Ministries

Ascension Lutheran Church is in the business of raising caring servants to extend Life in Christ to diverse people.

There are plenty of opportunities for you to use your gifts in service to God and the community.  Here are just a few:

Sunday Morning Helpers:  It takes a lot of Caring Servants to conduct our Sunday morning worship services.  The following is a list of those helpers.  Every member of Ascension should have at least one “Sunday Morning Ministry.” 

Acolytes are young assistants who light candles, carry the Processional Cross, Torches and Banners, receive the Offering and do the other “odds and ends” of assisting in worship.  Acolytes should be at least 10 years old and will be trained by the Pastor.

Altar Guild members put the paraments on the Altar, set up Holy Communion & Baptism, and take care of the robes and brass.  Anyone may serve on the Altar Guild.

Assisting Ministers serve at the Altar during worship.  They lead the Prayers and set up Communion. Assisting Ministers should  be confirmed members of Ascension.

Cantors assist in worship by singing special parts of the Liturgy and/or solo works.

Choir Members assist in worship by leading the singing.  Anyone high school age and up may be in the Choir.

Confessors lead the congregation in confessing our faith with a short testimonial.  Any baptized Christian may serve as a Confessor.

Counters stay after the final morning service to prepare the Offering for a bank deposit.

Eucharistic Ministers assist the Pastor in his spiritual care of our sick and shut-ins by carrying communion from the Altar on Sundays to the homebound and institutionalized.

Greeters welcome worshipers in the Narthex before and after the worship service.

The Heavenly Express is our contemporary praise band.  We can use instrumentalists and singers.

Readers assist in worship by reading the Scripture lessons.  Any baptized Christian may serve as a Reader.  It’s nice if families sign up for this!

Servers assist in worship by helping distribute Holy Communion.  Any Confirmed member of Ascension may serve as a Server.

Ushers assist in worship by greeting worshipers, handing out bulletins, collecting the Offering, and directing people to and from Holy Communion.  Anyone may serve as an Usher.

Ministry Boards:   All of our ministry activities at Ascension fall under the supervision of one of eight Boards.  Below is a listing of those Boards and the ministry activity or committee under that Board.  Every member of Ascension should be serving on at least one of our Boards.

The Board of Trustees are the Officers of Ascension Church and School – President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Financial Secretary.  They provide general leadership for our Congregation and are the legal trustees of our corporation.

The Board of Elders assist the Pastor in providing spiritual care for the members of Ascension.

The Youth Board supervises our youth ministries, including the Sonrays (Youth Group), the Puppet Troupe, Sunday School., Vacation Bible School, Summer Camp, Girl Scouts and Athletic League.

The Mission Board helps us share the Good News of Jesus with loving words with people outside of the Ascension family.

The Social Ministry Board helps us share the Good News of Jesus with loving deeds with people outside of the Ascension family.  Activities include managing donations to Martha’s Closet, providing a meal quarterly for the PG Homeless Shelter, the Care Committee, and helping with our immigrant ministries.

The Stewardship Board helps us be good managers of the gifts of time, talents, and treasures given to us by God.

The Board of Education manages our Day School Ministry.

The Board of Buildings and Grounds manages and maintains all of the physical property of Ascension Church and School.

Serving Beyond Ascension:  As people who have come to know God’s redeeming love in Jesus Christ, we are sent by God back into the world to be his salt and light, helping others to see His love and get a taste of the Kingdom.        There are literally thousands of opportunities for service beyond Ascension’s walls.  Some of those opportunities are formal: Meals on Wheels, Gideons, Scouts, Red Cross, etc. – all are opportunities to serve.  Many of those opportunities are informal: everyday at home, at school, at work, at play – God places in our path people who are literally dying to know that God loves them.