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We welcome all worshipers, including children, to full participation.
This page includes a calendar and the monthly newsletter where you'll find news about upcoming events.
Book Discussion: "The Secret Scripture" by Sebastian Barry
Tuesday, June 24, 2014, 07:00 PM
We discuss the a beautiful work of contemporary fiction
Our latest book for discussion is this beautifully written novel by the Irish writer Sebastian Barry.
From the publisher: "Once one of the most beguiling women in Sligo, Roseanne McNulty is now a resident of Roscommon Regional Mental Hospital and nearing her hundredth year. Set against an Ireland besieged by conflict, The Secret Scripture is an engrossing tale of one woman's life, and a vivid reminder of the stranglehold that the Catholic church had on individuals throughout much of the twentieth century."
Worship at CALC
We gather on Sunday mornings at 10:30am (9:30 Memorial Day through Labor Day) to celebrate God with us! Sunday morning is an informal worship in the Lutheran tradition using Evangelical Lutheran Worship, the 2006 worship resource from the ELCA. Holy Communion is celebrated every Sunday and almost every other time we gather together. What better way to remember that Jesus is present "wherever two or three are gathered" than by partaking in a meal?
We often gather together for prayer, for communion, for worship on days and times other than Sunday morning. Our calendar keeps the list up-to-date of opportunities to gather with the people of God in between Sundays. But most often we gather during Advent and Lent (usually with dinner included!), Christmas Eve, Epiphany, Ash Wednesday, and the other major festivals of the church.
The Great Three Days
Christ Ascension has a proud tradition of centering our worship year on the Great Three Days of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Vigil of Easter. We gather on these evenings at 7:00pm to remember the saving deeds of God in Christ. We share communion, wash feet, strip the altar, glory in the cross, share our salvation history stories, and celebrate the first communion of the resurrection dawn. You are warmly welcomed to join us!
Holy Baptism and Holy Communion and Welcoming Members
Like the entire Church of Christ, we welcome members into the church through baptism. All ages welcomed to partake of this life-giving sacrament. If you have already been baptized in the name of the Triune God, we welcome you to join our congregation through affirming the promises God made with you in your baptism. We welcome all Christians of all ages to share in Holy Communion--Jesus' body and blood given and shed for the sake of our wounded world. If you have not received Holy Communion before, you may come forward for a blessing (fold your arms over your chest) or talk with Pastor Jay about participating in this meal of life, love, and forgiveness. There is no formal First Communion instruction at Christ Ascension since all the baptized are welcomed. But Pastor Jay meets individually with children and families for information. We recommend all children begin receiving by the time they are in the third grade.
Sermons from Christ Ascension are archived on this blog (when Pastor Jay remembers to record them!):
Christ Ascension can host weddings for members and non-members. The pastor requests at least three sessions with the couple for planning the service and for pre-marital counseling. The service will be based on the marriage rite in our hymnal, Evangelical Lutheran Worship, and may include Holy Communion.
- Donation to church (for non-members): $500, including $100 non-refundable deposit
- Pre-marital counseling: $35/session
- Musician: $250
The sanctuary seats approximately 100 people.
Contast Pastor Jay or the Church Office for more information about weddings.
Since October 2011, the congregation's newsletter has had a new look and a new name, The Dove (as in Gen. 8:11 and Matt. 3:16). The previous title was The Courier. Current and past newsletters are listed below, available for download by clicking the edition's month.
More CALC News
The Flower Garden at Christ Ascension
The flower garden at Christ Ascension began in the spring of 2014. It was at this time that Tom and Elizabeth Beck planted the magnolia tree in honor of Pastor Martin Lohrmann and his family. The garden has expanded over the last year and a "bulb planting party" was held in October 2015. Church members along with child care parents and their children gathered to plant over 600 bulbs. This spring should be quite colorful. If you would like to keep up with our growing garden, please visit http://christascensiongarden.tumblr.com/post/132821882202/it-seems-funny-to-start-a-garden-blog-in-november
In the News...
For its 150 anniversary the congregation was featured in the Chestnut Hill Local. To read the article, click here.
An article about one of the congregation's founders, Anne Cecelia Haupt, appeared in the Archives Advocate ofAdvent 2010. The title is "Anne Cecelia Haupt: A Founder Mother in Northwest Philadelphia." The article, which begins on page 3, can be read here.
If you have a prayer concern, please share it with Pastor Mitchell or the church office. There is also time during worship to name people in prayer and to notify the congregation of important things happening in your life.
A Prayer for the Church:
Gracious Lord, we pray for your holy catholic church. Fill it with all truth and peace. Where it is corrupt, purify it; where it is in error, direct it; where in anything it is amiss, reform it; where it is right, strengthen it; where it is in need, provide for it; where it is divided, reunite it; for the sake of Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord. Amen
Christian Education: 9:30am (Kimes Hall)
Worship with Holy Communion: 10:30 am (Sanctuary)
Wednesdays in Lent:
20 Minutes with God (text study with coffee): 7:00am (Sanctuary)
Dinner Church--all ages welcome!: 7:00pm (Kimes Hall)
Brown Bag Bible: 12noon (Kimes Hall: bring your own lunch)
Palm Sunday: Worship with Palm Procession, Communion, and Passion : 10:30am
Maundy Thursday: Worship with Eucharist, Footwashing, Absolution: 7pm
Maundy Thursday: Compline: 11:30pm
Good Friday: Passion Meditations: 12n
Good Friday: Children's Service: 3pm
Good Friday: Adoration of the Cross: 7pm
Holy Saturday: Easter Egg Dying: 12n
Holy Saturday: Easter Vigil: 7pm
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Infants thru Pre-K