Phillip Craig
From the Rector
Rev. C. Phillip Craig, Jr.
October 5, 2018

Dear Parish Family,

When it comes to certain traditions, I'll confess right away that I'm kind of sentimental.  One of my favorite traditions is Homecoming.  Even after all of these (many) years in schools, I'm still fond of the spirit of homecoming - a gathering of folks together to honor and celebrate a common experience. As I write this, I'm looking forward to Homecoming at Lincoln High School - Friday evening.

On a smaller scale, but equally important, you'll see that our own traditional homecoming (of sorts) is now on the calendar.  The annual Ascension Parish Harvest Dinner will take place on Thursday evening, November 15th.  I hope you will all be able to join in on this warm and festive evening - a chance to honor and celebrate our life together as a close-knit community.

Speaking of traditions, the Vestry is preparing to conduct our annual Parish Outreach project.  As a reminder, this endeavor is designed simply to check in and hear from all members of our parish.  You'll be receiving a phone call from a Vestry member in the next few weeks.  In advance of that call, please be thinking about what thoughts/suggestions/feedback you may want to share, regarding your own perspectives on the "state" of all things related to Ascension Parish.  Your opinions are tremendously valuable.  Thank you in advance for your part in this important tradition.

Sunday, October 14th is the annual Oregon Episcopal School / Parish of St. John the Baptist Celebration Sunday.  I'll be present, helping to offer gratitude for the mutual benefit of those two institutions.  As such, I'll be away from Ascension Parish that morning.  The Reverend Steve Norcross, former Rector of Ascension Parish, will be serving as supply priest that morning.  This will be his first Sunday to supply since his retirement from AEP.  I am grateful for his time and his presence.

Blessings to all of you, as you (and your families) prepare for a season full of tradition.  I am grateful for all of you.


From the Artist in Residence
Andrea Rosselle

This morning I arose to my favorite weather. Crisp cool air, bright sun, and fall colors on the trees. Fall is by far my favorite season, the smell of cold ground, and the crunch of leaves under your feet. We all have our favorites, favorite colors, food, weather, books - the lists are endless. It is an expression of who we are, and what we delight in. When I see artwork that delights me, I have a physical response to it. Sometimes tears, sometimes I catch my breath, my heart has literally skipped a beat when I confront a beautiful created artwork. 

Part of childhood is figuring out what excites you, what you love, and navigating all the choices in the world. It's one of the reasons favorites are so important to children. Favorites are comforting, reliable, and part of the constructed idea of self. It is a blessing God has given to us, to be able to delight in the world around us as he delights in us- his created artwork. This week as you encounter your favorites, be extra thankful that we've been created in the image of a creative God, an artist who created each of us so he can delight in our uniqueness.

Save the Date! Annual Harvest Dinner November 15, 2018

Our Annual Harvest Dinner is scheduled for the evening of Thursday, November 15.

Mark your calendars so you can join us for this delightful tradition!
All  Souls' Chapel: Book of Remembrance
By Tom Hussey, Jr. Warden
and Sally LeBaron, Parish Administrator

Several months ago the All Souls Chapel received some loving care to freshen it up. The third columbarium was relocated to better balance the room and was refinished. The carpet was removed, and new track lighting and dimmers were installed to improve the ambiance. As a part of Sam Craig's Eagle Scout project, the room was painted by Sam and his fellow scouts. A prayer kneeler was added and a Book of Remembrance was created.  

The Book of Remembrance strives to dedicate a page or more of information, history and or interesting stories about those in the Columbarium.   We need your help.  We have no information for the following souls.  If you have any information regarding one of those listed or could refer us to someone who might have information, please share it with us. 

Sterling Armstrong 1931-1992
Gene Krieg 1937-1993
Marian Zimmer 1927-1999
Donald J. Bell 1930-2004
Jean Roth 1932-1997
Mae L Gibson 1910-1997
Beverly Brandley 1920-2000
Rev. Robert Hoggard 1916-2002
Randy Shiffer 1958-2011
Heather Reinhart 1932-1999
Likewise, although we have some information on the following, if you'd like to add a personal story or information, we would love to include it:

Dr. Erma Covell (Gordon) 1904-1992
Deacon John Dimond and Mary Dimond 1916-2004/1915-2006
Gabrielle Marie Zimmer 1961-2015
John & Betty Trudeau   1927-2008/1927-2015
Patricia McKinney 1928-2017
Henry C Glaze 1910-2007
Andrew Hay 1928-2001
Nancy Eaton Kelley 1946-2005
Kathleen Mary Callahan Hotz 2017
James Bode 1938-2008
H Newton Baker 1941-2012

Written testimonials are requested but you're welcome to reach out to our parish administrator, Sally LeBaron, and ask her to help.  

Now for the mysterious group.  We show these folks have paid, but whether they're still with us or have been placed elsewhere remains unknown:

Jon Roth (married to Jean Roth who is in the adjacent niche)
Catherine Hay (married to Andrew) 
Murray H. Bartley

If you have any information, especially contact information, please let us know.

I also encourage you to come visit our All Souls Chapel and read about these fascinating people and spend a moment in their company.

Parishioners Abroad!

Shirleen and Terry Horley have sent us some delightful photos along with a report on their travels in Portugal.

"We are having a blast in Portugal!! Have been to Lisbon, Salema, Lagos, Tavira, and now in Evora - a city established by the Romans and ruled by the Moors for 500 years. 

"I snapped some pictures from the Cathedral in Evora - thought Emma might enjoy seeing the pipe organ built into the wall - not sure how the organist gets out there to play!"

"This is the best we could do in terms of a selfie. We just don't know how to do it. Terry purchased a bottle of port from 1950 his birth year. He plans to open it for his 70th birthday celebration!"

If you have photos of Ascension you'd like to share, or photos of Parishioner adventures out in the world, send them to Emma at to be featured in The View!

Also, Emma thinks that there might be a tiny spiral staircase in a column leading to the organ loft in the Horley's photo - either that or the organists in Portugal know how to levitate, in which case Emma wants to go to Portugal.

October 7, 9:00 A.M. Weekly Choir Rehearsals Begin
October 7, 10:00 A.M. Youth Art Class
October 7, 11:00 A.M. Vestry Meeting
October 14, 9:00 A.M. Choir Rehearsal
November 15, 5:00 P.M. Annual Harvest Dinner

Serving This Week: Sunday, October 7, 2018
Pentecost XX

8:00 A.M. LEM & Lector SuEllen Pommier
10:00 A.M. LEM James LeBaron
10:00 A.M. Lectors Marion Edens, Eddie Edens
10:00 A.M. Usher Becky Dimond
Sacristans Karen Albaugh, Janet Edwards, Pammie Hummelt
Refreshments Susan Bodin, Alex Guimaraes
Serving Next Week: Sunday, October 14, 2018
Pentecost XXI

8:00 A.M. LEM & Lector Jeff Krum
10:00 A.M. LEM Emily Guimaraes
10:00 A.M. Lectors Marion Edens, Alex Guimaraes
10:00 A.M. Usher Terry Horley
Sacristans Susan Bodin, EllaKathryn Craig, Kat Dominitz, Shirleen Horley, James LeBaron & Boys
Refreshments Sally LeBaron, Judy Hecht

In Autumn's  vibrant colors there are reminders of summer's fullness of life, of winter's impending bleakness, and of the prospect of spring not far beyond. Autumn compels us to think about life's transience and continuity all in one.

- Allen M. Young, Small Creatures and Ordinary Places

Would you like to submit a Reflection for The View? Email your excerpt or quote to Emma at

In Our Prayers

Janet Mersereau
Quinland Porter
Kathleen Barrett's niece Diane Rahn, suffering from cancer.

Today in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer

Cottage Grove: St. Andrew. 
Lawrence Crumb, vicar. 
PRAY that the strength of the Holy Spirit anoints the St. Andrew's family in its ministry.
Dallas: St. Thomas. 
Fred Heard, vicar 

Drain: St. David. 
In response to the call and command of our Lord, we strive to lead people of our community to study the Bible, love Jesus and worship and obey God.

Collect for the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve: Pour upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things for which we are not worthy to ask, except through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ our Savior; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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