Friends in Christ at Ascension,
In this instant gratification culture, we don’t much like to wait. I know I get cranky if I have to wait. And if the internet takes more than six seconds to load, I’ve moved on!
So what happens when we have to wait on God? Ponder your own experiences of waiting on God and join us this weekend as we wrestle with these questions alongside Psalm 63 (which is worth a read!) and Luke 13.
Ascension Prays For Ukraine
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4
On Tuesday night, members of Ascension and our local community gathered to pray for all those suffering as the war in Ukraine rages on.
Our pastors felt God’s prompting, and Pastor Tim, Pastor Steve, Pastor Julie, Pastor Paul and Pastor Chamie led the service.
The service was designed by Pastor Steve in the form of a chiasm, like many of the Psalms, with the most important part in the center. That was the time of silent prayer.
Pastor Paul wrote text directed to the current situation in the hymn “The Nation Weeps.”
Our organist, Margaret Ricci, concluded the service with the Ukrainian national anthem.
We were moved to have Sheri and Tim Saucerman’s friends who have family in Ukraine, on hand. One was Yana Sharapova, who spoke briefly.
We continue to support Ukraine through prayer and contributions to any or all of these organizations:
Lutheran World Relief 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.”
Jubilee USA, to help with Ukraine’s financial crisis.
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
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 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.
In Need Of Prayer
Adult Ed This Sunday
March 20: Bel and the Dragon. Eric Berg and Pastor Jack will teach on the apocrypha book “Bel and the Dragon.” What is the locked door mystery? What does gluttony have to do with dragon slaying? What was Daniel up to before his encounter in the lions’ den? Eric Berg and Pastor Jack will take us into this Greek apocryphal addition to the Book of Daniel, which is viewed as canonical by both Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Christians.
Join us on Sunday, March 20, for Adult Education hour in Founders Hall at 10:10.
Upcoming Adult Ed
March 27 Art of the Prodigal Son. Ed Klodt will teach on the artwork related to the parable of the prodigal son in Luke 15.
Great religious art deepens our faith in amazing ways. Visually, it expands our understanding of biblical events and stories we think we already know well.
Join national speaker and 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. Ed will guide us through several amazing works of art, helping us to become part of the story of Scripture.
Signed hardcover copies of Ed’s book will be available at his author’s discount.
Tomato Plants Update!
Students are tending their little growing seedlings for the Tomato Sale & Garden Festival that will take place April 29-May 1.
Our ECC students, Ascension School students, Sunday school students, confirmation students, and Senior High Luther Leaguers have planted over 900 tomato seeds — 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.
On Tuesday, the staff celebrated the upcoming birth of Arthur, son of staff member Sydney Newmark and her husband, Chris, both members of Ascension! Thanks, Mara Hassenbein, for the delicious brunch. We also welcomed new staff member Cecille in our finance office. We continue to be blessed by God with dedicated workers who know they are called by God to this ministry. (photo/text from Pastor Steve)
4th Grade Milestone
4th grade families! Join Pastor Julie for the 4th grade milestone class (parents, too!): Sharing Time, Talents, and Treasures This Sunday, March 20, 10:10-10:50, Library. Then celebrate the milestone in worship the following week, Sunday, March 27!
OUR AFGHAN NEIGHBORS
“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.
Thank you to:
Carol Bjelland and Fair Trade team, for your hard work and passionate commitment toward making this a better world through ethical trade for small farmers and artisans.
SAVE THE DATE:
VBS Will be the Week of July 11 in the Mornings
Psalm 63:1-8 (1)
1 Corinthians 10:1-13
2 Corinthians 5:16-21
Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32