Grace and peace to you my sisters and brothers in Christ,
I want to change the name of the parable that we are going to be reflecting on this weekend. It’s often called the “Parable of the Prodigal Son.” But I want to change it to “The Two Lost Sons.”
I think I have some leeway here because it’s not like Jesus named it “The Prodigal Son.” And I don’t think he would have. That would put too much focus on the first son.
I think just as, or even more important, was the lost-ness of the second son. The first son got lost by running away from his duty. The second one got lost doing his duty. It turns out both were missing the point.
So what is the point?
Well… let’s talk about that this weekend.
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
Join Us For:
Baby Book Group!
Parents and little ones 3 years and younger are invited to join us on the school lawn Sunday, April 3rd at 10:30 to read an age appropriate, faith-based book together.
Bring a blanket to sit on (or we’ll have extras.) Light snacks provided. This is an opportunity to connect with other families!
You’ll get a FREE copy of the book to take home too!
Adult Ed This Sunday
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.
UPCOMING — April 3
IT’S ALL IN THE MUSIC…AND IN THE WORDS—PART 2
It is hard to imagine a celebration or a party or a parade or a worship service without music. Music has the power to energize, inspire, calm, soothe, and change us. Music is powerful. In worship, music does all the things it does elsewhere, and yet there is a difference.
In worship much of the music is intended to serve the words – to be a vehicle for the words of faith to more fully enter our lives, our consciousness, our subconscious, and our souls.
I invite you to join me for the Adult Class at 10:10 on April 3 as we complete our exploration of some of the amazing, life-changing words that hymns make part of our bones. Hopefully by looking at a few more hymns together, you will be sensitized to pay closer attention to all the words of all the hymns we love to sing in church.
In Need Of Prayer
If you are planning on attending the luncheon after the memorial service on Saturday, April 2 (11:00am), for Cheryll Swiontkowski, please call the church office and let us know how many will be coming. 805-495-0406 Thank you.
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 a flower envelope in the pew rack and enclosing $9 for each lily ordered.
Help is needed!
Help is needed in this next month leading up to and through our annual Tomato Plant Sale and Garden Festival which is Friday, April 29, 2:30-5:30 and Sunday, May 1, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – and Compost: In Outdoor Classroom – and at lunch – students are working at perfecting what item goes where – such as chip bags in the trash, paper in mixed recyclables, and apple cores in the food waste composter. Students are learning about the wonder of composting and getting to play with worms.
Students viewed the following video about school composting: CLICK HERE TO VIEW.
Thank you to Wes Myers and crew for putting in two amazing new benches – made from 120-year-old barn wood – under the big oak tree behind the modular.
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 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.
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.
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.
Ascension needs a few more people to be on a team of two to count our offerings. You’d be called on once every four or five or six weeks, depending on the number of counters we have. For more information or to talk about the possibility of signing up, visit with Tom Fields or with Pastor Steve. This ministry has been a little easier now that we have so many people giving their offerings online. Thank you!
2 Corinthians 5:16-21
Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32
Psalm 126 (5)