Volume 9, Issue #9 - March 7, 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.
Wednesdays, March 13 - April 10
6:30 - 8:00 PM
Compline and/or Benediction (optional)
will immediately follow class.

I have much for which to be grateful, having been your rector for nearly 8 years. You have much for which to be grateful, because you are part of this community of faith.

I have chosen this book as a way to close out this chapter of our life together:  

by  Diana Butler Bass

You may order the book in the format of your choice from Amazon (linked above), or obtain it from any source of your choosing. To register for the class and receive a syllabus, please email me at fatherjessee@aol.com .

The Ordination of Sue Kurtz to the Sacred Order of Deacons will be held at Ascension on Sunday, March 24, at 5:00 p.m. This diocese-wide event will be followed by a catered reception in the parish hall. YOU are invited to share in this very special experience with Sue.

In order to help plan for the number of bulletins and amount of food for the reception, please let us know if you plan to attend: reply to Judith Spencer - email jspencer254@yahoo.com .

Also, remember that we are receiving donations for Sue to help defray the related costs she will incur for special vestments, communion kit, etc. If you wish to participate in this traditional form of support for the newly ordained, please make your check payable to Church of the Ascension and in the Memo section write "Kurtz Ordination." Thank you for your prayerful consideration as we prepare for this most joyful occasion. 

as of 2/28/19
"Holy Cow!" Survey:


Ascension parishioners are invited to complete the Church Assessment Tool (CAT) from Holy Cow! Consulting; this survey is an on-line instrument that will help our leaders gauge the strength, vitality, and trends in our church. The information gained from this assessment will be valuable in helping the Vestry as we make decisions about the future of the Church of the Ascension.

Parishioners should have already received an email with a unique link to the Church Assessment Tool (CAT). If you need a paper copy, please come to the office; we will provide one for you along with a self-addressed stamped return envelope.

All answers are strictly anonymous. We have no way of matching any assessment to a particular person, so please feel free to candidly share your perceptions, opinions and experiences. Our future together is dependent on your participation and honest answers.

If you have questions, please contact:
  • Vestry member Zachary A. Horn
(email zachary.a.horn@gmail.co m , phone 859-559-8862),

  • Senior Warden Leah MacSwords
(email lcmacs@aol.com , phone 502-545-0437).
Many thanks,
The 2019 Ascension Vestry
Leah MacSwords, Senior Warden
Jim King, Junior Warden
Tim Agne, Laura Buffenmyer, Ginni Fox, Ron Gruzesky, Rose Gayle Hardy, Todd Elliott, Zachary A. Horn, David Hurt, Shannon Lancaster, and Pauline Van Horn

  • 03/03/19: $3,942
Expenses in February include payment toward our remaining 2018 Fair Share Assessment, and our 2019 Fair Share Assessment.
June 17-21
Frankfort Reading Camp @ Ascension
THE BROTHERHOOD OF ST. ANDREW will meet next on March 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 ( williamlesterlegg@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, April 7 (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: March 10 - June 30 as of 3/7/19
March 10, 2019
Daily Office Lectionary
First Sunday in Lent, Year One - BCP 952

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: Godly Play classes are ongoing for age 2 through fourth grade. 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
  • Subdeacon: Sue Kurtz
  • Chalice Bearer: Will McKee
  • Lector: Frances Kirchhoff
  • Prayers of the People: Julia Tyson
  • Acolyte: Angela Goetter

10:30 a.m. - Rite II   
  • Subdeacon: Sue Kurtz
  • Chalice Bearer:Ron Gruzesky
  • Lector: Jim King
  • Acolytes:  
  • C: Josh Roll
  • T: Jordan Masters & Tori Word
  • NO Jubilee Streamers during Lent.
  • Ushers: Jim & Debbie Kimbrough
  • Altar Guild: T2 - Rose Gayle Hardy, Agnes Parman, Ruth Feindel
  • Men's Club: T1 - Geoff Pinkerton, William Legg, Pauline Van Horn, Skip Hunt

COUNTERS:   TWO needed

VESTRY LOCKUP DUTY: Laura Buffenmyer

COFFEE HOUR:     Reimbursable pickup - Laura Buffenmyer
  • 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 Spouses and Widows of the Clergy of the Diocese of Lexington.

Recently in need of prayers: Barbara; Donnie; the Duncan Family; Faye & Steve; Geoff; Lillian; Philip; Polly; Rebecca; Robert; Theresa; Vic; and Vivian.

Continuing concern: Anna; Betty; Bob; Carolina; Collin; Darlene; David; Dillard; Doris & Charlie; Harry; Holly; Isaiah; James; Janet; Jean; Jim & Debbie; Jim & Fonda; Jinks; John; Julia; Lee; Linda; Mac; Marilyn; Mary; Mildred; Natalie; Penny; Rose; Scott & Kathy; Sherri; and Willie. We also pray for those on active duty in the military: Daniel, Houston, Nick, Seth, and Tanner; and for Sue Kurtz, Ordinand, Sacred Order of Deacons.

Birthdays: 3/14 – Angela Goetter.   
  • Prelude: Orgelkozert nach Vivaldi: Largo - Johann Sebastian Bach
  • The Great Litany - S 67, BCP 148
  • Gradual Psalm: LEVAS 277, Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16  Qui habitat
  • Gospel Acclamation  
  • Offertory
  • Sanctus: S 122   
  • The Great Amen
  • Fraction Anthem: S 160
  • Communion Hymn: Hymn 442 - In the cross of Christ I glory - Rathbun 
  • Closing Hymn: Hymnal 142 - Lord, who throughout these forty days - St. Flavian
  • There will be no Postlude during Lent.
Clergy and Staff

  • The Rev. William Jessee Neat, Rector
  • The Rev. Dr. William G. Brown, Assisting Priest (Retired) 
  • The Rev. Nancy S. Farley, Assisting Priest (Retired) 
  • The Rev. Deacon Rebecca A. Saager, Curate
  • Mr. John B. Martin, Director of Music & Organist
  • Ms. Mona Landrum Proctor, Parish & Financial Administrator 
  • Mr. David Gierlach, Sexton

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