This morning, the morning of Holy Saturday, I awoke in a harried state of mind. Holy Week is a week of good observances and contemplations, but it is also a very full week for all who attend Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter services and for altar guild members, acolytes, Communion assistants, accompanists, choir members, conductor, intern, pastor and all whose planning and preparations make for especially full heads and hands.
This Holy Week included unexpected arrangements for a memorial service, with all the sadness and hope that attend the loss of a cherished member of our congregational body.
It has been a full week already, with more participations and preparations at hand including the writing of this overdue newsletter column.
It is tempting to think of the responsibilities of such a week as burdensome, to become occupied with evaluations of each event, to become stalled in the face of the tasks that lie ahead.
This morning, I arose early and promptly fell into a different mode. I left my laptop closed. I sat facing the eastern exposure of our picture windows and enjoyed the gradual passage from darkness to light. I savored my coffee instead of simply consuming it. And I took the time to reflect on some of the comings and goings that are at hand:
The Civic is warming up, and Rebecca will soon drive away for morning prayer. There will be two services this evening, and two services tomorrow morning, with a dinner and a breakfast served. There will be much coming and going!
Vicar Katelin will soon travel to Valparaiso, Indiana, for an Institute of Liturgical Studies conference, where she will be in her element. Rebecca and I will travel to Thermopolis for the annual Wyoming Conference Bishop’s Retreat, where we will immerse ourselves in hot springs in the pleasant company of our colleagues. We will also soon travel to Senegal to visit our son Kristian, who is very much in his element among the hospitable people of that colorful place.
In May, some of us will travel to Westminster, Colorado, to take part in our Rocky Mountain Synod Assembly. “Snowbird” members of our congregation will return from their winter roosts in Southern states. New lives will enter the orbit of our lives, and familiar lives will part company with us.
Somehow, in the embrace of the sights, sounds, tastes and feelings of the morning, this new day began in a good way. As I was living fully in the present moment, past and pending comings and goings could be entertained without anxiety. That’s an experience worth repeating and commending. Before any of us set our workaday wheels turning, it may be good to embrace one present moment of this new day.
The LORD will keep
your going out and your coming in
from this time on and forevermore.
Pastor Wes Aardahl
Church Council liaisons
The Church Council has designated its members as liaisons to various church committees. They are as follows:
Building & Grounds—Frank Mellblom
Church Life—Tim Leberman
Social Concerns—Doug Cook
Endowment—Katie Wisdom Patti Riesland
Tech—Ryan Mitchell, Mike Bell
WELCA Bible study to meet April 17
The Women of the ECLA (WELCA) will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 17, in the upper fellowship hall. The Bible study is a continuation from the April issue of Gather magazine titled “Multiple meanings: learning from other interpretations,” with this one based on the Prodigal Son in Luke 15:11–32. Copies of the study are available in the church office. For questions or more information, contact Shirley Toppenberg at 634-4946.
COMEA volunteers needed for April 29
Volunteers from the congregation are needed for the next COMEA meal preparation on Sunday, April 29. Six to eight cooks/servers are needed each month to prepare and serve the dinner. Food preparation starts at 2 p.m. and continues until 5:20 when the dinner is placed in vehicles for transport to COMEA. Serving takes place from 6–7 p.m., then back to the church to finish cleanup and unload utensils. A sign-up sheet is available in the narthex. The May COMEA date will be Sunday, May 20. For information, contact RC Reiman.
Rocky Mountain Synod Assembly
2018 Synod Assembly: For the Life of the World
At a time when conversations in the church tend to focus on survival and sustainability, in light of a future filled with so much uncertainty, it’s more critical than ever that we remember that the Body of Christ exists not for itself but for the sake of the world God so loves. As people of faith, we have been called to new life in Christ so that we may serve as the Spirit’s instruments of hope and healing for every neighbor on our globe as well as for the earth itself. Join our 2018 Rocky Mountain Synod Assembly as we explore what it means to be Christ’s Church Together, for the life of the world.
Gaela Young and Doug Cook will be representing Ascension at the Assembly this year.
Mark calendars for VBS in mid-June
Mark your calendar for this year’s Vacation Bible School to be held at Ascension Lutheran Church from 8:30 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, June 18–22. This year, counselors from Sky Ranch Lutheran Camp will conduct VBS. Registration forms will be available soon.
This year’s theme, “Beyond Belief,” is based upon Ephesians 3-20: “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.”
VBS is designed for children entering kindergarten through those completing fifth grade. A preschool option will also be available during the same timeframe for those who are 3 years old and diaper-free.
If any youth are interested in working with the team of four amazing counselors from Sky Ranch, contact Kris Rude or Nichole Morris.