Parish Notices

Week of January 31, 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 Parish! We want to say thank you to everyone for your generosity to the Family Promise Offering. You donated a total of $5821.59 to Family Promise and their work with area homeless families.

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.

Our sympathy goes out to Francis Lloyd, Jr. on the passing of his father, Francis Lloyd, Sr.

Youth confirmation class meets today after the 11:15 a.m. service in the library. Lunch will be included!

High school youth have a special event today! Meet at Laser Quest from 4:30-6:30 p.m. to play a couple games of laser tag and enjoy pizza dinner together. Bring $15 to cover the games.

The high school winter retreat is coming up fast! On February 12th-15th, we will head to a cabin in Gatlinburg together for games, fellowship, and discussions on how to walk with God each day. The total cost is $95 a person, and the deadline to turn in your deposit and registration form is tomorrow, February 1st! Registration forms are available at the front desk or by email. Contact or 588-0589 with any questions.

Middle school youth will meet at the church on Wednesday from 6:30-8:00 p.m. There will be pizza, a Bible lesson, and a fun trivia competition!

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

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.

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 Celebration & Auction  Come on out and celebrate Mardi Gras with us for a good cause! Feb. 9th @ 6pm in the parish hall. Food prepared by Gary Harper, entertainment by Jack Russell and the Terriers, both a Silent and a Live auction. Child care and pizza provided for children up to 5th grade. Cost = $15 per person and you can sign up in the foyer. Proceeds benefit Ascension’s Bolivia mission work. If you are interested in donation an item, talent, destination, or a service, please contact Brett Backus at for more information.

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” tomorrow, 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.

It’s never too late to pledge! Pledge cards are available on the communication table in the Parish Office. We can set up online giving and ACH draft, as well as take multiple forms of payment. Contact Linda Hawley at for more information.

Please keep these individuals in your prayers this week:

Pam Brock, Wilma Cox, Mary Kathryn Crone, Rob Gieselmann