Happenings at Ascension!

February 9, 2024


(Please scroll to the middle of this email see the full calendar of upcoming events.)

Palm Crosses for Ash Wednesday

Please bring your palm crosses to church through February 13th and place them in the collection basket, or bring them to the burning on Shrove Tuesday.


Shrove Tuesday

Join us on February 13 for Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Supper at 6:30pm, Pancakes and Bacon!! We have a great team of volunteers, but if you could drop off Orange Juice, Fresh Fruit, or Pancake mix, it will be greatly appreciated. Following the meal we will have the Burning of the Palms, for the ashes on Ash Wednesday, under the bell. You don’t have to sign-up, but we want to make sure we have pancakes for all, so please sign-up, (Click HERE)

Ash Wednesday 

We will celebrate with three services on Ash Wednesday, on February 14. We will have a service with the school at 8:30am, and services at noon and 6:30pm. Invite your friends to celebrate with you as we enter the Lent season.


Lenten Soup Suppers

The Lenten Soup Suppers are a wonderful Ascension pastime. We will serve soup, and hear the testimonials and stories of fellow parishioners.

Campus Workday

Join us on March 23rd for some landscaping and campus clean-up, so bring your rakes, shovels, and hardworking attitudes, and let's welcome spring!  


Home Blessings

Father Mark is always available to bless your home. Many people feel Epiphany is a great time to do this. Fresh start, new year, bless your home. But anytime is a good time. There is a sign-up sheet available in the narthex and the online sign-up is HERE. We ask that you list your name, the phone number that will reach you most easily, and your address. Fr. Mark will contact you to set the time and date and remember, no need to fret over the post holiday clutter, your home is not under inspection. Fr. Mark will only need access to your front door and entry way.  

Special WHAM Request

Christian Formation

Women's Tuesday Bible Study, 1pm

 The Women's Tuesday Bible Study is a group of amazing women, led by amazing women. Join these ladies every Tuesday at 1pm! Toyin Agboola guides this Bible Study in a safe trustworthy setting as they learn about the Bible. Julie Collins keeps things organized on the administration side, sending out emails, reminders, and the weekly Zoom link. You can contact her at [email protected] and she will happily get you into the swing of things, or just come by!! 

Tuesday Night Bible Study

 We are studying the Book of Acts every Tuesday at 6:30pm in the Church Library, and for those who are unable to join us in person, use the zoom link:

Zoom Link for Tuesday Night Bible Study , which can be used for ALL of the Tuesday Night Bible Study Classes. The two books needed for this class “Acts for Everyone Study Guide” by N.T. Wright and “Acts for Everyone, Part One” by N. T. Wright are available on Amazon (links below). 

 I hope you join us and do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. -God's Peace, Fr. Mark+


Sunday School for All Ages

Sunday School resumes. Both Children's Sunday school with Miss Allison Garcia in the upstairs Sunday School room and Adult Christian Education, downstairs in the church library, are back after the holiday break. The Adult Class will continue to have an online option for those who are unable to be present in person.  

Flower Ministry

Don't forget the flowers! Sign up to donate flowers each Sunday, by signing the flower chart, which is posted in the narthex, enter your dedication in the book below it, and place your donation in the alms basin or send it to the office, marked flower fund. (The cost is $100, which includes delivery.) If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Dana by email at [email protected].

Calendar and Event Schedule

  • Feb 9-10 - 175th Diocesan Council at the Waco Convention Center. 
  • Feb 13 -       Shrove Tuesday, Need Volunteers!!
  • Feb 14 -       Ash Wednesday, Service times 8:30, noon, and 6:30.
  • Wednesdays during Lent: We will have soup and parishioner testimonials, 6:30pm.
  • March 10 - Girl Scout Sunday
  • March 23 - Campus Workday
  • March 24 - Palm Sunday
  • March 28 - Maundy Thursday
  • March 29 - Good Friday
  • March 31 - Easter Sunday 

On-Going Ministry

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Lunch with Friends

Thank you very much to the men and women who have cook for the residents of the Mission. They appreciate you and we appreciate you. There is always room for more members to join this ministry. They meet the first Saturday of every month at the Mission of Yahweh and are organized by Michelle Feagin. Please contact her for more information and to answer your questions.


Fill the Box

Don’t forget to your non perishable donations for WHAM. Let’s fill the box!  Crackers and cheese, fruit cups, canned meat, and canned ravioli are very helpful items. Canned soup and veggies, PB&J, and rice and beans are always needed staples.


WHAM Recycling Center

The recycling station in the Parish Hall accepts paper and plastic bags, egg cartons, condiments, and individually wrapped plastic ware. These items are donated to WHAM and are an excellent way to keep usable items out of landfills. However, we cannot accept newspapers, aluminum cans or plastic bottles, please do not leave these items to be thrown away. You are encouraged to find other ways to recycle these items.


Give the Gift of Sight

All year long, we collect eyeglasses, cases, sunglasses, frames, and lenses -- all things related to vision for donation. In late January/early February, Constance O’Brien delivers this year long assembly of eyewear to the Lion's Club in honor of National Eye Month. These glasses are then repaired and distributed in the US and around the world to those in need. The collection box is located near the WHAM food donation bin.

Please visit the following sites to stay up to date on the activities and on-goings of the ministries we support as they continue their vital missions to help those in need.

WHAM - whamministries.org

Mission of Yahweh - missionofyahweh.org


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