Weekly Announcements

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!

Registration not required; mask wearing in place through 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.

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.

Parish Day Away!

All are welcome to join us for our Parish Day Away on Saturday, June 12 from Noon – 5pm. Ascension has booked the grounds and swimming pool of Laurelville Mennonite Church Center (near Mount Pleasant, about an hour east of Pittsburgh off of the New Stanton exit on the PA Turnpike). There is no cost for this event. Bring yourself, any kids in your home … all except the family pet (no pets allowed on the grounds). Do bring a picnic lunch or plan to use the canteen which will be open (hot dogs, etc). Ascension clergy and staff will be there, and we hope this will be a terrific event to welcome Kevin and Susan Antlitz and their kids! If you have any questions, please message our CONTACT page. NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

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 and here’s why ….

May 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.

Baby Bottle Campaign begins Mother’s Day

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 at meg.sateia@gmail.com

Kids’ Choir on May 30 – I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy!

The children will be leading us in worship with the song “I’ve Got the Joy, Joy, Joy, Joy (Down in My Heart)” on May 30th. Jane Banfield Hicks and Josh & Jess Bennett would love for any children to learn the song before then. Contact Jane Banfield Hicks for more information.

Welcome Kevin & Susan – send a picture!

We want to welcome our new Assistant Rector well, and help both Kevin and Susan Antlitz get to know us more easily. Will you add your photo to the Ascension Pictorial Directory? The Pictorial Directory is password protected – so call the church office if you’d like to know what it is. To submit a photo of yourself or of you and family members, email AscensionPictorialDirectory@gmail.com. Simply attach a photo and list the full names of those in the photo in the email header. Thanks!

Choir Rehearsals

Choir rehearsals will relaunch on Thursday, April 22, at 7pm. Rehearsals will be outdoors (under the tent) and masked. 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, or simply come to the first rehearsal on Thursday.

Covid Vaccine: Do you need help? Can you give help?

Many people in our congregation are anxious to get a Covid Vaccine but have found it difficult to find an appointment or get to an appointment. Others in our congregation are very adept at making Covid Vaccine Appointments, or are at least willing to roll up their sleeves and help. Others are willing to provide transportation to appointments. We’d like to make a few matches – pairing those who need help with someone who can give help. If you need help or if you can give help, please fill out THIS FORM or leave a message at 412-621-4361, ext. 219.If you are interested in the vaccination and want to try to set an appointment yourself, a few helpful sites to try are at the links to follow:  PA Department of Health, UPMC, (UPMC scheduling phone number is 844-876-2822),  Allegheny Health Network, Rite Aid, CVS.  If you know of additional resources to add to this list, please reach out to Ascension’s CONTACT PAGE.

Youth after Easter

There is no CAYG on Easter Weekend (Good Friday & Easter Sunday) and no CAYG the weekend following (April 9 and 11). But CAYG begins again on April 16 and 18 with a brand new eight-week series looking at the book of Esther! And what does this book mean to us, on the other side of Jesus’ death on the cross and His Resurrection? Want to know more? Visit the news page of caygonline.com

Ascension OWLS are meeting in person!

We are delighted that our OWLS group (Older, Wiser, Lively Saints) had their first post-Covid meeting in person in May. The luncheon was under the tent outdoors. The June meeting will be Thursday, June 10 from 12:30 – 2:30pm and the speaker will be our very own Andrea Millard on the topic of the resources of the prayer book. The cost for lunch is $15, but first time friends are free. To register, please email Ann Tefft. The flyer for this month is located HERE.

Employment Opportunity: Church custodian

Church of the Ascension – Employment Opportunity as full-time custodian (Thursday – Monday). Contact karen.gowdy@ascensionpittsburgh.org for details.

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.

Welcome to our newest members!

Kids’ Church Easter Special

Palm Sunday Worship!

 

Pandemic Year in Review