Grace and peace to you my sisters and brothers in Christ!
The story of the Good Samaritan is one of the most well-known stories of Jesus. Many places even have “Good Samaritan laws.” These laws, which got their name from Jesus’ story, provide legal protections for those who go out of their way to help others.
A good Samaritan has become synonymous with someone who helps in extraordinary ways. Because of this, we might think we know all there is to know about this parable that Jesus tells. But let’s take another look.
It is not only a powerful example for Christians to follow but a wonderful glimpse into Jesus’ master storytelling ability.
I can’t wait to worship with you this weekend!
Adult Ed July 10 & 17 at 10:10 AM
One of the greatest creators of sacred art in history is Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, known simply as Michelangelo. Join Pastor Steve for this two-part Adult Ed series on Michelangelo and his journey in creating the Pieta, the Sistine Chapel paintings, and his statue of David.
The class will feature Bishop Robert Barron’s “The Pivotal Players” video in which Bishop Barron and his team travel to locations that played a significant role in the formation and vocation of Michelangelo, which in turn formed the life of the church.
In Case You Missed It:
July 6 Letter from Pastor Tim and Pastor Steve click here
IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO JOIN THE FUN:
Last Minute and Same-Day Registration
VBS is here at last – July 11-15, 9-11:30 each day.
There is still time to register for VBS. Go to THIS LINK and follow the directions.
There will also be limited same-day registration Monday, July 11, beginning at 8:40 AM. Be sure to come early. There is a cap on same-day registration.
Saturday July 9 & Sunday July 10, afternoon
HELP WANTED: DECORATING:
Needed this weekend: people to help decorate for VBS!
12-4 on Saturday, 12-2 on Sunday.
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.
Pizza will be provided on Sunday!
From your Green Faith Team:
Creation Care Tip
Don’t Step on a Bee Day is an awareness day observed on July 10 of every year. The day focuses on the importance of saving bees and their contribution to the environment.
Bees play a major role in the balance of the ecosystem by pollinating one third of the food we eat. Due to pollution, deforestation, climate change, and the use of chemical insecticides, bees have been tremendously affected, which in turn results in decreased food production, honey production, etc..
From this day, adopt a few habits to protect bees by not stamping bees, keeping them from fire, creating a garden with water and little hide holes for bees and a lot more. On this day, spend some time reading about the protection of bees and spread your knowledge to others.
GOD’S LOVE IS MONUMENTAL!
GOD GIVES WATER to People, Plants & Animals
The Global Ministries Team invites you to participate in this year’s Vacation Bible School Offering. Every $10 in offering gives a Navajo Mission School child a great reusable water bottle to take to school.
Look for our display in the Narthex this weekend, and at VBS each day this week!
Coming up in Adult Ed:
Stop the Bleed
Learn how to save a life! Life threatening bleeding can result in death within minutes before professional rescuers can reach you. The National Stop The Bleed program teaches citizens how to control severe bleeding by applying direct pressure, packing the wound, and applying a tourniquet. Led by Diane Starzak
Sunday July 24th 10:10 am
No pre-registration needed
Summer Sunday School
This summer, we’re trying something new and focusing on hands-on projects in Sunday School, as we have tons of fun and learn about the fruits of the Spirit.
This summer, we’ll move Sunday School back to being during our 9 am service, just for the summer. Join us, even if you’ve been away for a while!
Children age 3-6th grade will leave after the children’s message and can be picked up at the picnic tables.
If you plan to have your child attend and haven’t registered them yet, please do so HERE prior to sending them: LINK
July 3-August 28: Sunday School!
Sept. 4: Labor Day Weekend, no Sunday School
Sept. 11: Rally Sunday, with food and games after worship.
Can’t wait to see you this summer!
In Need Of Prayer
Flat Jesus Challenge
Pastor Julie recently talked about the Flat Jesus Challenge in her Children’s Chat at worship. Kids can color in this drawing of Jesus and take it with them wherever they go! It’s a vacation time activity that reminds us Jesus is with us always, near or far.
Here are the instructions:
Take me with you on vacation…To the beach, the park, and even the gas station. Snap a pic and include me, too. Remember I am always with you!
Post pics on facebook or Instagram—and tag Ascension
Baptisms this Weekend
Zoe Nadine Coltin
Jaxson Thomas Horton
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
Psalm 15 (1)