Friends in Christ,
Can you believe we are already about to start Lent?
We end Epiphany with the Transfiguration. It’s light and glory, clouds and visions and booming voices from on high. It’s mystery.
And when God comes to us, it often cannot be fully explained.
Join us this weekend as we ponder the mystery—that we have a God who doesn’t stay wrapped up in glory on the mountaintop but journeys down the mountain with us, all the way to a cross.
Then join us on Wednesday at 7 pm to begin your Lenten journey with ashes.
In gratitude for all the ways you are the hands and feet of Jesus,
9 AM Chapel
7 PM Evening Service
This coming Wednesday, February 22, Lent begins with a call to fasting and repentance as we begin our journey to Easter. The sign of ashes placed on our foreheads suggests our human mortality and frailty. What seems like an ending is really an invitation to make each day a new beginning, in which we are washed in God’s mercy and forgiveness. Please join us for an Ash Wednesday service.
Holden Evening Prayer Services
This Lenten season, Holden Evening Prayer services will be held Wednesday evenings at 7 PM (March 1, 8,15,22 and 29). Sharing this beloved service, with its responsive musical litany, is a perfect chance to reflect and appreciate Jesus’ life and love for us. Invite friends. HERE is a sample from the past. Following the services, there will be fellowship time with cookies.
Pray, Play, Study and Serve this Lent
This year, One Ascension will be joining in a variety of activities designed to invite the Holy Spirit and help us keep this special time of reflection at the front of our minds.
In case you missed it. HERE is Pastor Tim’s letter about our awesome calendar.
Be sure to pick up your print copy at worship services or in the office.
Give an Easter Lily for Remembrance
Majestic Easter lilies beautify our sanctuary each year—and you are invited to donate one or more in honor or remembrance of someone special to you. You can purchase an Easter lily by filling out the flower envelope in the pew rack and enclosing $9 for each lily ordered. Or by emailing and sending $9 by check or online giving page under Other.
Note Time Change:
The Library Committee is getting ready for Lent. Once again, we will need cookies each week for the fellowship time in Founders Hall after the Wednesday Service. The dates this year are Ash Wednesday, February 22, and then March l, March 8, March 15, March 22 and March 29.
If you want to provide cookies for any of these dates, call Dolores Ledbetter at (805) 716-3045 or (805) 750-7646.
In Need Of Prayer
Rose On The Altar
Charles Samuel Beck
Born: February 10, 2023
Proud Parents: Steven and Susana
Proud Grandparents: Dianne and Chuck Beck
Proud Great Grandmother: Barbara Hearne
Rose On The Altar
John Paul Disselhorst
Born Feb 10, 2023
Proud Parents: Paul & Kristine
Proud Grandparents: Barry and Tania Disselhorst
Bowls of Hope for Many Mansions
March 26, CLU Kingsmen Park, 11 AM – 2 PM Enjoy meaningful & fun family activities: an informative exhibition on the homelessness issue, affordable housing, and Many Mansions; an opportunity to take action and be part of the solution; crafts, games, and a raffle! By attending Bowls of Hope, you’re investing in your community! All proceeds from this event support our continued work to provide affordable housing and life-enriching services to families that call Many Mansions home.
Green Creation Care Tips From Your Green Faith Team
Easy Ways to Decrease Your Carbon Footprint
Up-cycling is reusing with a creative twist, like those tote bags and purses made of recycled materials that were sold at our Gifts of Hope fair a few years ago. Artwork, jewelry, clothing, toys – all kinds of items can be made out of cast-offs. Instead of using up resources and filling up landfills, try making old things new again. Looking for ideas? Here are a few for grownups and kids, too.
Be an Eco-Wise Consumer.
Do business with companies that commit to protecting the environment. Support sustainability efforts. And remember to shop with our planet in mind.
Bypass chemicals when you can.
Chemical-free products from garden care to personal hygiene items to cleaners are widely available these days. Or make them yourself. Check out these natural DIY cleaners.
Cut Down Consumption.
A surefire way to reduce one’s impact on the environment is simply by curbing one’s consumption. If we don’t really need something and we’re probably going to end up throwing it away anyway – we can just pass it by.
Help for Earthquake Victims
As images continue to fill the media of the devastation in the wake of the recent 7.8 earthquake that rocked Turkey and Syria, Lutheran World Relief and Lutheran Disaster Response are already on the frontlines to bring assistance and, as always, serve as the hands and feet of God. The needs are growing by the hour. Here are links to provide financial support.
“Hello—and happy birthday! This is Ascension’s Telecare Ministry calling, and we want you to know that your entire Ascension family wishes you a happy, happy birthday and a great year ahead.”
That’s a Telecare caller in action—a kind person with a joyful “happy birthday” greeting. We need a new caller to make these greetings on Fridays. Can you lend us your voice? Being a card sender is another option. Contact Jenelle Smith at or call the office.
We’re looking for a new worship leader for our 11 AM service. Find out more about it HERE
Staff Accountant Wanted
If you are an accountant interested in joining the Ascension team, we’d love to hear from you! Click HERE for details of this position.
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
2 Peter 1:16-21
Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7