Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost
We are really excited to worship with you in person this coming Sunday in our beautiful church! We've been meeting in person for the 9:00am service throughout the summer, but now we're back for 11:00! We continue to work diligently to keep each other safe even as we rejoice in being together again. We expect that our liturgy will change as we learn how to be together in this new season, and we ask your flexibility and openness as we gather once more.

One of the meaningful traditions from our online worship is the inclusion of spontaneous intercessions from the congregation. Here's how we'll continue that:
  • For in-person worshippers, there will be a prayer sheet in the narthex where you can write your requests as you enter the church. After the gospel, an usher will bring them to the intercessor.
  • For people on livestream/Zoom, please be sure to put your prayer requests in the chat before the end of the sermon. The intercessor will then be able to organize and read them in the prayers of the people

All are most welcome, wearing masks and keeping social distance. The service will include communion in one kind (bread only) and both choral and congregational singing, all fully masked. The service will be followed by an outdoor coffee hour in our front garden.

We urge all parishioners to get vaccinated but will not check vaccination status for worship services. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the church at 212-254-8620 or
Services at Church of the Ascension
Join Us!
9/11 Memorial Service - Saturday at Noon
On this twentieth anniversary of 9/11, we take time to reflect on the traumatic events of September 11, 2001 and all that has followed from them. Please join us at noon this Saturday for a special service of reflection, prayer and remembrance
Sunday Services
Holy Eucharist - in the Church - 9:00 a.m.

Holy Eucharist with Music - in the Church - 11:00 a.m.
Iced tea and lemonade in the front garden following the service
Livestream Service via Zoom at 11:00 a.m.
How to join the livestream service:

From your computer, laptop, pad, smart phone, or other device, click this link:

If you do not have a device with a camera, you can still join with your phone by dialing the following number: 929-205-6099, and enter the meeting ID: 322 793 633.
Weekday Services
Wednesday Evening Eucharist - in the Church; 6:00 p.m.
Evening Prayer Every Weekday Evening via Zoom
Join us each weeknight at 5:30 for Evening Prayer & discussion. Click this link to join: To call in (voice, no camera), dial 929-205-6099; the meeting ID is 770 597 201.
Prayer & Meditation - Every Weekday starting at Noon
The Church is open for prayer and meditation every weekday; Monday through Friday, Noon to 3:00 p.m. Open Church will begin with Noonday Prayer, led by Brother Andrew, OSF.
Welcome Kelli Long - Our New Business Manager - We are delighted to welcome our new Business Manager, Kelli Long, to Ascension! She will be taking on a new role on our staff, helping to manage both finance and facilities.

Kelli comes to us with more than 20 years of financial and office management experience.  Kelli's experience includes previous roles as Finance Manager/HR Coordinator, Bookkeeper/Business Manager and Director of Development. A native of Mississippi, she attended the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) where she studied Marketing and Finance. She currently serves on the board of Green City Challenge and Image Impact where she serves as Finance Chair.

Kelli lives in the Bronx. She is the proud mother of two adult daughters, Kamri and Karli, and also has a beautiful granddog, Sage.

Welcome to Ascension, Kelli!
Resistance Cinema (on Zoom); Tuesday Evening, September 14, 6:30 p.m. - "Abortion Access – Texas – SCOTUS" Please join us as we screen video content from Democracy Now, CNN and TED Talks. We’re hoping to provide some helpful information, create space for deeper understanding, and offer realistic action steps. If you’re not on our email list, please contact Fr. Ed.
Join the Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 835 3135 6915
Passcode: 683725
Support the Parish! Please check us out at to find out how easy and secure it is. Click the envelope on the right to go the Ascension Website for more information and to give, whether a one-time donation, pledge payment, or make a new pledge.

Our parish can only continue its mission and ministry because of the generosity of parishioners, visitors, and friends of the parish and we are working hard to make our online giving as easy and seamless as possible.

(If you experience any issues with Abundant Giving, please email us at

A Note about Using Abundant Giving: When you donate and pledge through the Abundant Giving app or go through the website, you need to direct your donation to the correct category. There are multiple categories to choose from:
  • Offering Plate
  • Stewardship Pledge 2021
  • Sexton's Retirement Gift
  • Rector's Fund
  • Memorial Gift
These categories change as we update categories during the year. (An example would be when we delete the Easter flowers category after Easter and add Christmas flowers for the weeks leading up to Christmas.)

To donate through your app or the website, click the link above. The next screen will prompt you: "How Much Do You Want To Give?" Next to that, is a drop-down list of categories. Offering plate is always listed first. Click on the little arrow and the list will appear. Click on which ever category you want your donation to be credited. It is important to identify which category you are donating to so that your year end statement will be correct.

You should have received your year-end statement for 2020. Please review it carefully and contact the parish office immediately if there are any issues.
Phishing - Don't Fall For It - Fraudulent emails, Facebook accounts, instagram and Messenger accounts are on the rise! These annoying and scary intrusions into our lives go by many names, but most commonly they are referred to as spoofing, phishing, or cloning. They usually start out friendly enough - enough to lure you in - but sooner or later they will ask you for money.

It seems there is little you can do to stop someone from spoofing your account, but you can be smart about it if you are on the receiving end. Here are some things you should know and look out for:
  • First off, don't panic.
  • No one from the church (or Diocese, for that matter) will send you a personal message asking for money or gift cards.
  • Trust your gut! If you have even a hint that the message might be fake, don't respond.
  • Do NOT send money or gift cards.
  • If you are in doubt about the veracity of the message, contact your friend via another means (such as a phone call) to verify.
  • If it comes to you via email, always check the sender's email address - 99.99% of the time it will be some weird email address that has no association to your friend,.
  • Notify your friend who has been spoofed so they can alert others.
New York Haiti Project - Earthquake Near Martel - A powerful earthquake struck Haiti last month and the epicenter was located about twenty miles west of Martel. The home pictured here was in Les Cayes. St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Martel was damaged but it can be repaired. If you would like to donate directly to Fr. Phanord to help the church, school, and people in Martel via Zelle at Or you can send a check to New York Haiti Project, 1858 Hunt Avenue, Bronx, NY 10462.

Letter from the Bishop - An Appeal for Haiti -- In addition to giving options above, you can also give via Episcopal Relief and Development or directly through the Diocese. You can also send a donation to the Diocese of New York, designated for Haiti relief*, at 1047 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025.
Episcopal Relief and Development - Hurricane Ida Assistance. - Hurricane Ida's devastating impact continues to be felt across the Gulf Coast as well as here in New York City and the surrounding areas. One way to help those affected by Ida is through supporting Episcopal Relief and Development's Hurricane Relief fund. To donate now, please click here. And now, New Yorkers have had our own experiences with Hurricane Ida - stay tuned for ways to address local issues.
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry highlights ways to help Afghan refugees through Episcopal Migration Ministries. As Episcopalians, as followers of Jesus, as people of faith, we mourn the recent loss of life in Afghanistan, the ongoing chaos and instability, and the risk that many Afghans face, in particular women and girls. Click here to watch the Presiding Bishop's address and to read more.
Racial Justice Discussion Group - The next Racial Justice Discussion Group will be Thursday, September 23; 6:30 p.m. Topic: Coming Soon!
From the Vestry:
Click here to read the agenda for the upcoming Vestry Meeting.
Lay Delegate and Alternate Needed for Diocesan Convention- The Diocese of New York meets in convention every year, and Ascension is represented by the clergy and an elected lay delegate. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the mission, vision and business of the larger church of which we are a part, and to interact with folk from other parishes. This year, convention will be Saturday, November 13, held in person at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. There are 4 online roll out meetings on Wednesdays in October to prepare for the issues facing the convention.

The vestry will elect a delegate and alternate at its meeting this Wednesday, September 15. If you would like to nominate either yourself or someone else (having made sure they want to serve), please contact Mother Liz by Tuesday morning, 9/14.
This Week at Ascension
Sunday – September 12 – Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Holy Eucharist (Church) 9:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist w/ Music (Church) 11:00 a.m.
Lemonade & Iced Tea (Front Garden) following the service

Monday – September 13
Church open for prayer & meditation; Noon to 3:00 p.m.
Evening Prayer (Zoom) 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday – September 14
Church open for prayer & meditation; Noon to 3:00 p.m.
Evening Prayer (Zoom) 5:30 p.m.
EfM (Parish Hall/Zoom) 6:00 p.m.
Resistance Cinema (Zoom) 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday – September 15
Church open for prayer & meditation; Noon to 3:00 p.m.
Evening Prayer (Zoom) 5:30 p.m.
Midweek Eucharist (Church) 6:00 p.m.
Vestry Meeting (TBD) 6:30 p.m.

Thursday – September 16
Church open for prayer & meditation; Noon to 3:00 p.m.
Evening Prayer (Zoom) 5:30 p.m.

Friday – September 17
Church open for prayer & meditation; Noon to 3:00 p.m.
Evening Prayer (Zoom) 5:30 p.m.

Saturday – September 18
Food Pantry (12 W 11th St) 8:30 a.m.
If you are in need or would like to volunteer, contact Fr. Ed.

Sunday – September 19 – Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
Holy Eucharist (Church) 9:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist w/ Music (Church) 11:00 a.m.
Lemonade & Iced Tea (Front Garden) following the service

Anyone entering the church must wear a mask and maintain appropriate physical distance. Please utilize the hand sanitizer stations.

If you need information to connect to one of our Zoom events please call the church office at 212-254-8620 or email us at
Contact us
The Church of the Ascension -- Fifth Avenue and Tenth Street
212-254-8620 | |
We are working from home, but we will respond to emails and phone calls