February, 2015 Page 2

FROM THE EDITOR

Have you ever felt that life is just too much to bear?  When you just can’t go on anymore, take a moment to remember what God says about this kind of thing.  Below is a list of feelings and God’s response to them, with the Bible verse referring to it.

You say: It’s impossible

God says: All things are possible (Luke 18:27)

You say: I’m too tired

God says: I will give you rest (Matt 11:28-30)

You say: Nobody loves me

God says: I love you (John 3:16)

You say: I can’t go on

God says: My grace is sufficient (II Cor 1:9)

You say:I can’t figure it out

God says: I will direct your steps (Prov 3:5-6)

You say: I can’t do it

God says: You can do all things (Phill 4:13)

You say: I’m not able

God says: I am able (II Cor 9:8)

You say: It’s not worth it

God says: It will be worth it (Romans 8:28)

You say: I can’t forgive myself

God says: I forgive you (Romans 8:1)

You say: I’m afraid

God says: I have not given you fear (II Tim 1:7)

You say: I’m always worried

God says: Cast all your cares on me (I Peter 5:7)

You say: I'm not smart enough

God says: I will give you wisdom (I Cor 1:30)

You say: I feel all alone

God says: I will never leave you (Heb 13:5)

You say: I can’t manage

God says: I will supply all your needs (Phil 4:19)

Well; it seems He has thought of everything we have problems with and prepared an answer for it. A nice way to begin Lent.

See you in church.


VESTRY
Treasurer’s report for Dec:
Income: $6,188;
Expenses: $10,483.99;
Check book balance of $12,762.83
minus pass-through and memorial fund =$11,346.35.

*Vestry approved the Treasurer’s report and minutes.
*New Business: Jansje Huyck nominated for Sr. Warden. Elections of Julia Waller-Jr. Warden; Brenda Skidmore- Treasurer; Cynthia Wilson-Clerk.
*Appointments of Committee chairs: Finance/Stewardship/Publicity: Byram Ratliff, John Peck, Jennifer Walker;
Fellowship/Newcomers: Becky Priest;
Outreach: Jansje Huyck;
Christian Formation: Byram Ratliff;
Worship: Marge Neff, Sallie Razor, Jansje Huyck. 
*Old Business: Triple blessings for February- pet safe salt for snow/ice on the sidewalks. 
*Sr.and Jr. Warden: John Peck volunteered to fix or replace vacuum cleaner ($200 max).
*Cindy related Greg got approval with insurance about fixing leak in roof. We voted to pay the deductible of $500 from paint and choir robes funds.
*Bill Skidmore has begun replacing lights in parish hall.
*Committee Reports:
Fin/Steward/Hosp.: Audit committee- Marge, Byram, Jansje.
Worship: Byram will organize Shrove Tuesday Pancake supper.
We agreed to have 2 services on Ash Wed.
Outreach: Gateway teens will be learning about job search.
Christian Formation: Byram has been teaching Exodus. 
*Next meeting: Sunday, February 8 after church.

ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICES
On Wed., February 18, we will have Holy Eucharist with the imposition of ashes at noon and 7:00 PM.  Please come and make a holy start to the observance of Lent.

DAUGHTERS OF THE KING
Daughters of the King will hold their regular meeting on February 1 after church. All Daughters and anyone interested in finding out more about the order are welcome to attend.

TRIPLE BLESSING PROGRAM
Thanks to everyone who brought items for the month of January.  For February, we are asking people to bring in pet-friendly bags of salt for ice/snow on sidewalks and 12 ounce plastic cups. Please don't forget to sign up your Kroger card for Ascension church.

STONE SOUP LENTEN STUDY
Our Lenten study this year will be on four Wednesday nights from March 4 through March 25. We will meet at 6:00 p.m. for soup and salad with the study starting at 6:30 p.m. We will end with Compline by 7:30 p.m.

119TH ANNUAL DIOCESAN CONVENTION
Our Diocesan Convention will be at the Morehead Convention Center, 111 East First Street, Morehead, from Thursday, Feb 19. through Saturday, Feb. 21. Our deputies are Jansje Huyck, Mary Ratliff, Sallie Razor and Pat Farnell.  Please keep them in your prayers, as well as all the deputies and clergy.