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Worship until the end of June!

We welcome all to join us for worship on Sundays – at 9am under the tent, 10am in the Nave, and 11am under the tent A full explanation of service protocols in light of new CDC guidelines (May 13, 2021) is available HERE. In brief, registration is no longer required but mask wearing is, at least through the end of June.

Tent Service (9:00am) with space for 250 people under and beside the tent.  This is a service of Holy Eucharist. Tables for families with activity bins for children will be available under the tent.

Service in the Nave (10:00am) with space for up to about 125 people. This is an in-person and livestreamed service of Holy Eucharist. 

Tent Service (11:00 am) with space for 250 people under and beside the tent.  This is a service of Holy Eucharist. Tables for families with activity bins for children will be available under the tent.

Celebrating Morning Prayer!

During the course of the pandemic, over 100 people helped to lead online Morning Prayer for our church family. We were able to see the faces of our parishioners when face to face worship was not possible. We don’t want to miss the opportunity to mark the occasion to celebrate this ministry as it now comes to close – A video is available HERE! Many have learned the habit of praying Morning Prayer through the pandemic and the hope is that continues. There are resources readily at hand: The Prayer Book (available in hard copy and as a download), seasonal booklets provided by Ascension Prayer Ministry that include a version of Morning Prayer, as well as an an easy to use website: Join us in celebrating this ministry, and more importantly, you are invited to make praying the daily office one of your ongoing habits of faith.

Summer Soul Care – Sat. July 31st

This summer we are offering three Saturday mornings as “quiet mornings.” Many of us have experienced loss over the past year and this pandemic season has been especially difficult for many people.  To attend to our souls, each session is designed for us to join together in the presence of the Lord to enjoy a peaceful, restful experience.  Each gathering will include space for silent prayer, scripture reading, and individual reflection. Think of it as a mini retreat for the soul.

A special feature of this summer series will be original pieces of art (often with the artist present) that have been selected to inspire and encourage our hearts.  As we gather together in the presence of Jesus, we will invite his healing grace to flow into those areas of our lives that need a restorative touch of his love and peace.

REGISTER HERE for one, two or all three. Space is limited. Join Mother Andrea Millard and friends as we meet in the Courtyard 9:30-11:00 am on the following Saturdays:

  • June 19 – A Lens of Loss, with Andrea Millard
  • July 31 – Catching Sight of God: The Icon of the Eagle of Patmos, with Becca Chapman
  • August 21 – Love for the Prodigal, with Wes Williams

Worship Arts Series: Justice, Mercy, Humility

Come join us for our first Worship Arts Series this summer under the tent! We’ll have food trucks, artisans’ work for sale, as well as artists’ roundtable with Q&A including songwriters, poets, visual artists, composers, and more! Invite your friends! You don’t want to miss this! Our first event is Monday June 28th on the topic of JUSTICE, followed by MERCY (July 26th) and HUMILITY (August 30th). Food trucks arrive at 5:30pm, with the Q&A wrapping up around 8:30pm.

Are you an artist at Ascension interested in selling your work as part of the series? Contact Elise Massa by June 15th for more information!

Baby Bottle Campaign – DUE Sun. June 20th

We are so excited to be able to run our Women’s Choice Network Baby Bottle Campaign in person this year! Participating in this fundraiser has been an ongoing Ascension tradition for at least a dozen years – an activity for kids and adults. You may not be aware that The Women’s Choice Network has offices just around the corner from Ascension. Week by week they help local families choose life. The money we raise with our campaign helps to offer pregnancy testing, sonograms and pregnancy resources. Last year over 350 families who once considered abortion chose life because of this Network! Please considering taking home one of the baby bottles you will find at church beginning on Mother’s Day. Appropriately, the campaign ends in about a month on Father’s Day. For further information please contact Meg Sateia who is helping to oversee this fundraiser.

Youth! Know a rising 6th grader? 

Our hope and prayer is that rising 6th graders at CAYG (Church of the Ascension Youth Group) make good friends over the summer, before they walk in to their new schools in the fall. They will probably also make CAYG friends entering 7th and 8th grade too! To this end, we have five CAYG Sundays, starting Sunday June 20th, plus two bonus social events to which all are invited (mini-golf and ice-cream on June 29, a pool party on July 24).

A normal CAYG gathering sees folks arrive at Ascension (4729 Ellsworth) at 6:30pm, get welcomed into a small group under the big tent, engage with a great talk (this series is on relationships, at school, at home, and in the wider community), play games, pray together and get a chance to sing outside! Parents then collect at 8:30pm. Our youth group is served by a wonderful team of clearance-approved volunteers from Ascension overseen by the Rev. Alex Banfield Hicks. If you’re interested, contact Alex

College Student Bible Study: Nehemiah

College students are invited to attend the Venite Summer Bible Study. We’ll meet every Wednesday at 6:30pm in the Ascension Courtyard. Our study is “Nehemiah: Rebuild and Restore,” based on the Old Testament prophet. If you’re interested, contact Leah Hornfeck

Join the Ascension Choir! 

In-person choir rehearsals have resumed indoors and masked. We currently serve live at the 11am outdoor service with a prerecorded anthem for the 10am indoor service. All are welcome to join, whether you’re a veteran choir member, a novice, or anywhere in between. Please reach out to Chris Massa if you have any questions.

Weekly Prayer Groups

You are invited to consider several “10for@4” prayer meetings. 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.

Ascent Newsletter: Rebuilding

Our May Newsletter, The Ascent, is available HERE. This edition is about REBUILDING from all kinds of vantage points. Rebuilding relationships. Rebuilding ministries. Rebuilding spiritual disciplines and worship patterns. Rebuilding on the fly. Rebuilding the building! We hope you enjoy it. The June letter will be available near the end of June.

Kids’ Church Special: A Place of Kindness

It was a whole year ago on Pentecost Sunday that we launched our Kids’ Church video series! We are now in the midst of creating a Kids’ Church LIVE short video series during the summer months. These five videos will focus on our Kids’ Church core values and help to orient our children into our new season of life together. Enjoy our second video HERE

Bishop’s Awards for Exemplary Service

Every year the Bishop presents awards for exemplary service. Tyler Marwood, Jay Gowdy and Benn Wilson were this year’s recipients. You can see why they were such great choices in the video available HERE. 

Welcome to our newest members!

Ascension has welcomed 57 adults and 22 children during the pandemic. To take a look at our most recent ‘class’, view the video available HERE.

Pandemic Year in Review 

We have had quite the year. God has been so very good. Ascension Rector, Jonathan Millard, worked with our video team to compile images to give a Pandemic Year in Review. The video, available HERE, was presented at Ascension’s annual meeting in March 2021.