Grace and peace to you my family in Christ,
Have you noticed sometimes that there is a gap between how you want to act and how you actually act?
I am not calling you out specifically, by the way, because we all do this.
How would you feel if you could narrow that gap? I believe you would feel more joy, more peace and you would stop spending as much time thinking about your needs or your mistakes and have more time to focus on helping other people.
Jesus wants to help us narrow and maybe even close that gap. He did it with Peter. Could he do it for us?
Let’s talk more about this at worship this weekend. Looking forward to seeing you there.
At Ascension Lutheran School’s Back to School Fair, students and their families learned about program offerings from the school and from the church as well. There were displays of Children-Youth-Family Ministry, Fair Trade, Global Ministries Team, and Community Concerns, plus Art Trek and much more. Topping off the fun was a photo cube provided by AL School’s PALS. Thanks to Chris Clark for the photos.
Chancel Choir Welcomes New Members
The Ascension Chancel Choir will be starting the new season soon and welcomes new singers to join. The choir rehearses in the Sanctuary on Thursday nights from 7-8:30 PM and sings at the 9 AM service on Sunday mornings. There is no audition and all are welcome! The first rehearsal is Thursday, August 31. If you are interested or would like more information, contact Wyant Morton at:
Looking for Members Who Like to Meet New People
“Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.” – Romans 15:7
One of the greatest virtues that a Christian church can have is to have a reputation as a friendly and welcoming community. As members I’m sure we all believe Ascension Lutheran Church is a friendly place. However, we can do better!
We want to raise up and bring greater emphasis in making sure visitors and members are getting connected with greater opportunities for conversation, and hopefully, more involvement with ministries of the church.
Starting a greeter program after each Sunday service is a start in this effort to make more connections with the people who come to our church services. It will be a fun opportunity to meet many new people and find new church friends!
It will be organized and scheduled like our sign up for ushers, communion assistants, readers, etc. Please call Outreach Team member Ralph Bogeberg (805) 657-7766 or Emilee at the church office (805) 495-0406 for more information about the program and to answer any questions you might have.
– Pastor Tim
HAPPY MILESTONE ANNIVERSARY: “On September 19, 2023, we will celebrate the best decision we ever made! To God be the glory,” say Allen and Lillian Carter
70 Years of Wedded Bliss
The family of Lillian Mildred (Wilson) Carter and Allen Carter, Jr. are proud to announce their 70th wedding anniversary, Sept. 19, 2023.
Lillian and Allen are natives of Smithville, Texas and graduates of Smithville Colored High School (SCHS).
Lillian is the daughter of Vivian Peterson and Ran Wilson and Allen is the son of Willie Ruth (Preston) Carter and Allen Carter.
At the young age of 15, while still enrolled in high school, Lillian and Allen were married at Live Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Smithville, Texas, on Saturday September 19, 1953, by Reverend George Stewart.
At the next meeting of the PTA held after the wedding, parents voted to expel Lillian and Allen and no longer allow them to attend public school.
However, due to the tenacity and persistence of Principal William A. Gordon, who lobbied long and hard for Lillian and Allen’s right to remain in school, the decision of the high school PTA to expel them was overturned by the school board and they were allowed to return to school and complete their high school education. CONTINUED…
Confirmation Information Session
For Parents and Students to attend together
Thursday, September 21, 6-7 PM
for 7th and 8th grade families
Confirmation is a two-year program of faith formation, service, and fun. Join us if you’re curious or want to know more information.
Come Help Assemble Personal Care Kits for Lutheran World Relief
Founders Hall Sept. 10 between 8:30-9:45 AM
On Rally Sunday, we will be doing service projects. It’s also God’s Work. Our Hands Sunday. One of the projects will be assembling 300 Personal Care Kits for LWR. What a great way to begin the day.
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.
*Sept 21 “Act One” by Moss Hart*
Oct 19 “The Great Alone” by Kristen Hannah
Nov 16 “A City of Promise” by Beverly Swerling
Dec 15. “Christmas by the Book” by Anne Marie Ryan
In November we will choose books for the next few months. We are open to suggestions. Books should be available by Libby, local library, Amazon or thriftbooks.
* This book could change to “Clark and Division” by Naomi Hirahara. Lots of copies at the Camarillo Library.
FEEDING THOSE IN NEED:
Thank you, Linda and Erin, mother and daughter volunteer team at our Food Pantry! We are grateful to all our Pantry volunteers. Every Friday, we give away 40-60 bags of groceries to our neighbors in need.
For September 10th, when we will have one worship service at 10 AM, we are inviting everyone to bring a bag of groceries for our Friday Food Pantry and place it in the sanctuary under the woodcarving of Jesus ascending into heaven. Thanks Chris Clark for the photos.
Save The Date: September 10!
Can you lend a hand to help prepare and/or run and/or take down items from our Celebration Day September 10? Use this link to check out volunteer opportunities and to sign up!
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:
- large lawn games
- large fans with misters attached
Please call the office if you are willing to lend any of these items.
Offerings & Attendance
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