3,5,7,9 & 11  Christmas Eve

9:30 AM Christmas Day

Dec. 30 6 PM

Dec. 31 9 and 10:30 AM

This Week At Ascension

Called to create opportunities for all people to become devoted followers of Christ

December 24 and 31 2023

Christmas Eve/1 Christmas

Please note: With five Christmas Eve services Sunday PM, there will be no regular Saturday evening or Sunday morning services. 

Grace and peace to you my family in Christ,

Can we experience Christmas for the first time this year?

Can we remember the deep meaning of the Nativity for our lives?

Can we take in enough of the beauty and the mystery of the Incarnation that our lives moving forward will be more joyful, more loving, more hopeful?

Let us behold the glory that is Christmas.




We give thanks for all the special services and events this advent season — and those who gave of their time and talents to bring them to us! Our Chancel Choir, led by Wyant Morton, gifted us with a spectacular mini cantata, “The Infant Child.” Our Ascension Lutheran School brought the joy with a wonderful program, “Glorious Night.” We celebrated Pastor Julie’s ministry at Ascension. And the peace and closeness of the Holy Spirit in our Taize worship services, led by Pastor Paul, are deeply appreciated. 

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Our group of carolers visited a dozen seniors this year, sharing the comfort and joy! Thanks to Elijah for driving the big white bus and Yvonne for leading the carols with her flute, and Pastor Steve for providing the photos for all these events!

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It was a great Cowboy Christmas worship service thanks to Nancy Lee and Country Spirit and friends!


Christmas Ugly Sweater Parade!


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

(Please let Lauren Godfrey know if you are planning to come as soon as you can — ) Here is the information:

Many folks have always wanted to help decorate floats for the Tournament of Roses Parade. Now’s your chance!

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

Epiphany: To See the Light


Epiphany is both a day and a season in the Church Year.  What is the nature and focus of each?  How does each of these enable us to see Jesus more clearly and to follow him more nearly as we begin the Year of Our Lord 2024?

I invite you to join me for the Adult Sunday School class on January 7, 10:30 AM, when we will explore the intent and the traditions of Epiphany.

— Pastor Paul

Save the Date

Choir of the West, February 2 at 7 PM

Pacific Lutheran University’s award-winning Choir of the West is coming to Ascension as part of its upcoming tour. Choir of the West has performed extensively throughout Europe, China and Japan, earning kudos all along the way. You can sample their marvelous sound HERE.

Gifts of Hope

Thank you, Ascension! Our Gifts of Hope total for this year has exceeded $73,000 and gifts are still coming in.  This year, GOH is helping widows in Tanzania, World Hunger (God’s Global Barnyard), Harbor House and Friends of Fieldworkers.

The needs are great. For example, we received word this week of a multi-unit fire in Oxnard Dec. 7 that displaced multiple farmworker families.

In happier news, in addition to providing services to people in need in our area all year through, Harbor House this year provided gifts for more than 650 children.

CLICK HERE for an updated breakdown of this year’s Gifts of Hope.

Christmas in Bethlehem This Year

As you probably know, due to the dangerous and unstable conditions in the Bethlehem area this year, faith leaders made the decision not to have the usual Christmas celebrations; no festive lights or olive wood nativity sets or happy musical presentations. But make no mistake, Christmas is there.

Our CORUS International/Lutheran World Relief staffs are doing what they can to help. Here is an update to our Global Ministries Team leader Louise Evenson from CORUS International Vice President David Fuerst: (Continued…)

Standing in Hope

The former bishop of the SW CA synod, Dean Nelson, has been on the board of Opportunity Palestine, a 501c3 organization that raises funds for schools operated by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan, and the Holy Land (ELCJHL).  Because the hostilities in Gaza have disrupted life in the occupied West Bank where all the ELCJHL schools are located, the nearly 2000 Christian and Muslim students are having a challenging time attending schools to learn how to be peacemakers in a land where peace is in short supply. You can learn more at their website Opportunity Palestine – Opportunity Palestine Home  They are raising funds in hopes their schools can stay operational.

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! 

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 .

Hooray for our Middle School!

Offerings & Attendance


The last Sunday of Advent is also Christmas Eve.
There will be no regular Saturday Evening or Sunday Morning services

December 24:

Isaiah 9:2-7
Psalm 96
Titus 2:11-14
Luke 2:1-14 [15-20]

December 31:

Isaiah 61:10-62:3
Psalm 148
Galatians 4:4-7
Luke 2:22-40


January 6 – Epiphany:

Isaiah 60:1-6
Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14
Ephesians 3:1-12
Matthew 2:1-12


Welcoming Guests

Did you know the number one reason people go to a particular church is because of friendships? Wearing your name tag is one of the easiest ways to make a guest feel welcomed and help new and existing members become better acquainted with one another.

Wearing a name tag is an effortless way to reach out to people to just start a conversation. You never know if God puts you in a place to make a positive impact on someone. It’s a good thing to remember, especially as we greet visitors this Christmastime.

Name tags are on the magnetic white boards at one of the two church entrances. If you cannot find your name tag, please tell the church office and they will order you a new one.

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
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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