Weekly News

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

Friday Lenten Dinner Series Continues March 23rd at 6:30pm

The Rev. Geoff Chapman has worked for years to help his congregants embrace discipleship in a fresh and life-changing way. Central to this kind of discipleship is what Geoff calls the Four Directions of the Life Jesus Gives. If you haven’t been able to attend one of the dinners yet, it is not too late. Each session stands on its own. Please join us this Friday.

The dinner series is an all family event. While adults enjoy the talks, there will be childcare and programming for children that follows the same theme. There will also be a program for the youth. RSVP’s are not necessary. Suggested donations for the buffet dinner are as follows: $7/adult, $3/child, $20 family maximum. Scholarship is always available!

Do you want to create a Station of the Cross on Good Friday?
During the Good Friday Vigil, artists work on pieces throughout the Nave during the 1st and 2nd hours (Noon – 2pm). Their pieces then become part of the Stations of the Cross during the 3rd hour (2 – 3pm). We invite ANYONE (adult, child, family, amateur, accomplished artist) interested in participating to reach out to Jeanne at jeanne.kohn@ascensionpittsburgh.org.

Would you like to make an Easter Lily Memorial?
As is the tradition at Ascension, we will have Easter lily memorials and thanksgivings Easter Sunday. Would you like to contribute to this endeavor or find out more? Please contact Melita Carter at cartermpo@gmail.com or 412-736-3540 by Monday, March 26 to make these arrangements. As always, donations of any amount are welcome. Memorials to loved ones will be listed in our Easter bulletins.

International Ministry needs for Holy Week and Easter
If you would like to host a student for lunch after one of the services for either Holy Week or Easter, please contact Lu Ann at PittsburghEnglish4U@gmail.com.


Want support in your marriage?
Marriage is hard and we need each other.  Beginning in April Ascension will offer a marriage enrichment course entitled How We Love. This 7-session course being offered after Easter is an opportunity to press into the challenges of our marriages together, and grow in learning how to love well. Designed by Milan and Kay Yerkovich, How We Love looks at marital patterns through the lenses of Attachment Theory, suggesting that our relational styles are formed (for good or for ill) 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.

As the Yerkovich’s put it: “For 14 years, our marriage was stuck in the same old frustrating patterns.  When we looked at our first lessons in love from our families, we immediately recognized the unseen forces governing how we loved.  For the first time, we understood the source of our frustrations and why we were stuck.  Deep change was possible at last.”

Course facilitators: Jim and Mari Stout
Course dates: 7 Friday evenings from April 6 – May 25 (no class May 18)
Time: 6:30 to 9pm
Childcare: Childcare will be provided for Infants through 5th grade
Questions?  Mari: macstout@gmail.com or Jim: jmstouts@gmail.com
Online registration: Available here.


Need help with your finances?
Do you have any of these concerns about your finances? The balances on the credit cards are growing. Student loan debt feels crippling. Every time you start to get some traction with the finances, an emergency comes along and knocks you down. You want to plan for the future, but you never seem to have any money left when all the bills are paid. You feel that you aren’t free to do the things that God has planned for you because you are weighed down by money problems

Ascension will offer Financial Peace University 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.

Course facilitators: Kelsey and Aaron Sams
Course dates: 8 Friday evenings from April 6 – May 25
Time: 6:30 to 9pm
Childcare: Childcare will be provided for Infants through 5th grade
Questions? Aaron chemicalsams@gmail.com; Kelsey kelseysams@gmail.com
Fee: $100 for course kit (one per household); scholarship available!
Online Registration: Available here



Palm Sunday, March 25
Our 9am and 11am services will feature the Liturgy of the Palms, a Festival Procession and a dramatic reading of the Passion narrative. Children aged 5 and older will remain with their parents for the service. Childcare is provided for ages 4 and younger. There is no Children’s Talk on Palm Sunday, so please take your children to childcare prior to the start of the service.

Maundy Thursday, March 29 at 7pm
The worship of Maundy Thursday is rich in symbolism and will include washing of feet and the dramatic stripping of the altar in preparation for Good Friday. The service concludes in total darkness. Childcare is provided for ages 4 and younger. K-5th graders will have a special themed program in the Hunt Rooms.

Good Friday, March 30 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 (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 (Noon, 1pm and 2pm). Please feel free to drop off your children for all three hours, or for any one or two of the three hours.

Sacramental Confession,
Monday, March 26 – Wednesday, March 28 (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 and to receive spiritual consolation and ease of mind, you are invited to receive reconciliation with God through the aid of a priest. Jonathan Millard, Tish Warren and Jonathan Warren 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).



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

8am Sunrise Breakfast
All are welcome to breakfast in the Parish Hall following the Easter Vigil.

9am and 11am Services
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. Children ages 5 and older will remain in the service with their families.

Easter Egg Hunt for kids!
We will have an Easter Egg Hunt in the Hunt Rooms/Courtyard (weather permitting) following the 9am and 11am services. Please join us and bring baskets!