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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!
Service of Lament: October 28, 7pm
Lament offers us a way to turn our deepest pain into prayer before the Lord. When Christians lament, it is an act of worship. And God knows there has been untold loss and suffering this year: some are mourning the death of loved ones; all have been affected by the global pandemic. Racial oppression, political polarization, and economic uncertainty have left many deeply troubled and/or hurt. Marriages have been strained, relationships damaged, and dreams shattered. How are we to respond to all this misery and sorrow? We lament. On October 28th we will gather as a community of faith to pour out our grief, pain and longings to the Lord as we seek his healing presence, mercy and love. The service will be livestreamed with usual limits on in person attendance. Registration is available HERE.
Meal Ministry needs more cooks!
When those in the congregation have special need due to an illness or grief or separation/divorce, or when a new baby is being welcomed into a home, we offer meal ministry. There are currently several active meal registries and a handful of household chefs are really busy! We would love a bit more participation in this really fun and rewarding ministry. To be added to the list, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Meals can be homemade or purchased. Covid precautions are taken when delivery is made. Thanks for your consideration!
Parish Directory – got an update?
We are about to release an updated parish directory that contains contact info (address, phone and emails) for all those who attend regularly. If you have an update to your contact information or if you are new and would like to be included in the directory, please email all relevant data to our secretary, Stacey Regan, at email@example.com. The deadline for new info is October 31st. Thanks!
Will you donate? Blood Drive at Ascension November 16, 1 – 7pm
Ascension was invited by Vitalant to host a blood drive since many drives have been cancelled due to COVID-19. We said YES(!) and hope that we can fill all appointments they have available. The drive will take place on Monday, November 16 from 1 – 7pm in Hunt Room 1. Appointments are strongly recommended. 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), and search with group code G0050008. Or, to make an appointment over the phone, call 412-209-7000. Vitalant is testing blood donations for COVID-19 antibodies, and results will be available on a donor’s profile. Learn more at vitalant.org/antibodytest.
Explore Ascension: Thursday, November 19 at 7pm
The next Explore Ascension class (via Zoom) will be held on Wednesday, October 21 at 7pm. This class, taught by the rector Jonathan Millard, is for all those who are new to Ascension, who wish to find out more about Anglicanism in general or Ascension in particular. It is also part of the pathway to membership. Please register for the class by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and she will send you the zoom link.
Open Air Soul Care: November 21
In this season of hyper distraction and persistent stress, it is difficult to settle ourselves – our minds, bodies and souls – enough to enjoy the Lord’s presence. Yet we can help one another slow down, get quiet and seek God when we gather together.
We are offering 3 opportunities this fall for quiet mornings of attending to our hearts and souls – once in September, October and November. Think of these as mini retreats. Our time will include space for silent prayer, scripture reading and individual reflection. We will also enjoy the beauty of God’s creation in the courtyard.
Each Soul Care session will have a different theme. We will meet in the Hunt Courtyard 9:30 – 11am for the 3rd Soul Care morning on Saturday, November 21. Space is limited. You can register using the link HERE. Have questions? Contact Andrea Millard.
“More than Hymn Sing” Sundays
There will be a “More Than Hymn Sing” each Sunday from 9am to 9:35am. We’ll gather on the large lawn at church, physically distanced, and sing both hymns and contemporary songs together. Masks are required. Hymnals and song sheets will be provided. Space is limited, so please sign up HERE if you’d like to come. Questions? Email email@example.com.
The October edition of the Ascent, our monthly newsletter, is available HERE. This month the newsletter is devoted to the theme of PROVISION which is our parish theme throughout October and November. Enjoy!
Provision Series Testimonies
Sunday, October 18: Anne on having a baby during the Arab Spring
Sunday, October 11: Church of the Ascension Youth Group with Alex Randall, Lucca Spence and Alex Banfield Hicks
Sunday, October 4: Yuyu and Qin and God’s provision as immigrants to the United States
Pray the Great Litany weekly – Wednesdays this fall
The word litany means prayer or supplication and refers to a style of prayer that follows a pattern of petitions or requests, followed by fixed responses. The Church has long turned to this prayer in times of national anxiety or disaster – what an appropriate prayer practice “for such a time as this.” Beginning Wednesday, September 16th and continuing for 10 weeks, we invite you to join in praying the Great Litany live via Zoom. The call will open at 6:45pm and start promptly at 7pm and concluding around 7:15pm. Have questions or want the Zoom invite? Contact Andrea Millard.
Weekly Prayer Meetings – Join us!
There are three weekly prayer meetings called “10for@4“. The idea is to gather on Zoom and pray for 10 minutes about a specific ministry or concern. Each group has dedicated leaders who guide the meeting. On Tuesdays prayer is for Children and Youth. On Wednesdays prayer is for Health Care Workers. On Thursdays prayer is for Peace, Justice & Racial Reconciliation. Contact Andrea Millard for details and for the Zoom invite!
Kids’ Church now live at 8:30am
Families can tune into Kids’ Church an hour earlier at 8:30am on Sunday mornings. The earlier time will enable families both to participate in Kids’ Church and get to Ascension for a 10am service.
Join us Sundays!
Beginning Sunday, September 27 a new opportunity will be available for Sunday 10AM church attendance that will both increase our Sunday capacity and may be particularly appealing to those coming with younger children. We hope to have room so that all who wish to attend in person can do so at least twice a month (maybe more). Here are three possibilities for Sunday worship:
10am in the PARISH HALL: A number of parents have expressed a desire to rebuild good habits for in-person Sunday church worship. Of course, those with children are always welcome to worship in the Nave with their children. Additionally, going forward, appropriately distanced tables with seating will be available in the parish hall where the livestream will be shown for all to watch/participate together. Children will be provided with table top activities like the Children’s Sunday Paper. The group gathered in the parish hall will proceed to the Nave to receive Holy Communion and then regather in the Parish Hall for the post communion prayer, blessing and dismissal. Registration for this worship option will be available on our website using THIS FORM.
10am in the NAVE: Parishioners can request to attend Ascension’s 10AM livestream service in person. Numbers of participants will be limited in accordance with our Covid-19 protocols. If you would like to request to attend, please fill in THIS FORM.
11:30 – 12:30pm WALK THROUGH EUCHARIST: All who watch the livestream service are welcome to come to the walk through eucharist that will follow approximately 15 minutes after the service ends (11:30 – 12:30pm). Entrance to Ascension’s Nave will be via the red Nave doors facing the Parish Hall lawn. No registration needed for this.