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This Week At Ascension

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

July 7, 2024

Calling of the Apostles

Grace and peace to you my family in Christ,


“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.” Galatians 5:1

Happy 4th of July y’all! I hope your 4th is a joyful one and that you can pray a prayer of gratitude on this day, remembering how grateful we are for the freedoms that we, as citizens of the United States, possess.

Sadly, there are many Christian brothers and sisters around the world who don’t have the freedom to worship without fear of persecution or who can’t talk about their faith openly without fear of being incarcerated. We have this freedom!

So let’s celebrate and join the generations of people who have come before us in the efforts to pass it along to the generations after us.

Finally, let’s exercise this freedom to worship at church this weekend so that we can remember a deeper freedom that is given to us by pure grace through our faith in Jesus—freedom from the slavery of sin. See you in worship!



Recent Cal Lutheran master's degree recipient Olha Isaieva, whose father and younger brother are in Ukraine, with our ROL display


The ROL Drive Team (not pictured: Edith Ott)


Ray of Life Wrap-Up

Our spring drive in support of Ray of Life solar power kits for Ukraine wrapped up on a great note this past weekend, with a total of 175 kits funded by Ascension! Pastor Tim recounted what it’s all about in his children’s chat. CLICK HERE TO VIEW VIDEO.

Thank you, Global Ministries Team leader Louise Evenson, who spearheaded this drive, and everyone else who made it such a success.

Flowers on the Altar

The flowers on the altar are in honor of the 76th anniversary of the founding of Ascension Lutheran Church
July 4, 1948
Given from the estate of charter members
John and Myrtle Beyer

You won’t want to miss the first monthly prayer event: Wed., July 10, at 7 PM in the sanctuary.

Carolyn Coleman-Grady will be doing some teaching on prayer and her sister, Carmen Carter, will sing “His Eye Is On the Sparrow.” Some of you know their parents, Allen and Lillian Carter. Their other sister, Cynthia, preached here on Mother’s Day weekend.

ALCTO.org/24in24 has the calendar and Ephesians 3:14-21 for handy daily prayer reference.

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: .

4th of July Blessings

Give thanks for the blessings of freedom we experience in our nation, and pray the Spirit will guide us in using our freedom to exemplify God’s ways of justice, peace, humility and mercy.

(Living Lutheran)


The office will be closed Friday, July 5, as part of the holiday weekend.


VBS Wraps Up With Food Pantry Assist

From Community Concerns leader Chris Daleiden: It was a fun exciting Friday at Ascension’s Food Pantry. The VBS attendees and volunteers made fun summer snack bags for our families. Shelby volunteered at the pantry along with the amazing Alice and Trish! Such a blessed community.

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!

July Benevolence

Where those “Gideon Bibles” come from:

The mission of The Gideons International is to win the lost for Christ, and their unique method is the distribution of Bibles and New Testaments in selected streams of life. Gideons have placed or distributed more than 1.7 billion complete Bibles and New Testaments in more than 190 countries around the world . . . so far.

Having God’s Word can lead people to faith in Christ. Explore The Gideons website to learn more about the organization and how you can help them provide God’s Word.


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

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.

July’s book is Flight of the Sparrow: A Novel of Early America
by Amy Belding Brown

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.

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In Need of Prayer

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This Week

Ezekiel 2:1-5
Psalm 123
2 Corinthians 12:2-10
Mark 6:1-13

Next Week

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

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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