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    Welcome!

    We are a community of Anglican believers who worship together, seek to grow as disciples of Jesus, and give back to God in gratitude for all He has done. Please join us on a Sunday and find out more!
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    What is the Parish Retreat?

    Church of the Ascension holds a Parish Retreat on the first weekend of October every year. This year the retreat will be held Friday, September 29th through Sunday, October 1st. In addition to challenging teaching from our speaker, Amy Sherman, the weekend offers an opportunity to enjoy beautiful natural surroundings and the chance to get to know others who regularly attend Ascension. The retreat has something for everyone – married or unmarried, from kids to college-aged to empty-nesters. Children and youth enjoy concurrent programming with their peers.

     

    Saturday afternoon there are several optional activities to enjoy the outdoors. Campfires, S’mores and hot chocolate will also be part of the mix. Corporate worship, small group discussion and prayer ministry are highlights for many. The weekend concludes with Sunday morning worship followed by lunch.

     

    The facility is a 600-acre retreat center located about 40 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, at the foot of the Laurel mountains. Ascension has gone to ‘Laurelville’ for over 30 years – indeed ‘Laurelville’ is for many the short-handed way to refer to the Parish Retreat! There are various types of accommodation. We also offer a variety of meal plans. Hopefully there is something to suit all budgets.

     

    How do I register?

    You may register after a service on Sundays by visiting the registration table in the parish hall. Or, you can register online by clicking the link available here. In any case, if you have questions, please email the Registrar.

     

    Are scholarships available?

    While the Church subsidizes the cost of accommodation for all participants, scholarship help is available to those who need it. Don’t hesitate to ask at registration or email the Registrar.

     

    Here’s a glimpse of what’s happening in 2017

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    Who is Amy Sherman?

    Dr. Amy L. Sherman is a Senior Fellow at the Sagamore Institute for Policy Research, where she directs the Center on Faith in Communities. Named by Christianity Today in 2012 as one of the 50 most influential Evangelical women in America, Sherman is the author of six books and over 80 articles in a variety of periodicals including First Things, The Public Interest, Policy Review, The Christian Century, Christianity Today, and Books & Culture.

     

    Sherman works closely with Made to Flourish, a pastors network for the common good focused on issues of faith and work. Her most recent book, Kingdom Calling: Vocational Stewardship for the Common Good, was awarded “Book of the Year” status in the Christian living category by CT. Her articles appear regularly on the MTF website and at The Green Room, a blog sponsored by the Theology of Work Project.

     

    Sherman is the founder and former executive director of a Charlottesville Abundant Life Ministries, an urban ministry in Charlottesville, VA. She served for several years as a volunteer Senior Fellow with the International Justice Mission. She is a long-time member of Trinity Presbyterian Church. She earned her B.A. in political science at Messiah College and her M.A. and Ph.D. in international economic development from the University of Virginia. Her life verse is Micah 6:8 “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.”

     

     

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