Thank You from Reading Camp!

From Reading Camp Director Rebecca Saager: 

Reading Camp children and their families thank you. Here is a typical response: 

One parent told me that her child, a struggling reader, was extremely upset when she found out that her mother had enrolled her in a "reading camp" this summer. On the first day of camp, the child was quiet and reluctant to participate. By Wednesday, she was smiling and having fun. By Friday, she didn't want camp to end! Her mother said to me,  "I just wanted to thank you for inviting [name] to Reading Camp. She was so excited every day. She couldn't wait to tell me about her day. She says reading can be fun! On the last day coming home I had some errands to run; she read an entire book while I ran my errands!!! She wants to attend camp next year. She said the only bad thing about camp was that it only lasted a week."  

THAT is why we do Reading Camp!  I would like to add my own heartfelt gratitude for all the volunteers that gave of their time, talents and resources to participate in this ministry to reach out to some of God's children who are in need. 

The 2017 Frankfort Reading Camp is in the record books, and all involved proclaim a great success for the fifth consecutive year! Many volunteers, teachers, and buddy counselors worked tirelessly to ensure a fun and productive experience for the campers, and many donations of cash, food and other items helped to make the camp financially self-supporting. The campers expressed a newfound interest in reading; their wide variety of experiences in Reading Camp will help to make each one a more confident and interested reader.  

Our mission is to meet some of the educational, social and emotional needs of "struggling readers" each summer by providing a FREE week in a day camp environment. At Reading Camp each child receives intensive reading instruction geared to his/her needs, participates in groups with other children who share the same struggles, discovers that he/she is "smart" and reading is possible. Chances of summer learning loss that is so prevalent among at-risk students are reduced. 

Equally important, children grow socially and emotionally by enjoying experiences that they may not have at home, testing their confidence and abilities and discovering new skills, talents and interests. Most importantly, they develop relationships with adults that teach them trust and discipline, and increase their self-esteem. Reading Camp nourishes the mind, body and spirit, developing children holistically.

Please check out the Frankfort Reading Camp Facebook page for a view into the adventures of the campers: 

You can see pictures from previous years of Reading Camp HERE

This camp would not have been such a success without your support. Thank you. 
Ascension's commitment to outreach and social justice moved from Reading Camp wrap-up on Friday to the Lexington Pride Festival on Saturday, where we represented our congregation as affirming and accepting of all God's people. 

News & Announcements

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. 

ADULTS - "The Preacher's Forum" - Every Sunday, 9:15 a.m. - contact Father Neat ( rector@ ).

CAYA teens and young adults are on summer break; meetings will resume with the new school year. For more information, contact Kristi Buffenmyer (

HELP NEEDED: An adult attendant is needed in the nursery on Sunday, July 16, from 9:00 to approximately 11:45 a.m., while our regular nursery supervisor, Catherine Hatchett, takes a scheduled day off. If you can help, please respond ASAP to Frances Kirchhoff (  

With summer activities come changes to Sunday availabilities. Every week, 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 - see below.  
Treasurer's Corner

June - Weekly Income :    
  • 6/4/17 -   $  6,238
  • 6/11/17 - $  4,753
  • 6/18/17 - $  3,872
  • 6/25/17 - $14,677
THANK YOU to all of our Kroger shoppers! 
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. For more information on how to participate in this program, see 

MINSMinistries Schedule
 July 2 - August 27

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Fourth Sunday After Pentecost: Proper 8
Sunday, July 2, 2017

Daily Lectionary: Year One 
Week of Proper 8, Year One (7/2/17) - BCP 974

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8:00 a.m. - Rite I
  • Subdeacon: Susan Kurtz
  • Chalice Bearer: Mac Elliott
  • Lector : Pauline Van Horn
  • Prayers of the People: Pauline Van Horn 
  • Acolyte: Peggy Stoner
10:30 a.m. - Rite II     
  • Subdeacon: Susan Kurtz
  • Chalice Bearer: Mac Elliott
  • Lector: Jim Kimbrough
  • Acolytes: 
  • C : Jillian Word
  • T:  Dylan & Mia Kinnett
  • JS: Hannah Lee, Peyton Heady, Lucy & Charlotte Saunderson
  • Ushers: Jim King & Joyce Taylor
  • Altar Guild:  T2 - Faye Thacker, Rose Gayle Hardy, Agnes Parman, Ruth Feindel, Jan Riedel 
  • Men's Club: T3 - Roy Upshaw, Jack Bates, Charles Major, Fred Kirchhoff
COFFEE HOUR:   (Reimbursable Vestry Pickup - Rick Kurtz)  
  • Yes, we are still looking for Coffee Hour hosts and helpers! Vestry members have agreed to pitch in on Sundays when no one else is scheduled, but we encourage everyone to share in this ministry as you are able.  
  • Jan Stevens is our Hospitality Coordinator - contact her by email at If you would like to host Coffee Hour, please sign up on the printed sheet on the office window.  
COUNTERS:  TWO  n eeded

Intercessions for the Church:  The Deacons of the Diocese of Lexington.

Recently in need of prayers:  Audrey; Barbara; Bob; Collin; Dillard; Elena; Faye & Steve; Geoff; Jan; Jim & Debbie; Jon; Judy; Linda; Luke; Natalie; Polly; Risa and her new daughter; Walt & Betsy.

Continuing concern:  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.

7/4 - Marisa Frost; 7/6 - Artie VanHouten III, Taylor Hoover, Julia Tyson. 
  • Prelude:   Partita on Westminster Abbey: Meditation - Charles Callahan
  • Opening Hymn:  Hymn 518 - Christ is made the sure foundation - Westminster Abbey
  • Gloria:  S 280 
  • Gradual Psalm: S 413 - Psalm 13
  • Offertory:  Drop, drop, slow tears (Grant peace, we pray, in mercy, Lord) - Richard Shepherd
  • Sanctus: WLP 858
  • Fraction Anthem: S 161
  • Communion Hymn: Hymn 609 - Where cross the crowded ways of life - Gardiner
  • Closing Hymn: Hymn 525 - The Church's one foundation - Aurelia
  • Postlude: Partita on Westminster Abbey: Chorale - Charles Callahan
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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