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This Week At Ascension

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June 2, 2024

Calling of the Apostles

“The Calling of Samuel” by John Opie

Grace and peace to you my family in Christ,


This weekend, the graduating seniors from high school are getting their faith quilts. It is one of my favorite Ascension traditions and this year I wouldn’t miss it for the world as our “baby” is one of the blessed students who will be receiving a quilt. Therefore, I have the Sunday off from NoHo First UMC, which made Tim say, “Hey, why don’t you preach, too, since you’re going to be around?”

At worship, we will hear the story of Samuel and Eli. What a fitting story in the season of graduations. Samuel hears a voice calling his name and at first thinks it is Eli. He soon discovers, though, that it is none other than the very voice of God.

Our graduates are trying to discern God’s call on their lives. But discerning God’s call isn’t just for graduates. Rather it is a lifelong practice for all us who follow in the way of Jesus.

Where is God calling me today? In this time? In this place? How do I know it’s God? How do I figure it out? Is it possible to hear God’s voice?

We will explore those questions together this weekend. I look forward to seeing you in worship!


Grace & Peace,

Pastor Chamie

Be the Blessing:

Connecting Your Heart To a Need

There’s lots of interest in being the blessing at One Ascension. We continue to approve grant requests for new ministries and the expansion of existing ministries locally and worldwide.

But many Ascension members have asked: “Where do I start? How can I figure out how best to serve others?”

That’s the magic of the circles.

They can help us get started.

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 abused, 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 focus on where your ministry heart is, Ascension has created a Spiritual Gifts Inventory. It’s a super simple assessment tool. CLICK HERE and you’ll be launched into the initial assessment. Once you complete that assessment, you’ll be linked to current ministries at Ascension that will 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.

If you have an idea for a new ministry or how to expand an existing one, check out our Be the Blessing page on Ascension’s website.

Come join us in ministry. Apply for a grant. Show us where your heart is.

News Briefs

Summer Music

Do you have a musical talent that you would be willing to share with the congregation? Either instrumental, vocal or dance, or some combination of those. We are in need of special music during our summer services. Please email

Congregational Meeting June 23

Our Congregational Meeting will take place June 23 at noon. Be sure to save the date — learn valuable information, have your vote counted, be a part of the inner workings of this church, and enjoy some meaningful fellowship time, too. The proposed budget and agenda items will be given to the congregation in advance of the meeting.

New Member Class June 30

Would you like to take another step in your spiritual journey with God and our church? If so, we would like to invite you to be a part of our next New Member class, Sunday, June 30, from 12-2:30 PM in the church Library. Lunch will be provided. The class focuses on the basics of the Christian faith and on the ministry of Ascension. There will be an opportunity to ask any questions that you might have and to get to know others. To RSVP or with questions, please call the church office at (805) 495-0406 or email Jenelle at .

June 2  Adult ED:

Reflections On Faith and Life, People and Places

Over the past twenty plus years, I have written many hymn texts, and I have also written reflections on places Jean and I have traveled or people we have seen.  I have previously shared my hymn texts with you.  Now I am pleased to have the opportunity to share these other writings in the hope that they will inspire you to see in a new way the things you experience in the midst of your daily lives.

I invite you to join me for the Adult Sunday School Class on JUNE 2, where I will share with you the writings and the inspiration behind each of them.

Pastor Paul

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Benevolence for June:

Global Refuge

(formerly Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service) 

Welcoming newcomers since 1939.

It is a moving and gratitude-inspiring experience to share a few of the stories of the men, women, children – families – helped by Global Refuge.  The grandma who packed four generations of family into a car and left a lifetime of memories in Ukraine. The translator who worked with the United States’ mission in Afghanistan for 10 years, facing incredible danger… So many have been assisted in finding new homes, new opportunities, new lives, thanks to Global Refuge.

From the website: “Driven by the belief in human dignity and the intrinsic value of every individual. For more than 80 years, Global Refuge has provided the resources, guidance, and community to help forge a way forward for New Americans. We’re committed to helping people reimagine the possibilities while providing a soft place to land. With more than 1,000 partners and 50,000 volunteers, we are the largest faith-based national nonprofit exclusively dedicated to helping restore a sense of home to immigrants, asylum seekers, and refugees. Since 1939, we’ve built a legacy of compassion by walking alongside more than 750,000 new neighbors as they rebuild their lives in the United States.”

June 22-23 will be Global Refugee weekend.

This is what GRATITUDE Looks Like!

GRATITUDE for LIGHT and HOPE in Zaporizhzhia in January, 2024

Will you help us send more light and hope to Ukraine?

Donate now HERE or find an envelope in the pew and add your check for ROL solar light kits.

We’re up to 130 kits—and counting!




















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Happy 1st  Anniversary Fair Trade Lane!

Time flies when you’re having fun.  On June 11, 2023, the Ascension Community celebrated the Grand Opening of Fair Trade Lane!  In this past year, there’s been lots of meeting, greeting & creating happening on Fair Trade Lane on Thursday afternoons & Sunday mornings. And, of course, shopping too.  In September, 2023, the outside entrance to Fair Trade Lane was enhanced with a beautiful awning — a wonderful gift & a welcoming way to invite everyone in to this special little place located at the intersection of Faith & Fair Trade. In April, generous gifts gave Fair Trade Lane a stunning makeover – this special little place now enhanced with beautiful new doors that easily and fully open to display a full array of Fair Trade deliciousness. The vision for Fair Trade Lane was that it be a joyous and welcoming place to meet, greet, create and  promote justice for people and planet through Fair Trade. If you haven’t yet had the opportunity to visit Fair Trade Lane, now is a great time to do so!  

Fair Trade Lane will be open Sunday, June 9  from 10-11:30 AM.

Coming up on July 14 – a Fair Trade double-header! Fair Trade Lane will be open (10-10:30 AM) and our new friends from Tlali Pani will join us at 10:30 AM for Adult Ed class in Founders Hall. We’ll learn how Tlali Pani promotes human, economic and environmental justice by empowering women artisans in Mexico who create beautiful textiles and delicious chocolate products. 

A Note of Thanks

“My family and I would like to thank my Ascension family for all the cards, calls, prayers and support, during Dick’s hospitalization and passing. What a wonderful, supportive, compassionate and caring congregation. It was a great comfort for us to know so many were praying. We would especially like to thank Pastor Tim and Pastor Steve for their support. They are truly great shepherds. The attendance at Dick’s memorial service was a great tribute to the man he was. Thank you for honoring him as you did! With love and God’s blessing to each of you. – D. Ruwe and family. 

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Class of 2024, we are so proud of you, and our prayers for your futures go with you.

“May he give you the desire of your heart
and make all your plans succeed.” – Psalm 20:4


Join us in person or via Zoom to discuss GMT budgetary decisions for 2023-24 and learn about funding sources for our Global Ministry program at Ascension for 2024-25.

  • Learn about being an ADVOCATE or CHAMPION for one of our global ministries. What areas of our ministry need an advocate or champion? What does an advocate do? How do I champion a ministry?
  • Update: Ray of Life solar light and World Refugee Sunday, June 23, 2024
  • Planning for: Gifts of Hope and Lutheran World Relief kits

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.

June’s book is Master Slave Husband Wife by Ilyon Woo.

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

VBS Registration Now Open

Applications Open for Certificate in Climate Justice and Faith

The Center for Climate Justice and Faith at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary is accepting applications to their Certificate in Climate Justice and Faith program. This program is designed for lay leaders and clergy members from around the world who want to be effective advocates for climate justice. Students will grow their faith, practice skills, gain knowledge, and build community to allow them to address the climate crisis in ways that also address racial, gender, and economic injustices. 

This two-semester program will begin August 2024 and end May 2025. A 100% online curriculum allows students from around the world to build relationships through bi-monthly small group meetings on Zoom. Since launching in 2021, students from 29 countries and five continents have participated. The full cost of the program is $600. Scholarships of up to $550 are available if needed, please do not let finances prevent you from applying. 

Applications are due June 17, 2024 and can be found HERE.

More information about the Certificate can be found HERE. 

Upcoming Memorial Services

Don Meyer

June 1 at 2:30 PM

Dr. Allen Leland

June 8 at 11 AM

Jan Shaw

June 13 at 11 AM

Writers’ Retreat

Led by Pastor Chamie

Thursday, July 25, 7:00 PM start time
(come anytime after 5:30 PM to settle in and grab a cup of soup) to Saturday, July 27, ending at 11:30 AM

Location: Mariposa Retreat House, South Pasadena, CA

Cost: $275 double room (you may specify a roommate if a friend is joining you) or $350 for a single room

This will be a wonderful time to write as a means to draw closer to God and to get to know ourselves better.

Pastor Chamie will guide people through writing activities that come from the book that everyone will receive on the retreat: Journaling as a Spiritual Practice: Encountering God Through Attentive Writing by Helen Cepero.

Pastor Chamie received her undergraduate degree in English Writing. She finds that writing has helped her connect to God as well as process what is going on in her soul. On retreat, participants will get to enjoy both the blessing of community as well as lots of quiet, private time to write at the beautiful Mariposa Retreat House.

Register HERE.

Pastor Chamie


Pastor Search 

Please continue to pray for God’s guidance and blessing as this work continues, for those involved in this crucial process, and for the perfect candidates to find their ways to Ascension. Also, if you have information to share or questions to ask,  the Call Committee has an email address where they invite members of the congregation to reach out: .

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!  Is there a pastoral prospect you would like to have considered? A promising candidate for Youth Director? Please make them aware of these opportunities and descriptions of the positions by sharing THIS LINK.   

In Case You Missed It…

In Need of Prayer

Click here for this week’s Prayer List


This Week

1 Samuel 3:1-10
Psalm 139: 1-6; 13-18
Mark 2:23-3:6

Next Week

Genesis 3:8-15
Psalm 130
2 Corinthians 4:13—5:1
Mark 3:20-35

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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