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Family Christmas Eve Service at 10am – Because Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday, we will have our Family Christmas Eve service at 10am (instead of our usual 4pm). All are invited to this warm service that is designed with children in mind. We will celebrate the nativity of Jesus with a children’s tableau and sing the great carols of Christmas. Our co-Associate Rector, The Rev. Dr. Jonathan Warren will preach. Childcare for children aged 4 and under will be provided. Children aged 5 and older are with us for the service. Coffee and Christmas cookies in the Parish Hall will follow the service. Please remember to bring your bells to this service! It is a great joy to sing the great hymns of Christmas with congregational bells ringing out!
Festival Christmas Eve Eucharist at 10pm – Our late Christmas Eve service will feature a Festival Procession, incense, candles and the great music of the season in celebration of the birth of the Christ child. Our Rector, the Rev. Canon Jonathan Millard will preach. Childcare is not provided. Please remember to bring bells to this service! It is a great joy to sing the great hymns of Christmas with congregational bells ringing out!
Christmas Day Eucharist at 10am – The lessons are different from Christmas Eve so that those who wish to make this their second service of Christmas may join those who prefer this quiet one to the festival celebrations on Christmas Eve. The Rev. Dr. Jack Gabig will preach. Child care is not provided.
Christmas Party for Internationals – ALL welcome!
Wednesday, December 20 at 6:30pm
All members and friends of Ascension are invited to the Internationals Christmas Party in the Parish Hall on Wednesday, December 20th from 6:30 – 8pm. Story-teller Alan Irvine will regale with a few Christmas stories, we will visit the Christmas tree and creche in the Nave, and have a potluck with international food. If you are interested in attending this Christmas celebration, please do! Bring some food to share if you can (if not, come anyhow!). This is a great way for Ascensionites to offer hospitality to the many internationals coming through our doors each week.
Congregational Giving Update – December is always a big giving month for us. We require $113,000 between now and the end of December in order to meet budget. For an update on your YTD giving, please contact the church office.
Donation of Securities – In light of expected changes to the tax code, it might make sense to gift appreciated securities to Ascension in 2017 (we would continue to appreciate them!). Please check with your tax advisor. For further discussion, contact Chair of Finance, Jim Foster.
Kingdom Calling Pledge Cards – Members of Ascension are encouraged to submit pledge cards before the end of the year. Pledges are critical for the annual church budget process and an excellent discipline for households to examine financial giving and tithing.
COMING UP IN THE NEW YEAR:
Women’s Epiphany Quiet Day
Saturday, January 6 from 8:30am through lunch
Please see the post under the News and Events section. Thanks!
Service of Memorial and Lament
Monday, January 8 at 7pm
In this service we will remember and lament painful losses, particularly as they relate to children: the loss of children in utero through a miscarriage or a regretted abortion, the loss of children through stillbirth, and the long ache of infertility. If you have suffered a loss like this, or a loss of another kind, or know someone who has, please come to this service to be held on January 8th, the day we also commemorate the baptism of Jesus. For more background on the nature of this service, please see the article on the back page of the December Ascent (available on our information tables or on our website).
Epiphany “Baptized Life” Series and the Gospel of Mark
Saturday, January 13 from 10:30 – Noon
In Epiphany we will begin a sermon series on the “Baptized Life.” More information is forthcoming in the January edition of the Ascent. However, here’s a sneak peek! While we plan to follow regular Lectionary readings, the sermons will focus on the Gospel each week to provide a greater sense of the continuity and story of scripture. Sermon series of this nature will help to unpack the meaning of a specific book over a series of Sundays and to place that book in its context within the whole of Scripture. Additionally, as part of the sermon series preachers plan to provide weekly questions for follow up in Community groups or individual study.
Since the primary Gospel throughout Epiphany is Mark, Jonathan Warren will provide background on the Gospel of Mark at this Saturday teaching in mid-January. All who are interested are invited to attend. Community group leaders will be meeting earlier that morning, from 9 – 10:15am. Childcare will be provided for the entire morning.
Men’s Breakfast: A Christian Vision of Manliness
Saturday, January 20 at 8:30am
For more information, please see the article in the December edition of the Ascent. Our co-Associate Rector, Jonathan Warren will be the speaker. The cost is $10; childcare provided; sign up will begin in January