Welcome to Ascension
Thank you for visiting The Church of the Ascension! We are a vibrant and diverse group of folks of the Episcopal church in the Diocese of Washington. We celebrate a community of faith which seeks to reflect God's love in our words and in our actions and are committed to worship God with faithfulness and to make a positive difference in our local and global communities. We especially enjoy inviting and welcoming guests and new friends to share in the abundance of God's love with us in worship and in ministry and even have fun doing all this.
We look forward to meeting you at our next gathering!
Love God. Love your neighbor. Change the world.
Annual Parish Meeting
The Church of the Ascension’s Annual Meeting will be held after the 10:30 service. This is an important day in the life of our church and all are encouraged to attend. We will present the annual reports from each committee and the State of the Parish from The Rev. Melinda Artman.
There will be a luncheon between the service and the meeting – a wonderful way to combine business and fellowship. A main course will be provided but we will need volunteers to provide salads and desserts. If you are willing to provide one, please e-mail the church office or signup here to indicate what you will be bringing. Thanks so much.
Signup for Foyers!
New foyers groups are forming in January and Church of the Ascension parishioners invite St. George’s parishioners to join us! Foyers consist of groups of parishioners (8-10 people) who meet monthly for dinner with the purpose of getting to know one another better. The individual groups decide on the dinners being “pot luck”, eating out, etc. Groups have complete autonomy as to selection of agenda and meeting times. Foyers group members are changed yearly and provide a wonderful opportunity for newcomers and old timers as well as parishioners from both COA and St. George’s to foster new friendships and enjoy the companionship of others. Everyone in both parishes are welcome to participate in this warm fellowship. Contact Gail in the parish office at 301-863-8551 if you have questions or would like to join us. You may also call Gail at either church office if you would like to be a part of this fellowship.
Prayers at Ascension
Many churches have a candle rack where one can light a candle to symbolize a prayer of intention. Often times, the simple act of lighting the candle is prayer enough. Similarly, we now have a Prayer Net to capture these prayers of intention in our Administrative Wing. Simply tie a piece of yarn (provided) to the net and cast your prayer to God. Alternatively, you can tie a piece of yarn to symbolize your commitment as a disciple of Christ. We engage in a life of prayer at Ascension, not only in worship - we do it with our Prayer Chain and with the Prayer Net.
St. George’s/Church of the Ascension Collaborative Ministry
Our Collaborative Ministry page has been updated to include recent decisions and latest status of our progress. This page includes a list of Frequently Asked Questions including information from the meetings held in late 2015 and the meeting minutes released from the Joint Executive Committee. Please feel free to contact the listed Points of Contact if you have any additional questions. Updated: September 1, 2016
Reflections from Melinda
Reflecting on scripture brings the heritage of our Christian tradition and sacred texts into conversation with the events of our daily lives. Spending time in thought and prayer with the scripture texts we hear each Sunday nurtures our faith and opens new pathways to receive God’s love.
Click here to read and listen to Melinda's sermons.
This Week's Reflection
The writer of Second Thessalonians "boast[s] of you among the churches of God for your steadfastness and faith during all your persecutions and the afflictions that you are enduring." What might church leadership, including our Bishop, boast about us? How do we remain steadfast and faithful in the face of suffering or other "bad" times? What sustains our hope, and how might we share that hope?
One of God’s greatest gifts is the personal talents bestowed upon each of us. Ascension has so many ways to share our talent within the Church, within the Community, and between each other. Ascension is a Church of giving. Please take a look at all that Ascension does and find a place that is right for you. There are plenty of Volunteer Opportunities that are as much fun as they are service to others.
The Church of the Ascension has been a proud host for the Pastoral Counseling Center for over 30 years. If you need someone to talk to, the PCC has trained and certified counselors who can help. Click here for more information.
Please Support the Food Pantry
The food pantry in the county is in extremely short supply and can use any type of canned goods, boxed cereal, peanut butter, jelly, or packaged dinners. Please take a look at the Food Pantry needs and bring your donations to the Church Narthex on Sunday or the parish office during business hours.
Don't forget your GROCERY BAGS and clean EGG CARTONS too!
The best evangelism is teaching another about our faith. Join the Christian Education program in its creative ministry of teaching all ages. Our programs offer instruction on how to worship and the opportunity to lead study and prayer groups for adults. Check out what we have for the kids to do during church service (it even keeps the adults busy too!) Please join us soon!
The garden team meets on Saturdays for removing, moving, and planting as well as general yard maintenance. Everyone is welcome to help and share ideas on ow to make the gardens beautiful for all. Please contact the Parish Office to make sure that we are meeting this week.
Links to Other Churches:
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National Cathedral of Washington
St. Andrew's, California, MD
Trinity Church, St. Mary's City, MD
St. George's, Valley Lee, MD
St. Paul's, Piney, Waldorf, MD
All Saints', Oakley, MD
St. Mary's Chapel, Ridge, MD
Christ Church, King and Queen Parish, Chaptico, MD
Christ Church, Durham Parish, Ironsides, MD
Christ Church, Kensington, MD
All Faith, Mechanicsville, MD
Good Samaritan Lutheran Church, Lexington Park , MD
Church of the Redeemer, Biloxi, MS
Caroline Church of Brookhaven, East Setauket, NY