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As we make our way back to church, I'm excited about new opportunities to better serve, love, and welcome our Ascension family and guests as they walk through our doors. Thanks to many of you, generous donations to our three-year Shining the Light Capital Campaign allowed us to install the new Welcome Center in the Narthex this past fall. The Center is a beautiful and obvious space for guests to ask questions, meet parishioners and learn more about our worship and ministries.

An idea to enhance our Welcome Center space was hatched after reading about the origami dove exhibit in Washington National Cathedral's grand nave. Named Les Colombes, German artist Michael Pendry created and hung 2,000 origami doves from the ceiling, symbolizing hope and the Holy Spirit. Read more about this awe-inspiring exhibit here.

Inspired by Les Columbes, this summer we'll be working on our very own origami dove exhibit over the Welcome Center and in the Narthex with hopes to install it by Labor Day. We need your help! We'll host 6, 2-hour origami dove-making classes where all ages can fellowship, create these pieces of art together and cover them with prayers, messages of hope, and peace. We'll provide the white paper, so all you need to do is show up. Be on the lookout for dates next week. If you're so inspired to start folding now, watch a "how-to" here.

The dove has been an enduring symbol in Christian art and iconography since the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist. "After Jesus came up out of the water, the Holy Spirit came from heaven and descended on him "like a dove" John 1:32. It represents the Holy Spirit and is a symbol of hope and peace.

We look forward to sharing more with you as this offering progresses.


Catherine Pryor Miller

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