Welcome To The Church Of The Ascension
We are glad to have you with us; you are most welcome. Our bulletin can point you in the right direction from the Hymns we sing (Rust colored bigger book) to the Book of Common Prayer (BCP) (red book) for the prayers. Please make yourself known to one of our ushers and ask to receive a newcomer welcome bag.
Annual Christmas Pageant
On Sunday, December 22nd, we will have our annual Christmas pageant during the 10:30am service. We will have rehearsal after the 10:30am services on Sunday, December 8th and 15th. There will also be a rehearsal at 9:30am on Sunday, December 22nd. If a child is not in the pageant they should attend the first half of the mass on the 22nd and can exit with the kids at the end of the pageant.
A Christmas Carol
Stu Whalen will be performing his one-man adaptation of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol on today at 4:00pm. The event is free, however, guests are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy to be distributed to children at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital. There will also be a sign-up sheet for cookies to be brought in for a reception after the performance.
Clothing Collection for Haiti – Drop off by Dec. 8th
Donations of clothing are needed in Haiti. Donations may be given to Sonia Nelson or Margaret Bianchi. Please call Sonia at 1- 646-306-4208 if you have any questions or if donations need to be picked up. Please bring in your donations by Sunday, December 8th. Thank you for your contributions.
Children’s Prayer Breakfast
The next Children’s Prayer breakfast will be on Sunday, December 15th at 9:30 am.
Donations for Pink Roses – Due Today
December 15th is Gaudete (Rose) Sunday. We are looking for six parishioners who would be interested in giving a memorial donation in the amount of $50 to defray the cost of the pink roses that will adorn the High Altar, Advent wreath and small vase in the chapel. If you are interested in making a donation, please speak with Ken Mensing or Margaret Bianchi.
Christmas Memorial Flowers
Flower memorial gifts for Christmas are being accepted now through Sunday, December 15th . Please make sureyour donation is clearly marked “Christmas Flowers” and please be sure to clearly list the names of the individuals you would like remembered. Envelopes and/or forms are available in the back of the church and in the Parish Hall. Please return them to the Parish Office or leave them in the Parish Office mailbox outside of Fr. Kevin’s office or give them to Margaret Bianchi.
No Sunday School
There will be no Sunday School or child care on Sunday, December 29th . Sunday School and child care will resume on Sunday, January 5th at 10:15am.
Don’t Forget to Shop at ‘The Shop’
The holidays are almost here and ‘The Shop’ at Ascension offers a unique showcase of gifts, vintage items, crafts, antiques, china and seasonal decor. The shop is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 11am to 5pm. The shop is staffed by volunteers and all proceeds benefit the church.
Please Sign Up — 10:30 Coffee Hour
Please consider signing up for “Coffee Duty” after a 10:30 Sunday service. There is a signup sheet in the parish hall. We need two people each Sunday to pour coffee and clean up the few dishes used. Joan Hughes will coordinate the coffee hours in November and December supplying treats, milk and punch or other soft beverages. Many thanks to Nate Green for making the coffee every week and to those who volunteer to serve or donate bake goods.
Parish Office Hours
The parish office will be staffed on Monday and Wednesday from 9 am to 2 pm. At other times please leave a voice mail message which will be returned. Or you may send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Material for the Sunday bulletin is due by Monday at noon