December, 2013 Page 3

OUTREACH MINISTRIES

Gateway Children’s Services:  Ascension is working weekly with the Gateway children on building life skills, which includes the children preparing dinner once a month after the Wednesday Evening service.  There is always 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, and hair elastics.

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.

Other: The American Cancer Society needs volunteers to drive cancer patients in our community to and from their treatment appointments. Or you can become a volunteer with St. Claire Hospice. See Sally Purvis for details.


MAJOR FEASTS FOR DECEMBER

ST. THOMAS (21 December) Thomas was the apostle who insisted in seeing the risen Christ before he believed in the Resurrection; however, upon doing so, he made the leap of faith to "my Lord and my God". According to early tradition, He ministered in Parthia and India, where he founded the church at Malabar.  The tradition among Christians in India is that he was martyred near Madras, being speared to death.

CHRISTMAS DAY (25 December) While the precise date of the birth of Jesus, our Lord and Savior, is unknown, in Rome in 336, Dec. 25th was chosen to celebrate the Nativity of Our Lord.

ST. STEPHEN (26 December) Stephen was stoned to death for preaching about the risen Christ. Paul tacitly agreed with the mob's action.

ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST (27 December) Early Christian tradition indicates the Apostle John wrote the fourth Gospel and ministered in Ephesus, possibly wrote Revelations on the penal island of Patmos, and died a natural death around 100 AD.

HOLY INNOCENTS (28 December) This day commemorates the innocent male children under the age of two who were killed by Herod in an attempt to destroy the Messiah.

ANNIVERSARIES FOR DECEMBER

BIRTHDAYS

3 Mary Barnard
4 Teresa Goodpaster
7 Blane King  
10 Mary Ratliff 
10 Sam Razor 
15 Anna Lou Williams
16 Gordon Duffus
16 Lynn Motley
16 Judy Ratliff 
17 Daniel Rogers 
20 Darren Payne 
20 Morgan Woodford     
22 Mindy Camp     
27 Jim Ratliff                

WEDDINGS

3 Tony & Jennifer Walker
28 Laura & Scott Caudill  
29 Maureen & Will Ratliff   
30 David & Joy Malone
31 Mindy & Greg Camp

DEATHS

8 Byram Ratliff 
10 Oren Rawlins 
14 Paul Weckesser
16 Paulina Toms 
17 Marjorie Cosden 
19 Mary Mitchell
19 Adelaide Titus
23 Madeline Leader
24 Carol Waller 
26 Rose Barnes     
26 Patty Riley     
29 Margaret Smith
 
 
ASCENSION HOSPITALITY CALENDAR

Here are the coffee hour hosts for December: 
12/1 Gordon Duffus 498-9398 or 931-636-8866 
12/8 Tony and Jennifer Walker    
12/15 Matt and Cynthia Wilson 497-0213  
12/22 Betty and Mike Barnard 498-0481 (Betty) or 498-0807 (Mike)
12/29 Chuck and Ann Bartels 274-2947 or 585-4753

Here are the coffee hour hosts for January:
1/5 Alan and Katherine Blair 498-8039
1/12 Judy Bramblet 498-4164
1/19 Greg and Mindy Camp 497-0269
1/26 Patrick and Wendy Greer 498-9213


Contact information for Cindy+: Church office-859-498-3730; cell phone-931-636-8866; home phone-598-498-9398 Please leave a message if you can't reach her at the time you call.

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 e-mail her at plfarnell@hotmail.com.  Please put "newsletter" in the subject line so she opens it.


December 24- Christmas Eve Worship Service
10:30PM Caroling
11:00PM Holy Eucharist

Infant Jesus Bearer: Isabelle Schueler
Thurifer: Richmond Bramblet
Torch Bearers: Abbie & Maggie Camp
Banner Bearer: Terry Murphy
Acolyte: Cynthia Wilson
Chalicer/Intercessor: Mary Ratliff
Lectors: Brad Carrington & Mike Barnard
Ushers: Terry Murphy & Brad Carrington
Vestry Assistant: Sallie Razor
Readings:
Isa 9:2-7
Ps 96
Tit 2:11-14


December 29 (Christmas 1) will be Christmas Festival of Lessons and Music.
          
10:00AM HOLY EUCHARIST
The Readings will be:
LESSON I        Genesis (2:4b-9, 15-25) Mary Ratliff
LESSON II       Genesis (3:1-15)        Matt Wilson         
LESSON III      Isaiah (7:10-15)        Cynthia Wilson
LESSON IV      Luke 2:1-10             Jansje Huyck
LESSON V       John 1:1-18             Steven McGuire