Grace and peace to you my sisters and brothers in Christ,
We say it every week. But has it lost its power for us through sheer repetition? Have we lost the meaning of it because it has become too familiar? Are we now saying the words without thinking about them, or more specifically, praying them?
By now you might realize that I am talking about the Lord’s Prayer.
What an incredibly beautiful, simple prayer that has shaped the Christian church over the years way more than we realize. Starting from the very first time Jesus taught his disciples to pray it.
Let’s reclaim its power this weekend in church!
Coming Up In Adult Ed:
St. Francis of Assisi
Those attending our recent two classes on Michelangelo really enjoyed the video presentation by Bishop Robert Barron. So we will continue with two classes on St. Francis from the same series on July 31 and August 7.
Where Michelangelo lifted up the Kingdom virtue of beauty so well, in St. Francis we will see the Kingdom virtue of goodness.
There are many aspects of Francis’ life and teaching that can inspire our walk of faith in Jesus. Come, and let’s explore these together!
Pastor Steve will also share the artwork that is in his office of St. Francis, by John August Swanson.
Adult Ed This Sunday:
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
Walk to Emmaus Returns
The Walk to Emmaus, as a weekend to develop Christian Leaders, will be at Ascension for a second time these next two weekends of July.
The Channel Islands Emmaus was at Ascension in February of 2020. Like many ministries, this has been on hold for over two years.
We appreciate being at Ascension and look forward to how it blesses those who attend as we fill this place with prayer for 72 hours, from Thursday evening to Sunday evening. Emmaus is open to members of any Christian denomination.
Emmaus is for the development of Christian leaders who are members of a local church, a desire to strengthen their spiritual lives, may have unanswered questions about their faith, understand that being a Christian involves responsibility, and are willing to dedicate their everyday lives to God in an ongoing manner.
If you have questions about Emmaus, between the 9 am and 11 am services, there will be a few participants near the coffee table.
Again, thank you for allowing the Channel Islands Walk to Emmaus to be at Ascension this July.
What an awesome week of VBS learning about God’s monumental love (See slider below)!
If your child(ren) participated, would you fill out THIS VERY BRIEF SURVEY (link), to let us know what you loved and how to make it even more awesome next year.
Saddle Up for Cowboy Service
Saturday, July 23, our 6 o’clock evening service will be a cowboy style worship service, with cowboy (and cowgirl) songs, presentations and surprises.
Wear Western clothes if you’ve got ‘em!
Ascension Office Front Desk
Click HERE to learn more
Food Ministry Help Needed
Our Community Concerns Team is looking for two more people to be the backup leaders for our once-a-month food ministry with Harbor House at Holy Trinity, on the third Tuesday of each month.
We thank Tania and Barry Disselhorst for leading this outstanding ministry for our community. For the times when they are not available to lead, we need this backup team of two people! Contact them, or our chairperson Chris Clark, or Pastor Steve. Thank you!
In Need Of Prayer
Sunday School News
This week in Sunday School (9:15 at the lunch tables), we are painting t-shirts! If you want to be sure your child gets their size, email to reserve one (but we’ll have plenty of extras, too!). This summer in Sunday School, we are all about hands-on activities and having tons of fun as we learn about the fruit of the Spirit.
If you plan to have your child attend and haven’t registered them yet, please do so 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!
Reverend Dr. Howie Wennes:
Service Signup and Chapel Opportunity
Those attending the Memorial Service and Reception Meal for Rev. Dr. Howie Wennes August 14 — please help us as we plan for seating and food by signing up via the signup genius link: HERE.
Also of note, from Rev. Melissa Maxwell-Doherty comes word that a memorial space has been created in the Wennes Interfaith Meditation Chapel on the CLU campus for the Cal Lutheran Community.
As she notes, “…The news of our dear friend Howie Wennes’ death has been a shocking loss for the Cal Lutheran community. People enter our lives and impact who we are and who we will become. Their generosity of spirit, sage wisdom, and delightful humor are legacies we treasure long into our futures.
“Creating space and allowing ourselves to process the memories of those we hold dear and the feelings we experience is part of the grieving process. Howie touched the lives of many at Cal Lutheran through countless conversations, mentorship, and cheerful hellos as he walked throughout campus or a friendly smile when you needed it the most. We will miss Howie’s presence in this community…
“Over the next few weeks, I invite you to hold space for your grief and memories. Beginning Monday, July 18, I welcome the Cal Lutheran community to visit the Wennes Interfaith Meditation Chapel. You will find Howie’s morning prayer, favorite hymn, stole, and Spirit banner, and have opportunities to share fond memories, stories, or letters with his loved ones. We invite you to visit the Wennes Interfaith Meditation Chapel as you feel called.
There is no one pathway of grief. You may find comfort recalling memories or stories, while others may find peace through prayer, solitude, or spiritual connection to ancestors and loved ones. I hope all who enter this space named in his honor may discover a spirit of comfort and grace and recall his invitation to “make room for the Spirit.”
Wennes Memorial Contribution Links
Rev. Dr. Howie Wennes was passionate about the ministry and faith, and the two organizations that he supported throughout his career were the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) and California Lutheran University (CLU). Many have asked what they could do to honor his memory and contributions to one of the two funds below would be a wonderful way to sustain his legacy.
Mary and Howie Wennes ELCA Hunger Leadership Endowment
Gifts to this fund will ensure a legacy of support for ELCA World Hunger, allowing hunger leaders to stay trained, connected and equipped in their leadership — and supporting future generations of people who are committed to making a difference in the fight to end hunger, both locally and globally.
David Wennes Scholarship
Davy Wennes was Howie and Mary’s youngest son who passed away in 1999 and the scholarship was set up in his memory. Davy was an incredibly talented writer and creative artist and this scholarship supports students in need with similar interests.
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
Ascension’s Early Childhood Center is a special place, as our latest Generosity Team video shows again. Thank you to everyone in our One Ascension family for your support of the mission of the ECC. We encourage you not only to view this video, but to share it with friends and on social media!
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 138 (8)
Colossians 2:6-15 [16-19]
Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14; 2:18-23