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Special Ordination Service: Saturday May 21 at 2pm

Join us here at Ascension for the ordination of the Rev. Herb Bailey to the Priesthood, and the ordination of Jess Bennett, Josh Bennett and Greg Sparks to the Diaconate. Reception to follow under the tent. 

Baby Bottle Campaign

From Mother’s Day until Father’s Day, Ascension’s Children’s Ministry is having a Baby Bottle Campaign to support the mission of Women’s Choice Network. Please take a baby bottle from the back of the nave to fill with change, cash, or checks and then return it to the collection box at church by Father’s Day. This is a great opportunity to have children contribute from their own piggy bank money and learn about generosity. You can also make a donation online by clicking here.

Your contribution goes to pregnancy and STD testing, sonograms, and support programs for new parents. To learn more about this ministry visit mypregnancycenter.org or contact Meg Sateia at meg.sateia@gmail.com.

Upcoming Theology Pop Ups

Maxo Vanka Mural Tour: Sunday, May 29 at 4pm

Join us for a private tour of one of the hidden gems of Pittsburgh: the remarkable Maxo Vanka murals in St. Nicholas Croatian Catholic Church. Vanka, a Croatian artist, painted these stunning and powerful murals, which weave together Christian themes applied contextually to the times and are a radical protest against the forces of death and destruction in the early 20th century.

The private tour for Ascensionites will be co-hosted by Nathan Van Patter. The cost is $5 per person (the money goes towards restoring and maintain the murals). If the cost is an issue, don’t let it stop you come joining us! Just let us know and we’ll happily cover it.

The tour begins at 4pm on May 29. Space is limited, so register here.

Gordon Fee’s Paul, the Spirit, and the People of God Book Discussion: Wednesday, June 8 at 7pm

Have you ever wanted to know more about the role of the Spirit in the Old Testament? Have you ever wanted to learn more about the fruit of the Spirit or spiritual gifts in the Christian life? Have you ever wanted to have a better grasp of the Trinity?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then you should join us in discussing Gordon Fee’s excellent book on the Holy Spirit: Paul, the Spirit, and the People of God! The discussion will be co-led by Ginger Weeber, Jess Bennet, and Father Kevin.

You’ll need to order a copy of the book. If the cost of the book is an issue, let me know and we’ll help get you a copy. The event will be held on Wednesday, June 8 at 7pm. Location TBD. Click here to register.

Soul Care: Saturday, May 21 from 9:30-11:30am

Soul Care mornings are designed for reflection and contemplation. Our mornings together feature a slower pace where we engage in active listening, intentional reading, and quiet meditation on God’s holy Word. If the weather is nice, we meet in the courtyard (if not, we meet in the Hunt Rooms). If you have any questions, contact Mother Andrea Millard and be sure to sign up online by clicking here

Upcoming Workdays: May 28th is next

We have several workdays coming up to clean out the Parish Hall wing of our building to prepare for construction. Can you help? All work days begin 9am and you are welcome to stay as long as you can. If you are able and willing, please let Karen Gowdy know. We will have a specific focus on each workday:

  • Saturday, MAY 28 – Youth rooms and Children’s resource room
  • Saturday, June 4
  • Saturday, June 25

Thailand 2023

Nate Twichell, on Ascension’s mission committee, will lead an Ascension team visiting Chiang Mai, Thailand, in January 2023. Here’s all the information if you want to prayerfully discern whether to apply to join the team.

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: Andrea Millard
  • 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 OWLS MinistryTo register for our monthly luncheon each 2nd Thursday, email Ann Tefft or call her at 412-526-1107. 

Prayer Ministry – We pray together each week! 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