October, 2016; Page 1


In honor of St.  Francis’ Day, I offer this humorous, but oh so true dog prayer.

Author Unknown

Now I lay me down to sleep,
The king-size bed is soft and deep.
I sleep right in the center groove
My human beings can hardly move!
I’ve trapped their legs, they're tucked in tight
And here is where I pass the night

No one disturbs me or dares intrude
Till morning comes and I want food!
I sneak up slowly to begin
my nibbles on my human’s chin.
For morning’s here and it’s time to play,
I always seem to get my way.

So thank you Lord for giving me
This human person that I see.
The one who hugs and holds me tight
And shares their bed with me at night!


See you in church.


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The Vestry discussed the search process,  stewardship dinner and Bishop’s visit.


Here is a new addition to our newsletter.  We are going to post a little biography of one of our parishioners each month.  We ask you all to consider doing this too.  We are the Body of Christ at Ascension and would love to know your journeys too.
Betty H.  Barnard

I was 17, a Methodist, a senior in a Baptist Girls School in Virginia.  We were required to attend our church every Sunday.  We were allowed a few Sundays to visit other churches and my roommate and I decided to visit a church closer to school, which happened to be an Episcopal church.

I had never felt as close to God as I knelt for the first time for prayer and I still pray better on my knees.  I knew then that I had found my church for life.  I married a Catholic and talked to his priest, but found I could not ever leave my church.  Years later Junie joined the children and me at Ascension.  His sister said he was a much better Episcopalian than he was a Catholic.

Through the years, I have had sad and low times, and before we had to lock the church I had to come to church to be alone with God.  I couldn’t always find my words for prayer but I could always find them in the prayer book.

I can’t end this without saying what my church family and my priests have done for me also in my low times.  I thank God and know I can always depend on them in happy and sad times.  

9 October will be the last day of Fr. Boss as our interim priest.  We will hold a farewell dinner after church on that day.

The triple Blessing program for October is white computer/copy paper.  

The service on 16 October (Court Days weekend), will be a gathering at Dr.  Janet White's.  It will begin with Morning Prayer at 10:00 AM, and will continue with a pot luck, fishing, hiking, etc.  Directions will be provided.

The Daughters of the King will hold their regular meeting on 2 October after church.  All Daughters and anyone interested in finding out more about the order are welcome to attend.  

There will be a Blessing of the Animals in honor of St.  Francis’ Day on Wednesday, 5 Oct.  at 6:00 PM in the prayer garden.  Bring any and all of your beloved pets to this event.

On 30 October at 3:00 PM, Bishop Caldwell will make his Episcopal visit to Ascension parish.  There will be a reception afterwards.  Details later.

On 28 October at 6:30 PM, Ascension Church will hold its Stewardship dinner.   There will be a costume party for those who wish to dress up.  The vestry will provide the meal.

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Gateway Children’s Services:  Ascension is working weekly with the Gateway children on building life skills, which includes 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,  hair elastics, and nail polish and remover.

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


ST. LUKE (18 October) The early Church's position was that St.  Luke wrote the third synoptic Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles. He accompanied St.  Paul on some of his missionary journeys (see in Acts where he wrote `we' instead of `he' in the narrative). He was a physician, and is therefore invoked for healing ministries.

ST. JAMES OF JERUSALEM (24 October, transferred) James was the first bishop of Jerusalem. He is called the brother of Jesus, but may have been a cousin. Family ties were so close at that time that cousins were called brother and sister.

STS. SIMON AND JUDE (28 October) Simon and Jude, also called Thaddeus, were apostles. Simon carried the light to Egypt and Persia, where he was joined by Jude. They were martyred together.

VIGIL OF ALL SAINTS (31 October) This day, called Halloween (from All Hallows Eve), has come to be a day to dress up in costumes and ask for treats. These traditions arose from Celtic traditions, and were to commemorate the beginning of winter. They have nothing to do with the holy day.


03 Sarah Ratliff        
13 Emma Nesmith        
15 Richmond Bramblet        
29 Danny Razor
29 Jessica Razor

02 Anne & Charles Bartels    
25 Matthew & Cynthia Wilson

10 Mary Hunter Spear        
13 Susette Johnson    
19 Kim Skidmore Shortridge      
20 Opal Hickey
25 Helen Herbert        
26 Launa Haynes    
26 Edward Avonmore Marye    
27 Lewis White
29 Fr. John Dews+
29 Scott Marye        


Here are the coffee hour hosts for October         

02 Norm and Justin Peck 497-9317
09 Becky Priest 498-3254
16 Parish picnic
23 Judy Ratliff 498-2151
30 Sallie and Mike Razor 498-8615

Here are the coffee hour hosts for November

06 Trip and Dawn Steele
13 Judy Bramblet 498-4164
20 Greg and Mindy Camp 497-0269
27 Matt and Cynthia Wilson 497-0213

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.