Join us!!
Sunday, November 17,
at 8 am and 10 am.
Twenty Third Sunday after Pentecost
Pledge Blessing and Stewardship Ingathering
During the offertory, you will be invited to come forward and place your pledge on the altar, along with those that have already been turned in. Fr. Mark will say a prayer of blessing and they will be lifted in thanksgiving. Then, following the 10:00am service, we invite you to join one another in the Parish Hall for the Stewardship Ingathering Luncheon, where we will enjoy the tasty treats you have brought for us. There will be no Sunday School, so all families may celebrated together at the Stewardship Luncheon.
Don't forget to bring your Potluck Dish!!
Please bring enough to feed 10-12, or more, per dish and bring it to the Parish Hall before the 10:00 service, preferably in a disposable container. This will allow the Parish Life Team to keep everything warm and set up the luncheon.
Please note the chart below for updates on the Stewardship Campaign 
How can you Help? 
The Holiday Season approaches. 
It’s Thanksgiving with Christmas on its heals. You are generous, and you want to help, but where to start? There are many needs, and many ways to help. Please do not feel as if you have to do it all!! Pick one or two and grow from there. Here are some simple ways to get involved by helping those in need in the community around us:
The Mission of Yahweh
missionofyahweh.org
Gift Campaign
This year the Mission of Yahweh is sponsoring an online campaign for the families that live there. You can help by purchasing gifts which the families have selected through their online store, or simply by making a donation. Your generous gifts will provide over 105 women and 130 children with gifts and personal essentials .   CLICK HERE
Volunteer Your Time
The Mission of Yahweh is looking for volunteers to help on the day of December 7th to move furniture around and help set up a toy store for their aftercare residents. 
They continue to collect:
  • Cases of water bottles: Their need is 450
  • Large Print Bibles: For Residents
  • Large Print and Spanish Bibles: For their outreach program
Thanksgiving outreach event:
Goal: To give 500 needy families a bag containing a Thanksgiving feast. Needs:
 
·  850 boxes of Mac and Cheese
·  1000 boxes of Stuffing mix
·  500 small bags of dried beans
These items are needed by Nov 23, so please take directly to the facility if you are participating.
Visit their website
The website contains a great source for information about ongoing needs such as food, clothing, toys, toiletries, and donations to their resale shop.

WHAM
whamministries.org
WHAM Thanksgiving Food Drive
If you picked up a WHAM Thanksgiving Food Drive paper bag last week, please remember to return it, next Sunday, November 24, filled with goodies. The bags will be placed at the altar and lifted in God’s name in thanksgiving of Ascension’s generous spirit. If you need to return it before Nov 24, please feel free to drop it by the church office any time and Samantha will take it over to the church.
WHAM is also collecting blankets
As the temperature continues to drop, many homeless people find themselves sleeping on the streets with no means to stay warm. The supplies at WHAM are depleting quickly. Please drop off blankets M-F 9-5, at the side door of WHAM’s Administrative Office at 10501 Meadowglen Ln, Houston 77042.
Support through Running!
2020 will be WHAM's first year as a beneficiary charity of the Chevron Houston Marathon. WHAM still has spots for runners in the Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K. Register today at whamministries.org and know you are helping feed and lift up people in need when you choose to support them as your beneficiary charity! Check out the fundraising opportunities.
Christmas is Coming!!
Christmas Brass Underwriters         
Please make an offering to help underwrite the Christmas Brass Ensemble expense. Checks may be mailed, placed in the offering plate, or brought to the church office. Be sure that your check is made out to the church and indicate “for Choir Fund/Christmas Brass”. You may dedicate your the gift in memory of, in honor of, in thanksgiving for, etc., and the contribution will be acknowledged in the Christmas orders of service. Thank you for your support of the Music Department. As with the poinsettias, the deadline for the printed dedications will be December 18th. 
Christmas Poinsettia Offerings
You may sign-up to donate and dedicate a poinsettia. We ask that you sign the flower chart in the narthex and write your dedication in the book below the chart. The dedications may be made in honor of someone, in memory of someone or in thanksgiving for all the wonderful things that God has put in your life. The cost is $25, but any donation amount is welcome. Any questions can be directed to the office or to Mrs. Ann Burton.  The deadline for the printed dedications will be December 18th.
Advent Candle Lighting
During the Advent services, we are inviting families to come forward and light the candles on the advent wreath. If you are interested in participating, please sign-up in the narthex. Families exist in all shapes and sizes. Two parents, single parents, no children, empty nesters, widow/widowers, grown children, grandchildren, if you are interested please email Samantha at office@ascensionepiscopalchurch.com.
Christmas Pageant Coordinator and Volunteers NEEDED
Christmas Pageant is will be held in lieu of the sermon at the 10 am service on the Fourth Sunday of Advent 12/22…..or so we hope!! This is where you come in. We need a coordinator and several volunteers who are willing to corral our little angels and shepherds at rehearsal and during the presentation. Rehearsals will be held following the Sunday School lesson on December 1, and during the Sunday School hour on December 8th and 15th. Please, please, please say you will help!! Let Fr. Mark know you are available.
Christmas Pageant for the Children
As soon as we have a coordinator, we will ask all interested children to join the rehearsals on Dec 1, 8, and 15. Please let your children participate in this annual tradition.
Vestry Nominations
 Do you know a person who has demonstrated a passion for Ascension and shown themselves to be a leader? Today through December 15th, we will take nominations of people you think will be good vestry members. Each nomination should include the nominee’s name, and what you think qualifies them for this leadership position. We ask that you speak to them first about their willingness to serve. They should be confirmed pledging members who are in good standing. The Nominating Committee will confirm each person’s willingness to serve before their name goes on the ballot. Thank you for your help in this process which is vital to the ongoing life of Ascension. You may use the nomination form in the bulletin. Just fill it out, tear it out and drop it in the plate. Or email the office with your nomination.
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.) All questions can be answered by Ann Burton (713) 782-6572.
Your Current Vestry

To Annual Meeting of 2020:
Glenn Criswell, Michelle Feagin, Liz Goodman, Margo Kaplan, Tom Sutton

To Annual Meeting of 2021:
Sharon Black, Olive Gomes, Edwin Murvee, Gemma Williams

To Annual Meeting of 2022:
Allison Garcia, Nigel Hypolite

  
Stay Connected

Rector: The Rev. Mark McDonald

Organist/ Choirmaster: Suzanne Anderson

Bookkeeper: Ann Seitz

Office Manager: Samantha King
713-781-1330 | office@ascensionepiscopalchurch.org