We are Sierra Madre's village church, where all are welcome - from "town" and beyond. We are a place to meet God and your neighbors, serving Christ today for those who will know and serve Christ tomorrow.
We offer praise and thanksgiving to God through a variety of ministries, including worship, fellowship, formation, pastoral care, outreach, and by being present in the larger church and our community.
Making an offering of your resources - time, talent, and treasure - is an integral part of what it means to be a Christian. There are many ways you can support our church.
Upcoming Events and Services
November 27, 2022
The First Sunday of Advent
“I was glad when they said to me, "Let us go
to the house of the LORD." (Psalm 122:1)
Ascension offers Sunday services at 8am and 10:15am. Currently, masks are strongly recommended. We are offering Communion in both kinds and our parishioners have choices. One option is to receive in one kind. A second option is to receive from the common cup. (Please keep in mind that our chalices are made of precious metals which have an anti-microbial quality. Also, we use sacramental wine which is higher in alcohol content. After each person receives, the chalice is turned and wiped with the linen called a purificator.) A third option is for individuals and households to receive in a small chalice, which will have a small amount of consecrated wine poured into it from the common cruet. Folks may bring a glass or cup from home that holds special significance or may use a small glass which we will have available. Please note: The practice of Intinction (where a parishioner dips the bread in the wine) is not permitted under diocesan guidelines.
Both Sunday services are live streamed on Facebook Live. It is our intention to keep this remote worship option for the foreseeable future. Click HERE to join the Facebook Live service. (Note: you don't need a Facebook account to join.)
See "Quick Links" for Sunday Bulletins
Some practical suggestions from Fr. Michael to help us deal with difficult times in our world:
Episcopal Relief and Development is mobilizing with Anglican agencies and other partners in order to provide humanitarian assistance to people fleeing the violence in Ukraine. Working through the Action by Churches Together Alliance (ACT Alliance), Episcopal Relief & Development will provide cash, blankets, hygiene supplies and other needed assistance. “Ecumenical and orthodox faith networks are on the ground in the border areas of Poland and Hungary,” said Abagail Nelson, executive vice president, Episcopal Relief & Development. “We will continue to coordinate with these networks, in order to meet the needs of people who have been displaced. ”Please pray for all those affected. Donations to Episcopal Relief & Development’s International Disaster Response Fund will provide humanitarian assistance for the crisis in Ukraine.
A Prayer for Ukraine: God of peace and justice, we pray for the people of Ukraine today. We pray for peace and the laying down of weapons. We pray for all those who fear for tomorrow, that your Spirit of comfort would draw near to them. We pray for those with power over war or peace, for wisdom, discernment and compassion to guide their decisions. Above all, we pray for all your precious children, at risk and in fear, that you would hold and protect them. We pray in the name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace. Amen (Archbishops Justin Welby & Stephen Cottrell)
This Sunday at the 10:15 service, we look forward to the Choir and Robert Williamson offering the anthem "Jesus Christ the Apple Tree". The organ voluntaries will be Nun Komm, Der Heiden Heiland by Johann Sebastian Bach and Wake, Awake, for Night is Flying by Paul Manz. Preaching at both services will be Pastor Josh. Also, this week we welcome our new Diocesan Discerner, JD Neal.
On THANKSGIVING DAY, the Eucharist will be celebrated at 9:30a.m. Here is the LINK to the bulletin.
STEWARDSHIP UPDATE: Our stewardship goal for 2023 is $220,000. To date we have received 44 pledges (out of 108 families) totaling $167,164. You should have received a pledge card in the mail by now. If you can't find it, there are some available at the back of the church and on the reception table in Hawks Hall. You can also pledge on this website on the GIVE page.
Click HERE to view the November Newsletter.
THE TUESDAY NIGHT DINNER GROUP will gather at 6:00 p.m. on WEDNESDAY, November 30 at Nano Cafe, 322 W. Sierra Madre Blvd, Sierra Madre - (626) 325-3334. Please RSVP to Ray Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ray's cell phone at (626) 233-1035. All are welcome.
FRIENDS IN DEED is lower than ever on food. Please join in Ascension's monthly collection of specific "Gold Items". NOVEMBER's item is VEGETABLE OIL
HOLIDAYS AT HILLSIDES 2022: Let's show our generous support by providing gifts to help those in need this holiday season. Cards in the amount of $25 from Vons, Food for Less, Ralphs, Target, Walmart, and Amazon will make the holidays brighter for families in need. Please leave your donations in the collection plate on Sundays or drop them off in the parish office by December 18, 2022. Deacon Ed will deliver them to Hillsides.
WE ARE HOSTING an AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE on Wednesday, December 21 from noon until 6pm in the Parish Hall. Please visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter sponsor code: ECTA to schedule an appointment.
COFFEE HOUR: Please join us for coffee and fellowship in Hawks Hall after both services.
ALTAR FLOWERS, SANCTUARY CANDLE, AND COFFEE HOUR SIGN-UP SHEETS are on the bulletin board outside Hawks Hall. You can also sign-up for altar flowers and the sanctuary candle online by using these links:
BETWEEN THE MASSES: This adult discussion group meets on Sunday mornings in the Parish Hall, during the hour after the 8:00 am service and before the 10:15 am service.
THURSDAY MORNING MASS: December 1 @ 8:15 am.
RECTOR'S FORUM: Thursday, December 1 at 9:00 am in the Rector's office. To Zoom, here is the LINK.
ST. ANNE'S ALTAR GUILD IS COLLECTING FOR CHRISTMAS FLOWERS AND GREENS: Envelopes are available at the back of the church and in the Parish Hall. Please make checks payable to Church of the Ascension and turn them in by December 18 for donations to be noted in the Christmas bulletin.
SIMILARLY, OUR MUSIC MINISTRY IS ASKING FOR YOUR SUPPORT: Envelopes are available at the back of the church and in the Parish Hall. Please make checks payable to Church of the Ascension (with the notation "Music Fund") and turn them in by December 18 for donations to be noted in the Christmas bulletin.
WEEKLY PRAYER: Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
The Episcopal Church of the Ascension
25 East Laurel Ave
Sierra Madre, CA 91024
8:00 a.m. - The Holy Eucharist (Rite I)
10:15 a.m. - The Holy Eucharist (Rite II, with music)
Childcare is available at both services