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Worship with us on Sundays! All YouTube links for livestreamed services, bulletins, special needs and children’s ministry resources are available on our News & Events page. The services are on Ascension’s YouTube channel as are many other helpful resources. We invite you to subscribe – it’s easy! 

Details on how to Pledge & Give to More than Stones

Information on our More than Stones initiative, including all video links, can be found under News and Events. Those who want to make a first time pledge or an additional pledge are invited to fill out our online pledge form. Those who want to make contributions can send in a check to Church of the Ascension (4729 Ellsworth Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15213) with “More than Stones” on the memo OR can use the Easy Tithe link. Need information on how to pledge or give? Contact Karen Gowdy.

Advent at Ascension: The Ascent

Advent begins on Sunday, November 27 and there are many opportunities for Advent offered at Ascension. Please read the December edition of the Ascent to read all about it! 

Advent Resources available now

Please check out our tables at the back of the Nave for Advent Resources. We will have copies of Amy Bornman’s devotional The Great ‘O’ Antiphons (distributed last year) as well as Advent Prayer Guides designed by Ft. Kevin Antlitz. This booklet is designed for maximum usability and portability. All that is needed to pray the Daily Office has been assembled for you and will tuck easily into most Bibles. 

Wednesdays in Advent beginning Dec 1: The Great Litany

Join us on Zoom to pray The Great Litany on Wednesdays, December 1, 8 and 15 from 7pm – 7:15pm. The Great Litany is an ancient penitential rite and is particularly appropriate for Advent, a season of preparation and expectation. Join at 6:45pm to meet, greet and center ourselves for prayer. We begin promptly at 7pm. This interactive prayer takes about 15 minutes to pray. If you have never prayed The Great Litany, this would be a wonderful opportunity to give it a try. If you would rather not pray aloud, no worries – only those who volunteer will be called upon. And for those who do volunteer, all the words will be provided. For the Zoom link click here or contact Andrea Millard

Advent Soul Care: Dec 4 from 9:30 – 11am

An important part of our life of prayer is listening. In our busy lives it can be challenging to find solitude and silence to hear from God. We have designed Soul Care gatherings to give our souls space to be refreshed in the presence of the Lord. Brian Janaszek, an Ascension spiritual director, will guide our reflections on the first Saturday of December. Please register in advance.

Explore Ascension: Saturday, Dec 4 from 1 – 4pm

Interested in learning more about Ascension? Anglican history? Contemplating membership? Want to get to know clergy and staff? Please join us on Saturday, December 4 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 to let us know you are coming.

Children’s Choir Rehearsals: Dec 5 and 12

Children’s Choir is gathering for Lessons and Carols on December 19th! Jane Banfield Hicks, our director, would love for your child to sing. The Children’s Choir is for children 1st-5th grade. Rehearsals will take place between services, 10:30-11am on December 5th and 12th. Please contact Jane Banfield Hicks for more information at jbanfieldhicks@gmail.com or 913-743-3921.

Saint Nicholas Night Market: Sunday, Dec 5 from 5 – 7pm

Save the date for our first St. Nicholas Night Market! Music & Worship Arts and Children’s Ministry are teaming up to provide a family friendly event on the lawn. The evening includes Christmas gifts from local artists and artisans. Feast on some empanadas and hot cider. Enjoy music and bonfires, live stable animals, and maybe even a tractor ride!

Christmas Pageant Video Shoots: Dec 7

Preparations are underway for our children to present a Christmas Pageant during the 6pm Family Christmas Eve service. This year we will combine both a live pageant with video portions in the presentation. It’s going to be lots of fun. We will have one video shoots: Tuesday, December 7 at 4:15pm. Please email Catherine if you are interested.

OWLS Seniors Ministry Christmas Luncheon: Thursday, Dec 9 at 12:30pm

Ascension’s OWLS (Older, Wiser and Lively Saints) will have a Christmas party luncheon as well as Service of Holy Communion on Thursday, December 9. Ann Paton will preach, Lara McGill will sing, both Catherine Crotty and Jeanne Kohn will play the piano and lead in song. This will be a fun and joyous event. Join us! To RSVP, please email Ann Tefft. Lunch is $15 but first timers are free!

Join the Choir for Lessons and Carols

If you love to sing, or if you’ve been curious about being in the choir, this is a great time to give it a try! The services of Lessons and Carols will be on Sunday, December 19, at the 9am and 11am services, and you are welcome to join the choir! There will be three rehearsals for Lessons and Carols: Thursday, December 9, at 7:30pm; Thursday, December 16, at 7:30; and Saturday, December 18, at 10am. If you are interested, even if you can’t make all three rehearsals, please talk to Chris Massa.

A Service for Drawing Near: Sunday, Dec 12 at 6pm

Is the hustle and bustle of the holiday season disheartening? Do you need a moment to slow down, pray, and reflect? On Sunday, December 12 we will have an opportunity to do just that in the beauty of Ascension’s Nave. Led by Ft. Kevin Antlitz and Chris Massa, the service will feature visio divina (a form of contemplative prayer involving visual art) and reflective music inspired by the traditions of the Taize Community. 

CAYG: The Christmas Overnight is back!

Youth groupers! Join us Friday, December 17 for our overnight. Awaken to decorate Ascension’s Christmas tree! More info coming soon!

Service of Lessons & Carols: Sunday, Dec 19 at 9am and 11am

There are many different stories that are told in the days and weeks leading up to Christmas. The Service of Lessons & Carols is a unique way of telling one of these stories – the biblical narrative of fall and redemption – through a series of scripture readings, reflections, and a variety of music. The service will be the same at both services, featuring familiar carols as well as music from the choir, children’s choir, and music team. In addition to being an opportunity to worship together, this is a particularly good service to invite people to! Plan on being present or join us online at 11am. 

Carol Crawl: Monday, Dec 20 at 6pm

Jeanne Kohn and Jonathan Hoyt, organist at First Trinity Evangelical Luther Church (our neighbor!) will be presenting a very special evening of organ music and traditional carols. The event will begin at Ascension and move to First Trinity at roughly the halfway point, giving us a wonderful opportunity to sing and worship with our neighbors from another church. Come experience the wonder and beautfy of organ music and carols of Advent and Christmas!

Christmas Services

Please join us for one of these services to celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ:

  • Christmas Eve at 6:00 pm – Family Service with Children’s Pageant
  • Christmas Eve at 10:00 pm – Festival Eucharist (also available via live stream) 
  • Christmas Day at 10:00 am – A quieter service with different readings from Christmas Eve
  • Sunday, December 26 at 10:00 am – Combined service (no 9:00 or 11:00 am services on the 26th)

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 aged 4 to 5th grade are invited to participate in Kids’ Church, returning for communion. For more information, email Catherine.

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

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

Graduate Students – Saturday Bible Study (9am) and Monday evening study group (8 – 11pm). Interested? Email Chris Kirkland or text him at 412-716-1617. 

Internationals will have various events throughout December. Interested? Email LuAnn.

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

Prayer Ministry – We have relaunched weekly prayer gatherings. Team leaders start the prayer time promptly at 4pm and lead the groups in prayer for 10-minutes. To 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: Andrea Millard
  • Thursdays: Praying for Peace, Justice & Racial Reconciliation; Contact: Hannah Halfhill