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In person attendance to resume
In person attendance at worship services will resume effective December 6th with limited capacity. Ascension’s rector, Jonathan Millard, has explained our revised protocols for attendance in a video which is available below. The printed version is available HERE. PLEASE NOTE: Registration for Sunday services is mandatory. The registration link is available HERE. Registration for the Wednesday Noon Eucharist during Advent is not currently required.
Wednesday Noon (“tech free”) Eucharist during Advent
We are pleased to move forward with a Wednesday Noon (tech-free) Service of Holy Eucharist during Advent. Numbers will be limited to 10% capacity of the Nave. Registration for the Wednesday Noon Eucharist is not currently required. This may be revised should numbers warrant registration.
“Light in the Darkness” Series: HOPE (Advent 1)
Each Sunday during Advent will we release a new video in our “Light in the Darkness” Series. This week for Advent 1, join Jim and Mari Stout, counselors with Ascension’s Workshop Ministry, in a conversation about Hope.
2021 Financial Stewardship
2021 Financial Stewardship Pledge Cards were mailed in November. Pledge cards may be mailed back to church or brought back to church on Sunday during the walk through Eucharist and put in the offering plate. Additionally, an electronic version of the card may be submitted by filling out the form available HERE.
O Come … Alongside in Advent
Ascension just published an updated Parish Directory. They were mailed out recently and, if you don’t have one, email Stacey Regan and she’ll get you one! With your parish directory in hand, will you reach out with your uniquely God-given personality during Advent? It’s simple! Have a phone conversation, and if that’s not possible, send an email or even an encouraging text. Want to be more adventurous? Adorned in a festive mask, you could stand on someone’s front lawn and chat for a few minutes. What a beautiful Advent blessing – the gift of yourself to encourage another!
The Waiting Room is a virtual gallery of creative expressions across artistic disciplines on the themes of Advent: waiting, longing, and hope. All artwork was curated from submissions by Ascension-based artists. You can visit it HERE.
Copies of Trinity School for Ministry’s Advent Devotional are available at church in the Narthex and can be picked up at the walk through Eucharist (11:15 – 12:15pm) or during the week. You can access the daily TSM devotionals at the following link – http://www.tsm.edu/advent-devotional/.
A close ministry partner of Ascension’s, the Coalition for Christian Outreach, has an online daily Advent Devotional to which you can subscribe. The theme of the devotional for 2020 is “Light the Darkness.” To subscribe, visit www.ccojubilee.org/advent.
The Advent edition of the Ascent, our monthly newsletter, is available HERE! While the activities and services scheduled for December are tentative based on directives from the Allegheny County Department of Health, we welcome the beginning of this new liturgical year and look forward to ways that Christ will come afresh into each of our lives as we seek him corporately and individually. We hope the edition is an encouragement to you.
Congregational Advent Poetry
Ascension poet Faith Thompson will be crafting a poem for each week of Advent using original poems submitted by congregation members – that’s YOU! These poems will be read as the prelude for every Sunday during Advent. You are invited to submit short poems (20 lines or less) using the following prompts as the opening lines:
● Advent 4 (due Dec. 6): “Where the Lord dwells…”
Submissions are due to Faith (firstname.lastname@example.org) by the dates indicated.
Explore Ascension: Zoom meeting on Sat, Dec 12 at 2pm
We will host another Explore Ascension class in December. This class is great for those who are new and those wishing to become members. It explores all things Anglican and Ascension! If you’d like to join those already registered, email Marilyn Chislaghi for the zoom link at email@example.com.
Sally Lolli’s Christmas Surprise
We are planning to surprise Sally Lolli with giving her all the things she wished for on her Christmas list! We would love for your children to participate in this special edition of Kids’ Church that will retell the Christmas story and air on Christmas Eve. It will include dressing up in costumes (we will need sheep, angels, a donkey, shepherds, Mary and Joseph, Kings and a star!). We will be filming at the church (costumes provided for your children) during the month of December. Please email Catherine Slocum and let her know if you are interested and she will give you more details. And … if you have not met Sally Lolli, The YouTube link is HERE for the Kids’ Church videos.
Christmas Tree Food Drive
This year Ascension’s Christmas tree will be set up in the narthex (main red door entrance). We often use the tree to take photos with friends and family. This year we want to use our beautiful tree to reach our broader Pittsburgh family through the provision of canned and dry goods. Will you bring a family favorite and add it to our collection under the tree? All donations will be given to a local shelter or to families from our parish with need. Thanks!