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Explore Ascension – April 10 at 2pm
It was a great joy to welcome new members recently. The path to membership includes attendance at an ‘Explore Ascension’ class. The next class will be Saturday, April 10 at 2pm via Zoom. Please email Marilyn if you would like to join the class which will be led by the rector, Jonathan Millard. Here’s a word from our newest new members!
Sunday Reopen Plan
Ascension has a tentative three-phase reopen plan which is explained in full below. We will continue with our “accordion” approach of reopening dependent upon local health conditions. If you would like to register to attend Ascension’s 10am Sunday Service in person or get the YouTube link and bulletin for the live stream, please visit THIS PAGE.
Phase 1 – Lent (Mid-February through March)
- Beginning on Ash Wednesday (February 17) we hope to resume limited in-person attendance coupled with the weekly live stream and walk-through Communion service on Sundays.
- During Holy Week we expect to have services on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday culminating in the great celebration of Easter with three services including the Easter Vigil. God willing, all of these services will permit some in-person attendance.
Phase 2 – Easter Season (April through May)
We hope to have the tent repaired and readied in time for Easter Sunday. Going forward, this will enable us to have two services each Sunday. We are planning for a weekly outdoor “Tent Service” at 9:00 a.m. and a service in the Nave at 11:00 a.m.
- Tent Service (9:00am) with space for at least 150 people. This will be an in-person service of Holy Eucharist including (masked) singing, and a Children’s Program (in additional smaller tents on the lawn outside the Parish Hall).
- Service in the Nave (11:00am) with space for up to 100 people. This will be an in-person and livestreamed service of Holy Eucharist, followed by Walkthrough Communion.
Phase 3 – Pentecost Season to Christmas (June through December)
We hope to continue with the two services at 9:00 and 11:00 and will be looking at ways to increase capacity as needed and prudent. We will also have a contingency plan in place to deal with severe weather that may affect the ability to use the tent.
Annual Meeting: Sun, March 14
Please note that the Annual Meeting has been rescheduled for Sunday, March 15 after the Walk-through Communion that day. More details coming as plans unfold!
Devotional: Six I AM sayings of Jesus
The ‘Lenten’ Ascent features a 6-part devotional on the I AM sayings of Jesus from the Gospel of John, one for each of the 6 weeks of Lent. Thanks to Jess and Josh Bennett who were the primary authors of the devotionals!
What about Youth during Lent?
We are thankful to offer 6 weekends of in-person CAYG during Lent. Starting on Friday February 19 and Sunday 21, from 6:30-8:30pm, CAYG-ers who have registered online will be welcomed through the kitchen side door (from the Ellsworth Parking Lot). Want to know more? Visit the news page of caygonline.com
Praying the Litany of Penance
For the 6 Wednesdays (Feb 24 – March 31) following Ash Wednesday you are invited to join us in a Lenten prayer experience as we pray together the Litany of Penance. We meet “live” via Zoom for about 15 minutes to pray a penitential psalm and prayers that facilitate self-examination and repentance. The call opens at 6:45 pm for fellowship and connection prior to our prompt start at 7:00 pm. Feel free to join us for any or all of these times of prayer. Send an email to Andrea Millard to receive the Zoom link.
Can you send a picture?
What are you going to give up in Lent? It’s a common question. We’ve got a different suggestion for you. How about adding 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. We’d love your photo to be included. 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!
International Ministry continues!
Weekly online classes continue as do 7 Bible Studies throughout the week. If you want to follow join a 15 minute prayer meeting on Mondays at 4pm for internationals, please contact Jess Bennett. If you want to be a Conversation Partner or participate in outdoor field trips around Pittsburgh with our international friends, please contact LuAnn.
News for Special Needs Families
Our special needs ministry has not been dormant during the pandemic! A group of teachers, parents and friends has faithfully met together over Zoom on Sundays at 9:30am. We will glad to be able to expand opportunities to do more in-person now. Our friends will again participate in the service at the time of the offering. We are also excited to offer an opportunity to cook together on March 21 and possibly even some outdoor field trips. Contact Keira to participate in any of these initiatives.
We are also happy to introduce a new curriculum for Lent called FACES OF EASTER. The videos of the Godly Play lessons will be posted on YouTube. For each Sunday in Lent, we will look at key moments in Jesus’ life. These lessons are meant to help our hearts get ready for the Mystery of Easter.
Music & Worship Arts Update
There are MANY creative things happening in the Music & Worship Arts world at Ascension. The monthly newsletter created by this ministry is available HERE. To subscribe to the newsletter, email Elise Massa.
Weekly Grief Group in Lent
The recent COVID-19 pandemic has caused many of us to experience significant losses in our lives: health, community, jobs, loved ones. Others of us have been impacted by other kinds of losses in our lives recently or in times past. This group will give an opportunity to acknowledge and share your grief and how it is affecting your life with others who are journeying through grief. We will be meeting Monday evenings at 7:00 – 8:30 during Lent over Zoom. The group will be led by Sam Ferguson, an MDiv student at Trinity School for Ministry who is doing a ministry apprenticeship at Ascension, along with the Rev. Karen Stevenson. Please send an email to Sam if you are interested in participating.
Diocesan Resources on Race
The Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh has several helpful resources on the topics of cultural sensitivity, racial unity and reconcilation, including a letter from Bishop Minns entitled “On Race.” You can check out the link to the most recent weekly newsletter available HERE.
Weekly Prayer Groups
You are invited to consider several “10for@4” prayer meetings in Epiphany. 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.
- Mondays – Internationals (Contact Jess Bennett)
- Tuesdays – Children, Youth and Students (Contact Jen Newhouse)
- Wednesdays – Healthcare Workers (Contact Wendy LeMarquand)
- Thursdays – Peace, Justice & Racial Reconciliation (Contact Sarah Gilmer)
June Term at Trinity School for Ministry
Hot off the press. Check out the latest flyer from TSM available HERE to see what courses are offered in the upcoming June term.