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This Week At Ascension

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

July 30 2023

Friends in Christ,

Does God ever surprise you?

Our parables this weekend remind us that God’s kingdom shows up in the most unexpected places and that God can work with the most unexpected things (including us!) to grow his kingdom!

Let’s dig deep into that this weekend!

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

Cakes and Treats Needed Sept. 10!

We’ll have another cake/treat walk this year at our Rally Sunday/60th Anniversary of the School Celebration.  We need you!  Can you make/buy cakes or other treats?  Spread the word, and sign up HERE. 

We are also looking for items we can borrow for the day:

  • pop-ups
  • large lawn games 
  • large fans with misters attached

Please call the office if you are willing to lend any of these items. 

A Special Occasion 

Mark your calendars for September 10, when Ascension will celebrate our church’s 75th and our school’s 60th anniversaries! Rally Sunday is also God’s Work Our Hands Sunday, and we will have opportunities to serve our community and the world, including this: all are invited to bring a bag of groceries to worship as a gift for our Friday Food Pantry. More info. to come.


Thanks to Nancy Lee and Country Spirit for leading last Saturday’s National Day of the Cowboy service! The service was special indeed, and the peach cobbler and ice cream afterward — deelicious! (photo by Pastor Steve)

How Can You Help People Who are in Crisis?

After more than 500 days of war in Ukraine, your support for Lutheran World Relief’s largest humanitarian operation in their more than 75-year history is providing hot meals and shelter in UKRAINE for more than 1,000 people every day.  Over 17,590 hand-made quilts have been distributed to Ukrainian refugees with more than 27,860 care kits distributed in Ukraine and Poland to refugees and displaced people.  Mobile medical clinics staffed with medical teams have provided specialized services for people who have no remaining medical facilities for care of diseases such as diabetes and cancer.

Will you help bring HOPE again this year by supporting the Lutheran World Relief kits project here at Ascension?”


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THROWBACK: ECC Groundbreaking

Four years ago this week was the groundbreaking event for our new Early Childhood Center, a standing testimony to the fact that with hard work and God’s help, big dreams do come true! Photos by Christi Labrenz.

News From Missionary Pastor Kristin Engstrom

Winter greetings from Zambia, dear siblings in Christ.

Yes, you read that correctly, it is winter here in the southern hemisphere.

In addition to these winter greetings, I share with you my July 2023 Newsletter.  In it, you will find news of my recent work with the youth and young adults of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zambia and a reading recommendation so you can immerse yourself a bit into Zambian life.

The July 2023 Newsletter is HERE

Women’s Bible Study Groups of Recent Years – Join Us!

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If you’ve attended Women’s Monday Morning Bible Study before, we hope you’ll come back to our family again. And if you’ve never been a part of WMMBS, we hope this year will be your year to join us. We’re about 50 women strong (we meet in small groups) and we’re united by our love for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, our yearning to learn more about His will and His way and our care for each other.

The book of Acts is the focus of our study that begins Monday, Sept. 11, and continues Mondays through May 6, 2024. This year’s morning study will center on Warren W. Wiersbe’s two-book series on Acts, “Be Dynamic” and “Be Daring.” Cost is $30, payable at registration, and includes the two books.

The Thursday evening Zoom group (contingent on at least five participants) will also study Acts, but will use N.T. Wright’s single-book study, “N.T. Wright for Everybody: Acts.”  Registration is required, but no payment as each participant will purchase her own book through Christianbook.com or Amazon ($8.99 or $9.45 respectively). 

Sign-ups for both are on now — and end Aug. 13 (registration deadline).

Want to register and/or ask questions? We’ll have a table on the patio after the 9 AM Sunday service, July 30 and Aug. 6 and 13. Please come by; we’d love a chat.

Online registration/payment is also available through Aug. 13 on our website, ALCTO.org and HERE for Monday Morning and HERE for Thursday Evening Zoom.

Offerings & Attendance

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:

1 Kings 3:5-12
Psalm 119:129-136
Romans 8:26-39
Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

Next Week:

Isaiah 55:1-5
Psalm 145:8-9, 14-21
Romans 9:1-5
Matthew 14:13-21

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