Grace and peace to you, my sisters and brothers in Christ,
It’s ok to be sad for the people and community who have suffered this great tragedy in Uvalde, Texas. It’s ok to be angry at the injustice of this horrible situation. It’s ok to be afraid, confused and/or worried about the insecurity of life. In our grief and anger, it is ok to ask: “Why did this happen? And where is God in this?” These are questions the faithful have been asking for thousands of years. Just read through the Psalms for example. And so let us faithfully grieve together as we worship this weekend. Let us pray together for the victims and for our nation and our world. And while we do so, let us open ourselves to the Holy Spirit so that we can be shaped into the peacemakers that Jesus commissioned us to be just before he ascended into heaven to take his place on the throne.
Until then, I offer this prayer from our Evangelical Lutheran Worship book: Our help comes from you, O Lord, you who made heaven and earth. In the midst of grief, you are our comfort. In the face of uncertainty, you are our rock. In the wake of tragedy, you are our hope. So even as we weep, we praise you, and place our trust in you. We pray in the name of the one who suffered and died and was raised for us, our Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.
CONGRATULATIONS! Our 2022 Confirmation class did a wonderful job, planning and leading this past Sunday’s 9 AM worship service. We commend them, and Pastor Julie and Dianne Beck as well.
Save The Date: June 5
June 5 is Pentecost Sunday, when we wear RED in commemoration of the Holy Spirit coming to the Apostles of Jesus Christ.
This will be an especially memorable Pentecost Sunday. At the 9 AM service, we will celebrate Pastor Paul Gravrock and Carillons Director Christi Labrenz, who are each retiring after years of blessing and enriching our church life with their respective talents.
We will also be seeing Faith Quilts given to high school seniors. Be sure not to miss it.
Coming up in Adult Ed June 5:
Sing a New Song
From where do the words of a song come? What is the inspiration? What is the intention behind the words?
I have written texts for twenty-seven hymns, many of which we have sung here at Ascension. Some were written in preparation for significant events, and some were written in response to events. Some just seemed to happen.
In every case, it was and is my hope that God is glorified through the words of these hymns. I invite you to join me for the Adult Sunday School class on June 5, where I will share with you the stories behind my hymn texts. We will likely sing a bit too.
Join Us For:
Baby Book Group!
Parents and little ones 3 years and younger are invited to join us in the school courtyard next to the lawn Sunday, June 5 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!
Those entering 6th-8th grade next year:
Join Pastor Julie for a week of faith-filled fun at Camp El Camino Pines!
You can invite your friends, too!
It’s July 17-22. Information, including cost, available HERE.
Even though it’s called Confirmation Camp, students don’t need to be a part of Confirmation–that just means it’s the week they let pastors come to camp, too.
Pastor Julie worked there for 4 summers and can tell you all about what it’s like and how awesome and transformative a week at camp is, if you have questions!
In Need Of Prayer
A Note From Marion The Librarian
The library is open and ready for you! We have many new books and one special new one by Ed Klodt called Inspiring Generosity. His book contains beautiful artwork from famous artists which inspires, uplifts and brings beauty into our world.
Come also to see our “One Ascension Oasis” plans for the future use of our property. The plans include a garden but also many other things for children, youth, families and seniors!
See you Sunday in the library after the 9:00 service. Come in with your cup of coffee!
Can you help?
VBS VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
If you or anyone you know (7th Grade and up) is able to lend a helping hand it would be greatly appreciated!
There are many roles and a lot of them require no prep.
For more information call 805-495-0406
Ascension Vacation Bible School July 11 – July 15
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Sign up for a HOWLIN GOOD TIME!
Fun with Friends – Amazing Experiments – Creative Games-Fun Snacks – Surprising Faith Adventures
(Children Ages 4 – entering 6th Grade)
Last Call — Graduates & Families of Graduates!
We are planning a congratulations tribute to all of Ascension’s sons and daughters who are completing milestones in education this year — and WE DON’T WANT TO LEAVE ANYONE OUT! Families, we need your graduating student’s NAME, SCHOOL and, if applicable, COLLEGE DEGREE—NO LATER THAN FRIDAY JUNE 3.
Scandinavian Festival Next Week!
Scandinavian Festival lovers, pay attention: the 45th Scandinavian Festival will be held June 4 and 5 at Cal Lutheran this year, with extended hours from 10 AM to 6 PM each day.
So, save the dates!
* The festival is looking for volunteers, with many different opportunities.
* A fun lineup of talent will be on hand.
* There’s a chance to win an 8-Day European river cruise for two.
To find out more, CLICK HERE
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
Psalm 104:24-34, 35b (30)
John 14:8-17 [25-27]