WELCOME TO THE ASCENSION WEBSITE
For almost 60 years the Church of the Ascension has served God by reaching out to our neighbours in caring and supportive ways with the love of Christ. We are a community of ordinary people working to build a better world. We want to get to know you so that we can serve and support you in practical and meaningful ways just as Jesus did when he lived on earth.
You can help us by completing a short survey at: www.surveymonkey.com. You can learn more about our programs and ministries on this website, however, the reality of life at the Ascension is deeper and richer than a website can ever convey. Come find out!
Autumn is my favourite time of year. Regardless of how good or bad the summer may have been, autumn brings with it a renewed sense of purpose and an energy that is invigorating. Though we call this season “Thanksgiving”, for Christians, life and living is thanksgiving, given to us by an awesome God who so generously cares and provides for all our needs. St. Paul in 1 Thessalonians 5:5 reminds us that we are all children of light and children of the day; not of darkness, destined not for wrath but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He encourages us therefore to build each other up in faith and love and to be thankful for the hope we have in our salvation.
Studies show that those who live in a state of thanksgiving whether they be 3 or 103 display stronger immune systems, have lower blood pressure, are more optimistic and are more generous, compassionate and outgoing people! Such an attitude recognizes the fact of just how interdependent we are upon one another and that it is from God alone that all blessings flow. Cafe 65 our outreach to seniors and Kid’s Club, our children’s ministry provide points of contact for people to gather, build community and express that attitude of thanksgiving.
Soon it will be All Saints and All Souls, Remembrance, Advent and Christmas, wonderful occasions to offer God our Praise. The Ascension is abuzz with activity in anticipation of these great festivals: practice for the Fauré Requiem will soon begin; preparation for our Service of Remembrance featuring a piper and trumpeter; and very soon rehearsals will begin for our interactive Advent I Service and Christmas Pageant.
As all this unfolds, the hot humid weather we have had this summer will inevitably turn colder and more folk in our community will look to us for support and help from our Community Share Food Bank - God knows our needs even before we ask – and will also provide the means to meet that need. Let us give thanks to God for the Ascension and its ministry and let us continue to build each other up in faith and love.
Café 65 is a special place for seniors in Don Mills to have lunch together, create new friendships, make new contacts and become more informed about what is happening in our community.
Lunch and light entertainment is offered, with opportunities for conversation and activities focusing on topics of interest to seniors. Your preference in activities (such as games, video presentations, speakers on health matters) will help us shape our program!
Lunch & Entertainment ($10)
1st & 3rd Wednesdays of Each Month
Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018
12 to 2 pm (lunch at noon)
Songs of the Stage and Screen
Presented by talented and exuberant singer
Fellowship & Fun in a Welcoming Place for Seniors!
We invite you to spread the word and bring your friends along!
Church of the Ascension
Reservations preferred but come if you can 416-444-8881
Ongoing Christian fellowship in a relaxed and friendly setting...
Donations to support our program development are gratefully accepted. Please make cheque payable to “Church of the Ascension”, marked “Café 65”.
ADVENT STUDY & READ
Simply Wait: Cultivating Stillness in the Season of Advent by Pamela Hawkins is a resource that individuals and small groups can use to help them focus, rest, and renew spiritually. For the four weeks of Advent, participants will focus on a single word and a single, simple prayer practice that does not require extensive preparation or previous experience. Readings for each week offer creative reflections rooted in scripture, and engaging questions that stimulate our anticipation for a meaningful Christmas season.
Contact the Church if you would like a book or to be part of a small group discussion. Time TBA.
AUDITIONS FOR THE CHOIRS OF THE ASCENSION
Both the Ascension Choir and the Contemporary Choir are always welcoming of new members. At this time, the Ascension Choir is in need of male voices (both Tenor and Bass). The Contemporary Choir is open to all voice types.
Anyone wishing to join in this special ministry, please contact our Music Director, Lawrence Green at 416-444-8881 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
KID’S CLUB – CHILDREN’S MINISTRY
Faith Gumahad, our Sunday School Coordinator has been busy preparing for our new Fall Season ensuring that each Sunday there will be a program for all children attending the 10:30 am service. Kid’s Club resumes Sunday, September 17th.
BAPTISM & REAFFIRMATION OF BAPTISMAL VOWS, CONFIRMATION & ADULT FORMATION
Christian formation is the lifelong process of growing in our relationship with God, ourselves, others, and all creation. Every experience in our lives can provide us with the opportunity to express our faith; the challenge we face is recognizing these opportunities and learning ways to live a sometimes countercultural life in a secular world. Fr. Nick will be offering sessions for children and adults. If you are interested for yourself or a child, please sign up at the information table or contact Fr. Nick directly.
VAN GO ART COURSE
Van Go Art Courcse resumes Fridays, September 21 st – October 26 th for beginners or at another level in the following mediums, Watercolour(s), Acrylics or Water Mixable Oils contact the Church Office before February 16th. Course addresses basic drawing techniques and methods, light and dark values, basic colour theory, with weekly assigned projects. A course handout will be provided to assist in course subject material. If requested, assistance with material selection for beginners or others in their chosen painting medium will be provided. There are no additional costs for this course other than your materials and your practice time.
New members welcome. Contact Warner Hart email@example.com or call the Church Office.
Warner Hart co-ordinator of our Thursday Morning Bible Study Group is making available to the congregation the same lectionary guide he uses on Thursday morning. Lectionary notes will be available the Sunday before the scheduled readings in both hard copy and via email. If you are interested in reciving an emailed copy, please contact the Church Office.