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This Week At Ascension

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

March 3, 2024

Calling of the Apostles

Jesus Cleansing the Temple

Carl Heinrich Bloch, Danish, 1834-1890 

Grace and peace to you my family in Christ,

In my 21 years (I know, right?) as pastor at Ascension Lutheran, I don’t know if there has ever been a better relationship between the Church and the School.

It’s the spirit of “One Ascension.”

The good news is that the better the relationship, the more both sides benefit. We support each other.

The reason I mention this is because this is “Lutheran Schools Week.” We are excited to welcome our Principal, Pastor Rich Gregory this weekend as he preaches and brings the perspective of our School.

See you in church!



Pastor Search

This space is dedicated to keep our church community apprised of the transition activities as we seek an Associate Pastor and a Youth Director.

We are guided by Jeremiah 29:11, leaning especially into “…to give you a future with hope…” knowing that God has a plan for One Ascension!

The Call Committee is continuing to meet regularly. In close coordination with Pastor Tim and Church Council, the committee is prayerfully and collaboratively continuing its work to identify our next Associate Pastor. Please keep praying for God to guide this process.

  (CLICK HERE to see the committee members.)

Adult Ed

Join us in Adult Education for a series of thoughtful study and lively discussions devoted to CIVIC LIFE AND FAITH.  All Classes are held in the library, beginning at 10:30 AM 

March 3 Session 6: Rev. Steve Herder, “How Do We Go in Peace to Love and Serve the Lord in Civic Life?”

We will reflect on how the various parts of our worship service speak to our engagement in civic life.

The curriculum for Jan. 28-March 3 can be downloaded HERE.

Printed copies will also be available for each session.

Be the Blessing:

The Magic of the Circles

How do we respond when God blesses us? With amazement, sometimes. With joy, always. With gratitude, for sure.

Another faithful response is to share those blessings with others. God has blessed each of us with time, talents and financial resources. In fact, in many cases he has provided more of those gifts than we actually need. So we’re called to share the surplus.

But where do we start? How can each of us best serve others?

That’s the magic of the circles.

Our greatest success and fulfillment lie where these three circles intersect. That’s where our ministry heart is.

First, we all bring a diversity of skills and resources to the table so that different things can get done. Some of us are visionaries. Others are good at coordinating things. Still others have gifts of hospitality and caring for others. What are YOU good at?

Second, each of us sees needs in the world – in our church, our neighborhoods, our communities, our schools, the world – especially among disadvantaged populations. We all see people’s needs firsthand. The hungry, the unhoused, the broken, the addicted, the forgotten. What Work Do YOU Think Needs Doing?

And thirdly, there are specific acts of service that can bring you unimaginable satisfaction and delight. It’s the kind of ministry that lifts you out of bed on a Saturday morning excited to get started. What brings YOU joy?

To help you get started, Ascension has created a Spiritual Gifts Inventory. It’s a super simple way to help you assess where your heart for service is. Click on this link and you’ll go to the assessment. Once you complete that assessment you’ll be linked to current ministries at Ascension that would welcome you with open arms.

Be the Blessing isn’t just to amplify our existing ministries, though. Ascension is providing grant money to start brand new ministries if your heart leads you to do something completely different. Information and a short form for that is on the Be the Blessing website page, as well.

Your project doesn’t have to be big. Most of the Be the Blessing grants approved so far have been for small, simple projects that are making a big difference in people’s lives. (As you saw in last week’s BtheB article in This Week at Ascension.)

Come join us in ministry. Show us where your heart is.


Here is the video played at last weekend’s worship services. Early Childhood Center Director Jenni McCoy and Ascension Fair Trade Ministry leader Carol Bjelland talk about two Be the Blessing grant projects – one a short-term project, and one that enhances an already-existing ministry. Simple. Powerful. And so very full of blessings! Who’s next? (Thanks for another great video, Mark Foreman!)

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Food Drive A Success!

Last weekend’s Project Response had a great turnout, including some new food pantry volunteers. Look at these wonderfully stocked shelves!

Thanks to everyone who bought and brought groceries, handled the flow of contributions, and otherwise made this event such a success!

The photos are from Chris Daleiden, our amazing Community Concerns leader, who spearheaded this drive. As she wrote in a post: “Guess how many blessings we had at Ascension Lutheran Church today? Yep, too many to count!”

For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. – Philippians 2:3


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.




Midweek Lenten Services – 2024
The Lord’s Prayer


Services are at 7 PM each Wednesday

March 6: Give us this day our daily bread.
Preacher:  Scott Maxwell-Doherty
Reader: Louise Evenson
Scripture:  Matthew 6:1-9 (end vs. 9 at “Pray then like this.”)
Hymn:  ELW #782 “My Shepherd You Supply My Need”
Singers:  Paul Gravrock and Heather Harner
Flute: Yvonne Zoetewey


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”


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Last Sunday, Karsten Lundring led the fifth of six sessions in our adult ed. series on Civic Life and Faith.

We thank you, Dr. Carol Bartell, for organizing such a timely and well-attended study!

Thanks also to all the leaders – Karsten, Rev. Ron Cox, Rev. Paul Gravrock, Rev. Paul Evenson, Dr. Bartell, and this week’s leader, Pastor Steve Herder.

(Photos by Pastor Steve)

Save the Date! 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! 

Bring Cookies for Lenten Fellowship!

As hard as it is to believe, the season of Lent is almost here. We need people to donate cookies for our fellowship time after 7 PM Wednesday Evening services. The remaining dates are March 6, March 13, March 20. Call Cookie Monster Dolores Ledbetter if you can donate cookies for one of the dates: (805) 716-3045 or (805) 750-7646.

Thank you!

‘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 6, March 13 and March 20


Sundays, Ascension Prayer Chapel, 11:40 AM

March 3 and March 17

Presentations will be given by those who attended the recent leadership gathering from Ascension and CLU: Mary Wennes, Pastor Steve Herder, and our CLU partners, Freya, Angela and Dulce.

Come and hear how our contributions through Ascension Lutheran Church to ELCA WORLD HUNGER are making a difference, worldwide!


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!

Offerings & Attendance

Chancel Choir Brings a Memorable Choral Worship Experience

Those who experienced the Chancel Choir’s Good Friday cantata with string ensemble last year found it to be a profoundly moving and memorable musical event. 

Now, as you probably heard Choir Director Dr. Wyant Morton explain this past weekend, the Choir is preparing for another cantata, a mass by Franz Joseph Hayden, to be performed with strings in May. 

We will be hearing parts of this choral worship piece each Sunday at the 9 AM service throughout Lent. It began this past Sunday with the Kyrie. (HERE is the Chancel Choir last Sunday.) 

This coming week, part two, the Hymn of Praise, will be performed, followed by the Creed, the Sanctus, the Lamb of God, and the Agnus Dei.

All of these parts can be found in our own traditional liturgy. 

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


This Week:

Exodus 20:1-17
Psalm 19
1 Corinthians 1:18-25
John 2:13-22


Next Week

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

Book Club Notes

The Ascension Book Club meets the 3rd Thursday of the month at 1:30 in the Bethlehem Room, in the office building. The group chooses books based on members’ interest and discussion is led by one of the members. Books vary from popular novels to nonfiction. Please feel free to join us–we are a friendly group.

Upcoming books

March: The Mountains Sing
by Nguyen Phan Que Mai

Books should be available by Libby, local library, Amazon or thriftbooks.

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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