February, 2014 Page 2


(The following is the first in a series from the Episcopal News Service [ENS])
When drought conditions worried Oklahoma City environmental groups, Ferrella March and Bishop Steven Charleston organized a gathering to pray for rain.  There was a downpour.
In Detroit, St. John's Episcopal Church held a worship service to pray for a winning season for the local baseball team, the Tigers. The team came within reach of the playoffs.
In Los Angeles, an emotional Bishop Jon Bruno told a Dec. 7 diocesan convention gathering that, while battling leukemia, "doctors gave me a one percent chance of living and I was perfectly happy to go."  Then came an outpouring of prayers for healing from family, friends and the diocesan and church-wide community. Now, a year later, doctors have declared him metabolically clear of cancer and he says he "felt all the prayers."
All of which raises questions about how prayer works, or does it? How do we understand our relationship with God if it appears our prayers aren't answered?  How, when and why to pray, and whether any prayer too small or too large? To begin to start to answer some of these questions, a range of Episcopalians across the church shared their experiences and understanding of prayer with the Episcopal News Service. Ultimately, they said: Just pray, pray and trust God.  

See you in church.

Treasurer’s report for the end of the year 2013:  
Income: $138,706.24;
Expenses: $139,928.36;
Check book balance: $9,953.41
minus pass-through and memorial fund= $8,638.12.

No minutes were available for December meeting. In the Rector’s absence, the Vestry had a short meeting and approved the Treasurer’s report. Senior Warden: Mary Ratliff updated Vestry on Gordon’s health status. Junior Warden: Greg Camp related that the furnace that heats the offices under the parish hall will need to be replaced this coming year. Hopefully, it will last through this winter. Next meeting: Sunday, February 9, 2014 after church.

The 118th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Lexington will be held from February 20-22, 2014.  The deputies from Ascension are: Matt Wilson, Mary Ratliff, Cynthia Wilson and Sallie Razor.  The alternates are: Judy Bramblet, Judy Ratliff, and Julia Waller.  Please pray for these people:
“Almighty and ever living God, source of all wisdom and understanding, be present with those who take counsel  at the Diocesan Convention for the renewal and mission of your Church. Teach us in all things to seek first your honor and glory. Guide us to perceive what is right, and grant us both the courage to pursue it and the grace to accomplish it; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.” (BCP, p. 818)

The Daughters of the King will hold their monthly meeting on 2 February, after church.  We will continue the study for membership on 9 February.  All Daughters and anyone interested in finding out more about the order are welcome to attend.