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This Week At Ascension

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

September 18, 2022

Friends in Christ,

Have you ever thought about what a gift it is that we have a beautiful space and holy space where we can come to worship and meet with God and one another?

I wonder: what is your favorite part of our sanctuary, and what other sacred spaces do you have in your life?

Join us this weekend as we read one of my favorite stories in the Bible and let Moses’ experience with holy ground teach us a thing or two.

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

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Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!

We are so grateful for the many hands that helped make Rally Day the huge success that it was:

All of our music groups leading us in beautiful music, everyone leading a booth or game, everyone who bought, chopped, grilled, and serve the food, teachers who let us bless them, people who made cakes for the cake walk, the church office staff, those who stayed late to clean-up, and those who showed up early to set-up   It’s hard to list all the people who played a part.   

God showed up!  You showed up!  Thank you for making Ascension a beautiful, amazing place to be!

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

Check out the full slideshow and the great video HERE

Coming Up in Adult Ed.:

Jesus’ Third Way

When Jesus instructed us to “turn the other cheek,” he made it clear he was rejecting the idea of answering violence with violence – the “eye for an eye” found in the book of Exodus. But Jesus is not advocating submission to violence, either. In fact, he gifted us with a third way.

Come to Adult Ed. this Sunday, Sept. 18, and Sunday, Oct. 2, at 10:10 in Founders’ Hall to learn more about it. Pastor Tim will lead this class.

Jesus’ third way involves wisdom and peace. It’s never been more needed than in this time, when there is so much talk of our country being polarized, when controversial topics lead to division. How do we find the path toward agreement to work our conflicts, even the toughest ones, through Jesus? Theologian Dallas Willard once questioned why there aren’t adult ed. classes in HOW to turn the other cheek. That’s a call to action. Join us!

Save the Date 

September 25

10:10 AM

Register by clicking  HERE

Five Week Sermon Series Continues this Weekend:

All of life’s events are more special when we celebrate them alongside of others. In fact, life is better together. So why would it be different with worshipping God each weekend?

We’re part of a community that has been coming together like this for centuries. In the process we Get the Blessing. But it doesn’t end there. The cycle continues as we become inspired together to serve others, just as Jesus and his disciples did. That’s when we begin to Be the Blessing. Let’s become inspired together to serve others, just as Jesus and his disciples did.

This weekend and for the next three weekends’ worship services, we’ll feature a sermon series focusing on worship themes that most of us never consider and why worship is so critical to a vibrant, joyful life.

Come join us in September and October to Get the Blessing and Be the Blessing. 

First Communion!

Those 1st grade and up are invited to be a part of the First Communion Milestone, alongside their families.  As a part of the class, we’ll bake bread for Communion!  RSVP to , so that we can be sure to have enough bread baking supplies, but come, even if you forget to RSVP!

First Communion Class (choose one):

Sunday, Oct. 2, 1-2:30 pm

Students with a parent or significant adult, in the gym

Sunday, Oct. 9, 1-2:30 pm

Students with a parent or significant adult, in the gym


 First Communion Services (choose one):

Saturday, October 15, 6pm

Sunday, October 16, 9 am, 11 am


Coastal Cleanup Day:

Saturday September 17, 2022, from 9 AM – Noon


Volunteer for a traditional single-day cleanup event. The City of Thousand Oaks is looking for volunteers to help collect litter along Arroyo Conejo Creek South and its tributaries. Volunteers should meet at Borchard Park picnic area C behind the tennis courts at 8:45 am to receive collection supplies and instructions. Volunteers should wear closed-toe shoes and bring their own water bottle (refills available), face mask (optional), and gloves (a limited supply of nitrile gloves will be available on-site). A hat and sunscreen are highly recommended.

You also can also participate by cleaning your neighborhoods, parks, and other local areas throughout the month of September, and continue throughout the year when you can. By doing this you help to prevent trash and recyclables from entering our storm water systems and potentially our waterways, coast and ocean.


Confirmation Orientation for 7th & 8th graders and their families is September 22, 6-7 PM, in-person.

What is Confirmation?  A chance for 7th and 8th graders to dig deep into their faith (while having some fun, too!)  It is also a two-year preparation period (don’t get intimidated!) for the service of Confirmation, where students essentially say “Yes” to God–that having  learned more about their faith, they want to keep going in it!

If you’re a 7th grade family and not able to make the meeting, please email  to set up a time to meet to go over the Confirmation requirements.

Fair Trade Product Ordering:

September 16-26, 2022. The Ordering Form is posted on the Fair Trade webpage —  OR CLICK HERE. The form is also available in the church office and in the folder at the Information Desk in the West Narthex.

Outdoor Fair Trade Gift Fair: Sunday, October 9 from 10 AM – 1 PM in the front parking lots. Vendors from Fair Trade LA will have lots of beautiful wearables and shareables available for purchase along with lots of wonderful stories to share about their Fair Trade journey and what Fair Trade means for them. Ascension’s Fair Trade Ministry will be there too with Fair Trade coffee, tea, snacks, cheese and chocolate (in all of its wonderful forms) for purchase along with Fair Trade stories to share as well. 

This event is open to the public. Invite family and friends to join you at worship (9 AM & 11 AM) and at the Gift Fair.

Volunteers are needed to help with setting up and taking down tables and to help vendors unload their merchandise. Contact us at for more information and to volunteer.  Read more…

Children, Youth, & Family Career Opportunties

CYF Administrative Position

CYF Program Leader

Grace and Mental Health- A support group

We are starting a support group for people who have been impacted by mental health issues in their families.  The group will be based on the acclaimed book: Grace for the Afflicted and led by Ascension member Taty Valladares. 

The group will begin in late September or early October.  We are considering two possible times:  Saturdays at 3pm and Tuesdays at 7:15pm.  If you are interested, please contact Taty at or call 818 378 7205.  

Buto Service and Reception

The service honoring the life of Dr. Tim Buto will be September 24 at 2 PM in the sanctuary For those who can’t make it in person, the service will be streamed live on our website and Facebook page. 

If you would like to attend the reception, you are kindly asked to RSVP through Signup Genius so the family can plan accordingly. CLICK HERE TO RSVP.


Vigil for

Mark and Jacob Iskander

September 29, 4-6 PM, Three Springs Park

Click HERE for details.

One Ascension Blessing Of The Teachers And School Staff

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, Steve Herder, & Julie McCain


This Week:

Exodus 3:1-6
Psalm 84

Next Week:

1 Corinthians 10:14-22


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