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This Week At Ascension

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

March 10, 2024

Calling of the Apostles

Grace and peace to you my family in Christ,

 
Salvation.

It is one of those big words we use in church that we don’t often define or even understand. And yet, the Apostle Paul, in his letter to the Ephesians, uses it all over the place.

For Paul, we are not only saved from something that he calls “death,” he saves us to something that he calls “life.” You might be surprised how he defines both of these terms though.

The other aspect of salvation that is important for Paul is how it actually happens.

We are going to talk about all three of these this weekend and I pray it helps you understand what a treasure your faith in Christ truly is.

I am looking forward to the conversation!

Blessings,

  

Looking Forward To Holy Week & Easter

Holy Week Services

March 24 Palm Sunday: 9 and 10:30 AM

(Saturday Palm Sunday observance March 23, 6 PM)

March 28 Maundy Thursday: 

9 AM Chapel and 7 PM Evening

March 29 Good Friday: 

11:15 AM Chapel and 7 PM Evening

March 30 Saturday Easter Service:

with Country Spirit, 6 PM

Calling of the Apostles

March 31 Easter Sunday: 

7 AM Outdoor Sunrise Service

Easter Breakfast by Ascension Youth served from 8-11 AM, $10 adults, $5 kids

9 AM Traditional Festival Service with our Chancel Choir, Carillons 

Followed by Easter Egg Hunt at 10:30 AM

11 AM Contemporary Easter Service with Praise Alive* 

Holy Communion will be served at each Easter service 

* Please note 11 o’clock start for the Contemporary Service, so there will be time for the Easter Egg Hunt

 

Adult Ed This Sunday:

Personal Estate Planning

Sunday morning, March 10, 10:30 AM, in the Library

“Personal Estate Planning” – ELCA Foundation Presentation by Lisa Higginbotham

Lisa Higginbotham, our ELCA Foundation Regional Representative, will be presenting again at our Ascension Adult Education class on Sunday, March 10th. Lisa will be bringing “Personal Estate Planning” workbooks to give to participants.

Special attention will be given to:

· The importance of our estate plans

· Constructing a well-designed plan

· Why trusts matter, and

· When we need them.

All of this to address how our plans can serve us in expressing our strongest faith commitments and our efforts to change our world for the better.

(Sponsored by our Ascension Lutheran Church Foundation)

Be the Blessing:

How to Get Started

At worship a few weekends ago, Ed Klodt talked about how our generosity and our ministries create Thin Spaces, times and places when God’s Kingdom visibly enters into the world. The following weekend, Pastor Tim taught us that when Jesus invites his followers to “pick up your cross,” he’s challenging them to make a difference. In doing so, faith becomes more powerful than simply a “hobby.” And last weekend, Pastor Rich Gregory (who is also Ascension’s day school principal), taught us that “Jesus is the Rosetta Stone of reality,” showing us, through Christ’s words and actions, the way the world should be.

All three sermons were a call to action – for each of us to live out our lives as Christ’s disciples by pushing beyond comfort, inertia and culture to make a difference in the world. In being created in the image of a generous God, we, too are called to be generous – with our time, talents and financial resources.

That’s one of the ideas behind One Ascension’s “Be the Blessing” endeavor, which kicked off last month. That followed a year of “Get the Blessing,” where we again realized the blessing of coming together each week for in-person worship.

In being blessed by God we are asked to share those blessings. And Ascension has set aside funds to help YOU Be the Blessing.

Do you see a need in the community that you and others can help address? It might be a small thing. Or maybe a big one. Can you engage others in helping you meet that need. Check out the guidelines for Be the Blessing. If your project or ministry qualifies, fill out the simple grant request form and submit it. It’s that simple!

So far Be the Blessing grant monies have funded a project in which members are creating care packages of kitchen supplies and toiletries for young people who are no longer eligible for the foster care system. Another grant funded Ascension’s engagement with a coffee cooperative in Tanzania. Yet another grant resulted in cards and small gifts of comfort to teachers at a local high school who had endured two tragedies involving students.

You can request a grant for a small project or a large one.

What’s your idea for ministry? How will YOU Be the Blessing?

Amanda Berg will be ordained into the Ministry of Word and Sacrament on March 16 at 2 PM.

We kindly ask that those who wish to attend RSVP on or before March 10 for the purposes of planning communion, etc.


Here is the link to RSVP

The Blessing of Welcome

Your Global Ministries Team and Matthew 25:35 Outreach Ministry Team have invited ministry groups of Ascension to make WELCOME BASKETS for Refugees as a Lenten service project this year.  We have received a BE THE BLESSING grant to purchase the containers to hold the items for the Welcome Baskets.  We will also use the grant funds to purchase items needed so each refugee family receives all three kinds of baskets:  a bathroom basket, a cleaning basket and a kitchen basket. 

Would you like to participate in this project and BE THE BLESSING?  Here’s how:

Purchase a gift card from Walmart or Target in any denomination.  Bring it to Founders Hall on March 24, Palm Sunday, where our team members will receive your gift card and include it with the Ascension Welcome baskets.  These gift cards will allow the families to choose and purchase their own bedding as well as other household essentials they may need. Also on March 24, Ascension’s Sunday School children will be adding their hand-painted Welcome Hearts to all of the Welcome Baskets.   Questions?  Contact GMT members Carol Bjelland, Carol Bartell, Louise Evenson or Pastor Steve.  

During Holy Week, our Welcome Baskets will be delivered to a storage unit of the Conejo Interfaith Refugee Team.  They will deliver our baskets to new arrivals in SOCA in the coming weeks. 

In 2023, CIRT helped 50 families from 10 countries including Ukraine, Afghanistan, Guatemala, Thailand, Nicaragua, and more.  CIRT delivered not only Welcome Baskets, but also furniture to help set up apartments for families in Reseda, Canoga Park, Sylmar,  Simi Valley, Glendale and as far away as Palmdale.  Ascension has partnered with CIRT since its formation in 2015. 

 You can learn more about Conejo Interfaith Refugee Team here:  CONEJO INTERFAITH REFUGEE TEAM – Home    They are always looking for donations and volunteers!

Children Invited: Make Welcome Hearts

Children of Ascension are invited to paint wooden “Welcome” hearts to put in the refugee welcome baskets that others at church are assembling. 

We will be painting hearts at the picnic tables 10 AM-10:30 AM (between services) Sunday, March 10.

Welcome Kits truly bless families from many countries who have overcome tragedies and challenges and are re-starting their lives.

Think Spring With Ascension Fair Trade

Everyone is invited to join us in celebrating Spring!

Fair Trade Lane will be open March 21 (2:30-4 PM) & March 24 (10-11 AM). Join us in making kites & butterflies to welcome Spring & to “Spring-i-fy” Fair Trade Lane.  In addition to Fair Trade Lane’s regular lineup of coffee, tea, chocolate, nuts & snacks, we’ll have Red Barn Family Farms Fair Trade Cheddar Cheese (Heritage & Weiss) and a few gift baskets also.  Special packages of Mama Ganache chocolates will be available for purchase on a first-response basis too. 

SAVE THE DATE: Sunday Fun-Day and Sunday Sampler & Fair Trade Lane on April 21.  Join us in Founders Hall Sunday, April 21 for our Sunday Sampler Adult Ed Class from 10:30-11:30 AM. Experts will lead coffee, olive oil & chocolate tastings at 3 stations. Class Pre-Requisite: A sense of fun & adventure. Get your taste buds ready. Fair Trade Lane is open that day too from 10-11:30 AM. 

 If you find yourself wanting some Fair Trade goodness before Fair Trade Lane opens later in March, send us a note () or find us at church – if we have it on hand, we’ll be happy to get it to you. 

Let’s Be The Change We Wish to See!

 

Midweek Lenten Services – 2024
The Lord’s Prayer

 

Services are at 7 PM each Wednesday

March 13: Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Preacher:  Ken Caudill
Scripture:  Matthew 6:12 & Matthew 18:21-22
Hymn:  ELW #801 “Change My Heart, O God”
Singers:  Debbie Schaeffer and Heather Harner
Flute: Yvonne Zoetewey

 

March 20: Lead us not into temptation.
Preacher:  Rick Ertel
Scripture:  Romans 12:1-2
Hymn:  ELW #729 “The Church of Christ, in Every Age”
Singers:  Janna Santangelo and Heather Harner
Flute: Yvonne Zoetewey 

 

March 28: Maundy Thurs. Deliver us from evil.
Preacher:  Ron Cox
Hymns:  ELW #325 “I Want Jesus to Walk with Me”
        ELW #504 “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”

 

Don’t Miss It: March 16:

St. Patrick’s Day Eve Service

March 16 may actually be Saint Patrick’s Day Eve, but it’s not too early to observe special traditions in our 6 PM worship service. 

Nancy Lee is planning some surprises — and you won’t want to be missing out! Arrive five or ten minutes early, in fact. The service begins at the top of the hour exactly.

Afterwards, enjoy festive fellowship and refreshments (Baileys ice cream and cookies). Please sign up HERE if you want the dessert so Nancy will know how much to have on hand! 

College Scholarship Applications Now Available

Attention Ascension students and student families: Our Ascension Foundation is making available to you the chance to apply for scholarships. Please click HERE for all the details and forms. The deadline for applications including letters of recommendation is April 19, 2024.

All scholarships will be awarded by May 24 for the academic year starting  next fall. The recipients will be informed in writing and will be recognized in a church service on June 9, 2024.  

Request a scholarship HERE.

 

 

The Chosen Lenten Discussion Group

Thank you to Ruth Rarick for leading our Lenten discussion based on “The Chosen” devotionals. Here is the schedule for meetings:

Wednesdays, Ascension Prayer Chapel, 9:15 AM       March 13 and March 20

OR

Sunday, March 17 Ascension Prayer Chapel, 11:40 AM

Offerings & Attendance

Communion Assistants

Would you like to help distribute communion during worship services? You could be of great help volunteering on Sundays. If you already know how to do this, great. If you don’t, our worship coordinator, Jenelle Smith (), can teach you. 

  

If you or someone you know could benefit from the caring, understanding and fellowship of our GriefShare support group, please consider joining, Thursdays at 1 PM. Here you will find complete information.

Youth Director Wanted

Ascension is now accepting applications for a new Youth Director. If you or someone you know has the heart for this ministry, please check out the details. And everyone, please pray for the Holy Spirit to guide us. Here is more information on this career opportunity.

In Case You Missed It…

In Need of Prayer

Click here for this week’s Prayer List

Pericopes

This Week:

Numbers 21:4-9
Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22
Ephesians 2:1-10
John 3:14-21

Next Week

Jeremiah 31:31-34
Psalm 51:1-12
Hebrews 5:5-10
John 112:20-33

 

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 and Steve Herder

 

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