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Children’s Ministry Collection – deadline November 11
Children’s Ministry is partnering with Light of Life Rescue Mission by preparing 100 Christmas stockings for the children at the mission! Light of Life provides emergency food and shelter and runs residential programs for men, women, and children who have been impacted by homelessness and addiction. Our children will then be personally stuffing the stockings during the Sunday School hour on November 18. The donations for stocking stuffers should be gender-neutral but can be for any age. Beyond that, feel free to be creative and to let your children decide what they want to give!
Thanksgiving Hosts for Internationals – sign up now
Internationals love being invited into American homes for Thanksgiving. This is something we’ve coordinated the past several years, and it has resulted in deep and lasting relationships. If you would like to host internationals this year, please contact Lu Ann at PittsburghEnglish4U@gmail.com.
Order a Christmas wreath!
Support our Youth Mission Trips happening this summer (Charleston and Haiti) and adorn your house with beautiful foliage! Order forms are available at the back of the Nave, through Alex or Leah, on information tables, and/or order online at www.ascensionpittsburgh.org. The order and payment deadline is Sunday, November 25th. Pick up will be Sunday, December 2nd (Delivery option available, also December 2nd). Thanks!
EECM Annual Giving Tree – deadline December 2
Each fall, Ascension and other congregations provide gifts to those helped by East End Cooperative Ministry’s housing, hunger, and children & youth programs. Since these folks may have to choose between buying clothes or paying for heat, Christmas gifts are out of reach. Instead, EECM staff asks each of the kids in the families to name 3 things: a need, a want, and a book they’d like. The staff also determines appropriate gifts for adults housed in EECM’s shelter. Congregations provide the gifts. EECM handles distribution.
Cards with each request hang on the Giving Tree standing at the main entrance to the nave. To participate:
• choose a card from the tree
• get the gift (new items only, please)
• wrap it
• tape the card to the outside of the package
• put it back under the tree by Sunday, December 2nd
If you have any questions, please ask Jonathan Sewall at 412-268-7185, 412-621-0809 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks so much!
JanTerm at Trinity School for Ministry – Enrollment is open!
Have You Ever Wondered about the heroes and heroines God used to build up the early church? Do you have a desire to know what exactly IS catechesis and how does discipleship happen? Or have you ever wondered about what is actually involved in planting a church? Or how the liturgy we use developed over the long history of the church? Registration is now open for JAN TERM at Trinity. Excellent opportunities for personal growth and learning are available January 7-18, some in two-day teachings and others in full week-long seminary classes you can audit for a modest fee. Check out the fliers on our information tables or go to www.tsm.edu to learn more.
Adopt a College Student
Ascension has a long history of being a presence on the college campuses in Pittsburgh. If you want to see college students grow in Christ, share the gospel, and usher the Kingdom of God onto their campuses, Adopt a College Student may be for you. The program pairs college students with Ascension folks and families and is a great opportunity for members to love and disciple college-aged students and give them an even better sense of belonging to our church through simple interactions. The ministry blesses students and you as well, as you see God working through you to make a difference in the lives of students. To sign up or for more information, email email@example.com.
Ascension Songwriters Collaborative
Saturday, November 17 from 9 – 11:30am
The Ascension Songwriters Collaborative is open to any Ascensionite who likes to write songs, wants to try writing songs, or would like to try doing it with others also learning how to write collaboratively. No previous attendance is required to participate. We’re currently drawing our inspiration from the ACNA office of Evening Prayer (texts provided). Bring an instrument if you have one. Come open and expectant about how the Holy Spirit will move us as we worship and craft collaboratively through these ancient texts. All are welcome. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Thanksgiving Eve Service and Testimonies
Wednesday, November 21 at 7pm
One of the aspects of our Thanksgiving Eve service that makes it unique is that we offer a time for members and friends of Ascension to give public testimonies of thanksgiving to the goodness of God in their lives. If you would like to give a testimony, please email our rector at email@example.com. The service is a traditional sung evensong, something a bit different for us, and begins at 7pm. All welcome!
This year our theme is ABUNDANCE for all that God has done for us in so many ways! You are invited to bring in your completed card on Sunday, November 25. Thank you. If you did not receive a card, they are available in pew pockets and at information tables near each entrance.
Advent Women’s Breakfast
Saturday, December 1 at 8:30am
Our breakfast will feature guest speaker Sarah Laribee on the theme of Joyful Waiting. All women are welcome to attend.
Sunday, December 2 after the 11:00 service
The next meeting of the evangelism cohort will be after the 11 a.m. service on Sunday, December 2. Wes Williams will be sharing with us about how to have spiritual conversations with non-Christians. Please join us! If you would like more information, please email Fr. Jonathan Warren at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, December 8 at 9am
This class is for all those who are new to Ascension, who wish to find out more about Anglicanism in general or Ascension in particular. It is also part of the pathway to membership. So, mark your calendars! The class is co-taught by all Ascension clergy. We begin with breakfast and conclude with lunch. Childcare is provided. Sign up online or use the insert available in bulletins throughout November.
11 and Lunch with the Rev. Dr. Ann Paton
Sunday, December 9 after 11:00 service
Our beloved Ann Paton is retiring from her position as Liturgical Assistant and she is turning 90! Come hear Ann reflect on the Nunc Dimittis (Luke 2:29-32) on Sunday, December 9th after the 11am service. A catered lunch will be served in the Parish Hall as we celebrate Ann’s ministry and birthday together.