Youth invited to have pizza with pastor
Pastor Rebecca encouraged senior high school youth to bring a friend and have pizza—from a vendor of their choice—and conversation with her from 5–6:30 p.m. Sunday, November 10, at the church. All youth should also watch their email for other activities in November.
Local homelessness topic November 12
The Cheyenne Interfaith Council and its community sponsors invite the public to participate in an evening of listening, reflection and discussion about the human dimension of homelessness at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, November 12, in the Willow Room at the Laramie County Library. Light refreshments will be served.
WELCA to finish ‘No hard feelings’ series
Women of the ELCA (WELCA) will finish its “No Hard Feelings” series on Tuesday, November 19, at 9:30 a.m. in the upper fellowship fall “Stewarding the gift of joy” based upon Psalms 30 and 50. Also mark your advent calendar for the December 17 meeting. For information, contact Shirley Toppenberg at 634-4946.
COMEA volunteers to cook November 24
Volunteers from the congregation are needed for the next COMEA meal preparation on Sunday, November 24. 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. For information, contact RC Reiman.
Pantry needs tuna, fruit in cups or cans
Next time you are at the grocery store, think of Ascension’s Free Little Pantry. For November, we ask for two featured items: canned tuna and fruit, either in cups or cans. In addition to the highlighted foods, the pantry continues to need other nonperishable foods and toiletry items, according to Rick Moler. Also remember we are the “green beans and corn congregation” for Needs Inc.
Information is on website, Facebook
For those of you who can receive information from the Internet, we want to remind you of Ascension’s website and its Facebook page. A decision was made to stop inserting a calendar in the newsletter, primarily because it was difficult to read and wasn’t always up to date. A calendar synced to the church secretary’s master listings can be accessed any time on the church website, ascensioncheyenne.org. Ascension also maintains a Facebook page, and you don’t have to have a Facebook account to see the information. It can be accessed at https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Lutheran-Church/Ascension-Lutheran-Church-108168559225490/. That page is also synced to pastor’s Instagram account. See photos from the recent Church Council-church staff retreat as well as photos and commentary from Keren Meister-Emerich and Denise Martin’s trip to Africa.
RSVPs needed for St. Olaf Festival event
For many generations, the Advent-Christmas-Epiphany season kicks off with the annual St. Olaf Christmas Festival. This year, we will have a special opportunity to share the experience of watching it streamed live from our own church sanctuary. The 107-year-old concert tradition from St. Olaf College, an ELCA-affiliated liberal arts college in Northfield, Minnesota, will be shown on Sunday, December 8. The free concert from 2-4 p.m. will be followed by a reception. For planning purposes, a signup sheet will be in the narthex for those who will attend. More than 500 musicians are involved in this world-famous holiday performance including the St. Olaf Choir, Orchestra, Cantorei, Chapel Singers, Manitou Singers and Viking Chorus.
Ascension’s choir is now rehearsing before and after Sunday’s service.
The church office will be closed November 28–29.
Movable Teach forums
Sunday, November 3
Al-Anon Family Groups will give a presentation on their purpose and service to the Cheyenne community during a forum from 10:45–11:45 a.m.
Saturday–Sunday, November 9–10
The Rev. Rick Hartmann, retired ELCA pastor living in Ohio, will preach about Food for the Poor at the Saturday and Sunday services and the after-service Sunday forum from 10:45–11:45 a.m. Started in 1982 in Jamaica, the interdenominational Christian ministry serves the poor in 17 countries throughout the Caribbean and Latin America by providing food, housing, healthcare, education, fresh water, emergency relief, micro-enterprise solutions and more.
Sunday, November 17
A “Report from the Field” on their trip to Africa will be given by Denise Martin and Keren Meister-Emerich from 10:45–11:45 a.m. From October 16–31, they witnessed the impact of projects funded by ELCA Global Church Sponsorship and ELCA World Hunger in Tanzania and Rwanda.
Sunday, November 24
After worship Pastor Wes Aardahl will begin a three-session class on “Practicing Christian Hospitality.” He said much has been written on this topic in recent years, and it is surely relevant to current attitudes and remarks concerning immigration, amnesty, sanctuary, gender identity, racial prejudice, etc. Hospitality is not only relevant at the large, political level but also at the most local, neighborly level. Resources for discussion will include I Was a Stranger: A Christian Theology of Hospitality, by Arthur Sutherland; Invited: The Power of Hospitality in an Age of Loneliness, by Leslie Verner; Exclusion and Embrace: A Theological Exploration of Identity, Otherness, and Reconciliation, by Miroslav Volf, and The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers, by Maxwell King. Contact Pastor Wes with questions or for further information. The classes will be held in the upper fellowship hall from 10:45–11:45 a.m. following the Sunday worship service. The second and third classes will be held on December 8 and 15.