Announcements are updated at the beginning of each week.
Plan to attend a Town Hall Meeting: A follow up to Listening Groups
A letter from Jonathan Millard (Rector) was sent via email last week. The text was as follows:
Thank you to everyone who attended one or more of the 12 listening sessions this past month and for all the helpful input and feedback. Approximately 332 adults attended at least one of the listening sessions and we received more than 1,300 specific comments in response to the presentation made, prayer, silence and reflection.
This past Tuesday, the vestry and members of the Capital Campaign Committee met with our Capital campaign Consultant, Ascension’s Owner’s Rep., and six of the architects from Rothschild Doyno Collaborative to receive the Campaign Consultant’s report and recommendations and to engage further with the architectural team.
The meeting heard that 98.1% of all the responses received through the listening process were of a positive and supporting nature toward the proposed solutions to the challenges before us. After our professional advisors left us, the vestry took time to discern the way forward through further prayer and discussion. The vestry was unanimous in resolving to move forward with the next phase of this exciting initiative: “More than Stones: Welcoming our Neighbors, Reaching the Nations.”
As was outlined during the presentations in May, we will now begin the process of visiting with every parishioner beginning with the leaders to invite people to make a sacrificial financial gift/pledge.
There is much more to share. To that end, we are inviting everyone to attend one of two “Town Hall Meetings” at the end of June:
After the 9am service on June 23rd OR
After the 11am service on June 30 (lunch provided)
The purpose of these meetings is to present the findings of our listening groups, give a general progress report, and to provide a forum for additional questions. Childcare (infant to 4 yrs) and activities (K – 5th grade) will be provided during both meetings. We will meet in the New Catacombs.
Please continue to pray:
- For the many people who are not yet part of our church family.
- For one another – we who are the living stones of our church family.
- For these buildings and the ongoing discernment surrounding the work that needs to be done.
- For our part in this adventure: The time is now; It will take a sacrifice from each of us; What is God calling me to do?
Almighty and eternal God, in your goodness you set for your people the chief cornerstone, Jesus Christ, to be the foundation of our faith and the strength of our life together: Grant us grace to so build our lives upon the living Stone that, faithfully and fervently we would declare the light and life of your truth and love to the nations, both here in Pittsburgh and to the ends of the earth, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God now and forever. Amen.
Lost and Found
It’s soon to be lost forever! We dispose of articles this week. Check out the Lost and Found cupboard at the base of the stairs in the central staircase of the Parish Hall.
Recycle your ink cartridges with us
You can help us save on our monthly office supplies expenses by recycling your ink and toner cartridges through Ascension. Used cartridges of any type and size can be left under the staff mailboxes upstairs of the Parish Hall. Thanks in advance for contributing!
Wednesday Noon Service
Our Wednesday noon service will continue through the summer. This quiet, 45-minute service features a homily, music, and the Eucharist. While designed especially for those who live and work in the vicinity of the church, all are welcome. Consider joining us over the summer to worship, refresh or reset at this mid-week service.
Historically, our church Directory was produced in the less demanding weeks of Epiphany, but with our growth and all the activity we now have January-May, we are moving its printing to late October. If you make Ascension your church home and need help contacting a fellow parishioner, feel free to call the church offices for assistance. In the meantime, thanks for helping us keep our database up to date! If you have any change of contact information, please let us know.
What happened to the June Ascent?
Well, nothing really happened with it at all, and that was the problem! Never fear, July is almost here and we’ll have another Ascent fresh off the presses for you!
Are you looking for a place to serve?
Ministry Volunteers are needed in several areas. We particularly need assistance in our Welcome Ministries on Sundays:
Greeter – Greeters serve about 20 minutes prior to one of our services. We have separate teams for each service that are stationed by one of our entrances. The hope is that each person entering Ascension is greeted with a warm smile, handshake, and any assistance needed is offered. Greeters stay in their locations until about 10 minutes after the service has begun. Those in this ministry serve for a month at a time on a 3 month rotation.
Usher – Ushers serve one month at a time on a 3 month rotation at one of our services. Ushers take over where greeters left off, offering a welcome to the service. Ushers also assist with service logistics, distributing bulletins, helping with the offering and at communion. We couldn’t have an orderly worship service without them. Camaraderie and friendship builds on teams.
Welcome Table Host – At the end of each service we offer newcomers the opportunity to chat with a member of Ascension at our welcome table. The hope behind this ministry is that each newcomer is once more offered a welcome, and they are personally introduced to another person. Welcome table hosts are scheduled a month at a time on a 3 month rotation. They serve at 9am or 11am. They are often partnered with another person.
Hospitality Hour Host – Have you ever gone to another church and felt like an odd duck at coffee hour? Hospitality Hour Hosts are trained to look for newcomers in the Parish Hall between services, once more in an attempt to extend a welcome and connect them with others. Participants of this ministry serve a Sunday at a time.
If you are interested in serving, fill in a bulletin insert or email firstname.lastname@example.org.