The Episcopal Church of the Ascension strives to be a diverse body of God’s people proclaiming Jesus’ Gospel through worship, fellowship, education, and service.


Live Nativity Celebration
Saturday, December 20, 5 pm to 8 pm

This coming Saturday evening is Ascension's Live Nativity event.  Come, bring friends, and tell others. Families will be able to make a full evening of it, with dinner available from Ruthie's Rolling Cafe, crafts to make, animals to pet, and the proper setting to enter into the mystery of Christ's birth.  Click here for more details.  T
he nativity story will be performed once every 45 minutes beginning at 5:00. So the times are 5:00, 5:45, 6:30, and 7:15pm.  Questions may be directed to Stephen Bouldin at 

Live Nativity, Saturday, December 20, 5 pm - 8 pm
Impromptu Nativity Pageant, Christmas Eve, Wednesday, December 24, 5 pm
Advent with Ascension Outbound, (rescheduled) to Sunday, January 18, following the 10:15 am service
Chili Cook Off, Saturday, January 31, 2015, 6:30 pm - 8 pm
Crafts for a Cause

Click here for a complete list of events and gatherings.

Are you looking for a little more Jesus and a little less chaos this Advent? The Christian Formation Committee invites you to read Finding Bethlehem in the Midst of Bedlam with your fellow parishioners this Advent. The Advent-based prayer, reflection, and study guide will be available for purchase for about $10 beginning November 2nd in the Narthex.

You can read it at your own pace, but if you’d like to share your thoughts, please consider joining Wednesday night Advent discussions. Members of Christian Formation will lead informal discussions at designated tables during Community Night Suppers, which will be held in the Parish Hall on December 3, 10, and 17. (Those who attend the Exploring the Bible Sunday School will already have a copy of the book and do not need to purchase another one. You are welcome to continue discussions with us on Wednesday evenings in addition to your Sunday morning lessons.) Youth who attend the Advent Retreat will also use this curriculum, but we’d love to have you participate in our discussions on Wednesday nights as well.

For more information or to reserve a copy of the book, please contact Stephanie Cole or the church office.

Stewardship Story for October 19,2014


I would personally like to thank all the volunteers who rallied to
make Fresh Food Day 2014 a huge success. There were over 50 volunteers from Ascension of all ages including the youth and parents who staffed a fresh fruit stand (provided by PepsiCo), where fruit was given out free to the community! About 150-200 residents enjoyed face painting, healthy recipe demos, snack making for children and other healthy and fun activities.

This is the 3rd year for this event, and it would not be a success

without the many community partners and Ascension volunteers who donate their time and talent!
Thanks everyone!
Dabney Dwyer
Outbound Director

"When Ebola Comes to Church
My daughter, Jane, reminded me this weekend of Kevin Bacon’s six degrees of separation. This was a parlor game that resulted from Kevin Bacon’s comment that he had worked with everyone in Hollywood or someone who had worked with them with no more than six degrees of separation.

It’s not hard to carry this concept into daily life. George Mason, the senior pastor of Willshire Baptist Church was considering this relationship when he learned that Louise, a member of his church, was in quarantine because her fiancé, Eric Duncan, had become ill with Ebola while staying in her apartment. His first thought was, “Could I visit her?”

In his blog, Pastor Mason speaks about the nature of our Christian care "When Ebola Comes to Church”. (Huff Post, October 13, 2014). He stated, ” echo the words of the Apostle Paul, when one member of the body hurts, the entire body feels pain.”

His blog continues to praise his congregations’ response and support “by a predominately Anglo congregation in an affluent section of Dallas of a Liberian immigrant forced to live in quarantine…The lesson we all need to learn now is...we are in fact our brother’s keeper.”

The world community is responding. Canada has an experimental vaccine that is going to human trials. Israel’s pharmaceutical company is ramping up to produce Zmapp the antiviral medication and is sending three teams to assist with Ebola patients. The Episcopal Relief and Development is asking for donations to help the West African communities respond to the epidemic there.

Sometimes it is hard to find the positive response to this crisis, but it is necessary. We can be frozen by our fear or we can look for ways to respond. Begin with prayer. Find a cause you can support and send money. Advocate the good news. We as a church body can help to find ways to solve this problem.
Pray for God’s help.

Nancy Smalley + 
Interim Rector

On Monday, September 1, over 16 bicycles were repaired, assembled and
made ready for the Gathering Ministry at Thanksgiving Square.  

The Gathering distributes bicycles to their members who are homeless.
Click on the picture below to see more pictures.  

"Offering Mobility"
read the Dallas Morning News Neighbors Go story

Donate a bicycle to the A Ride Home outreach ministry for the benefit congregational regulars at the Gathering, Thanks-Giving Square, Dallas.
Share your unneeded bikes to help individuals in need of transportation. 

The article highlights one of the bicycle repair days at Ascension.
Read the Dallas News Neighbors Go article from Friday, August 15, 2014.

Link to Diocese website about what is happening and how the Diocese is responding.

The “J2A” Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
It was a wonderful experience, an adventure, and a faith journey.
We are grateful for all the support that made it possible!
Here is a link to see some of the photos from this "trip of a lifetime".

Food for Souls is our parish ministry to provide meals for members in times of need. We would like to update the list of volunteers who are willing to cook a meal or a dish or help deliver food to parishioners’ homes. Please email Lestra Corey.  If you are interested in adding your name to the list or if you would like to be removed from the list. Thank you for your help! 

Worship With Us
8:00 am (Rite I)
10:15 am (Rite II)
12 Noon (Dinka Language)

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Small Groups
At Ascension we know it's important to be nourished in diverse community as we journey to follow Christ.
Find a group!

ADSAscension Day School
 A few spots still remain in our wonderful, caring Tuesday/Thursday preschool program. 

We are still registering for the 2014/2015 school year! Three options are available: a 4-day program, M-TH from 9-2; or 2-day programs, M/W or T/TH from 9-2. Children ages 12 months (by September 1)- 4 years are welcome! Contact us at