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This Week At Ascension

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

June 30, 2024

Calling of the Apostles

Hubert Landa – Awakening of the Daughter of Jairus – Circa 1900

Grace and peace to you my family in Christ,

This week it is all about Jairus, a “ruler of the synagogue” who is trying to help his sick 12-year-old daughter and an unnamed woman who has burned through all her help yet remains sick.

This story in the 5th chapter of Mark is a story of two very different people that have one thing in common: They are desperate. Their story will teach us an incredibly beautiful lesson if (and only if) we can see ourselves in these two people.

So, let’s explore their stories this week. And let’s learn what Jesus has to teach us so that we can have an abundant, joyful and fruitful life.

Looking forward to worshiping  with you this weekend!


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Faith & Fun at VBS 2024


We are in the midst of an exciting, faith-filled week at VBS! We’re learning about the ELCA World Hunger’s work with animals, God’s love, and how to love and serve others while caring for creation.

We are fighting hunger locally with a service project and we are excited for a petting zoo on Friday where we will meet some of our Bible buddy animals in person. We got to meet one of Pastor Chamie’s chickens on Monday!

Our offerings this week support ELCA World Hunger, and we invite the whole congregation to participate.

We have a mighty team of volunteers here all week and also supporters behind the scenes who donated, gathered supplies, prepared crafts, brought snacks, made decorations, and set up. We are grateful for each and every one of you. Special thanks to all of the church staff, ECC, and the school for their incredible support. We are grateful to the families who brought their children to VBS this week.

Our goal is to ensure every child feels loved and has opportunities to grow in faith. Thank you for being a part of VBS. We couldn’t do this fun work without your help.

Jenni Klemp
Children’s Ministries

Fair Trade Double-Header July 14:

Fair Trade Lane will be open on July 14 from 8:30-9 AM & 10-10:30 AM.

But WAIT—there’s MORE:

Informal Adult Ed Class – 10:30 AM in Founders Hall. Bring your cup of Fair Trade coffee or tea from the patio and join us in Founders Hall at 10:30 AM.

Our new friends from Tlali Pani will join us for informal conversation and learning, sharing how they promote human, economic and environmental justice by empowering women artisans in Mexico. These talented artisans create beautiful hand-crafted textiles and delicious chocolate products. Tlali Pani textiles & chocolate will be available for purchase too!

Last Call for Ray of Life

Expectations Exceeded!

We now have raised enough funds to provide more than 170 Ray of Life solar power light kits for Ukraine — a success far exceeding expectations! This is the final week of the fundraiser. Thank you to all those who have contributed and helped in this drive, especially to our tireless Global Ministries Team leader, Louise Evenson.

This past Sunday, Louise visited New Hope Lutheran Church in Agoura Hills to talk about Ray of Life solar kits and thank people there who have already contributed to ROL to bring LIGHT and HOPE to people in Ukraine. Her temple talk is HERE.


You won’t want to miss the first monthly prayer event: Wed., July 10, at 7 PM in the sanctuary.

Carolyn Coleman-Grady will be doing some teaching on prayer and her sister, Carmen Carter, will sing “His Eye Is On the Sparrow.” Some of you know their parents, Allen and Lillian Carter. Their other sister, Cynthia, preached here on Mother’s Day weekend.

ALCTO.org/24in24 has the calendar and Ephesians 3:14-21 for handy daily prayer reference.

New Member Class

Our next new member class is this coming Sunday!
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 .

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

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.

July’s book is Flight of the Sparrow: A Novel of Early America
by Amy Belding Brown

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

Pastor Search 

The Call Committee for our next Associate Pastor would like to thank the congregation for continued prayers and expressions of support – they are greatly appreciated! As shared in the June 23 Congregational Meeting, the committee is diligently continuing its work under the leadership of committee co-chairs Tom Lindros and Gwen Thompson and is applying the complimentary skillsets of all individuals across the committee, which has contributed to a productive and thoughtful call process.

The committee is continuing to work with intention and urgency, guided by discernment of the Holy Spirit’s direction and timing, meeting on a weekly basis and carefully reviewing all applicants and suggestions from the congregation. Please continue your prayers as the committee seeks the Lord’s blessing in directing the work of the call committee and in opening the heart and mind of our next associate pastor to receive this call.

The Call Committee invites the congregation to continue to reach out with questions, referrals or suggestions at . This inbox is monitored with high frequency and all emails received to-date have been reviewed and considered with great interest.

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.

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.   


Read Council Reports from Kaylee Searway, Pastor Tim and Pastor Steve for in-depth insights into what’s going on at Ascension. For full reports, check out Member Documents on the ALCTO.org website.

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In Need of Prayer

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This Week

Lamentations 3:22-33
Psalm 30
2 Corinthians 8:7-15
Mark 5:21-43

Next Week

Ezekiel 2:1-5
Psalm 123
2 Corinthians 12:2-10
Mark 6:1-13

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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