Weekly News

Our Weekly News is updated at the beginning of each week. For a full description of church events, please visit the calendar.

Young Adults Summer Series Dinner and Compline: Thursday, July 12 at 6:30pm
This month we will feature “Samosas with Sima!” Sima Weaver was a missionary to India for many years and currently practices medicine at East Liberty Family Health Care Center. We’ll begin our evening with dinner and conclude with a Service of Compline. All welcome. Bring a friend! For more info, contact Leah Hornfeck at leah.hornfeck@ascensionpittsburgh.org or text her at 724-630-0167. We will meet in the Hunt Rooms in the education wing.

THE BIG 3
We are very excited about The Big 3 events for CAYG (Church of the Ascension Youth Group) this summer!

  • OhioPyle on Wednesday, July 11th
  • Kennywood on Wednesday, July 25th
  • Fall Launch Overnight on Saturday, August 25th

Men’s Intergenerational Hikes
All men are welcome to join other guys on a hike together after church on a couple of Sundays this summer (around 1pm). Contact Alan Burnett if you are interested at ajburnett4@gmail.com. Or, just show up on Sunday and join the crew. Here are dates and details:
July 22 – Schenley Park; 2.6 mile hike
August 12 – Frick Nine Mile Run trail; 3-4 mile hike

Volunteering Strengthens Community
If you’re not already volunteering through one of our many ministries, would you consider doing so? Giving of yourself in your neighborhood and around the city not only assists those you serve, it deepens your sense of belonging in the community and your actual connectedness to it. The same is true in a church family. Try one out for a few months. Ask God to meet you in the choice as well as in the serving and find a deeper connection to him, those you serve, and those who serve alongside you. Several ministries are listed to follow:

International Ministry Conversation Partners – Would you be willing to become a conversation partner and meet with an international every other week? These are needed all of the time! Becoming a conversation partner with one international is a great way to reach out and share your life and maybe even your faith. You do not have to be an English teacher or grammar expert to be a partner–just a friend who can keep a conversation going. Also, you don’t even need to make up your own topics— the international ministry has many lists of questions for you to use. If you feel comfortable with your student, you could meet them in coffee shops or even invite them home sometime. If interested in this very effective way to share your life, contact Lu Ann at PittsburghEnglish4U@gmail.com.

Musicians – Organizational changes in Ascension’s contemporary music ministries are afoot. If you play an instrument or like to sing and currently aren’t involved with the music team at either service but are interested in considering the possibility, please contact Jeanne Kohn, our Director of Music Ministries, or Chris Massa, our Assistant Music Minister. Ascension is blessed with numerous exceptional musicians, but when tapping into the gifted folks God has sent us, it helps to know who they are! Email Jeanne at jeanne.kohn@ascensionpittsburgh.org or call 412-621-4361 x217. You can reach Chris at chris.massa@ascensionpittsburgh.org or 412-977-1395.

Altar Ministry – Help set up the church for Sunday. We have three rotating teams, each with a captain who will show you what to do. It’s fun and a community builder as you get to know others on your team. If interested, email marilyn.chislaghi@ascensionpittsburgh.org or text 412-953-7050.

11am Greeters – We need people who are willing to offer a smile and a warm welcome to those coming for worship. To participate, email Marilyn (details above).

11am Welcome Table People who serve at the welcome table offer a smile, a chocolate bar and conversation. Our 11am team needs new recruits. To participate, contact Marilyn (details above).

Hospitality Hour Hosts (between services) – We have a team of hospitality hour hosts who have a special eye for newcomers. The task is easy – connect and chat. If you would like to explore this further, contact Marilyn (details above).

Youth Group (Fridays or Sunday evenings) – We need some fresh faces. For more info, text Alex at 412-652-3137 or email him at alex.banfieldhicks@ascensionpittsburgh.org.

Children’s Sunday School (Sunday mornings) – We need teachers who will work with kids at the 11am service. For more info, email Matt at matt.ulrich@ascensionpittsburgh.org or text 724-581-7005.

Soul Food Meal Ministry & New Moms Meal Ministry – We offer meals to those who have special needs due to the birth of a child, illness, death, and other life challenges and transitions. Needs are occasional and you can make meals as you are able. To join the team, email Jill Shook at jilleshook@gmail.com. Let her know which meal ministry you’d like to belong to (Soul Food, New Moms or both).

Property Committee – We need people with practical skills willing to manage a project or two. We have a multitude of jobs – big and small. Engineers and project managers particularly welcome! Email karen.gowdy@ascensionpittsburgh.org.

Special Needs Ministry – We are always in search for ‘buddies’, classroom helpers and even teachers for our Sunday morning 9am class as well as our Saturday monthly club. This is a terrific ministry to extend love to those among us who need ongoing care. If you would like to explore more, email Dana at dana.kaasik@gmail.com or Christina at carlucci.christina@gmail.com. Thanks!