Volume 9, Issue #38 - October 3, 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.
FROM PETER'S PEN

Two of the readings for this Sunday (Oct 6) are from Lamentations; both deal with grief and loss. As some of us read through it together, it brought up our own stories of pain and loss. In the midst of life, especially during the difficult times, it can be such a comfort to simply have someone who will listen, a place to put some of our pain. Listening can be a balm for our wounds.

As the collect for this Sunday notes, God is always more ready to listen than we often are to speak. As one person noted: "When I pray, I realize that I'm not alone - that God is with me." 

And, continuing with Lamentations, we journey with a loving, merciful God. One who not only listens, but understands, cares, and provides hope. Hope that we are not alone in the darkness. Hope that our current darkness is only one part of our life, not the final word. Hope that we are known and loved as we are. 

Please know that you are loved, known, and cared for. 

Peter+
BLESSING ALL GOD’S CREATURES
Sunday, October 6, 9:30 a.m.
Bring your furry and feathered friends to church this Sunday for a special blessing at 9:30: cats, dogs, birds, and other domestic pets or farm animals are welcome.

Please feel free to join us for worship with your domestic pets!

All animals must be leashed or caged and under control of the owner at all times.

WE ARE 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.
Why is St. Francis connected with praying for animals?
Throughout his ministry, Francis was connected closely with creation, but this is best illustrated by one of Francis’ most famous sermons, which he gave to a flock of birds. One day while Francis and some friars were traveling along the road, Francis looked up and saw the trees full of birds. Francis “left his companions in the road and ran eagerly toward the birds” and “humbly begged them to listen to the word of God.” One of the friars recorded the sermon, which overflows with Francis’s love for creation and its Creator:
“My brothers, birds, you should praise your Creator very much and always love him; he gave you feathers to clothe you, wings so that you can fly, and whatever else was necessary for you. God made you noble among his creatures, and he gave you a home in the purity of the air; though you neither sow nor reap, he nevertheless protects and governs you without any solicitude on your part.”
Thomas of Celano records that the birds stretched their necks and extended their wings as Francis walked among them touching and blessing them. This event was a turning point of sorts for Francis. “He began to blame himself for negligence in not having preached to the birds before” and “from that day on, he solicitously admonished the birds, and all animals… to praise and love their Creator.”
Frankfort P R I D E Festival
Saturday, October 12, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Old State Capitol Lawn

We need more helpers! 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.
INSTRUCTIONAL EUCHARIST, Part 1 of 2
Sunday, October 20, 8:00 & 10:30

This is a real-time worship teaching/commentary explaining various elements of the service. This time we will cover the Service of the Word. 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!

BISHOP’S VISIT
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. The undesignated plate offering on the occasion of the Bishop’s visit customarily goes to the Bishop’s Discretionary Fund; this year, Bishop Mark will donate 100% of these offerings to Reading Camp.


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


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


INSTRUCTIONAL EUCHARIST, Part 2 of 2
Sunday, November 10, 8:00 & 10:30
This is a real-time worship teaching/commentary explaining various elements of the service. This time we will cover the Table. 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 9/22: $3,227 9/29: $4,021
THE BROTHERHOOD OF ST. ANDREW will meet next on October 5, 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 9/26/19 *

October 6, 2019
Daily Office Lectionary
Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
Week of Proper 22, Year One – BCP 986
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, Lector & PoP: Julia Tyson
  • Acolyte: Angela Goetter
10:30 a.m. - Rite II   
  • Chalice Bearer: Ron Gruzesky
  • Lector: Jim King
  • Acolytes:  
  • C: Natalie Agne
  • T: Laura Saunderson & Peyton Heady
  • Jubilee Streamers as available
  • Ushers: Linda & Tori Word
  • Altar Guild: T1 - Suzanne Cox
  • Men's Club: T4 - Tim & Misty Agne, Charlie Caudill

COUNTERS:   TWO needed

VESTRY LOCKUP DUTY
& Coffee Hour Coordinator this week: Tim Agne
  • 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: St. Mark’s Church, Hazard.

Recently in need of prayers: Adriane; Angela; Arlene; Bill; Candy & Tony; 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; 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: 10/8 – Mac Elliott; 10/10 – Jack Mazaheri; 10/12 – Lindsay Hayes.  

NOTICE:
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. A 'Kentucky Living Will Directive and Health Care Surrogate Designation' Form is also available.

Ask in the office or one of the deacons for a blank form, or download from our web site at: https://www.ascensionfrankfort.org/links

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

  • Prelude: Slane - David Hurt, guest musician
  • Opening Hymn: Hymnal 405 - All things bright and beautiful - Royal Oak
  • Gloria: S 280, All glory be to God on high
  • Canticle: Lamentations 3:19-26 
  • Gospel Acclamation
  • Offertory: Prayer bells of heaven - David Hurt, guest musician
  • Sanctus: S 129 
  • Fraction Anthem: WLP 879 - Christ our Passover
  • Communion Hymn: Hymnal 660 - O Master let me walk with thee  - Maryton
  • Closing Hymn: LEVAS 189 - Great is thy faithfulness 
  • Postlude

  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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