Weekly Announcements

Announcements are updated at the beginning of each week.

Maundy Thursday
Thursday, April 18 at 7pm
The worship of Maundy Thursday is rich in symbolism and will include washing of feet and the dramatic stripping of the altar. The service concludes in total darkness. Childcare is provided for ages 4 and younger. K-5th graders will have a special Seder program in the Hunt Rooms.

Good Friday
Friday, April 19 from Noon – 3pm
Because these are the hours Jesus hung on the cross, we encourage worshippers to keep vigil for the entire three-hour period, but the service will easily allow people to spend any one hour (beginning at Noon, 1pm or 2pm) without loss of continuity. There will be Children’s Ministry for all children (infants to 5th grade), available for all three hours as needed (Noon, 1pm and 2pm).

Sacramental Confession
Monday, April 15 – Wednesday, April 17 (by appointment)
In the Anglican tradition, there is no requirement for private confession. However, James 5:16 reads, “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.” If you desire to have your conscience unburdened, you are invited to receive reconciliation with God through the aid of a priest. Jonathan Millard, Jonathan Warren, Tish Warren and Andrea Millard will be available by appointment these three days during Holy Week to hear your private confession. Please call or email one of the priests or call the church office in confidence (ext. 219).

Easter Sunday at Ascension
The Great Vigil of Easter
Sunday, April 21 at 6am
The first service of Easter Day begins with darkness and includes the singing of the Exsultet over the year’s Easter Candle, scripture, silence and Holy Baptism. Please remember to bring your bells to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord! Childcare is not provided during the Vigil.

Easter Sunday at Ascension
Sunrise Breakfast
Sunday, April 21 at 8am
All are welcome to breakfast in the Parish Hall following the Easter Vigil. The suggested donation is $5/adult; $3/child; $20 family cap.

Easter Sunday at Ascension
9am and 11am Services
Sunday, April 21 at 9am and 11am
Our 9am and 11am worship will be much the same, but with songs, hymns and anthems to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord on Easter Day! Please remember to bring your bells! There will be childcare for children ages 4 and under in rooms 101 and 102. Each of the services will be followed by an Easter Egg Hunt for children in the Hunt Rooms or Courtyard.

Lunch with the Kornfields
Sunday, April 28 after the 11am service
You are invited for lunch with Ascension missionaries Dave and Debbie Kornfield in the Hunt Rooms after the 11am service on April 28. They will share with you what’s been happening the last few months with caring for pastors in Latin America and West Africa. Please RSVP if you can so they know how much food to prepare. Text or call 412-996-6856, or email debrakornfield@gmail.com.

Marriage is hard and we need each other. This 7-session course being offered after Easter is an opportunity to grow in learning how to love well. Designed by Milan and Kay Yerkovich, How We Love looks at marital patterns through a theory that suggests our relational styles are formed through our early life experiences. This course looks at how these styles impact our marriages and offers insights and practices to help shift unhealthy patterns and grow in intimacy. Register now using the form in the bulletin or online here.

Course facilitators: Jim and Mari Stout
Course dates: 7 Friday evenings from April 26 – June 7 (6:30 to 9pm)
Childcare: Childcare/programming for infants through youth
Course limit: The course is capped at 20 couples, so sign up early
Course fee: $100/couple for materials
Questions? Mari: macstout@gmail.com or Jim: jmstouts@gmail.com

REGISTER NOW — Financial Peace University
Ascension will offer a Financial Peace course after Easter. Those who have taken the course have come to understand budgeting, saving, insurance, mortgages, retirement, college planning, investing, giving and other practical financial matters with excellent results. Some members of our own congregation have dug out of significant and debilitating debt by practicing the principles taught in the course. Register now using the form in the bulletin or online here.

Course facilitators: Kelsey and Aaron Sams
Course dates: 7 Friday evenings from April 26 – June 7 (6:30 to 9pm)
Childcare: Childcare/programming for infants through youth
Questions? Aaron chemicalsams@gmail.com; Kelsey kelseysams@gmail.com
Fee: $100 for course kit (one per household)

REGISTER NOW — Explore Anglicanism
Wednesdays in May/June from 6:30 – 8:30pm
Childcare provided
This course runs for 4 weeks in the spring and 4 weeks in the fall and is the pathway to Confirmation.

For confirmands, attendance at each of these class sessions is required. Each individual class session is also open to anyone interested in the congregation and there is no need in this case to register. So, mark your calendars!
May 22: Anglican History
May 29: Prayer Book & Sacraments with an Instructed Eucharist
June 5: Ascension’s Ethos and Ministries; Spiritual Gifts Inventory
June 12: Vocations and a Spirituality of Everyday Life