Ascension International Ministry – Easter Hosting!
Easter Sunday, April 16
Easter Holiday Hosting is a great way to bless international students and to give them a chance to learn about American culture, about Jesus’ life, death & resurrection, and to enjoy hospitality in the home of a Christian American. Hosting includes picking your student and his/her friends or family up (if needed), taking them to church, having them to your home for a meal, and returning them home. Simply include them in your family traditions! We have 60+ internationals registered in our ESL program that meets Monday mornings and Wednesday evenings. To reply or if you have any questions, contact Lu Ann at email@example.com or call her at 614-607-3067.
Lent Marches on: Friday Lenten Dinner Course
Friday, March 31, 6:30-8:30pm
The evening begins at 6:30pm and concludes 8:30pm. The cost for dinner is $7/adult, $3/child with a $20 family cap. This week’s talk is:
Friday, March 31 – Constructing a Rule of Life
Speaker: The Rev. Ann Paton
On our final evening the Rev. Dr. Ann Paton will talk about a Rule of Life. A Rule of Life is an intentional pattern of spiritual disciplines that provides structure and direction for growth in holiness. As we confront the challenges of the World, the Flesh and the Devil, a Rule of Life will give us guidance in our journey and equip us for godly living.
OWLS (Older, Wiser, Lively Saints!)
Tuesday, April 6 from 12:30 – 2:30pm
Long-time Ascension member, Robin Capcara, will speak on “Abundant Living for the Second Half of Life.” Jesus came that we might have life abundant. What does that mean for mature believers? How can we thrive and flourish as disciples in the exciting second half of our lives? Come ready for a great lunch! OWLS meetings take place on the second Thursday of each month (in April we will meet on the first week because of Holy Week). There is a $10 charge for lunch, but first time non-Ascension friends are free! For more information on our OWLS ministry, or to RSVP, please contact the Rev. Ann Tefft, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Introduction to Anglicanism
Begins Wednesday, April 19
An Introduction to Anglicanism Course will be held in the 6 weeks between Easter and Ascension Day. The teaching series is a great introduction to Anglicanism and serves as preparation for those adults being confirmed. It will be taught by our Associate Rector, Jonathan Warren. Our primary text for the confirmation course will be the Anglican Catechism, To Be a Christian. We will have a service of confirmation with Archbishop Jim Hobby on Sunday, May 28. To register, (1) fill out the bulletin insert or (2) visit our website at www.ascensionpittsburgh.org. or (3) email email@example.com. Childcare is available.
Begins Wednesday, April 19
Are you separated? Going through a divorce? Recently divorced? Divorced some time ago? Did an engagement end?
Has a long-term committed relationship ended?
Most people will tell you that separation and divorce are the most painful and stressful experiences they’ve ever faced. It’s a confusing time with feelings of isolation and questions about issues never faced before. DivorceCare groups meet weekly to help those who have undergone divorce face these challenges and move toward rebuilding their lives.
We are pleased to offer this short-term, biblically-based support group for those who have been divorced, separated, or who have suffered the breakdown of an engagement or long-term relationship (either in the recent past or even quite some time ago). The group will meet weekly on Wednesdays through June or early July. Each session will have two distinct elements: During the first 30 – 40 minutes of the meeting, the group watches a video seminar featuring divorce and recovery subjects. After viewing the video, group participants spend time as a support group, discussing what was presented and what is going on in their lives. To find out more about DivorceCare, visit www.divorcecare.org.
The course will be led by a team of 3 lay people who themselves suffered divorce. The course materials cost $20. Childcare is available. To register, (1) fill out the bulletin insert or (2) visit our website at or (3) email firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Member Class
Saturday, April 22 from 9am – Noon
This class is for any who seek to investigate what membership at Ascension involves. The class will be taught by our Associate Rectors, Tish and Jonathan Warren. Childcare and a continental breakfast will be provided. The class takes place from 9am – Noon in the Ascension Hunt Rooms. Childcare is available. To register, (1) fill out the bulletin insert or (2) visit our website at www.ascensionpittsburgh.org or (3) email email@example.com. We hope to see you there!
Saturday, April 29 from 8:30 – 10:30am
Speaker: The Rev. Tish Warren on her book “Liturgy of the Ordinary”
Women of Ascension (and their friends!) are invited to our first women’s breakfast which comes a couple of weeks after Easter and just before the merriness of May sets in with graduations and end of school events! Join us as we get to know our Associate Rector, Tish Harrison Warren, and hear from her about her recently published book, Liturgy of the Ordinary. The cost for the breakfast is $10. To register, (1) fill out the bulletin insert or (2) visit our website at www.ascensionpittsburgh.org or (3) email firstname.lastname@example.org. Childcare is available.
Elizabeth wants a Sword Fight!!
Ascension New Catacombs
Wednesday, March 29 from 7 – 9pm
Brawling Bard Theater invites everyone to a free preview of their latest show “Elizabeth Wants a Sword Fight” in the New Catacombs on Wednesday, March 29 from 7-9pm. The show stars our very own Elizabeth Irvine, and is written and directed by her dad, Alan Irvine. It is a blend of comedy, action, Shakespeare and sword play suitable for all ages. Please join us for an evening of relaxation and laughter!
Calendar for the week of March 26
Monday, March 27
9:00 AM ESL; Hunt Rooms
Tuesday, March 28
10:00 AM Staff Meeting; Conference Room
2:30 PM Youth Bible Study; Old Catacombs
6:30 PM Gamblers Anonymous; Parish Hall
7:30 PM Men’s AA Group; Old Catacombs
Wednesday, March 29
7:00 AM Wednesday Men’s Group; Conference Room
10:00 AM Women’s Bible Study; Room 105 (9:45am childcare)
12:00 PM Wednesday Eucharist; Gordon Chapel
6:30 PM ESL; Hunt Rooms and Rooms 103, 104 & 105
7:00 PM Young Adult Bible Study; Old Catacombs
7:00 PM Preview: “Elizabeth Wants a Sword Fight!” New Cats
Thursday, March 30
11:45 AM Overeaters Anonymous; Conference Room
1:00 PM Workaholics Anonymous; Conference Room
5:30 PM Women’s Bible Study Fellowship; New Catacombs
7:00 PM Choir Practice; Music Room
Friday, March 31
1:00 PM Overeaters Anonymous; Conference Room
6:30 PM Lenten Dinner #4; Parish Hall
6:30 PM Middle School Youth Group; Old Catacombs
Saturday, April 1
9:30 AM AA; Hunt Rooms & New Catacombs
Sunday, April 2
9:00 AM Prayer Meeting; Prayer Chapel
9:00 AM Holy Eucharist; Nave
10:10 AM Children’s Choir Rehearsal; Hunt Rooms
11:00 AM Holy Eucharist; Nave
12:30 PM Resounding Grace; Music Room
5:00 PM Jonah’s Call Service & Dinner; Nave & Parish Hall
6:30 PM High School Youth Group; Old Catacombs