Volume 9, Issue #42 - October 31, 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.

Don't forget to set your clocks
BACK one hour!

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Observed at Ascension this year on
Saturday, November 2, at 5:00 p.m., and
Sunday, November 3, at 8:00 and 10:30 a.m.

You are invited to add the name(s) of departed souls to the list on the office window, to be included in All Saints & All Souls prayers. 
From Peter's Pen

This Sunday we will celebrate two holy days: All Saints and All Souls. These days celebrate both the “famous Saints” of the Church (e.g., St. Mary; St. Paul; etc.) and the “common saints” of our everyday lives (e.g., people who have supported us in our life and our development as Christians).

All Saints (the commemoration of the “famous Saints”) was celebrated by the early Church within 300 years of Jesus’ return to Heaven. It was celebrated in the Middle East and elsewhere.

All Souls (the saints important in our individual lives) began to be celebrated about 1,000 years after Jesus, and seems to have begun in France.

The worship services look very similar to the regular Sunday service with a couple of notable exceptions:

1) We take time during the Prayers of the People to name the saints in our lives and to light a candle in memory of each of them.

2) We will use incense. Incense serves two functions: to symbolize our prayers going up to God as the smoke ascends; and to take us into a deeper place of worship by engaging our sense of smell as well as our ears, eyes, and hearts.

For those who are allergic to incense, we are limiting the use of it to the altar area. We want your senses engaged in a positive way.  🙂

As you journey through this service, I encourage you to be mindful of the saints in your life, to say prayers for them, and to give thanks for their presence and support in your life.

From Deacon Sue:

Several weeks ago, while assisting at the mid-week mass, I had an amazing experience and I wish to share it with you. It seems the appropriate time since this week we celebrate All Souls and All Saints. You may or may not have noticed that when I pray the Lord’s Prayer at the altar, I place my outstretched hands with my palms facing upward. 

One Wednesday while praying, I felt someone touch my hands. While continuing to pray, my mind was racing: Did I just feel someone touch my hands? No, it must have been the movement of the air around me. No, I really did feel someone touch my hand. No, I couldn’t have. I continued the rest of the service without missing a beat but continued to question what I felt. I took several days to ponder this before I concluded, yes, I truly felt someone touch my hands. 

This week (October 30) at the noon mass, we talked about those who have gone before us, and we prayed for all who have died. Fr. Bill mentioned in his homily that those who have gone before us, that “Communion of Saints,” continue to pray for us. I have been blessed, by God’s grace, to have prayed with one of those saints…. they reached out to touch my hands and let me know that they too are continuing to pray for me.  
Sunday, November 3

Watch for a Stewardship brochure to arrive in your mailbox very soon. This annual campaign is necessary to establish Ascension's working budget for the upcoming year. This year's theme is  Faithful - With Little, With Much, With All .

We are called to faithfully and graciously invest the gifts that God has given to us (i.e., time, talents, treasures), whether big or small, many or few. When we are faithful “with little,” God will honor us by allowing us to be faithful “with much,” meaning that God will increase our effectiveness and broaden our ministry landscape.

Please consider how much of your time, talent and treasure you can give back to God through Ascension. Pledges received by Commitment Sunday – November 17 – will help us plan a realistic budget to open the doors, pay the bills and more in 2020. (NOTE: Old pledges do NOT carry forward; a new pledge form is needed each year.) Extra brochures and pledge forms will be available on tables in the church. 
Friday-Saturday, November 1-2, Winchester

The Special Convention for The Episcopal Diocese of Lexington will address three specific things: 1. Elect deputies and alternates for the 2021 General Convention; 2. Approve a budget for 2020; 3. Affirm a collective vision for our diocese, after input from all corners of our diocese. In addition, one additional area has been added to the scope of the Special Convention: the Election of the 8th Bishop of Lexington. You are invited to attend! See details at www.diolex.org
for the Franklin County Emergency Food Pantry
Sunday, November 10

Please bring non-perishable items to church ON OR BEFORE NOVEMBER 10. Monetary donations may be made payable to ‘Church of the Ascension’ with a memo for the Food Pantry and submitted in the collection plate or to the office. All money goes directly for food purchases; no funds are used for administrative support.

CLICK HERE for a list of suggested items.

Every dollar, every can, every box makes a difference!
Part 2 of 2: Service of the Table
Sunday, November 10, 8:00 & 10:30

This continuation of our real-time worship teaching/commentary will explain various elements of the service covering 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!
to ring November 11

In 2018, "Bells of Peace" was launched by the World War I Centennial Commission as a special remembrance on the centennial of the World War I Armistice. Tens of thousands of communities, churches, organizations and individuals all over our nation and even in other countries came together for a moment of reflection to honor the people, events, sacrifices and consequences of the "War that Changed the World".

Last year Ascension's bell rang in unison. If you would like to ring the church bell this year on Monday, November 11, at 11:00 a.m., please contact Father Peter.

It is a means of showing respect and reverence to the horrific, the heroic, and the consequential. In order that these events do not fade back into the mists of obscurity, a National Bell Tolling is again planned on the 11th hour (local), of the 11th day of the 11th month. For more information, see ww1cc.org/bells . There is a smartphone app you can use as a countdown timer and to "toll the bell" on your device.
Friday, November 15

This annual fundraiser for the Kentucky Conservation Committee (KCC) will be held in Ascension’s parish hall with Kentucky authors/filmmakers. The evening includes a wine and cheese reception; authors will have books and prints on hand for signing. A donation of $20 is suggested for admission (or FREE with a new or renewed KCC membership, suggested donation $40).

The mission of the Kentucky Conservation Committee is to provide a trusted voice of the public in Kentucky’s capitol and throughout Kentucky, effectively advocating for protection, restoration and sustainable use of natural resources for the equitable benefit of all citizens in our Commonwealth.

For more information, see http://kyconservation.org/
Sunday, November 17
Return your pledges for 2020 support by this date to enable planning a realistic budget.
Thanksgiving Day: Thursday, November 28, 7:30-10:00 AM

This walk to benefit the ACCESS Men’s Soup Kitchen started at Ascension; 
it is now part of the Frankfort Striders Run/Walk Series. Sign-in begins at 7:30 a.m. inside the First United Methodist Church building at 211 Washington Street. For more information contact Access at admin@accesssoupkitchen.com or call 502-223-5179.

Every Sunday

Meet at 9:30 a.m.
in the downstairs choir room.

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.

Adults are invited to meet in the parish library at 9:15 a.m. every Sunday to discuss topics related to the sermon and readings of the day. 

  • 10/6: $5,034
  • 10/13: $5,835
  • 10/20: $6,621
  • 10/27: $3,354
THE BROTHERHOOD OF ST. ANDREW will meet next on November 2, 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, November 3 (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: October 20 - January 26 as of 10/31/19 *

November 3, 2019
Daily Office Lectionary
Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost
Week of Proper 26, Year One – BCP 990
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: Scott Mello
  • Lector & PoP: Michal Smith-Mello
  • Acolyte: Stuart Brown
10:30 a.m. - Rite II   
  • Chalice Bearer: Suzanne Cox
  • Lector: Pauline Van Horn
  • Acolytes:  
  • C: Jordan Masters
  • T: Julia Tyson & Craig Aossey
  • Jubilee Streamers as available
  • Ushers: Jim & Debbie Kimbrough
  • Altar Guild: T3 - Michal Smith-Mello, Scott & Kathy Kimbel
  • Men's Club: T3 - Roy Upshaw, Jack Bates, Fred Kirchhoff
COUNTERS:   TWO needed

& Coffee Hour Coordinator this week: Shannon Lancaster
  • 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: Province IV of the Episcopal Church – Cn Kathryn W. McCormick, Diocese of Mississippi, President, The Rt. Rev. Scott Benhase, Diocese of Georgia, Vice President.

Recently in need of prayers: Adriane; Bill; Bob & Angela; Candy & Tony; Dan; David; Debbie; Don; the Duncan Family; Faye & Steve; Geoff, Heidi & Ian; 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: 11/3 – Jane Emmett; 11/4 – Cathee Pinson; 11/8 – Angela Bullock, Tilley Warren.   

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: Jesus, keep me near the cross - Dale Wood 
  • Hymn in Procession: Presbyterian Hymnal 425 - Lord of light, your name outshining - Abbot’s Leigh
  • Gloria: S 280, All glory be to God on high
  • Gradual Psalm: Psalm 119:137-144 - Justus es, Domine        
  • Gospel Acclamation
  • Offertory: LEVAS 14 - Soon and very soon - Andrae Crouch
  • Sanctus: S 129 
  • Fraction Anthem: WLP 879 - Christ our Passover
  • Communion Hymn: LEVAS 29 - Jesus, keep me near the cross
  • Hymn in Procession: Hymnal 618 - Ye watchers and ye holy ones - Lasst uns erfreuen
  • Postlude - Toccata in d minor - Johann Sebastian Bach

  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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