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The rector and vestry are delighted to announce that The Rev. Kevin Antlitz has been called to serve as our new Assistant Rector. Kevin, with his wife Susan and their three children, Billy (6), Jack (4), and Marilynne (2) will be moving to Pittsburgh from Washington DC, where Kevin is currently serving as Assistant Pastor at the Church of the Advent Anglican Church.
Fr. Kevin will begin his ministry among us in early May. We will provide a much fuller introduction in a future Ascent article. For now, we ask you to pray for the Antlitz family as they say their goodbyes, prepare for their move to Pittsburgh, and begin their new ministry among us. Please pray for their search for a house, for decisions about schooling, and all the many other practical details of their move. Let us pray also, that God would prepare us to welcome and receive them into our church family.
Welcome New Members! The next Explore Ascension Class is Saturday, Jan 30th at 10am. Join us!
We are delighted to welcome several people into membership! If you would like to explore membership or simply want to know more about Ascension and Anglicanism, please join our Explore Ascension class being held at 2pm on Saturday, January 30th. Contact Marilyn Chislaghi for the zoom link. The class will last one hour and will be led by our rector, Jonathan Millard
Kids’ Church Season 3 is here!
Sally Lolli and Kids’ Church are back for another exciting season! Episodes air at 8:30am Sunday mornings. The YouTube playlist for past episodes, including the Christmas Special, is available HERE.
An Invitation to Sing
All are invited to join in singing “Glory Be to Jesus,” which will part of our services during Lent. The instructional video is on YouTube, on Ascension’s Music and Worship Arts playlist. Recordings can be either audio or video and are due by the end of the day on Sunday, January 31. All recordings need to be sent to email@example.com. Please reach out to Chris Massa, Director of Music and Worship Arts, if you have any questions.
Weekly Grief Group in Lent – register now
The recent COVID-19 pandemic has caused many of us to experience significant losses in our lives – whether it has been health, community, job, or loved one. While the pandemic continues to drag on, the church year will enter the season of Lent, a season in which we as Christians are encouraged to enter into our grief.
As the tendency of grief is to park itself underneath the activity of everyday life and steer us in more ways than we know, we want to create a space where individuals are free to share their stories, struggles, heartaches, and sorrows, becoming unburdened from whatever losses they may be experiencing. The group will encourage participants to ask themselves where they are at in their grief journey and how grief is affecting their life, with sharing and discussion based around those questions. This group will also equip participants with contemplative exercises from the Ignatian tradition, encouraging them to creatively engage their grief with Scripture.
This group is not restricted to people who have experienced loss from the pandemic, but is for anyone who feels they are being impacted by any kind of loss, whether it is from the recent past or has been many years. We will be meeting Monday evenings at 7:00 during Lent over Zoom. The length of time will partly depend on the number of people who want to join, but we would like to keep it no longer than 90 minutes. The group will be led by Sam Ferguson, an MDiv student at Trinity School for Ministry who is doing a ministry apprenticeship at Ascension, along with the Rev. Karen Stevenson. Please send an email to Sam by February 15 if you are interested in participating.
Nave refurbishments begin soon
Significant repairs and refurbishments to the Nave will begin in February. In particular, in the months of February through April old pews will be removed, floors refinished and new pews installed. Following that, in May, our stained glass will be removed and taken off site for several months for much needed repair. If you would like one of Ascension’s old pews, they must be claimed by January 31st and and transported off site by those who want them no later than Friday, February 5th. Contact Isaiah Bornman, Director of Maintenance, to discuss further and set up an appointment to take a look this week.
Ascension’s monthly newsletter, The Ascent, is available HERE. This edition, entitled ‘Epiphany Invitations’ has many updates and encouragements for this new liturgical season.
Worship during Epiphany
Worship throughout Epiphany, until at least Ash Wednesday (February 17th), will be via Livestream at 10am Sundays with a walk through eucharist to follow from 11:15am – 12:15pm. A pastoral letter from Jonathan Millard explaining the decision to continue the suspension of in-person attendance is available HERE.
Weekly Prayer Groups
You are invited to consider several “10for@4” prayer meetings in Epiphany. The groups meet weekly on zoom. There are different daily topics. The call opens at 3:45pm and then participants engage in focused prayer for 10 minutes at 4pm. The topics and leaders are listed below. Please email the group leader if you would like the zoom link.
Mondays – Internationals (Contact Jess Bennett)
Tuesdays – Children, Youth and Students (Contact Jen Newhouse)
Wednesdays – Healthcare Workers (Contact Wendy LeMarquand)
Thursdays – Peace, Justice & Racial Reconciliation (Contact Sarah Gilmer)
Mind the Gap: CAYG goes UNDERGROUND
Given COVID and current temperatures, the youth groups cannot meet indoors nor outdoors, and given zoom-fatigue, it’s hard to meet online. So how can we avoid gaps growing within the CAYG community through this snowy season? From MLK Monday (Jan 18) through Ash Wednesday (Feb 17), CAYG will consist of a network of online resources and individual phone conversations between CAYG-ers and CAYG leaders, based on the particular questions our CAYG-ers want to talk about. This is a beautiful opportunity for meaningful and undistracted conversations that do us such good in this time. All are invited to pray that relationships deepen, hope grows and, when we can see each other’s faces again, praise and joy spring up all around! For more info, contact Alex Banfield Hicks.
BREATHE – after abortion care
BREATHE – after abortion care, an outreach of Women’s Choice Network, a ministry supported by Ascension, is offering a small group opportunity to those who have experienced abortion. In a loving, non-judgmental, and confidential setting you can meet others who understand. The group will explore healing from the emotional trauma of abortion and experience lasting freedom and peace. Registration for a January group is now open. Starting date TBD. Both virtual and in-person groups in the Pittsburgh area are available. Visit www.breatheaftercare.com for more info. Note: In-person groups will remain small in number in order to adhere to health and safety criteria.