Parish Notices

Week of January 24, 2016

“Welcome to Ascension!”  

If you are new to the Church of the Ascension, please don’t leave until you stop by the Church’s welcome counter in the church foyer. We have a gift bag for you that includes a copy of the latest Church newsletter, plus a few goodies. Long-time Ascension parishioners will be on-hand to answer any questions you might have and to explain how you can become more involved, should you be interested. If you would like to have your name added to the email or street mailing list, simply fill out a pew card (on the back of the pew in front of you), and drop it into this morning’s offering plate. Thank you for joining us this Sunday, and we hope to see you again soon!

The coffee hour is still on!  Ready for good food, fellowship, and a time to catch up with your fellow Ascension parishioners? Head down to the Parish Hall after the 11:15 a.m. service to catch a bite to eat and meet fellow Ascension members.

Youth confirmation class continues today at 12:20 p.m. in the library. Lunch is included. Even if you missed our first meeting, you are more than welcome to join today!

High school youth are meeting at the church tonight from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Come out for dinner, discussion and a trivia game competition.

Also, today is the early bird deadline for the high school retreat! To register, turn in your registration form and $50 deposit to Chelsea (or slide it under her office door.) Registration forms are available at the front desk. Our retreat will take place February 12th-15th in a cabin outside of Gatlinburg. Join us for fun winter activities as well as reflections on Lent and what it looks like to walk with God each day.

Looking ahead, next Sunday, January 31st, we have a special high school youth event. We will meet from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Laser Quest! Bring $15 to cover your two games, and pizza dinner will be included. This is always a favorite event, so I hope that all of you can make it out!

Middle school youth, this Wednesday we’ll have our annual visit to Jump Jam! Parent pickup and drop off will be at the church, but note the unusual times: 6:00-8:15 p.m. The cost is $11 per person, and a parent permission form is required to participate. Forms will be available via email or as hard copies at the front desk. Contact with any questions about youth events!

A New Women’s Bible Study  A comprehensive study of the Gospels will begin on Thursday, January 28th, from 9:30-11:00 a.m. The class will meet in the church library.

Please check out the Lenten Resource table in the Education Wing for materials that will make this season meaningful for you and your family. Resources available beginning February 9.

TnT (Tweens in Transition) will meet February 5th from 6:00-9:00 p.m. Open to kids in Grades 3-5. Dinner served.

Date Night  Come drop your kids off with us and enjoy a special night out. Love is in the air! Date will be February 5th from 6:00-9:00 p.m. Please register at

Mardi Gras for the kids!  February 9th beginning at 6:00 p.m. kids will be having food and activities to celebrate. The nursery will be open for the littlest ones and the older kids will be having fun in the education wing creating fun crafts and playing games. Adults will be in the parish hall. Come enjoy this special evening.

The Ascension Trekkers will travel on Wednesday, February 3rd, to Western NC to hike the Lemon Gap Trail to Max Patch where the views of God’s masterpiece are spectacular. This is a 5-mile one-way shuttle hike or 10 miles of gently rolling hills round trip.  The distance will be determined by the group so an rsvp is important to plan transportation. Winter hiking has beautiful rewards as long as one is dressed for it: layers are important –  a synthetic first layer, fleece jacket as second layer, and warm jacket as top layer (cotton is discouraged because it holds moisture). Departure from the church will be at 9 a.m. Contact Emily Vreeland to RSVP or for questions ( or 470-2518)

Friends of Music and the Arts will present a program entitled “Music from the Jewish Tradition” on Monday, February 1st, at 7:30 p.m. Guest instrumentalists Gary Sperl, clarinet, and D. Scot Williams, cello, will join area organists and vocal artists in presenting music of Ravel, Bruch, Kovács, Berlinski, Janowski, Bloch, and others. The program is open to the public and free of charge. All are welcome.

Please keep these individuals in your prayers this week:

Michelle, Dick Brabham,
Mary Kathryn Crone, Bruce Elrod,
Rob Gieselmann, Matt Paxton, Phyllis Williamson