Welcoming The Rev. Elizabeth G. Maxwell

February 1, 2015, the fourth Sunday after Epiphany, we continue our welcome to our new Rector, The Reverend Elizabeth G. Maxwell. We invite everyone to join us for services this week. Sunday services are: 9am Holy Eucharist at Side Altar; 11am Holy Eucharist in the church with sermon, music & choir; 7pm Service of Meditations …  [ More → ]

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Tonight as scheduled! Organ Recital at 8pm

Tuesday, January 27th, at 8pm, tickets available at the door. We continue the distinguished series of concerts featuring The Complete Organ Works of Olivier Messiaen, played by Messiaen’s friend and disciple, Jon Gillock. This program begins with a very early work, Prélude, full of impressionistic harmonies and colors. It was not published until after Messiaen’s …  [ More → ]

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Welcoming Ascension’s Twelth Rector

This Sunday, January 18th, we welcome The Reverend Elizabeth G. Maxwell to her first Sunday services as Rector of The Church of the Ascension. We invite everyone to join us for this momentous occasion as we express our great joy and gratitude. A festive coffee hour will follow the 11 o’clock service. Mtr. Liz has …  [ More → ]

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New Year’s Day Service 12 noon on 1/1/15

Our New Year’s Day service with the Holy Eucharist is at 12 noon at the side altar. Join us as we welcome Emmanuel and continue to celebrate the Twelve Days of Christmas.

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Christmastide at Ascension 2014

Please join us for our Christmas Services with special music for the Christmas Vigil, Festival Procession and The Holy Eucharist. At 5 pm on December 24th, we celebrate with a family service; children attending will carry animals to the Crèche with hymns sung by our Children’s Choir. At 10:30 we will hear anthems and carols …  [ More → ]

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Advent: Holding out our hands in the dark

Whatever your opinion, or lack of one, is on the Michael Brown shooting and demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri, and other cities around our nation…the real truth is that people are in pain. Deep pain. And it isn’t just this one situation. People are reacting strongly to the multitude of unprecedented situations playing out in and around our everyday lives. My personal mantra in life is “to respond, not react.” Right now, people are reacting. And I don’t think we even realize how much minor transitions and developments of life are compromising and affecting our ability to think… to grow… to embrace… to respond… to activate… or rest… in God. [ More → ]

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The road ahead: the rectory renovation

We’re not quite ready for the “before and after” shots of the Rectory because we are square in the middle of the before!  So here are some pictures of the demolition phase as we prepare the rectory to be a new home for our new rector and get the parlor floor set to be our new meeting …  [ More → ]

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How are you living out God’s hope for you?

Last Sunday, I was running on empty. And then I came to church.

Mother Shelley asked how we might answer this direct question: how do you maintain your hope? My blood ran a little cold. I was exhausted by weeks of decision-making and problem-solving. Her question sounded like a riddle of faith, and I was in no mood to fail. [ More → ]

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174-year-old rectory needs more than just another coat of paint

“The electric wiring and the plumbing throughout the building date from the 1920s. The refrigerator bears a plaque noting it was made in the 1960s. Over the years, as the building served as home to Ascension rectors, relatively little was done to improve the interior beyond an occasional coat of paint. Floors are damaged, walls have cracks, and there are even remaining gas pipes from the time when gas lighting was in use, before electricity was invented and made available.” [ More → ]

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I always get back more than I give

“I was raised in the Baptist church, which has a strong emphasis on stewardship — including an open discussion of the tithe, or a gift of 10 percent of one’s income to the church. As an adult, I have tried to translate this discipline into thinking about making my church the priority for my giving.” On Sunday, November 16, John Grimes shared with fellow parishioners how what he learned in a Baptist Sunday School has informed his understanding of making a commitment to his Episcopal parish home today. [ More → ]

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