The Church of the Ascension
la Iglesia de la Ascensión
We hope you will join us for Worship on Sundays
8:00 am spoken Eucharist
10:00 Holy Eucharist with Music
12 noon Spanish
As much entertainment as fund raising, all are invited to join in playing Bingo to win a suprise gift. One never knows what might be in the bag for each game.
Before the games begin we will share a spaghetti and meatball supper made by our resident chef Eduardo Espinal.
Bring a friend for a delicious meal and stay for some good times playing prize bingo.
The cost for both events is only $15 and you will be supporting the parish while having a lot of fun.
This yearly event is the major fundraiser for the Church of the Ascension and it supports both the church and its missions in the community. There are an array of refreshments during the event to keep you satisfied as you browse and competitively place your bids on paper for many of our fantastic items. This year items include gift certificates for Cardi's furniture, Disneyworld Passes, Restaurant gift certificates, recreational gift certificates for family fun, wine and beer tasting at local vineyards and breweries, and so much more. There is also a raffle. Come and join in the fun. The cost for entrance is $10 to cover refreshments.
We will be missing the talent of our wonderfful organist and choir director, Nancy Nicholson. She retires from serving on September 11th. Nancy is an accomplished musician and teacher. She has devoted her Sundays to providing a rich variety of preludes, postludes and choir anthems throughout her time with us. We wish her well amd celebrate her gifts and service on September 11th with a reception after the 10:00 service.
Ascension has begun its search for a new organist. In the meantime, we will enjoy the talents of supply organists.
Ascension has a bi-lingual youth group that for young people ages 12 and older. The group meets for fellowship and topical discussions.
Meet Pastor Santiago Rodriguez
Pastor Santiago Rodriguez
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The Rev. Santiago Rodriguez was ordained in Word and Sacrament in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in 2003 and became the Senior Pastor of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. But he began his work relationship with Gloria Dei as Outreach Ministry at the 1998.
Previously, before he arrived with his family as a missionary to the United States in 1997, he worked as a community organizer for more of 15 years in his home country, the Dominican Republic and throughout Latin America.
The Pr. Santiago has been married to Keila Rodriguez for 31 years, and they have three children: Santiago Jr. 30, Vimar 28, and Eufradis 23.
Pr. Rodriguez attended to Harvard University, Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, and The Lutheran Theological Seminary of Philadelphia. He holds a Master’s Degree in Urban Ministry and a Master’s Degree in Divinity. He has also completed the program Doctorate in Ministry.
He has received several awards for his contributions to the community by the R.I. Council of Churches, the City of Providence, the Senate, the House and the Office of the Governor.
Currently Santiago is a member of the Steering Committee of the R.I. Interfaith Coalition and the Job with Justice both focused on economic and social justice issues through collaborative involvement of churches in Providence and Rhode Island.
El Rev. Santiago Rodriguez fue ordenado en Palabra y Sacramento en la Iglesia Evangélica Luterana en América en 2003 y se convirtió en el Pastor Principal de la Iglesia Luterana Gloria Dei. Pero él comenzó su relación de trabajo con Gloria Dei como Coordinador del Ministerio de Alcance en el 1998.
Previamente, antes de venir con su familia como misionero a los Estados Unidos en 1997, trabajó como Organizador Comunitario por más de 15 años en su país de origen, la República Dominicana y en toda América Latina.
El Pr. Santiago ha estado casado con Keila Rodríguez por 31 años, y tienen tres hijos: Santiago Jr. 30, Vimar 28 y 23 Eufradis.
El Pr. Rodríguez asistió a la Universidad de Harvard, el Seminario Teológico Gordon Conwell, y el Seminario Teológico Luterano de Filadelfia. Posee una Maestría en Ministerio Urbano y una Maestría en Divinidades. También ha completado el programa de Doctorado en Ministerio.
El ha recibido varios reconocimientos por sus contribuciones a la comunidad por parte del Consejo de Iglesias de R. I., la Ciudad de Providence, el Senado, la Casa de Representantes y la Oficina del Gobernador. Actualmente Santiago es miembro del Comité Directivo de la Coalición Interreligiosa de R. I. y de Trabajo con la Justicia ambos centrados en temas de justicia económica y social a través de la participación colaborativa de las iglesias en la ciudad de Providencia y todo Rhode Island.