Saturday 6 PM

Sunday 9 & 11 AM

Wednesday 9 AM

This Week At Ascension

Called to create opportunities for all people to become devoted followers of Christ

October 9-10, 2021

Dear friends in Christ,

This weekend in our three worship services (in-person and online), we will be focusing on God’s Word from Mark 10:17-21, a fascinating text of a conversation between Jesus and a rich person. We’ll also hear the profound text of who Jesus is from Colossians 1:15-20, perhaps the loftiest passage in Scripture on the preeminence of Jesus.  We’ll lift up in prayer the global work of Jubilee (www.jubileeusa.org). Please see the article below on how Jubilee is fighting poverty.
Love and blessings in Jesus,

Take Action this Jubilee Weekend


Our Prayer

We pray that you may once again meet the Risen Christ through the Word and Sacrament ministry.

And through the fellowship of this family of faith. If you do not have a church home, we would like to invite you to worship with our Ascension family again.

All people who are baptized and believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior are welcome to receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion.

May God bless you in your worship!

Pastors Tim Delkeskamp, Steve Herder, & Julie McCain

Getting to Know Jennifer McCoy,

New Director of the ECC

The phrase “God’s perfect timing” springs to mind when it comes to Jennifer McCoy assuming the directorship of Ascension’s acclaimed Early Childhood Center.

For one thing, after 24 years of teaching at California Lutheran University’s Fredrickson Family Early Childhood Center, “I guess I had reached the point where I just wanted to do a little bit more with my time and try a new challenge,” she says.  READ MORE

Welcome Children’s Ministry Director Emma Janzen

Ascension’s new Children’s Ministry Director Emma Janzen brings a lively dose of youthful energy to the job. She is a junior at California Lutheran University, due to graduate in 2023. Despite her youth, she has quite a bit of experience working with kids and in ministry to her new post as well. READ MORE

Brittani Childers, New ECC Assistant Director

Brittani Childers has been promoted to Assistant Director of Ascension’s Early Childhood Center. She joined the ECC staff this year. Prior to that, she worked in San Diego County as a Supervising Teacher for five years, and a Program Coordinator and Supervising Teacher in Orange County for four years. 

Congratulations and welcome, Brittani!

Coming Up In Adult Ed

* This Sunday, October 10: Learn about Fair Trade and sample Fair Trade chocolate. See Fair Trade Article

* Next Sunday, October 17: Pastor Steve will give brief updates on ministries that he works with, and then he and Jim Neumann will share about the summer sabbatical spiritual disciplines.

Classes are at 10:10 AM in Founders Hall

October is Fair Trade Month

31 Days & So Many Ways to Celebrate Fair Trade at Ascension!



Parenting Class with Pastor Julie!

   Oct. 17, 10:10-10:50, in the library: start of a 5-week parenting class

  • Same time as Sunday School, so bring the kids (those older than 6th grade can help with SS)!  Even if you can’t come to worship (at 9 & 11), come for this one hour!
  • Additional dates will be Oct. 24, Nov. 7, Nov. 14, Dec. 5–Come for one or come for all!
  • Much of the time will be a chance to discuss and connect with other parents.
Watch for more detailed info. coming soon; email pastorjulie@alcto.org with questions!

Thank You, Addie!

Bittersweet is the word when we think about how great the last five years have been with Addie Behm as Ascension’s Youth Director. This past weekend, her Thank You included a gathering on the patio with cake and lots of appreciation.

GriefShare to Return

Good news! One of Ascension’s most valued ministries, GriefShare, is now returning to weekly meetings at Ascension beginning Thursday, October 14 at 1 PM in the Prayer Chapel.

Led by Brenda Heinrich, GriefShare is a support group for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one. Those who attend gain access to valuable GriefShare resources to help them recover from loss and look forward to rebuilding their lives.

If you or someone you know might benefit from the caring and understanding of our GriefShare group, please join on Thursday. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Brenda Heinrich at (805) 279-4235.

Blessing of the Pets


This year’s Blessing of Our Pets brought out many furry family members, and at least one feathered one, too! Thanks to all who made this event so special, and thank you, Pastor Steve, for the photos.


Hot Meals Ministry

Since 1989, Ascension’s Hot Meals Ministry has provided a valuable service to the community, particularly the homeless. We need volunteers! Please contact Tania at (805) 338-7337 for more information and to join in!

Ascension Survey

If you haven’t yet answered the three questions in this survey, please take a few minutes and fill it out now. https://tinyurl.com/ALCTOFastSurvey


This Week:

Amos 5:6-7, 10-15

Psalm 90:12-17

Colossians 1:15-23

Mark 10:17-31

Next Week:

Isaiah 53:4-12

Psalm 91:9-16

Hebrews 5:1-10

Mark: 10:35-45