Flower Cross
FLOWERING THE CROSS
10 AM, EASTER SUNDAY BEFORE THE 10:15 SERVICE

Flowering the cross is part of Ascension’s Easter celebration. Please bring flowers with you on Easter, next Sunday—from your yard or elsewhere. Both children and adults are welcome to participate in flowering the cross as we express our joy in the Resurrection of Christ!


EASTER BRUNCH AT ASCENSION
EASTER SUNDAY, APRIL 20TH, 9:00 AM AND 11:30 AM

Enjoy brunch in the Parish Hall after the 8 AM and 10:15 AM services. The brunch will feature Tejano Brothers Tacos, with a choice of egg and veggies; egg, cheese, and bacon; and egg, cheese, and sausage fillings. Gluten-free and dairy-free options will be available as well as seasonal fruit and juices


FEED THE HOMELESS
SATURDAY, MAY 3, 6:00 PM

Save the date for the next Feed The Homeless on Saturday, May 3rd. PLEASE NOTE THE TIME CHANGE!! MEET AT THE CHURCH AT 6:00 PM. Austin Street Shelter has requested that we provide dinner earlier than we have in the past.
So, we are planning to leave the church no later than 6:15 PM. Spread the word!




WELCOME, MOTHER NANCY SMALLEY 
Interim Pastor

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Mother Smalley has joined us at Ascension in this interim time, while the parish seeks new ordained leadership, and, at the same time, continues to participate in effective ministry.  Nancy will help guide our parish family during this adventure, helping us navigate obstacles along the way and leading us in the end to calling a rector -- another new adventure for Ascension.

Mother Nancy shared this vision of her role: 
"As your interim priest I will be working with the lay leadership of the vestry and other lay ministry leaders to provide stability in your present programs and look to the future to meet new opportunities. It is important to remember that in the Episcopal Church every member is part of the ministry team. The Book of Common Prayer states, 'The ministry of lay persons is to represent Christ and his Church; to bear witness to him wherever they may be; and, according to the gifts given them, to carry on Christ’s work of reconciliation in the world; and to take their place in the life, worship, and governance of the Church' (p 855, BCP). That means the work of the church takes place primarily through the lay people who are members of the church."



A RIDE HOME

"Before"
The Gathering, an Episcopal community of homeless persons and the Episcopal Church of the Ascension, are working together to provide bicycles for homeless persons.  The project called “A Ride Home” is aimed at providing low cost transportation, which can be an important step in getting off the streets. Used bicycles can be donated to Ascension.  They will be refurbished, repaired and given to a member of the Gathering. Members of the Gathering will assist in preparing the bicycles for use. To donate a bicycle or bicycle parts contact Fr. Ernie McAfee (cyclist extraordinaire) or the church office. 
"After"



EASTER
SCHEDULE OF SERVICES AND EVENTS

Holy Week:
April 18:  Good Friday -- noon and 7:00 PM
April 19:  Easter Vigil:  8:00 PM

Easter: 
April 20:
8:00 AM, 10:15 AM, 12 noon (Dinka)
9:00 AM: Festival Brunch
10:00 AM: Flowering of the Easter Cross
11:45 AM: Festival Brunch and Easter Egg Hunt



PAINTED-STAINED GLASS FOR TUCKER CHAPEL
Through generous donations, we are in the process of re-purposing the old conference room back to a chapel. Nancy Johnson is donating her time and supplies to paint “stained” glass, and we need your donations of picture frames with the glass in them. The glass pieces should be no smaller than 14” x 11”. These painted-stained glass pieces will be hung in the east side windows where the stained-glass windows, now in the sanctuary, used to reside.


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!




A BLESSING OF BICYCLES (AND THEIR RIDERS)
SUNDAY, MAY 4, AT 2:30 PM
For this event, we will bless bicycles and their riders in the Ascension parking lot. The blessing will be followed by a ride to White Rock Lake.  The ride will be at a social pace. Those who are able can include a loop of the lake. This will make rides of 9 miles or 18 miles. Riders will go out in groups of 10 to avoid overwhelming the trail.  There will be refreshments following the ride at the Ascension Garden Party at 5:00 PM. We do need both riders and non-riders to help with this. If you are interested, please contact Fr. Ernie or the church office.



CINCO DE MAYO FUNDRAISER
SATURDAY, MAY 10, 6:30 PM
Get ready for our Cinco de Mayo Fundraiser scheduled for Saturday, May 10th, at 6:30 PM. It promises to be a great time for ALL ages, with dinner, drinks, games, and entertainment. Best of all, you’ll have a chance to bid on great auction items and raise money for summer youth group trips and camp scholarships! If you have an item or talent to donate, contact Chris Bolding.
Time and Talent Needed
"We have different gifts, according to the grace given us" (Romans 12:6). Your gifts are needed as we plan for the 2014 youth fundraiser in support of the pilgrimage, mission trip and summer camp scholarships.
Share your sales talents by helping us solicit donated items for the silent auction or food for the event.  Or consider offering your talents as a donated item.  Can you teach a group how to knit or how to bake a great loaf of bread? Can you donate a handmade sweater or a case of homemade barbecue sauce?  Don't let your talents go to waste.  Again call Chris Bolding or the Church Office for contact information, to let Chris know how you plan to share your talents in support of our youth!  —Your Stewardship Committee

Worship With Us
Sundays:
8:00 am (Rite I)
10:15 am (Rite II)
12 Noon (Dinka Language)
  
Tuesday:
12:15 pm 
(Spoken Eucharist)


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