Project Hope, an organization to help those who struggle we have often supported in the past, is launching a new initiative! Every month it will spotlight a crucial item that it needs. For March, the item is tarps. Why are rain tarps so important? Well, the first reason is also the most obvious: they repel water. They keep belongings dry and provide a bit of protection from the wind. Project Hope needs all sizes of tarps!
Tarps accepted with other donations at 203 Bathurst St. every Saturday from 12:30-2:00 p.m. and Tuesday 5:00-6:00. Or Ascension members can contact Deb Adams for pickup or you can drop to the church on Sunday, Monday or Wednesday.
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Lenten folders are now available at the church. This year, all the proceeds from the Lenten folders will be given to PWRDF for its Ukrainian refugee relief.
As well, Diane Robinson has made stick-on tags for Ukraine that are available at the church. Freewill donations for these will also be directed to PWRDF’s Ukraine efforts. The labels have a Ukrainian flag in the middle — blue should be at the top for the sky and yellow below for grain fields. There are peel-off stickers on the back to apply the tag to your clothes.
Here we are at the beginning of Lent! So, after indulging on Tuesday, please join us for Ash Wednesday services on March 2. Two services will be held: 9:30 a.m., followed by Bible Study with Jim Garey, and 7:00 p.m. The evening service will be live-streamed.
As the COVID-19 situation is continuing to improve, Ascension’s executive has made the decision to resume in-person worship beginning with the 10:00 a.m. service on Sunday Feb. 27. Worship will be conducted in the same manner as it was in December before the Christmas shut-down. This means that capacity will be limited to the number who can safely distance, and masks must be worn. Please contact the office at email@example.com or 519-451-7780 to register.
The 8:30 service will resume on March 6.
Activities such as the quilting group may resume as of Feb. 28 with all precautions in place.
The Wednesday services and Bible Study will restart on March 2, beginning with the Ash Wednesday service. The worship is at 9:30 a.m. and the Bible Study about 10:15 a.m.
Besides the 9:30 a.m. service, there will also be an Ash Wednesday service at 7 p.m. on March 2
We hope that if the situation continues to improve, the restrictions can be lifted this spring.
Thank you for your patience and support.
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The Executive Team has reviewed the recent Ontario reopening rules and has decided to keep Ascension’s worship services online for now, and review that decision when the next phase of Ontario’s reopening comes on Feb. 21. This also applies to our groups. That is only three Sundays away, so please have patience. It appears the Omicron wave has reached its peak, but it’s going down only slowly. We are keeping in mind that vaccine passports are not required at worship services in Ontario, unlike at restaurants, gyms, and other places that reopened this week. We want to plan so that once we move to in-person worship and groups again, we can stay open permanently. If you are experiencing distress of any kind during this phase of the pandemic, please reach out to Rev. Canon June Hough at 226-448-3790 or firstname.lastname@example.org for support and assistance.
Due to the rapidly rising COVID-19 case count in London, the decision has been made to hold off on in-person worship services at Ascension until further notice as we wait for improvements in the COVID situation. This helps protect not only us at Ascension, but our whole community as well. Below you will find a pastoral letter from Rev. Canon June Hough. Here are the alternative plans:
On Christmas Eve at 7 p.m., Rev. Canon June Hough and other clergy and worship leaders will live-stream a service from the church on YouTube at https://bit.ly/3FiSw3A.
On Christmas Day by 10 a.m., Rev. Jim Garey will post a service from the fireside of his home on YouTube at https://bit.ly/3egcJvd.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.” (John 1:1-5)
I know many of us were feeling the joy of being able to come together to celebrate the birth of the One who brings light to the world only to find in-person worship has been suspended for a time once again. I share your disappointment and wish it was all different. The pastoral letter from The Rt. Rev. Susan Bell (Bishop of Niagara) helped give me some comfort and so I share this part with you.
“The extent of transmission in our communities has led many to urgently call for a set of new guidelines to act as a ‘circuit breaker’ to slow infection and buy time to ramp up vaccination efforts. We are doing our part to contribute to this effort even as we place our trust in God.
“We know the reality we are facing. We are in the midst of something dangerous and seismic – and the prudent and loving thing to do is to strive to protect us all – from the youngest who are as yet still unvaccinated and vulnerable, to the most senior who are similarly at risk.
“And so, we must lean into the core element of our faith – sacrificial love – and proactively become an online worshipping community once more, for a season . . . .
“Friends, this is a hard time. Nothing I can say can take that away. But I can echo the message of the angel Gabriel who reminded us not to fear but to trust in God’s promises. As a sign of God’s love, the Christ comes among us as one of us to walk this earth: to love us, to teach us, to heal us and ultimately to save us so that we might understand what God’s love is like and how through us, and in the power of the Holy Spirit, it can transform this world. This is the incredible love we celebrate in the coming days.”
Beloved, we are still a Church, we may be scattered and apart physically but we are one in the Spirit of the Christ who is born this coming night. The Church has experienced this before in the past and been stronger for it as we reach to one another and celebrate in new ways. You are in my heart as we move forward and in my prayers. In the weeks ahead please let me know if you would like to receive communion in your home, and we will within the protocols set out strive to make that happen. Until then, the darkness has not overcome us and we are children of light . . . arise and shine! Peace, and Love, Rev. June
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Identity Statement –
Who We Are Church of the Ascension is
an energetic community,
beloved by God, embracing one another in Christ,
and open to being church
in new ways
Vision Statement –
Where We Intend To Be We are becoming life-giving, Spirit-empowered disciples
living out God’s love
Prayer for Our Parish
Creator God, inspire us to lead with love and courage
in the year ahead.
May we share our God-given gifts with abandon as we nurture and strengthen
one another for Christ’s mission in the world.
God be in our joy, our songs, our laughter, and our tears,
filling us with hope and passion. Amen.
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