paid in full. Pass-thru and certain other non-operating income and expenses are NOT included.
THE BROTHERHOOD OF ST. ANDREW will meet next on July 20, 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, August 4 (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: July 14 - September 8 as of 7/12/19 *

July 14, 2019
Daily Office Lectionary
Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
Week of Proper 10, Year One – BCP 974

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: All ages 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: Chris Smith
  • Lector: Tony Charters
  • Prayers of the People: Candy Charters
  • Acolyte: Stuart Brown
10:30 a.m. - Rite II   
  • Chalice Bearer & Lector: Laura Buffenmyer
  • Acolytes:  
  • C: Geoff Pinkerton
  • T: Lucy Saunderson & Peyton Heady
  • Jubilee Streamers as available
  • Ushers: Scott & Kathy Kimbel
  • Altar Guild: T3 - Michal Smith-Mello, Scott & Kathy Kimbel
  • Men's Club: T2 - Jim Kimbrough, Jim King, Starla Yount

COUNTERS:   TWO needed

  • Leah MacSwords

COFFEE HOUR:     Reimbursable pickup - Leah MacSwords
  • 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: Christ Church Cathedral, Lexington – The Rt. Rev. Mark Van Koevering, Bishop Provisional of Lexington; The Very Rev. Carol Wade, Dean and Rector; The Rev. Brent Owens, Associate Dean; The Rev. Deacon Paula Ott.

Recently in need of prayers: Angela; Dan; the Duncan Family; Faye & Steve; Geoff & Heidi; John; Josh; June; Peter; Rebecca; Shawn; Vic.

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

Birthdays: 7/18 – Lucy Saunderson; 7/19 – Betsy Moore.

Anniversaries: 7/17 – Jennifer & Anthony Lee.


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.  Also, if we don’t have your birthday or anniversary on file, or if it appears incorrectly, please let us know!  Call the office at 502-223-0557 (messages are checked Tuesday thru Friday), or email curate@ascensionfrankfort.org
10:30 AM RITE II - John B. Martin, Organist

  • Prelude: Adagio - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Opening Hymn: Hymnal 502 - In Christ there is no East or West - McKee
  • Gloria: Hymnal 421
  • Gradual Psalm: Psalm 82 
  • Gospel Acclamation
  • Offertory: Toccata per l’elevazione - Girolamo Frescobaldi
  • Sanctus: S 124   
  • Fraction Anthem: S 161
  • Communion Meditation: Récit tendre pour le nasard - Gaspard Corrette
  • Closing Hymn: Hymnal 603 - When Christ was lifted from the earth - St. Botolph 
  • Postlude: St. Anne - Charles Callahan
Clergy and Staff

  • The Rev. Dr. William G. Brown, Associate Rector Emeritus 
  • 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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