Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest Commandment, and the second is like unto it, “Love your neighbor as yourself”. Matthew 22:37-39

As a part of the body of Christ, the Church of the Ascension

The ECW at a General Meeting with lunch

The ECW at a General Meeting with lunch

celebrates God’s love in the world and shares it through the gift of His Son, Jesus Christ. We commit ourselves to prayer, worship, fellowship and ministering beyond ourselves. We encourage and empower our parish and community to discover and nurture our spiritual gifts. Our goals are to discern God’s direction through His spirit, word, fellowship, and the sacraments, and to do His will.

The Teddy Bear Project Committee.  Provides to Urban Ministries about 225 teddy bears at Christmas time dressed in hand knitted and crocheted vests  at Christmas time. In addition, crocheted lap blankets for adults in wheelchairs. The crocheted and knitted items are made by The Knitwhits.   The Grace Burleigh  Doll Project which helps fund the Teddy Bear Project  is coordinated by the ECW and at Christmas we raffle a beautiful doll with hand made clothes to raise money for our outreach projects.

Scholarship Committee: responsible for overseeing the application and selection process for the E.C. W. Clara Crossley Smith Scholarship and the Ascension Harriette Wise Gwin Scholarship.

U.T.O. Ingathering: The Mission committee is responsible for the twice yearly gathering of the United Thank Offering on the first Sunday in May and the first Sunday in November.

Freezer Ministry: works with the Guild of the Christ Child, St. Bridget’s Guild and Pastoral Care to have on hand home-cooked meals for bereaved families, families with new babies, shut-ins, and families with long-term illnesses or terminal illnesses. Donations of frozen food (bread, meat and meatless casseroles, soups, etc.) are needed and welcomed.

Birthday Party at Episcopal Place: hosts a party for residents who have a birthday in the month of February. The E.Y.C. co-hosts the party.

St. Bridget’s Guild: provides food for families of the Parish who have lost a loved one and arranges for refreshments in the Sunshine Room immediately following a funeral service for families and their guests.

Guild of the Christ Child: provides a “welcoming” gift to newborn babies in our parish.

There is an elected Executive Board which serves 1 calendar year with elections in May:    President; Vice President/President Elect; Secretary; Treasurer.  The appointed Chairmen of the Committees and Guilds comprise the full  Board.   General meetings are held two to four times a year.