Parish News

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Worship Schedule Change // Next Sunday, September 11, is the first Sunday with three services at 7:45, 9:00, and 11:15 am. Coffee Hour will follow outside on the sidewalk through October as weather permits.

Flower Dedication // The chancel flowers are given to the glory of God and in thanksgiving and gratitude for a good scan and the support of the Ascension community during this difficult time in our lives by Pam and Jim Brock.

White Rose // The white rose on the altar is given in celebration for the birth of Mac Archer Ward, son of Kent and Amy Archer Ward, grandson of Kathleen Archer Thompson.

Thank you Ascension // Your prayers and celebration at Tuesday’s Renewal of Ministry service meant so much to me and the entire congregation. I was thoroughly touched and feel especially blessed. A special thank you to Brett, Jim, and the entire worship team, Linda Hawley and the tireless Ascension staff, the Ascension Vestry, Mardel Fehrenbach and the dinner committee, those special donors sponsoring the dinner, the St. Andrew’s Brotherhood for set-up, and those tireless parishioners who helped move tables and chairs late into the night. (Is there anything this congregation cannot accomplish?) The Caribbean music led us softly into the steamy summer night, and everybody left for home with heart, soul and body full. As someone once asked, “Aren’t we the lucky ones?!” – Rob G.

Many Thanks // I am pretty sure that by all accounts, Rally Day 2016 was a huge success.  Great food, lots of fun, and a ton of laughs (even if at the expense of our clergy) were had by all.  Thanks to everyone who came out to enjoy the festivities and to all who made this year’s Rally Day an unforgettable one.  A special thanks to Priscilla Jenkins, Sabra Martin, Megan Alden, Linda Hawley, Rev. Christopher Hogin and the cast of the Rally Day Skit, Mark Sanders, Kelsey Mitchell, Va Branum, Carole Lundin, Tim Wheeler, Beverly Hutto, Marilyn Turner, our Nursery staff, and all those who helped set up and break down this wonderful event. Sincerely, Sheriff Stay-The-Same and Captain California.

Women’s Bible Study // Thursday, September 8, 9:30 am, Parlor // Back by popular demand, the Women’s Bible Study will start back this coming Thursday and will continue through the program year. The group will be led by our very own “Captain California,” Rob! Come join the discussion as we continue an in-depth study of the gospels.

Parish Supper // Wednesday, September 7, 6:00 pm // The Parish Supper will feature Chicken Salad Casserole, Green Beans & Cherry Tomatoes, Spinach Salad with Strawberries, Feta Cheese, & Poppyseed Dressing, Bread, and Dessert. Sign-up at the reception counter in the Parish Office or by emailing

High School Youth // There will be no High School Youth group this week. Enjoy the Labor Day weekend. See you September 11 from 6:00-8:00 pm when High School Youth group resumes.

Middle School Youth // Wednesday, September 7, 6:30-8:00 pm // Youth Room // Come out to the church for pizza, a Bible lesson, and toilet brush hockey!

Date Night // September 9, 6:00-9:00 pm // Due to the Labor Day Holiday, Date Night has been moved to September 9. Please RSVP by sending an email to our new nursery address, Please consider bringing a small donation for the pizza dinner.

Ascension Trekkers // Wednesday, September 14 // The Ascension Trekkers will hike to Abrams Falls. Contact Emily Vreeland at or 470-2518 to RSVP.

Foyer Groups are Back // Sign-Up Deadline: Sunday, September 18 // Foyer Groups is a fellowship ministry at Ascension in which new and long-time members come together over a dinner at a parishioner’s home. Groups are at most 7-8 people, and, while childcare is not provided, families with children and invited. Sign-up at the reception counter in the Parish Office or by emailing Babs Richardson at

Lunch Bunch // Tuesday, September 20, 11:30 am // The Lunch Bunch starts back with a presentation by The Rev. Sarai Wender entitled, “What’s in your Backpack?” Don’t forget to sign up at the reception counter in the Parish Office or email Bring $2 and an appetizer, side dish, or dessert.

Adult Christian Education

–Fall 2016–

The aim of adult education at Ascension is about learning through relationships. This year we kick off our adult education curriculum, beginning September 11, 10:10 am, with three exciting parishioner-led learning opportunities. They are as follows:

The Forum Class: Hosted by those in their thirties and forties, The Forum Class will engage Rachel Evans’ powerful book, Searching For Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church. In this compelling memoir, Evans discusses how hypocrisy and pettiness of organized religion drew her away from the church, and how she found her way back to the church through the liturgy and sacraments.

Growing Through Giving: What does it mean to give as a Christian? Does giving simply mean sharing one’s talents and treasures, or does the call go deeper? Those in their forties and fifties explore these questions by engaging in topics such as the prosperity gospel movement, the psychology of giving, social entrepreneurship, and how different faith traditions view giving.

Retirement and Beyond Group: This group directly addresses, not just the challenges, but also the opportunities, of growing older through Richard Rohr’s acclaimed book, Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life. Each session will engage Rohr’s thesis, which emphasizes that when we lose a part of life, we often gain something far more deeply on a spiritual level than we often realize.

Each group tends to be divided by age. You are welcome to participate in any of the forums, regardless of life station. Also, this year we will modify the curriculum by offering three parish-wide adult Sunday school options scheduled for September 11, October 3, and, finally, a special Christmas presentation on December 18.

For more information on adult education, or to pass along comments,  please contact The Rev. Christopher Hogin at

Please keep these individuals in your prayers this week:

Jim Bowers, Jimmie and Barbara Comeaux, Carla Hargrove, Kay Irwin, Ernestine Lawrence, George Mears, Bobbye Reynolds