June 21, 2019
From the Rector
The Rev. C. Phillip Craig, Jr.
A Time Known as Ordinary
Last weekend marked the poignant conclusion of both a liturgical season and an academic year. The OES Class of 2019 graduated from Trinity Cathedral on Saturday evening. Trinity Sunday followed the next day - the effective end of the Easter Season (including the Feast of the Ascension and the Pentecost). After weeks of intensity and celebration, many things drew to a close.

Our church now enters the long season known as Ordinary Time. This is the longest of seasons, and will run for 24 weeks until Advent One (December 1st). OES now enters the season of summer, with a different kind of schedule until early September. Both seasons offer the gift of perspective and reflection.

Major transitions often bring a poignant blend of emotion. I think of the Duffie and McPhee families, as they celebrate the graduations of their youngest children. We wish them well. I think of the Lloyd family, now safely arrived in Kentucky. We will continue to love and miss them. I think of the Kollar and Chamberlain families, and they adjust to the blessed arrival of a new life in their home. We send them our love and care.

Often there is a blur between endings and beginnings. We would do well to notice such moments, with gratitude for all of God's blessings.

A colleague shared this poem, by David Whyte, which seems fitting for any conversation about seasons and traditions:

The Journey

Above the mountains
the geese turn into
the light again

Painting their
black silhouettes
on an open sky.

Sometimes everything
has to be
inscribed across
the heavens
so you can find
the one line
already written
inside you.

Sometimes it takes
a great sky
to find that
first, bright
and indescribable
wedge of freedom
in your own heart.

Sometimes with
the bones of the black
sticks left when the fire
has gone out
someone has written
something new
in the ashes of your life.

You are not leaving.

Even as the light fades quickly now,
you are arriving.

From the Parish Administrator
Sally LeBaron
2019 Directories!

Next time you’re here, please stop by the Common Room and pick up a copy of our new, thoroughly researched and updated directory. Please mark that you’ve gotten your copy on the checklist provided so we know who has one and who to badger to get one. As always, any mistakes* are ours and if, by some miracle, yours doesn’t have a mistake, that’s all on you, congratulations. If you are not on the list for some reason, please add your name and take a copy. Thank you!
*Let us know so we can correct it for the next edition.
From the Minister of Music
Emma Mildred Riggle, M.M.
Dear Parish Family,

On June 15 our beautiful sanctuary was the venue for a concert of vocal chamber music by a fine ensemble of singers from Trinity Cathedral: Amy Hunn and Charlotte Engler, sopranos; Griffin LaVictoire and David Foley, tenors; and David DeWert, bass.

We were privileged to welcome this ensemble to perform in our space, as well as audience members from Ascension and the greater community. They performed lovely works from the English and Italian Renaissance, as well as two original pieces by David Foley, one of which was a world premiere!

The ensemble wants to extend thanks to our Parish for making our sanctuary available for their concert. I am thrilled that local musicians are able to benefit from the beautiful acoustics of our worship space and to bring music to our Parish and our community.

Soli Deo gloria,
Farewell Blessing & Reception for the Lloyd Family
On Sunday, June 9, we held a special farewell blessing and reception for the Lloyd family after Mass. Lucy, Mary Reynolds and Margaret have now safely arrived at their new home in Kentucky, close to Lucy's family.

Lucy has asked us to share her new mailing address:
200 Woodspoint Road, Lexington, KY 40502.

While we will miss having them in our midst, we are very happy for the Lloyds and we pray for the Lord's blessings on this new chapter in their lives.
Our Artist in Residence, Andrea Rosselle, made a beautiful ink drawing of our church which our Sunday School young people colored for a farewell gift to the Lloyds. We're very glad that our young people remembered to add some of our revered traditions to the art piece - like the Ascension helicopter, the Parish penguin and the space aliens on our rooftop landing strip.
Welcome to the Newest Members of our Parish Family
Theodore Brennan Joseph Kollar

Son of Amanda and Ted Kollar (and brother of Nora), arrived on the morning of Saturday, June 15.

From Amanda: "6 lbs 14 oz of pure sweetness! We're in love all over again. Thank you for your prayers. We are doing really well and resting."
Fiona Claire Chamberlain

Daughter of Ashley and Ren Chamberlain (and sister of Finn), arrived on Friday morning, June 7, weighing in at 7lb 15oz and measuring 20 inches long. 

From Ashley: "Thank you for your prayers along the way. This pregnancy was a journey!"
Congratulations, Graduates!
Love and best wishes to three outstanding young adults who graduated from high school this June.
Meaghan and Kendall Duffie graduated from Oregon Episcopal School.

Meaghan will be attending Gonzaga University in the fall.

Kendall will be attending Notre Dame University.
Michael McPhee graduated from Lincoln High School. He will be attending Gonzaga University in the fall.
This Month
June 23, 8:00 A.M. - Vestry Meeting
Looking Ahead
July 4 - Independence Day - Office Closed
July 7 - Ascension's 130th Anniversary
This Sunday: June 23, 2019: Pentecost II
Lectionary Readings
Second Lesson:   Galatians 3:23-29
Gospel: Luke 8:26-39
LEM: Bob Howard
Lectors: Quinland Porter, Xander Dominitz
Usher: Peter Baker
Sacristans: Janet Baker, Jan Stuermer
Refreshments: Diane Hussey
Next Sunday: June 30, 2019: Pentecost III
Lectionary Readings
First Lesson: 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14
S  econd Lesson: Galatians 5:1,13-25
Gospel: Luke 9:51-62
LEM: Gary Hecht
Lector: Xander Dominitz, Emily Guimaraes
Usher: Becky Dimond
Sacristan: Shirleen Horley
Refreshments: Susan Bodin
In Our Prayers
  • Fred Friedle
  • Bella, the daughter of Eloise Gibson's niece
  • The Lloyd family, as they settle into their new home in Kentucky
  • Brice Rosen
  • Janet Mersereau
  • For our graduating seniors
  • For Parish families with new babies
Today in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer
  • Riddle: Church of the Ascension.
  • Roseburg: St. George, James Boston, interim rector. PRAY for continued growth in worship, love and service as we prepare to discern God’s person to be our next rector.
The Collect for Second Sunday after Pentecost
O Lord, make us have perpetual love and reverence for your holy Name, for you never fail to help and govern those whom you have set upon the sure foundation of your loving­kindness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Final Smile
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