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 do fill out the visitors’ register by the front door.
Pajama Christmas Movie Night
We will be having a pajama Christmas movie night on Saturday, December 8that 5:30pm. Everyone is invited to come in their pajamas and bring their blankets. We will have dinner followed by the Polar Express. The cost is $5 per family. This event is open to everyone in the parish. Please sign up by today, December 2nd.
Children’s Prayer Breakfast and Toy Collection
We will have a special version of our monthly Children’s Prayer Breakfast on Sunday, Dec. 9th at 9:30am. Please bring a new unopened gift (approximate value $10) for children at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital. This morning we will be talking about St. Nicholas!
‘Walk in Love’ Book Discussion
Want to strengthen your understanding of your faith and what the Episcopal Church believes? Join us as we read and reflect on Walk In Love: Episcopal Beliefs and Practices by Scott Gunn and Melody Wilson Shobe. We will be meeting at 9am on Sundays: Dec 16th, Jan 13thand Feb 10th.
Donations for Pink Roses
December 16th 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.
Next year there will be 4 vestry vacancies and 1 open position for Warden. If you would like to nominate yourself, or someone else, to run for office please speak with either John Challice or Lisa Chiara to submit your nomination or to inquire about vestry expectations and duties. Please note: to run for vestry you must be an adult baptized member of this congregation in good standing (meaning that you have been regular in attendance and have a pledge recorded in the past 12 months). You must also be free on Tuesday evenings. Candidates for Warden, must be confirmed or received in the Episcopal Church. All candidates should be prepared to attend a vestry retreat on February 23rdshould they be elected.
10:30 Coffee Hour November-December Needs Your Help
Please sign up in the parish hall to help serve and clean up coffee hour after the 10:30 service. Thank you to Nate Green for making the coffee each week. Joan Hughes will set up the coffee hours in November and December. Everyone who enjoys the coffee and snacks after church is invited to help with clean up.
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.
Other Ways to Contribute
Making a financial commitment to the church is just one way to make your commitment to God’s work at the church. There are a few different ways to give your donation to the church: contributing to the plate, direct contribution from your checking account, or donation of stock. (Keep in mind transferring stock can help offset your capital gains and losses for the year). All donations are tax deductible. For more information, about transferring or if you have any questions about donations, please speak with Father Kevin or Bill Cooper.
Christmas Memorial Flowers
Flower memorial gifts for Christmas are being accepted now through Monday, December 17th. 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.
Realm Online Parish Directory
It is important to remember to keep your Realm directory profile up to date. Realm is used for various tasks such as sending out announcements by email to the parish along with printing address labels. We also make the parish birthday lists which are listed in the weekly bulletins. If you would like your birthday to be remembered in the bulletin, please make sure that your Realm account is updated with your full birthday. Your birth year and age will not be displayed on your public Realm profile. If you have any questions or need help please call the office at 766-0693.
Listen to Past Sermons
Did you know that you can listen to and read Father Kevin’s sermons online? Go to our website ascensionrvc.org and click on the link to Father Kevin’s blog Inwardly Digest. There you can read and listen to many past sermons and subscribe for regular updates.
Giving by Text
Forgot your checkbook or pledge envelope? No Worries! It is now possible to make donations by text message using your smart phone. Simply text “ascensionrvc $25 (or whatever amount you wish to give)” to 73256 to give to The Church of The Ascension using your text messaging. Standard text message rates do apply. First time users will be prompted for their giving information and the gifts will be recorded in your online Realm account.
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 email@example.com. Material for the Sunday bulletin is due by Monday at noon