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For almost 60 years the Church of the Ascension has served God by reaching out to our neighbours in caring and supportive ways with the love of Christ. We are a community of ordinary people working to build a better world. We want to get to know you so that we can serve and support you in practical and meaningful ways just as Jesus did when he lived on earth.

You can help us by completing a short survey at: www.surveymonkey.com. You can learn more about our programs and ministries on this website, however, the reality of life at the Ascension is deeper and richer than a website can ever convey. Come find out!

LENT

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Ash Wednesday ushers in the 40 days of Lent when Jesus after his Baptism went out to the desert to discern God’s call on his life. It is a time when we can also reflect on our own lives to discern where God is calling us.

Lent is more than a time of dismal fasting.  It can also be a joyous season of feasting on the promises of God rather than our “usual diet” of negative thoughts that brings us down and keep us from living fuller or more whole lives the way God intended.   For example, feeling hopeless - feast on HOPE,  God has plans for you!  Jeremiah 29:11;  feeling afraid - feast on PEACE, God will find rest for your souls. Matthew 11:28-29; feeling weary - feast on GOD’S STRENGTH, Those who wait on the Lord will find new strength. Isaiah 40:29-31;  feeling anxious - feast on TRUST,  God to supply all your needs, Philippians 4:19.

May God grant you a Holy and Blessed Lent.

LENTEN DEVOTION

Praying with Christians of the Middle East
Wednesday evenings February 25th – April 1st 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Share a light meal, pray and reflect

Christians in the Middle East are facing a crisis unparalleled in recent history. As a result of a set of complex religious and political factors, the number of Christians in the region has fallen dramatically as many have sought refuge in other parts of the world.  However these are ancient communities that trace their origins back to the very beginnings of Christianity.

The present conflicts and political instabilities in countries such as Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Israel and the Palestinian Territories have had a profound impact upon these Christians. Many Church leaders in the region believe that without a Christian presence, the future of the Middle East looks bleak.  Yet at the same time knowledge in the Western churches of these Christian communities remains minimal and often we are unaware of who Middle Eastern Christians are and what issues they face in today's world.

In popular perceptions of the Middle East, Arab equals Muslim and rarely Christian. Our knowledge of our Christian sisters and brothers in the region is an important factor in their survival.

During Lent we will walk with them and pray for and with them.

2nd ANNUAL COMMUNITY FAIR

The 2nd Annual Community Fair in partnership with Better Living Health and Community Services is planned for Sunday June 14, 2015.

Baked Goods, Tea Room, Crafts, etc. will be available.
More info to come.
Please mark the date !


COMMUNITY FAIR VENDORS/ARTISANS WANTED

The Church of the Ascension, Don Mills is Looking for vendors/artisans to rent a table at the Community Fair Sunday June 14, 2015.

Location: Church of Ascension
33 Overland Drive Toronto

If interested please contact the church at 416-444-8881 or at ascension@ca.inter.net
Table Rental $60.


AGING & GRIEF: PREPARING FORTRANSITIONS

Beginning Wednesday, January 14th, 2015 - 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm.
Life has many transitions and we face challenges at every stage of life. The transitions we undergo can be difficult: the death of a loved one or moving into a retirement home may not necessarily be recognizable as our own physical and mental strength and weakens. What is going on as we age? Are we prepared?

Dr. Peter Cranston and Deacon Dr. Derek Davidson will lead us in several discussions that will inform and hopefully help us prepare for our futures.

FAMILY MINISTRIES EXPANDED WITH NEW KID'S SPACE

A child friendly space is now available for use each Sunday for children to learn of the love of Jesus using age-appropriate arts and crafts, play, songs and stories from the Bible.


ASCENSION VAN-GO ART CLUB: Water Mixable Oils Painting Class

Beginning Wednesday, January 21st, 2015, 9:30 am – 11:30 am. For more information contact:
416-444-8881 or at ascension@ca.inter.net


AUDITIONS FOR THE CHOIRS OF THE ASCENSION

Both the Ascension Choir and the Contemporary Choir are always welcoming of new members. At this time, the Ascension Choir is in need of male voices (both Tenor and Bass). The Contemporary Choir is open to all voice types.
Anyone wishing to join in this special ministry, please contact our Music Director, Lawrence Green at 416-444-8881 or email ascension@ca.inter.net