June 16, 2019: Trinity Sunday

Summer Coffee Hour starts Sunday, June 16

Beginning June 16, Coffee Hour moves to an easy-going pot luck format for summer. Sundays. The Hospitality Team will make sure there is coffee, sugar, and cream. Food will depend on what you bring! So if you are bringing potato salad or dessert to a barbeque, consider doubling the recipe (or buying a second container) to bring to church. 

Urban Arts Music Camp for children ages 8-12 at Ascension this week

Our Williams Street neighbor Dianne Betkowski and fellow members of Miguel Espinoza Flamenco Fusion are hosting a music camp for children ages 8-12, this week, June 17-21, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The camp will offer fun and creative explorations into music and will take place at Ascension and Dianne’s house. For more information, go to urbanartsmusic.com or call 303-818-8386. 

Women’s Homelessness Initiative supper next Sunday, June 23

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. Our next Sunday to provide a meal is June 23

  • 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 go to https://signup.com/go/FCBtiBh. For further information or if you have questions, please contact Jan Douglas, jjdouglas51@gmail.com or 404-290-9843. 

Bike-to-Work Day is Wednesday, June 26

Again this year, Ascension will partner with Novo Coffee to bless bike riders and provide them with refreshments. If you would like to join us at the corner of 7th Avenue and Little Cheesman Park from 6-10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 26. please contact Barb Watson at barbarawatson825@comcast.net. For more information about Bike-to-Work Day and how (and why) to register, go to biketoworkday.us. 

Sunday, June 30 is Education for Ministry (EfM) Sunday

On Sunday, June 30, we will highlight Education for Ministry (EfM), a distance-learning program for adult Christian formation through theological education and reflection offered by the University of the South. EfM participants meet in small, mentored groups that provide the framework for understanding life and shaping actions as Christian faith is deepened. To find out more about EfM, contact Julie Mahoney at jamahoney@att.net

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.