6:30pm Property Committee

12:30 pm Seniors Ministry: OWLS Luncheon and Talk

In February our OWLS Fellowship (Older, Wiser and Lively Still!) will enjoy a visit from Animal Friends. This should be a fun and relaxing visit with “Therapets.” Since our animal friends need uncarpeted space we will be meeting in the Parish Hall. Join us from 12:30 -2:30pm 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 participants. There is a $10 charge for lunch, but first-time friends are free! Please RSVP to Ann Tefft at 412-526-1107 or tefft.ann@gmail.com.

Lent 5: Sunday Scriptures

LENTEN SERMON SERIES

Come Quickly to Help Us: The Psalms through Lent

Weekly devotional resource is available here.

Sermon questions are available here.

Lent 4: Sunday Scriptures

LENTEN SERMON SERIES

Come Quickly to Help Us: The Psalms through Lent

Weekly devotional resource is available here.

Sermon Questions:

  1. As Fr Jonathan mentioned on Sunday, Psalm 122 is part of a section of the psalms called The Psalms of Ascent, sung three times a year by the people of God as they were on pilgrimage to Jerusalem. They are called Psalms of Ascent because Jerusalem is the highest city in Israel, so that most of the journey for the pilgrims was a literal ascent, but also because the psalms call the pilgrims who pray them to ascend to the Lord with their hearts. What are the ways that Psalm 122 calls us to ascend to the Lord with our hearts?
  2. Fr. Jonathan mentioned that the Psalms of Ascent, read in the light of Christ, teach us to see our whole lives as a pilgrimage. Do you think of your life in this way? How would it change how you think of yourself, your vocation, your thoughts and your actions if you conceived of your life this way?
  3. The psalmist uses the poetic device of ascending parallelism to highlight his longing for the peace, the shalom of Jerusalem. Fr. Jonathan mentioned that shalom in Scripture is not simply the absence of conflict, but wholeness, integrity, justice, righteousness, and hope that is created by the fullness of God’s presence. Spend time praying for the shalom of the heavenly Jerusalem to fill your community group, your family, your place of work, your neighborhood, and the city of Pittsburgh. What would change in each of these places if God’s shalom were to fill it?

 

Lent 3: Sunday Scriptures

LENTEN SERMON SERIES

Come Quickly to Help Us: The Psalms through Lent

Weekly devotional resource is available here.

Sunday sermon questions are available here.

 

 

Lent 2: Sunday Scriptures

LENTEN SERMON SERIES

Come Quickly to Help Us: The Psalms through Lent

Weekly devotional resource is available here.

Weekly sermon questions:

  1. Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness (Romans 4:3).  Why is it so hard for us to trust God?
  2. Abraham trusted because he knew God’s track record.  Looking back, where do you see evidence that God was working  in your life?
  3. Our coins say “In God We Trust.”  To what extent is that an accurate statement about our nation?
  4. What is one practical way for you to “set the Lord always before me” (Psalm 16:8) in this Lenten season?

Lent 1: Sunday Scriptures

LENTEN SERMON SERIES

Come Quickly to Help Us: The Psalms through Lent

Lent 1: Psalm 25:3-9

Sermon questions are available here.

Weekly devotional resource is available here.

 

 

 

9am Community Group Leader Meeting

10:30am Teaching on the Acts of the Apostles

Adult Education: An Introduction to the Book of Acts

Saturday, April 7th from 10:30am – Noon in the Hunt Rooms

After Easter, the season known as Eastertide, we will begin a new sermon series entitled, “Acts through Eastertide: Sacred Fire Preaching Series”  Join Jonathan Warren from 10:30 – Noon as together we unpack the structure and major themes of this critical book of the New Testament! Childcare, coffee, and light snacks provided. All welcome!

2pm – Saltworks Production of Stuart Little!

Many who attend Ascension have become so accustomed to passing the Saltworks’ offices in our education wing hallway that we forget that many don’t know what Saltworks is. So, what is Saltworks and why does Ascension promote what they do?

Saltworks is a theater company for kids that was birthed by members of Ascension, notably the Archdeacon of our Diocese, the Rev. Mark Stevenson, in 1981. The company has been headquartered in various places since then, but in 2005 Saltworks returned to Ascension and uses our facility for children’s acting classes (spring and fall), rehearsals for their school touring group and productions.

Here is a glimpse into some of what Saltworks does:

  1. School Assemblies – Saltworks has a yearly troop of 5 young adult actors that perform in elementary, middle and high schools throughout the Western Pennsylvania region on a DAILY basis, including Pittsburgh Public Schools and many other districts. The big white van in our parking lot is used for that purpose as the troop goes out to perform live theater on topics such as bully prevention, abuse of opioids and heroin, internet safety, substance abuse and peer pressure. Video clips of the performances can be found at saltworks.org. They’re good! Parents of school-aged children may want to recommend Saltworks to their school administrators.
  2. Young Actor’s Studio – This is an opportunity for young actors (school-aged kids) to stretch their performance skills to new levels. Saltworks offers evening acting classes fir kids (spring and fall), with opportunities to perform classic musical theater, adaptations of popular children’s books, and even original works. In a typical year, the Young Actor’s Studio has a fall and spring production. Stuart Little is the 2018 spring production of the Young Actor’s Studio.
  3. Saltworks Players – Seasoned actors are brought together to present stories of faith that are performed in churches throughout the region, including here at Ascension. In the past few years the shows have included the Gospel of Mark, The Book of Ruth, The Foolish Wiseman, The Book of Jonah, and several others. As the Saltworks website states: “We view Scripture as the best and foremost script for telling a story and we have enjoyed our adventure in performing it.” Several years back a powerful performance entitled ‘Shadowlands’, a story about C.S. Lewis’ experience of God as he walked through the loss of his wife, was performed here at Ascension. It starred Tim Hartman and included our own Jim Wilson (whose daytime job is with the Department of Justice) in a lead role.

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