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.