Discover the many and diverse opportunities to serve our Lord and our community through our ministry activities. Find out more about where you can help and about our upcoming events. Please click through our ministry pages or go directly to your area of interest using the index above.
1 Corinthians 12:4-6 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.
Led by Jeannette Bradley, develops Community Outreach programs, oversees the list of greeters, and hosts new member breakfasts.
Community Outreach includes a variety of events throughout the year including the Blessing of the Animals, a Community Picnic, Small Business Festival, and Trunk or Treat, to name a few. Contact Jeanette Bradley or Anthony Rodriguez with your ideas and to help with our events.
Greeters serve on Sunday mornings before the service to welcome visitors and members alike. They are there to answer your questions and to make you feel at home. If you are interested, please contact the church office or speak to Jeanette Bradley who coordinates the schedule.
New Member Breakfasts are held periodically for new and prospective members to learn more about our church, its ministries, and its people. Since we live in an area with many year-round residents and snow birds, you may join our church as a full member or an associate member. This way all may stay connected and informed about what is happening in our church community. For more information contact the church office.
Organizes fellowship functions, coffee hours, church suppers, and hospitality events.
Upcoming events -
4th Wednesday Senior Luncheon – The gathering begins at 11 a.m., and food service will be 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. (or until everyone’s happily fed!). Bring your friends and neighbours--all are welcome! The only request is that you please either RSVP on the church bulletin insert each month, or call the church office at 773-1815 by the Monday prior to each event, so we will know how much food to prepare. Please come enjoy a time of food and fellowship!
Needles – Our needle workers are knitting and crocheting baby caps, blankets, scarves etc. for charity i.e. LWR, world Vision or others. They are meeting every Wednesday at 10 am for fun and fellowship. For additional info, please contact either Arlene Norris or Marilyn Walton.
Worship and Music Team
Led by Sue Sorensen - Coordinator for choirs, ushers, acolytes, altar guild
An open invitation: We encourage you to be part of our church in some way that will make a difference in our worship experience. It truly is one of the best ways to get acquainted with a few people at a time and contribute to our services. You can join any of our choirs, play an instrument, serve on the Altar Guild, assist the pastor, carry the cross or be an acolyte. There are no long-term contracts, scheduling is flexible, and you can join more than one group! Please contact Sue Sorensen for more information or to volunteer.
Music – We are always looking for additional voices to join our choir and hands to ring our tone chimes! Even if you are not sure, give it a try. We have a great director and organist in Jim Rindelaub, and the members all enjoy the fellowship of getting to know one another and adding to the worship experience of our congregation. All are welcome!
Chime Choir Rehearsals will resume in August: Thursday nights at 6:15 PM in the balcony choir loft
Singing in June and July: Join Sunday morning singers in singing a familiar hymn during the offering at Sunday Worship. Come to the choir room at 9:10 AM to do a sing through. Lower voices (Tenors & Basses) sing on 1st and 3rd Sundays. Higher voices (Sopranos and Altos) sing on 2nd and 4th Sundays.
Ushers – Sid Wise oversees our ushers group. Four ushers serve each Sunday on a rotating basis. Anyone 9 to 99 can serve in this vital roll helping our services run smoothly. We can also use extra help on Easter Sunday and Christmas Eve Services
Acolytes and Crucifers – A wonderful for opportunity for all family members to be involved in the service. At the beginning of the service, they light the candles and lead the procession carrying the cross. During the service they assist with accepting the offerings and serving communion.
Altar Guild – Responsible for preparing the sanctuary and altar for services. Scheduling and training are provided by Beverly Semovoski and Beatrice Showman.
Adult Sunday School - The Adult Sunday School continues its two-year walk through the Bible. The schedule of readings can now be found on the bulletin board in the north hallway. Please feel free to join us as we complete the Old Testament and being our exploration of the New Testament. Contact Ken Currie if you are interested in participating.
Sunday, February 25 – Week 85, Acts 13-23
Sunday, March 4 – Week 86, Acts 24-28, Romans 1-6
Sunday, March 11 – Week 87, Romans 7-16
Sunday, March 18 – Week 88, 1 Corinthians 1-10
Servant Ministry Team
Led by Siggi McGlothlin and Linda Savold, covers a variety of activities including supporting Community of Hope, serving at Daily Bread, food and clothing drives, and fund raisers for church ministries. The ministry also is responsible for coordinating the activities of the Shepherd Center and organizing our church prayer chain.
Daily Bread – Ascension volunteers serve at Daily Bread every fifth Wednesday. Sign-up sheets are available in the Narthex, or you may contact Matt Saab if you are interested in being a server in this wonderful program which helps our neighborhood poor and homeless.
Easter Baskets - The Community of Hope distributes each year Easter Baskets to the kids in their program. This year they need to prepare 59 baskets. Many of their families often live next door to each other, so they are looking for baskets that would fit any child. A 10-12 inch basket with candy and healthy snacks and small any age toys, like bubbles, deck of cards, crayons, or chalk. Dollar Store is a great place for these items. There will be baskets in the narthex, all you have to do it fill them
Community of Hope (COH), a local mission our congregation sponsors, is growing in the ability to provide housing to working families with children. They need YOUR help. Do you shop online through Amazon? Do you order books, movies, tools, anything Amazon sells? If so, there is an easy way to lend support! Shop at www.smile.Amazon.com, select Community of Hope, Melbourne, Florida as the agency to support and order away! Smile Amazon will donate 5% of every purchase to Community of Hope to help serve families right here in our area.
Community of Hope needs you! The Ascension Lutheran Church Council accepted COH as part of the mission outreach of the congregation. The third statement in Ascension's newly adopted mission statement says, "Serve others." Community of Hope provides a wonderful way to serve others by helping end homelessness in our community.
Community of Hope is a faith-based, ecumenical 501(c)3 that provides housing for families. In Brevard County the number of families in need is rising. The resources available for families are NOT increasing. The Community of Hope mission is focused on working families with children. Community of Hope provides housing for families, including all the necessities/essentials to make a house a home. Family coaches and case management are provided to the families to help them reach their goals for self sufficiency.
Community of Hope has gone from managing a small single-family house 9 years ago to managing 28 homes! The impact COH has on our local community is growing. The newest houses COH has acquired are located across the Eau Galle Causeway in the Eau Galle area. This set of houses has been aptly named "Hope Village." This site, so close to the Ascension congregation, provides many opportunities for service to others. Service projects are available for both individuals and groups as the need is great!
How can YOU help? Community of Hope always needs volunteers for many type tasks. Everything from building maintenance and repair, painting, lawn beautification, office assistance, collecting donated household goods, to coaching/mentoring a family. There are ways for everyone of every age and ability to become involved, helping to serve our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Call COH at (321) 474-0966, or visit the website at www.hopeofbrevard.com or Facebook at Community of Hope, Brevard.
Thank you for all your support!
The Shepherd's Center provides a variety of classes for adults over the age of 55 from a variety of life experiences and faiths. We are people coming together and putting into action the supportive message of the Twenty-third Psalm to sustain and celebrate life. There are three 8-week terms: Fall, Winter and Spring. Class schedule is available on the Shephard Center Website. A member of our church, Larry Boudrie, serves a Director for this organization, assisted by his wife and other members of the congregation.
The Military in Our Prayers – We ask members and visitors to remember all who are serving in the military overseas and at home. A list of individuals is available in our weekly bulletin.
Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
Led by Sid Wise, focuses on the contribution and use of time, talent, and treasures within our church and ministries. This includes the annual stewardship campaign and oversight of endowment and memorial funds.
“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.”
- Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians, 12:4-1
As Paul tells us, there are many gifts with which our Heavenly Father has endowed us. Each of these divine gifts is equally important to fulfilling the mission of the church. Every year during our stewardship campaign, we ask our members to complete a spiritual gifts survey. The survey is designed to help you identify your God-given spiritual gifts and to help your church leadership know upon whom we can call as various mission needs arise. In the meantime, if you have not already done so, please prayerfully consider volunteering your time and talents to one of the many ministry opportunities Ascension offers.
Led by Merle Steward, oversees building and equipment maintenance and grounds upkeep. If you have handyman skills, a green thumb, or just wish to help out with periodic word days, we want you!
Thanks to the generosity of our members during our completed Capital Campaign, we were able to complete much needed renovations to our kitchen and classrooms, resurface the parking lot, and install a handicap access door. There are a number of projects yet to be completed, including necessary roof repairs. Your continued support to our efforts will be greatly appreciated.
Led by Lisa Rouede, coordinates our overall effort to keep our community informed of Ascension’s activities through a variety of means, including our monthly newsletter, website, electronic sign, and local advertising. If you have a talent for communications, come join us.
Ascension Website: Dawn Currie and Brandon Lay
Newsletters, Bulletins, and Church Sign: Siggi McGlothlin
Advertising and Publicity Campaigns: Lisa Rouede
Led by Wayne Savold, provides financial oversight and develops the church’s annual budget. If you possess gifts in finance, Wayne would love to have you on this vital church team.
Led by Gordon Waite, is responsible for collecting, counting, recording and depositing members’ offerings. The team also prepares the necessary reports to the Congregation Council and individual members. The Bookkeeping Team is always on the lookout for volunteers to help with the weekly count. Please consider offering your time and talent to their efforts.
Led by our Vice President, Chuck Dean, provides overall management and supervision of our church staff, including the hiring of personnel.