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This Week At Ascension
Called to create opportunities for all people to become devoted followers of Christ
January 23, 2022
Grace and Peace to you my sisters and brothers in Christ,
Breathe. Get yourself into a thoughtful, reflective place. I know doing this can be so hard to do in these busy, noisy times but I need you to try because the question I have for you requires it.
Here is the question: Of all the things that you carry around with you right now, what is the one that you most would like to be released from? What stress would you take away? What pain would you erase? Even just thinking about this becomes a prayer. The next step would be to offer it to Jesus and see what he will do.
The reason is because he has promised, among other things, “release to the captives.” He wants all people to be free so that we can love Him in freedom. We know this because this is what he chose to say at his first opportunity to teach to his hometown crowd in Nazareth.
I look forward to talking more about this at our services this weekend. And I look forward to seeing you.
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
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 .
Happy Valentine’s Day the Fair Trade Way!
We started out the new year with plans to learn more about how Fair Trade cares for our planet. Here’s a great one to start 2022: Our friends at SERRV tell us that they reuse 40,000 pounds of cardboard cartons each year – their “Green Machine” shreds shipping cartons from global partners into the packing paper we find protecting precious Fair Trade handcrafts we’ve ordered from SERRV. Stay tuned for more information about ways Fair Trade cares for our planet.
A quick glance at the calendar tells us that Valentine’s Day is just a few weeks away. We invite you to celebrate that special day the Fair Trade Way by sharing Fair Trade deliciousness with friends & family. There’s rosy red Hibiscus Tea from Equal Exchange (delicious hot or cold), chocolate in all of its wonderful forms for baking, drinking, eating & enjoying along with other Fair Trade favorites.
When you share Fair Trade, you share in promoting justice for people and for our planet – a great gift to share and a very special way to say “Happy Valentine’s Day”. We’ll be outside on the West Narthex Patio – We look forward to seeing you! Tuesday, January 25, 2022 10 AM- Noon
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.
Eric Berg and Pastor Jack Ledbetter will present The Apocryphal Story of Susanna and the Elders in Story-Art-Music-Poetry. 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. Founders’ Hall, 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 who need rides to local appointments with Ascension volunteers who are willing to drive. READ MORE
In Need Of Prayer
Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10
1 Corinthians 12:12-31a
1 Corinthians 13:1-13