The ‘Why Anglicanism’? course will run for five consecutive Wednesdays beginning April 11 from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., and each session will be led by a member of our clergy at Ascension, Bishop Grant LeMarquand (our Priest-in-Charge while Canon Jonathan is away on Sabbatical), and our co-Associate Rectors Tish and Jonathan Warren. Childcare will be provided each evening of the course.
Bishop Hobby will join us on Ascension Sunday, May 13 in order to celebrate confirmations at both the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. services. If you are interested in being confirmed, we would ask that you make every effort to attend all of the course sessions. Each of the individual sessions are, however, open to all who are interested in a deeper look at Ascension or at Anglicanism more generally.
The course sessions are as follows:
April 11: Understanding Anglicanism: History, Theology, Liturgy
April 18: Understanding Ascension: Staff and Ministries
April 25: Your Gifts, Ministry, and Commitments: Service in the Church
May 2: Spiritual Practices
May 9: Tour of the Facility and Instructed Eucharist
Join Clergy and Staff for an informal dinner on Sunday, March 18th from 5 – 7pm. We’ll meet at the Common Room of the Summerset at Frick Park Community Center located at 1425 Parkview Boulevard (15217). This is in Squirrel Hill, about 12 minutes from the church. Bring the kids! It’s an informal time to get to know one another better. We would love to know you plan to come. You can sign up online or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please join us to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!
6am The Great Vigil of Easter
The first service of Easter Day begins with darkness and includes the singing of the Exsultet, or Song of Praise, over the year’s Easter Candle, the passing of the Light of Easter, scripture, silence and Holy Baptism. Please remember to bring your bells to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord! Childcare is not provided at the vigil.
9am and 11am Services
Our 9am and 11am worship will be much the same, but with songs, hymns and anthems to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord on Easter Day! Please remember to bring your bells! There will be children’s ministry available for children ages 4 and under in rooms 101 and 102. Children ages five and older will remain in the service with their families.
Easter Egg Hunt
We will have an Easter Egg Hunt in the Hunt Rooms and Courtyard following both services on Easter Sunday. Please join us and bring baskets!
Good Friday at Ascension
Because these are the hours Jesus hung on the cross, we encourage worshippers to keep vigil for the entire three hour period, but the service will easily allow people to spend any one hour (Noon, 1pm or 2pm) without loss of continuity. There will be children’s ministry for all children (infants to grade 5), available for all three hours (Noon, 1pm and 2pm) in room 102 and the Hunt rooms. Please feel free to drop off your children for all three hours, or for any one or two of the three hours. Children will engage in all kinds of activities themed to Good Friday.
Maundy Thursday at Ascension
The worship of Maundy Thursday is rich in symbolism and will include washing of feet and the dramatic stripping of the altar in preparation for Good Friday. The service concludes in total darkness. Childcare will be available for infants to 4 year olds in Rooms 101 and 102 of the Education Wing. K-5th graders will have a special Maundy Thursday program in the Hunt Rooms.
Palm Sunday at Ascension
Both of our services will feature the Liturgy of the Palms, a Festival Procession and a dramatic reading of the Passion narrative. Children aged 5 and older will remain with their parents for the service. Childcare is provided for ages 4 and younger in rooms 101 and 102 of the Education Wing. There is no children’s talk on Palm Sunday, so please take your children to childcare prior to the start of the service.
Dinner and Compline
Join other young adults for Dinner and Compline on Tuesday, March 13th from 6:30-8:30pm. This is a fantastic way to get to know others in our Young Adult community!
What’s Compline? Compline is one of the Daily Offices found in the Anglican Book of Common Prayer. Most often, the word “office” means the place where we work, or a political position. But there’s also a “church” meaning. From an ancient Latin root, it means to make a ceremony or service, so we refer to our through-the-day prayers as “offices.” An “office” consists of prayer, scripture and psalms, and saying the offices is a way of living in constant touch with God. Jesus did it! Traditionally there are seven offices (see Psalm 119:164), but most who observe the offices don’t do all seven. The principle is to have regular, fixed-time appointments with God – morning, noon and evening.
The OWLS (Older, Wiser, and Lively Still!) Fellowship continues its 2018 Luncheon Series on Thursday, March 8th with a talk and concert by Catherine Crotty.
Catherine will share with us her story of being sought by the Father and how her intimacy with Him has increased through her life at the piano. At the end of her talk, she will play two pieces by Debussy. Catherine holds degrees in piano performance from West Virginia University and The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. For twenty years she was principal keyboardist with The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Don’t miss this special treat!
Join us from 12:30 -2:30 p.m. for a delicious lunch. OWLS meetings take place on the second Thursday of each month in the Hunt Room. (Parking restrictions will be lifted for people to park on the streets and the Neville Street lot will be reserved for OWLS only.) There is a $10 charge for lunch, but first-time friends are free! Please RSVP to Ann Tefft at 412-526-1107 or email@example.com.