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FROM THE EDITOR

Ash Wednesday is the beginning of Lent. Originally, new converts were not allowed into the church after the offertory until they had been baptized; this was traditionally done at the Easter vigil. To prepare for their baptism, the convert spent a week in fasting and repentance as a preparation. This was later expanded to fasting and repentance for all Christians, and eventually the time was fixed at 40 days (a time period considered as a holy time, e. g. 40 days in the wilderness, etc.). Sundays are not included since they are the weekly celebration of Easter and are thus always feast times.

Fasting means three meals a day with no snacking between, one regular meal and two small ones. Abstinence means no meat or fowl; during Lent this is usually practiced on Wednesdays and Fridays. Many people give up something for Lent as a symbol of their repentance; unfortunately, this has become a means to lose weight or some such thing. I have a suggestion; instead of giving something up, why not take something on? Read passages from the Bible, attend Lenten study, do some special volunteer work.

Have a Holy Lent.

See you in church.

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DAUGHTERS OF THE KING

The Daughters of the King will hold their regular meeting on 5 March in the parlor. All Daughters and anyone interested in finding out more about the order are welcome to attend.

VESTRY

The next Vestry meeting will be 19 March after church.

After work March 10, Friday  taping and priming in church office and downstairs parish hall       Beer and Pizza provided.

ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE

There will be a service with Imposition of ashes on Ash Wednesday at 6:30 PM

TRAINING

On Saturday, March 4, at 9:30am  there will be training for lay readers. Anyone wishing to be a lay reader or just wanting a refresher should attend this training.

LENTEN STUDIES

March 7, Tuesday  Nora Rose”Rosie” Moosnick,   sociologist, author of “Arab and Jewish Women in Kentucky”

March 16, Thursday  Dr. Nadia Rasheed, M.D.  physician , Muslim interfaith activists

March 23 , 2017  Thursday,  Daniela Herzog  from Furnace Mountain Zen Retreat Center 

March 30, 2017  Thursday  Paul Prather  pastor, author, journalist

April 6, 2017 Thursday   Human Trafficking

Soup and salad and bread, sign up sheets will be posted in parish hall

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OUTREACH MINISTRIES

Gateway Children’s Services:  Ascension is working weekly with the Gateway children on building life skills, which includes an on-going need of the following items for the Gateway Teens: socks, undershirts (large and extra large), twin sheets, towels, pencils, drawing pads, journals.  PG-13 movies, games, puzzles, puzzle books, soap, shampoo, lotion,  hair elastics, and nail polish and remover.

M&M Food Pantry: They always need food, donations, and substitute workers.  They especially need baby food, canned fruit, dried beans, Spaghetti O’s, tuna fish, and tuna helper dinners and powdered milk.  Please continue to bring your offerings for the plate and our basket

MAJOR FEASTS FOR MARCH

ASH WEDNESDAY (1 March)   This, the first day of Lent, is a day for repentance and the beginning of our preparation for Easter.  Imposition of ashes is a symbol of our mourning for the hurt we have done through our sins.

ST. JOSEPH (20 March, transferred)   St. Joseph was Our Lord's earthly foster father.  He believed God when he was told that Mary's baby was a holy child and raised Him as a loving father should.

THE ANNUNCIATION (25 March)   On this day, we commemorate the announcement to Mary hat she would bear the Son of God, who would save the world.  Mary accepted the unbelievable statement God made to her as true and accepted the possible shame of seeming to have conceived a child out of wedlock.

ANNIVERSARIES FOR MARCH
BIRTHDAYS

2 Justin Peck        
14 Taylor Marye Baker    
15 Mike Razor        
15 Janet Shrout
16 Anissa Bartels
17 Fran Granger        
17 Inez Hemmingson        
18 Isabelle Schueler
22 Joe King        
25 R. J. Ratliff III        
25 Deford Shrout    
27 Pat Waggoner
28 Mabel Marye

DEATHS
1 Erma Hurlbut White        
5 Laura Hargrave    
9 David Huyck    
12 C. M. Perkins III
13 Lula Collins        
17 Sandra Stoddard

ASCENSION HOSPITALITY CALENDAR
Here are the coffee hour hosts for March        
5 Jansje Huyck 497-9973
12 John and Shannon Peck 498-6544
19 Martha and Darren Payne 498-5894
26 Norm Peck 497-9317

Here are the coffee hour hosts for April
2 Becky Priest 498-3254
9 Sallie and Mike Razor 498-8615
16 Easter Brunch
23 Trip and Dawn Steele
30 Matt and Cynthia Wilson


If you know you will not be available to serve at the altar, let Pat Farnell know the month before so she won't schedule you.  If anyone would like to add announcements to the newsletter, let her know or call at (606) 784-4012 or e-mail her at plfarnell@hotmail.com.  Please put "newsletter" in the subject line so she opens it.