Thursday, June 5, 2014

Transition ...


Church of the Ascension, Episcopal, Rochester, NY
Ministry Portfolio 2014

Summary:  We are seeking a new rector to serve God and his people at Church of the Ascension in Rochester, New York.  We are a parish in the northern [10th Ward] section of Rochester.  We are located in an urban residential area, only two blocks from Eastman Business Park.  The Maplewood neighborhood grew mostly to accommodate the large population employed by Eastman Kodak Company and has changed as times have changed.  We currently have about 150 members.  Average Sunday attendance in 2013 was 50.  We are blessed with a parking area and easy access via Route 104.  So while, located in the city, many parishioners drive in from neighboring suburbs.  We see potential for growth both as a neighborhood church and from suburbanites who may come to value our and programs, missions and services.  We seek a rector who will work with us and provide leadership in liturgical and pastoral functions of the church.  We also want to continue to develop as faithful disciples, collaborate with others who share our values and missions. 
                                                                                        
Introduction, Background and History:  The story of Church of the Ascension begins in 1886 when it was a fledgling congregation meeting for worship, fellowship and planning for the future in homes.  In 1888, a first church building was completed, a small brownstone structure on Burke Terrace.  At that time, records indicate 20 families and 100 children as members. We were incorporated as Church of the Ascension in 1908.  Ground was broken for the current building was constructed on Ascension Day, 1929.  After World War II, Ascension and most churches in the area grew rapidly as it served the needs of the community.  In the 1960’s an office, church school addition was made to the church.  In the 1970’s to 2000’s, Ascension, along with many other churches in the Northeast was challenged with fewer members and erosion of budgets.  We have adapted to these challenges and see the potential for growth.  In 2011 with both Mission and Congregational Development support from the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester we made some important steps in maintaining our position as a ‘Beacon of Light’ on the corner of Lake and Riverside.  
Looking West from Riverside St.

Ministry Portfolio:  Worship and Planning for Future Mission
 
Our worship is primarily Sunday mornings.  There have been several recent instances of fulfillment in worship over the past several months, some highlights:
  • November 3, 2013 was a highlight as there were three persons baptized at our 10:00AM All Saints service;  a baby born to one of our immigrant families, a mother and daughter of a parish members extended family who came in from Toronto.
  • Christmas Eve service 2013 was filled with music, candlelight and joy.
  • December 8, 2013 was a special service where we intentionally and fully involved parish members in work our Vestry had done with Rev. Hopkins, our transition minister, during the fall to understand and document Ascension’s Values.
  • Confirmation and Reception Service on Mothers’ Day, May 11, 2014.  Bishop Prince Singh and Rev. Sandy Cordingley lead a service with seven confirmands and their families.
    Nativity Window, North Altar
We have taken time to prepare, plan and come to common understanding of our values. In 2013, the vestry, and others in the parish worked through a formal visioning exercise to identify our strengths and opportunities.  That helped us understand future directions for our parish.  That Mission Statement is:  
Come journey – from Togetherness to Godliness, from Welcome to Wonder, in God’s Love and Service.  Growing through:  Fellowship, Education, Collaboration, & Imagination.
Our Liturgical Practices
We fully enjoy Rite II liturgy, currently Sundays at 8AM and 10AM.  The 10AM service is music-filled.  We have a fine Skinner organ and are pleased to have a good relationship with Eastman School of Music.  We seldom have sung Eucharist.  Each month there is a ‘family’ service and Children’s Sermon.  Twice a month, there is lay-led Evening Prayer.  There is an active weekly Bible Study group.  We appreciate preaching focused on the Word that includes ‘take-home’ inspiration.  We see music as a ministry and have a small choir and are working on a major capital project for installation of Tower Bells.                                

While not a direct incorporation effort, we encourage others on their faith-journeys in the following ways:
  • offer personal and direct invitations to individuals to take part in some activity/ministry that might appeal to them.
  • many who come to Ascension have entered through the kitchen door.  We love food and recognize its positive effect on relationships.  We hold 5 or 6 community dinners/picnics each year.
  • We have been working towards true Hospitality towards all, especially our new-American families;  refugees from Burma via Thailand, now in Rochester.
Spiritual, emotional and physical well-being are all affected positively by the attitudes of our parishioners.  It is an attitude of genuine caring for one-another.  There are saints among us who telephone and/or send cards to people we’ve not seen in a while.  We were very happy to welcome Very Rev. Michael Hopkins and Rev. Sandy Cordingley as transition clergy and their love has been very helpful to many individuals and it shows on Sundays.
Pastoral care for those beyond our worshipping community:
  • We have a long history hosting 12-step groups in our building.  Currently we host:  twice weekly AA meetings, (100 people), weekly NA group (20-30 people), weekly gamblers group (~10 people) 
  • Over 40 years ago, some from Ascension organized a community food cupboard with other neighborhood churches and it is still going strong.  It is sited at a Methodist church about a mile from our building.
  • Our building serves as the home for Greater Rochester Community of Churches, an ecumenical outreach and Rochester Interfaith Jail Ministries which offers programs and educational services.  ‘Welcome Home’ gift bags containing personal care items have been provided to recent parolees.
    Collage of 2013 Events and People of Ascension

Ascension’s involvement with the wider Church and region:
  • We remain active in the Diocese of Rochester and have delegates and participants in Stewardship, Fellowship, Youth and other activities.  We have hosted Bishop Singh’s Staff Retreat and Retreat Groups from other parishes.
  • In summer we host a community picnic and share food, games, conversation with our neighbors.
  • We have a long history in supporting Food for the Poor and World Blanket Appeal and other international needs. 
Recent ministries:
·         About 4 years ago, some people from Ascension recognized a need and (with a small seed grant) started a ministry to provide cleaning supplies and personal care supplies to neighbors in need.  The Care Closet Ministry has grown and serves  100-140 people per month with these items not covered by Food Stamp or other programs.
·         We recognize opportunity to become involved with partners to expand our impact.  We continue to work with the Catholic Cathedral community on summer youth programs.
·         We have reached-out to a local charter school, University Prep, to provide overflow parking and shelter to allow them to meet building codes.  Future collaboration and ministries are being considered.
·         We looked at the possibility of providing space for a day-care center during the week, but were thwarted by building code requirements.   
Stewardship:
We Thank God Always for all the Blessings we have received.   We have many people contributing time, talent and treasure because of that.  There is a true commitment that many feel towards this church.  We are not afraid of the word – Tithe.  In 2014, we had a good increase in pledges.  We are fortunate to have had responsible trustees on our Vestry who have proven to be wise and careful to keep our assets stable and growing.
Conflict or Collaborative Change
The end of 2012 and start of 2013 was a time of conflict at Ascension.  Rather than re-tell the story of that conflict, we will identify how we addressed it:
  • Name the conflict – Divided Church
  • Seek help from qualified advisors – In consultation with our Bishop and members of his staff we entered a formal conflict resolution process / Mediation with a consultant who quickly saw need for an additional person to help.  We put in the time and effort to work through this process.
  • One of the outcomes of the mediation was confirmation of the need for ‘regular’ governance of the parish during this time and the Annual Election of Vestry and Wardens
  • Change that does not go well is clearly painful.  It is imposed and not accepted.
  • Change that is welcome is preceded by conversation, building trust and relationships, shared values, shared goals, understanding the conditions, who, what, when, how, etc. and flows well as participation is valued in bringing improvement.
  • Many of the statements in this Ministry Portfolio flow from our mission and vision workshops in 2013 to assess our values and future directions.  It was widely shared in all-parish meetings last fall, after our December 8 service / ‘Deck-the-Halls’ Christmas event, and at our annual parish meeting in January and small group sessions this spring.
We are eager to meet, welcome and work with new clergy who will share our values of welcoming, worshiping, discovery and reaching out to all, within and without our walls, to build a strong, lasting and harmonious community, in keeping with our Mission Statement.  Our search committee is actively seeking names of candidates.  If you have interest in learning more about Ascension or the position, contact:

Paul Schwartz:   schwpaul@gmail.com
        or
Carol Morris:     indefatigablecarol@juno.com

Also check our website:   http://ascensionroch.org

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Good Friday Crosswalk Collage


Collage of 2014 Rochester Cross Walk, ecumenical

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Blog Moved!

We've moved our blog to our main website and the Facebook Platform.
Please visit AscensionRoch.org for updates and information!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Ascension on Facebook

Thinking to move this blog to Ascension's Facebook page and its many users. Hit the 'like' once you arrive and you're all set to connect with us on FB

Happy New Year 2012, Bishop Singh Visits Sunday

Dear Friends, January 2, 2012

Welcome all. Happy New Year to everyone. Besides being New Years Day, Sunday was the Holy Name Day of our Lord Jesus Christ. In Rev. Pat's sermon she suggested that as a Christian we might consider greeting each other with "God Is With You." She went on to talk about the new year and what we all might look forward to in the new year. Her closing thoughts were that we should go into the New Year "With Him, For Him and By Him." So my greeting to all of you this year is "God Be With You". Please don't forget that next Sunday is the first Sunday after the Epiphany and will be a great day of celebration. The Bishop will be joining us for both services. Following the service Angel is hosting his annual Ascension Christmas Party. If you have never attended this annual event you should be sure to attend this year to enjoy the wonderful food and delightful Santa decorations that Angel works so hard to prepare for us. Following the service and party we will be taking down the sanctuary decorations. Many hands make light work so your help would be greatly appreciated.


WE WILL CELEBRATE THE FIRST SUNDAY
AFTER THE EPIPHANY
THE BAPTISM OF OUR LORD
ON SUNDAY AT 8 AM AND 10AM
You are personally important to help write our next chapters!

IF YOU HAVE NOT FOUND TIME TO COME TO CHURCH RECENTLY, THE DOORS ARE ALWAYS WIDE OPEN FOR YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONES. PLEASE COME AND SEE..BRING SOMEONE TO SHARE THE PEACE.
Please make your personal commitment to be present on Sunday mornings - to share in the promise and fulfillment
of the ministries, old and new, that are to be ours.

BIBLE STUDY: The Ascension Bible Study group continues to meet each Thursday morning at 9 Am in the library. We read and study the Gospel lesson for the coming week. It is a time to reflect on God's message and to expand our knowledge and ministry in Christ. We welcome new participants to add fresh insight to our discussions. If we wish to grow in faith and knowledge, and share our love of God, we need to be able to share the stories of the Bible. Much food for thought and often refreshments to share. The study is of the Gospel Lesson for next Sunday, found below.
MEEK also welcomes $$ contributions large and small [envelopes in church] and weekly food donations [place items in back of church/Tower Room]; Checks, made out to Maplewood Edgerton Emergency Kupboard, may be sent to the Church Office.

CAN YOU ASSIST?? Every Wed. afternoon, starting again January 25th, volunteers are welcomed for our joint venture with Mary's Place and Nazareth College. With van available to us, drivers are needed for children - from and back to Mary's Place on Lexington Ave. Call Rev. Pat to explore. Would you like to take a turn preparing a meal for the group? CAN YOU HELP??

YOUTH NEWS AND INFO-please note these dates/opportunities and stay tuned every week:

* CHECK OUT the Youth Group Team. DON'T HESITATE TO JOIN IN! Call Rev. Pat. The Church Community
Youth Partnership (CCYP) can use your help.
* Worship & Children, 10 AM Sundays - This is important. You can make a difference! If you took Safe Church Training, please call Diane Santiago 254-8782 or email Diane57350@aol.com THIS IS AN IMPORTANT MINISTRY
* STAY TUNED!!!

ALL ABOARD!! - CARE CLOSET Our reach-out ministry to the neighborhood. Open for business on Saturdays, January 14th and 28th at 10 AM. Big thanks to all contributing supplies to this mission! I also suggest that you might consider checking specials and coupon offerings for these items each week. I have noticed that every week Wegmans has bins of shampoo, body wash, soap, deodorant, etc. at sale prices and next to the checkout counters. I have made a commitment to pick up $10.00 worth of these sale items each week. Care to join me?
NEEDED : Shampoo and Tooth Paste Thanks!
Would you like to help in person? Call Nancy Lennox ASAP 663-5805 or email nlennox1@me.com Give this a try - You won't be sorry! And those who come to us from our neighborhood will thank you!!
This is mission with real purpose, helping real people.

PLEASE NOTE THESE DATES:

Jan 8, '12 - Bishop's visitation; Angel's Three Kings' Party after 10 AM service; take down
Christmas decorations in church (Volunteers are needed to help take down the decorations. Please consider helping after the service)

Jan 15, '12 - Annual Parish Meeting

PLAN AHEAD!! More delicious dinners await us from Pat Frasca and her dedicated chefs and staff!
Future dinner dates are:

MARCH 3 2012 SPAGHETTI

APRIL 28 2012 CHICKEN AND BISCUIT

COFFEE HOUR VOLUNTEERS WELCOME!! Coffee Hour after the 10 AM Sunday service is a wonderful opportunity to greet friends, old and new, and catch up on news. There are opportunities to host Coffee Hour in the weeks ahead. Won't you help this ministry? If not sure how to host, you may call Nancy Lennox at 663-5805 or Stu or Gene Denison at 663-0988. To sign up - see list in the back of the church or call 458-5423. Thanks!

In addition, there are many who would love a call and an invitation to church. We can invite friends to accompany us to church - and take them out for brunch afterward!

To beautify our worship and lift everyone's spirits, in weeks ahead there are plenty of opportunities for altar flowers. Will you take up this ministry to the glory of God and to our spirits? To explore this, please contact Laurie Phillips for details, 865-2802 or email LBP@rochester.rr.com

The Rochester Interfaith Jail Ministry asks your ongoing help - by donating through United Way or directly by check to R.I.J.M., 2 Riverside St., Rochester, NY 14613. This will bring books of healing and group sessions to those needing to start lives anew. Remember the Good Samaritan... Please answer this call. To volunteer, call 254-6790. The invitation to help is ongoing, so you are not late to the party! Many Thanks! Please include this ministry in your daily devotions.

Speaking of making All Things New, Pat has a great new welcome video posted on our website. Please have a look - and thank her! http://www.ascensionroch.org/

please note - Rev. Pat wants to hear from us - phone number 732-428-2000 ;
e-mail: patcashman2010@gmail.com ;
mailing address: The Rev. Patricia Cashman, 185 Bennington Hills Court, West Henrietta, NY 14586

Kindly keep in your daily prayers all those in need of healing, those who serve in our military forces and those who travel.

Please also keep in your daily prayers the ministries coming to life and all those who lead them, particularly Rev. Pat
To assist in our spiritual life, Forward Day by Day booklets are $.85 each in the Tower Room.


Are you important?...YES, AND MORE SO EVERY DAY!!! .If we want to grow and share God's prosperity of faith, we must love God, love our friends and then speak openly to them. A congregation grows starting with each faithful person. God will help us share the Bread of Life.....God will help us live into our Baptismal Covenant of sharing His word and our lives and resources.
We never know when God will bring someone to speak to us, to enrich our own life and the life of that person.
Be on the lookout and ready to listen - and to share your faith story.

Did you know that love can look, walk and talk like a food basket? If you are making New Year's Resolutions, you might consider making a resolution to pick up an extra item or two during your weekly grocery shopping trips to contribute to MEEK. Some of the items that are included in all food bags are tuna fish, cereal, canned soups, canned vegetables, canned fruits, juice, canned meat (Spam, Corned Beef), canned stew. You might consider checking the weekly specials or coupon offers and use those as a guide. We continue to search for new volunteers. If you are interested in serving as a packer or interviewer, please Call Jan Wills 621-3900 or Sally Green 865-1125 or Nancy and Jerry Welcher 392-8702.

Lord, St. Paul baptized with more than the waters of repentance, but with the spirit of Love, Forgiveness and Grace. Give us grace in this coming year to minister to the sick, to the poor and to the prisoner to show forth that grace in ourselves and through that grace, Your glory.

WISH LIST Can you help or do you know someone who might help? Call Rev. Pat or Don Taylor 746-2455.

* Grand piano or high quality upright or studio piano for the church.
* Household items/furnishings in good condition to assist in our ministry.
* Gas string trimmer for lawn edging [due to break-in of our shed 11/8]
* Electric hedge trimmer
* assorted lawn and garden tools

When we see new people on Sunday or at an event, let's make them welcome.
An invitation to Coffee Hour is a great icebreaker. So is sitting with a new person
and guiding her/him in the service, if this is a first or second time with us.
We never know when we may entertain angels unaware.

Do you have a pocket card to hand to a friend who asks where you go to church? These cards are on the table in the back of the church. Please take a few and be ready to share. And some of Jan Wills' new cards. We have some pocket crosses, also, in the drawer for anyone who answers the call to "Come and See". This is all part of the Growing Season of God.

We thank Carol Manuel for her talents at the organ this past week. This coming Sunday we welcome John back from his Christmas holiday. If you enjoy singing and would like to become a member of the choir in the coming New Year, please join us at rehearsal on Wed. evenings at 7:30. It is not only a great musical experience, but a wonderful experience of fellowship. On Sunday, Carol played "Twas in the Moon of Wintertime" as the prelude. Also called "The Huron Carol", this is a favorite of mine so I thought you might enjoy it. It is said to be the oldest Canadian Carol written in 1643 by Jean de Brebeuf, a Jesuit missionary at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons in Canada. Br├ębeuf wrote the lyrics in the native language of the Huron/Wendat people and the melody is based on a traditional French folk song. The English version of the hymn uses imagery familiar in the early 20th century, in place of the traditional Nativity story. This version is derived from Brebeuf's original song and Huron religious concepts. In the English version, Jesus is born in a "lodge of broken bark", and wrapped in a "robe of rabbit skin". He is surrounded by hunters instead of shepherds, and the Magi are portrayed as "chiefs from afar" that bring him "fox and beaver pelts" instead of the more familiar gold, frankincense, and myrrh. The hymn also uses a traditional Algonquian name, Gitchi Manitou, for God. The original lyrics are now sometimes modified to use imagery accessible to Christians who are not familiar with Native-Canadian cultures. This presentation is done by the Canadian Tenors. http://youtu.be/DgPeEvUl06Y The lyrics are as follows:

Twas in the moon of wintertime,
When all the birds had fled,

That mighty Gitchi Manitou
Sent angel choirs instead;
Before their light the stars grew dim,

And wondering hunters heard the hymn:

Refrain
Jesus your King is born,
Jesus is born,
In excelsis gloria.

Within a lodge of broken bark
The tender babe was found,
A ragged robe of rabbit skin
Enwrapped His beauty round;
But as the hunter braves drew nigh,

The angel song rang loud and high:

Refrain

O children of the forest free,
O sons of Manitou,

The holy Child of earth and Heavn
Is born today for you.
Come kneel before the radiant Boy,
Who brings you beauty, peace and joy.

If you have a new or better email address for yourself, or know someone who might like to receive this weekly e-letter, please send in that information. If you would like other kinds of information, or have any suggestions
for this e-letter, please give a shout. Thanks!

PLEASE JOIN US ON SUNDAY TO WELCOME THE BISHOP AND ENJOY ANGEL'S PARTY
Jan Wills
585-621-3900
585-729-5013 [cell] jwills509@frontiernet.net

My sister-in-law is from Thailand. She is also an excellent cook and prepares outstanding Oriental fare. For our Christmas celebration she made Lettuce Wraps. They do take a bit of time to prepare, but are well worth it. They are technically an appetizer, but I can make a meal out of them.
LETTUCE WRAPS
Ingredients
6 OZ. boneless chicken breast, finely chopped
1 T. vegetable oil
1/2 cu. water chestnuts, drained and finely diced
1/2 cu. Shitake Mushrooms, finely diced
1 cu. white mushrooms, finely diced
1/4 cu. green onion (green part only), finely diced
1 tsp. minced garlic
3 T. Terijaki Sauce
2 T. dark brown sugar
1 tsp. rice wine vinegar
1 drop liquid smoke
1/2 tsp. sesame oil
1/2 tsp Hoisin Sauce
1/2 tsp. oyster sauce
1 head lettuce

DIPPING SAUCE
1/4 CU. Terijaki Sauce
1 T. sweet rice wine vinegar
1 tsp. hot mustard
1 tsp. Chinese Chili Garlic Sauce

Directions
Preheat fry pan. Add vegetable oil then chicken and quickly saute until browned.
Add mushrooms, chestnuts, green onion, garlic and stir fry 1 min.
Add all remaining ingredients and saute 1 min.

Ahead of time, separate lettuce leaves, wash and place in zip lock bags and chill.
This makes the leaves crispy and fresh for wrapping.

Place a spoonful of chicken mixture in a lettuce leaf and top with a bit of Dipping Sauce.
Wrap the lettuce around the mixture and enjoy.

The sauce can be made hotter by adding more mustard. It can be made milder
by adding a bit more rice wine vinegar.

The sauces and rice wine vinegar called for in the recipe can be purchased in the International section of Wegmans.
They preserve well so don't hesitate to purchase them to save to use later.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Remembering All the Saints

Dear Friends, November 7, 2011

Yesterday, many placed photos of loved ones on the altar, in remembrance for All Saints' Day. Rev. Pat, in her sermon, called to mind themes for All Saints' Day and from the Beatitudes, teaching us that we are one in the Spirit of God with our loved ones who have gone on before. Jesus' teachings in the Beatitudes gathered together a vision of Heaven and also what we are to do daily. We are to share His vision of a loving world with all whom we meet.
Come and gather 'round, as scripture comes to life..
You will be lifted up and rewarded.
[ DON'T FORGET THE MEETING THIS EVENING IN LIBRARY AT 7 FOR ALL PARISHIONERS]

We are off to busy and energetic times with Rev. Pat.
You are personally important to help write our next chapters!
Please make your personal commitment to be present in person on Sunday mornings to share in the promise and fulfillment of the ministries, old and new, that are to be ours.

please note - Rev. Pat wants to hear from us - phone number 732-428-2000 ;
e-mail: patcashman2010@gmail.com ;
mailing address: The Rev. Patricia Cashman, 185 Bennington Hills Court, West Henrietta, NY 14586

This season of Stewardship is when we decide what we will become. If you plan to support our ministries, please send in your faith card now. The prosperity of God awaits us, for the asking. If you need a card, please ask Nancy Lennox or Dyson.

Kindly keep in your daily prayers all those in need of healing, those who serve in our military forces and those who travel.
Please also keep in your daily prayers the ministries coming to life and all those who lead them, particularly Rev. Pat.
To assist in our spiritual life, Forward Day by Day booklets are $.85 each in the Tower Room.


Are you important?...YES, YOU ARE!!! .If we want to grow and share God's prosperity of faith, we must love God, love our friends and then speak openly to them. A congregation grows starting with each faithful person. God will help us share the Bread of Life.....God will help us live into our Baptismal Covenant of sharing His word and our lives and resources.
We never know how ready a friend may be to hear a word of encouragement in faith. We never know when God will bring someone to speak to us, to enrich our own life and the life of that person.
Be on the lookout, and ready to share your faith story.

ONGOING REQUEST: to feed our brothers and sisters, the MEEK food cupboard needs our $$ contributions [envelopes in church] and food donations [place items in back of church/Tower Room], and also seeks volunteers to assist in this ministry. Please call Jan Wills 621-3900 or Sally Green 865-1125 if you can assist as a volunteer. Checks, made out to Maplewood Edgerton Emergency Kupboard, may be sent to the Church Office.

CAN YOU ASSIST?? Every Wed. afternoon, volunteers are needed for our joint venture with Mary's Place and Nazareth College. With use of van, drivers needed for children - from and back to Mary's Place on Lexington Ave. Call Rev. Pat to explore. Would you like to take a turn preparing a meal for the group? CAN YOU HELP??

YOUTH NEWS AND INFO-please note these dates/opportunities and stay tuned every week:

* CHECK OUT the Youth Group Team. DON'T HESITATE TO JOIN IN! Call Rev. Pat. The Church Community
Youth Partnership (CCYP) can use your help.
* Worship & Children, 10 AM Sundays - If you took Safe Church Training, please call Diane Santiago 254-8782 or email Diane57350@aol.com.
* STAY TUNED!!!

ALL ABOARD!! - CARE CLOSET Our new ministry to the neighborhood is off to a strong start. Open for business this Saturday, Nov. 12 at 10 AM.

NEEDED : Bar soap [bath size is good], toothpaste, shaving cream.

Would you like to help? Call Nancy Lennox 663-5805 or email nlennox1@me.com Give this a try - You won't be sorry! And youth in our neighborhood will thank you!!
This is mission with real purpose, helping real people.

PLEASE MARK THESE DATES:

November 7 - THIS EVENING - All are invited for 7 PM for 'Future of Ascension' discussion with Rev. Julie Cicora of Diocese. Plan to be present for this, so your ears can hear the discussion and your voice can be heard. If not present, then how can you be heard?
November 10 - Vestry Meeting 7 PM Library - All are Welcome
December 8 - Noon - Christmas Luncheon of Ascension Women's Club at Rick's Prime Rib. Contact Jan Wills
621-3900 before Dec 1st.
December 11 - Annual Ascension Deck-The-Halls Christmas Party after the 10 AM service.
Everyone is welcome. Please bring friends and family.

PLAN AHEAD!! Moe delicious dinners await us from Pat Frasca and her dedicated chefs and staff! A tip of the hat to Pat and head chef Stu Denison,
and to all who worked, for a delightful Roast Beef Dinner on Saturday evening.
Future dinner dates are:

MARCH 3 2012 SPAGHETTI

APRIL 28 2012 CHICKEN AND BISCUIT

COFFEE HOUR VOLUNTEERS WELCOME!! Coffee Hour after the 10 AM Sunday service is a wonderful opportunity to greet friends, old and new, and catch up on news. There are opportunities to host Coffee Hour in the weeks ahead. Won't you help this ministry? If not sure how to host, you may call Nancy Lennox at 663-5805 or Stu or Gene Denison at 663-0988. To sign up - see list in the back of the church or call 458-5423. Thanks!

PASTORAL CARE TEAM to begin. Rev. Pat is putting together a team to visit those who can no longer come to church. You will be trained to bring communion to those at home. Please pray on this and, if called to answer, phone Rev. Pat to volunteer. In this way, many will be reached.

In addition, there are many who would love a call and an invitation to church. We can invite friends to accompany us to church - and take them out for brunch afterward!

To beautify our worship and lift everyone's spirits, in weeks ahead there are opportunities for altar flowers. Will you take up this ministry to the glory of God and to our spirits? To explore this, please contact Laurie Phillips, 865-2802 or email LBP@rochester.rr.com

If we wish to grow in faith and knowledge, and share our love of God, we need to be able to share the stories of the Bible. Thursday Bible Study is in the Library at 9 AM. Please 'Come and See'. This is a time for reflection on Jesus’ teachings and how we model our faith to family, friends and all whom we meet. God’s Word guides such a process. Much food for thought and often refreshments to share. The study is of the Gospel Lesson for next Sunday, found below.

The Rochester Interfaith Jail Ministry asks your ongoing help - by donating through United Way or directly by check to R.I.J.M., 2 Riverside St., Rochester, NY 14613. This will bring books of healing and group sessions to those needing to start lives anew. Remember the Good Samaritan... Please answer this call. To volunteer, call 254-6790. The invitation to help is ongoing, so you are not late to the party! Many Thanks! Please include this ministry in your daily devotions.

Jesus, we never know when you will come again. Help us as we visit those in
prison and jail to remember that we must act every day as though we are to meet you face to face that night. Help us to remember that these are our brothers and sisters and help us to bring them the good news that there is a place for them in your Church and later on in your Heaven. We pray today especially for Step by Step of Rochester as they welcome Margie Mayk back to work.


WISH LIST Can you help or do you know someone who might help? Call Rev. Pat., please.

* Small grand piano or high quality upright or studio piano for the church, to assist in worship.

* Household items/furnishings in good condition to assist in our ministry.

When we see new people on Sunday or at an event,

Let's introduce ourselves and make them welcome. An invitation to Coffee Hour is a
great icebreaker. So is sitting with a new person and guiding her/him in the service,
if this is a first or second time with us. We never know when we may entertain angels unaware.


Do you have a pocket card to hand to a friend who asks where you go to church?
These cards are on the table in the back of the church. Please take a few and be ready to share.
We have some pocket crosses, also, in the drawer for anyone who answers the call to "Come and See".

This is all part of the Growing Season of God.

Every season offers beautiful music. Here is a bonus of music for All Saints' Day:

If you have a new or better email address for yourself, or know someone who might like to receive this weekly e-letter, please send in that information. If you would like other kinds of information, or have any suggestions for this e-letter, please give me a shout. Thanks!

With autumn providing so much wonderful produce, here is a recipe for a savory Mushroom

Barley Risotto. [We can also make extra for someone.]

Mushroom Barley Risotto
Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes | Cook Time: 45 minutes
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup chopped yellow onion
12 ounces cleaned and sliced crimini mushrooms
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup pearl barley
6 cups vegetable broth
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
½ cup parmesan cheese, shredded
1. Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat. Saute onion until it starts to brown, about 5 minutes.
2. Add the mushrooms and saute until they have released all of their liquid and are golden brown, about 10 minutes. You can add 1 to 3 tablespoons of water if they start to stick.
3. Stir in the herbs and garlic, then add the barley and stir to coat for 1 minute. Add 4 cups of the broth and bring to a boil over high heat.
4. Cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid is absorbed. Reduce the heat to medium and add more broth, ½ cup at a time, stirring until each addition is absorbed, until the barley is tender but still slightly firm. You may not use all of the broth, but you will use most of it.
5. Remove the pan from the heat and add the butter and cheese, stirring until incorporated. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.



Matthew 25:14-30
Jesus said, "For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them; to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. The one who had received the five talents went off at once and traded with them, and made five more talents. In the same way, the one who had the two talents made two more talents. But the one who had received the one talent went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master's money. After a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them. Then the one who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five more talents, saying, `Master, you handed over to me five talents; see, I have made five more talents.' His master said to him, `Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.' And the one with the two talents also came forward, saying, `Master, you handed over to me two talents; see, I have made two more talents.' His master said to him, `Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.' Then the one who had received the one talent also came forward, saying, `Master, I knew that you were a harsh man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed; so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.' But his master replied, `You wicked and lazy slave! You knew, did you, that I reap where I did not sow, and gather where I did not scatter? Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and on my return I would have received what was my own with interest. So take the talent from him, and give it to the one with the ten talents. For to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away. As for this worthless slave, throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

WELCOME TO
Church of the Ascension
2 Riverside St.
Rochester, NY 14613
585-458-5423; fax 585-458-7226

visit our website weekly for updates
www.ascensionroch.org

Shall we be wise or foolish in our preparation?
Please see Matthew Gospel lesson below

ALL BAPTIZED CHRISTIANS ARE INVITED TO RECEIVE THE HOLY COMMUNION

LORD, LET US PRAY AND WORK TO HEAR YOUR WORD, CHANGE OUR HEARTS
AND GO FORTH TO DO YOUR WILL, EMPOWERED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT


Dear Friends, October 31, 2011

Yesterday, Bob Crystal preached and offered insights into our human tendency to be judgmental, as we listen to our inner voice of criticizing others. Bob related his firm conviction that we all have a place in the hereafter; and no one but God in Christ can direct us there, nor can anyone keep us out. So our little voices of criticism need to be redirected to helping others, because God has said "You are IN" - and "What are you going to do about it?"

Come and gather 'round, as scripture comes to life..
You will be lifted up and rewarded.


We are off to busy and energetic times with Rev. Pat.
You are personally important to help write our next chapters!
Please make your personal commitment to be present in person on Sunday mornings -
to share in the promise and fulfillment
of the ministries, old and new, that are to be ours.

please note - Rev. Pat wants to hear from us - phone number 732-428-2000 ;
e-mail: patcashman2010@gmail.com ;
mailing address: The Rev. Patricia Cashman, 185 Bennington Hills Court, West Henrietta, NY 14586

This season of Stewardship is when we decide what we will become. If you have not already done so, and plan to support our ministries, please send in your faith card now. The prosperity of God awaits us, for the asking. If you need a card, please ask Nancy Lennox or Dyson.

Kindly keep in your daily prayers all those in need of healing, those who serve in our military forces and those who travel. Also, parishioner Grace, who is undergoing an eye procedure to restore her sight while this is being written.
Please also keep in your daily prayers the ministries coming to life and all those who lead them, particularly Rev. Pat.
To assist in our spiritual life, Forward Day by Day booklets are $.85 each in the Tower Room.


Are you important?...YES, YOU ARE!!! .If we want to grow and share God's prosperity of faith, we must love God, love our friends and then speak openly to them. A congregation grows starting with each faithful person. God will help us share the Bread of Life.....God will help us live into our Baptismal Covenant of sharing His word and our lives and resources.
We never know how ready a friend may be to hear a word of encouragement in faith. We never know when God will bring someone to speak to us, to enrich our own life and the life of that person.
Be on the lookout, and ready to share your faith story.

ONGOING REQUEST: to feed our brothers and sisters, the MEEK food cupboard needs our financial contributions [envelopes in church] and food donations [place items in back of church/Tower Room], and also seeks volunteers to assist in this ministry. Please call Jan Wills 621-3900 or Sally Green 865-1125 if you can assist as a volunteer. Checks, made out to Maplewood Edgerton Emergency Kupboard, may be sent to the Church Office.

CAN YOU ASSIST?? Every Wednesday afternoon, in the Great Hall, volunteers are needed to help with the youth-oriented joint venture with Mary's Place and Nazareth College. Also, drivers needed for children - from and back to Mary's Place on Lexington Ave. Call Rev. Pat to explore this new ministry. This is growing.. Would you like to take a turn preparing a meal for the group? CAN YOU HELP??

YOUTH NEWS AND INFO-please note these dates/opportunities and stay tuned every week:

* CHECK OUT the Youth Group Team. DON'T HESITATE TO JOIN IN! Call Rev. Pat. The Church Community
Youth Partnership (CCYP) can use your help.
* Worship & Children, 10 AM Sundays - If you took Safe Church Training, please call Diane Santiago 254-8782 or email Diane57350@aol.com.
* STAY TUNED!!!

ALL ABOARD!! - CARE CLOSET Our new ministry to the neighborhood is off to a strong start..
Would you like to help? Call Nancy Lennox 663-5805 or email nlennox1@me.com
NEEDED : Bar soap [bath size is good], toothpaste, shaving cream.
To help, please contact Nancy Lennox or Rev. Pat. Give this a try - You won't be sorry! And youth in our neighborhood will thank you!! This is mission with a real purpose, helping real people.

PLEASE MARK THESE DATES:

November 3 - Women's Group, Noon in the Library. Social time and preparation of Christmas cards for nursing homes.

November 5 - Roast Beef Dinner - please call Office TODAY for reservations 458-5423. A great gathering!! $9.00 per person.

November 7 - All are invited for 7 PM for 'Future of Ascension' discussion with Rev. Julie Cicora of Diocese. Plan
to be present for this, so your ears can hear the discussion and your voice can be heard. If not present, then how can you be heard?

PLAN AHEAD!! Moe delicious dinners await us from Pat Frasca and her dedicated chefs and staff!
Future dinner dates are:

MARCH 3 2012 SPAGHETTI

APRIL 28 2012 CHICKEN AND BISCUIT
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NEW LOOK! Our Messenger monthly newsletter format is being freshened. Your input of spiritual experiences is needed [pictures are encouraged]!! Check the new feature on page one of a recent edition and please participate. This is part of the New Season of Ascension.

COFFEE HOUR VOLUNTEERS WELCOME!! Coffee Hour after the 10 AM Sunday service is a wonderful opportunity to greet friends, old and new, and catch up on news. There are opportunities to host Coffee Hour in the weeks ahead. Won't you help this ministry? If not sure how to host, you may call Nancy Lennox at 663-5805 or Stu or Gene Denison at 663-0988. To sign up - see list in the back of the church or call 458-5423. Thanks!

THE CHOIR WANTS TO WELCOME YOU!!! Do you know how to sing? Can you be available Wednesdays 7:30 - 9 PM and on Sundays 9:15 - 11:30? Please contact John Allegar to discuss. 816-560-2726 or email at John.Allegar@gmail.com

NEW - PASTORAL CARE TEAM to begin. Rev. Pat's is putting together a team to visit those who can no longer come to church. You will be trained to bring communion to those at home. Please pray on this and, if called to answer, phone Rev. Pat to volunteer. In this way, many will be reached.

In addition, there are many who would love a call and an invitation to church. We can invite friends to accompany us to church - and take them out for brunch afterward!

To beautify our worship and lift everyone's spirits, in weeks ahead there are opportunities for altar flowers. Will you take up this ministry to the glory of God and to our spirits? To explore this, please contact Laurie Phillips, 865-2802 or email LBP@rochester.rr.com

If we wish to grow as Christians and share our love of God, we need to know and be able to share the stories of the Bible. Thursday Bible Study is in the Library at 9 AM. Please 'Come and See'. This is a time for reflection on Jesus’ teachings and how we model our faith to family, friends and all whom we meet. God’s Word guides such a process. Much food for thought and often refreshments to share. The study is of the Gospel Lesson for next Sunday, found below.

The Rochester Interfaith Jail Ministry asks your ongoing help - by donating through United Way or directly by check to R.I.J.M., 2 Riverside St., Rochester, NY 14613. This will bring books of healing and group sessions to those needing to start lives anew. Remember the Good Samaritan... Please answer this call. To volunteer, call 254-6790. The invitation to help is ongoing, so you are not late to the party! Many Thanks! Please include this ministry in your daily devotions.

Jesus, we all struggle with wanting respect. Many of those we visit have gotten in trouble because they felt “dissed.” You told us not to strive for recognition from others. Help us to model that for those in jail and prison. Help us to show others how to be truly humble and to be servants, out of love for you; not to obey the law but fulfill it in your name.


WISH LIST Can you help? Do you know someone who might help? Call Rev. Pat., please.

* Small grand piano or high quality upright or studio piano for the church, to assist in worship.

* Household items/furnishings in good condition to assist in our ministry.



There is God's work for each of us when we see new people on Sunday or at an event.

Let's introduce ourselves and make them welcome. An invitation to Coffee Hour is a
great icebreaker. So is sitting with a new person and guiding her/him in the service, if this is a first or second time with us. We never know when we may entertain angels unaware.


Do you have a pocket card to hand to a friend who asks where you go to church? These cards are on the table in the back of the church. Please take a few and be ready to share. We have some pocket crosses, also, in the drawer for anyone who answers the call to "Come and See".

This is all part of the Growing Season of God.






If you have a new or better email address for yourself, or know someone
who might like to receive this weekly e-letter, please send in that
information. If you would like other kinds of information, or have any suggestions
for this e-letter, please give me a shout. Thanks!

With autumn providing a bounty of produce, here is a recipe for a sumptuous,

Cauliflower Soup, brimming with flavor and memorability!

[We can also make extra for someone.]


Blessings and all good wishes,
Dyson
D. Dyson Gay
585-671-0364
dysongy@aol.com
Cauliflower Soup
from the internet, but personally tested
Ingredients
• 1 stick Butter, Divided
• ½ whole Onion, Finely Diced
• 1 whole Carrot Finely Diced
• 1 stalk Celery, Finely Diced
• 1 whole (to 2 Whole) Cauliflower Heads (roughly Chopped)
• 2 Tablespoons Fresh Or Dried Parsley (chopped)
• 2 quarts Low-sodium Chicken Broth Or Stock
• 6 Tablespoons All-purpose Flour
• 2 cups Whole Milk [or use 2% Milk]
• 1 cup Half-and-half
• 2 teaspoons To 4 Teaspoons Salt, or to taste, as broth is salty
• 1 cup (heaping) Sour Cream [optional and not needed] @ Room Temperature
Preparation Instructions
In a large soup pot or dutch oven, melt 4 tablespoons butter. Add the onion and cook for a few minutes, or until it starts to turn brown.
Add the carrots and celery and cook an additional couple of minutes. Add cauliflower and parsley and stir to combine.
Cover and cook over very low heat for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, pour in chicken stock or broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and allow to simmer.
In a medium saucepan, melt 4 tablespoons butter. Mix the flour with the milk and whisk to combine. Add flour-milk mixture slowly to the butter, whisking constantly.
Remove from heat and stir in 1 cup half-and-half. Add mixture to the simmering soup. Allow to simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Check seasoning and add more salt or pepper if necessary.
Just before serving, place the sour cream in a serving bowl or soup tureen. Add two to three ladles of hot soup into the tureen and stir to combine with the sour cream. Pour in remaining soup and stir.
Serve immediately.
Prep Time 30 Minutes
Cook Time 30 Minutes Servings 6 Difficulty Easy
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Matthew 25:1-13
Jesus said, "Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom was delayed, all of them became drowsy and slept. But at midnight there was a shout, `Look! Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.' Then all those bridesmaids got up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish said to the wise, `Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.' But the wise replied, `No! there will not be enough for you and for us; you had better go to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.' And while they went to buy it, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went with him into the wedding banquet; and the door was shut. Later the other bridesmaids came also, saying, `Lord, lord, open to us.' But he replied, `Truly I tell you, I do not know you.' Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour."