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"Lent is the Autumn of the spiritual life during which we gather fruit to keep us going for the rest of the year."  St. Francis de Sales 

The season of Lent is a time of penitence and fasting as we prepare our hearts and minds for Easter. Historically, Christian converts prepared for Holy Baptism during Lent. We begin this season on Ash Wednesday (February 14) with an invitation to observe a holy Lent.

Many will choose something to forgo during this season, a fasting of sorts. This discipline can help heighten our awareness of our blessings and accentuate the sacrifice of Christ.  Ascension has many ways to engage throughout this season. Please join us in the offerings included below, as well as in acts of service to others.

I pray we mark this holy season by our devotion and discipline, and I encourage all to explore a new spiritual practice that the season may deepen our faith and connection to God and one another.

Blessings on your journey.

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LENT IN PLAIN SIGHT

by Jill Duffield

Sundays at 9:15 a.m. | February 18 - March 14

Office Conference Room

We invite you to experience Lent in Plain Sight, a powerful daily devotional with us on Sunday mornings during this holy season. This book draws readers' attention to the ordinary objects Jesus would have encountered on his way to Jerusalem: dust, bread, the cross, coins, shoes, oil, coats, towels, thorns, and stones. Through Scripture, prayer, and reflection, you will find meaning in the biblical account of Jesus' final days in each object. From dust to stones, this devotion reminds us to open ourselves to the kingdom of God during the season of Lent. Open to all adults. Questions? contact Joan Romanosky

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ATHEISM FOR LENT

by Peter Rollins

Ash Wednesday, February 14 

Intro to Class 6:30 - 7:15 p.m. (no dinner)

Wednesdays, February 21 - March 27

Dinner, Program, & Lectio Divina Practice | 6:00 -7:30 p.m.

In-Person and Zoom | Parish Hall

Join us this Lenten season for a seven-week in-person and Zoom series, Atheism for Lent.  The series features Peter Rollins, known for his work as an author, philosopher, storyteller, producer, and public speaker. An optional light dinner will be at 6 p.m. in the Parish Hall, followed by a short video by Rollins and subsequent facilitated discussion.  There are three options to participate to accommodate people's schedules. 1) Subscribe to a daily email from Peter Rollins, 2) Subscribe to a weekly recap and reminder for the following week's session, and/or 3) Show up for one or more in-person sessions and take what works for you. If you'd like the Zoom link, please email Fr. Paul. 

 

We invite you to let this be a time of genuine growth, a new death, honesty, and the ability to be critiqued by the “other” to see the new self emerge from the ashes. You won’t want to miss this opportunity for transformation as we journey toward the cross together. Please invite your friends and join us in fellowship this February! 

Need childcare? Contact Eva Barraza to reserve spots.  

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LECTIO DIVINA
Praying with Scripture 

Wednesdays from 7:30 - 8:00 p.m. (immediately following Atheism for Lent)

Parish Hall

Stay an extra half hour after our Atheism for Lent series to experience Lectio Divina (sacred reading) with Ascension member Chris Reed. Lectio Divina is an ancient prayer practice that focuses on slow, intentional, prayerful reading of Scripture.

Lectio Divina has four parts. The steps of these practices engage the heart, mind, and spirit as we sit together in periods of silence, reading, gazing, reflecting, prayer, and contemplation. In practicing Lectio Divina, after reading the Scripture out loud, we contemplate, consider, and reflect on what we have heard. The Scripture is then read again, perhaps again for a third time. After some time of silence, we are welcomed to share or journal a word or phrase that speaks to us.

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YOUTH
ABIDE! (6-12TH GRADE)
Sundays @ 6:00 p.m.

Youth and Outreach Center

"Abide!" is a revamped Youth Group experience with a fresh perspective. Our Abide program is centered around three key pillars: fellowship, service, and a comprehensive exploration of foundational biblical principles. Don't miss the opportunity to engage in the enriching journey through the Foundations in Bible Basics curriculum with us. We are an affirming space where the big questions can be asked and examined together. We always seek people to donate snacks and games for Sunday evening. Following is an easy way to contribute through our WISH LIST.  Please contact Eva Barraza if you'd like to help out! 

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CHILDREN | CELEBRATE WONDER
Sundays @ 9:15 a.m.

3rd - 5th Grade

Paula Tucker Memorial Chapel

Celebrate Wonder offers activities, experiences, spiritual practices, and reflection to appeal to a child's sense of wonder to help them build a rich spiritual life. By embracing and celebrating children, Celebrate Wonder is designed to help children grow and develop with a sense of spiritual awareness and tools to express that faith.

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CHILDREN | GODLY PLAY
Sundays @ 9:15 a.m.

Pre-K - 2nd Grade

Room 105

We believe childhood spirituality matters. Godly Play is a creative, imaginative approach to Christian formation and spiritual guidance designed with our youngest worshippers in mind.  This special space on Sunday mornings offers a hands-on approach to understanding the Bible through storytelling, wondering, and art. Rooted in Montessori educational philosophy, Godly Play encourages openness, discovery, community, and relationships. 

Childcare available for children under 3.

Atheism for Lent
Lectio Divina
Lent in Plain Sight
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