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This Week At Ascension

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

April 24, 2022

Christ is risen!

Christ is risen indeed!


It’s week two of Easter and now we get to think about what it actually means for us that Jesus rose from the dead.

How does it change things for us?

Join us this week as we ponder how to be resurrection people, and how Jesus can make a difference for us in our real, messy lives.

God’s Peace,

Coming Up in Adult Ed

Seven Weeks of Easter 

Easter is not just one Sunday.

The Season of Easter runs for seven weeks, so there are a total of seven “Sundays of Easter.” In addition, every Sunday throughout the year is, in essence, a little Easter, as we proclaim the victory of Jesus over death and all that would separate us from God.

I invite you to join me for the Adult Sunday School class on April 24, where we will look at the themes that define the Seven Sundays of Easter. There are texts that are used every year and texts that vary year to year.

Please join me at 10:10 on the 24th to discover anew the many facets of Easter.

Pastor Paul

(The class originally scheduled for the 24th – “Sing a New Song” [a look at the hymns I have written] – has been postponed until June 5, which is Pentecost Sunday. That will be the last Sunday I serve Ascension as Director of Worship. Jean and I will continue to be committed members of Ascension and will delight to work with all of you “to create opportunities for all people to become devoted followers of Christ.”)


May 1 Adult Ed

California Lutheran University Professor of Religion Julia Fogg, Ph.D. (link), will talk about the Christian relationship to immigration and her critically lauded book, Finding Jesus at the Border: Opening Our Hearts to the Stories of Our Immigrant Neighbors.

Easter Sunrise 22 5
Easter 22 Carillons
Easter 22 Choir

Ascension’s Easter 2022

Thank you, One Ascension, for making this Easter a truly inspiring, joyous and beautiful occasion!

Thank you for the sermons and prayers Pastor Tim, Pastor Steve, Pastor Julie and Dianne Beck.

Thank you, musicians and singers and music leaders!

Thank you to those involved in egg making and egg hiding. Pastor Julie’s Easter Egg Hunt was a fun time and community outreach – with 2,000 eggs prepared and 2,000 collected!

Thank you, garden makers, mulch spreaders, setter uppers and taker downers. This year’s outdoor sunrise service by the great oak tree was a lovely addition to Ascension’s Easter worship! Attendance exceeded expectations, and we can only imagine how awesome it will be when the new Garden is completed.

Yes, Ascension’s Easter 2022 was a mix of new and tried and true, and a welcome back to our church, too, for some in our wider community!

Click HERE to view the entire slideshow.

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

Shaya Saneinia celebrated his first communion, in chapel, Maundy Thursday, April 14.

We need help!

Senior Luther League Updates:

Bible study continues on Sundays from 5:00-6:30 in the dugout. Remember you are always welcome, whether you’ve come before or not, whether you can only come sometimes or all the time, whether you’re late or need to leave a little early. Just come! We love having all who can make it.

We have some wonderful fundraising opportunities coming up quickly in May where we need many volunteers!

The first one is the Chili Cook-Off trash pick-up on Sunday, May 1st from 1:00-3:30 or 3:30-6:30. (No Bible Study this day) The Thousand Oaks Rotary gives us a very generous donation for helping with this. You can sign up as individuals or as a family to help with this.

Sign up HERE for Chili Cook-off Trash Clean-up Sunday, May 1.

The other opportunity is helping Global Ministries with the Fair Trade Gift Fair on Saturday, May 7th.

You can help sell items, make and sell popcorn and drinks, or help with the kids’ craft table. You can sign up in shifts or for the entire day (8 am-3:30 p.m.) Global Ministries is donating ten percent of the profits to the youth!

Sign up HERE for Fair Trade Gift Fair Saturday, May 7:

Thank you so much for supporting Senior Luther League with any help you can provide!

Join The Green Faith Team

Nature Wants You!

Earth Day is Friday, April 22. Go out and thank God for God’s beautiful creation!

And join our Green Faith Team on Wednesday, April 27, at 7 PM, starting in the Bethlehem Room, and then walking outdoors on our campus, before sunset at 7:37!

(We meet on the “fourth” Wednesday of each month because we are “for” creation!) Team leader: Kristine Werner.

~ Pastor Steve


yellow and purple flowers

It’s time to celebrate!

CLICK HERE to read all about the special products and special celebration planned for Ascension Fair Trade’s 20th anniversary!


Join Us For:

Baby Book Group!

Parents and little ones 3 years and younger are invited to join us on the school lawn Sunday, May 1st 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!


 Attendance & Offerings

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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.”

Lutheran Disaster Response

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service

Jubilee USA, to help with Ukraine’s financial crisis.

Click HERE for the latest Situation Report.

Save the Date

VBS Will be the Week of July 11 in the Mornings

CLICK HERE or use the QR code below to learn more.


This Week:

Acts 5:27-32
Psalm 118:14-29 (8)
Psalm 150 (6) {alternate}
Revelation 1:4-8
John 20:19-31

Next Week:

Acts 9:1-6 [7-20]
Psalm 30 (11)
Revelation 5:11-14
John 21:1-19

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