The people of Ascension are passionate about their outreach programs. They work together to help our extended family in Christ, both locally and regionally.
The Hearts and Hands Committee consists of twelve members who coordinate and volunteer at various jobs for both in-reach and outreach, supporting both our members of the congregation and the community.
The following is a sampling of the projects & ministries in which Ascension is involved:
Red Cross Blood Drive - We have held an annual blood drive for the past 4 years.
Octorara Community Food Cupboard - In 2015 we collected 2190 pounds of non-perishable food and delivered it to the community food cupboard. http://www.octfood.com/
Furniture Ministry - Now run through the PCCO (Parkesburg Community Churches Outreach), parishioners & the community donate much needed furniture. Approximately 75 families were helped in the community with the furniture outreach over the last year. Furniture included washers, beds, dressers, air conditioners, tables, and chairs along with many other necessities.
Winter Coats – Coats are collected during the month of October to donate to the Parkesburg Churches Community Outreach.
Clothing Mission – Clothing is donated to Righteous Clothing, an outreach of the local Methodist Church, which makes goods available to needy families.
Blood Pressure Checks – Our Health Ministry offers checks during coffee hour on the first Sunday of every month.
Christmas Presents - Our congregation participates in a major community drive to identify children in need, and to provide gifts specific for their interest, and/or age and size. Great effort is exerted in making each gift special.
Donation of Meeting Space - Our St. Joseph’s Hall is the meeting location for Girl Scouts and Alcoholics Anonymous, as well as the Parkesburg Library, among other organizations.
Kacie's Cause- Donations and participation in the annual Kacie's Cause Run/Walk held in Parkesburg. http://kaciescause.com/
The Point - Dinner menus are created, cooked & served by members of the congregation at The Point on a quarterly basis. Help is also provided by other local parishes and monetary donations offset the cost of the food. After each meal a devotional time is shared by staff, church volunteers & students. http://parkesburgpoint.com/