Message from Fr. Paul

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.  -  Eleanor Roosevelt

Most of our normal practices have been disrupted over the past year.  This is true at church, in reality, it is true in almost every aspect of life.  The initial disruption was very abrupt, which made adaption more challenging.  As we anticipate the emergence from the pandemic, we may find that we don't want everything to revert to the way it was.  

Don't be mistaken, I urge each of us to remain vigilant in our COVID prevention practices.  It is essential as we care for ourselves and one another.  But I hope we can also dream together of those things to which we may return, as well as what may emerge as our common life and ministry grow.

I hope that our annual meeting on Sunday will help us reflect together about the last year.  I hope also that it serves as a spark for us to imagine our future.  Please plan to attend the meeting, preparing with the material provided.  Please hold this time in prayer before and following, that God's spirit may lead us and unite us now and always.

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Our Newest Vestry Members

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Andrew Bolt

Member Since 2007

Education: BS Communications Southern Illinois University

Occupation: Digital Marketing Employer: Frontier Communications Work and Leadership

Experience: Departmental Director | Lead corporate teams | Project manage initiatives | Manage vendor relationships

Prior Vestry Experience: None

 

Prior Convention Delegate Experience: None

Leadership and participation in Parish Ministries & Activities:  Men’s Group, Finance Committee, Church clean-up, barbeque-parish picnics, Nativity, cooking for outreach, etc.

Community Activities & Organizations (not for profit or civic): Volunteer at children’s school

 

What drew you to consider Vestry leadership at this time? After years of being a parishioner, I would like to help the mission of The Church of the Ascension in any way I can.

 

In addition to your professional expertise, what unique gifts, talents, and experience would you bring to the Vestry?  I enjoy working collaboratively with others and consider myself very service-oriented. In terms of skills, I have a background in marketing and video.

 

What do you hope for Ascension over the next 3-5 years? I hope to see the church grow and prosper, and see future members deepen their relationship with Christ and the church as our family has.

 

If selected for this role, what activities, ministries, or areas of parish life would you like to be involved in?

I would be open to serving in any way I can, but I think I could be helpful in promoting Ascension through video and online platforms.

 

How has Ascension continued to form and inspire your faith? I have been extremely fortunate to participate in and benefit from many church activities. However, the men’s group has been especially helpful in my faith journey. I’ll always be grateful to Doug Taber for recruiting me some years ago. Between the books we’ve read, deep discussions we’ve had, and the friendships and activities that have grown from it, it has given me an opportunity to think more thoughtfully about my faith and role as a Christian.

I have also seen the positive impact Ascension has had on our family, specifically our children (Nathan and Fiona), who were both baptized here. Ascension helps me in my quest to be a better Christian, husband and father.

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Harry Breda

Member Since 2014

 

Education: BA, University of Texas,1992 | MBA, University of Houston, 2002

Occupation: Marketing | ALM First, LLC

Work and Leadership Experience: I’ve been in the financial business most of my career, first building products as a product manager, and, most recently, in a marketing capacity, leading a small team to develop campaigns and promotional content for our products and services.

 

Prior Vestry Experience: Prior to moving to Dallas in 2014, I served for two years on the Vestry at St. John Chrysostom Episcopal Church in Golden, Colorado, a church about a third the size of Ascension. The challenges were similar – how to attract new parishioners, how to engage current parishioners, and how to