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This Week At Ascension

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

June 9, 2024

Calling of the Apostles

Grace and peace to you my family in Christ,

 

Mark 3:20-35 is a strange bit of scripture!

Here is what happens: Jesus is making some controversy. His family tries to put a stop to the trouble by coming to collect him and bring him home. Then Jesus responds by saying, ““Who are my mother and my brothers? Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”

So much for family values, right? Well, I don’t think Jesus is being anti-family values here. Instead, he is making an even deeper point. What is the deeper point? I will entice you by saying food is involved in the answer.

Let’s talk more about this in worship this weekend! See you there.

Blessings,

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

Happy First Anniversary Fair Trade Lane! 

Ascension’s support for Fair Trade goes back more than 20 years.  Most of our Fair Trade products come from Equal Exchange. For calendar year 2023 & for the 3rd consecutive year, Ascension was in the Top 10 among all faith community purchasers nationwide in Equal Exchange’s interfaith customer segment.  Earlier this year, a Be The Blessing grant helped us connect with the ELCA’s Greater Milwaukee Synod & their Mt. Meru Fair Trade Coffee Project. Mt Meru Coffee is available on Fair Trade Lane and it’s served every week on the patio. Ascension is blessed to be one of many faith communities promoting justice for people and planet through our support of Fair Trade. 

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. 

Fair Trade Lane – A Faith Path to Justice for People & Planet

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Mesa: Building Hope for Young People Aging Out of Foster Care

A group of tiny houses, newly built in Ojai, just might give young people aging out of the foster care system a springboard to secure adult lives. That is the hope of the team behind Mesa, an innovative project aiming to prevent homelessness for at-risk and disadvantaged youth by not only offering them living  quarters, but also a range of job-finding, life-skill-learning, and community-connecting opportunities.

Mesa is going to become one of Ascension’s local charity partners this summer. You can find out more and see for yourself by coming to Mesa’s open house on Saturday, June 8, from 1-4 PM.  Admission is free, but attendees are asked to register: HERE.

And check out their website, HERE.

Homelessness in California continues to be a subject of disagreement and distress. But Mesa co-founders Dan Parziale and Kyle Thompson and team are answering with commitment and a lot of good ideas that bring hope. 

Rose on the Altar

Caden Morrow

Born: 6-2-2024

Proud Parents: Chris and Jahna Morrow

Proud Grandparents:  Doug and Linda Morrow, Jeff and Kathy Lindren

Beginning June 16, we begin a special prayer focus – 24 in 24. Look for a packet in your mail in the coming days with the first two months’ calendars of daily prayer requests and Bible verses. We’re very excited to share this powerful time of prayer with all of One Ascension.

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

Go Fund Me for Erickson Family

Long-time Ascension teacher Cheri Erickson passed away unexpectedly May 15. In her honor, a GoFundMe has been set up to support her family — Darin, Kyle, and Jordan – as they face unanticipated costs. For more information and to donate, follow this link. 

A memorial service at Samuelson Chapel at CLU is being planned for July. We will be sure to update information for her many friends and former students here.

In Case of ‘Auditor’

Many of you have seen the recent Acorn story regarding videographers who describe themselves as First Amendment Auditors taking video outside churches, temples, etc. in the Thousand Oaks area. If any turn up at Ascension, it’s good to take heed of the advice of Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Thomas Miller, who told the Acorn he advised residents who encounter an auditor not to engage with them. “A lack of confrontation leads to fewer videos of interest, fewer clicks on their pages and less income,” Miller said. “Our best advice is to simply ignore or disengage and walk away.” Also appreciated: the advice an LDS congregation leader gave members, that filming friendly faces at worship – smiling, waving, being more Christ-like and compassionate — was a positive rather than a negative.

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 .

Adult Ed This Week

This Sunday, June 9, at 10:30 AM in the library, come and help us brainstorm and plan for next year’s classes! Led by Dr. Carol Bartell.

Worship Bags to Share

We are always so pleased when kids in church are having a good time, and glad that many have used the worship bags provided to keep little churchgoers occupied. This year so far, our worship bag replenishing volunteer has replaced 16 bags, which is kind of a lot. So here is a gentle reminder to those who use the bags to please return them when you can so that other children have a chance to share them, too. Thank you.

APPLAUDING OUR ORGANISTS:

Ascension is very blessed with our organist, Margaret Ricci, and blessed with our organists who play when she can’t, Jane Ganske, Cathi Peterson, and Edith Ott! Thank you all!

This Facebook Post has garnered enthusiastic response, and rightfully so! Here are some of the comments.

Photo by Kathie Ferkin

Congrats, PT!

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This week the Work Anniversary “Holy Grail” was passed on to Pastor Tim! 21 years on June 1st!!

Thank you, Pastor Tim, for your love and care and humor for our Ascension community, and for preaching and teaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ so effectively and powerfully.

Love, prayers, and blessings back to you and your dear family!

(Thanks, Camryn Force, for beginning this work anniversary tradition and carrying it on.)

VBS Registration Now Open

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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.

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

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

 

In Case You Missed It…

In Need of Prayer

Click here for this week’s Prayer List

Pericopes

This Week

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

Next Week

Ezekiel 17:22-24
Psalm 92:1-4, 12-15
2 Corinthians 5:6-10,14-17
Mark 4:26-34

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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