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.
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Upcoming Events and Services: Going Forward Together
Show us your mercy, O lord, and grant us your salvation. Psalm 85:7
Thursday Mornings - Weekday Mass has resumed meeting in person at 8:15 am in the Chapel on all Thursday mornings.
07/25/2021 - Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
Both 8 am and 10:15 am services will be held inside, in-person, and broadcast via Facebook Live. Please be assured that CDC, LA County and Diocesan Covid -19 re-opening protocols are in place.
Please read Message from Father Michael for the newest changes in our services, including mask mandates, as well as for the current announcements.
The Bulletins for the 07/25/2021 Services:
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Message from Fr. Michael:
AS OF MIDNIGHT ON JULY 17, THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUED A PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER REINSTATING THE MANDATE THAT EVERYONE, REGARDLESS OF VACCINATION STATUS, MUST WEAR A MASK AT INDOOR GATHERINGS.
We are all wearing masks again at Eucharist until further notice. I understand that this is discouraging news, but it should serve as an incentive for anyone who has chosen not to be vaccinated to reconsider. Your patience is appreciated.
We have removed the ropes from the pews in the front of the nave so that fully vaccinated folks can sit where they choose and with other fully vaccinated folks. We have kept the social distanced, roped off, pews in the rear for our families with kids who aren’t vaccinated and for those adults who haven’t been fully vaccinated. Communion will continue to be administered in one Kind.
We continue to follow the latest information from health authorities, particularly as the Delta variant has sparked the resurgence of COVID cases in our area.
On a happy “note,” we are commencing this week with Advent in July – we’ll be singing a favorite Advent hymn at the 10:15 service.
Work has commenced on our new roof!!! The scaffolding was put in place on Tuesday the 20th, the old roof was torn off on Wednesday and Thursday the 21st and 22nd, and immediately new plywood sheathing was installed. (It is pretty noisy here at the church!!!) As you know, our roof is very steep, and it is the middle of the summer. I ask your prayers for the safety and the health of the workers on our project.
Rectors Forum (Thursday, July 29, 2021, from 9:00-10:00 AM) Love is the Way by Michael Curry. Available on Amazon. Chapters 10. NOTE: The Forum meets in the Rector’s Office. All are welcome.
Between the Masses, the adult discussion group, will resume meeting in the Parish Hall on Sunday, July 4th. All are welcome. For more information, contact Gordon and Diane Tomaske at email@example.com
THE TUESDAY NIGHT DINNER GROUP will gather together at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 27th at Paco's Mexican Restaurant at 200 E Foothill Blvd, Arcadia, CA 91006 (626) 357-7270. Please RSVP to Ray Smith at Church of the Ascension firstname.lastname@example.org . All are welcome.
AA, Alanon, CLA, EHA, SLAA, and ALL other Support Groups that use the parish house at 45 E Laurel Ave., Sierra Madre, CA 91024 will resume on July 11, 2021. Questions should be directed to the parish office.
I pray everyone is well and staying safe.
Holy One, help us to remember that you act within every moment and create the world with each breath. You speak from the center of the universe, in the silence beyond all thought. Mightier than the crash of a thunderstorm, mightier than the roar of the sea, your voice is speaking silently in the depths of the listening heart. Help us to hear. Help us to listen. Help us to act. Amen. (Based on psalm 93)
Know that God is with us.
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