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This Week At Ascension

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

June 4, 2023

Friends in Christ,


Jesus says: “Go, make disciples!” 

We’re pretty good at getting off the hook for that one.

I want to put us back on the hook and talk together about what Jesus means and how we can actually do this in our daily lives. 

Join me also, in praying for all of our graduates, and thanking all of our quilters, too!

In gratitude for all the ways you are the hands and feet of Jesus,


Congratulations to All of Our 2023 Graduates

Title Card Congrats
To our graduates with undergraduate degrees
American International College

Bachelor of Science, Sports Management
Mackenzie Berman
Megan Chandler
Bachelor of Science, Nursing
California State University Channel Islands
Megan Chandler
Bachelor of Arts, Film
Savannah College of Arts and Design
Jordan Dameron
Bachelor of Arts, Creative Arts
San Jose State University
Walter Gause IV
Bachelor of Science, Psychology
Grand Canyon University
Bella Scarnechia
Bachelor of Arts in Communications
San Diego State University
Caitlin Elizabeth Shaw
Bachelor of Arts, Education
Elementary Education Endorsement
Pacific Lutheran University
Gunnar Squires
Bachelor of Arts, Communication Sciences & Disorders
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology
Augustana College,
Rock Island, Illinois
Rebecca Smuck
Bachelor of Science, Organizational Leadership
California Lutheran University
Tim Matthew Swavely
Bachelor of Science, Computer Science
Chapman University
Michael P. Woodward
Associate of Arts, Theatre Arts
Moorpark College
Carlie Wright
Title Card Congrats
To our graduates with advanced degrees
Kalin Woodward
Juris Doctor
Southwestern Law School
Kalin A. Woodward 
Noah Mattera
Master of Business Administration
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Noah Mattera
Landell W. Merrill
Master of Business Administration
Master of Science, Industrial and Systems Engineering
University of Southern California
Landell W. Merrill
Brittany McCoy
Master of Arts, Education
California Lutheran University
Brittany McCoy

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Ascension Lutheran School’s fearless leader, Principal Rich Gregory, was up to some pretty kookie antics during his recent stay at the church bell tower.

As you may know, the length of Mr. Gregory’s self-imposed rooftop captivity in this new tradition is determined by how much families are willing to donate for it at the AL School auction gala. Well, this year they were generous enough to have him up there working (and playing) all day long!

He tossed water balloons down at students of every grade level, and even had a delicious Deninos Pizza delivered up there. Nice going! The kiddos will never forget it.

Photos by Sara Wallace. See the original videos complete with squealing on the school’s mighty Instagram page.

Ascension’s New Member Class

Would you like to take another step in your spiritual journey with God and Ascension Lutheran Church? If so, we would like to invite you to be a part of our next New Member class on Sunday, June 11, from 12-2pm.  This meeting will focus on the basics of the Christian faith and on the ministry of Ascension. Childcare is available and lunch will be provided.  

 To RSVP, please call the church office at (805) 495-0406 or email Jenelle Smith at . RSVP by June 5.

June 25

After 9 AM Worship

This summer:


July 10-14

We need lots of volunteers for Vacation Bible School!

Did you know:

  •  We have roles that require zero prep?
  •  Those 7th grade and up can help!
  •  Even if you’re not available the week of July 10, we can use you to help us prepare.
  •  If you think you can’t or you feel a little scared of the idea, remember: that’s often how God’s call feels!  😊 

Come and talk to me!

Can you help?  Want more info.?  Talk to Pastor Julie:

To Sign Up, go to https://vbspro.events/p/events/ascensionvbs2023

For more info, see ad on this page.

What’s In A Name?

A name of a place can be a connection to history or a leap into the future.  A name can be descriptive words about unique qualities or special attributes of the place.  We think the name of a place can also be a window into the mission or vision of, and for, that specific place.   A name can say a lot!   The little space located at the corner of “faith & fair” (previously known as the hallway to Founders Hall) is now “Fair Trade Lane”!   

We thank Pastor Steve for opening our Adult Ed Class time last Sunday with a special prayer of dedication for Fair Trade Lane and its mission – to be “A Faith Path to Justice for People and Planet”.  Fair Trade Lane sports a fresh coat of paint and the beginnings of a little gallery of colorful art expressing images we associate with Fair Trade.  The vision for Fair Trade Lane is that it be welcoming, inviting, inspiring and joyful – a place for our Ascension Community as a whole and our many friends, near and far, to come together in celebrating and growing Fair Trade at Ascension. 

Last year, Ascension’s Fair Trade Ministry celebrated its 20th Anniversary. How exciting it is in this our 21st year to be opening the doors of Fair Trade Lane and all the wonderful opportunities to come for us all to meet, greet, teach, learn, serve, connect and have fun in lifting up Fair Trade and justice for people and planet.  We thank you, our Ascension Community, for your continued support and encouragement.

Fair Trade Lane will be open on Sunday, June 11 from 10:10 -10:55 AM. Your Fair Trade favorites, some new items, and a few surprises will be lined up on the shelves for browsing and purchasing. Everyone is Invited. Bring your cup of Fair Trade coffee or tea from the patio and join us – we look forward to seeing you at Fair Trade Lane!

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 and your information will be forwarded to the worship planners. 

Offerings & Attendance

VBS needs:

A metal trash can (we’ll give it back after vbs!)

Toilet paper rolls

Please bring any donations to the church office!


This summer’s Stellar VBS is looking for a few good builders to construct two primary set decorations for the week-long program in July; a LUNAR LANDER, and a ROVER. 

Ideally, pieces for each item will be created and assembled by a two-person team. Instructions, specs and materials will be provided. Some tools and experience are necessary. 

Soon, we’ll also be looking for crafters to help us build stars, portholes, etc., from home.  

Sign on to the job by visiting the display in the narthex after service, or contacting Pastor Julie: . Mission command thanks you!

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,  Julie McCain, and Steve Herder


This Week:

Genesis 1:1–2:4a
Psalm 8
2 Corinthians 13:11-13
Matthew 28:16-20

Next Week:

Hosea 5:15—6:6
Psalm 50:7-15 (15)
Romans 4:13-25
Matthew 9:9-13, 18-26

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