12:30pm Lay Eucharistic Minister Training and Refresher

Join Canon Jonathan Millard for a training on how to become a Lay Eucharistic Minister (LEM). LEMs take communion to those who are in the hospital, in nursing homes or perhaps at home for extended times. We would love to have more folks on this team. If you are already an LEM and want a refresher, you are welcome as well. For more information, please email marilyn.chislaghi@ascensionpittsburgh.org.

6:30pm Financial Peace University

Do you have any of these concerns about your finances?

  • The balances on the credit cards are growing
  • Student loan debt feels crippling
  • Every time you start to get some traction with the finances, an emergency comes along and knocks you down again
  • You know you should be saving for your kids’ education, but you don’t know how to get started
  • You want to plan for the future, but you never seem to have any money left when all the bills are paid
  • You feel that you aren’t free to do the things that God has planned for you because you are weighed down by money problems

Ascension will offer Financial Peace University (FPU) beginning this April. FPU is a course that provides tremendous help and guidance with household finances. Those who have taken the course have come to understand budgeting, saving, insurance, mortgages, retirement, college planning, investing, giving and other practical financial matters with excellent results. Some members of our own congregation have dug out of significant and debilitating debt by practicing the principles taught in the course.

Course facilitators: Kelsey and Aaron Sams

Course dates: Eight sessions on Friday evenings from April 6 through May 25

Time: 6:30 to 9pm

Childcare: Childcare will be provided for Infants through 5th grade

Questions?  Feel free to contact Aaron at chemicalsams@gmail.com or Kelsey at kelseysams@gmail.com.

Registration: Please sign up by March 25th at www.ascensionpittsburgh.org.

Course Fee: No payment is required, however the recommended donation is $100 to cover the cost of the course kit (one kit needed per household).

6:30pm How We Love Marriage Enrichment Course

Marriage is hard and we need each other.  This course, which will run for 7 weeks, is an opportunity to press into the challenges of our marriages together, and grow in learning how to love well.

 

Designed by Milan and Kay Yerkovich, How We Love looks at marital patterns through the lenses of Attachment Theory, a theory that suggests that our relational styles are formed (for good or for ill) through our early life experiences.  This course looks at how these styles impact our marriages, and offers insights and practices to help shift unhealthy patterns and grow in intimacy.

As the Yerkovich’s put it: “For 14 years, our marriage was stuck in the same old frustrating patterns.  When we looked at our first lessons in love from our families, we immediately recognized the unseen forces governing how we loved.  For the first time, we understood the source of our frustrations and why we were stuck.  Deep change was possible at last. The insight we offer comes from making many mistakes, and years of praying for wisdom.  Our prayer is that soon you will discover what we have—the relief that comes from resolution, deep understanding and comfort.”  –Milan and Kay Yerkovich

Course facilitators: Jim and Mari Stout

Course dates: Friday evenings from April 6 through May 25 (will not meet on May 18).

Time: 6:30 to 9pm

Childcare: Childcare will be provided for Infants through 5th grade

Questions?  Feel free to contact Mari: macstout@gmail.com or Jim: jmstouts@gmail.com

Registration: Please sign up by March 25th at www.ascensionpittsburgh.org. Due to the nature of the material, this course will be limited to 20 couples, on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Course Fee: No payment is required, however the recommended donation is $10 to cover the cost of the course kit (one kit needed per household).

 

 

 

6:30pm ‘Explore Anglicanism’ Course

The ‘Explore 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 follow. Those being confirmed should plan on attending all 5. Others are welcome to attend classes of particular interest.

CLASS SCHEDULE:

April 11: Understanding Anglicanism (Part 1): The History of Anglicanism
We’ll begin with a crash course in Anglican history from the founding of the early church through the creation of the Anglican Church in North America.

April 18: Understanding Anglicanism (Part 2): Theology and Liturgy of Anglicanism 
This class will take a dive into the Anglican Prayer Book as well as the Sacraments. The class will include an Instructed Eucharist – a guided walk through the different aspects of our weekly communion service.

April 25: Understanding Ascension: The Local Church and You! 
This class will look at the distinctives of Church of the Ascension, its ministries and staff. It will include a teaching on the Spiritual Gifts and any who want to will be invited to complete a Spiritual Gifts Inventory. An opportunity to meet one on one with a member of our clergy to discuss the results of the Inventory will be offered.

May 2: Understanding Spiritual Practices: How to Grow in Christ
This class will explore topics including a Rule of Life; Spiritual Exercises: Lectio Divina, Examen, Contemplative Prayer; Community Groups; Spiritual Direction and Mentoring.

May 9: Understanding the Commitments of Confirmation and Membership 
This class will look at the specific commitments being made in both confirmation and membership. A tour of the Nave will be offered and there will be an open forum to ask a priest any question that is on your mind.

 

Newcomers’ Dinner (Offsite)

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 marilyn.chislaghi@ascensionpittsburgh.org.

Easter Sunday

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!

Resources:

Weekly devotional resource is available here.

Sermon questions are available here.

Noon – 3pm Good Friday Vigil

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.

7pm Maundy Thursday Service

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

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.

Sermon questions from Palm Sunday:

Mark 14:32-15:47

1) What details in this lengthy passage stand out or are particularly striking to you?

2) In her sermon, Mtr Tish said that Jews in Jesus’ day were looking for a particular kind of salvation: a Messiah that would deliver them from Roman occupation and make them into a sovereign state again. What are the things we are looking to for salvation in our culture? What are the things you are hoping that God will deliver you from?

3) Why did the authorities crucify Jesus?

4) In Mark 8:31, Mark tells us that “the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and after three days rise again.” What details does Mark give us in our passage that tell us why the crucifixion was necessary? How are the crucifixion and death of Jesus “good news” for us today?

 

2:30pm Middle School Music Practice


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