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This Week At Ascension
Called to create opportunities for all people to become devoted followers of Christ
January 16, 2022
God’s grace and peace to you, in Jesus!
This weekend in worship, whether you’ll be worshiping with us in the sanctuary or worshiping with the livestream, our Bible focus will be the delightful story of the wedding in Cana, from John 2:1-11. I’ve enjoyed preparing for the sermon and I hope that you’ll meditate on these eleven verses also.
In the midst of the craziness and sadness of omicron, we hear this first story in John’s gospel of Jesus’ sign of abundance and new life in Him. I believe this story can help our faith and trust in God, and help us think creatively on how we are living out our faith through the pandemic.
As you read this newsletter you’ll see little and big signs of God’s abundance in our lives and ministries. May they all point to Jesus and give God glory!
See you in worship! Thanks for bringing your mask to cover your mouth and nose, as a way to make others comfortable being here, and to keep everyone as safe as possible.
This Sunday, Jan. 16, for our 10:10 class in Founders we welcome Cal Lutheran’s President Lori Varlotta! Next week, Jan. 23, Eric Berg and Pastor Jack will lead a class in the library, on one of the books between the testaments. And on Jan. 30, Pastor Chamie and Kristine Werner will lead a class outside on composting and recycling.
Thank you for your prayers for One Ascension. You and your family are in our prayers.
Love and blessings in Jesus,
We pray that you may once again meet the Risen Christ through the Word and Sacrament ministry, and through the fellowship of this family of faith.
If you do not have a church home, we would like to invite you to worship with our Ascension family again.
All people who are baptized and believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior are welcome to receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion.
May God bless you in your worship!
Pastors Tim Delkeskamp, Steve Herder, & Julie McCain
Gifts of Hope 2021:
Great News: More than $90,000 Raised
Despite being held amid waves of the ongoing pandemic…Despite the necessity of creating new, hybrid ways of doing things…Despite supply chain worries and cancellation necessities…Somehow, thanks be to God, our Gifts of Hope 2021 campaign raised more than $90,000!
These monies will provide educational opportunities, health care, hunger relief and HOPE through the Malagasy Lutheran Church; New City Parish of Los Angeles, Inglewood and Compton; and READ MORE
Lunch Bunch Cancelled
Lunch Bunch will not be held in January due to the Covid surge and other concerns. Stay tuned for news about February.
Monarch Butterfly Trip Cancelled
Due to our planned trail being closed over concerns involving the danger of diseased trees in the area, Pastor Chamie’s special excursion to see the butterflies has been cancelled. Here’s hoping it can be rescheduled at a later date.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Ventura County’s 36th Annual Event is online this year. FIND OUT MORE HERE.
Our 2022 Generosity Commitment Cards have been mailed and some have already been returned. If you haven’t yet received one, please let the office know by emailing or calling (805) 495-0406. Thank you to those who’ve turned in their cards. These commitments are vital to our ability to plan for the church. Please make a point to turn in your card or, if you would prefer, you can fill it out online HERE.
Sunday School has started up again and will continue through June 12. Students from three years of age through sixth grade meet from 10:10-10:50 Sunday mornings at the picnic tables between services. Fun Bible stories and activities! CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE.
Dr. Lori Varlotta, California Lutheran University President, and Rev. Melissa Maxwell-Doherty, Vice President for Mission & Identity at CLU, will be leading this class through an experience of reflection upon seven key Lutheran values of the university that have emerged from “Rooted and Open: The Common Calling of the Network of ELCA Colleges and Universities.” Founders Hall, 10:10 AM
Eric Berg and Pastor Jack Ledbetter will present The Apocryphal Story of Susanna and the Elders, Story-Art-Music. It’s a discussion and reflections on the ancient story of Susanna and the Elders, this book of the Apocrypha is a ‘pre-quel’ to Daniel. Some poetry included. Bring your own coffee (from the patio) to the library, 10:10 AM
Pastor Chamie Delkeskamp and Kristine Werner lead a class on Wondrous Composting & Wise Recycling, sponsored by The One Ascension Garden Ministry. Trash has been the talk of Thousand Oaks in recent weeks as January marks the change in the city’s trash company. The Church has something to teach us about the wonder of compost (it’s just like God to make beauty come out of ugly things) and wise recycling. Pastor Chamie will share a bit about creation care. Then she and Kristine will help you with the nitty gritty of what to do with your food waste, recyclables, and trash. Learn, too, what Ascension School students are doing with compost right on our campus. 10:10 in the parking lot
Sam’s Tram Rolls Again
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the SAM’s Tram service from Ascension has been pretty quiet. However, now that many of us have vaccines and feel more comfortable being out and about, it’s time to reintroduce the program! SAM’s Tram is Ascension’s Senior Adult Ministries transportation service. We match seniors from our congregation that need rides to local appointments with Ascension volunteers that are willing to drive. READ MORE
New Member Class
Would you like to take another step in your spiritual journey with God and our church? If so, we would like to invite you to be a part of our next New Member class, Wednesday, Jan. 26, from 6-8 PM in the church Library. Childcare and dinner are provided.
The class focuses on the basics of the Christian faith and on the ministry of Ascension. There will be an opportunity to ask any questions that you might have and to get to know others. To RSVP or with questions, please call the church office at (805) 495-0406 or email .
Baptism This Weekend
Theodore (Teddy) Patrick Meddaugh
Born: June 29, 2020
Baptism of Our Lord Sunday: Welcome to the newly baptized Elodie, Beau, and Remington!
Psalm 36:5-10 (8)
1 Corinthians 12:1-11
Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10
1 Corinthians 12:12-31a