Volume 9, Issue #51 - December 23, 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.

Thank you again to everyone who contributed to beautifying the church for the season by dedicating poinsettias.

You may pick up your flower(s) after the 10:30 Lessons & Carols service on Sunday, 12/29. Here is some info about how to care for poinsettias. "With good care, a poinsettia will last 6-8 weeks in your home."

Again this year, Ascension sponsored an ANGEL TREE to collect gifts for the children and families of Simon House. The gifts were presented at a gala Christmas Dinner & Party on Sunday, December 22. Guests included about 25 Simon House mothers and children, plus Simon House staff and board members and the Ascension volunteers who cooked and cleaned and decorated and organized and entertained.

Many thanks for your generous contributions to this project. In addition to the many angel packages, over $1,200 has been contributed toward this project for additional angel shopping, dinner for about 60 people, and a generous cash remainder gift to Simon House for use toward their most urgent needs.

Thank you, one and all!
“Sock It To Me Sunday” continues as your donations accumulate! Leave new men’s socks for the men’s shelter in the basket provided in the parish hall.

Also, the Daughters of the King are collecting travel-size toiletries from now through Epiphany, January 6, to place in the ladies’ and men’s restrooms at church. These items help our homeless visitors. Items needed include toothbrushes, travel-size hand sanitizers, soap, shampoo, conditioners, hand cream, skin cream, mouthwash, combs, deodorant, etc. Place in the basket provided in the parish hall.
by Shannon Lancaster

In the name of Invite, Welcome, Connect...
Let's Connect!

It's never too late to be a kid again. There is no place better to turn off the noise. That is how I feel about The Cathedral Domain. I would love to share The Domain with you.

If you would be interested in a parish/family/invite-who-you-want weekend for a quiet retreat, please email me, Shannon Lancaster, at shanl82861@gmail.com by JANUARY 16. We will discuss at the annual parish meeting on January 19.
Sunday, January 19, 2020

Annual Meeting
will be held after the 10:30 service,
with the traditional pot-luck luncheon.
Plan to be there!

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. 

  • 12/1: $3,896
  • 12/8: $2,780
  • 12/15: $13,460
  • 12/22: $15,033

As the end of the calendar year approaches, please be aware that all donations you wish to deduct for tax year 2019 MUST BE RECEIVED no later than Sunday, December 29, for deposit by December 31.

2019 PLEDGES: Watch your email this week for a “2019 Pledge Progress Statement.” All pledge payments for 2019 must be received by December 31. Please contact Mona in the parish office immediately if you have any questions about your 2019 pledge status.

If you have not yet turned in your stewardship pledge form for 2020, please do so before December 31, as we are in the final stages of preparing the 2020 budget.

If you give by an automated bank donation (ACH), please be sure to re-confirm the amount of the withdrawal for 2020 with our office, and also submit a new pledge form. (You may set up a new automated donation at any time.)

As of December 31, all 2019 pledges will be reset to zero, including any unpaid remainders. The new 2020 pledges take effect on January 1. All “pledge payments” received on or after January 1 will count toward 2020, not 2019.

By January 31, 2020, you will receive an itemized statement listing all of your 2019 giving – including “donations in kind.”

If you have any questions about donations or pledges, please contact Mona Proctor in the parish office: call 502-223-0557 or email info@ascensionfrankfort.org .

Thank you for all the time, treasure and talent you donated in 2019!

THE BROTHERHOOD OF ST. ANDREW will meet next on January 4, 2020 (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, January 5 (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: December 1 - January 26 as of 11/27/19 *

December 29, 2019
Daily Office Lectionary
First Sunday after Christmas, Year Two – BCP 941
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 & PoP: Frances Kirchhoff
  • Acolyte: Angela Goetter
10:30 a.m. - Rite II   
  • Chalice Bearer: Zachary Horn
  • Acolytes:  
  • C: Julia Tyson
  • T: Charlotte Saunderson & Natalie Agne
  • Jubilee Streamers as available
  • Ushers: Kristi & Laura Buffenmyer
  • Altar Guild: T3 -  Michal Smith-Mello, Scott & Kathy Kimbel
  • Men's Club: T1 - William Legg, Pauline Van Horn, Skip Hunt
COUNTERS:   TWO needed

& Coffee Hour Coordinator this week: Laura Buffenmyer
  • 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. Andrew, Fort Thomas – The Rev. Jeffrey Queen, Rector.

Recently in need of prayers: Bill; Bob & Angela; Candy & Tony; Carrie & Shawn; Daneen; Edith & Marion; Heidi & Ian; Greg; Josh; Marie; Mike & Susie; Shelley & Cody.

Continuing concern: Betty; Collin; Dan; Darlene; David; Debbie; Dillard; Doris; the Duncan Family; Erika; Faye & Steve; Gillian; Ginni & Vic; Holly; Isaiah; James & Stella; Janet; Janice; Jean; Jim & Debbie; Jinks; John; Julia; June; Lara; Linda; Mac; Marilyn; Mary; Melissa; Natalie; Polly; Scott & Kathy; Sherri; and Tom. We also pray for those on active duty in the military: Daniel, Houston, Mary Jo, Nick, Seth, Tanner, and Walter.
Birthdays: 12/30 – Craig Aossey.


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 to the parish office.

- John B. Martin, Organist

8:00 & 10:30
  • Prelude: I wonder as I wander - John Jacob Niles, arr. Craig Curry
  • Hymn in Procession: Hymnal 102 - Once in royal David’s city - Irby
  • First Carol: Hymn 59 - Hark a thrilling voice is sounding
  • Second Carol: Hymn 265, v. 1-2 - The Angel Gabriel
  • Third Carol: Hymn 265, v. 3-4 - The Angel Gabriel
  • Fourth Carol: Hymn 100 - Joy to the World
  • Fifth Carol: Hymn 93 - Angels, from the realms of glory
  • Sixth Carol: Hymn 324 - Let all mortal flesh keep silence
  • Seventh Carol: Hymn 96: Angels we have heard on high
  • Offertory

  • Sanctus: S 130 - Holy, holy, holy
  • Fraction Anthem: S 164 - Jesus, Lamb of God
  • Communion Hymn: Hymnal 112 - In the bleak mid-winter - Cranham
  • Post Communion Hymn: Away in a manger
  • Hymn in Procession: Hymnal 107 - Good Christian friends - In dulce jubilo

There will not be a Postlude during Advent.

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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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