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.

  


EVENTS AND GATHERINGS 
Parish Workday, Saturday, September 6, 8 am
Grow Together Celebration, September 7, 9 am
Father Daughter Breakfast, Saturday, September 20, 8 am
Ascension Outbound Block Party, Saturday, October 11


Click here for a complete list of events and gatherings.



A Ride Home
"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.



INTRODUCING THE UPDATED
MISSION, VISION AND CORE VALUE STATEMENTS 

Adopted by the Vestry on May 20, 2014


STATEMENT FROM BISHOP LAMBERT ABOUT REFUGEE CHILDREN FROM CENTRAL AMERICA 
Link to Diocese website about what is happening and how the Diocese is responding.



PICTURES TELLING THE STORY
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".




SUMMER SONG
CHOIR 

Continues through the Summer, Sundays, 
10:15 AM Service
Better known as “Some ‘re here, some ‘er not,” Summer Song choir continues. All who would like to do so are invited to meet in the choir loft at 9:50 AM each Sunday to sing and help lead worship.



THE SURVEY SAYS...
Thank you to everyone who participated in our parish survey. We had a 65% survey response rate, which gives us a good sample size and includes a wide range of opinions within our church. After the survey closed, the Rector Search Committee had a conference call with Robyn Strain, our Holy Cow! Consulting representative, who was overwhelmingly positive about our church community. Throughout the meeting, Robyn stressed that our report indicates a healthy church with high levels of diversity and a responsibility to continue ministering to one another and reaching out to the world. This survey information will help Jane Taber and her team put together our Parish Profile, which will be available this summer. In the meantime, here are some survey highlights that illustrate who we are “at our best.” 

The survey says that the Episcopal Church of the Ascension:
  • Focuses on the rational integrity of faith and just application of faith to life. 
  • Exhibits deep knowledge, open discourse, and intellectual curiosity. 
  • Embraces meaningful changes necessary to engage a changing society. 
  • Combines an adaptable approach to change with more progressive theological perspective, which results in exploration and inclusiveness. 
  • Overcomes the temptation to over-think issues or try to be everything to everyone. 
  • Develops a clear and compelling vision for the future and generates enthusiasm that leads to action. 
  • Cultivates interpersonal skills that prevent being perceived as unapproachable or impersonal. 
  • Understands that emotion plays a significant role in the call to action. 
  • Maintains our commitment to our identity and values while preserving flexibility. 
Our church demonstrates that it’s possible to live in peace and harmony and work together to change lives.
We have a wonderful story to tell the world, and our Parish Profile will do just that. 
Yours in Christ, The Parish Survey Work Group 
Carson Land (Chair), Jok Duop, Shelly Heron, Randy Nelson, Gloria Onyekwe, and Martha Wach




FOOD FOR SOULS: PARISH MINISTRY OPPORTUNITY
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
Sundays:
8:00 am (Rite I)
10:15 am (Rite II)
12 Noon (Dinka Language)
  
Tuesday:
12:15 pm 
(Spoken Eucharist)


 Search Process Update  

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
 



blanket
Join "Crafts for a Cause" and make throws and pillows for nursing home residents and those in the hospital.