The sale will be held 9am-6pm Thursday, August 3 & Friday, August 4 and Saturday, August 5 – 9am till noon.  Saturday will be ½ price day & bag day on all books & clothing.

Donations will be accepted at the church through July 31.  You can bring your donations on Monday from 9-3:00pm.  Donations are being collected in the large fellowship room.

We WILL accept: clean, good condition clothing (all sizes), housewares, jewelry, books, toys, shoes, coats & scarves, garden & outdoor items, decorations, art, frames, bikes, linens, camping & sporting gear, small working kitchen appliances, furniture with no stains or rips, etc.  Please ask Sylvia or Jennifer, if you are unsure of an item.

We WILL NOT accept electronics such as computers, printers, TVs; large appliances, light fixtures, ceiling fans, window blinds, rods & shades, ski equipment & boots, large exercise equipment, etc.  If you bring items that don’t sell and Salvation Army won’t take, please pick up your item(s) beginning on Monday, August 7 during office hours or on Sunday, August 13.

Don’t forget to invite family, friends, neighbors to shop on August 3, 4 & 5.



Yummmm!  Fresh peach pie…peach cobbler… peach muffins… peach preserves.   These are just a few of the delicious creations you can make when you purchase a box (or two) of peaches.  Until August 20, you can place your order in the narthex on Sunday or by calling the church office, 952-890-3412 or sending a message to  The cost remains the same as last year…$20 per single-layer box (each box is approximately 15-24 peaches).  All orders need to be placed by Sunday, August 20, so don’t delay.  Everyone is invited to help sell the peaches to friends, neighbors, co-workers.  This year, if you sell the peaches, you are responsible for picking them up from the church and making the deliveries to the people who ordered from you.  We need to order at least 144 boxes.  Pick up an order form from the narthex on Sunday or the church office during the week.  If you have any questions, please contact Martha Sloboden (651-454-2629) or Sharon Edinger (952-808-1251) or call the church office.   The proceeds from this fundraiser will go toward the meals sponsored by Loaves & Fishes on the first Thursday of every month at the Creekside Community Center.  Approximate delivery is after Labor Day.


Our church has adopted Skyline Park on County Road 11 about a half mile south of the Church through the Adopt-A-Park program.  8 – 10 volunteers are needed each time.  This involves cleaning up any debris in the park and adjacent woods. It takes less than two hours each time and the community will know what we mean by “Sharing Christ’s Love and Growing in Grace”.  The time is from 10:00am to Noon.

Upcoming dates are:    Saturday, August 19; Saturday, September 16; and Saturday, October 14


Summer Study in the Park   You are encouraged to participate in Ascension’s Summer Study in the Park this year as we join together on Wednesdays from now until August 9 at North River Hills Park main gazebo at 7 PM.  Come join us as we take a deeper look at the main teachings of our Lutheran faith in Luther’s Large Catechism and apply the Scriptures to our everyday living.  Please contact Pastor Joel (952-999-2025) if you have any questions.


The Ascension Book Club (ABC) will be every third Monday at 7:00 PM. If you are interested in finding out more about the ABC or would like to join the group then come to learn what it’s all about. This book club is open to members and non-members and will challenge you to read one new book each month chosen from many different genres. The club will meet monthly to discuss the book and share our views from many different perspectives, both Christian and secular. Pastor Joel will be leading this group in the beginning and encourages you to consider making the ABC a part of your life as we connect with one another in this non-threatening way. Please join us as we begin this journey through the pages of many books.


JOIN THE AUDIO-VISUAL TECH TEAM! Our Audio-Visual Team serves to enhance our worship service and special events by using sound and visual elements appropriate to the occasion. As a member of the team you would need to arrive early to set up the equipment as needed for the worship service, assist with the existing audio system and future installations of new audio systems and video cameras, handle the PowerPoint presentations during worship on Sundays. If you would like to join the Audio-Visual Tech Team, please speak with Pastor Joel or Steven Larson. Training will be available for all who are interested.


Amazon Smile — Another way to give   Have you ever ordered from  Their “sister” website,, provides a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you.  You can select “Lutheran Church of the Ascension” as your designated charity to further support the ministries of our congregation.  You same Amazon account all your account settings are already in place.


Panera End-of-Day Dough-Nation –  Weekly Distribution Program

“Bread of Life” Devotion 

Panera Dough-Nation day old bread and bakery items give-away is every Friday, 10-11am.  Join us at that same time for a brief devotion and prayer time…called “Bread of Life”.   This is an informal time of prayer for our neighbors, devotion, and fellowship.  Please stop in any time you are available.  Any items remaining will be available after worship on Sundays.   We need several volunteers willing to pick up the items weekly at 8:45pm on Thursdays at Panera, Burnsville Center.  If interested, please sign up in the narthex.  Please remember to tell your friends and family to stop in on Fridays between 10-11am to pick up bakery items.

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