- Ordination to the Priesthood: Josh & Jess Bennett, Jan 28
- RSVP for Resound Worship LIVE at Church of the Ascension, Feb 6
- RSVP for Women’s Retreat: Finding Treasure in Your Story, Feb 11
- Sign up for The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola
- RSVP for Soul Care, Feb 18
- “Transfiguration: A Song Cycle” Concert, Feb 19
- Explore Ascension, Feb 25
- Annual Meeting, Feb 26
- Mission & Prayer
- Upcoming Lent opportunities at Ascension
Ordination to the Priesthood
Saturday, January 28 @ 2:00pm
Celebrate with us as Jess Bennett and Josh Bennett are ordained to the priesthood. Childcare is available for those 3 and under. The service will be available via live stream.
RSVP Resound Worship Live at Ascension, Monday, February 6 @ 6:30pm
Join us for a fantastic night of worship with guest worship leaders Resound Worship (UK)! Resound is a grassroots songwriting collective whose mission is to encourage and equip the local songwriter to testify to Gods’ work in their home churches. Let us know you’re coming by reserving your seat here. Cost is $5/person or $20/family. Credit or cash accepted at the door. Doors open at 6:00pm.
RSVP for Women’s Retreat
Saturday, February 11 @ 8:30am
Our time together will include worship and four fifteen-minute talks, followed by individual reflection and small group discussion. The retreat will conclude with worship and the Eucharist. Childcare is offered, but for the morning only. Registration in advance is required. The cost of the retreat is $25. Some scholarship assistance is available. Pay through Easy Tithe, at the door, or send a check to Church of the Ascension with ‘Women’s Retreat’ on the memo line.
Sign Up for the St. Ignatian Spiritual Exercises
One of the many tools for spiritual formation available to the Church are the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, a unique and structured practice of prayer, meditation, and spiritual direction. Ascension is offering a 10-week adaptation of the exercises beginning on the week of February 5 and concluding the week of April 10. This is an intensive experience that includes individual prayer and meditation on Scripture as well as time spent sharing your experiences within the context of small group spiritual direction. Participants will meet 7-8:30 pm once a week (exact evening TBD) for 10 weeks and commit to a daily prayer practice outlined in an Exercises Manual. Please email Brian Janaszek (412-417-6363) for more information. To sign up, please use the registration form.
Soul Care: Saturday, February 18 at 9:30am
Soul Care mornings are designed for reflection and contemplation. Our mornings together feature a slower pace where we engage in active listening, intentional reading, and quiet meditation on scripture. We begin and end each gathering in silence, and throughout the morning we leave plenty of space to linger in the presence of the Lord together. RSVP here.
“Transfiguration: A Song Cycle”
Sunday, February 19 @ 2:30pm
Come witness the world premiere of a new song cycle by poet Amy Bornman and composer Chris Massa, performed by soprano Lara Lynn McGill and pianist Jeanne Kohn, followed by a Q&A with the artists. Sunday February 19 at 2:30pm. Free admission, donations gladly accepted.
RSVP for Explore Ascension
Saturday, February 25 @ 1pm
Newcomers and those exploring membership are invited to join Ascension clergy from 1 – 4pm on the last Saturday of February. The Explore Ascension class looks at Anglican history and distinctives, as well as at Ascension in particular. This class is part of the pathway to membership, but there is no obligation to become a member upon taking the class. To sign up, fill in the registration form online on our website or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope to see you there!
Ascension Annual Meeting
Sunday, February 26
Ascension’s Annual Meeting will be held after the 11am service on Sunday, February 26. At our annual meeting we will elect new members to vestry, review 2022 finances and the 2023 budget, and receive a report from the rector on parish highlights.
The October/November edition of the Ascent, our monthly newsletter, is devoted to mission and outreach. We hope you enjoy the many articles introducing our missionaries who represent a variety of agencies and engage in very distinctive forms of missional outreach.
Because Ascension’s kitchens are unavailable during construction, Jonathan Sewall and Brian Janaszek are leading teams of volunteers to cook a monthly shelter meal using the kitchens of East End Cooperative Ministry (EECM). Rather than cook on Sundays, the meal is now being cooked on Tuesday afternoons beginning at 4pm, with the meal being served during the dinner hour following. The meal is cooked and served on the 4th Tuesday of the month (Jan 24, Feb 28, Mar 28, etc). If you would like to volunteer to cook and be part of the fun on Tuesday afternoons once a month, or even just occasionally, let us know by emailing Jonathan and Brian.
PRAYER FOR OUR THAILAND TEAM: Ascension’s Thailand team left on Thursday, January 12. Led by Erika Twichell, the team consists of Mari and Davita Stout, Elizabeth Ames, Deacon Jess Bennett, and Kelly and Sophia Shane. A prayer calendar is available to pray for them as they work with our partners at Saint Andrew’s Anglican Church in Chiang Mai leading a week-long special program for their affiliated school.
Ascension will have services at Noon and 7pm. Childcare for those 3 and under provided. Please plan on attending this services to mark the beginning of Lent.
Two books for Lent
A couple of books will be recommended for Lent in case you want to order in advance: Lent: The Season of Repentance and Renewal by Esau McCaulley and The Good of Giving Up by Aaron Damiani.
Join the choir for Good Friday
On Good Friday, the choir will be presenting St. Mark’s Passion, written by the Irish composer Charles Wood in 1920. The piece is roughly an hour in length, and it will make up the third hour of the Good Friday service, from about 2:00 to 3:00 pm. If you love singing, please consider this your invitation to join the choir for this special event. While the choir has already begun looking at the piece, it may be possible for more people to join, either on a permanent or short-term basis. Please email Chris Massa.
We will periodically post photos of construction updates for our friends who live stream and those unable to make it to Ascension in person.