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!
Join us Sundays! A new option …
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.
Sally Lolli is coming for a visit!
Please join Ms. Catherine, Father Jay and Sally Lolli on the lawn after the service on Sunday, September 27th for good conversation and… Guess what!! …Lollipops!
Also – join Ms. Catherine, Pastor Jay and Sally Lolli in new editions of Ascension Kids’ Church each week. Each Sunday Kids’ Church goes live at 9:30am. The link is available HERE. Additional resources for children are available on the News & Events tab.
Hymn Sing: Sun, Oct 4th
We may not be having our Parish Retreat this year, but that doesn’t mean the traditional retreat hymn sing has to be canceled! On Sunday, October 4, 9 – 9:35am, there will be a hymn sing in the large yard off of Ellsworth Avenue. Space is limited, so please sign up if you want to come using the registration available HERE. Masks are required (please reach out to Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like information on where to get a mask designed for singing), and hymnals will be provided.
Animal Blessing: Sun, Oct 4th
You are invited to The Blessing of The Animals on Sunday, October 4th from 11:30 – 12:30 PM on the church lawn! St. Francis of Assisi, born in the 12th century, is the patron saint of animals. Around the globe many churches celebrate the St. Francis’ feast day (Oct. 4) by inviting pet owners to bring their animals to church and have a priest offer a prayer of blessing over them. We are excited to offer this opportunity to you this year. All creatures great and small are welcome! Invite your friends and neighbors to participate as we give thanks to God for his marvelous creation. No registration necessary, just show up! If you have any questions please contact Rev. Karen Stevenson email@example.com or Catherine Slocum firstname.lastname@example.org.
College and Youth! It’s game on!
Open Air Soul Care: Sat, Sept 26
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. 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 first Soul Care morning on Saturday, September 26. Space is limited. You can register using the link HERE. Have questions? Contact Andrea Millard.
Confirmation classes begin October
Confirmation is a step all members of Ascension are encouraged to take. In confirmation we make a mature confession of faith, publicly renewing the vows and promises we made at Baptism. Our preparation classes will be held once a month for 8 months with confirmation taking place in May 2021. We will meet the second Tuesday of each month from 7 – 8pm beginning Tuesday, October 13th (via Zoom to begin with). The course will start with a Meet and Greet in person after church on Sunday, October 11th. If you are interested in participating, you can register HERE. Questions? Please contact Interim Associate Rector, Karen Stevenson.
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!
Share some warmth!
Alright folks, you’ve heard a lot around here from someone called Jonathan about this ice age stuff and the pandemic. So here’s an idea: if you want to warm others’ hearts, why not give them something warm? It turns out that we can still share coats, and they work just as well as ever. East End Cooperative Ministry is collecting new and used coats that they’ll distribute free to some of our neighbors who’ll be cold this winter. You can drop off new coats (that still have the tags) at EECM Entrance A, 6140 Station Street in East Liberty–just up Centre Avenue from Target, as you turn left toward Home Depot.
If you have used coats to donate, you can take them to Strong II Dry Cleaners. They’ll clean them for free and deliver them to EECM. Just put them in plastic bags and drop them off at one the locations below, telling the clerk that the coats are for the EECM Coat Drive. If you drop off any of your own clothes at the same time and pre-pay, they’ll knock off half your bill.
Strong II Dry Cleaners has two locations: Downtown (310 Grant St, Ste 104; Mon/Wed/Fri 9am – 3pm); Homewood (7620 Frankstown Ave; Mon/Tues/Thurs/Fri 9am – 3pm; Sat 11am – 3pm)
So see what’s in your closet. But act fast, they need the coats in early October. And don’t worry about that other Jonathan–he’s looking in his closet, too. Many thanks, Jonathan Sewall (412-452-1935)
The September edition of Ascension’s monthly newsletter is available HERE. It’s a summary of ministry activities as we continue to endure the long winter of the pandemic.
August Ascent – worth a read if you are new to Ascension!
The August parish newsletter is a “Who’s Who.” It is available HERE. If you are new at Ascension this fall, it’s a great introduction to some of the faces you’ll see regularly!
Request a Lay Eucharistic Visit
If you are not able to come to Ascension to receive the sacrament after worshiping via the livestream service, and would like to receive Holy Communion at your home (as a “Porch Visit”, not actually entering your home), we will arrange for a Lay Eucharistic Visitor to come to you on Sunday afternoon. Please fill out THIS FORM to request a visit. Once we have your contact information, we will be in touch to explain the special protocols. You can expect a call from your Visitor on Saturday or Sunday to confirm a time on Sunday he or she will be bringing the Sacrament to you. If you have questions, please email Andrea Millard.