ascension ucc https://ascensionucc.org church Fri, 13 Jul 2018 12:28:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.3 Grapevine Winter 2018 https://ascensionucc.org/uncategorized/grapevine-winter-2018/ https://ascensionucc.org/uncategorized/grapevine-winter-2018/#respond Wed, 07 Feb 2018 19:08:21 +0000 https://ascensionucc.org/?p=4415 Grapevine Winter 2018

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Winter 2018 Grapevine https://ascensionucc.org/blog/winter-2018-grapevine/ https://ascensionucc.org/blog/winter-2018-grapevine/#respond Wed, 07 Feb 2018 19:07:23 +0000 https://ascensionucc.org/?p=4412 https://ascensionucc.org/blog/winter-2018-grapevine/feed/ 0 Run for the Immigrants 5K https://ascensionucc.org/blog/run-for-the-immigrants-5k/ https://ascensionucc.org/blog/run-for-the-immigrants-5k/#respond Thu, 23 Nov 2017 23:58:26 +0000 https://ascensionucc.org/?p=4299 Read More »]]> Today is Thanksgiving and we at Ascension, United Church of Christ would like to reflect on a recent event at our church.  Run for the Immigrants 5K that was held at our church on November 4th, 2017.  After the 5K, the We Are One Action Fair was held in the Fellowship Hall of our church.  Special guest speakers included Rep Matt Bradford and Senator Daylin Leach.

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2017 Trangender Day of Affirmation https://ascensionucc.org/blog/2017-trangender-day-of-affirmation/ https://ascensionucc.org/blog/2017-trangender-day-of-affirmation/#respond Wed, 15 Nov 2017 01:57:42 +0000 https://ascensionucc.org/?p=4177 Read More »]]> Ascension, United Church of Christ celebrated our Transgender Day of Affirmation on November 12, 2017.  We featured special musical performances as well as guest speakers such as Jane Reynolds, and Kira Kinsman with Equality PA, both speaking about their personal journeys with coming out to friends and family. 

 

Stefan Hoimes plays the flute to open the Transgender Day of Affirmation

 

Guest Speakers talk about their own personal journey.
Jane Reynolds talks about her personal journey.

Pastor Dwayne Mosier talking with the congregation.
Jaxin James reads scripture Gospel Lesson Matthew 25:1-13.
Liam D’Aquila reads scripture Hebrew Lesson Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-15

 

Choir sings to the congregation.

      

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Thanksgiving Dinner with Jeffersonville Apartments Residents https://ascensionucc.org/events/thanksgiving-dinner-with-jeffersonville-apartments-residents/ https://ascensionucc.org/events/thanksgiving-dinner-with-jeffersonville-apartments-residents/#respond Wed, 15 Nov 2017 01:34:00 +0000 https://ascensionucc.org/?p=4161 Read More »]]>

Ascension, United Church of Christ is happy to welcome Jefferson Apartment residents to a Thanksgiving Dinner in our Fellowship Hall from 4-7 on November 19, 2017.

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Advent Workshop 2017 Copy https://ascensionucc.org/events/advent-workshop-copy/ https://ascensionucc.org/events/advent-workshop-copy/#respond Wed, 15 Nov 2017 01:26:26 +0000 https://ascensionucc.org/events/advent-workshop-copy/ Read More »]]> Come join us on December 3rd from 3pm to 6pm for our annual Advent Workshop.  We will all participate in making a craft and enjoy a pot luck supper and good company.

 

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Christmas Eve Family Service & Children’s Pageant https://ascensionucc.org/events/christmas-eve-childrens-pageant/ https://ascensionucc.org/events/christmas-eve-childrens-pageant/#respond Tue, 14 Nov 2017 09:20:54 +0000 https://ascensionucc.org/?p=4211 Read More »]]> Join us for our kids Christmas Pageant to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ at 7:00pm.  The kids can play a role as an angel, a shepherd, or one of the three Wise Men.  We  have 2 participants to play Mary and Joseph and Jesus is played by one of our newest and youngest members, a baby.

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We Fly a Rainbow Flag! https://ascensionucc.org/blog/we-fly-a-rainbow-flag/ https://ascensionucc.org/blog/we-fly-a-rainbow-flag/#respond Wed, 10 May 2017 15:39:49 +0000 http://ascensionucc.org/?p=4017 Read More »]]> Ascension United Church of Christ, where I serve, is an Open and Affirming Church. We fly a rainbow flag. On the sign in front of the Church, we attempt to make provocative statements – at least in between letting people know about our Church events and activities.
Last night a woman stopped by my house which is attached to the Church building.
We were just about to serve dinner for some guests. I thought to myself this is not the best time. But I went to the door to speak with her.
The story is becoming familiar to me – very familiar. It goes sort of like this: “Hi, I drive past your Church every day. I see the Church, I see the messages on the sign. I wanted to stop in for a long time, but I haven’t. Today, I just . . . I just decided to stop.” Somewhere in the conversation there will be an apology. “I am sorry for bothering you.” It may take a long time for them to get to the reason they have been wanting to stop in at the Church.
“My child is gay.”
“Your church appears to be a welcoming place; my church isn’t.” “I don’t know why I haven’t stopped by sooner; we haven’t been to church in a while.” “We always went to church, but we have not felt welcome, you know, because. . . “ “I see the Church, I see the messages on the sign. I thought my child; I thought we might be welcome here at your Church.”
It is our goal to be welcoming. In our Open and Affirming Statement, we say, just as we welcome into our family of faith people of every ability, age, race, nationality, economic and social status, faith background, marital standing and family structure, as an Open-and-Affirming congregation, we welcome those of every gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression.
We looked for ways to live out what it means to be an Open and Affirming Congregation in the United Church of Christ. We created a scholarship for students involved in their school’s GSA. We sponsored a support group for lgtb students and their families (Qmmunity Alliance). We began flying a Rainbow flag in front of the Church. The members of our Church were very receptive. Then there were times when someone would ask, “Why do we need to do that?” The answer is simple, “I see the Church, I see the messages on the sign
I am amazed by these people who have stopped by my house to talk about life; fear and pain, love and hope. I am honored they would want to share their story with me. I do not say much in these conversations, mostly I listen. There are somethings I am certain of: God loves them, and I am called to love them and they are indeed welcome at Ascension Church.
Imust admit, I am extremely happy to hear ““I see the Church, I see the messages on the sign and I thought I might be welcome here.”

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Weekly Bible study https://ascensionucc.org/faith-formation/weekly-bible-study/ https://ascensionucc.org/faith-formation/weekly-bible-study/#respond Fri, 03 Mar 2017 22:38:50 +0000 http://ascensionucc.org/?p=3905 A Lectionary based study is held every Tuesday at 11:30. We meet at Chap’s Taproom (2509 W Main Street, West Norriton PA). People attending may order their own lunch and share in a conversation on the scriptures.

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Sunday Faith Formation Classes https://ascensionucc.org/faith-formation/sunday-faith-formation-classes/ https://ascensionucc.org/faith-formation/sunday-faith-formation-classes/#respond Fri, 03 Mar 2017 22:38:16 +0000 http://ascensionucc.org/?p=3914 Sunday Faith Formation Classes at Ascension United Church of Christ begins at nine-thirty.

Faith Formation for Adults: Grownups need a place where they can discuss spiritual matters as much as anyone else. Adults gather every week before morning worship to share and learn from one another. The voices you will hear around Ascension’s table are intelligent and heart-felt. This has become a place where new friendships are formed and old truths are re-affirmed. Taught by Liz Brunton.

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