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This Week At Ascension

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

March 13, 2022

Friends in Christ,

This life of faith sure changes and challenges us, doesn’t it?  I find that Jesus doesn’t leave me much time to stay stagnant.  There’s always someone new to love (that I might not want to!), some gift it’s time to share, or some way to journey deeper.

You won’t want to miss worship this Lutheran Schools weekend.  If you come on Saturday, you’ll be blessed by Pastor Chamie representing the school and preaching.  On Sunday, Ascension school students will sing, and Principal Rich Gregory will preach and dive deep into where Jesus is leading us, sharing stories of transformation from our campus, too.  Jesus is at work at Ascension in some big ways, and we want you to know about it!

In 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


  • Remember to Spring Ahead before going to bed Saturday night.
  • Saturday, 6 PM (Irish-themed service) Chamie Delkeskamp
  • Sunday, 9 and 11 AM Rich Gregory

Prayer Vigil For Ukraine

Ascension is holding a prayer vigil for the people of Ukraine at 6 PM to 6:45 PM, Tuesday, March 15, in the church sanctuary. All are welcome. There will be prayers, lighting of candles and music.


In the Garden, Pastor Chamie Finds Treasures for Mind, Body, Spirit

Did you know that a mere twenty minutes in nature has been proven to lower the stress hormone cortisol — and regular visits reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease? There are other health benefits, too.

Pastor Chamie Delkeskamp is well versed in such information, and learning more all the time.

She has been studying Horticultural Therapy in a program through Colorado State University since autumn of 2021. She completes her certification in the fall, adding this new strand of knowledge to  Click HERE to discover what this means for Ascension.

Tomato Plants!


Besides an array of tomato plants from which to choose, buyers at this year’s annual Tomato Plant Sale (April 29-May 1) will have a chance to preview locations for the new garden.

“We’re going to have a pop-up greenhouse where the future steel and glass framed greenhouse is going to go,” says Pastor Chamie Delkeskamp, “and an old utility sink that’s going to go where there will be the kitchen. When people come for the sale, students will be able to tell them about it.”

Our ECC students, Ascension School students, Sunday school students, confirmation students, and Senior High Luther Leaguers have planted over 900 tomato seeds in the past week – which includes more than 30 varieties of tomatoes! More than a third of the seeds have already germinated and our children and youth are tenderly caring for the baby seedlings. Come buy tomato plants, support our young people, and discover the vision of our new “One Ascension Oasis” (Ascension’s outdoor learning, worshiping, and gathering community) at the Annual Tomato Plant Sale and Garden Festival.

Adult Ed This Sunday

Naomi Mbise, from Tanzania, is an ELCA International Women Leaders Scholarship Recipient studying at Cal Lutheran.

Join us on Sunday, March 13, for Adult Education hour in Founders Hall at 10:10 to meet and greet her and to hear her story.

We will also hear an update from the amazing Holden Village in Washington.

Upcoming Adult Ed

March 20 Eric Berg and Pastor Jack will teach on the apocrypha book “Bel and the Dragon.”

March 27 Join Ascension member Ed Klodt at 10:10 a.m. on Sunday, March 27th, as he discusses his latest book, Inspiring Generosity, and shows us how great art can become an amazing devotional tool in our faith walk.

News Briefs

“Beautiful You” Donations Needed

The Women’s Interfaith Network needs YOU to donate clothing for young women ages 15 – 22. CLICK HERE for more info.

Dr. Carol Bartell Lecture at CLU

The governance of public schools is a rather complex issue that incorporates various government entities at the federal, state and local levels. Added to the mix are a variety of organizations and special interest groups that have an impact on what is taught, how it is taught, to whom, and under what circumstances. In recent times, schooling has become highly politicized. However, this is not new. To understand how this happens, this lecture will examine the structure of public education in the United States and how it has evolved. Ascension’s Carol Bartell, Dean and Professor Emeritus of CLU’s Graduate School of Education, will deliver this lecture March 31 at 10 AM via Zoom. 

Click here for more information and to register.

Ways to Help Ukraine

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'” – Mr. Rogers

The help pouring into Ukraine is encouraging. Our own Lutheran Disaster Response and Lutheran World Relief are answering the call with ways we can assist our brothers and sisters there.

We have a DOUBLING GIFT OFFER through LWR and the Nelsonville Lutheran Church in Wisconsin: Our friends at Nelsonville Lutheran will double all gifts from congregations – up to $258,000 – for our neighbors suffering in the Ukraine crisis. CLICK HERE TO DONATE THROUGH LWR.

Our Lutheran Disaster Response is also on the ground in this crisis, accompanying our companion churches in Ukraine, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, as well as such ecumenical partners as the Lutheran World Federation and Church World Service, in their humanitarian responses to the crisis. These partners provide refugees with immediate support and supplies such as food, blankets, water and hygiene kits. HERE’S HOW TO HELP THROUGH LUTHERAN DISASTER RESPONSE.

All checks received by ALC designating LWR-Ukraine Crisis will be forwarded by ALC to Lutheran World Relief.  Please indicate on the memo line on your check “LWR-Ukraine Crisis.”  

World Water Day is Coming Up

On Saturday, March 12, at 10 AM, you are invited to join the Sierra Pacific Synod Hunger Network on Zoom for “Water Is Life!” an exploration of our faithful and grateful response to the amazing gift of water and the current global water challenges. Featuring: ELCA World Hunger Water Ministries with Rev. Michael Busbey.

Register and receive Zoom link: And see flyer below for another World Water Day opportunity:




Irish St. Patrick’s Day Service

On March 12, our 6 PM worship service will be turned over to the Emerald Isle – complete with piper and bodhran drum.  If you remember last year’s very special St. Patrick’s Day-themed service led by Nancy Lee, you will no doubt want to make sure to come, and if you missed it, well, make double sure to be there this time. Sign up for Irish treats afterwards (click here), so she will know how much to make!

Bowls of Hope Needs You!

Volunteers are needed for the Many Mansions fundraiser, Bowls of Hope, at CLU March 20.

Here is the link for helpers

Whether you are able to volunteer behind the bowls or not, please do consider attending this delicious and worthy event.

Here’s the RSVP and learn more link. 

Cookies Needed For Lenten Fellowship In Founders Hall

The Library Committee needs Cookies each week for the fellowship time in Founders Hall after the Wednesday  evening service.  The remaining dates this year are March 16, March 23, March 30 and April 6. If you want to provide cookies for any of these dates please call Dolores Ledbetter at 805-716-3045 or 805-750-7646.


VBS Will be the Week of July 11 in the Mornings


“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.” Matthew 25:35

Many of you have asked “ How can we help Afghans who were evacuated from Afghanistan to the US?” CLICK HERE for complete information.

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!

March 13:

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!

Questions? Write

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

Rose on the Altar

Jackson D Winfrey   

Born: February 20, 2022

Proud Parents:  Shane & Ryan Winfrey

Proud Grandparents:

Kim & Jim Overton


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

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?


This Week:

Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18
Psalm 27 (5)
Philippians 3:17—4:1
Luke 13:31-35

Next Week:

Isaiah 55:1-9
Psalm 63:1-8 (1)
1 Corinthians 10:1-13
Luke 13:1-9

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