Grace and peace to you my Ascension family!
Some of Jesus’ sayings seem harsh to us, and the text for this Sunday (Luke 14:25-33) is a case in point.
While we would often settle for a sweet Jesus who always comforts and never challenges and who acts with decorum and never tips over tables, the fact of the matter is that Jesus will always tell us the truth, even when it might upset us.
I am looking forward to sharing this text with you in our services this weekend, for I am convinced that this is yet another example of how intensely Jesus loves each of us and how he will stop at nothing to have us home again with our heavenly Father.
See you in church!
Rally Sunday—it’s ON!
This year, our Rally Sunday celebration will be September 11. There will be one worship service, at 10 AM, with Blessing of Teachers and Backpacks. Then it will be on to a celebration with food, music, games and lots of fun!
Last year’s Rally Sunday was one of the most popular events of the year! We thank everyone who turned out, especially our crew of mighty volunteers — from setting up to running games to helping with the tear down afterwards. And, no surprise, we will need volunteers again, the day before and the day of the event. Can you lend a hand?
We need help with set-up (8:30-9:30), and also during the fun (11-1), and with clean-up (1-1:30). Plus: Cakes, Cookies, cupcakes or other treats. It’s for a cake walk, so please make sure your items are packaged in a transportable way!
Adult Ed Preview this Sunday at 10 in Founders
Please join our Adult Ed Team, Carol Bartell, Deb Papageorge and Pastor Tim as they provide a preview of the upcoming semester of Adult Education. We will provide the schedule, refreshments and would love to have your input on our plans. Please grab some coffee and join us in Founders Hall at 10:10. See you there.
Vaughn Knox Sharpe 11-11-2019
Brynn Belle Sharpe 2-24-2022
Save the Date
In Need Of Prayer
As I mentioned in our worship services last weekend and in anticipation of our upcoming sermon series entitled Worship at Ascension: Get the Blessing, Be the Blessing, if you haven’t already completed our survey, could you please click on this link and fill it out? It should take about 10 minutes or so of your time. We would like to have the results compiled by September 8. The information that you give us will help in Ascension’s goal of making our worship even more excellent. Thank you so much and God bless you.
ELCA Becoming Conference
August 21-28, 2022
Pastor Howie Wennes’ guiding words – “Make Room For The Spirit” – flourished last week in Chicago at the ELCA’s Becoming Conference. The conference center was filled with the Spirit and filled with the buzz of excited greetings and conversations in languages from around the globe, too! CONTINUE READING…
Upcoming Sunday School Schedule:
Sept 4: No Sunday School, Labor Day
Sept. 11: No Sunday School, but join us for Rally Day!
Sept. 18: Re-Launch of Hands-on Sunday School
Register by clicking HERE
Check out the display at Rally Day to see what experiment we’ll be doing at our Re-launch on the 18th!
Saying ‘Welcome’ The Fair Trade Way!
For the past few years, in partnership with Ascension’s Global Ministries Team, we’ve been welcoming new members to Ascension with a little gift packet of Fair Trade mini-chocolates & tea. This spring, we welcomed Ascension’s Confirmands with Fair Trade chocolate packets.
As a fun back-to-school welcome, we recently shared Fair Trade packets with parents and staff of Ascension’s Early Childhood Center and Ascension’s School. Fair Trade welcome packets travel well — some traveled with us to a very special ELCA Service & Justice gathering in Chicago and we were very happy to be able to share a Fair Trade welcome with some congregational and staff leaders. Thank You to Ascension’s Global Ministries Team, Early Childhood Center, School, and ELCA partners for the opportunity to say & share “Welcome” the Fair Trade way!
Maybe you would like to share Fair Trade welcome greetings with others? We can put together some welcome packets for you to give to others. Contact us at for more information about Fair Trade welcome packets.
Be sure to mark your calendars for the Outdoor Fair Trade Gift Fair to be held on Sunday, October 9th from 10 AM – 1 PM in the Ascension Parking Lot. Everyone is Invited!
There will be vendors with Fair Trade wearables & shareables along with Ascension’s Fair Trade Ministry tables filled with wonderful things to eat and drink. More details to follow. We look forward to welcoming many to Ascension that day to join us for worship inside and celebrating Fair Trade outside. For more information and/or to volunteer, send us a note (you can find us at ).
Let’s Be “Fair” Out There!
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.
Minor Maintenance Ministries – a New Approach to an Old Favorite
Chances are you remember Minor Maintenance Ministries. 3M, as it is also known, was set up to connect volunteers with seniors who need help with small tasks that are sometimes difficult for them. We’re working to revive 3M and looking for volunteers to make it happen. Remember, these are minor jobs – sizes and times to fit any volunteer. In fact, have a look at the volunteer form task list and see for yourself! There will be a 3M Ministries table on the patio Sept. 11, Rally Day, with signup forms. We hope to see you there! If you have questions, contact Beverly David at (805) 428-5144.
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
Isaiah 55: 1-5