Community Service

OUTREACH

Ongoing Activities:

• Loaves and Fishes – Serve a community meal on the 1st Thursday of the month, beginning at 5 p.m. at Creekside Community Center, Bloomington. Please contact Sharon Edinger, if you are interested in volunteering
• Meals on Wheels – deliver noon meals to shut-ins. Please contact Lorna Pitzer for more information.  More drivers are always welcome!
• Welcome to the Neighborhood Cards – send welcome postcards to invite new homeowners in Burnsville, Apple Valley, Savage and Eagan to visit Ascension. Please contact Jill Murray for more information.
• 360 Communities Foodshelf – drop your donations off in the shopping cart in the narthex. Your donations will be delivered to 360 Communities Foodshelf monthly.

Thanks for volunteering and reaching into the community. Your efforts can make a difference!

The Outreach Board – Leila Larson, Sharon Edinger, Ellie Henning, Marcia Friedrichs, Steve Packwood, Lee Storlie

FREE TO THE COMMUNITY – Day old Panera Bread and Bakery Items.  Every Friday from 10-11 a.m. at Lutheran Church of the Ascension, 1801 E. Cliff Road, Burnsville, MN 55337   Any questions – call 952-890-3412

 

Outreach to The Rivers
Ascension reaches out to our neighbors at “The Rivers” senior residence in Burnsville: the third Sunday of every other month, various Ascension groups conduct a worship service for The Rivers residents. The services consist of songs, scripture readings, a short homily and prayers. Holy Communion is offered periodically.

Occasionally, various Ascension groups and individuals assist with social activities at The Rivers.  Activities include assisting with bingo and other games, painting fingernails, reading, visiting and other activities.

Feed My Starving Children
Feed My Starving Children is a non-profit Christian organization committed to feeding God’s starving children, hungry in body and spirit. The approach is simple: children and 0307151554badults hand-pack meals formulated specially for starving children that are shipped the meals to nearly 70 countries around the world.  Ascension volunteers at the Eagan Feed My Starving Children site (990 Lone Oak Road in Eagan) as part of our commitment to serving God’s children world-wide.

Meals on Wheels
The purpose of Meals on Wheels is to deliver hot noon-time meals to elderly or disabled people who are home bound. Meals on Wheels volunteers deliver vital nutrition, but more importantly, volunteers deliver a healthy dose of friendship and social connection.

Ascension provides 3 volunteer drivers one day each month.  Each volunteer delivers meals prepared at the Faith Covenant Church (Nicollet and 130th) to 5-10 home bound people in Burnsville, Eagan, Apple Valley and Savage. If you would like to make a difference in the lives of the home bound, contact Ascension Meals on Wheels coordinator, Lorna Pitzer.

Loaves and Fishes
The mission of Loaves and Fishes is to provide nutritious meals to the hungry of the Twin Cities metro area in an atmosphere of hospitality at locations where the need is greatest.  Since 1982, on the first Thursday of every month, Ascension has fed the hungry at Creekside Community Center in Bloomington. The effort includes purchasing the food, preparing the meal, serving the meal to more than 150 guests, and cleanup. Between 10-12 members of Ascension participate each month. If you would like to help, contact Sharon Edinger.

Trinity First Lutheran School
Trinity First Lutheran School is in the Phillips neighborhood of Minneapolis. Ascension has helped the school financially with their scholarship program for a number of years.  For the last few years Ascension has held a “School Supply Drive” in the fall for the children at Trinity First Lutheran School.  These supplies are very much appreciated by the staff and students at Trinity First. Members of Ascension have also donated their time for various projects at the school.

Common Hope
Common Hope is an organization of people dedicated to giving help and hope to desperately poor Guatemalans. It empowers them to permanently lift themselves out of poverty, while sustaining their dignity and independence. Common Hope is making a difference by saving and changing lives. One of the primary ways to support Common Hope is through the sponsorship of a Guatemalan child.

Ascension’s involvement with Common Hope began in 1997 when 24 families each began sponsoring a child in Guatemala. In 2001, 14 members of Ascension traveled to the Common Hope site in Guatemala for 10 days to help in various ways including the building of a house for a poor family. The house was paid for by members of Ascension.

Ascension has held follow-up mission trips to Guatemala in 2003, 2006 and 2009. For more information visit the Common Hope website.

Our Adopted Missionary

In the fall of 2014, Ascension agreed to financially and prayerfully support the missionary work of Rev. James Sharp and his family – wife, Angela and children, Elias, Ambrose, Callida, and Magdalyn – in Uruguay.  Pastor Sharp and family arrived in the city of Montevideo in February of 2015.  In addition to looking for housing and getting acclimated to life in a foreign country, the family is also learning to speak Spanish and experiencing the Uruguayan national foods.  If you would like more information about Pastor Sharp & family, please visit their website:  www.lcms.org/sharp  or  their Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/sharpmission

Service committees within our congregation:

Hearts & Hands Committee
The Hearts ‘n Hands committee at Lutheran Church of the Ascension oversees the kitchens and provides food for various church functions, including lunches for funerals and wedding receptions.

Random Angels
Random Angels are quietly at work among us doing household cleaning, visiting shut-ins, and other activities.  If you know of someone in the congregation in need of a “Random Angel” or are willing to donate your time to be one, please contact Lorna Pitzer or Kristy Hesser, or put a note in the Random Angels mailbox at church.  Volunteers are always contacted to determine if an individual’s needs meet their schedules.

Prayer Chain

The PRAYER CHAIN is available to everyone.  If you have a prayer request for healing… peace…help…thanksgiving…etc., please call Kristy Hesser or send your request to our prayer chain. Prayer requests are always confidential.  If you are interested in becoming a link in our chain, please give Kristy a call.  New links are always welcome!

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