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Parish Retreat 2022: Registration Open

Ascension’s annual Parish Retreat (Sept 30 – Oct 2) at the Laurelville Retreat Center is one of the highlights of the year. Each year more than 300 people from Ascension gather for a weekend away (about a one hour’s drive from the city) for a time of refreshment, renewal, and great fellowship together. Come one, come all – single, married, older, or younger. This is a weekend for everyone!

This year our new bishop, Alex Cameron, and his wife Tamara, will be with us. Bishop Alex will join the Ascension clergy team in leading reflections on the theme of “The Good Shepherd.” Come find out more at the registration table under the tent on Sundays or register online using THIS LINK. Want more information? Please reach out to Marilyn Chislaghi.

Parish Day Away on Saturday, August 20 from Noon – 4pm

Join us for a day of sunshine, swimming, and conversation. We’ll gather around the pool at Laurelville Retreat Center, about an hour from Pittsburgh. Bring a picnic lunch. A canteen is also available for hotdogs and other summer delights – nachos, mini pizzas, ice cream! It takes about an hour to drive to the retreat center from Pittsburgh.

Pathways to Flourishing: Sunday, August 28 after 11am service

Join Daniel Behrens, Jen Tinker and Kathleen Oliver for lunch in the Hunt Rooms and Courtyard after the 11am service on Sunday, August 28 for a presentation entitled Pathways to Flourishing: An Introduction to Ascension’s Ministry to Refugees, Asylum Seekers, and Low-income Immigrants. Jen and Kathleen will share about the immigration process that refugees and asylees undergo, and how our church is caring for those in this challenging process. Daniel will share his vision for serving recent immigrants, what he is learning so far, and discuss ways to walk with refugees in Pittsburgh. Come ready to learn, ask questions, meet new people, and hear how the Lord is mobilizing our church to serve sojourners in our community. Have questions? Email Daniel Behrens, Ascension’s Missionary in Residence. Want to come? Please register here. Childcare available by request.

Newcomer Cookout on Sunday, September 4 at 5pm

If you are new to Ascension over the past year or two, we’d love you to join us the first Sunday in September for a NEWCOMER COOKOUT! Join Ascension clergy, staff and other members for great food and an informal “get to know you” time. Kids are welcome! We will meet under the tent on Sunday, September 4 from 5 – 7:30pm. Come ready to eat, to chat, and to have some fun! And, please bring a side dish or dessert to share. If the tent has to come down for our upcoming construction, we’ll meet in the Courtyard. Let us know you are coming by filling out this form.

Ascension ‘Town Hall’ on Wednesday, September 7 at 7pm

Join the rector for a meeting to discuss upcoming construction and the impact on parish life. All welcome to attend.

Foundations of the Christian Faith: begins September 8

This September we will be hosting another semester of Foundations, a 12-week course that covers the foundations of the Christian faith. Through the semester we ask three questions: What do we believe? How do we pray? How should we live? We look for answers in the Apostles’ Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Ten Commandments. The course is great for new folks who want to get plugged in and old timers who want to go deeper. It also counts as preparation for Confirmation. Please register using the link we’ve created. Email Deacon Josh at if you have questions.

Explore Ascension on Saturday, September 10 from 1pm – 4pm

Join Ascension clergy and staff for an afternoon talking about Ascension and Anglicanism more generally, touring the Nave and asking questions you have. To sign up, please register here. Childcare is available.

Join a Ministry Team – Sign up to Serve!

We are recruiting now for ministries in the fall. There are so many opportunities to serve meaningfully at Ascension, using your unique personality and God-given gifts in service of others. Opportunities are listed here! If you’d like to talk about opportunities, please reach out to Marilyn Chislaghi.

PRISM International Ministry wants your stuff

PRISM International Ministry, based at Bellefield Presbyterian (4001 Fifth Ave) hosts an annual Garage Giveaway event for internationals. They are looking for donations of small appliances, furniture, bedding, lamps, etc. Drop offs can be made August 16 – 18 (Tues – Thurs) between 10am and 8pm. For more info, please contact David Lambacher. You can help internationals establish a home here while they help you by using items you no longer need.

Children’s Ministry Fall Registration

Please take a moment to register your children for our Fall Children’s Ministry program using this link: Infant – 5th grade Children’s Ministry Registration. Registering your children each year helps us have up to date information and know your intentions to have your children participate in our church programs and plan more accurately.

Pictorial Directory

Ascension has a pictorial directory (password protected … ask a member of staff) on our website. We’d love your picture. It’s such a good way to be known and get to know others. If you are willing, please send a high-resolution photo along with names of those on the picture to

Would you consider volunteering with International Ministry?

Currently we have 40+ adults volunteering in this ministry. The good news is that we need even more! This summer internationals have several field trips to fun places. In September we relaunch our regular ESL classes and Bible studies as well as regular Monday prayer. If interested, contact LuAnn Pengidore. Here’s what we need:

  • Drivers for field trips 
  • Conversation Partners and Tutors 
  • ESL Teachers and Assistants 

Resuming in Fall 2022: Join a 10for@4 Prayer Group 

Several weekly prayer gatherings take place via Zoom. The group gathers at 3:45pm to chat and begins prayer at 4pm, ending promptly by 4:15pm. TTo participate, send an email to the group contact person:

  • Mondays: Praying for Internationals; Contact: Sophie Bernardi
  • Tuesdays: Praying for Children & Youth; Contact: Jen Newhouse
  • Wednesdays: Praying for “Ascensionites”; Contact: Melita Carter
  • Thursdays: Praying for Peace, Justice & Racial Reconciliation; Contact: Hannah Halfhill

Ministry Contacts at a Glance

Children’s MinistryNursery care (infant – 3 years) is available 15 minutes prior to the beginning of each service. After the children’s talk, those ages 4 through 5th grade are invited to participate in Kids’ Church, returning for communion. For more information, email Catherine Slocum.

Youth Group – Join us Sundays! Using the whole of Ascension’s space, Grades 6-8 and 9-12 enjoy two parallel evenings. 6:30pm start with 8:30pm finish. More info? Visit our youth website or email Alex Banfield-Hicks.

Campus Ministry – Meet us Wednesdays from 6:30-8:30pm at Church of the Ascension. Interested? Email Leah Hornfeck or text her at 724-630-0167.

Graduate Students – Join us for our Grad Student Bible Study Monday evening from 7:00-9:00pm. Interested? Email Chris Kirkland or text him at 412-716-1617. 

Internationals – To learn more about English classes or special events, email LuAnn Pengidore.

WINGS Special Needs Ministry – To learn more about our special needs ministry, email Josh Bennett

Seniors MinistryTo register for our monthly luncheon each 2nd Thursday, email Ann Tefft or call her at 412-526-1107.