Ascension Lutheran Church, Shelby
Pointing to Jesus
Worship and Connect
We are worshiping together online throughout the week and outdoors and online on Sunday mornings. 

If you are worshiping online, find the links, meeting IDs and passwords you'll need to connect on the website and in the newsletter.



Isaiah 40:1-11
Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13
2 Peter 3:8-15a
Mark 1:1-8

Drive In Worship at 10:30 a.m.
Drive-in worship with contactless Holy Communion continues on Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m. in the parking lot.

Sign up online by clicking this link or the button to the right or call the office (704-487-5679) or text Pastor Christina (704-472-7783) to sign you up.
The service is limited to 50 people, and masks and social distancing are required when you exit your vehicle.

Inclement Weather Impact
If it is raining thirty minutes before the service, the outdoor service will not be held. If you sign up online you will receive an email telling you if worship is canceled.
Online Worship at 11:45 a.m.
Weekly online worship with the sending of home communion continues at 11:45 a.m. (Zoom and Facebook Live)
Midweek Advent Worship
Worship online on Wednesdays during Advent at 12:30 p.m. with this link (same link that we use for Sunday worship). Video will be available on demand on YouTube and Facebook later in the day.

Christmas Eve
On Christmas Eve day, the sanctuary will be open from 3 pm - 5 pm. Small groups and families are invited to come in for prayer.

A short candlelight worship will be held outdoors on the front lawn (weather permitting) at 7 p.m. Masks and social distancing are required.

Pastor Christina will lead an online festival worship at 9 p.m. (Zoom and Facebook Live with the same link as Sunday worship)
Lessons and Carols
Our Lessons and Carols service will be pre-recorded and feature a variety of readers and music. It will premiere at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, December 27 on Facebook and You Tube. It will not be hosted on Zoom and there will not be an 11:45 service that day.
Creating Community
Weekly Bible Study
Sunday Mornings at 9 a.m.
Bible study continues at 9 a.m. on Sunday mornings on Zoom.
Caring for Each Other
Christmas Card Deadline
This Sunday December 6
at 10:30
Volunteers have offered to sort and deliver Christmas Cards this season, hoping to provide some Christmas cheer to you at home.
If you would like to send cards to the congregation, please deliver your cards on or before the 10:30 worship service on Sunday, December 6.

Note: Cards cannot be accepted after December 6 and cards will not be mailed. Out of town members are listed separately; please mail cards to them on your own.

Give Greenery to Honor or Remember a Loved One
We will be greening the church property and the chancel during Advent. Download and print this form (.pdf), or use this online form to make your gift in honor or memory of someone.

Please mail your gift to the office (PO Box 266, Shelby, NC 28151); bring it to the office during Debby's office hours (M,W 9-1) or make a gift online at ascensionlutheranshelby.com.
Join our Women of the ELCA in a Reverse Advent Practice
Often in Advent, we open a daily calendar and countdown through the season to Christmas Eve and the celebration of the Nativity of our Lord.

This Advent, you're invited to commit to a Reverse Advent, adding something each day to a collection for Shepherd's Table. Download and print the list (.pdf)

Boxes for you to take home are available in the church fellowship hall. Please come by the church during office hours (9-1 on Mondays or Wednesdays) to get one.

Bring your collected items to the fellowship hall on Saturday, December 26 between 10 a.m. - 12 noon and they'll be delivered to the Shepherd's Table. Financial donations are welcome, too.
Porch Visits
Pastor Christina is available for "porch visits" for pastoral care and home communion. We can meet on the square uptown or visit on an outdoor porch or deck, with masks and at a distance. Text, call or email to find a time that works. (704-472-7783)
Let us pray...
God of power and might, comfort your people and come quickly to this weary world. Hear our prayers for everyone in need.

Faithful God, you teach us to wait for you with faithfulness and patience. Sustain and support us in our doubts and questions. Nurture our faith as we discern and enact your mission.

Loving God, you set the stars in the sky and breathe life into the earth. Renew the face of creation where it is in need of your healing touch. Mend the wounds of environmental damage and restore balance to ecosystems so that all creation can declare your praise.

Steadfast God, you never tire of seeking justice. Where people suffer from discrimination, judgment, and injustice, speak words of truth and comfort. Lead us toward a world where faithfulness will sprout underfoot and righteousness rain down from above.

Leading God, you ask us to make uneven ground smooth. Make even the disparities between your people. Sustain and support people with physical and intellectual disabilities. Accompany disability advocates who work for a world accessible to all. Teach us to celebrate the great diversity in our midst.

Tender God, you know sorrow and joy alike. We pray for those in our families and congregation who are not joyful in this holiday season. Comfort those who grieve, be a companion to all who are lonely, tend those who are sick or struggling with depression, and gather all people in your healing embrace. We pray especially for those we name aloud now or silently in our hearts…

Eternal God, we give thanks for the saints who have prepared your way in the wilderness and taught us to continue their faithful work. Make their generous lives an example for all.

Draw near to us, O God, and receive our prayers for the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

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Office Hours
Debby continues to maintain regular office hours on Mondays and Wednesdays between 9-1. The mail is also being collected regularly.
How to reach Pastor Christina
Pastor Christina continues to be available by text, phone and email if you want to contact her at 704-472-7783 or 828-275-8444.
Give online, by text or by mail
Please continue your tithes and offerings until we can worship together in person again.

Visit the church website at www.ascensionlutheranshelby.com and locate the Donate button, or download the “GivePlus Church” app from the App Store or Google Play to set up an automatic donation plan, change your donation plan, make a one-time donation or view your online donation history.

Or text 844-906-2283 and enter the amount you wish to donate. Then click the registration link and enter your payment information. You will receive a verification text as well as an email receipt. For future giving, simply send a text to the same number with the amount you wish to give, and your donation will process automatically.
 
Or mail your regular tithe or offering to PO Box 266, Shelby, NC 28151.
Upcoming Events

If you are worshiping online, find the links, meeting IDs and passwords you'll need to connect on the website and in the newsletter.

Monday to Friday
9 p.m. Night Prayer (Facebook Live and Zoom)

Wednesday, December 2
12:30 p.m. Worship online (Zoom and Facebook Live)

Sunday, December 6
Second Sunday of Advent
Drop off Christmas Cards through 10:30 this Sunday, December 6

9 a.m. Bible Study (Zoom only)

10:30 a.m. Outdoor Drive-In Worship with Holy Communion (Weather Permitting) Sign up online.

11:45 a.m. Worship online with Sending of Holy Communion (Zoom and Facebook Live)

4 p.m. Confirmation (Zoom)