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This Week At Ascension

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

February 20, 2022

Friends in Christ at Ascension,

Jesus changes everything, doesn’t He? Things we want changed, and things we don’t, too! Sometimes it’s awesome. Sometimes it’s hard and we’d rather not, like when He’s asking us to love our enemies, forgive, and bless those who curse us.

Join us this weekend as we talk about why Jesus asks so much of us and then think practically about how we can all get better at loving, forgiving, and blessing when it’s hard.

In deep gratitude for all the ways you are the hands and feet of Jesus,

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, Steve Herder, & Julie McCain

Garden Work Day,

Saturday February 26, 9:00 AM to noon

Help needed! We will be spreading wood chips around the Maker Space/Extended Care modular and moving the current parking lot outdoor classroom area to the dirt area and parking lot beside the modular. Students, children, and youth will be tending tomatoes for the tomato plant sale and having outdoor classes in this area for the remainder of the school year.

Click here for more upcoming Garden events.

This Sunday In Adult Ed: 

Robert Frost

…The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep. And miles to go before I sleep….

Pastor and Cal Lutheran Professor of English, Emeritus, Jack Ledbetter is an authority on poetry, not only as a teacher, but as a poet and author himself. He will lead two classes, Feb. 20 and Feb. 27. bringing fresh, spiritual looks at some of the great poets’ immortal words.

This week, his class will be about Robert Frost. Prepare to find out things you never knew about Frost and his works, such as Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening. 10:10 AM in Founders’ Hall.

Next week, Pastor Jack will illuminate works of two more of America’s best-loved poets, Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman.

Lenten Journey

Is an impostor robbing you of God’s love?

If you have been with us at Ascension for very long then you know that every year at Lent, we study a book together as a congregation. This year will be no exception; our book will be Abba’s Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging by Brennan Manning.


Help Decorate the Makerspace Lab at Ascension Lutheran School!

Clean out your closet, garage, or office and donate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) items to help decorate the ALS Makerspace lab. We welcome the following:

– Posters featuring STEM companies and careers

– Old models, prototypes, and design plans from the fields of architecture, engineering, medicine, computer science, etc.

– Posters, prints, and quotes from famous scientists and inventors

– University pennants or posters

– Fossils, rock and mineral collections, petrified wood, solar system mobiles, rockets, periodic tables, taxidermied specimens, and anything else STEM related.

Please bring donations to the Ascension Lutheran School office. Questions?

News Briefs

Third Grade Milestone: Praying In Color

Celebrate this milestone in worship on February 27, 9 or 11. The Praying In Color Class is at 10:10, February 20, in the library (with a parent). Ascension School Students will have this class at school. Questions, email Pastor Julie.

Thrivent Choice Dollars

Thrivent Members, remember:  If you haven’t already, you can still direct 2021 Choice Dollars before they expire on March 31! If you have any questions about directing Choice Dollars or making a personal donation, contact the Thrivent call center at 1-800-847-4836 and say “Thrivent Choice” at the prompt.

Many Mansions’ Bowls of Hope 2022

If you have yet to join in a Bowls of Hope event, good news! The soup celebration is back on this year. It will be Sunday, March 20, 11 AM- 2 PM in Kingsmen Park at Cal Lutheran University. Bowls of Hope raises funds and awareness of the work of Many Mansions, its life-changing programs and services for those experiencing housing insecurity. Follow THIS LINK for tickets and more information. (More volunteers are needed, too!)

Commitment Cards

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.

Don’t Miss This:


The world-renowned Concordia Choir of Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, under the  direction of Dr. Michael Culloton, will perform at Ascension Lutheran Church in Thousand Oaks, CA, on Monday, February 28, at 7 PM.

From the music of J. S. Bach to familiar hymn arrangements, The Concordia Choir will amaze you with their technical mastery and incredible sound.

The tour marks Michael Culloton’s first tour as conductor of the renowned ensemble.

Tickets are now on sale! This is a direct link for more information and the ticketing page for the concert.

Fair Trade Sales

Fair Trade coffee, tea, chocolate, snacks and olive oil is available for ordering now to February 21, 2022. Equal Exchange recently implemented some price increases. We’ve reviewed the price changes. Except for a few items (noted on the order form), we’re going to hold at our current prices for now. Ordering will be paused during Lent. We plan to resume ordering shortly after Easter.

The February order form can be found in the church office, on Ascension’s Fair Trade webpage, HERE, or USE THIS DIRECT LINK.

AND: Be sure to mark your calendars. You don’t want to miss Ascension’s Fair Trade Gift Fair on May 7, 10AM – 2PM.


Take Faith Home with

Join Pastor Julie for a five-session series about doing faith at home. Faith 5 is a tool to use for about 5 minutes every day and see your family grow closer!

Between worship services from 10:10 to 10:50 in the Library.

We’ll hear the challenges and success of others and discuss practical ways to implement it in your home.  Come to as many as you’re able (it’s easy to catch you up)!  This practice works great with kids as young as 3!

Feb 20: What does it do for a family to come together nightly seeking God?

March 6: What happens to children who grow up praying for others?

March 20: Hear about the transformational power of giving and receiving a blessing every day.

Bring your kids, because Sunday School (age 3– 6th grade) is available at the same time.

Donuts and coffee are on the patio just before!

RSVP here so I can purchase plenty of materials for you! (But come even if you forget to RSVP!)

 Attendance & Offerings

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Attention Students in Accounting and Related Disciplines: We have two internship opportunities at Ascension, 10 hours a week each. Please check our Career Opportunities at ALCTO.org

Part time employment position available at Ascension Lutheran School

Supervise students before and after school as well as during recess during school hours. Must be willing to be trained in CPR/1st Aid and have a live scan fingerprint. Experience in working with children is preferred but not mandatory. Must be 18+ years old. Part time position only within the hours of operation: 7:30 AM-6 PM – hours may be flexible $14 per hour. See Career Opportunities at ALCTO.org


Fair Trade Wine Tasting

We recently added Equal Exchange Fairly Traded Chilean Flame Raisins to our product list and we got to thinking: if Fair Trade grapes become Fair Trade raisins – what about Fair Trade grapes becoming Fair Trade wine? READ MORE


This Week:

Genesis 45:3-11, 15
Psalm 37:1-11, 39-40
1 Corinthians 15:35-38,42-50
Luke 6:27-38

Next Week:

Exodus 34:29-35
Psalm 99
2 Corinthians 3:12 — 4:2
Luke 9:28-36 [37-43a]

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