Dear People of Ascension,
Sometimes the work of the rector, wardens, vestry, and volunteer committees is clearly visible (liturgy, building improvements, hospitality, etc). But sometimes there is important work going on behind the scenes that is just as vital to our corporate life. Following is a quick summary of some of these activities, things visible and invisible, you might say, that are underway.
Columbarium-after years of neglect, our outdoor columbarium is in need of refurbishment/replacement. A dedicated crew is working on finding a long-term solution in a respectful, beautiful, innovative, and cost-effective way.
Organ Renovation-most of you will have received the capital campaign brochure and letter for phase II of the renovation of Ascension's magnificent Schrader Organ. If you haven't already, we hope you'll make a donation to help preserve this important part of Ascension's life and its witness through music to the greater glory of God.
Parking lot resurfacing-we've been meeting with Diamond Parking to ensure that full resurfacing of the lot (per our agreement signed last summer) will be completed in the next month or so.
Food Pantry Leadership-after years of dutiful service, Susan Schlough is transitioning from leading this important outreach ministry. Thanks to Deacon Farrell and members of the vestry and other parishioners for providing a smooth transition and new leadership.
Sunday morning behind-the-scenes work-Over the years, Jim Lo Bello has accumulated many tasks from opening the building to planning and setting up coffee hours to scheduling and training acolytes and preparing for each of the Sunday liturgies. It's amazing one person has been handling all of that! We're in the process of working with Jim and others on dividing up that work to involve more people in our schedule and to ease the burden considerably on our friend Jim. More to come.
Keeping God's People Safe-We're working to make sure that all parishioners in leadership roles are in compliance with diocesan policy on this important topic.
Customaries/Archiving of liturgies-Based on a suggestion of a parishioner, all Holy Week and Easter liturgies were videotaped as a record of our liturgical practices.
Ascension connections-has had several activities and more are in the works.
Buildings and grounds-in addition to overseeing the recently completed major renovations inside the church, this tireless committee along with the vestry remain vigilant to the needs of our aging infrastructure.
These are just some of the activities your rector, vestry, and a cadre of committed parishioners are engaged in to help preserve Ascension's legacy and to ensure the vibrancy of the parish into the future. We of course remain very grateful to all who are participating and supporting this work.
Cynthia Perrizo, Senior Warden
Gary Alexander, Junior Warden