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Volume 7, Issue #25
June 22, 2017
Summer Solstice Sunbeam
Click to watch the beam illuminate the altar cross:
A beam of natural light falls directly onto the cross at Ascension's altar from special triangular windows twice a year: from one window at the summer solstice, and from another at the winter solstice. Watching the natural spotlight progress straight up the middle banister, onto the wooden altar, then set the cross ablaze as the sanctuary dimmed, was dazzling.
(photos by D. Gierlach & M. Proctor)
Reading Camp Report
'Avatar' the service dog enjoys story time with the campers!
Photo by Debbie Davis Kimbrough
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THE 2017 FRANKFORT READING CAMP is going full steam ahead at Ascension this week, with packed schedules every day. About 30 campers (4th and 5th graders) arrive at 8:00 a.m., eat breakfast, and spend time journaling. Then they're off to small group activities in the upstairs classrooms that focus on building reading skills, confidence and interest. They are served a healthy lunch, typically followed by story time (ask a certain retired school principal about "Miss Mouse"). A teen counselor is assigned to each camper for individual attention throughout the day. Avatar and other 'working' dogs enjoy hanging around and listening oh, so patiently to campers who are encouraged to read aloud.
Afternoons are on the go, with daily field trips. Campers have the opportunity to check out books from the public library, learn about our water supply on a river walk, 'throw' a dish at a local pottery, ride the trains at the Saagers' Heavenly Hilltop Railroad, enjoy swimming/water games, and more. They return to home base for a little more journal time at the end of each day. A celebratory ice cream social with their families is planned for Friday afternoon, and each camper will leave with a backpack containing books they have selected to keep for their own, t-shirts with the Reading Camp logo, and more.
Led by Deacon Rebecca Saager, many Ascension parishioners have stepped up as staff, volunteers and supporters to make this Reading Camp possible. Feeding two meals a day to 50+ people involves a number of tireless cooks, servers, and dishwashers (with special thanks to Jan Stevens and Roy Upshaw). Small group activities, story times, music and drama sessions are led by experienced educators and performers. Field trips in buses borrowed from neighboring churches require drivers and chaperones. Teen counselors bring a special level of connection and fun for the campers, and perform a myriad array of tasks to help everything run smoothly. Generous donors keep the camp's finances on target, and free to the campers. Trying to list all the names here would create the opportunity to miss someone, but you know who you are - the Ascension superstars who have made a lasting impact on so many young lives this week.
Bless you and thank you, one and all!!!
CHILDREN - Music Education led by Christina Mazaheri is replacing Godly Play through June and July - all ages are welcome to come and join the fun! Gather in the Parish Hall every Sunday at 9:15 a.m.
CAYA teens and young adults are on summer break; meetings will resume with the new school year. For more information, contact Kristi Buffenmyer (
DUELING PIANOS CONCERT
- this Sunday, June 25, 3:00 p.m. at Immanuel Baptist Church, 1075 Collins Lane, Frankfort. Admission free; monetary donations accepted at the door all proceeds benefit the Franklin County Humane Society. Featuring: Gabrielle Gayheart, Roland Herzel, Gary Johnson & John Martin
HELP! SUMMER SCHEDULES FOR MINISTRIES -
With summer activities come changes to Sunday availabilities.
please check the "Ministries Schedule" that is posted on the office window to review your upcoming assignments over the next few weeks. If you know you will not be available on a particular date(s), or if you need to be on a different team rotation, please mark that schedule as far in advance as possible -OR- tell or email Deacon Rebecca (
The same schedule is always included in the eWeekly newsletter as a PDF file -
- 6/4/17 - $ 6,238
- 6/11/17 - $ 4,753
- 6/18/17 - $ 3,872
The Kroger Community Rewards program is contributing $257.52 to Ascension for the period from 3/1/2017 to 5/31/2017, based on shopping rewards for 24 households. THANK YOU to all of our Kroger shoppers! For more information on how to participate in this program, see
- Please check this schedule EVERY WEEK to review your upcoming Sunday duties for the next few weeks. The same schedule is posted on the office window - please write in changes there, as needed, or notify Deacon Rebecca Saager.
- This schedule includes acolytes, chalice bearers, lectors, altar guild and men's club teams, coffee hour hosts, and vestry lockup duties, plus dedications for altar flowers.
- To share your time and talent in a new ministry, change your team assignment(s), change your availability for a future Sunday, or change duties assigned for THIS Sunday, please contact Deacon Rebecca Saager (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Third Sunday After Pentecost: Proper 7
Sunday, June 25, 2017
Daily Lectionary: Year One
Week of Proper 7, Year One (6/25/17) - BCP 972
8:00 a.m. - Rite I
- Subdeacon: Susan Kurtz
- Chalice Bearer: Scott Mello
: Michal Smith-Mello
- Prayers of the People: Mac Elliott
- Acolyte: Angela Goetter
10:30 a.m. - Rite II
- Subdeacon: Susan Kurtz
- Chalice Bearer: Ron Gruzesky
- Lector: Jim King
- Ushers: Kristi & Laura Buffenmyer
- Altar Guild: T2 - Faye Thacker, Rose Gayle Hardy, Agnes Parman, Ruth Feindel, Jan Riedel
- Men's Club: T2 - Jim Kimbrough, Jim King, Starla Yount
(Reimbursable Vestry Pickup - Rose Gayle Hardy)
- Jan Stevens is our Hospitality Coordinator - contact her by email at email@example.com. If you would like to host Coffee Hour, please sign up on the printed sheet on the office window.
VESTRY LOCKUP DUTY: Rose Gayle Hardy
Intercessions for the Church:
Holy Trinity Church, Georgetown.
Recently in need of prayers: Audrey; Barbara;
Bob; Collin; Dillard; Elena; Faye & Steve; Geoff; Jan; Jim & Debbie; Judy; Linda; Luke; Natalie; Polly; Walt & Betsy.
Ann; Bettie; Cody & Shelley; David; Debbie; Doris & Charlie; Duncan & Jo; Gail; Jean; Jinks; John; Julia; Lara; Marilyn; Ruth; Scott; Scott & Kathy; Shelia; Sherri; and Will & Trish. We also pray for those on active duty in the military: Daniel, Houston, Nick, and Seth.
6/26 - Jane Bates; 6/27 - Noah Campbell; 7/1 - John Martin.
6/29: Bill & Linda Brown.
- Prelude: O, how beautiful the sky - Paul Manz
- Opening Hymn: Hymn 372 - Praise to the living God - Leoni
- Gloria: S 280
- Gradual Psalm: S 413 - Psalm 86:1-10, 16-17
- Offertory: Verleih uns Frieden (Grant peace, we pray, in mercy, Lord) - Frank Ferko
- Sanctus: WLP 858
- Fraction Anthem: S 161
- Communion Hymn: Hymn 675 - Take up your cross, the Saviour said - Bourbon
- Closing Hymn: Hymn 537 - Christ for the world we sing! - Moscow
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. Linda McCloud, 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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