December, 2014 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.

MAJOR FEASTS FOR DECEMBER
ST. THOMAS (22 December, transferred)  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 (29 December, transferred) 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
01 Mia Groff
03 Mary Barnard 
04 Teresa Goodpaster 
10 Mary Ratliff Kedrowski   
10 Sam Razor 
13 Teresa Ware
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 
21 Michael and Amy Ratliff Frazier          
28 Laura and Scott Caudill        
29 Maureen and Will Ratliff 
30 David & Joy Malone 
31 Mindy and Greg Camp
    
DEATHS
 8 Byram Ratliff, Sr. 
10 Oren Rawlins 
14 Paul Weckesser
16 Paulina Toms 
17 Marjorie Cowden
19 Mary Mitchell
19 Adelaide Titus 
23 Madeline Leader 
24 Carol Waller
26 Rose Barnes
26 Patty Riley
29 Margaret Smith
31 Marjorie Onken

 
ASCENSION HOSPITALITY CALENDAR

Here are the coffee hour hosts for December  

07 Beverly and Joe King 498-2783 
14 Marge Neff 498-2548 
21 Martha and Darren Payne 498-5894
28 John and Shannon Peck 498-6544


Here are the coffee hour hosts for January
4 Becky Priest 498-3254
11 Jennifer and Byram Ratliff 498-1516
18 Judy Ratliff 498-2151
25 Sallie and Mike Razor 498- 8615


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.