Pastor’s Piece: Reading and Writing Chapters
A precocious 6-year-old I know has joined the ranks of “reader” and has done so with gusto, his mother reports, exclaiming, “He’s even reading chapter books!” “Flat Stanley,” “Busybody Nora” and the myriad of intermediate-reader stories await his hungry mind. The stories in chapter books provide readers the opportunity to stop and resume reading if their attention spans are not long enough to finish the book in one setting.
How long does our attention span? Is the congregation of Ascension Lutheran Church, like my young friend, aided by the ability to stop for a bit before beginning the next chapter? I ask that we give ourselves permission as congregation and pastor to linger together and receive what has transpired in recent months. The Pastors Aardahl receive both your hellos and your good-byes this month. In itself, this month is a chapter in Ascension’s story. Let us attend to it and receive what it holds: opportunity for rest, quiet and reflection for us all, especially my husband, as well as opportunity
for the introduction and acquaintance of you and me.
At the June 2 special meeting in which the congregation voted to extend a one-year renewable call to me to serve as your pastor, you made way for this new course and chapter. I accepted this call, and, with the Holy Spirit’s intercessions, we commence writing yet another chapter in Ascension’s story.
May we, like my young friend, be ever-inquisitive and open as the chapters unfold. God’s Spirit is guiding, and we, by the prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 42:9) are reminded, “See, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth, I tell you of them.”
Yours in Christ,
Pastor Rebecca Aardahl
WELCA study to finish series on Esther
Women of the ELCA (WELCA) will finish a three-part study on the book of Esther. The group will meet at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 20 in the upper fellowship hall. For information, contact Shirley Toppenberg at 634-4946.
God’s Work Our Hands planned September 8
This year’s “God’s Work Our Hands” event on Sunday, September 8, will be at Ascension with St. Paul’s Lutheran Church worshiping with us. A potluck meal will be served after worship, and two service project options will follow. The indoor option will be to assemble care packages to be sent to a list of deployed Wyoming Army and Air Force personnel. Cash donations will be used for postage. A list of desired items will be publicized soon. The outdoor option will be to clean up a section of the Cheyenne Greenway to be announced soon. The city will provide trash bags, gloves, etc. Thanks to Richard Zita, Greenway/trails coordinator, for his helpfulness in coordinating this project.
Family Promise team supports two families
For Ascension’s latest rotation of Family Promise in June, the volunteers returned to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church for one week to support needs of living for two families, including five active children, one of whom had special challenges of cerebral palsy. Thanks to the following “team” members: Overnight hosts: Lynne Iversen, Margie Sewell ; dinner hosts: Teisha and Ella Hohn, Patti Riesland and Linda Oliverius; evening hosts: Kathy Robbins, Karen Ferchen; Saturday hosts: Shirley Toppenberg, Dave and Marcia Talley; laundry: Gunnar and Connie Dambro; last day transition to the next church: Wally Rice. The next rotation is September 8–15. Please consider volunteering for the FP Team by contacting Margie Sewell, 307-631-1815 or [email protected]
Confirmation orientation to be September 11
Parents and youth in sixth, seventh and eighth grades should plan to attend an orientation session about Ascension’s confirmation ministry. The session will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, September 11, at the church. Those who are unable to attend or have questions may contact Pastor Rebecca at 701-527-4342.
Sunday school Rally Day set September 15
Hard to believe that it is August already! This, of course, means we are thinking about the startup of Sunday school. Rally Day and our first Sunday school lesson will be from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. Sunday, September 15, in the lower fellowship hall, classrooms and outside. Games, snacks and lessons will be available for the children while parents do a small amount of paperwork. Confirmation students will help with activities and then head off to their regular classes with their teachers. Also a Fort Fun trip is tentatively scheduled for the youth group in the afternoon of September 15. If you have questions for the Education Team, call or text Chris Muggenburg at 307-221-1483.
Adult Forum series to begin September 22
Sunday Adult Forums after worship will begin on September 22. Dependent upon the availability of presenters, two series are in the works. One is titled “When Our Own Are Deployed: Their Experiences and Our Support.” Another series will explore Lutheranism, with a wink and a nod to our ecumenical partners and their heritage and traditions. Its title will be “Being Lutheran: What Does This Mean for Us and for Our Neighbors.” To suggest topics and/or presenters, call or text Rick Moler at 307-630-1861.