December, 2015; Page Three

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  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 (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, by spearing.

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 (28 December transferred)   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 
3 Mary Barnard    
10 Mary V. Ratliff
10 Sam Razor
13 Teresa Ware
15 Anna Lou Williams
16 Gordon Duffus
16 Judy Ratliff    
17 Daniel Rogers
20 Darren Payne    
20 Morgan Woodford             
22 Mindy Camp
23 Elisabeth Nessmith
27 Jim Ratliff

WEDDINGS
03 Tony & Jennifer Walker           
29 Maureen & Will Ratliff     
21 Michael & Amy Ratliff Frazier
31 Mindy & Greg Camp

DEATHS
08 Byram Ratliff    
10 Oren Rawlins
14 Paul Weckesser
15 Adelaide Titus
16 Paulina Toms    
17 Marjorie Cosden
19 Mary Mitchell
19 Adelaide Titus
23 Madeline Leader
24 Carol Waller    
26 Rose Barnes
26 Patty Riley
31 Marjorie Onken

ASCENSION HOSPITALITY CALENDAR
Here are the coffee hour hosts for December    
06 Martha and Darren Payne 498-5894
13 Bishop's visitation- Pot luck luncheon
20 John and Shannon Peck 498-6544
27  Becky Priest 498-3254

Here are the coffee hour hosts for January
03 Byram Ratliff 498-1516
10 Judy Ratliff 498-2151
17 Sallie and Mike Razor 498- 8615
24 Matt and Cynthia Wilson 274-3785
31 Betty and Mike Barnard 498-0481

Contact information: Church office-859-498-3730; Please leave a message if you can't reach us 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.