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:

Summer Sunday Mornings at Ascension:

Worship at 8:30am and 10:00am

Lemonade on the porch at 9:30am

Join us!

 

The Situation in Baltimore:

What Can I Do?

Some possibilities suggested by the rostered leaders of our metropolitan area:
Do something around anti-racism education in your community. One resource might be www.lhra.org. In the Delaware-Maryland Synod, we have our own Racial Justice Ministry Team who can help you plan and facilitate such educational experiences. Click here for contact information.

For the full list, please click here.

 

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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Find us on Facebook:
Like us on our pages “Ascension Lutheran Church” and “Ascension Lutheran Church Nicaraguan Partnership.”
Join our groups “Ascension Lutheran Church – Towson, Maryland” and “Ascension Lutheran’s Youth Group“.

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Read a special letter from the Finance Committee here.

 


Latest News:

 

From the Transition Team: Survey Results

The Transition Team wishes to thank the Ascension members that completed the recent Church Assessment Tool (survey).  This tool will help to provide a clear picture of who we are as a church and what directions might be important for our future. The Transition Team presented a brief overview of the survey results on Sunday, June 14.  To view a copy of the presentation, click here.

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An Important Update from the Transition Team:

 

 

  • The gatherings for May and June as previously announced are being replaced with other forums to hear your thoughts about the future of Ascension.
  • We will be sharing the results of the survey you are now completing in early June.
  • During the summer, we will host small gatherings after the worship service to continue the conversation about a vision for our life together.
  • We are also reflecting on the work completed at the first two gatherings and will be sharing that with you.
  • Please delete the dates for gatherings for May and June from your calendar.
  • Continue to read the scripture and pray for our work.
  • The CAT survey has been extended through May 18. You’ll find a link in e-Notes and Parish Notes.

Summary of Gathering One: “What is God Doing among Us?”

“What is God Doing among Us?”

Assessing our past: Summary from Gathering One

March 15, 2015

 

Sixty-eight members gathered on Sunday, March 15, 2015, to review ways God has been active in the life of Ascension. We shared memories of events from the past, posted them on a timeline, and then reflected on our journal notes from the scripture readings.  [To read this timeline, please click here .]
Using the scripture and the history of the congregation, we looked for patterns or milestones. The strongest themes to emerge were worship and music, preaching and teaching, pastoral care, social justice, community outreach, education and longevity of programs. Also named were building additions and renovations, effective lay leadership, care for pastors, high Biblical expectations, and a place to share major life events.
Many initiatives have continued over decades while some had a shorter shelf life. Contemporary worship was successful for several years. Others that were significant for a period of time were pulpit exchanges, handicap accessibility, new programming and help with refugees.
Some described the congregation as having a narrow comfort zone regarding change.
Using these patterns, we considered Ascension’s values: actual and perceived. Actual values are what we do while the perceived values are what we would like to do.
The strongest actual values (what we do) are: worship, education, compassion/caring, community outreach and fellowship. Named as actual values, but not as often were: faith, welcoming, eldercare, and music. Also named one time were: faith, managing resources, emphasis on children, family oriented, visitation, preaching, encouraging individual service, witnessing, risk taking, communication, consistency, structure, international worship, comfort and excellence. Some of the actual values named less frequently fit into the categories of the ones most named. For example, music was included in statements about worship.
Perceived values are what we would hope to do or how we would like to be engaged in mission. One of the most desired perceived values was a desire to serve the community. Named most often were: long-term local community outreach, diversity, hands-on service to the community, inclusivity, outreach in evangelism and compassion. Looking both internally and externally, preferred values were: stepping into God’s truth with boldness, loving one another, generosity, openness, flexibility/tolerance, teamwork, understanding the Word, youth participation in worship, and witness. Some challenged the group by adding discomfort as a preferred value, suggesting we need to look beyond our comfort zones.
The values will be the beginnings of the discussion in the next gathering scheduled for April 19, 3 to 5 P.M. in the great hall. We hope to see you there.



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