Church of the Ascension and Emmanuel Church are part of the Episcopal Diocese of Montana, which is one of the 109 dioceses of The Episcopal Church. The Episcopal Church is a part of the worldwide Anglican Communion which includes over 80 million members spread throughout 160 countries.
“A mini catechism used at baptisms and on Easter and other special occasions, the Baptismal Covenant opens with a question-and-answer version of the statement of faith that is the Apostles’ Creed and adds five questions regarding how we, as Christians, are called to live out our faith.”
Celebrant: Do you believe in God the Father? People: I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. Celebrant: Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God? People: I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
Celebrant: Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit? People: I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Celebrant: Will you continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers? People: I will, with God’s help. Celebrant: Will you persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord? People: I will, with God’s help. Celebrant: Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ? People: I will, with God’s help. Celebrant: Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself? People: I will, with God’s help. Celebrant: Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being? People: I will, with God’s help.
Church of the Ascension
Sharon Hatley, Senior Warden
Stephen C. Day, Priest-in-Charge
Home Phone (406) 234-8763, Cell Phone (304) 633-6454
Mr. Stephen C. Day began working as our Lay Minister on Palm Sunday, March 25, 2015. He was ordained a transitional deacon on June 26, 2016 at St. Peter’s Cathedral in Helena, Montana. He was ordained as a priest at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Miles City on January 14, 2017.
Stephen was born and raised in West Virginia. He graduated from Hampden-Sydney College in Farmville, Virginia in 2002 with double majors in history and political science. He spent two years studying graduate history courses at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. Stephen graduated from Virginia Theological Seminary in 2007 with a Masters of Divinity degree.
Our minister spent two years working as a missionary for The Episcopal Church working in the Diocese of Central Tanganyika in the Anglican Church of Tanzania. He has also travelled with church groups in Israel, Jordan, the West Bank, Thailand and Burma (also known as Myanmar). Stephen has a long history of working with youth and young adults having served as Diocesan Youth and Young Adult Minister for the Diocese of West Virginia. He also has a strong passion for both camp and outreach ministries.
Stephen is interested in travel, photography, history and movies. He is also the proud uncle of three amazing young people.
The Ninth Bishop of Montana
The Rt. Rev. Dr. C. Franklin Brookhart, Jr.
The Rt. Rev. C. Franklin Brookhart, Jr. was elected during a special diocesan convention on May 17, 2003. He was ordained and consecrated on September 27, 2003 at the Cathedral of St. Helena in Helena, Montana.
Born, raised, and educated in Ohio, +Frank graduated from Wittenberg University and attended divinity school at Vanderbilt University. He received his M.Div. from Lutheran Theological Seminary. His D.Min. in homiletics was conferred by United Theological Seminary.
Our bishop has served local churches as well as dioceses. He has been actively involved with community service organizations and also served as adjunct faculty for United Theological Seminary and Wheeling Jesuit University.
+Frank currently co-chairs the Episcopal-United Methodist Dialogue, serves as Episcopal Visitor and companion for the Anamchara Fellowship, and is author of Living the Resurrection: Reflections After Easter (Morehouse).
He’s married to Dr. Susan Moyer Brookhart, a private educational consultant and they are the parents of two adult daughters. Fun fact: +Frank is an avid collector of religious icons and fountain pens.
(Bishop’s biography from the Diocese of Montana’s website)