Opportunities to connect
There are a lot of opportunities to connect and serve within the life and ministry of the community at Ascension. We want each to connect to ministry that is meaningful and fulfilling. The leadership of the church, clergy, vestry, and committee chairs are available to discuss the opportunities below as well as other ways you may want to serve. For more information, contact the leader in charge or email the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lay Eucharistic Visitors (LEV): Lay Eucharistic Visitors assist the clergy by taking the Eucharist from a Sunday service to the homebound or ill. It is a ministry of presence and compassion that brings the comfort of the Sacraments to those most in need. Training is provided. LEVs typically serve once every 4 - 6 weeks. Leader in charge is Fr. Ernie.
Pastoral Care Visitors: Many of our homebound feel isolated or lonely. Pastoral Care Visitors assist clergy by visiting parishioners who want to see a friendly face. Visits are scheduled either weekly, bi-monthly or monthly, based upon individual need. Training is provided. Leader in charge is Fr. Ernie.
Stephen Ministers: Stephen Ministry is an international ministry of compassion, holy listening and presence. For people experiencing crisis or long-term situations of grief and loss, we provide Stephen Ministers to walk alongside them on their journey. Stephen Ministers undergo 50+ hours of comprehensive pastoral care training and on-going monthly supervision, as a care receiver's spiritual and emotional issues may be complicated. All visits are confidential, and all materials and training fit the national model. Stephen Ministers meet with their care receivers on a weekly basis. Leader in charge is Laura Warner Gilmer.
Events Team: The Radical Hospitality Committee works hard to plan different events throughout the year. They are looking for more volunteers to help with set-up and clean-up. While many hands make light work, you won’t be required to help with each event, but a commitment to come early or stay late ensures everything is done well. Leader in charge is Suzan Fenner.
Sunday Greeters: Ascension strives to be a welcoming place for all who arrive. Join us as we seek to offer a smile and give direction to those who arrive here for the first time. Leader in charge is Jane Taber.
Food Pantry Drivers: Once a month a team of people work to pick up the food for our Food Pantry as well as the Food Pantry we coordinate at Tasby Middle School. Because of the amount of the food, we always need several vehicles to transport it. If you can commit a few hours on a second Saturday of the month, you may find this a meaningful way to serve along side other members of Ascension. Leaders in charge are Beth and John Dexter.
Committee seeking new members
Property Plant and Equipment: This committee helps to envision how best our buildings and property can be used to further the life and ministry at Ascension. It includes some basics and planning of work days, but also has the opportunity to plan and implement meaningful changes. Leader in charge is Todd Rutenbar.
Stewardship: This committee fosters a deeper understanding of how we use our various resources, time, talent and treasure, to proclaim our faith. Recently, they have offered an annual Service Expo that allows each committee to highlight their ministry and seek new participants. They coordinate with the Rector to facilitate a pledge drive each year as well. Leader in charge is Polly Hix.