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This Week At Ascension

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December 10, 2023

Second Sunday In Advent

Grace and peace to you my family in Christ,

John prepares the way for us. A new world is coming and we need to get ready for it. We do so by learning how to live in this new world. 

We learn how to live in this new world by dying to our old selves so that we can live the new life that Jesus has for us. 

According to John the Baptist, the foretold voice calling out in the wilderness, new life starts with repenting (turning around) and baptism (being reborn into a new life with Christ). What does this new, baptized life look like? 

A question to ponder is: How would Jesus live our lives if he were us? 

Blessings,

  

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LEFSE WAS A HIT!

Lefse was a great success!

Nineteen people attended Friday, 29 people Saturday and 8 people were there to sell lefse on Sunday over the two selling times. 

We cooked 100 lbs of potatoes and made around 550 individual lefse rounds.  And…we sold out! 

(Thank you, Jenni Klemp, for leading the way!)

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Hanging of the Green 2023:

We are so very thankful for all those who contributed their time, talent and/or treasure to making this year’s Family Fun/Hanging of the Green festivities a memorable time of celebration.

Members, school families and visitors alike enjoyed afternoon snow play fun, decorating of our tree (everyone wanted to join in!) and its lighting, and all the wonderful music!

SPECIAL SATURDAY NIGHT SERVICES:

 

Hawaiian Dance 

The Ka Mele Wai ‘O Ke Anuenue dance group returns to add a beautiful dimension to Saturday night worship. (Nancy Lee is a member.)  After the service, there will be a special dance in Founders Hall, complete with “Aloha Santa.” Dec. 9 at 6 PM

 

Cowboy Christmas

If you’ve been to one of these services before, you know how special cowboy Christmas worship can be. There’s music and surprises from Country Spirit & friends that’ll make you feel like you’re out under a blanket of stars by a campfire, feeling mighty close to God. Wear your Western clothes if you like. Afterward, enjoy Nancy Lee’s legendary Dutch oven cobbler.  Use this QR code or visit our ALCTO.org signups page to sign up for cobbler. Dec. 16 at 6 PM

 

Baptism This Weekend

Grace Rose Storey
June 13, 2016

Fair Trade Your Holidays!

Fair Trade Lane will be open Sunday, December 11 from 10-11:30AM. The shelves are filled with delicious Fair Trade products to enjoy with family and friends.  There are also some gift baskets all wrapped & ready to give to familly and friends. The gift baskets include an assortment of Fair Trade products and a special little surprise. 

 

This year’s calendar has New Year’s Eve falling on a Sunday. We kindly request that anyone who would like their contributions to be counted for this tax year, please get them in no later than Thursday, December 28. Even earlier would be appreciated! 

Don’t miss it!

The 9th Annual “Ascension Lutheran Church & Friends” Float Decorating Excursion

Save the date—and register NOW! December 30, from 4 PM until completion for Rose Parade float decorating.

Now is the time to make your plans for joining the Ascension group at this year’s Rose Parade float decorating excursion! Our fearless leader, Lauren Godfrey, provides details of this awesome event and fun volunteer opportunity. (Please let her know if you are planning to come as soon as you can — ):

Many folks have always wanted to help decorate floats for the Tournament of Roses Parade, held each year on New Year’s Day. Now’s your chance!

We’ll be using a Thrivent Action Team to bring a bus-load of volunteers to Pasadena to help the Petal Pushers decorate floats. Each year, in exchange for bringing together nearly 5000 volunteers to help decorate a warehouse full of floats the Petal Pushers receive a substantial discount on the parade entry fee for the Lutheran Hour Ministries Float.

Our shift will be Dec. 30th from 4:00 – 12:00pm/“until completion” in Irwindale.

The theme for this year’s Rose Parade is “CELEBRATING A WORLD OF MUSIC” and the theme for the Lutheran Hour Ministries float is “Make a Joyful Noise Unto the Lord.” 

All friends – OF ALL FAITHS and whether you’re an Ascension member or not – are invited to join us!

Volunteers must be 13 years-old and over.

This is a great volunteer opportunity for seniors since there’s lots to do while sitting down; we save the scaffold climbing for the younger, more nimble folks.

NOTE: VOLUNTEERS MUST REGISTER WITH ME (NOT ON THE PP’s WEBSITE! – so If you’d like to join us, please let me know so I can let the Petal Pushers folks know how many we’ll have in our group. 

We will be meeting in the Ascension Lutheran Church parking lot at 2 PM

Compassionate Friends 2023 Service

Ascension will once again host the Ventura County chapter of Compassionate Friends  candlelight memorial event this year, December 10 at 7 PM. This interfaith service coincides with the Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting, an event that “unites family and friends around the globe in lighting candles for one hour to honor the memories of the sons, daughters, brothers, sisters and grandchildren who left too soon,” as it’s stated in the Compassionate Friends’ announcement.

Please pray for all those involved in this deeply meaningful service – and all those grieving the deaths of children.

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, Sunday, January 14, from 12-2:30 PM in the church Library. Lunch will be 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 .

Simple Greetings Offer Hope

Ascension, with congregations near Chicago and in Baltimore, will serve as Regional Partner Hubs with LIRS for the ministry “Hope for the Holidays,” one that we participated in last year with letter-writing and Christmas greetings to children and families in immigrant detention centers.

Our job as a Hub is to do four things: Receive the cards; Screen the cards (no envelopes, check messages); Repackage the cards (in packs of 50); Send the cards (to one of the area immigration detention centers).

Last year Ascension processed about 3,000 cards.

The deadline for us to send the cards to the centers is Dec. 12.

If you’d like to help sort and send the cards, we are meeting on Monday, Dec. 11, from 6:00 to 8:00pm in Founders Hall!

If you’d like to write some cards, instructions are given at Hope for the Holidays .

Simply drop them off at the church office, without envelopes, by Dec. 10. Use only your first name and no address.

Thank you for helping us spread the good word about this outstanding ministry to bring hope and joy, in Jesus’ name, to the children and families in our country’s immigrant detention centers.

And Thank You for your prayers and participation. — Pastor Steve and your Global Ministries Team

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service 

Online giving page.

 

Gifts of Hope Continues

Thank you, Ascension! We are close to $70,000 for this year’s Gifts of Hope so far! This is a lot of help for Friends of Fieldworkers, Harbor House, the widows of Meru, Tanzania, and God’s Global Barnyard (ELCA World Hunger). CLICK HERE for a breakdown of this year’s donations and to compare with past years.

On Dec. 10, Gifts of Hope donations may be dropped off at Fair Trade Lane after the 9 AM worship service. Dec. 17, the GOH table will again be available, accepting donations in the west narthex. 

A Note to Gifts of Hope Future Online Contributors

 
If you have a list of itemized gifts you plan to give: first, THANK YOU!

There is room to make a short notation on the Gifts of Hope giving page to write in where you would like your donations to go (e.g. 4 Bibles, 1 Piglet, etc.). You do have to write it in, though.

Another option would be to pay online (total amount due) and then fill out one of the forms we have available (in the office, in the narthex or as a downloadable form ), and turn it in. We have had plenty of people do this. Some have paid via stock and turned the form in.

Another option would be to send an email (to Diane at ) as to where your donation should go and she will clip it to your offering when it comes in.

Hooray for our Middle School!

Offerings & Attendance

Pericopes

This Week:

Isaiah 40:1-11
Mark 1:1-8

 

Next Week:

John 1:6-8, 19-28

Climate Justice Class

Do you feel a call of the Spirit to do something about climate justice? The Center for Climate Justice and Faith at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary (PLTS) is offering an interactive online course, Community Organizing and Climate Justice, February 7- May 9. Applications are due by December 15. Taught by a team of three seasoned community organizers, the class offers practical tools to implement team-based climate resiliency projects in communities. According to organizers, it’s “a good fit for community leaders who wish to equip themselves better for climate justice work, staff, leaders, or board members from faith-based organizations, recent seminary graduates, and faith leaders/representatives of congregations.” Find out more/apply CLICK HERE.

Click Links for information:

Substitute Teacher Position Available

Instructional Assistant Position Available

 Part-time Extended Care Aide – Contact School Office

Book Club Notes

The Ascension Book Club meets the 3rd Thursday of the month at 1:30 in the Bethlehem Room, in the office building. The group chooses books based on members’ interest and discussion is led by one of the members. Books vary from popular novels to nonfiction. Please feel free to join us–we are a friendly group.

Upcoming books
Dec 14 Christmas by the Book by Anne Marie Ryan
Jan 18 Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult
Feb 15 Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

Books should be available by Libby, local library, Amazon or thriftbooks.

Our Prayer

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,  Julie McCain, and Steve Herder

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Ascension Lutheran’s 2023

Let’s Celebrate Christ’s Birth Together

Ascension will have five services on Christmas Eve, Sunday, Dec. 24, beginning at 3 PM and continuing every two hours through 11 PM. (Please note: there is no regular morning service this day.) Special family services will be held at 3 and 5 PM. 

Traditional services are scheduled for 7 and 9 PM, while a candlelight communion service will be held at 11 PM.

 On Christmas Day, come join us for Christmas Morning Worship with Holy Communion at 9:30 AM.

Carolers, Let’s Bring Cheer!

Bring some joy to those unable to come to worship this season! Meet at the bus in the big parking lot.  3-5, Dec. 17

Carry the Light of Hope this Advent

THOUSAND OAKS — How are you preparing for the coming of the Holy Child this year? Pastor Tim Delkeskamp will be preaching on the 4 “BEs” of Advent: Be Ready, Be Baptized. Be Still. Behold. Find out more about being called to carry the light of hope! And please join us as often as you can for a wide range of events this Advent season, each honoring the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. 

December 9 (Saturday) – 6 PM Worship Service with Ka Mele Wai ‘O Ke Anuenue dancers, and afterwards, a special dance in Founders Hall, with “Aloha Santa”

December 10 (Sunday) – 7 PM Compassionate Friends memorial service

December 13 (Wednesday) – 7 PM Taize Advent service

December 15 (Friday) – 6 PM School Christmas Program, “Glorious Night”

December 16 (Saturday) – 6 PM Cowboy Christmas Worship Service 

December 17 (Sunday) 3-5 PM Caroling (Meet at the bus in the big parking lot!)

December 18 (Monday) – 9 AM Bumblebees Christmas Program

December 19 (Tuesday) – 9 AM Honeybees & Ladybugs Program

December 20 (Wednesday) – 9:30 AM Threes & Fours Program; Early dismissal, school Christmas break begins; Taize Advent service, 7 PM

December 24 (Sunday, Christmas Eve) – Christmas Eve services, 3 PM, 5 PM, 7 PM, 9 PM, 11 PM with Holy Communion

December 25 (Monday, Christmas Day) – Christmas morning service with Holy Communion 9:30 AM

Don’t Miss Our School Christmas Program!

Dec. 15 at 6 PM

SPECIAL SATURDAY NIGHT SERVICES:

Hawaiian Dance 

The Ka Mele Wai ‘O Ke Anuenue dance group returns to add a beautiful dimension to Saturday night worship. (Nancy Lee is a member.)  After the service, there will be a special dance in Founders Hall, complete with “Aloha Santa.” Dec. 9 at 6 PM

 

Cowboy Christmas

If you’ve been to one of these services before, you know how special cowboy Christmas worship can be. There’s music and surprises from Country Spirit & friends that’ll make you feel like you’re out under a blanket of stars by a campfire, feeling mighty close to God. Wear your Western clothes if you like. Afterward, enjoy Nancy Lee’s legendary Dutch oven cobbler.  Use this QR code or visit our ALCTO.org signups page to sign up for cobbler. Dec. 16 at 6 PM

TAIZÉ ADVENT SERVICES

WEDNESDAY EVENING TAIZE SERVICES

A time to refocus on the real reason for the season, Wednesday Evening Taize services are being held at Ascension through Advent. 

Taize services center on distinctive and repeated prayer chants, usually lines from the Psalms or other pieces of scripture, repeated or sung in canon. The repetition is designed to help meditation and prayer.   

Dec. 6, 13 and 20, in the Sanctuary – all at 7:00 PM

Poinsettia Dedications

Would you like to dedicate a poinsettia plant for the sanctuary in honor of, or in memory of family members or other loved ones? Please use a flower envelope from the pew rack and write what you want to say. Place in offering box or return to office by Dec. 17.

Dedications will be published online and in print. Donations are $10 this year.

Get Inspired with Our Advent Devotional

Thank you, Dan Lareva, for 20 years this year of shepherding the creation of our annual Ascension Advent Devotional! 

Each year, members and the pastors of our congregation volunteer to write a devotional for the Advent season, and students from our school provide artwork. The booklet, which is a project of our Library Committee under Dan’s direction, is a wonderful vehicle for spending a little time each day thinking about Jesus and what His birth means. There will be printed copies available soon in the Narthex. You’ll also be able to find the writings on our Facebook and Instagram pages.

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