May 19, 2019: The Fifth Sunday of Easter

Happening This Sunday: May 19, 2019

8 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite Two, Church  
8 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite Two, Church
10 a.m. Godly Play Sunday School, Sunday School Room
10 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite Two, Church
11:15 a.m. Coffee Hour, Parish Hall
11:30 a.m. Outreach Committee, Sorley Room
The Nursery is available from 7:45 to 11:15 a.m. 

Ordination of Kym Lucas as Bishop: Saturday, May 18  

The Reverend Kimberly Lucas will be ordained and consecrated as the 11th Bishop of The Episcopal Church in Colorado on Saturday, May 18, at 11 a.m. at Saint John's Cathedral, 1350 N. Washington Street in Denver. Although seating inside the Cathedral is reserved, seating will available in the East Lawn tent, where Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will serve communion. Standing room for additional overflow will be available in the West Lawn tent. Both tents will have a video feed of the ordination, which will also be live streamed. Go to bishopsearchco.org for the link to the live stream

A Prayer of Thanksgiving for a New Bishop 

Holy Almighty God, from age to age you call forth and anoint shepherds to tend your flock. We celebrate your calling forth our new bishop, the Reverend Kimberly Lucas, to lead us forward in faith. As we joyfully welcome her as bishop, pour forth the gifts from your Holy Spirit to strengthen her for ministry. Through her faithful response to your call, may she come to know the vibrant faith, love, and support of the people of The Episcopal Church in Colorado. Amen. 

Colfax Marathon: Sunday, May 19 

Don't let the Colfax Marathon make you late for Church on Sunday, May 19.  The Colfax Marathon is on Sunday, May 19. Expect traffic north of 6th Avenue to be affected, so please plan ahead for your way to Ascension. 

Celebrate Celeste at Coffee Hour: Sunday, May 19 

We will honor Celeste DeLeon at a coffee hour reception following the 10 a.m. service this morning. Please plan to join us as we celebrate Celeste and her 13 years of dedicated service to Ascension.


Celebrate the Great 50 Days of Easter at Ascension

The Great 50 Days of Easter are sometimes referred to as the Great Feast because many Christians consider the 50 days of the Easter season as one long continuous celebration of Jesus's resurrection. The Paschal (Easter) candle is lit for the entire season. The altar hangings and clergy stoles are white, which represents joy and resurrection. We have special altar linens embroidered with the Lamb of God, which is another title for Jesus. Flowers return to the altar, and "alleluias" return to our hymns and prayers, while the Confession of Sin is on hiatus until after Pentecost. See what signs of Eastertide you notice!


Easter Book Study: Sunday, May 19 

Join Weezie Blanchard on Sunday, May 19 at 9 a.m. in the Library for a discussion of the Kate Moorehead's Resurrecting Easter, meditations on the 50 days of Easter. Copies of the book are available at amazon.com and other on-line booksellers.


Ascension Sunday at Ascension: Sunday, June 2

This year, we will celebrate both the Ascension of Jesus and the Church of the Ascension with a special 9 a.m. service on Sunday, June 2, followed by a potluck brunch for all ages. Please contact Amy Leonard @ amy.leonard@comcast.net or sign up online to bring something. 


Read the Gospel on Pentecost: Sunday, June 9

Pentecost is the final day of the Great 50 Days of Easter, when we celebrate the descending of the Holy Spirit on the apostles and other followers of Jesus. Suddenly, all of them were able to proclaim the good news in the languages of all whom they encountered. We will commemorate this miracle by reading the Gospel in different languages. If you speak another language and would like to participate please contact Weezie Blanchard at weezie@ascensiondenver.org.


Women's Homelessness Initiative Supper: Fourth Sundays

Through our participation in the Women's Homelessness Initiative, Church of the Ascension provides a meal to homeless women and children on the fourth Sunday of every month at Althea Center, 1400 Williams Street at 4:45 p.m. The next one will take place on May 26. The WHI team is now using an online sign up tool and we would love for you to join them! You can add your name and whether you plan to bring a main dish, salad/vegetable, bread, or dessert for any of the fourth Sundays through September. Please sign up online. For further information or if you have questions, please contact Jan Douglas or 404-290-9843.


Join the Haiti Mission Trip: September 9-14

If you are interested in joining Weezie Blanchard and other members of Ascension on a Colorado Haiti Project mission trip to Petit Trou de Nippes, Haiti from September 9-14, please contact Weezie at weezie@ascensiondenver.org or Chris Nazar at denverfan56@aim.com. Ascension has long partnered with Colorado Haiti Project in supporting community-driven programs in education, community health, water and hygiene, girls' and women's empowerment, and agriculture, especially St. Paul's School, an Episcopal school in Petit Trou.


Parish Office Volunteers Wanted

Our team of office volunteers makes things run much more smoothly for all of us, especially in this interim time as we search for a new Parish Administrator. If you can help in the Parish Office on Mondays through Thursdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., please contact Weezie Blanchard at weezie@ascensiondenver.org.

May 12, 2019: The Fourth Sunday of Easter

Happening This Sunday: May 12, 2019


8 a.m.    Holy Eucharist Rite Two, Church 
10 a.m.  Godly Play Sunday School, Sunday School Room 
10 a.m.  Holy Eucharist Rite Two, Church 
11:15 a.m.  Coffee Hour, Parish Hall 
11:15 a.m.  Outreach Committee presentation, Sorley Room 
The Nursery is available from 7:45 to 11:15 a.m. 

The Outreach Committee presents Esther Chasi: May 12 at 11:15 a.m. 

The Outreach Committee invites everyone to attend a presentation by Esther Chasi, co-founder of Global Aid Missions Zimbabwe, an organization committed to improving care and advocacy for, and awareness of, albinism, on Sunday, May 12 at 11:15 a.m. in the Sorley Room. Albinism is an inherited genetic condition that reduces the amount of pigment in skin, hair, and/or eyes. 


Celebrate the Great 50 Days of Easter at Ascension

The Great 50 Days of Easter are sometimes referred to as the Great Feast because many Christians consider the 50 days of the Easter season as one long continuous celebration of Jesus's resurrection. The Paschal (Easter) candle is lit for the entire season. The altar hangings and clergy stoles are white, which represents joy and resurrection. We have special altar linens embroidered with the Lamb of God, which is another title for Jesus. Flowers return to the altar, and "alleluias" return to in our hymns and prayers, while the Confession of Sin is on hiatus until after Pentecost. See what signs of Eastertide you notice each day! 

  • Easter book study resumes on Sunday, May 12. Join Weezie Blanchard on Sundays, May 12, 19, and 26 at 9 a.m. in the Library for a discussion of the Kate Moorehead's Resurrecting Easter, meditations on the 50 days of Easter. Copies of the book are available at amazon.com and other on-line booksellers. 

  • Ascension Sunday at Ascension on Sunday, June 2. This year, we will celebrate both the Ascension of Jesus and the Church of the Ascension with a special 9 a.m. service on Sunday, June 2, followed by a potluck brunch for all ages. Look for more details to come. 

  • Help read the Gospel in many languages on Pentecost Sunday, June 9. Pentecost is the final day of the Great 50 Days of Easter, when we celebrate the descending of the Holy Spirit on the apostles and other followers of Jesus. Suddenly, all of them were able to proclaim the good news in the languages of all whom they encountered. We will commemorate this miracle by reading the Gospel in different languages. If you speak another language and would like to participate please contact Weezie Blanchard at weezie@ascensiondenver.org

Ordination of Kym Lucas as Bishop: Saturday, May 18

The Reverend Kimberly Lucas will be ordained and consecrated as the 11th Bishop of The Episcopal Church in Colorado on Saturday, May 18, at 11 a.m. at Saint John's Cathedral, 1350 N. Washington Street in Denver. Although seating inside the Cathedral is reserved, seating will available in the East Lawn tent, where Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will serve communion. Standing room for additional overflow will be available in the West Lawn tent. Both tents will have a video feed of the ordination, which will also be live streamed. Go to bishopsearchco.org for the link to the live stream. 


A Prayer of Thanksgiving for a New Bishop 

Holy Almighty God, from age to age you call forth and anoint shepherds to tend your flock. We celebrate your calling forth our new bishop, the Reverend Kimberly Lucas, to lead us forward in faith. As we joyfully welcome her as bishop, pour forth the gifts from your Holy Spirit to strengthen her for ministry. Through her faithful response to your call, may she come to know the vibrant faith, love, and support of the people of The Episcopal Church in Colorado. Amen. 


Colfax Marathon: Sunday, May 19


Don't let the Colfax Marathon make you late for Church on Sunday, May 19.  The Colfax Marathon is on Sunday, May 19. Expect traffic north of 6th Avenue to be affected, so please plan ahead for your way to Ascension.  

Women's Homelessness Initiative: Sunday, May 26

Women's Homelessness Initiative supper every fourth Sunday of the month. Through our participation in the Women's Homelessness Initiative, Church of the Ascension provides a meal to homeless women and children on the fourth Sunday of every month at Althea Center, 1400 Williams Street at 4:45 p.m. The next one will take place on May 26.  

  • We are forming a core group of volunteers who will help serve the WHI meals on fourth Sundays. If you would like to help, please contact Jan Douglas at 404-290-9843.  

  • Women's Homelessness Initiative, a ministry of CHUM (Capitol Hill United Ministries) is a consortium of over 50 congregations, agencies, and groups, and over 750 volunteers who provide dignity, care, compassion, respect, and presence homeless women and children in the Denver area. For more information, go to www.chumdenver.org

Join the Haiti mission trip: September 9-14

If you are interested in joining Weezie Blanchard and other members of Ascension on a Colorado Haiti Project mission trip to Petit Trou de Nippes, Haiti from September 9-14, please contact Weezie at weezie@ascensiondenver.org or Chris Nazar at denverfan56@aim.com.  Ascension has long partnered with Colorado Haiti Project in supporting community-driven programs in education, community health, water and hygiene, girls' and women's empowerment, and agriculture, especially St. Paul's School, an Episcopal school in Petit Trou. 

May 5, 2019: The Third Sunday of Easter

Happening This Sunday: May 5, 2019


8 a.m.  Holy Eucharist Rite Two
9 a.m. Godly Play Sunday School
10 a.m. Family Worship and Holy Eucharist Rite Two     
11:15 a.m. Coffee Hour         
The Nursery is available from 7:45 to 11:15 a.m.

Sunday School This Sunday May 5 at 9 a.m.

Beginning this Sunday, May 5, Sunday school will take place at 9 a.m. on Family Worship Sundays (first Sundays of the month unless otherwise announced) as we transition to 9 a.m. Sunday School and Adult Education in September. If you have any questions, please contact Rector Weezie Blanchard at weezie@ascensiondenver.org or Coordinator of Children's Ministries Sue Richardson at sue@ascensiondenver.org.

Family Worship This Sunday May 5 at the 10 a.m. Service

Family Worship takes place on the first Sunday of each month (unless otherwise announced). It is one way that we can highlight the importance of children and their families in our regular worship. On Family Worship Sundays in particular, we invite children and youth to participate as greeters and ushers, acolytes, lectors, and intercessors and otherwise involve children and their families in our service. Of course, children are always welcome at all of our services, and we welcome suggestions about how to make them feel more at home as they learn the traditions of our Episcopal worship. If you have any questions, please contact Rector Weezie Blanchard at weezie@ascensiondenver.org or Coordinator of Children's Ministries Sue Richardson at sue@ascensiondenver.org.

Celebrate the Great 50 Days of Easter at Ascension

  • Easter Book Study resumes next Sunday: May 12 Join Weezie Blanchard on Sundays, May 12, 19, and 26 at 9 a.m. in the Library for a discussion of the Kate Moorehead's Resurrecting Easter, meditations on the 50 days of Easter. Copies of the book are available on amazon.com and other on-line booksellers.

  • Ascension Sunday at Ascension. This year, we will celebrate both the Ascension of Jesus and the Church of the Ascension with a special 9 a.m. service on June 2. We will have a potluck coffee hour for all ages. Look for more details to come.

  • Help read the Gospel in many languages on Pentecost. Pentecost, June 9 - the final day of the Great 50 Days of Easter - celebrates the descending of the Holy Spirit on the apostles and other followers of Jesus. Suddenly, all of them were able to proclaim the good news in the languages of all whom they encountered. We will commemorate this miracle by reading the Gospel in different languages. If you speak another language and would like to participate please contact Weezie Blanchard at weezie@ascensiondenver.org.


Women's Homelessness Initiative Suppers: May 26

Through our participation in the Women's Homelessness Initiative, Church of the Ascension provides a meal to homeless women and children on the fourth Sunday of every month. The next one will take place May 26. 

  • We are forming a core group of volunteers who will help serve the WHI meals on fourth Sundays. If you would like to help, please contact Jan Douglas at 404-290-9843 or come to

  • Women's Homelessness Initiative, a ministry of CHUM (Capitol Hill United Ministries) is a consortium of over 50 congregations, agencies, and groups, and over 750 volunteers who provide dignity, care, compassion, respect, and presence homeless women and children in the Denver area. For more information, go to  www.chumdenver.org.

Altar Flowers:  A Way to Celebrate and Remember 

Altar flowers are back after a flowerless Lent, when our worship reflects that somber season of reflection. Altar flowers are a wonderful way to remember loved ones who have died or celebrate anniversaries, baptisms, birthdays, graduations, and other milestones. If you would like to contribute altar flowers, please contact Parish Administrator Celeste DeLeon at admin@ascensiondenver.org or 303-388-5978.

Join the Haiti Mission Trip 

If you are interested in joining Weezie Blanchard and other members of Ascension on a Colorado Haiti Project mission trip to Petit Trou de Nippes, Haiti from September 9-14, please contact Weezie at weezie@ascensiondenver.org or Chris Nazar at denverfan56@aim.com. Ascension has long partnered with Colorado Haiti Project in supporting community-driven programs in education, community health, water and hygiene, girls' and women's empowerment, and agriculture, especially St. Paul's School, an Episcopal school in Petit Trou.

April 28, 2019: The Second Sunday of Easter

Happening This Sunday: April 28, 2019


8 a.m.  Holy Eucharist Rite Two
9 a.m. Resurrecting Easter Book Study
10 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite Two
10 a.m. Godly Play Sunday School     
11:15 a.m. Coffee Hour and Fourth Sunday Update         
The Nursery is available from 7:45 to 11:15 a.m.


What a Glorious Easter!

Thank you to everyone who joined us for a wonderful Easter Day celebration after a moving Holy Week. So many people made our services unforgettable: our tireless Altar Guild, welcoming Greeters and Ushers, devoted Acolytes and Chalice Ministers, excellent readers of the Passion on Palm Sunday and Good Friday, and spectacular Choir and musicians; to everyone who brought flowers for our spectacular inaugural Flowering Cross, set up chairs for our overflow attendance, and brought food for the delicious Coffee Hour beautifully organized by Doris Kimbrough and Amy Leonard and helped Sue Richardson with the joyful Easter egg hunt; and to all the people who make Ascension the special place that we love.


Easter Book Study Begins This Sunday: April 28 

The Easter season continues for 50 days. Join Weezie Blanchard this Sunday, April 28 and on Sundays, May 12, 19, and 26 at 9 a.m. in the Library for a discussion of Kate Moorehead's Resurrecting Easter, meditations on the 50 days of Easter. Copies of the book are available in the Parish Hall, amazon.com and other on-line booksellers.


Fourth Sunday Update: This Sunday: April 28 

Every Fourth Sunday of the month, rector Weezie Blanchard gives an update on important matters in the life of Ascension during the 8 a.m. service and at Coffee Hour following the 10 a.m. service. Join us this Sunday, April 28 for the April update.


Easter Lilies Available After the 10 a.m. Service This Sunday: April 28

Our glorious Easter lilies are available to take home after the 10 a.m. service on Sunday.


Women's Homelessness Initiative Supper This Sunday: April 28

Through our participation in the Women's Homelessness Initiative, Church of the Ascension provides a meal to homeless women and children on the fourth Sunday of every month, including this Sunday, April 28. If you can help, please come to the Althea Center, 1400 Williams Street at 4:45 p.m.

  • We would like to form a core group of volunteers who will help serve the WHI meals on fourth Sundays. If you would like to help, please contact Jan Douglas at 404-290-9843 or come to

  • Women's Homelessness Initiative, a ministry of CHUM (Capitol Hill United Ministries) is a consortium of over 50 congregations, agencies, and groups, and over 750 volunteers who provide dignity, care, compassion, respect, and presence homeless women and children in the Denver area. For more information, go to  www.chumdenver.org.

Sunday School Next Sunday: May 5 at 9 a.m. 

We're excited to announce that Sunday School will take place next Sunday, May 5 from 9 to 9:45 a.m. before 10 a.m. Family Worship. More and more parents have asked us how to create a strong spiritual foundation for their children, and a period of education followed by worship is one way that we can all work together to give our children (and adults) an anchor in this changing and often confusing world. After consultation with a number of parents, we will start with 9 a.m. Sunday School on Family Worship Sundays (first Sundays of the month unless otherwise announced) and transition to regular 9 a.m. Sunday School and Adult Education in September. If you have any questions, please contact Rector Weezie Blanchard at weezie@ascensiondenver.org or Coordinator of Children's Ministries Sue Richardson at  sue@ascensiondenver.org.


Family Worship Next Sunday: May 5 at 10 a.m. 

Family Worship at the 10 a.m. service on the first Sunday of each month (unless otherwise announced) is one way that we can highlight the importance of children and their families in our regular worship. On Family Worship Sundays in particular, we invite children and youth to participate as greeters and ushers, acolytes, lectors, and intercessors and otherwise involve children and their families in our service. Of course, children are always welcome at all of our services, and we welcome suggestions about how to make them feel more at home as they learn the traditions of our Episcopal worship. If you have any questions, please contact Rector Weezie Blanchard at weezie@ascensiondenver.org or Coordinator of Children's Ministries Sue Richardson at sue@ascensiondenver.org.


Altar Flowers:  A Way to Celebrate and Remember 

Altar flowers are back following the Lent, when our worship reflects that somber season of reflection. Altar flowers are a wonderful way to remember loved ones who have died or celebrate anniversaries, baptisms, birthdays, graduations, and other milestones. If you would like to contribute altar flowers, please contact Parish Administrator Celeste DeLeon at admin@ascensiondenver.org or 303-388-5978.


Prayers for Notre Dame and Other Churches

Many of us were stunned last week by the devastating fires at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and churches in Louisiana. Following is a collect written by the Rev. Canon Broderick Greer of Saint John's Cathedral in Denver, which reminds us of the importance of all houses of worship in our common life:


Holy God, whose praise is perfected through the worship and art of your people: Bless Notre Dame Cathedral, its pilgrims, the City of Paris, and every first responder seeking to preserve that cultural treasure and house of worship. Inspire in each of us a sense of awe in all your works and a duty to steward our art and architecture to your glory and the world's benefit. We ask this through your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, who is the Church's one and sure foundation. Amen.


Ascension Sunday: June 2 at Church of the Ascension

This year, we will celebrate both the Ascension of Jesus and the Church of the Ascension with a special 9 a.m. service and a potluck coffee hour for all ages on Sunday, June 2. Look for more details to come.


Join the Haiti Mission Trip 

If you are interested in joining Weezie Blanchard and other members of Ascension on a Colorado Haiti Project mission trip to Petit Trou de Nippes, Haiti from September 9-14, please contact Weezie at weezie@ascensiondenver.org or Chris Nazar at denverfan56@aim.com. Ascension has long partnered with Colorado Haiti Project in supporting community-driven programs in education, community health, water and hygiene, girls' and women's empowerment, and agriculture, especially St. Paul's School, an Episcopal school in Petit Trou.

April 14, 2019: Palm Sunday


Happening This Sunday: April 14, 2019

8 a.m.  Holy Eucharist Rite Two
10 a.m. Blessing of the Palms & Palm Procession begins in the Parish Hall—Holy Eucharist Rite Two
10 a.m. Godly Play Sunday School
11:15 a.m. Coffee Hour
The Nursery is available from 7:45 to 11:15 a.m.

HOLY WEEK AND EASTER SCHEDULE

Thursday, April 18, Maundy Thursday

7 p.m. Holy Eucharist Rite Two in the Church

All Night Vigil in the Chapel

Friday, April 19, Good Friday

12 noon Solemn Liturgy in the Church

Sunday, April 21, Easter Sunday

8 a.m. Holy Baptism and Festive Holy Eucharist Rite Two in the Church

10 a.m. Festive Holy Eucharist Rite Two in the Church

11:30 a.m. Easter Egg Hunt in Little Cheesman Park

"Could you not watch with me for one hour?" Maundy Thursday: April 18

The Maundy Thursday Vigil will take place in the Chapel following the Maundy Thursday service until noon on Good Friday. A sign up sheet for one-hour shifts is on the name tag table on the landing between the stairs leading up to the Church. A security guard will be on duty throughout the night.

Good Friday Offering: April 19

Since 1922 and the aftermath of World War I, The Episcopal Church has sought to create and nurture relationships with and among the Christians of the Middle East. Through the years, many Episcopalians have found the Good Friday Offering to be an effective way to express their support for the ministries of the four dioceses of the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East. Pastoral care, education and health care continue to be primary ministries through which the reconciling spirit of the Christian faith serves all in need and help the Christian presence in the Land of the Holy One to be a vital and effective force for peace and understanding among all of God's children. Although we do not take up an offering at our Good Friday service, a basket for the Good Friday Offering will be available at the back of the Church.

Alleluia! Alleluia! Easter at Ascension: April 21

  • Opportunities for children and youth.The more the merrier as we celebrate Jesus Christ's resurrection from the dead. At the 10 a.m. service, we need banner bearers and acolytes to serve as crucifers, torch bearers, and a Gospel book bearer. Please call, text, or email Coordinator of Children's and Youth Ministries Sue Richardson at 303-522-8029 or  sue@ascensiondenver.org, or leave a message in the Parish Office at 303-388-5978. 

  • Flowers for the cross on Easter. Flowers, which symbolize resurrection, return to the Church on Easter Sunday. Adding live flowers to a barren cross symbolizes our rejoicing in the new life of resurrection. Join the celebration by bringing garden or store-bought flowers to decorate our new flowering cross. Children will put the flowers in the cross during their procession at the 10 a.m. service.

  • Easter Coffee Hour potluck. Bring something to share at Coffee Hour on Easter Sunday! We typically have lots of visitors on Easter. We should show them a good time so they will consider making Ascension their home. Store-bought or home made, we welcome all donations. AND we want to have leftovers for our Easter egg hunters to feast on when they return!

  • Easter Egg Hunt. Ascension's annual Easter Egg Hunt takes place on Easter Sunday at 11:30 a.m.  in Little Cheesman Park (you'll have time for a Coffee Hour snack before coming up to the park). 

    • Please leave donations of candy that will fit in eggs or pre-filled eggs in the Parish Office by Maundy Thursday, April 18.

    • If you can help hide eggs during the 10 a.m., shepherd children to the park, or supervise the start of the hunt, please call, text, or email Coordinator of Children's and Youth Ministries Sue Richardson at 303-522-8029 or sue@ascensiondenver.org, or leave a message in the Parish Office at 303-388-5978. 

Join us for Evening for Haiti

Church of the Ascension will sponsor a table at Evening for Haiti on Sunday, April 28 from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. This year, Evening for Haiti will celebrate 30 years of partnership between our mission partner Colorado Haiti Project and the town of Petit Trou de Nippes, Haiti, supporting community-driven programs in education, community health, water and hygiene, girls' and women's empowerment, and agriculture. Proceeds will support scholarships at St. Paul's School, an Episcopal school in Petit Trou. If you would like to join us, please contact Chris Nazar at denverfan56@aim.com or Weezie Blanchard at weezie@ascensiondenver.org.

Women's Homelessness Initiative 

Through our participation in the Women's Homelessness Initiative, Church of the Ascension provides a meal to homeless women and children on the fourth Sunday of every month. We would like to form a core group of volunteers who will help serve the meals on fourth Sundays at the Althea Center, 1400 Williams Street at 4:45 p.m. If you would like to help, please contact Jan Douglas at 404-290-9843.

  • Women's Homelessness Initiative, a ministry of CHUM (Capitol Hill United Ministries) is a consortium of over 50 congregations, agencies, and groups, and over 750 volunteers who provide dignity, care, compassion, respect, and presence homeless women and children in the Denver area. For more information, go to www.chumdenver.org.