Dear friends in Christ at Ascension,
What wonderful worship services we experienced last weekend for Pentecost and the gift of the Holy Spirit! If you missed them, go back and listen/worship. It was also good to honor Christi Labrenz and Pastor Paul for their years of ministry with us, and we are glad they will continue to be involved in ministries.
This weekend we celebrate Holy Trinity Sunday with one of the most loved passages in Paul’s letter to the Romans, chapter 5, the first five verses. Read them, meditate on them, and let’s come together this weekend to consider what God’s Word is saying to us.
Eloise Cohen has prepared an excellent adult education class for this Sunday at 10:10 AM in Founders Hall. You’ll be blessed, and there is a time to bless others.
Our Fair Trade orders are due by Sunday, June 12. (Fair Trade page)
Thanks for making Ascension number one in this area, among all Lutheran congregations. More importantly, thank you for supporting fair trade farmers.
On Sunday, June 19, we’ll have a Fair Trade Pop Up on the west patio from 10-11am.
Here you have a very full edition of “This Week at Ascension.” Please check out all the stories of ministries at Ascension, and our outreach to the community and the world. Special congratulations to all the graduates! And thanks to all our Ascension School and ECC teachers for a fabulous year. So much, so many, to pray for!
Thank you for your prayers. You and your family are in our prayers.
See you in worship, either in person or online. God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit! Every hour is an opportunity to share that with others.
2022 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
Letter From The President
The Ascension Lutheran Church Foundation (ALCF) has the honor to continue the journey
The Ascension Lutheran Foundation is the administrator of seven of the scholarships that are awarded by the Scholarship Committee each year.
The scholarships administered by the Foundation include (continued HERE)
Fair Trade News:
Celebrate Summer the Fair Trade Way !
Now’s the time to fill your pantry & picnic basket with all kinds of wonderful Fair Trade “deliciousness” to enjoy this summer.
We’ve got coffee & tea (enjoyed hot or cold), snacks, olive oil, chocolate (in all of its delightful forms) and last but not least, both kinds of Red Barn Family Farms cheddar cheese (Weiss in the red wedge & Heritage in the square package).
You can order from our lineup of Fair Trade products until June 12, 2022 (6 PM). The order form is available in the office, in a folder in the West Narthex at the Information Desk (please don’t leave cash/check payment with orders in the Narthex folder) and on our Fair Trade webpage. You can also send a note to our email address () with your contact information and the items you would like to purchase.
If you’ve already submitted your order and want to add something, no worries – just send us a note () before June 12th @ 6 PM. This is the last ordering opportunity before summer break. We will notify everyone of order pick-up details.
How about a pop-up sale to kick-off summer fun the Fair Trade way!
We’ll be outside on the West Patio Sunday, June 19th from 9-11AM with coffee, tea, snacks, chocolates and cheese as well as some fun summer things from friends at SERRV & Fair Anita. Get a cup of Christian’s awesome Fair Trade coffee or tea and come on over to our tables to pick-up some Fair Trade treats and maybe some Fair Trade shareables too.
After June 19th, you’ll see a “gone fishing” sign on our door — we plan to resume with our ordering process in late July and maybe a pop-up event sometime in the Fall.
Coming up in Adult Ed June 12:
Let your voice be heard!
Advocacy 101 and Offering of Letters for Bread for the World
Join us as we learn more about what it means to be an advocate for our neighbors experiencing hunger and poverty, and for God’s creation.
As Lutherans, we believe God is calling us into the world to serve together. We believe that we are freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor.
God uses our hands, through our direct service work and our voices, through our advocacy efforts, to restore and reconcile our world. Through our advocacy work, we impact systemic, long-lasting change.
We will learn more about the Lutheran Office of Public Policy, Lutheran Lobby Day, and Bread for the World. Examples of letters as part of Bread for the World’s Offering of Letters will be given.
Led by Eloise Cohen
“We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us—and we ought to lay down our lives for one another” (1 John 3:16).
In Need Of Prayer
Willing hands needed:
Saturday July 9 & Sunday July 10, afternoon
We need people to help decorate for VBS!
Decorations will already be planned and purchased—this is the fun part of making it all come to life!
We will also have some need for prior help in assembling things, so if you want to help but can’t help on the day of, please let me know.
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)
Dear Partner in Ministry,
We’re having a celebration and we’d like you to come.
It’s not your usual celebration or party, although there will be refreshments and great speakers.
It’s where we’ll be conducting important business for One Ascension. It’s our annual June Congregational Meeting, where we will be electing new officers and approving the budget.
It’s planned for 10:10 a.m. on Sunday, June 26th, in Founders Hall – in between our two Sunday worship services.
Refreshments will be served. We figure that people often don’t come to congregational meetings because they sound boring, often run long, and are held at inconvenient times. We had a great turnout and wonderful feedback at our Sept. 26th meeting, in which we focused the agenda on key items, kept the meeting to under an hour, and, yes, served refreshments.
To save time on one of the key agenda items – next year’s budget – we’ll give you a look at it beforehand. Once Church Council provides preliminary approval, we’ll make the budget available for your review about a week before our meeting. We’ll also provide a summary and some frequently asked questions to help everyone understand the key points. That should help make approving the budget easier and more time-efficient at the meeting.
Please mark your calendar and plan to join us. I’ll even buy you a pastry and a cup of Christian’s great coffee.
Conejo Valley Days Fundraising Opportunity for Youth
Conejo Valley Days is coming soon in June and we are being provided with a wonderful opportunity to raise funds for our youth group by helping with trash pick-up.
There are 4 people required per shift and you will be required to travel in pairs.
During your shift you will also be provided free food and drinks as well as ride passes for when you aren’t working your shift.
Shifts are available from Thursday, June 16 through Sunday, June 26th.
If interested, please go to this Sign-Up Genius Link to sign up.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.
Thank you for help!
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.
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!
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
Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31
Psalm 8 (2)
Psalm 22:19-28 (22)