From the Rector

"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." (Matthew 6:19-21)
That quotation is a portion of the gospel for Ash Wednesday, the beginning of our Lenten season.
Lent is our season for self-examination and repentance by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and a time for reading and meditating on God's Holy Word. (BCP 265)
To aid in your Lenten journey, I urge you to take up one or more of the disciplines of praying the Daily Offices, spiritual direction, formal confession, weekly attendance of Sunday worship, or adding the Wednesday Eucharist to your Lenten rule of life.  
One of the most helpful things I have found to help me take stock of my spiritual life comes from the venerable Saint Augustine's Prayer Book that was first published by the Order of the Holy Cross in the late 1940s. Inside this devotional treasure, the Examination of Conscience is found, which we have put on our church web site at this link: Examination of Conscience.  I invite you to make use of this wonderful resource. 

These are but a few disciplines and if  you have questions about these or any other disciplines please don't hesitate to contact me or one of the other clergy.

Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday
March 7 - April 5, 2017


Welcome Silence begins at 5:15 PM. From 6:00 to 6:15 PM, we will observe the Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. All are welcome to attend either or both services.


Simple Supper
6:00 - 6:30 PM - Share a nourishing meal; optional and free for all participants.

Lenten Family Activity Series
6:30 - 7:30 PM - Family activities will focus on a variety of spiritual disciplines to help make your Lenten experience a more holy one. Please prayerfully consider making this a priority time for your family to spend together. All ages are welcome - children, family groups, singles & couples, and no advance registration is necessary. 

Lenten Book Study
6:30 - 8:00 PM, followed by Compline. Horizons of Mission, Volume 11 of the New Church's Teaching Series, by the Rev. Dr. Titus Pressler, will be our text and frame our discussions in a seminar format. Please register in advance - contact Father Neat ( rector@ No meeting on March 15. 

NOTE: Child care for pre-school children will be available on Wednesdays from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, with advance reservation. Contact Deacon Rebecca Saager to request child care, by the Sunday prior to need on Wednesday.
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CHILDREN - "Godly Play 1" and "Godly Play 2" - Every Sunday,  9:15 a.m. - contact Frances Kirchhoff (

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

CAYA meets on the second and fourth Sunday of each month,  at 5:00 p.m. in the parish hall. All teens and young adults are invited. For details, contact Kristi Buffenmyer (

SPECIAL this Sunday, March 5: Breakfast and Coffee Hour will feature authentic, freshly made beignets, prepared by Jim King and Men's Club Team 2 from an old Gulf Coast family recipe. Yum!

THE FIFTH AT FOUR: Sunday, March 5, at 4:00 p.m. at Ascension. Presented by Ascension and the KSU Division of Fine Arts: an organ recital by John Martin. Open to all. Organ enthusiasts - this combination of classical and modern pieces is not to be missed!  Reception following, in the parish hall. 

FAURÉ  REQUIEM performance, Sunday, April 2, at Ascension, 4:00 PM. KSU Concert Choir with members of Ascension's choir.  "Gabriel Fauré composed his Requiem in D minor, Op. 48, between 1887 and 1890. The choral-orchestral setting of the shortened Catholic Mass for the Dead in Latin is the best-known of his large works. Its focus is on eternal rest and consolation. He composed the work in the late 1880s and revised it in the 1890s, finishing it in 1900... A performance takes about 35 minutes."  (
HELP! Building & Grounds Spring Clean-Up
Saturday, April 8 
Outside cleanup begins at 8:00 a.m. Inside cleanup begins at 10:00 a.m. Bring your own tools and supplies, or check church supplies in advance. Please sign up for specific chores on the list on the office window, individually or in teams. For more information, contact Jim King (

HOLY WEEK -  April 10-15 - services to be announced

THREE DIVAS from KSU , Sunday,  April 30, at Ascension, 4:00 PM. Accompanied by John Martin.
Treasurer's Corner

February -  Weekly Income:   
  • 2/5/17  -   $9,891
  • 2/12/17 -  $5,322
  • 2/19/17 -  $3,258
  • 2/26/17 -  $2,926

Ministries Schedule

(REVISED - March 5-April 16)  PDF FORMAT

First Sunday in Lent
March 5, 2017

Daily Lectionary: Year One 
Week of 1 Lent, Year One (3/5/17) - BCP 952

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8:00 a.m. - Rite I
  • Subdeacon: Sue Kurtz
  • Chalice Bearer & Prayers of the People: Michal Smith-Mello
  • Lector: Mike Oder
  • Acolyte: Stuart Brown
10:30 a.m. - Rite II     
  • Subdeacon: Sue Kurtz
  • Chalice Bearer: Jim King
  • Lector: Reagan Napier
  • Acolytes: 
  • C : John Bullock, Tori Word
  • T:  Dominc Verry, Peyton Heady
  • Ushers: Todd Elliott & Esmee McKee
  • Altar Guild:  T2 - Faye Thacker, Rose Gayle Hardy, Agnes Parman, Ruth Feindel, Jan Riedel
  • Men's Club: T2 - Jim Kimbrough, Jim King, Starla Yount
COFFEE HOUR:   Men's Club T2 - Jim Kimbrough, Jim King, Starla Yount - Thank You!
  • Jan Stevens is our Coffee Hour 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
  • Scheduling contact is Kristi Buffenmyer, Sign up on the printed sheet on the office window. 

For the Church:  The Spouses and Widows of the Clergy of the Diocese of Lexington.

Recently in need of prayers:  Ann; Anna; Avadot & Amy; Bob; Collin; Cooper; Faye & Steve; Gail; Herman & Sherri; Lara; Mrs. Lesley; Linda; Natalie; Nancy Jo; Natasha, Mickey & Camron; Polly; Ruth; Walt & Betsy.

Continuing concern:  Alfred; Bettie; Bill C.; Bill N.; Billy B.; Bob; Caleb; Doris & Charlie; Dwight; Harrison; Hope; Jan; Jean; Jinks; John; Julia; Leigh G.; Maggie; Marilyn; Mike E.; Ruth; Sarah; Scott & Kathy; Twister, Barkley & Fran; and Willie. We also pray for those on active duty in the military: Daniel, Houston, and Seth.

Birthdays:   3/5 - Maggie Wunderlich; 3/6 - David Rossman; 3/7 - Miller Elliott, Rick Kurtz; 3/8 - Fletcher Mazaheri.

Recently Departed:  Jay Downs (father-in-law of Randy Hollis) 
  • Prelude: Wer nur den lieben Gott läßt walten (If thou but suffer God to guide thee)Helmut Walcha
  • The Great Litany: S 67 
  • Gospel Acclamation
  • Offertory         
  • Sanctus:  S 122
  • Fraction Anthem:  S 160 
  • Communion Hymn: LEVAS 187 - Tempted and tried we're oft made to wonder
  • Closing Hymn: Hymnal 142 - Lord, who throughout these forty days - St. Flavian
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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