Welcome to Ascension! YOU are invited! YOU are welcome!
We invite you to take time to look through this web site to learn specifics about this congregation. Here are some highlights:
Our normal Sunday morning schedule:
Worship at 8:30am and 11:00am
Sunday Church School from 9:45 – 10:45am for students age 3 – high school
Adult Education classes from 9:45 – 10:30am
Nursery staffed 9:30am through 11:00am worship service
Want more information about Ascension? Join us in worship. Our Parish Notes, found in the Sunday worship bulletin, will detail opportunities for fellowship, service, and giving.
Want more information about Lutheran beliefs and teachings? As a member congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, we invite you to visit elca.org.
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Join our groups “Ascension Lutheran Church – Towson, Maryland” and “Ascension Lutheran’s Youth Group“.
Click here to read recent selected sermons.
Read a special letter from the Finance Committee here.
How can I be part of the transition at Ascension? Over the coming months, the transition team is inviting each member of the congregation to read scripture in a meditative way and pray for the congregation.
Each week, we will provide a scripture text. Read it each day. Sit with it and see what new insights may emerge. You may want to jot down your insights or questions in a small notebook or journal. Consider these questions: What does this scripture tell me about God? What does this scripture tell me about the church? What does this scripture tell me about myself?
The scripture will remind us again how Jesus is present in our midst as a community of faith. Read and pray to listen for how the Holy Spirit has been integral to our life together and how God may be opening us to new ministry. This devotional experience prepares us for our First Gathering on Sunday, March 15th from 3:00pm to 5:00pm, where we will discuss the question, “What is God Doing Among Us?”
The reading for the week of February 1 – 7 is Luke 5:1-11.
The Transition Committee is happy to share information about the the transition and call process. You can contact the committee members via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. To see a chart that lists the steps from welcoming our interim pastor through calling a new pastor, please click here.
The wise men from the East followed a star until they found the newborn king of Israel. Apparently, they were astrologers who recognized that the star signified the birth of an important person. So they followed their vision until they found the child Jesus in the town of Bethlehem.
God still gives us visions today – if we take the time to reflect and discern the movement of God among us. In 2015, we will take the time to discern the vision that God has for Ascension Lutheran Church in the next five years.
What is a vision? In his book The Power of Vision, George Barna says, “It is a clear mental image of a preferable future imparted by God to God’s chosen servants and is based upon an accurate understanding of God, self and circumstances.”
Why is it important to have a vision? One reason is that the synod is requesting Ascension to vision so that we can decide whom to call as the next pastor. But that is not the most important reason. The most important reason is that churches need to take time about every five years to ask God what God wants us to be doing. We want to keep ourselves aligned with God’s will.
A vision provides direction and focus for us. A vision helps us decide what ministry opportunities to pursue and which to reject. We can’t be all things to all people. A vision helps us to be better stewards of the time and talents God has given us.
To find our vision, we need to spend time with God in prayer. In the coming weeks, check your weekly e-Notes from the church for one scripture reading each week. Your devotional time will prepare you for four congregational gatherings between now and June where we will discuss each of these topics in turn: What is God doing within us? What is God doing in our community? What is God calling us to do? How will we pursue the vision?
The Transition Team provided a detailed plan for the Visioning Process at the annual meeting on Sunday, January 25th.
May our vision be the star that leads us closer to Christ.