Announcements are updated at the beginning of each week.
Mission Lunch: David and Debbie Kornfield
Sunday, February 23 after 11am service
You are invited to join Dave & Debbie Kornfield for their annual missions lunch in the Hunt Rooms following the 11am service. They write: “God has been at work and we hope to encourage you with the answers to prayer and surprises he has given us this past year. Hope to see you there!”
Shepherd’s Heart Meal
Today (February 23rd) we cook and serve a meal for Shepherd’s Heart, an Anglican church near Mercy Hospital that invites and embraces our homeless neighbors, especially veterans, as members of their congregation. Each Sunday, following their 5:15pm Eucharist, they offer a free meal to anyone present. Ascension is one of many congregations and groups who cook and serve this dinner. We’re scheduled to serve 6 Sundays in 2020. We start cooking in our kitchen at Ascension after the 9am or the 11am service, depending on which one you attend; total time is about 2 hours, though you can leave anytime you need to. If you’d like to volunteer today, please see Jonathan Sewall in the kitchen after either service.
CCO’s Jubilee Conference this weekend!
Do pray for Leah Hornfeck, Alex Banfield Hicks and the dozen or so college-aged friends from Ascension who are joining thousands of others at this special weekend of powerful worship, incredible speakers, and engaging workshops for students. And if you see them next weekend, do ask them for all the stories!
Ash Wednesday Services
Wednesday, February 26 at Noon and 7pm
Please consider keeping ‘a holy Lent’ and join us on Ash Wednesday. We will have services at Noon and 7pm. Childcare will be provided at both services.
Ash Wednesday derives its name from the practice of blessing ashes made from palm branches that we also blessed on the previous year’s Palm Sunday, and placing them on the heads of participants to the accompaniment of the words “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return”.
Lenten Devotionals produced by faculty, staff and students at Trinity School for Ministry are available on the information tables in the Education Wing Hallway and by the Parish Hall entrance. They are free. Please take one.
Sparks House invites you to Worship Together
Greg & Rebecca Sparks are new members of Ascension who regularly attend the 9am service with their family. They have a Christian Ministry called Sparks House. Here’s a description taken from their website: “After 25 years of serving here in this beautiful city and after much love-filled urging by our closest family and friends, we are venturing out to be a light shining for Jesus, drawing people of all backgrounds through music, art, and hospitable worship to find sanctuary and be at home in the presence of God, nurtured by community with the breaking of bread and feeding on God’s word.
We have discovered the path to sweet reconciliation across the gaps of generation and culture and race and economics and education and social status. The only way is to simply lay down every agenda and love Jesus with all our heart, soul, brain, and body. Our home is known for being full of art and music and writing and worship and sanctuary and good food and love because of Jesus and all that he brings. It is time for us to grow what we’ve sown in this holy place. Sparks House intends to accomplish this by holding worship events, art galleries, workshops, group outings, and much more as time goes on. These events will be filled with community, food, fun, and joy!”
Sparks House is hosting a night of Worship Together here at Ascension on Friday, Feb. 28th. Greg & Rebecca write, “Our desire is to cross the boundaries of culture, neighborhoods, and church buildings to lift all our voices as one united heart in Christ.” The event starts at 7pm in the Parish Hall. Ascension clergy and staff commend this evening to you as great preparation for our Lenten Series entitled Hard Conversations.
Lenten Series: Hard Conversations
Join Ascension clergy as they host several ‘Hard Conversations’ on Fridays in Lent, looking at Politics, Race, Gender and Sexuality. The series will take place from 6:30 – 8pm and will include teaching, prayer, reflection and time for discussion. Childcare for the youngest will be provided as will a program for kids K – 5th grade. Please mark the following Fridays on your calendar and plan to attend: March 6, 13, 20 and 27.