Christ Ascension is a group of diverse people who come to worship together and meet new friends in faith. Whether you are looking for a church home or just stopping by on a Sunday morning, we hope you experience the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit in worship here. We welcome all worshipers, including children, to full participation.
This page includes a calendar, the monthly newsletter and our "Community Blog" feature, where you'll find news about upcoming events and musings.
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
Most of the year, Sunday worship with Holy Communion begins at 10:30 a.m. Communion is open to all who desire it. Christian education begins at 9:30 in the parish hall. A coffee hour follows worship most Sundays. The congregation welcomes children into full participation in worship; nursery care is available in the parish hall on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month during the school year.
During the summer, worship begins at 9:30 a.m. The summer schedule continues through Labor Day weekend.
Occasional evening services begin at 7 p.m. These include Wednesdays in Advent and Lent, the Three Days of Holy Week, and other festivals like Epiphany.
Click on the links below to read some recent sermons:
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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 Anniversary Book Is Here!
The congregation has published an updated history of the church, the first since the 1993 merger. It features great pictures, a great storyline of mission and ministry, and - most wonderful of all - about 60 "faith stories" from friends and members of the congregation about their journey with God. The book is available from the church for $35. We will ship it for an extra $2.
150th Anniversary Fund
The Anniversary Fund successfully raised over $45,000, which will be split between our longterm savings and an accessibility project for the sanctuary. To make a donation to Christ Ascension, please contact the church office (email@example.com).
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 Lohrmann 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