February 24, 2019: Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany


Happening this Sunday, February 24, 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.


Family Worship is next Sunday, March 3 at the 10 a.m. service  

Children, youth, and their families are welcome at all of our services, and on the first Sunday of every month, we highlight the importance of families worshiping together. There is no Sunday school, and we especially invite children, youth, and their families to participate as greeters, ushers, acolytes, and oblation bearers. If you or your children have not already signed up to participate, please contact Coordinator of Children's Ministries Sue Richardson at youth@ascensiondenver.org. We also invite children to join us at the altar and include special teaching moments for all ages. Whatever your age, please plan to join us on Sunday, March 3 at 8 or 10 a.m.


Sunday school is moving

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). (If you would like to help move the room, come to the Parish Hall tomorrow - February 23 at 9 a.m.)

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on Tuesday, March 5 at 6 p.m.  

Whether you call flapjacks, griddle cakes, or pancakes, 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 beatboulder@yahoo.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" 

Don't miss on our Lenten suppers and learning for all ages on Wednesdays, 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 weezie@ascensiondenver.org.

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 one Sunday per month commitment. Get in touch with Doris Kimbrough at doris.renate@gmail.com or 303-408-3244 if you want to participate in this important piece of life at Ascension.

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 admin@ascensiondenver.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 or contact Julie Mahoney at jamahoney@att.net. You are also welcome to call the church office and Celeste will be happy to sign you up.

Pastoral Care 

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 weezie@ascensiondenver.org.

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. 


Email Fraud 

A recent threat to churches - including Church of the Ascension - is email-based impersonation scams targeting key personnel. Click here to read the whole letter from Diocesan Digest.


February 17, 2019: Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany


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 beatboulder@yahoo.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 weezie@ascensiondenver.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  youth@ascensiondenver.org - 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 doris.renate@gmail.com 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  jjdouglas51@gmail.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 admin@ascensiondenver.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 jamahoney@att.net. 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  weezie@ascensiondenver.org or Celeste DeLeon at 303-88-5978 or admin@asecnsiondenver.org.

Pastoral Care

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 weezie@ascensiondenver.org.

Welcome Visitors!

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 admin@ascensiondenver.org.

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. 

Email Fraud

A recent threat to churches is email-based impersonation scams targeting key personnel. Click here to read the whole letter from Diocesan Digest. 


February 10, 2019: Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany

Happening on Sunday, February 10, 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.

Congratulations! Laura Osborne

On January 8, our parishioner Laura Osborne was admitted as a Candidate for ordination to the Priesthood by Bishop Rob O'Neill and the Standing Committee of The Episcopal Church in Colorado. Following her nomination by Church of the Ascension, Laura became a Postulant and began her seminary training at Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, California. She currently serves as seminarian at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church in Centennial. We continue to keep Laura in our prayers.

Children's Ministries

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  youth@ascensiondenver.org - or simply show up!

Women's Homelessness Initiative

Our participation in the Women's Homelessness Initiative is off to a great start. Ten parishioners participated in preparing and serving a delicious meal to homeless guests at the Althea Center. Our next date for serving a meal 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 jjdouglas51@gmail.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 observed 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." Join us for Ash Wednesday services at noon and 7 p.m. on March 6 and a Lenten Quiet Day from 9 a.m. to noon on March 9. Stay tuned for more information about Wednesday evening offerings for adults and children (including child care).

Do you have a favorite Lenten book or other spiritual practice that you would like to share? Please email Weezie Blanchard at weezie@ascensiondenver.org.

Office volunteers needed!

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 admin@ascensiondenver.org.



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February 3, 2019: Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

Happening on Sunday, February 3, 2019:

8 a.m.    Holy Eucharist Rite Two, Church
10 a.m.  Holy Eucharist Rite Two, Church
11:15 a.m.  Coffee Hour, Parish Hall
The Nursery is available from 7:45 to 11:15 a.m.


Celebration of New Ministry

The formal institution and induction of Weezie Blanchard as the 11th Rector of Church of the Ascension will take place this Wednesday, February 6 at 7 p.m. in the Church, followed by a reception in the Parish Hall. This is a celebration of and for the entire parish, and everyone is invited. The preacher will be the Rev. Canon Ruth Woodliff-Stanley, Canon to the Ordinary in The Episcopal Church in Colorado.

Say it with flowers

Altar flowers are a meaningful way to celebrate all the blessings in our lives, whether we’re remembering the anniversary of a deceased loved 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 or contact Julie Mahoney at jamahoney@att.net.

Meal train for the Kahler family

Luzon, Jim, and Louisa welcome meals as they settle in with baby Pilar. For more information, please go to http://www.foodtidings.com or contact Joanna Dukes at joanna.l.dukes@gmail.com.

Office Volunteers Needed

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 admin@ascensiondenver.org.

Thank you to all who participated in the Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting this past Sunday, January 27 celebrated 2018, an amazing year in the life of Church of the Ascension. In accordance with our Bylaws, Holly Butler, John Douglas, Molly Freeman, and Phillip Weiss each were elected to serve on the Vestry for a consecutive three-year term. Elected to one-year terms as officers were Ann Dykes as Senior Warden, Holly Butler as Junior Warden, Lonny Kandel as Treasurer, and Chris Nazar as Clerk. Special thanks to Amy Leonard, Doris Kimbrough, and Barb Watson for organizing a delicious brunch. 

Women’s Homelessness Initiative

Our participation in the Women’s Homelessness Initiative is off to a great start. Ten parishioners participated in preparing and serving a delicious meal to homeless guests at the Althea Center. Our next date for serving a meal 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 jjdouglas51@gmail.com.

Whenever two or more are gathered

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.

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.” Stay tuned for more information about services, Wednesday evening offerings for adults and children, and more.

Do you have a favorite Lenten book or other spiritual practice that you would like to share? Please email Weezie Blanchard at weezie@ascensiondenver.org.

Children’s Ministries

Church of the Ascension is committed to providing a welcoming and inclusive place for children to learn about God's love, prayer, and faith. Unless otherwise announced ahead of time, Sunday school takes place each Sunday during the first part of the 10 a.m. worship service. We follow the Godly Play curriculum, with additional enrichment lessons. Coordinator of Children’s Ministries Sue Richardson meets the children in the hallway by the Parish Office and leads them to the classroom, so please have your children at church by 10 a.m. Latecomers are welcome, but should quietly enter the circle. Sue leads the children back to Church in time for them to join their families for Holy Communion. For more information, contact Sue at youth@ascensiondenver.org.

The Godly Play room is currently located upstairs and down the long hallway to the back of the church. Don't let the hallway fool you – the room is bright and cheerful (and we will soon be downstairs next to the Nursery!)

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 weezie@ascensiondenver.org or Celeste DeLeon at 303-88-5978 or admin@asecnsiondenver.org.

Pastoral Care

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 weezie@ascensiondenver.org.

Getting to know you

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 admin@ascensiondenver.org.

January 27, 2019: Third Sunday after the Epiphany

Happening on Sunday, January 27, 2019:

8:00 a.m.  Holy Eucharist Rite Two
10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite Two
11:15 a.m. Annual Meeting in the Parish Hall
4:45 p.m. Women’s Homelessness Initiative at Althea Center
The Nursery is available this Sunday from 7:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Annual Meeting: This Sunday

Pursuant to the Constitution and Canons of the Episcopal Church in Colorado and the Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws of Church of the Ascension, our Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday, January 27 at 11:15 a.m. in the Parish Hall. The agenda includes reports by Treasurer Lonny Kandel, Senior Warden Ann Dykes, and Rector Weezie Blanchard, as well as the election of Vestry officers and this year's class of Vestry members. The slate of Vestry members is Holly Butler, John Douglas, Molly Freeman, and Phillip Weiss, each of whom have been nominated to serve a second consecutive term in accordance with the Bylaws of Ascension. The Bylaws stipulate that qualified voters must be adult baptized members in good standing and regular contributors.

Women's Homelessness Initiative: This Sunday

On Sunday, January 27, Church of the Ascension will begin participating in the Women's Homelessness Initiative, a consortium of over 50 congregations, agencies, and groups, and over 750 volunteers who provide dignity, care, compassion, respect, and presence to homeless women and children in the Denver area. Ascension will provide one meal each monthTo participate, please (1) sign up to provide meatloaf, potatoes, salad, or dessert on the Outreach Committee bulletin board in the Parish Hall, (2) buy and make/cook your items at home, (3) bring your items to the Althea Center, 1400 Williams Street on January 27 at 4:45 p.m. For more information, please contact Jan Douglas at 404-290-9843.

February 6 at 7:00 p.m. Celebration of New Ministry

The formal institution and induction of Weezie Blanchard as the 11th Rector of Church of the Ascension will take place on Wednesday, February 6 at 7 p.m. in the Church, followed by a reception in the Parish Hall. This is a celebration of and for the entire parish, and everyone is invited. The preacher will be the Rev. Canon Ruth Woodliff-Stanley, Canon to the Ordinary in The Episcopal Church in Colorado.

Haiti and Honduras

The Episcopal Church in Colorado is sponsoring five Diocesan-wide mission trips in 2019. Upcoming trips include Petit Trout de Nippes, Haiti, from February 22-March 1 and El Hogar de Amor y Esperanza in Tegucigalpa, Honduras from March 1-10. Mission trips are an incomparable way to develop broader and deeper relationships with fellow Anglicans throughout the world. If you think you are called to go, you probably are! For more information, contactBuck Blanchard, Missioner for Outreach and Mission at the Episcopal Church in Colorado, at buck@episcopalcolorado.org.

Meals for the Kahlers

Baby Kahler has arrived, and the Kahlers would welcome meals from their family and friends to ease their transition to a family of four. Please see details and sign up for a meal if you are so inclined. 

Children's Ministries

Church of the Ascension is committed to providing a welcoming and inclusive place for children to learn about God's love, prayer, and faith. Unless otherwise announced ahead of time, Sunday school takes place each Sunday during the first part of the 10 a.m. worship service. We follow the Godly Play curriculum, with additional enrichment lessons. Coordinator of Children's Ministries Sue Richardson meets the children in the hallway by the Parish Office and leads them to the classroom, so please have your children at church by 10 a.m. Latecomers are welcome, but should quietly enter the circle. Sue leads the children back to Church in time for them to join their families for Holy Communion. For more information, contact Sue at youth@ascensiondenver.org or click here.

The Godly Play room is currently located upstairs and down the long hallway to the back of the church.  Don't let the hallway fool you - the room is bright and cheerful (and we will soon be downstairs next to the Nursery!).