Repeating some information shared previously, with updates:
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, direction from government officials, and leadership from our bishops, there will be no church services or group meetings in the church building until further notice. 2020 Holy Week and Easter Services will also be cancelled. This situation is unprecedented, and churches across the globe are facing similar challenges. Please read:
NEW FROM THE DIOCESE, 3/26/20:
...Join us on Thursdays at 12:15 p.m., after Noonday Prayer, for a live "fireside chat" with Bishop Mark and other Mission House staff - go to https://www.facebook.com/diolexky
Here we will share news and updates with you and answer questions you may have about our shared life during this time. This will be our primary means of communicating new information with you, so make a date to visit with us! If you miss the live stream, it will be archived on our Facebook page for later viewing. If you have questions or concerns you would like us to address in our weekly chats, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
You will also want to visit our web page, diolex.org, where we are maintaining a few pages of resources on all things related to our diocesan response to COVID-19, as well as links to live streams from churches around our diocese. Thank you for watching, and we will see you next week!
Ascension has some new and evolving capabilities for creating online content, such as videos and live streaming with Facebook and YouTube, as well as the ability to conduct group meetings/teleconferences with an online tool called ZOOM. Watch this space for updates about remote/virtual meetings and broadcasts, as well as suggestions and resources for alternative forms of worship, ministries, and outreach as they develop.
If you have questions, concerns, ideas or suggestions to share, or if you have needs that your church family might help to meet, please contact Father Peter to discuss (email email@example.com, or call 502-661-2742).
you can tune in LIVE to a service, or watch it later as your schedule permits. Go to
Check it out, and comment to let others know you're watching!
after contacting the group leader to sign up, you will receive a specific email invitation for EACH meeting, containing a link to click or alternately, a phone number to call.
Find more resources listed on Ascension's web site, here:
For families with children, consider having them create a scrapbook or journal about this historic event. Teach them to pray, to look for the helpers, and to express their questions, their fears, and their gratitude.
Godly Play is offering some resources for free or at a reduced cost around the theme of Courage and Kindness.
Ascension's Godly Play teacher, Laura Buffenmyer, says, "I love the first paragraph about the story of this time in our lives, “I wonder what your favorite part might be?” or the one that I have thought about most if I were teaching during this pandemic is, “Where do you see yourself in this story?” Those two “wonder” questions are generally the same with every story, along with, “I wonder if we could leave out any part of this story, and have everything we need?”
The responses to those questions are always so interesting from a young person’s point of view. This is a trying time for everyone. I can only imagine the questions the young members of our congregation have at home right now. This is a great way to keep Godly Play going on the home front during Lent. This precious time of reflection is so important."
While the church is closed, our tradition of serving breakfast on Sunday morning is also suspended. However, there are still other ways that we can continue our mission of outreach.
First to mind is Simon House, which we work to support throughout the year. They are in desperate need of:
Simon House is also being overwhelmed with applications from the community for food boxes, and their residential house full of adults and children all need to eat. Residents do have their own kitchens to prepare food, and Simon House also works to help feed others in the community in cooperation with the Food Pantry, Men's Shelter, and other organizations. Food items including fresh meat, non-perishable foods, single-serving easy-open foods, breakfast supplies, drinks and snacks for kids would be helpful.
Note: During this critical time, ALL donations should go directly to Simon House. Note the delivery location of their new office, next to the Singing Bridge. To avoid delays and complications, remember to call ahead; DO NOT take items to the residence house on Campbell Street OR to Ascension, and do not "drop off" items without handing them directly to someone. (If desired, you may put "from Ascension" in the check memo field to let them know a donation is from an Ascension parishioner.) Thank you!
Group meetings of three or more people should NOT be held on church grounds during this time. Investigate using cell phone conferencing, Facebook Live, ZOOM, or other remote meeting options.
Having a key does NOT mean that you are authorized to enter/use the building during this period of mandatory closure. If your group "needs to meet" - CHECK FIRST with Father Peter for authorization or options. Building traffic should be absolutely minimal.
Regular office hours are suspended until further notice.
Father Peter, Mona Proctor, and other clergy and staff may sometimes be working from home, or may be in and out of the office periodically. Our Sexton, David Gierlach, and cleaning person, Anita Rogers, will continue their duties on their own schedules.
Other people are asked not to visit the office/church building without prior authorization from Father Peter. If you do enter the building for any authorized purpose, remember the six-foot social distancing rule at all times. Soap and hand sanitizer is readily available throughout the building - use it!
Our clergy team continues to work to stay in touch with our members who are sick or homebound, but in-person visits will be kept to a minimum during this time.
Please note: Our antiquated phone system will not allow us to update the 'outgoing announcement' voicemail messages! We hope to have the problem corrected at some point, but even if the message you hear is outdated, you may still leave a message. We will hear it the next time we are in the building, whenever that may be. If your message needs immediate attention, please contact Father Peter directly (email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 502-661-2742).