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Blood Drive at Ascension: Register to Participate

Ascension is hosting a blood drive on Saturday, February 5 from 9am – 3pm in the Hunt Rooms. There is currently a critical shortage of blood supply throughout the country. Will you participate? To make an appointment:

  • Visit www.vitalant.org and click the “Log In” button.
  • On the new window, choose Donor Login (previous donor) or New Donor (haven’t donated with Vitalant before)
  • Search with group code G0050008
  • You can also call 412-209-7000 to register for an appointment.
  • If you have any questions about eligibility to give blood, please contact the Vitalant Medical Help desk at 800-310-9551.

Foundations: Begins Thursday, January 27

In late January Ascension will offer a 12 week spiritual formation opportunity called ‘Foundations.’ The goal of Foundations is to help us better know and love and live the light of Christ. Over the course of the 12 weeks the class will cover the Lord’s Prayer, the Ten Commandments, the Apostles’ Creed, the sacraments as well as Anglican history. The course will be led by Father Kevin and Josh Bennett with the hope of other clergy teaching as they are able.

Perhaps the best way to think of Foundations is as a discipleship cohort or a Community Group with a semester long commitment. In addition to covering the foundational content of the Christian faith, participants will be expected to meet a few times throughout the semester with 2-3 fellow members to share and pray for one another. Foundations is open to everyone, but space will be limited, and we ask folks to join who can commit to missing no more than 2 sessions. We will meet on Thursday evenings from 7-9pm at Ascension starting in mid to late January. Childcare is available. To sign up, please fill out the registration form.

Funeral for Sharon Forrest: Sunday, January 30 at 3pm

All are welcome to attend Sharon Forrest’s funeral on the 30th of January. Father Jack Gabig will preach. Sharon’s ashes will be interred in the Ascension columbarium. The funeral will also be available by live stream on Ascension’s YouTube channel with a link available here.

Annual Meeting: Sunday, February 20 at 12:45pm

Please mark your calendars and plan to attend. Ascension’s Annual Meeting will take place on Sunday, February 20 at 12:45pm just after the conclusion of the 11am service. It will be an abbreviated meeting, with voting for a new nominating committee, and the presentation of vestry candidates and the 2022 budget. The rector’s address will be recorded in advance and sent out via email. Please plan on attending!

Submit a photo for our Pictorial Directory

Once a week a group meets to pray for the Ascension family, using our online pictorial directory as a guide. It has become apparent that we need many people to add their photos to the directory (online; password protected). Will you submit a photo? If you are willing, send an electronic photo to ascensionpictorialdirectory@gmail.com and please name the people in the photo. Thank you!

Interested in a Ministry at Ascension?

We have numerous open places for people to serve from ushers to greeters to welcome table, special needs ministry, international ministry, sacristy team, children and youth ministry – and that’s to name just some of our ministries. If interested, you can fill out a form and a ministry leader will get back to you. If you would like to have a conversation about how you can serve at Ascension, email Marilyn or text her with your name and a brief message at 412-953-7050.

Join a 10for@4 Prayer Group in 2022?

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: Andrea Millard
  • Thursdays: Praying for Peace, Justice & Racial Reconciliation; Contact: Hannah Halfhill

Explore Ascension: Coming up in February or March

Interested in learning more about Ascension? Anglican history? Contemplating membership? Want to get to know clergy and staff? Once the current Covid-19 Omicron wave has passed, we’ll be scheduling another class. Our scheduled class for January has been cancelled. So, please stay tuned! This is 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.

January Newsletter: Epiphany

The Epiphany edition of the Ascent, our monthly newsletter, is available now! Enjoy. It will also be delivered to homes on our mailing list. If you would like to be on our email and mail listing, please email Stacey Regan.

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