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    We are a community of Anglican believers who worship together, seek to grow as disciples of Jesus, and give back to God in gratitude for all He has done. Please join us on a Sunday and find out more!
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    Sign up today: Parish Retreat is just 2 weeks away

    Our Parish Retreat is just a little over 2 weeks away: Friday, Sept 29th – Sunday, Oct 1st. The retreat will be held at Laurelville Mennonite Church Center, about an hour from the city in a beautiful part of Western Pennsylvania. Registration closes one week from today on Wednesday, September 20th. So, if you want to come but have yet to register, please visit the registration table today or sign up online (visit our homepage).


    Try a day trip or come for Sunday lunch or camp!

    We have a few rooms left, so it’s not too late to sign up for an overnight. Camping is also an option with many sites available. If an overnight is more than you want to bite off, consider coming for a day trip on Saturday or perhaps for 10am worship on Sunday followed by lunch. We need to make advance meal reservations, so please visit the registration table or sign up online even if you choose one of these options.


    Weekend Theme: Kingdom Calling

    This year our speaker is second to none. Dr. Amy Sherman, from the Sagamore Institute in Washington, is going to flesh out Proverbs 11:10: “When the righteous prosper, the city rejoices.” Please join us!


    Want to cycle to the retreat on Friday?

    There is a group that cycles to the retreat facility each year. It’s about a 60-mile trek. If interested, contact Steve Stadelmeier at ss1u@andrew.cmu.edu.


    Want to golf on Saturday afternoon?

    Join a group for an afternoon of golfing near the retreat facility on Saturday. If you are interested, please contact Alan Komm at alkomm@comcast.net.

    Today! College students!

    The Ascension Campus Fellowship is having brunch together after each of our services. Meet in the Old Catacombs. Come down the stairs from the Parish Hall and turn right at the ping pong table. Meet some new faces and chat about the craziness of this semester so far. Danyel Johnson is your host.


    Today! Meet our Intern for Emerging Adult Ministry

    18-30? Looking for a Church family? We’d love for you to be a part of ours! Our dedicated staff person, Danyel Johnson, has the title of Intern for Emerging Adult Ministry precisely because the years between 18 and 30 are ones of transition, change and growth in independence. She is eager to connect and we are eager for you to find a home with us! You can reach Danyel at danyelj10@gmail.com or 585-905-5260. She’ll be standing at the back of the church near the welcome table if you’d like to meet her today.


    After Harvey: Ascension’s Helping Hands

    While Hurricane Harvey’s devastation was instant, the slow rebuilding of homes and lives in Houston will take much longer. In the spring of 2018, when the media spotlight will have no doubt moved on, a team from Ascension is planning to drive down to Texas and spend a week joining the Anglican churches there who are quietly working hard to serve the most impacted. For more details on how you might get involved physically or financially, contact alex.banfieldhicks@ascensionpittsburgh.org.


    Emergency Relief Fund: Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

    Ascension’s Emergency Relief Fund was designed to enable Ascension’s leadership to respond quickly to disasters throughout the world. We are currently receiving donations to the Emergency Relief Fund for hurricane relief efforts. At its meeting at the end of September, vestry will decide how to most effectively direct the funds that have been raised. If you would like to contribute to hurricane relief through Ascension, you can either put a check in the offering (with ‘Emergency Relief Fund’ on the memo) or you can donate online with a credit card using Easy Tithe (when you donate, again choose the option for the ‘Emergency Relief Fund’). For more details on this option, visit our homepage at www.ascensionpittsburgh.org.


    International Ministry – help us advertise

    We have many ESL posters printed on our information tables. If you are willing, please take one and either give it to an international or hang it up in a coffee shop or library or another useful place. Thanks!





    Retreat Weekend – No 9am service at Ascension

    Sunday, October 1

    On the weekend of the Parish Retreat we will not have a 9am service at Ascension. Please take note!

    • 10am service – Laurelville Mennonite Church Center
    • 11am service – Church of the Ascension


    Community Group Leader Meeting

    Saturday, October 7 at 9am in the Hunt Rooms

    The Community Group as a Sub-Parish: One of the significant challenges for community life at Ascension is the fact that we live far apart from one another. Our Community Groups are the most significant way that our church can overcome the challenge of geography and strengthen our conviction that we are the body of Christ and the family of God to one another. This training for Community Group leaders will focus very practically on how Community Groups can function as sub-parishes of the body at Ascension.


    Parish Workday

    Saturday, October 14 from 8:30am – lunch

    It takes many hands to keep an aging facility such as ours in good shape. Join a work crew on this fall morning. All skill levels welcome! Meet in the Parish Hall. We’ll begin with bagels and conclude with pizza for lunch.


    New Member Class

    Saturday, October 21 from 9am – Noon

    This class is for any who seek to investigate what Anglicanism is all about and what membership at Ascension involves. Childcare and a continental breakfast will be provided. The class takes place from 9am – Noon in the Ascension Hunt Rooms located in the Ed Wing. Childcare is available. To register, email marilyn.chislagahi@ascensionpittsburgh.org. We hope you’ll join us!



    Calendar for the week of September 17


    Monday, September 18     

    9:30 AM             English as a Second Language; Hunt Rooms


    Tuesday, September 19

    9:30 AM             Central Catholic Retreat; New Catacombs & Parish Hall

    2:00 PM              Staff Retreat Meeting; Conference Room

    6:30 PM              Gamblers Anonymous; Parish Hall

    7:30 PM              Alcoholics Anonymous; Old Catacombs


    Wednesday, September 20     DAY OF FASTING AND PRAYER

    7:00 AM             Morning Prayer; Gordon Chapel

    7:00 AM              Wednesday Men’s Group; Conference Room

    9:45 AM             Women’s Bible Study; Room 105

    12:00 PM           Wednesday Eucharist; Gordon Chapel

    6:30 PM              English as a Second Language; Education Wing

    6:00 PM             Evening Prayer; Gordon Chapel

    7:00 PM              Young Adult Group; Old Catacombs


    Thursday, September 21

    11:45 AM           Overeaters Anonymous; Room 105

    1:00 PM              Workaholics Anonymous; Room 105

    5:30 PM              Women’s Bible Study Fellowship; New Catacombs

    7:00 PM              Choir Rehearsal; Music Room


    Friday, September 22     

    1:00 PM              Overeaters Anonymous; Room 105

    6:30 PM              Middle School Youth Group; Old Catacombs


    Saturday, September 23

    9:30 AM             AA; Room 104 & New Catacombs


    Sunday, September 24

    9:00 AM             Holy Eucharist; Nave

    9:00 AM             Prayer Meeting; Prayer Chapel

    10:00 AM           Hospitality Hour; Parish Hall

    10:15 AM           Soaking Prayer; Prayer Chapel

    11:00 AM           Holy Eucharist; Nave

    6:00 PM              High School Youth Group; Old Catacombs



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