Book Study: The Gift of Years We will be offering a discussion of the book The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully by Joan Chittister on Sunday March 24th & 31st from 3-4:30pm in St. Joseph's Fellowship Hall. The author "invites us to embrace older age as a natural part of life that is both active and contemplative, productive and reflective, and deeply rewarding." Please contact Marilyn Robbins (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Beth Davis (email@example.com). Women's Self Defense St. Mary's Guild will be sponsoring a Women's Self Defense class lead by Angie Gaido, who is SAFE (Self-defense Awareness and Familiarization Exchange) certified. The class will be held on Sunday, March 31st after coffee hour (after the 10:15am service). All women & girls ages 13 years & up are welcome and encouraged to attend.
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Our Mission: To be a loving community in relationship to God, serving Christ and respecting the dignity of every human being.
Church of the Ascension, which sits contentedly on the corner of Second Avenue and West Street in Parkesburg, lovely as it is, is only a well-ordered pile of stone.
It is not the church. The church is created, its body fed, nourished, and strengthened each time people gather for Worship, Education, Meetings, Activities and Fun.
Thus sustained and renewed, the “church” returns to the larger community as Christ’s body here on earth, with eyes able to see with compassion, feet upon which to go about doing good, and hands capable of holding, healing, and blessing.
This rhythm of receiving, of being loved without condition, and of giving to the world, one person at a time, is the rhythm of life and is the heartbeat of Ascension.