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.

Holy Week and Easter Services

Thursday, April 18, Maundy Thursday

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

"Could you not stay awake with me for one hour?" All Night Vigil in the Chapel

A prayer vigil will take place in the Chapel following the Maundy Thursday service until noon on Good Friday. The prayer vigil commemorates Jesus' time of prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane and his question to the sleeping disciples, "So, could you not stay awake with me one hour?" A sign up sheet for one-hour shifts is on the nametag table on the landing between the stairs leading up to the Church. A security guard will be on duty throughout the night.

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

11:15 a.m. Coffee Hour in the Parish Hall

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

Alleluia! Alleluia! Easter at Ascension

  • 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 contact Coordinator of Children's and Youth Ministries Sue Richardson, 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 contact Coordinator of Children's and Youth Ministries Sue Richardson, or leave a message in the Parish Office at 303-388-5978. 

April 7, 2019: The Fifth Sunday in Lent

Happening This Sunday: April 7, 2019

8 a.m.  Holy Eucharist Rite Two
10 a.m. 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.

April 7: Please Help Deliver Door Hangers

Following the 10 a.m. service, we will distribute door hanger invitations to our Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Day services at Ascension and our Easter egg hunt in Little Cheesman Park. Please meet in the Parish Hall if you can join us in sharing Ascension hospitality with our neighbors.


April 10: Easter Lily Donations Deadline

This Wednesday, April 10 is the deadline for Easter lily donations to be included in the Easter bulletins. Envelopes for Easter lily donations in memory of someone special, to celebrate a life event, or simply to give thanks are located in the back of the church on the usher table and in the Parish Hall. You may place your envelope in the offering plate, bring it to the Parish Office, or click here

April 10: Last Lenten Learning & Simple Supper

Our final Lenten Learning & Simple Supper of the season is this Wednesday, April 10. Join us at 6 p.m. for a delicious soup and salad supper as explore Prayer as an essential of being Christian. Rector Weezie Blanchard will lead the discussion for adults, and Coordinator of Children's Ministries Sue Richardson will lead children ages 4-12. Child care will be available in the Nursery.   

Holy Week and Easter Services

Palm Sunday, April 14 at 8 & 10 am
Maundy Thursday, April 18 at 7:00 pm
Good Friday, April 19 at 12 noon
Easter Sunday, April 21 at 8 & 10 am Festival Worship
Easter Sunday, April 21: Easter Egg Hunt at 11:30 am at Little Cheesman Park

Vitality Assessment Survey 

The Episcopal Church in Colorado has asked that all churches in the Diocese participate in a vitality assessment survey. The survey, which will be available this Sunday at the back of the Church and in the Parish Hall, will provide Ascension with a report that focuses on our areas of greatest strength. All worshipers age 15 and older are asked to participate either today at Ascension or online here

Opportunities for Children and Youth

  • April 14 is Palm Sunday. We need a crucifer and two acolytes to lead the procession with the bagpipe and drum corps as we parade around the neighborhood at the 10 a.m. service.  

  • April 21 is Easter Sunday! Alleluia returns! 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. 


April 21: Flowers for the Cross on Easter 

Flowers, which symbolize resurrection, return to the Church on Easter Sunday, April 21. To celebrate, please bring garden or store-bought flowers to decorate our new flowering cross. Children will put the flowers in the cross during the procession at the 10 a.m. service.


April 21: Easter Egg Hunt 

Ascension's annual Easter Egg Hunt takes place on Easter Sunday, April 21 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.service, 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. 

April 28: 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

Welcome to Journey  

What does leadership look like? Does being a disciple of Jesus change the way we lead? Formerly known as the Colorado Youth Leadership Initiative (COYLI), Journey is the new youth leadership course for rising 9th-11th graders in The Episcopal Church in Colorado. It's a three-stage journey for those wanting to develop leadership skills, put those skills to practical use in service to others, and discover more about themselves as they start across the bridge to adulthood. Registration for stage one, Journey Camp, is now open. If you are interested, please see Coordinator of Children and Youth Ministries Sue Richardson for further information. 

March 31, 2019: The Fourth Sunday in Lent

Happening This Sunday, March 31, 2019

8 a.m.  Holy Eucharist Rite Two
10 a.m. 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.

Colorado Haiti Project

Colorado Haiti Project Executive Director is our guest preacher today. Wynn Walent, Executive Director of our mission partner Colorado Haiti Project, is our guest preacher at the 8 and 10 a.m. services and will be available for conversation following both services. Learn more about  Colorado Haiti Project  and hear about exciting plans for an Ascension fall mission trip to Haiti.

Join us for an 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.

Vitality Assessment survey this Sunday, March 31, 2019. 

The Episcopal Church in Colorado has asked that all churches in the Diocese participate in a vitality assessment survey. The survey, which is available at the back of the Church and in the Parish Hall, will provide Ascension with a report that focuses on our areas of greatest strength. All worshipers age 15 and older are asked to participate either today at Ascension or online here

Lenten Learning & Simple Suppers

Join us on Wednesdays, April 3 and 10 at 6 p.m. for a delicious soup and salad supper as we continue to explore the essentials of being Christian. Based on Rowan Williams's book Being Christian: Baptism, Bible, Eucharist, and Prayer, Rector Weezie Blanchard will lead the discussion for adults, and Coordinator of Children's Ministries Sue Richardson will lead children ages 4-12. Child care will be available in the Nursery.                   

Lenten Resources

For more Lenten learning, praying, and preparing resources, go to ascensiondenver.org/lent-resources.


Donate Easter Lilies! 

Easter Lily envelopes are located in the back of the church on the usher table and in the parish hall. Feel free to drop an envelope into Sunday's offering in loving memory of someone special, to celebrate a life event, or simply to give thanks. You may also make your lily donation online

Opportunities for children and youth.

During the next few weeks, we have several opportunities for children and youth serve at Ascension. Volunteering is a great way to fulfill a Lenten promise to do more for others and an opportunity to learn more about - and be more involved in - the worship that is at the heart of who we are.

  • April 7 is Family Worship Sunday. We need greeters, ushers, acolytes, readers, and oblation bearers.

  • April 14 is Palm Sunday. We need a crucifer and two acolytes to lead the procession with the bagpipe and drum corps as we parade around the neighborhood.  

  • April 21 is Easter Sunday! Alleluia returns! The more the merrier as we celebrate Jesus Christ's resurrection from the dead. At the 10 a.m. service, we need banner bearers, kite flyers, and bell ringers. We also need 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. 

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. 

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

The 2019 parish directories are here. 

Please pick up your parish directory in the narthex (right outside the Church). They are in order alphabetically.

Please wear your name tag 

Name tags are a sign of hospitality. Especially during this season when we welcome many visitors, your name tag lets people know that we want them to feel at home at Ascension.

Meals for the Montagues 

Mary and Eli Montague welcomed baby Reid in February 17, 2019. Eli will be traveling for work through April, and Mary would appreciate the extra support from our meal ministry. Sign up for a meal here. Please contact Joanna Dukes at joanna.l.dukes@gmail.com or 708-828-5884 if you have any questions. 

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 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.