Exercising Greater Care
In our city and state, coronavirus is now spreading at a rapidly increasing rate. Please do what you can to prevent the virus from spreading within our church. The precautions you take can protect others who are vulnerable to serious sickness or even death. They also protect the reputation of our church, by reducing the possibility that Holy Ascension will be identified as a source of infections.

While at church services and events, please
  • maximize physical distance from other households,
  • wear face masks when possible (especially indoors),
  • cover your coughs and sneezes, with your sleeve or a tissue, and
  • teach your children to follow these precautions.

Your choices outside of church are also important. The more risks you take in your daily life, the greater the chance you might become infected and then bring the disease into our church (without even knowing it). By practicing the recommended precautions throughout your lives, you reduce the risk not only to your family, but also to the church and our most vulnerable members.

In His unchanging love, God has allowed this pandemic to take place because some good can come out of it. If it moves us to set aside our preferences for the sake of others, then it will truly be to our benefit. Brothers and sisters, "let us not grow weary in well-doing, for in due season we shall reap, if we do not lose heart. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all men, and especially to those who are of the household of faith." (Galatians 6:9–10, RSV).

Yours in Christ,
Fr Jeremy
Symeon Wilson (son of Lukas and Taylor Wilson) will be baptized during the Divine Liturgy this Saturday, June 27. May God grant him many years!

Regi Hightower and her daughter Aspen will be blessed as catechumens between Orthros and Divine Liturgy this Sunday, June 28. May God grant them many years!
Holy Ascension Block Party • June 29, 7-9pm

We've been saving up reasons for a party! We're sending off Jeannine (to pursue her monastic calling), the Fitzgibbons (to work the land in Vian), and our grads Cole and Cooper (to make exciting lives for the themselves). Yay!

On the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, join us for a cookout at the church. We'll block off the parking lot in front of the building and party on the pavement.
Fasting Guidelines
The Apostles Fast continues through June 28. During this fasting season, it is traditional to abstain from meat, dairy, fish, and alcohol—with the following exceptions: fish and moderate alcohol are allowed on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Blessed Fast!
Livestream Services at

Since our attendance is limited, services continue to be closed to the public. By midnight tonight, parishioners can request to attend, by using the link they were emailed. We look forward to a time when we can all worship together.

Saturday, June 27
9am Divine Liturgy, with the baptism of Symeon Wilson
5pm Great Vespers (online only)

Sunday, June 28
8:45am Orthros
10am Divine Liturgy

For those who prefer to read services at home, the Sunday Typika Service (in lieu of Liturgy) can be found here: normanorthodox.church/typikaservice. Other services are available at Antiochian.org (look for the links labeled "Reader Service").
Sacrament of Confession
Fr Jeremy is available for confession by appointment. If you would like to make an appointment, please call or text him, or just reply to this email.
Need Something from the Bookstore?
Call or text Fr Jeremy, or just reply to this email.
Sunday School is on Summer Break
All Team Assignments are cancelled for the time being.