"If, then, “death of the righteous man is honorable” (cf. Ps. 115:6) and the “memory of the just man is celebrated with songs of praise” (Prov. 10:7). How much more ought we to honor with great praises the memory of the holiest of the saints, she by whom all holiness is afforded to the saints, I mean the Ever-Virgin. Mother of God!"
- St. Gregory Palamas
From the Christian Service Committee
Dearest brothers and sisters in Christ,

Greetings from the Christian Service Committee! We hope this message finds you all well and joyfully celebrating the Feast of the Dormition of our Lady, the Most Holy Theotokos.

We are called to love one another. One of the single greatest acts of love that we can extend into our community is by way of service to the needy and the poor. Helping those who cannot help themselves is an essential mission of the Orthodox Church and as a parish we are able to fulfill this mission because of you, the individuals and families who are willing to give what you have to help those in need. The Christian Service Committee wishes to extend a very warm thanks to all of you who have so generously offered your time, resources, and/or prayers in support of this essential mission of the Church. Thank you for helping us to fill our food pantry, for donating your time to help at Food and Shelter for Friends, and for all the big and small ways in which you offer yourselves to the service of others, both within and outside of our parish. It is heartwarming to behold members of our parish community loving their neighbors as themselves. Thank you!

With gratitude and in Christ's undying love,
The Christian Service Committee
Men's Monastery Trip
Our annual retreat to Saint Michael's Monastery (Canones, NM) will be September 26-30. If you would like to attend this retreat, please click here to sign up. The cost is $125 and we are limited to about ten men. This amount will cover food at the monastery, meals on the road and a donation to the monastery. Cash and checks only. Checks should be made payable to "Holy Ascension" and given to Greg Waters.
Wednesday, Aug 17
6pm • Vespers
7pm • Adult Catechism Class: The Creed

Saturday, August 20
5pm • Great Vespers

Sunday, August 21
8:45am • Orthros
10am • Divine Liturgy
11:45am • Choir Practice

Tuesday, Aug 23
7pm • OCF Back to School Bash

Wednesday, Aug 24
6pm • Vespers
7pm • Adult Catechism Class: The Creed

Coffee Hour Cleanup
The coffee hour cleanup crew needs volunteers! If you enjoy Holy Ascension coffee hours and wish for them to continue please consider signing up for this vital ministry!

If you would like to sign up please click here.
Katya Mitine - 8/17
Brittany Rodriguez - 8/18
Zach Rodriguez - 8/19
Evangeline Jones - 8/22