Dear People of Ascension,

There is, indeed, something about Church of the Ascension. And that something encompasses all the things – tidings of comfort and joy, purpose and action in alignment with God, yearning to learn and to be of assistance as our world arcs toward justice and making manifest the Community of the Beloved. Can you know how your clergy’s hearts swell in admiration and gratitude?

In this particular moment, I’d like to express my personal gratitude for the gift you’ve given me in providing sabbatical time. Having worked with the volunteers serving our outreach programs to address what I hope are all the administrative and operations tasks necessary, I feel I’m prepared for a kind of spiritual restoration and deep encounter with God that, until now, has been unknown to me. I’ll spend the month of October in Spain. I’ve been offered lodging at the newly developed Anglican Pilgrim Center at the terminus point of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela in the northwest part of the country. My plan is to deepen my meditation practice and move forward on some personal writing projects. Maybe do some hiking. Definitely do some cooking. On either side of this adventure, I’ll gently catch up with family and friends here and there.

Please know that, along my camino, I’ll raise my heart in prayers of thanksgiving every day for the care I’ve been shown so beautifully and consistently here in your midst. Thank you. May God continue to bless the dear people of Ascension.

Yours in Christ,
Ed
Welcome Back Month
This Sunday, September 18, Volunteer Fair:

9:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist (Side Altar)
11:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist w/ Music
(Church & Livestream)
6:00 p.m. Meditation & Sacrament (Church)

This year’s Welcome Back festivities are too big for one Sunday to handle, so we are celebrating Welcome Back Month. All events will be even better in person!

This Sunday, join our Volunteer Fair. Representatives of our guilds and committees will be on hand to talk about what they do and sign you on as we repopulate our volunteer squads following two years of COVID.

Next Sunday, September 25: Stacey Carpenter, who will be ordained to the priesthood on Sept. 24, will celebrate her very first Holy Eucharist with the Church of the Ascension, her proud sponsors on an amazing journey.
A Change to Our Mask Policy

As the COVID numbers drop and the city and state relax restrictions, we no longer require attendees to wear a mask – although we do strongly encourage everyone to be masked when indoors. Clergy, servers, and choir will remain masked during services.
How to Watch Our Live Stream Services
How to Watch Our On Line Services
From your computer, laptop, pad, smart phone, or other device, click this link:

How to Add Prayer Requests Online for Sunday Service - Go to Ascensionnyc.org/Prayers and type in your prayer request. Be sure to add them before the end of the sermon.
Blessing of Our Needlecraft Guild's Work - This Sunday we will bless the handiwork of our Needlecraft Guild.
Join us for Coffee Hour &
Our Volunteer Fair
in the front garden after the service.


A Prayer for Spiritual Communion

If you are attending any of our services online, we invite you to use this prayer at communion.

In union, O Lord, with your faithful people at every altar of your Church, where the Holy Eucharist is now being celebrated, I desire to offer to you praise and thanksgiving. I remember your death, Lord Christ; I proclaim your resurrection; I await your coming in glory. Since I cannot receive you today in the Sacrament of your Body and Blood, I beseech you to come spiritually into my heart. Cleanse and strengthen me with your grace, Lord Jesus, and let me never be separated from you. May I live in you, and you in me, in this life and in the life to come. Amen.
Regular Service Schedule

Sunday
9:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist (Side Altar)
11:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist w/ Music
(Church & Livestream)
6:00 p.m. Meditation & Sacrament (Church)

Wednesday
6:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist (Church)
Evening Prayer Every Weekday Evening
via Zoom

Join us each weeknight at 5:30
for Evening Prayer & discussion.

Click this link to join: ascensionnyc.org/eveningprayer.
To call in (voice, no camera), dial 929-205-6099; the meeting ID is 770 597 201.
Open Church Schedule
Open Church - Mondays through Fridays, Noon to 3pm. If you would like to volunteer for this ministry, please contact Gretchen Dumler or contact the church office (info@ascensionnyc.org or 212-254-8620.
Safety Protocols for indoor services & events:
We strongly encourage everyone to wear masks while indoors
Vaccination is strongly encouraged.
Everyone serving at the altar, choir members, and all volunteers are required to be vaccinated.
Announcements
Please Take Our Brief Survey.

Please click this link to take a very quick survey about our Sunday worship.
Monday Evening Lectionary Bible Study Returns September 19-- Join us Monday evenings, beginning on September 19, at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. This is an opportunity to read and discuss the readings for the upcoming Sunday. If you are interested in joining, please contact Sibyl Piccone.
Stacey Carpenter will be ordained to the sacred order of Priests on Saturday September 24th, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York City.

Your presence, in person or online is most welcome. If attending in person, please review the COVID-19 protocols on the St. John the Divine website.

Stacey will be with us on Sunday the 25th to celebrate the Eucharist. Please keep Stacey in your prayers.
To contribute towards the parish's ordination gift to Stacey, please go to ascensionnyc.org/give and select "Carpenter Ordination Gift" from the drop-down menu. Alternatively, you can send a check to the Parish Office with "Carpenter Ordination Gift" in the memo line.
This month churches around the world celebrate the Season of Creation. We invite you to join in prayer using this or a collect of your own choosing.

Holy God, your mercy is over all your works, and in the web of life each creature has its role and place. We praise you for ocelot and owl, cactus and kelp, lichen and whale; we honor you for whirlwind and lava, tide and topsoil, cliff and marsh. Give us hearts and minds eager to care for your planet, humility to recognize all creatures as your beloved ones, justice to share the resources of the earth with all its inhabitants, and love not limited by our ignorance. This we pray in the name of Jesus, who unifies what is far off and what is near, and in whom, by grace and the working of your Holy Spirit, all things hold together. Amen.
Diocesan Prayer for the Bishop Search -The Search Committee for a Bishop Coadjutor asks for your prayers. You can read their request here. And here is a prayer you might use:

Loving God, giver of every good gift, Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds and hearts of those who shall choose a bishop for this Diocese, that we may receive a faithful pastor who will care for your people and your world, preach good news and witness to the resurrection. We pray in the name of Jesus, our true Shepherd. Amen.

Click here to read the full article.
Flowers for Church
Sponsoring flowers for the Sunday service is a great way to remember loved ones now past and to celebrate joyful moments in life. If you would like to sponsor flowers, please email the parish administrator or call the church office (212-254-8620). Please indicate the date you would like to sponsor them.
Parish Directory Information Update. We are working on providing an up-to-date parish directory. The first phase is to collect everyone's information, then print a parish directory. Eventually we hope to have a secure online directory that members can access. Click here to update your information for the directory.
Deadline is Sunday, September 25.
Ministry Fair!
How You Can Get Involved
Volunteer Fair! Join us after the service this Sunday to learn about the various guilds and committees and ways you can serve our church community.

For a description of guilds and their contacts, please click here.
Help for Asylum Seekers Needed- Our friends at Judson Church (239 Thompson St.) are creating a respite and mutual aid center for asylum seekers who have been bussed to New York from Texas. They will be open every Monday from 10 am to 7 pm starting September 19. You can help by volunteering time (Spanish speakers and those with medical, legal or social work training especially welcome), or by donating supplies. They need new (or like new) bath-sized towels, toiletries (most especially soap/body wash, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, comb, toothbrush, tooth paste) and menstrual hygiene items, and new underwear and socks still in their original packaging.

To learn more about volunteering, please contact the Rev. Micah Bucey at micah@judson.com. Donated supplies can be brought to Ascension, marked "mutual aid for migrants" and we will see that they get to Judson. Thank you!
From the Diocese of Mississippi - If you would like to give to Jackson flood and water relief, please click here. Once on the donation page, select "Bishop's Discretionary Fund" from the Church Designation menu.
It's Hacking Season Again!

If you received a phishing message, do not reply, just delete it or move it to your spam folder.
Please know, the parish leadership will never ask you to send money or purchase gift cards to help out in a need.

How to recognize Phishing –The first thing you’ll notice is that it doesn’t “sound” like the person you know. Their phrasing and choice of words are just a little “off”. Second, if you look closely at the sender’s actual email address or phone number it will be something strange and will not be any contact information you know for this person. What to do? The most important thing is do not reply. The best thing to do is to delete it or move it to your junk/spam folder. If you receive a Phishing text or email feel free to let the parish administrator know (212-254-8620 or apjones@ascensionnyc.org). Check out bit.ly/2TJwAYx for more tips.

Here are some excellent ways you can secure your systems:
  • Create strong passwords (10 to 15 characters, containing upper & lowercase letters, numbers and symbols.)
  • Use separate passwords for each account.
  • Use two-factor authentification on all your accounts.
Support the Parish! Please check us out at ascensionnyc.org/give to find out how easy and secure it is to give, whether to the offering plate, in honor or memoriam of a loved one, or for paying your pledge to support Ascension.

You can pledge online at ascensionnyc.org/give or by downloading the Abundant app for iOS or Android. When donating, please choose whichever purpose you intend for your contribution. These categories change as we update them during the year:
  • Offering Plate
  • Stewardship Pledge
  • Altar Flowers
  • Rector's Fund
  • Memorial Gift
  • Haiti Project
This Week at Ascension
Anyone entering the church is encouraged to wear a mask. Please utilize the hand sanitizer stations.
Sunday – September 18
Holy Eucharist (Church) 9:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist w/ Music; (Church & Live Stream) 11:00 a.m.
In person and online (Ascensionnyc.org/Sunday) 
Join us for our Volunteer Fair and Coffee Hour following the Service
Meditation & Sacrament (Church) 6:00 p.m.

Monday – September 19
Church open for prayer & meditation; Noon to 3:00 p.m.
Evening Prayer (Zoom) 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday – September 20
Church open for prayer & meditation; Noon to 3:00 p.m.
Evening Prayer (Zoom) 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday – September 21
Church open for prayer & meditation; Noon to 3:00 p.m.
Evening Prayer (Zoom) 5:30 p.m.
Holy Eucharist (Church) 6:00 p.m.
Vestry Meeting (Zoom) 6:45 p.m.

Thursday – September 22
Church open for prayer & meditation; Noon to 3:00 p.m.
Evening Prayer (Zoom) 5:30 p.m.

Friday – September 23
Church open for prayer & meditation; Noon to 3:00 p.m.
Evening Prayer (Zoom) 5:30 p.m.

Saturday – September 24
Food Pantry (12 W 11th St.) 8:30 a.m.
During September the Food Pantry will meet on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month. For assistance or to volunteer, please contact Amy Shaw at amyqshaw@gmail.com.
Stacey Carpenter’s Ordination to the Priesthood (Cathedral of St. John the Divine) 10:30 a.m.
Reception for Stacey (Parish Hall) 1:00 p.m. (See RSVP information above)

Sunday – September 25
Holy Eucharist (Church) 9:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist w/ Music; (Church & Live Stream) 11:00 a.m.
In person and online (Ascensionnyc.org/Sunday) 
Join us for Coffee Hour following the Service
Meditation & Sacrament (Church) 6:00 p.m.

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 info@ascensionnyc.org
Contact us
The Church of the Ascension -- Fifth Avenue and Tenth Street
212-254-8620 | info@ascensionnyc.org | www.ascensionnyc.org