The Church of the Ascension
la Iglesia de la Ascensión
390 Pontiac Avenue
Cranston, Rhode Island
HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE
Good Friday, April 18
6 p.m. -- Way of the Cross in Spanish
7:30 p.m. -- Liturgy for Good Friday
Holy Saturday, April 19
7 p.m. -- The Great Vigil of Easter
Easter Sunday, April 20
10 a.m. -- English-speaking service
Noon -- Spanish-speaking service
(NOTE: There will be no 8 a.m. service on Easter.)
This Lent our Food Offering is gathering meatless food for our hungry brothers and sisters who count on the Cranston Food Pantry to help meat their nutritional needs. At the side of our Altar that Feast is beginning to grow. Please join this Festal preparation by bringing in any kind of food item that is meatless. Be creative! Nutritional is good, too! We hope by Easter to have a Feast ample enough to feed 100 of our neighbors!
During Lent we are using a study program called Embracing a Life of Meaning. We will be considering what matters in terms of our beliefs, the Bible, the community, the place where we set our faith, and each of us individully in terms of what it means to remain in God's image. Father Mike will lead the study group after the 10 am service for 5 Sundays in Lent.
Our Thursday Morning Bible Study Group will be studying the Revised Common Lectionary texts for Year A to listen to the lessons as a vehicle for exploring the blessings of life given to us through the ministry, suffering and crucifiction, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The study material being used is God's Gift of Life by Lary Beman.
With the new parish directory about to be assembled, we would like to be accurate about your address and telephone numbers. If you have moved in the last two years, or have changed your phone number, please send the changes to the parish office (email@example.com)
Adults: If you have found a home here at the Church of the Ascension but do not yet “belong” to the Episcopal tradition officially, then please prayerfully consider becoming a part of our Adult preparation program, a preparation which culminates on June 1st here at Ascension with the visitation of our diocesan bishop, Bishop Nicholas Knisely, who will celebrate Confirmation (for those not previously Confirmed), Reception (for those who were confirmed in the past in another tradition), and Reaffirmation of Vows (for those already Confirmed but wishing to reaffirm those vows in a fresh way). The Program begins at 9AM on Sunday, April 6th, and includes participation in Holy Week services and three Sunday morning sessions (9am) in May. In recent years many current parishioners have found this to be a rich experience. If you are interested or if you have any questions, please speak with Mike Coburn or send him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grace Swinski, a sometime parishioner here and a candidate for ordination to the diaconate in the diocese is serving an internship at Dorcas International Institute which helps to resettle refugees in our community. (This is the agency through which we assisted the Burmese family recently). She has sent the following request for assistance. If you can help, please communicate with her directly at email@example.com. Or call Mary Ellen Lynch (401-784-8649). Thanks!
“March is a busy month for Dorcas International Institute. We are expecting 37 refugee individuals (six families & three single adults) from Iraq, Congo, Myanmar, Somalia and Columbia arriving in Providence for resettlement in the next few weeks. We need community support for the incoming refugees in the following areas:
- Volunteers to mentor the newly arrived refugees
- Volunteers to assist with setting up apartments
- Donation of furniture and household items
Volunteer work can be short or long term, done as an individual or group. Mentoring helps newcomers build community and understand their new homeland. Setting up apartments is a terrific short term project for a group. If you have gently used furniture or household items you can give them a new home with a refugee family. Get the jump on your spring cleaning and help a refugee.
Items we need: Furniture* Bed frames, night stands, dressers, kitchen tables, kitchen chairs, couches, living room chairs, standard sofa, love seat, end tables, lamps and small bookshelves.
Kitchen:* Tableware, dishes, pots and pans, mixing/serving bowls, kitchen utensils, can openers, cutting boards, rice cookers and tea pots, microwaves.
Bed/bathroom:* Towels, sheets (double and twin), pillowcases, blankets, alarm clocks, shower curtains, waste baskets, mops, brooms and dustpans.
New items:* Pillows, vacuums, toiletries and cleaning products.
Items not accepted:* Mattresses, large dressers, large appliances, air conditioners, entertainment centers, sleeper sofas, sectional sofas, recliners, desks, toys, clothing, décor.”