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Sunday Worship beginning July 2021
Please plan to worship with us! A letter from our rector Jonathan Millard, explaining all protocols effective July 4th and thereafter is available as is a video message.To summarize our summer worship:
SERVICE TIMES: Beginning Sunday July 4, we will have a 9am Outdoor Tent Service and an 11am Service in the Nave that will also be available by livestream on YouTube.
MASKS: The wearing of masks will no longer be required for people to attend services at Ascension. Of course, people of any age, vaccinated or not, may choose to continue to wear a mask while attending a service. However, we request and recommend that all those who are eligible to receive a vaccine but who, for whatever reason, are not fully vaccinated – please continue to wear a mask. Parents of children under 12 will need to use their own discretion about what is right for their children.
Worship Arts Series: Monday, July 26
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 was Monday June 28th on the topic of JUSTICE. We are following that up with MERCY (July 26th) and HUMILITY (August 30th). Food trucks arrive at 5:30pm, with the Q&A wrapping up around 8:30pm. Questions? Email Elise!
Summer Soul Care: Saturday, July 31
This summer we are offering three Saturday Soul Care 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.
Please REGISTER 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
OWLS Seniors Luncheon: Thursday, August 12
Join us for a luncheon and talk on Thursday, August 12 from 12:30 – 2:30pm. Our featured speakers this month are the Rev. Frank and his wife Anne. They have served God in North Africa for 20 years living incarnationally among North African Arabs in a country that is effectively entirely Muslim. Frank is the Rector of St. George’s Anglican Church, and Anne operates a language center. In all they do they work towards innovative evangelism, relevant discipleship, economic empowerment, and planting faith communities that are indigenous.It’s our last chance to hear from them before they leave. In light of that, EVERYONE IS WELCOME whether a senior or not! Please just register per the instructions below.
Here’s more on their talk: Messianic Muslims… Is that a thing? For generations, the church has recognized and affirmed people who remain Jewish but are followers of Jesus (Messianc Jews). Can this same thing exist for Muslims? Can a person remain a Muslim and be a follower of Jesus? Are there currently people like this in the world? Is it theologically legitimate? This topic not only speaks to the way the church interacts with Muslims, but it is gets to the heart of the issue of contextualization and questions about the essence of the Gospel. A & F will talk about their experience with these questions while working in North Africa, and lead a discussion meant to help us wrestle with the theological implications of these issues.
To register for a delicious meal, friendly conversation and a challenging talk, email the Rev. Ann Tefft or call her at 412-526-1107. Lunch is $15 but first time friends are free! We hope to see you there. All welcome – whether you’re a senior or not!
Explore Ascension for Newcomers: August 14
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, August 14 from 9:30am through lunch for a great morning 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 with pastries and fruit and end with pizza at Noon. The morning includes a quick tour of the Nave. Please register to let us know you plan ato come. Childcare is back!
Newcomer Event: Sunday, August 29
Newcomers! Join Ascension clergy, staff and other members of the parish for a Newcomer Cookout on Sunday, August 29 from 5 – 7:30pm. It’s an all ages event. We’d love to get to know you. Please register to let us know you’re planning to come.
Youth Group Summer Fun!
Sign up for the Pool Party on Saturday, Juy 24 from 3:30 – 6:30pm. All Welcome! We need a headcount for PIZZA and ICE-CREAM so sign-up to let us know you’re coming! All kinds of things are happening this summer – a series entitled ‘Better Together’, ice cream, pools, bike rides, mission trips. Find out more on our youth group website.
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.
Graduate Students! “Coffee and Councils”
Grad students are invited to a study called ‘Coffee and Councils’. It’s from 9 – 10:30am on Saturday mornings. Meet at church at the Ellsworth ramp red door entrance. For more info, email Chris Kirkland or text him at 412-716-1617.
Summer Ascent Newsletter
Our Summer Newsletter, The Ascent, is available! This edition of the Ascent is entitled “Restored, Renewed, Refreshed” and is full of stories, suggestions and books that encourage rest and renewal in the Lord. Enjoy!
Save the Date: Parish Retreat 2021
One of the many sad occurences of 2020 was the cancellation of Ascension’s Parish Retreat, a highlight of our life together each year. But, the Parish Retreat is back for 2021! Please plan on attending Friday, October 1 through Sunday, October 3. We will gather at Laurelville Retreat Center about 50 minutes from Pittsburgh in the Laurel Highlands. Our theme is “God is our Refuge and Strength: Reflections on Psalm 46”. The retreat is an all-ages event with programming and special activities throughout the weekend. It begins with a cookout on Friday night and ends with Sunday lunch. Different accommodations and meal plans are available. Registration begins mid-August. Stay tuned!