"I said to my soul, be still, and wait without hope
For hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love,
For love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith
But the faith and the love and the hope are all in the waiting."
-T.S. Eliot, East Coker

Dear People of Ascension,

As we move into Advent, season of hope and expectation, but also of waiting in the dark, I have been pondering Eliot's words. Normally I love the mysteriousness of this time of year, but after many months of uncertainty, I wonder how much more not knowing we will endure. 

And of course, the answer is- we do not know. The last 20 months have revealed ("uncovering" is another Advent theme) how much wilder the world is than we may have previously realized; how much more interconnected, how much more in need of justice and healing. Although our choices and actions matter deeply, so much is not within our control. Discerning what is ours to do is vital, and difficult.

We do sometimes hope for the wrong things- for an easy return to the way things were, for familiar but ultimately deadening security, for our own comfort at the expense of others. Sometimes our experience limits our imaginations. In this season, I welcome Eliot's counsel to the soul: be still. Wait faithfully, attentively, and sometimes actively for what emerges as God's next right thing. Let holy waiting do its work.

Advent blessings, dear ones.

Services at Church of the Ascension
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A Note About Prayers - For our Zoom participants, in order for us to collect your prayer intentions, please put them in the Zoom chat after the service has started and before the end of the sermon.
Sunday Services
Holy Eucharist - in the Church - 9:00 a.m.

Holy Eucharist with Music - in the Church - 11:00 a.m.
Join us after the service in our new tent for
coffee and tea in the front garden

Meditation & Sacrament - in the Church - 6:00 p.m.
Livestream Service via Zoom at 11:00 a.m.
How to join the livestream service:

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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.

You can view our services online at anytime by going to our website (ascensionnyc.org), or directly to our Local Live portal (events.locallive.tv/worship/church-ascension).
Sunday Evening "Meditation and Sacrament" Service Returns at a New Time! As we start the church year on this first Sunday of Advent, November 28, we will once more begin our Meditation and Sacrament service; the new time is 6 pm. This is a contemplative service of interfaith readings, music and communion, with significant silence to pray, meditate or just sit in our sacred space. Maybe you want to try it as your Advent practice? All are welcome!
Weekday Services
Wednesday Night Service - Holy Eucharist
6:00 p.m. in the 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.
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.
Monday Evening Lectionary Bible Study -- Join us Monday evenings 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.
From the Vestry:
Bullet Points from this month's vestry meeting:
  • Tents and heaters will be provided for coffee hour so we can still gather for coffee hour outside as the days get colder
  • Sunday evening services will resume again in Advent, starting at 6pm instead of 7pm. 
  • If you need information about parish finances (including your pledge) call the parish office and speak to Kelli Long, our Business Manager.
Vestry Nominations - Four people are to be elected to the Ascension vestry at our annual meeting on Jan. 30, 2022. Serving on the vestry is an opportunity to provide spiritually grounded leadership, with an emphasis on our finances and our three historic properties. Members are to support the church’s mission by their actions and by regular attendance at services, including Zoom of course. If you are interested in running or wish to nominate someone, please obtain forms from the church office or from a member of the nominating committee: Isabel Spencer, Rachel Sedor, Shep Skiff, Steve Hubbard, or Joan Castagnone. Candidates must have been pledging members of the Church of the Ascension for one year prior to the meeting. Vestry members are expected to attend regular meetings, which are on the third Wednesday of every month, except August. The vestry retreat will be held Feb. 4 & 5. The deadline for nominations is December 19. For additional information, please see a committee member.
Afghan Winter Coat Drive- Ascension is joining with the Interfaith Center of New York and other partners to collect coats for Afghan refugees housed at Fort Dix, NJ. Focus is on women's coats, but men's and children's coats are also gratefully received, as are warm hats, scarves, and gloves. We are the downtown collection center for a drive taking place throughout the five boroughs. We are receiving coats in the parish hall Monday-Friday 9-5. They will be collected on Friday, December 4 and delivered to those who need them. Please bring new or gently used coats! Thank you!
Advent Poems and Prayers: an Online Time of Reflection, Saturday, December 11 10 am-noon- Please join us online for a couple of hours to share and pray with favorite poetry about Advent or Advent themes. A zoom link will be available beforehand. For more information, speak with Mother Liz.
Next Racial Justice Group meeting, Thursday, December 16 at 6:30 pm. We will finish reading Clint Smith's How the Word is Passed: a Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America. In a review of the book earlier this year in the NY Times, Julian Lucas writes, "Gregarious, learned and engagingly open-minded, the book meets America where it is on the subject- which is to say, all over the place. Beginning in his hometown, New Orleans, Smith visits nine places that memorialize or distort their link to the legacy of slavery, from Thomas Jefferson's Monticello to the African Burial Ground in Lower Manhattan. He skillfully braids interviews with scholarship and personal observation, asking, 'How different might our country look if all of us fully understood what had happened here?'" Please join us for what will surely be a lively conversation! For December 16, please read the remainder of the book (pages 207-290).
Women's Spirituality Group - Those who identify as women, of all ages and stages of life are invited to participate in this monthly roundtable of topics spiritual and worldly. We will get started this Advent with a conversation about the Magnificat and how we respond to God in our lives today. Each month, a different group member will have the opportunity to lead the discussion based on a prayer, poem, story, or artwork. We will gather on Tuesday, December 14 at 6:30 via zoom. Bring yourself, a cup of tea, and help us strengthen our sisterhood! Interested? Contact Shana Kaplanov to be added to our email list.

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Support the Parish! Please check us out at ascensionnyc.org/give 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 websexton@ascensionnyc.org)

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
  • 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.
This Week at Ascension
Sunday – November 28 –First Sunday of Advent
Holy Eucharist (Church) 9:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist w/ Music (Church) 11:00 a.m.
(Live Stream: AscensionNYC.org)
Coffee & Tea (Front Garden) following the service
Meditation & Sacrament (Church) 6:00 p.m.

Monday – November 29
Church open for prayer & meditation; Noon to 3:00 p.m.
Evening Prayer (Zoom) 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday – November 30
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.

Wednesday – December 1
Church open for prayer & meditation; Noon to 3:00 p.m.
Evening Prayer (Zoom) 5:30 p.m.
Midweek Holy Eucharist (Church) 6:00 p.m.
Needlecraft Guild (Zoom) 6:30 p.m.
Building & Grounds (Zoom) 6:45 p.m.

Thursday – December 2
Church open for prayer & meditation; Noon to 3:00 p.m.
Evening Prayer (Zoom) 5:30 p.m.

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

Saturday – December 4
Food Pantry (12 W 11th St) 8:30 a.m.
If you are in need or would like to volunteer, speak to Fr. Ed.

Sunday – December 5 – Second Sunday of Advent
Holy Eucharist (Church) 9:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist w/ Music (Church) 11:00 a.m.
(Live Stream: AscensionNYC.org)
Coffee & Tea (Front Garden) following the service
Meditation & Sacrament (Church) 6:00 p.m.
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 info@ascensionnyc.org
Contact us
The Church of the Ascension -- Fifth Avenue and Tenth Street
212-254-8620 | info@ascensionnyc.org | www.ascensionnyc.org