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More than Stones Campaign: Let’s Cross the Finish Line Together
In 2019 Church of the Ascension embarked on a campaign to raise funds to repair and refurbish our “old stones”, to build out some “new stones”, all in service of the “living stones” of our church. It’s all explained in a video featuring Ascension rector, Jonathan Millard. In early 2020 with the onset of the pandemic, the More Than Stones initiative came to a premature close. We are now embarking on a 3-month abbreviated campaign from September 1 – November 30 to finish what we started. We have just 10% to go, with $820,000 left to raise. Over the coming weeks we will communicate how you can give and pledge to the project. Please put the evening of Saturday, October 23 or Sunday, October 24 on your calendar. We will be holding two identical presentations to celebrate and, God willing, complete the capital campaign.
Church of Ascension’s Vestry has chosen to use the opportunity of the More Than Stones initiative as a time to honor specific members and freinds of Ascension whose stories have inspired us. Each week in September we will share the honorary naming of a different space in our current and new buildings. See what’s happened so far:
Parish Retreat Payments & Weekend Information for Participants
Parish Retreat Registration is closed. Our registration table will be open on Sunday for payment only and to register for Sunday lunch after the 10:00am retreat worship service on October 3. Coming to the retreat and need weekend info? Everything you need to know in advance is in a letter located HERE. Some highlights:
- If you are coming to the retreat on Friday, you can arrive anytime 4:00pm onwards on Friday, October 1. We begin the weekend with a cookout at 6:00pm.
- If you are coming up for Saturday, we begin at 9:00am.
- If you are coming for worship on Sunday, we begin at 10:00am.
- Directions to the retreat be found on the Laurelville Retreat Center website. The main meeting space is called ‘Shenendoah’ and is clearly marked on signage.
Explore Ascension for Newcomers: Saturday, October 9
Interested in learning more about Ascension? Anglican history? Contemplating membership? Want to get to know clergy and staff? Please join us for Explore Ascension on Saturday, October 9 from 1 – 4pm 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. We will begin at 1pm in the Ascension Hunt Rooms. Please register to let us know you plan to come. Childcare is available.
A new edition of our monthly newsletter, The Ascent, is available now. Many fall ministry highlights are included. Happy reading!
Fall Ministries have launched!
We are pleased that our programs for the fall have launched. Here’s a summary:
Campus Ministry – This Fall we’ll be turning to the book of Ecclesiastes as we wrestle with the question “What does it mean to live well in this world at this time?” We meet every Wednesday from 6:30 – 8:30pm at Church of the Ascension. Interested? Email Leah Hornfeck or text her at 724-630-0167.
Seniors OWLS Ministry – In addition to monthly luncheon meetings every second Thursday, OWLS will have a 6-session Bible study based on N. T. Wright’s Surprised by Hope, Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church. This study will take place at 10am on the Thursdays listed to follow: September 23 and 30; October 14 and 28; November 18; December 2. To register for the study or monthly luncheon, email Ann Tefft or call her at 412-526-1107. Coming up the the 2nd Thursday of October – what we can learn from the Medieval Church.
Children’s Ministry – Please register your child to participate in Ascension’s children’s ministry this fall with our online Registration Form. We are excited to offer in-person children’s programming. We will open our nursery (infant – 3 years) 15 minutes prior to the beginning of each service . After the children’s talk the Kids’ Church teaching team will escort ages 4 years – 5th grade to participate in Kids’ Church. All children will return during the time we pass the peace for communion. Children’s ministry plans to follow the Covid protocols that are in place for the wider Ascension church. 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 that culminate in a joyous moment of singing together at the end. Parents will be relieved to know that drop off and pick up is the same for both groups (6 – 6:30pm to start, 8:30pm to finish). More info? Visit our youth website or email Alex.
Graduate Students – Join us for Ora et Labora. Borrowing from the old motto of the Benedictine monks, “prayer and work” this is a time for graduate students to gather in community as they labor alongside one another and approach God together. Through this time, we want to encourage a sense of joy in our vocations and acknowledge God as the center and source of our being. Ora et Labora takes place on Mondays from 8 – 11pm . Interested? Email Chris Kirkland or text him at 412-716-1617.
An Introduction to Christian Faith – We are delighted to host a 13-week “Journey Through the Bible” Dinner & Video discussion on Friday nights from 6 – 8pm. Participants will be led through the whole story of the Bible from Old Testament through New Testament. The course is designed to be a great Introduction to Christian faith as it unfolds through the story of the Bible. If you would like to sign up to attend the course as a participant, we welcome you! More info? Email LuAnn.
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. (The Zoom calls open at 3:45pm for fellowship, orientation, and preparation.) 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