Volume 9, Issue #36 - September 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.

Recently I sat down to worship at the Wednesday Mass.  When I opened my Prayer Book, I found that it had clearly been well-loved and well-used over the years. Pages were beginning to fall out and it was held together with tape.

Seeing that, I realized that I could do something to address this. Something that is both inexpensive and very meaningful: I could buy a new Prayer Book and dedicate it in memory of a loved one. 

So after worship, my checkbook & I went to see Mona in the office. We looked online and for $18.00, purchased a new Prayer Book. She also has bookplates available in the office (the thing you fill out and stick inside the front cover), which allowed me to dedicate this in honor of a baby that Nicole & I lost several years ago.

If you're like me, and tend to sit in the same pew every week, AND if your Prayer Book or Hymnal is wearing out, please consider purchasing a new one in honor of someone (or in thanksgiving for someone or some event in your life). See the process below. It's an inexpensive way to deepen your worship experience and beautify our church. Meanwhile, if you find a prayer book or hymnal that is missing pages or otherwise unusable, please remove it from the pews and place it on a table by one of the church doors.

With Joy,
Peter+ & Nicole

  • Prayer Book cost is $18 - Hymnal cost is $24 (standard pew editions).

  • Make your check payable to 'Church of the Ascension' and WRITE A MEMO ON THE CHECK for either 'Prayer Book' or 'Hymnal.'

  • You may put your check with the Sunday offering OR take it to the parish office.

  • You will be notified when your book is received, so you may make arrangements for the book's dedication inscription and initial placement (you may do this yourself, or ask the office to handle it).

Please understand that there is no guarantee that any book will always stay in the same pew or place in the church; prayer books do get moved around for various reasons. But be assured that your gift will be used and appreciated by the Ascension congregation for many years to come.

The Vestry recently accepted a bid of about $3,700 and work has begun on replacing the handicap access railing at the north/left front entrance to the church. Repair was postponed much longer than it should have been, and recently the railing completely failed and came apart in several places. It is now an urgent and immediate safety hazard, and the railing is needed by several parishioners. This is a significant unplanned expense coming at a tight-budget time of year for the parish.

Please help as you are able: make your check payable to Church of the Ascension and put “safety rail” in the memo line. Thank you!
Sunday, October 6, 9:30 a.m.
Bring your furry and feathered friends for a special blessing: cats, dogs, birds, and other domestic pets or farm animals. Animals must be leashed or caged and under control of the owner at all times.

Please feel free to join us for worship at 10:30 with your domestic pets!

ALSO COLLECTING cans and bags of PURINA I pet food for LIFE House. Bring your pet food donations to church during the month of October.
Frankfort P R I D E Festival
Saturday, October 12, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Old State Capitol Lawn

Will you take a shift at Ascension’s booth to reach out to members of our community?

Please sign up on the sheet posted on the parish office window,
or call the parish office at 502-223-0557.
Sunday, October 20, 8:00 & 10:30
This is a real-time worship teaching/commentary explaining various elements of the service. If you sometimes wonder why we do what we do, or if you know someone who would like to learn, this is definitely a service to attend!

Sunday, October 27, 8:00 & 10:30
Bishop Van Koevering will make his official annual visit to Ascension, attending both the 8:00 and 10:30 services as well as the Preacher’s Forum and Coffee Hour. He will administer the rites of Confirmation and/or Reception to presented candidates. If you would like to talk and learn more about becoming an Episcopalian, please contact Father Doddema as soon as possible ( fatherpeter@ascensionfrankfort.org ).

Friday-Saturday, November 1-2, Winchester
You are invited - see details at www.diolex.org

Wednesday, October 30 at 12:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 2, at 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 3 at 8:00 and 10:30 a.m.

Sunday, November 10, 8:00 & 10:30
This is a real-time worship teaching/commentary explaining various elements of the service. If you sometimes wonder why we do what we do, or if you know someone who would like to learn, this is definitely a service to attend!
Choir Rehearsals

Every Sunday

Meet at 9:30 a.m.
in the choir stalls

More singers are needed –
come join us!
Sunday School / Christian Formation Classes with

Every Sunday
led by Laura Buffenmyer.
All school-age youth are invited;
gather in the parish hall at 9:15 a.m.
SEPTEMBER RECEIPTS    9/1: $3,691     9/8: $5,413     9/15: $5,904

  • Ascension received $178.13 from Kroger Community Rewards© for the period from 5/29/19 to 8/27/19, for shopping by 27 households. To learn more about this program and learn how to participate, see https://www.ascensionfrankfort.org/kroger-rewards
THE BROTHERHOOD OF ST. ANDREW will meet next on September 21, 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 ( wleggwork@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, October 6 (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: September 22 - January 26 as of 9/19/19 *

September 22, 2019
Daily Office Lectionary
Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Week of Proper 20, Year One – BCP 984
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
  • PoP: Candy Charters
  • Acolyte: Peggy Stoner
10:30 a.m. - Rite II   
  • Chalice Bearer: David Hurt
  • Lector: Pauline Van Horn
  • Acolytes:  
  • C: Jordan Masters
  • T: Sam Agne & Josh Roll
  • Jubilee Streamers as available
  • Ushers: Scott & Kathy Kimbel
  • Altar Guild: T4 -  Rick & Sue Kurtz, Jim & Debbie Kimbrough, Jim King
  • Men's Club: T2 - Jim Kimbrough, Jim King, Starla Yount

COUNTERS:   TWO needed

VESTRY LOCKUP DUTY & Coffee Hour Coordinator this week: Pauline Van Horn
  • Vestry member responsible for lockup will also coordinate or supply snacks for Coffee Hour (reimbursable expense) and ensure kitchen cleanup is complete.

  • 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 Order of Bishops – The Most Rev. and Rt. Hon. Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop, The Rt. Rev. Mark Van Koevering, Bishop Provisional of Lexington.  

Recently in need of prayers: Adriane; Angela; Arlene; Bill; Dan; David; Debbie; Don; the Duncan Family; Faye & Steve; Geoff & Heidi; Greg; Janice; John; Josh; June; Lara; Shawn.

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

Birthdays: 9/22 – Wagner Elliott V; 9/23 – Abe VanHouten; 9/24 – Roger Stapleton; 9/25 – Nancy Robertson; 9/27 – Jim King, Jackson Kinnett. 

Anniversaries: 9/22 – Jack Bates & Iris Skidmore; 9/26 – Will & Pamela McKee.  

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
Pre-Planning for End of Life

Rite I or Rite II? Eucharist or no? Burial service in the church, or only a graveside committal? Special music, songs, readings, people? Please consider writing your preferences on a “Funeral Information and Burial Instructions” form, for secure long-term storage in the parish office. This confidential information will serve as a guide to the church and your family after your death. Ask Deacon Rebecca for a blank form, or download from our web site at: https://www.ascensionfrankfort.org/links

Return the completed form to Deacon Rebecca, Deacon Sue, or the parish office.
10:30 AM RITE II - John Martin, Organist

  • Prelude: Balm in Gilead - Joe Utterback
  • Opening Hymn: Hymnal 390 - Praise to the Lord, the Almighty - Lobe den Herren
  • Gloria: S 280, All glory be to God on high
  • Gradual Psalm: Psalm 179:1-9 Deus, venerunt    
  • Gospel Acclamation
  • Offertory: Were you there? - Kyle Pace, tenor
  • Sanctus: S 129 
  • Fraction Anthem: S 154
  • Communion Hymn: LEVAS 203 - There is a balm in Gilead
  • Closing Hymn: Hymnal 550 - Jesus calls us; o’er the tumult  - Restoration
  • Postlude: Lobe den Herren - Frank Ferko

  Ritesong Online Music Library
Clergy and Staff

  • The Rev. Peter Doddema, Priest
  • The Rev. Dr. William G. Brown, Associate Priest 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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