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This Week At Ascension

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

July 14, 2024

Calling of the Apostles

Grace and peace to you my family in Christ,


To doubt is human, which means we all do it. Even people who come across as confident, powerful, and strong can have questions about what they believe. Herod was just one such person.

John, that locust-eating, wool-wearing, wild prophet drove him to it. It would have been easy for Herod to dismiss John. He had the power to lock him up and throw away the key. But there was just something about John’s words that made him question.

Herod blew it though. He didn’t use his doubt as an opportunity to investigate outside of his comfort zone. He didn’t see that John was giving him an opportunity to find a better life.

This story in Mark teaches us that doubt can be a good thing if we can use it to move toward the truth and not move away.

Let’s talk more about doubt and truth in worship this weekend as we examine this fascinating story in Mark chapter 6.


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!

Eugene Cocco
Susan Gramme
Steve Gramme
Rachel Humphrey
Darren Humphrey
Jeanette Peck
Brett Peck
Sam Ryan
Ashley Ryan
Joanne Will

NEW! Maintenance Hotline Email

We now have a dedicated email to use if you see an issue on campus that needs immediate attention, such as leaks. It is: .

Cheri Erickson Service

The memorial service for long-time Ascension Lutheran School teacher Cheri Erickson will be Saturday, July 13, at Samuelson Chapel on the Cal Lutheran campus at 11 AM.

Save the Date: Cowboy Service Coming Up!

Did you know the Twentieth Annual Day of the Cowboy is coming up on July 27? That means a noteworthy night is in store for those who attend Nancy Lee’s cowboy-themed worship service at 6 o’clock. More details to come.

Here is the link for those who would like to have some Cowgirl Cobbler after the service— so Nancy will know how much grub to have on hand!


God’s Work. Our Hands.

September 8 is the date for God’s Work. Our Hands. Our Annual day of service is two months away!

Congregations across the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America will be spending a portion of this day (or this weekend!) serving their communities.

We will be assembling 500 Kits of Care for Lutheran World Relief, making contributions to our Food Pantry, and bringing Holy Communion to friends who are not able to come to worship.

Do you have an idea to add? Think of ways we can serve our community throughout the whole year as we are doing with “Be the Blessing!”


Help Us Tie Quilts for Lutheran World Relief

We will be quilting in the Dugout (instead of Founders Hall) and tables will be set up Tuesday – Friday (July 23 – 26) during office hours for anyone who wants to come in during those days and tie.

We will still meet during our regular Tuesday (July 23) morning time from 9 AM – 12 PM, then the tables will stay up for the remainder of the week.

(AP photo)

LWR Responds to Children’s Hospital Bombing

Russian missile strikes have hit cities across Ukraine in recent days, with an especially devastating hit on a children’s hospital in Kyiv. Lutheran World Relief President and CEO Daniel Speckhard reports, “Our team is already working with first responders to distribute aid – including LWR Quilts and Personal Care Kits – to patients, their families and others affected by the attack.”

In a letter received by Global Ministries Team leader Louise Evenson, he says, “Our team was just blocks away from the hospital at the time of the deadly attack. They rushed to the bombed medical center, where they worked alongside first responders to provide care and support.”

Again, we see how the work of one of our partners, Lutheran World Relief, is making a difference in a war zone through medical assistance, kits and quilts. Prayers for all the Ukrainians who have been affected by bomb strikes for over two years. Prayers for safety for those humanitarian servants who bring their assistance to people affected by war.

We will be making more personal care kits this fall to ship to Lutheran World Relief to be used in places where they are most needed, like Ukraine. Our quilters continue to sew love into each quilt they make, too.

To contribute to LWR’s efforts, follow this link. 

News Briefs

Foundation Grant Request Deadline: July 15

If you are planning to seek a Foundation Grant for your project, event, etc., here is a reminder: Foundation Grant requests are due July 15. Here is the link.

Hot Meals Ministry— Sign Up to Bring Food Now

The Ascension Hot Meals Ministry, led by Tania and Barry Disselhorst, provides meals on the third Tuesday of each month – June 18 is next week. It is simple to join in helping to feed the homeless and families in need in Thousand Oaks. SIGN UP HERE.

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.

August book: The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher

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


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.

In Case You Missed It…

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 Need of Prayer

Click here for this week’s Prayer List


This Week

Amos 7:7-15
Psalm 85:8-13
Ephesians 1:3-14
Mark 6:14-29

Next Week

Jeremiah 23:1-6
Psalm 23
Ephesians 2:11-22
Mark 6:30-34, 53-56

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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