Happening this Sunday: February 17, 2019
8 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite Two
10 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite Two
11:15 a.m. Coffee Hour
The Nursery is available from 7:45 to 11:15 a.m.
Shrove Tuesday Pancakes: March 5 at 6 p.m.
Whatever you call them, we're serving them for supper on Shrove Tuesday, March 5 at 6 p.m. The tradition of eating pancakes on the day before Lent dates to the Middle Ages, when people made a point of eating foods like butter, eggs, and sugar that they would be giving up during the penitential season of Lent. Also known as Carnival ("farewell to meat") and Mardi Gras ("fat Tuesday"), Shrove Tuesday is a delicious and fun way for Ascension parishioners of all ages to celebrate our life together. If you're interested in helping, please contact Hank Dougan at email@example.com.
An invitation "to the observance of a holy Lent"
The season of Lent prepares us for Easter Day, the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ our Lord, the central event of the church year, and the theological core of the Christian faith. Throughout the season of Lent, which begins with Ash Wednesday on March 6, we will explore ways for all ages to observe a holy Lent, in the words of the Book of Common Prayer, "by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God's holy Word." Please join us as we observe a holy Lent.
Ash Wednesday services on March 6 at noon and 7 p.m. in the Church.
Lenten Quiet Day on Saturday, March 9 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Church.
Wednesday night Lenten "simple suppers" on March 13 and 20 and April 3 and 10 at 6 p.m.
For adults, Rector Weezie Blanchard will lead a series on "Being Christian." Coordinator of Children's Ministries Sue Richardson will lead children ages 4-12 in the discovery of Lent. Child care will be available in the Nursery.
Do you have a favorite Lenten book or other spiritual practice that you would like to share? Please email Weezie Blanchard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Children's Ministries: New Location
In order to be more accessible and welcoming to our children and their families, Sunday school is moving downstairs. Beginning Sunday, March 10, Sunday school for 4-12 year-olds will be located next to the Nursery (across from the back hallway entrance to the Parish Hall). In order to make the space as warm and welcoming as the current space, Coordinator of Children's Ministries Sue Richardson has organized a cleaning and painting day on Saturday, February 23 beginning at 9 a.m. If you can attend, please let Sue know at email@example.com - or simply show up!
Sign up for Coffee Hour
The sign up sheets are on the north wall of the Parish Hall. You only need to bring ONE THING (sweet, savory, fruit/veggie, or juice). Drop it off in the kitchen on the way into church and your Hospitality Team will take care of the rest.
Interested in being part of the Hospitality Team? It is only a one Sunday per month commitment. Get in touch with Doris Kimbrough at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-408-3244 if you want to participate in this important piece of life at Ascension.
Women's Homelessness Initiative: A great start
Our participation in the Women's Homelessness Initiative is off to a great start. Our next date to prepare and serve a delicious and meal to homeless guests at the Althea Center is Sunday, February 24. Please sign up to participate on the Outreach Committee bulletin board in the Parish Hall. If you have questions, please contact parishioner Jan Douglas at email@example.com.
We need you in the Parish Office
Our team of office volunteers make things run much more smoothly for all of us. If you are interested in helping in the Parish Office on Mondays through Thursdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. please contact Parish Administrator Celeste DeLeon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Celebrate blessings with altar flowers
Altar flowers are a meaningful way to celebrate all the blessings in our lives, whether we're remembering the anniversary of a deceased love one's birth or death or honoring the birth of a new baby, a baptism, confirmation, graduation, marriage, wedding anniversary, or other milestone. If you would like to give altar flowers in memory or honor of someone, please sign up on the flower calendar by the Parish Hall entrance of contact Julie Mahoney at email@example.com. You are also welcome to call the church office and Celeste will be happy to sign you up.
Prayer during Communion
Did you know that every Sunday during communion at the 10 a.m. service, fellow parishioners are available to pray with you at the back of the Church about whatever or whoever you wish to pray? Join them for this meaningful parishioner-to-parishioner ministry.
Baptism at Ascension
Scheduled dates for Holy Baptism include April 21 at 8 a.m. (Easter Day), June 9 (Day of Pentecost), and November 3 (All Saints' Sunday). If you are interested in having your child (or yourself!) baptized or would like more information about baptism at Ascension, please contact Weezie Blanchard at firstname.lastname@example.org or Celeste DeLeon at 303-88-5978 or email@example.com.
If you or someone you know is sick or in the hospital, please let us know how we can help. Please call the Parish Office at 303-388-5978 or contact Weezie Blanchard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are a visitor, please pick up a welcome card from one of our ushers or in the back of a pew. If you would like to receive email from us, please contact Celeste DeLeon at email@example.com.
Celebration of New Ministry
Despite the cold and snow, the Celebration of New Ministry on February 6 was a warm and joyful occasion. The service officially marked Weezie Blanchard's term as the 11th rector of Church of the Ascension. Thank you to all who were there in person and in spirit! Click here to read Canon Ruth Woodliff-Stanley's sermon and to see pictures on the front page slider on the Ascension website.
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