Our Weekly News is updated at the beginning of each week.
OWLS – Seniors Ministry Luncheon
Thursday, February 14 from 12:30 – 2:30pm
Come and hear an engaging talk on Abraham Lincoln, one of our greatest presidents, by Jack Puglisi, an accomplished speaker whose study on Lincoln brings an edge of wisdom, wit and humor into the mix! A catered lunch will be served for $10, however first-time friends are free. To RSVP, visit the table in the Parish Hall after today’s service, or contact the Rev. Ann Tefft at 412-526-1107 or email@example.com. Hope you can join us!
The Drama of Scripture
Saturday, February 16, from 9:30 – 11am
The church is the community that lives by the story of Jesus. In the first half of 2019, we will be exploring our story via Craig Bartholomew and Michael Goheen’s The Drama of Scripture. Jonathan Warren, our Associate Rector, will teach 5 sessions on the narrative arc of Scripture, corresponding to the ‘acts’ of the drama of redemption highlighted in the book. Copies of the book will be available for sale or participants may also purchase their own copy online.
ALICE Security Training – all welcome to attend
Saturday, February 16 from 1-4pm (no childcare available)
All are welcome to our next security training which will cover the A.L.I.C.E. response (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) to a variety of crisis situations, with specifically in view the possibility of an armed intruder with an intent to harm. The training will be held in the Education Wing and will focus on security in that area of the building; although we will also briefly discuss the Nave and how these skills can be applied to any offsite context. Anyone is welcome to attend and those who serve in the Education Wing are especially encouraged to make every effort to be there. It is free! Invite a friend! Also, please note that we are NOT able to provide childcare during this training because we need caregivers to attend and we need access to the rooms we use for childcare. For more information, contact Matt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Epiphanytide Prayer Series
Sunday, February 17 after the 11am service
Light lunch; Childcare & pizza
During Epiphanytide, we are exploring what it means to engage with our Lord in his mission of healing and wholeness. The goal of this prayer series is to help us, as a community, live into one of our mission values, that of Sharing Christ’s Healing with a Broken World. Together we will focus on three different yet interwoven aspects of prayer: Emotional Healing, Physical Healing and Spiritual Healing. This series is team-taught by The Rev. Canons Jonathan & Dr. Andrea Millard and The Rt. Rev. Dr. Grant and Dr. Wendy LeMarquand. Each gathering will feature interactive talks, journal reflections, and large and small group discussions. The first teaching was fantastic. Don’t miss this one!
Sunday, February 24
Carol Amidi, an artist in our midst who will be creating artwork for our Lent and Easter bulletins, will be having a show of her artwork Sunday, February 24 from 2pm – 5pm. It will be held at Jim and Rhonda Herman’s house in O’Hara Township at 504 Kerrwood Drive, 15215. She would love to have you join her while enjoying some refreshments and browsing through photographs and paintings. Paintings will be for sale as will a large selection of cards and prints. Put it on your calendar and come on out to support her!
Shepherd’s Heart Meal
Sunday, February 24
Ascension supports Shepherd’s Heart, a parish serving our neighbors, especially veterans, who have no good place to live. Each Sunday, following their afternoon Eucharist, they offer a free dinner to anyone present. Ascension is one of many congregations who cook and serve this dinner. Our remaining 2019 dates are Feb 24, May 12, Aug 18, Sept 29 and Oct 27. This ministry is good for families and folks who can’t volunteer during the work week. You can help cook, serve or both. Cooks can expect to spend about 2 hours preparing the meal after our Sunday services: we can start cooking after the 9am or the 11am service, depending on which one you attend. Servers can attend Eucharist at Shepherd’s Heart (5:15pm at 13 Pride St., near Mercy Hospital, 15213) or come near the end of the worship service (about 6:20pm) and then serve; we’re usually done by 8pm, though it’s fine to leave earlier. If you’d like to volunteer, please contact Jonathan Sewall at 412-452-1935 or email@example.com in advance. Many thanks and blessings.
Sunday, March 3 after the 11am service
Please mark this date on your calendar and plan to attend our 2019 Annual Meeting. Lunch and childcare will be provided. While it may sound boring to some, our Annual Meeting is a fantastic way to engage with Ascension, to learn more about challenges and opportunities, and to hear directly from the Sr. Warden and Rector about our corporate vision. Please plan on coming.
Pew Rack Organizing Volunteers Needed
Ever notice how there’s usually a hymnal, songbook or Bible within reach of you on a Sunday morning? Would you and a friend or your family be willing to take on this helpful service once a month? The time and day you come in is entirely up to you. Training is provided. Beginning in May someone is also needed to oversee the scheduling of these volunteers. For information or to volunteer, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for considering.
Saturday, February 23, 9am through lunch
Interested in learning more about Ascension?
Want to get to know clergy and staff?
Please join us on Saturday, February 23 from 9am through lunch for a great morning designed for those who are brand new and want to know more about Ascension, as well as for those who want to become members. We will begin with breakfast and end with lunch. The morning includes a quick tour of the Nave. Childcare will be provided.
To RSVP, fill in the form in the bulletin and place it in the offering plate, or RSVP online at www.ascensionpittsburgh.org.
New Community Groups are forming!
Ascension Young Moms Group
Are you a mom with young kids at Ascension? You are invited to a
monthly meetup on the first Friday of every month. The first meetup
is on Friday, March 1 from 10-11:30am in the Hunt Rooms at
Ascension. If you are interested in coming, please contact Kristin
Dickerman at email@example.com.
New Community Group – Ascension Young Families Group
A new community group has formed which is especially for families
with young children (though anyone is welcome!), which is meeting
every other Sunday at 4:30pm. The location alternates between a
home in the North Hills (Shaler) and a home in the South Hills, and
the next meeting is Sunday, February 10. For more information or to
join up, please contact Jonathan Deal at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Sam Dickerman at email@example.com.