Advent Wreath

The visible reminder of the Advent season in many churches and homes is the Advent Wreath. The wreath is displayed beginning with the first Sunday of Advent, and remains up through the Christmas holidays. As Advent advances, candles are lit sequentially as a reminder that we are waiting for the birth of Christ.

There is no one 'correct' way for an Advent wreath to be fashioned. All Advent wreaths are rich with symbolism to help understand and remember the true meaning of the season and what is to come:

The wreath is a circle to remind us of God's never-ending love for us.

  • The light from the candles symbolizes Christ coming as the light of the world.

  • The wreath is built out of evergreens, to remind us of eternal life with Christ.

  • There are four candles spaced along the perimeter of the wreath; one for each Sunday in Advent.

  • These four candles are blue, which is the color of hope; we wait with Hope for Christ. (Some Lutheran churches use violet candles to symbolize the royalty of Jesus; older traditions treat Advent as a time for repentance and personal introspection, as happens during the Lenten season.)

  • The blue candles are named in order:

    • The Prophecy Candle. which reminds us that Christ's coming was foretold by the prophets.

    • The Shepherds' Candle. The shepherds were the first to be told of the birth of the Messiah; the first to behold Christ and to spread the word to all.

    • The Angel's Candle. Angels appeared in the sky, announcing Christ's birth -- Glory to God in the highest, and peace to His people on Earth (Luke 2:14). In some traditions a pink candle is used; pink is another color symbolizing hope.

    • The Bethlehem Candle. Mary and Joseph traveled to Bethlehem to be enrolled as part of the Roman census, and while they were there Jesus was born.

  • The center candle (Christ Candle) is white to represent purity and light; it is lit on Christmas Eve to mark Jesus' birth.

It is our hope that the explanation of these symbols and meanings will inspire you when you next see an Advent wreath!

Men's Fellowship & Flag Disposal

  
 

The Men's Fellowship group will be collecting old worn out US flags for proper disposal. Bring them to the church anytime in the month of November. A container will be in the Narthex. Men's Fellowship group will have our next meeting on Saturday Dec 9th at 8 AM at Memaw's Restaurant, 600 E Eau Gallie Blvd, Indian Harbour Beach, FL 32937. Hope to see you there! Questions, please contact Chuck Dean.

The 4th Wednesday at 11 AM Fellowship

 If you haven't already marked your calendars for this monthly event, please do so now! 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 neighbors--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!

 

The 4th Wednesday Luncheon December 27th. We are going to 'ring in 2018' a little early again this year on Wednesday December 27th - come join in the fun! Marie is busily working on fun games to play while we enjoy traditional New Years foods. RSVP on your bulletin insert and/or phone the church office at 773-1815 if you are able to come join the fun; and even if you don’t have a chance to RSVP – come anyhow! There’s always room for all at the table! See you on December 27th!!

The 4th Wednesday Luncheon January 25th. We'll start the New Year with a hot baked potato bar and lots of fixins'! Gathering, as always will begin around 11 with meal service at 11:30. Please mark your 2017 calendar now, and RSVP by Monday, January 23rd, if possible, on your bulletin insert or call the office at 773-1815. Come have fun during the chilly January days!

Ministry Opportunities

Vital Ministry Needs Your Time and Talent

Fellowship Team: We are in need of someone to chair our Fellowship Team. This team organizes fellowship functions, coffee hours, church suppers, and hospitality events. If this is an area where you have been gifted, please consider stepping forward to give of your time and talents to this important ministry area.

Please give prayerful consideration to helping out Ascension and the community. You can contact Ken Currie or the church office for more information or to offer your time and talent.

 

Daily Bread

DAILY BREAD:  We will be serving again on January 31st from 10:45 –2:15.  Please sign up on the bulletin insert or on the sigh-up sheet in the Narthex.  We need at least 9 people to cover each shift.

Sock Sunday

Each year, community volunteers take a census of all the homeless people in Brevard County to help gain grant funding to assist with the end of homelessness. As volunteers meet people, they give goody bags and resource information. During the month of January we will be collecting new socks and white T-shirts.

AARP TaxAide Service

AARP TaxAide volunteers will be preparing 2017 tax returns at Ascension Lutheran Church, 1053 Pinetree Dr., Indian Harbour Beach, Mondays and Tuesdays, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., starting February 5, and ending April 16, 2016. They will work on a first come, first served basis, but you may come to the church when the volunteers are present, to sign up for a future date and approximate time. Clients must arrive at the site no later than noon.

Special Guest - Martin Luther

 

 

On Reformation Sunday we had a very special guest, Martin Luther, who came to speak with our children and share in our celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. His message was of God's grace and love freely given, not earned. He also served as assisting minister doing the readings, prayers, and serving communion.

Did You Know 2017

...you can go to Community of Hope, Daily Bread, or South Brevard Sharing Center and make a difference today. Check it out!

Words from our Pastor

Pastor Phil Whitener

We hope you and your family will have a warm and spirit-filled experience with us as we worship and fellowship together at our services, events, and ministries. Blessings & Peace!
∼  Pastor Phil Whitener

 And Jesus said "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age."

Mathew 28:19-20