Volume 9, Issue #44 - November 14, 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.
Commitment Sunday, November 17

If you have not received a Stewardship brochure by mail, you may pick up one at church. 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.)
From Peter's Pen
by The Rev. Peter Doddema

This past week, Nicole and I moved to Frankfort. The movers delivered everything on Tuesday afternoon and now we live in a blessed, slightly bewildering sea of boxes 🙂. We have trees and water around us, and as I wake up each morning I give thanks for the "roads" in our lives that led us here: to our lovely home and to the Church of the Ascension. There have been many twists and turns, times of delightful journeys on level ground, and trying times of uphill struggle (and with it the feeling of barely holding our own or even of sliding backwards...). 

Through most of this time, we belonged to a church (in Kansas, when we lived there; in Virginia when I was attending seminary; etc.). Our ability to contribute to the church varied widely over the years: when Roman was a baby (and it seemed that all of our money went to diapers and formula), we gave less money and prioritized time to the church. As both Nicole and I finished school and began working, we were able to gradually increase our monetary giving. 

During times of financial hardship, we were prayerfully honest with God, with each other, and with the church ("We would like to fulfill our pledge, but ________ is happening in our lives and we just can't right now."). 

The bottom line is that life is full of change. 

While the Church of the Ascension definitely needs your support through gifts of your time, talent, and treasure, the result  of the giving is up to God. We are:

1) a deeply spiritual congregation (so we need people willing to pray, to lead and assist in worship, and to attend worship).
2) a compassionate and caring congregation (so we need folks to listen to and minister to one another, both within and outside our four walls).
3) a congregation blessed with a holy and beautiful worship space (so we need folks to contribute financially and through the use of their talents to maintain and enhance it).
There are many  ways to engage in this work. Finances are important, but they are not the only way to contribute to Church of the Ascension. As we celebrate Commitment Sunday on November 17, I encourage you to prayerfully consider how God is calling you to support this parish. Please fill out your form as God moves you, pray over it, turn it in on Sunday, and let God carry the responsibility for the results. 🙂
It is a blessing to have you as a part of this congregation! 

With Joy,
Friday, November 15
7:00 - 9:30 p.m.
Doors open for reception at 6:30 p.m.

YOU are invited!

This annual fundraiser for the Kentucky Conservation Committee (KCC) will be held in Ascension’s parish hall with Kentucky authors, artists, and filmmakers. This year's guests include authors Gurney Norman, Bernard Clay, Thomas Kiffmeyer, Dan & Judy Dourson, and artist Anna Marie Pavlik.

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.

Thanksgiving Day: Thursday, November 28, 7:30-10:00 AM

This walk to benefit the ACCESS Men’s Soup Kitchen started at Ascension years ago; 
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 see https://www.facebook.com/events/683042982189171/, contact Access at admin@accesssoupkitchen.com or call 502-223-5179.

Join in the Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting Service on Sunday, December 8, at 6:30 p.m., at First Baptist Church on St. Clair Street (park and enter from the back, to the social hall). The Frankfort Compassionate Friends chapter is one of over 700 groups that offers support for grieving parents, grandparents & siblings. No matter the age or circumstances of a child's death, we are here to help you along the road. We have meetings on the first Thursday and third Monday each month. For more information see Debbie Kimbrough or call 502-695-7039.

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. 

  • 11/3: $8,322
  • 11/10: $2,786
THE BROTHERHOOD OF ST. ANDREW will meet next on November 16, 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, December 1 (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: November 10 - January 26 as of 11/07/19 *

November 17, 2019
Daily Office Lectionary
Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost
Week of Proper 28, Year One – BCP 992
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: Will McKee
  • Lector: Mac Elliott
  • PoP: Frances Kirchhoff
  • Acolyte: Peggy Stoner
10:30 a.m. - Rite II   
  • Chalice Bearer: David Hurt
  • Lector: Pauline Van Horn
  • Acolytes:  
  • C: Natalie Agne
  • T: Lucy Saunderson & Peyton Heady
  • Jubilee Streamers as available
  • Ushers: Todd & Miller Elliott * (re-scheduled from last week)
  • Altar Guild: T4 - Rick & Sue Kurtz, Jim & Debbie Kimbrough, Jim King
  • Men's Club: T5 - Rick & Rob Kurtz, Bill Guy, Cynthia Campbell
COUNTERS:   TWO needed

& 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: St. John’s, Corbin.

Recently in need of prayers: Adriane; Bill; Bob & Angela; Candy & Tony; Dan; Daneen; 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 & Stella; 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: 11/18 – Darlene Stoeckle; 11/21 – Debbie Kimbrough; 11/22 –Michal Mello.


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, Pianist

  • Prelude: Just a closer walk with Thee - arr. Mark Hayes
  • Hymn in Procession: LEVAS 72 - Just a closer walk with Thee
  • Gloria: S 280 - All glory be to God on high
  • Gradual Psalm: Canticle 9 - The First Song of Isaiah - Isaiah 12:2-6  Ecce Deus
  • Gospel Acclamation
  • Offertory: Precious Lord, take my hand- arr. Mark Hayes
  • Sanctus: S 129 
  • Fraction Anthem: S 161 - Lamb of God
  • Communion Hymn: LEVAS 106 - Precious Lord, take my hand
  • Hymn in Procession: LEVAS 114 - Ev’ry time I feel the Spirit
  • Postlude - Ev'ry time I feel the Spirit - arr. Mark Hayes

  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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