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Please join our church family for the Millard Retirement Celebration on Saturday, June 15th at 6pm. We will begin with a program in the Nave, immediately followed by an hors d’oeuvres, wine, and dessert reception in the Parish Hall. Please register on the app to let us know you plan to come (18 years and older). Sunday, June 16th (9am and 11am) will be the Millard’s final service at Ascension. Plan on worshipping with us on this special weekend.

Ascension Sunday: Bishop’s Award
Bishop Alex Cameron worshipped with us on Ascension Sunday, May 11th. On the advice of our rector, Jonathan Millard, he gave awards for Exemplary Service to Susan Crary and Marilyn Chislaghi. A video made prior to the service captures the reasons why! Enjoy.

Here’s a peek inside!

Rothschild Doyno Collaborative, the incredible architectural firm that we work with, recently posted an Instagram Reel which gives a sneak peek inside the construction zone. Take a look here!

Ascension’s 41st Parish Retreat, held at Laurelville Church Center, is upcoming October 4 – 6. The weekend is a great way for newcomers to connect. It’s an all-ages event with special programming for children and youth, as well as plenty of outdoor activities, prayer ministry, campfires, walks in the woods, and an annual ducky race. We have incredibly winsome speakers this year –Bishop Alex and his wife, Tamara.  We encourage you to save the date!

Baby Bottle Campaign: Mother’s Day through Father’s Day

Please pick up a baby bottle from the Education Wing hallway, fill it with change, and bring it back to church by Father’s Day. All proceeds are in support of the Women’s Choice Network. Their Oakland office offers free ultrasounds and counseling to women who are considering an abortion. For more info, reach out to Meg

Special Summer Classes

Throughout the summer programming is offered on Wednesday mornings (10am) and Wednesday evenings (6:30pm). Email LuAnn for more information. Classes will include topics like the following: Famous places to visit in the United States; Singing and Pronunciation; Intermediate Reading and Fables; Practice Interviews and Tips for Getting Jobs; Artificial Intelligence and learning English

English Speakers!

Ascension International Ministry takes fun field trips throughout the summer and would love English speakers to join the fun, building relationships with our International friends. Email LuAnn if you can make one of the following: Round Hill Working Farm (June 1), Walking Tour of the Northside (June 29), Picnic and Fireworks at Station Square (July 4), Meadowcroft Early American History Center (July 20), Asian Water Lantern Festival (August 24). 

It’s Pentecost! Happy Birthday Church!

Join us for joy filled worship on Sunday May 19th as we close out Eastertide and continue the celebration of our faith as we remember the gift of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. You are invited to wear your fiery colors as we enjoy this festival Sunday together!

Join Kevin Antlitz for a book discussion: May 22

Digital Liturgies by Samuel D. James helps us to look at the impact of the Internet Age on every aspect of our lives. Becoming aware of how the internet and our technology are forming us more broadly is a helpful first step toward resisting “digital deformation.” Purchase the book and register on the app to let us know you’re planning to come to discuss the book.

Millard Farewell Tour: Special Needs

All who belong to our special needs family (participants and volunteers) are invited to join in fellowship with Jonathan and Andrea Millard as they say goodbye. Please let Deacon Wes know you hope to come on Sunday, May 26th between services. 

Join us May 28

The Shelter Meal Ministry will be busy in 2024. We’ve agreed to numerous dates, at least once a month and often twice a month. If you would like to be part of the meal ministry group, sign up here.  You can also contact Jonathan Sewell or Brian Janaszek if you would like more information or to volunteer. The next meals will be cooked and served on Sunday, April 14th (Shepherd’s Heart) and Tuesday, April 30th (EECM).

Millard Farewell Tour: Community Group Leaders

Community Group leaders are invited to the home of Jonathan and Andrea Millard for fun, fellowship and conversation with them prior to their departure in June. It will be a wine, cheese and dessert affair! Please let us know you’re coming. Because there are so many leaders, there are 2 nights to choose from: May 29th or May 31st. If you would like to bring your spouse, please do! Please register here.

Soul Care: Saturday, June 1 at 9:30am

Soul Care is designed to help us engage in the disciplines of prayer, reading and meditating on God’s holy Word. We begin and end our gathering in silence, and throughout the morning we leave space for silence – we fast from words. Join us on Saturday, June 1 from 9:30 – 11:00am in the Hunt Rooms. Please register on the web/app to let us know you are coming.

Sign up to help: June 1
Join others for a workday to clean the parish hall kitchen (which has not seen action for almost 2 years) and to help set up furniture in staff offices. Many hands needed. Pizza served at Noon! Let us know you’re planning to come by registering here.

Interested in learning more about Ascension? Anglican history? Contemplating membership? Please join us on Saturday, June 1 from 1 – 4pm for a great afternoon designed for those who are brand new, those who have been around for a few months and still feel ‘newish’, those who want to know more about Ascension and Anglicanism, as well as for those who want to become members. Childcare is provided. Please RSVP by signing up on the app. If you have any questions, please email Jess Bennett.

Millard Farewell Tour: Children’s Ministry

All kids are invited to a special time with with Jonathan and Andrea Millard concurrent with the 9am or 11am services on Sunday, June 2nd. They will speak on the theme, “Our forever is with Him.” This will be a special time to say goodbye and ice cream will be part of the fun. Stay tuned.

Join the Prayer Team: Tuesday, June 4 at 6pm

The Rector Search Prayer Team will gather for a time of dedicated prayer from 6:00 – 6:30pm on the 1st Tuesday of every month, including updates on the search process as appropriate. Join the Rector Search Prayer Team group on Church Center to get the Zoom link.

Contemporary Music Team Dinner: June 5 at 6:30pm
Join with others on the team for a dinner at the home of Andrea and Jonathan Millard on Wednesday, June 5th at 6:30pm. Please register to let us know you plan to come.

Honoring friends on the Sacristy Team
Jonathan and Andrea hope to honor their friends on the Sacristy Team with a dinner at their home on June 6 at 6:30pm. Please let Andrea know if you can make it!

Save the Date: Saturday, June 8

God willing, Wes Williams will be ordained to the priesthood on Saturday, June 8th at 10am at St. Stephen’s Church in Sewickley. We hope that many from Ascension will come out to support Wes and his wife Meg as they continue on their journey, following the calling the Lord has placed on their lives.

Choir: Tea with Millards on Sat, June 8 at 3pm

Members of the Ascension Choir are invited to have tea with Jonathan and Andrea on Saturday, June 8th at 3pm at their home. All are warmly invited. Please register to let them know you plan to attend.

Save the Date: Sunday, June 9

God-willing, the grand reopening of the Parish Hall and the ‘big reveal’ of the New Narthex will take place on Sunday, June 9. While some work will remain we are excited that 95% of the work will be complete and the occupancy permit will be in hand. Please plan on joining us to give thanks to the Lord for the culmination of this enormous project!

Millard Farewell Tour: Youth

CAYG (Church of the Ascension Youth Group) is excited to host Father Jonathan and Mother Andrea at a Farewell Party on Sunday, June 9th in the evening. This will be a special time to say goodbye, enjoy each other’s company one last time, and express appreciation for one another. Mark the date and plan to be there!

Join Ascension Seniors for the final luncheon of our spring season on Thursday, June 20th. We always enjoy our Ascension historian, Dr. Bill Campbell. This time he will tell us a bit about St. Francis of Assisi, and particularly of his love for animals.

Please sign up to let us know you are coming. You may also email Kate to sign up. Lunch is $15. First timers are free. You can now pay on the app as well as in person. We meet at 12:30pm in Ascension’s New Catacombs and wrap up around 2:30pm.  

Join Jess Bennett for a book discussion: June 30

The Spirit of our Politics by Michael Wear is a great read to help navigate the upcoming election season. Ware talks about ‘stewarding our political selves’ and offers spiritual and liturgical practices as helpful ways forward to be the body of Christ against a background of toxicity and partisanship. Purchase the book and register on the app ($5 for pizza) to let us know you’re planning to come to the discussion (after 11am service).

A Good Summer Read!
Join a group of women at Marilyn Chislaghi’s house to discuss a good summer read, Whose Body by Dorothy L. Sayers! Megan Markley will lead the discussion. Sign up to let us know you plan to come!

In Case of Emergency …

Ascension’s Security Ministry tries to implement best practices both to ‘harden’ our facility and to train volunteers and parishioners in best security practices. Those who attend Ascension regularly are asked to read an article and watch a suggested video, both of which are here. Thank you!