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This Week At Ascension

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

Nov. 20-21 and 27-28 2021

Christ the King/Advent 1

Dear friends in Christ,

We hope and pray that you had a blessed Thanksgiving.

Join us this weekend as we also celebrate the start of Advent—lighting the first Advent candle and in the sermon, considering the deep hope that we have in Christ.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

In gratitude for all the ways you shine the light of Christ,

Fun In The Snow!

Hanging Of The Green Returns!

And So Much More! CLICK HERE FOR THE

ADVENT GAZETTE

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

New City Parish

GIFTS OF HOPE, LOCAL FOCUS

Welcome, Jennifer Echols and Phillip Allen.

Our Gifts of Hope focus for November 20-21 is local – as in our neighboring Lutheran congregations of New City Parish in Los Angeles, Inglewood and Compton.

Soon to be celebrating 30 years of ministry and outreach, the congregations of New City Parish provide their communities with support ranging from meals for the elderly to youth education, mentoring and after school activities to childcare.

Jennifer Echols, Program Director for NCP, and NCP Board President Phillip Allen and other NCP reps will be with us in our adult education time at 10:10 AM, in Founders Hall, on Sunday, Nov. 21. Bring a friend to learn of these inspiring and needed ministries in the heart of Los Angeles.

Find out more by watching this video (CLICK HERE),  and this slideshow.

News Briefs

Double Ordination

Cole and Amanda McGlynn will be ordained here, Sunday, November 21 at 4 PM. It’s a first for Ascension to have a husband and wife ordination, and so truly special with a young man who grew up in this church! Please come share the joy and prayers of thanksgiving and blessings. A light reception follows.

Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

The Conejo Valley Interfaith Association invites you to join in this year’s Interfaith Thanksgiving Service, Thanksgiving Eve, Nov. 24, livestreamed from Temple Adat Elohim at 7-8 PM. Offerings of the community will go to support Harbor House. DONATE HERE. www.harborhouseto.org/donate.html

Calling All Elves!

We are looking for helping hands to prep for Hanging of the Green. If you can come Saturday, Dec. 4, between 9 and noon, and/or Sunday, Dec. 5, between noon and 4 PM – part of the time, or all of the time – please come! If you’re nimble enough to climb ladders and provide Cam and Jeff assistance, we especially need you. RSVP and questions, email or call the office.

GriefShare

The holidays can be especially tough for those who grieve. Share with others who understand. GriefShare is meeting at 1 PM Thursdays in the chapel.  If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Brenda Heinrich at (805) 279-4235.

Help LIRS Send Hope For The Holidays

“…I was in prison and you visited me…” (Matt. 25:36b)

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) is collecting cards and gifts for children and adults at shelters along the border and migrant detention centers in its sixth annual Hope for the Holidays campaign. The program’s goal is to remind individuals and families that they are not forgotten during the holiday season. You can help, by 1. Writing cards — they must be in the church office no later than Dec. 6  to go out this year– and/or by 2. helping package and send the cards to LIRS. Ascension is one of three congregations in the country to receive these cards for LIRS! 

See the letter from Pastor Steve and email him if you’d like to help with this ministry project. Thank you!

Parenting Discussion

Pastor Julie’s series on parenting is in its final two weeks. Parents, whether you have already attended or not, you’re welcome to come. Each week is a stand-alone topic, between worship services from 10:10 to 10:50 in the Library. Video curriculum includes a compelling blend of real-life stories and interviews with parents. Then, we have time to connect and discuss.
December 5: Spark—How do I create a flourishing connection with my kids?
December 12: Plan—What do I do next?

For more information or questions please send an email to  or call (805) 495-0406

GIFTS OF HOPE PRESENTS OUR 2021 SILENT AUCTION

 Barnyard Quilts!

Jan Burgert and Ascension’s quilters have done it again. They brought God’s Global Barnyard to life in these little quilts for children.

In 2019, we did this for the first time: a silent auction for two quilts with proceeds going to God’s Global Barnyard. Now, we offer these beauties for your bid.

Thanks to our quilters for contributing their creativity and skill in bringing God’s Global Barnyard to life for a couple of little ones. Lots of good dreams will happen when wrapped in these cozy quilts.

Bid forms on the patio November 14 and 21, and December 12. Silent auction ends December 12 at 2 PM Questions? Please email

Barnyard Quilt 1
Barnyard quilt 2

Ascension Lutheran School Annual Fund
The Ascension Annual Fund is critical to the Elementary school’s success and an excellent opportunity for you to contribute to the One Ascension Community. At Ascension Lutheran School tuition alone covers about 90% of basic operating costs. We depend on generous giving to carry on the academic excellence and Christ-centered teaching we offer every day. Please take a moment to read our letter to you providing more details. 

CLICK HERE

Or to donate today visit www.alschool.org/annualfund/.

Make Your Amazon Shopping Count

Attention Amazon shoppers: when you choose Ascension Lutheran Church & School as your Amazon Smile recipient, donations add up for our smile account. It costs you nothing and the selection of products is exactly the same. To go to Ascension’s Amazon Smile page, CLICK HERE.

C A R E E R  O P P O R T U N I T I E S 

Teacher, Early Childhood Center

Youth Director

After School Attendant

Roses On The Altar

Louise Rosemary Engle

Born 11-8-21

Proud grandparents: Bob & Shelly Engle

Aurora Violet LeFebre

Born 2-14-21

Baptized 11-20-21

Proud grandparents: Francisco & Kathy LeFebre

Pericopes

Nov. 20-21:

Daniel 7:9-10,13-14
Psalm 93
Revelation 1:4b-8
John 18:33-37

Nov. 27-28:

Jeremiah 33:14-16
Psalm 25:1-10
1 Thessalonians 3:9-13
Luke 3:1-6

Dec. 4-5:

Malachi 3:1-4
Luke 1:68-79
Philippians 1:3-11
Luke 3:1-6

Ascension Lutheran’s 2021

Family Fun & Hanging of the Green

Here is a great way to get into the Christmas spirit! Hanging of the Green and family fun in the snow!

On Sunday, Dec. 5, from 4-5 PM, we’ll be having a Family Fun time outside — including snow (and a snow slide!!!), crafts, and treats and hot chocolate for sale to benefit high school youth!

From 5 – 6 PM, we’ll be singing Christmas Carols outside, including performances by the Elementary School and Early Childhood Center kids!!  We’ll end by going into the sanctuary for the traditional lighting of the Christmas lights (it will be beautiful!), and hearing one last song!

Please wear warm clothes, to be ready to play in the snow!!

Let’s Celebrate Christ’s Birth Together!

Ascension will have five services on Christmas Eve, Friday, Dec. 24, beginning at 3 PM and continuing every two hours through 11 PM.

Special family services will be held at 3 and 5 PM. Traditional services are scheduled for 7 and 9 PM, while a candlelight communion service will be held at 11 PM.

 Childcare will be available for the 3, 5 and 7 PM services.

On Christmas Day, join the Delkeskamp Family for one of their favorite traditions — Christmas Morning Worship with Holy Communion at 9:30 AM.

The Ascension Garden Team Presents…

The Plants of Advent & Christmas

Sunday, December 12, 12:00 PM

We will meet in the back parking lot modular at Ascension Lutheran Church (note that the new garden and greenhouse and outdoor learning and gathering areas will be built all around the modular).

Come learn about the Christian stories and traditions connected to various plants of the season, like what do White Chrysanthemums have to do with the Christ Child? What is the legend of Mary, Mother of Jesus, and Rosemary? What did Martin Luther say about Christmas trees?

You will get to pot your own Christmas plant (there will be a variety to choose from) and decorate it as you wish. Planting cost is $10. Please sign up HERE. 

Wednesday Evening Taize Advent Services

This year, Ascension is offering Wednesday Evening Taize services through Advent.

We can’t think of a much better way to turn off the bustle and stress of the outside world at this time of year, for awhile, and tune into what Advent is all about: a time of quiet waiting, a time of contemplation of the wonders and mysteries of God, and of course, of the coming of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Taize services center on distinctive and repeated prayer chants, usually lines from the Psalms or other pieces of scripture, repeated or sung in canon. The repetition is designed to help meditation and prayer. There is scripture, and there is silence.

Dec. 1, 8, 15 and 22, Sanctuary – all at 7:00 PM

 

Get Inspired with Our Advent Devotional!

Need some special reading material for Christmas? Check out our Advent Devotional. Each year, members and the pastors of our congregation volunteer to write a devotional for the Advent season, and students from our school provide special artwork. The booklet, which is a project of our Library Committee under the direction of Dan Lareva, is a wonderful vehicle for spending a little time each day thinking about Jesus and what His birth means. There will be printed copies available soon in the Narthex. You’ll also be able to find the writings on our Facebook and Instagram pages.

 

Cowboy Christmas

Special cowboy Christmas music and surprises from Country Spirit & friends that’ll make you feel like you’re out on the range, under a blanket of stars by a campfire, feeling mighty close to God. Wear your Western clothes if you like. Afterward, enjoy Nancy Lee’s legendary Dutch oven cobbler. Dec. 18 at 6 PM. Please SIGN UP up for cobbler so Nancy knows how much to make.

 

Poinsettia Dedications

Would you like to dedicate a poinsettia plant for the sanctuary in honor of, or in memory of family members or other loved ones? Please use a flower envelope from the pew rack and write what you want to say. Place in offering box or return to office by Dec. 17. Dedications will be published online and in print. Donations are $10 this year.

 

Come, Let Us Adore Him

THOUSAND OAKS—Jesus, God’s love in person, is coming, and in the spirit of Advent—preparation for the birthday of this Holy Child—Ascension Lutheran Church, School and Early Childhood Center has a roster of special events. Please plan to join us!

November 28 – First Sunday in Advent

December 1 (Wednesday) – Taize Advent service, 7 PM

December 3 (Friday) – Cozy Christmas Movie Night 6:30 PM Pederson Hall

December 5 (Sunday) – Family Fun Snow Time, 4-5 PM, Caroling and Hanging of the Green, 5 PM – 6 PM

December 8 (Wednesday) – Taize Advent service, 7 PM

December 12 (Sunday) – The Plants of Advent & Christmas, Back Parking Lot 12 PM; Compassionate Friends memorial service, 6 PM

December 15 (Wednesday) – Lunch Bunch, Founders Hall, 12PM; Taize Advent service, 7 PM

December 17 (Friday) – Christmas Chapel, 11:15

December 18 (Saturday) – Cowboy Christmas Worship Service 6 PM, Dutch Oven Cobbler Fellowship Time, 7 PM

December 18 & 19 SWCA Bishop Brenda Bos will be our preacher.

December 19 Caroling— meet at the bus in the big parking lot, 12:30 PM. We’ll be done by 3 PM.

December 22 (Wednesday) – Taize Advent service, 7 PM

December 24 (Friday, Christmas Eve) – Christmas Eve services, 3 PM, 5 PM, 7 PM, 9 PM, 11 PM

December 25 (Saturday, Christmas Day) – Christmas Morning service 9:30 AM

Don’t Miss Caroling!

Bring some joy! Meet at the bus in the big parking lot at 12:30 December 19. We’ll finish before 3.  That’s Sunday, December 19, at 12:30 PM!

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