March 20 Announcements

Ascension’s Social Concerns and Action Committee will be meeting next Sunday at 12:30 in the front meeting room of the rectory. The meeting is open to all who are interested in attending.

 House Eucharists – Be sure to sign up for one of the House Eucharists that will be held during Lent.  The sign-up sheets are on the bulletin board in the Parish hall.

 New to Ascension or Having questions about the Faith?

If so, then the annual Inquirers’ Class is for you.  This 8 session course about the basics of Christianity and life in our wonderful parish will meet on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 pm beginning on April 5, 2011.  This year, we will follow the format of the popular “Stations of the Church of the Ascension” during which we meet in a different location in the church buildings each week and discuss everything from basic theology, the Sacramental life, some history and structure of the Episcopal Church and the nuts and bolts of Ascension.  Call the Parish Office to indicate your interest and we’ll send you the week-by-week schedule.  The class culminates with an opportunity to be Confirmed or Received into the Episcopal Church when Bishop Herbert Donovan visits us on Ascension Sunday, June 5, 2011.

 Ethan Mandel to travel to Tanzania – This April, parishioner Ethan Mandel will be representing The Church of the Ascension on a pilgrimage to Gawaye, Tanzania.  The pilgrimage is designed to continue and strengthen our relationship with our linked parishes in Africa and the children we sponsor through the Carpenter’s Kids program. Look for more information in the “Life at Ascension” Newsletter. Details on how to sponsor Ethan on the trip will be included. 

 The Lenten Devotionals are available in the Narthex and the Parish hall. Suggested donation is $5.00.

“Prayer For Hard Times”

Lenten “Quiet Day” at Ascension

with the Rev. Barbara C. Crafton

Wednesday, March 23 from 6:30-8:30 pm

In the Church Sanctuary

 Barbara Cawthorne Crafton is an Episcopal priest and author. She heads The Geranium Farm,, an institute for the promotion of spiritual growth. The Farm publishes her Almost-Daily eMo, a meditation read online by tens of thousands worldwide via email and social media.   She has served a number of churches, including historic Trinity Church, Wall Street, St. John’s-in-the-Village (Greenwich Village) and St. Clement’s in Manhattan’s theatre. She was a maritime chaplain on the New York waterfront, and served as a chaplain at Ground Zero after the attack on the World Trade Center; most recently, she served St. James, the American church in Florence, Italy. A spiritual director, Crafton leads retreats and teaches throughout the United States and abroad. When she is not on the road, she assists at St Luke’s in Metuchen, NJ.

 Her many books include books of essays (The Sewing RoomYes! We’ll Gather at the RiverSome Things You Just have to Live With), books of daily meditations (Let Us Bless the Lord (Vols 1-4)Meditations on the Psalms,Finding Time for Serenity, and several others; a book of poetry (Blessed Paradoxes), a book about the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in the aftermath of the World Trade Center bombing (Mass in Time of War) and, most recently, a book about how people of faith experience depression (Jesus Wept: When Faith and Depression Meet).