A Stewardship Message from Fr. Paul
Creativity and adaptability have been key characteristics of 2020. Everyone has made adjustments to their way of life because of the pandemic. Some have faced more substantial hardships than others, many have worked to maintain optimism about the opportunity it creates for quiet, reflection, and family. It has been challenging for everyone.
At Ascension, we know the importance of community. The moments we gather for worship, formation, and outreach sustain our souls. At times, they serve a role greater than we can name. Before this year, I could not have imagined altering our gathering for church so significantly. It bears witness to the power of the Holy Spirit that we've been able to adapt to the world of "virtual" church.
We owe part of this success to the foundation of understanding that walls have never bound the church. Our outbound ministries have helped remind us that we must go out into the community to be Christ to others. Our pastoral care team similarly knows no walls. Our building may still be a hub of activity, but ZOOM and YouTube have allowed us to meet people's spiritual needs in creative new ways.
Below is a link to the Stewardship letter I mailed to our Ascension family the week of 11/16/2020. I believe God is inviting us to continue living, learning, and loving beyond our walls. I hope you will join me in prayerfully discerning your giving level and how you will use the unique gifts God has given you to help make Christ known to others. Thank you for your support.
"God has blessed me with Ascension as my spiritual home at this time and place, so in giving of my time and money I can return a small amount of His gifts. The Harvest of Hope Community Garden has been such an outward way to connect to my own relationship to God that I am blessed more than I could ever have imagined."
The Rector Family
As lifelong believers, we take seriously the biblical commitment to contribute to the church. And at Ascension, we feel that our resources are being used to welcome people to God and help those in need in our community. After moving to Dallas in 2016, we spent significant time finding our new church home. We settled on Ascension after observing the welcoming spirit and cooperative attitude of the congregation, and have felt blessed to become more involved in ministries at both the church and the Day School. We are continually grateful for the ongoing support we receive from our church family and are thankful to be raising our two young children among this supportive group of believers.
Ursala, Dwight, Ari, Lex, and Kara Burns
"We’ve been members of Ascension for over 15 years. Back then, we were looking for a friendly, open-minded, diverse church home for our three kids. From the moment we walked into the parish doors, we felt welcomed. Ascension strives to be an inclusive environment with a healthy community outreach. Whether it’s being penpals with Stults elementary schoolers, feeding the homeless at the Austin Street Shelter, or our recently formed antiracism task group, there’s something for everyone… several ways to plug in and be an active, positive force in the community. That’s why we give to our church home, Ascension."
Neely, Allen, Lilli, and Madalyn Myers
Neely and Allen joined Ascension shortly after moving to Dallas six years ago with their two daughters, Lilli and Madalyn. On why they give: "When we first came to Ascension after moving to Dallas, away from parents and siblings on the East Coast, Ascension became our family right away. We felt welcomed unconditionally into a fun and fulfilling community of faith. It takes all of us to keep such a special place going, and we want to contribute with all of the resources we have to offer.”
Jane and Doug Taber
Jane and Doug joined Ascension in January 1985, 35 years and 10 months ago! They have three children, Sarah Jane, Jeffery, and Benjamin. In response to why we give, Doug says: “It is the foundation of my spiritual and personal life."
And Jane adds, "We also give because Ascension is our family, and we can’t imagine not supporting its sustainability and growth for spreading the Good News in community outreach, formation, worship, and education."