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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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    College student? Young adult? Back in town?

    You are invited to participate in our young adult ministry this summer. We have a couple of Community Groups of young adults to choose from. They meet Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. This is an opportunity to connect to a great group of 20-somethings of various ages, some of whom are active in college, university or the professional world. For more information, contact Danyel Johnson at dnj2@pitt.edu (585-905-5260).


    Children and Adults – A Call for Art!

    There will be a visual art show at Church of the Ascension to celebrate Pentecost. The show will begin Pentecost Sunday (June 4th) and will run until June 25th; the opening reception will be Friday, June 9th. Anyone can submit artwork, including children! Submissions are due Friday, May 26th. The theme of the show is “Come Holy Spirit” in honor of Pentecost. If you are interested in participating, please email autumnghubril@gmail.com. All guidelines for submission can be found in the May edition of the Ascent which is available at church and online.


    Archives – have an interest in preserving history?

    Ascension is a church community with an incredible history – and we continue to make history! If you have knowledge of archival or preservation techniques, we’d appreciate your help in getting with our Archives. Please contact at Karen Gowdy at karen.gowdy@ascensionpittsburgh.org or 412-621-4361 x218 if you would be able to contribute some time and expertise.


    Sunday ‘Welcome’ Ministries – interested?

    We have three welcome ministries on Sundays: Greeters at our main entrances, Ushers during the service, and the Welcome Table after services. We need more volunteers in each of these critical ministries. To find out more, email marilyn.chislaghi@ascensionpittsburgh.org. Thanks!


    Baby Bottle Campaign – keep saving pennies and dimes!

    The Baby Bottle Campaign to benefit the Women’s Choice Network is under way! Don’t forget to return your bottles to Room 105 in the education wing (Room 105) on or before Father’s Day, June 18. All change, bills and checks collected in the bottles will support the ministry of WCN. Bottles are still available on information tables. This campaign runs for a month between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.


    OWLS Meeting: Older, Wiser, Lively Saints

    Thursday, June 8 from 12:45pm – 2:00pm (note change of time)

    OWLS will cap off its year with a visit to nearby Rodef Shalom Biblical Botanical Gardens on Thursday, June 8. We have a 1 – 2pm scheduled docent tour of the Gardens. The tour is free as is parking. Rodef Shalom is located at 4905 Fifth Avenue, opposite WQED. We will explore the natural world of ancient Israel with more than 100 temperate and tropical plants. We will meet directly at Rodef Shalom at 12:45pm, in time for our tour. If you need a ride, please contact the Rev. Ann Tefft at 412-526-1107 or tefft.ann@gmail.com  just as soon as you can. Please come one, come all! This unique Biblical Botanical Garden is the only one of its kind in Pennsylvania!


    Public Lecture at Trinity School for Ministry

    Thursday, June 8 at 7pm

    Rod Dreher will deliver a public lecture entitled “Why the American Church Needs the Benedict Option” at Trinity School for Ministry on Thursday, June 8th at 7pm. All are welcome. For more information, contact Dawn Bates at dbates@tsm.edu. You can also read a compelling review of Dreher’s book, The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation, in the May Ascent.


    Christian Witness in a Fractured Culture

    Thursday, June 15 at 7pm

    Church of Ascension Hunt Rooms

    As Americans, we are finding it increasingly difficult to communicate with each other. We are tempted to see our neighbors as our enemies. But as Christians, we are responsible to proclaim the gospel and work for the common good in our vocations in the midst of our fraying social and political fabric. Legal and political scholar Dr. John Inazu, author of Confident Pluralism, will address this topic in conversation with our co-Associate Rector, Tish Harrison Warren. Tish has also written about Christian witness in a post-Christian culture, most notably in a Christianity Today article entitled “The Wrong Kind of Christian.” The conversation will take place on Thursday, June 15 at 7 p.m. Our co-Associate Rector Jonathan Warren will host the event. Dr. Inazu will have copies of Confident Pluralism for sale. Please join us for this important conversation!



    Calendar for the week of May 21


    Monday, May 22

    10:00 AM         Biblical Literacy Task Force; Hunt Rooms


    Tuesday, May 23

    10:00 AM        Staff Meeting; Conference Room

    2:30 PM           Youth Bible Study; Old Catacombs

    6:30 PM           Gamblers Anonymous; Parish Hall

    6:30 PM           Vestry; Conference Room

    7:30 PM           Men’s AA Group; Old Catacombs


    Wednesday, May 24

    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

    5:30 PM           English as a Second Language; Room 105

    7:00 PM           Young Adult Group; Old Catacombs

    7:00 PM           Understanding Anglicanism; Hunt Rooms

    7:00 PM           DivorceCare; Prayer Chapel


    Thursday, May 25

    11:45 AM        Overeaters Anonymous; Room 105

    12:00 PM         OWLS Committee; Prayer Chapel

    1:00 PM           Workaholics Anonymous; Room 105

    7:00 PM           Choir Rehearsal; Music Room


    Friday, May 26

    1:00 PM           Workaholics Anonymous; Room 105

    6:30 PM           High School Youth Group; Old Catacombs


    Saturday, May 27

    9:30 AM          AA; Hunt Rooms & New Catacombs


    Sunday, May 28

    9:00 AM          Holy Eucharist; Nave

    9:00 AM          Prayer Meeting; Prayer Chapel

    10:00 AM        Hospitality Hour; Parish Hall

    10:10 AM        Children’s Choir Practice; Hunt Rooms

    10:15 AM        Soaking Prayer; Prayer Chapel

    11:00 AM        Holy Eucharist; Nave

    6:30 PM           High School Youth Group; Old Catacombs


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