COVID-19/Coronavirus Ministry Response

Grace and peace to from God our Father and from our Lord Jesus Christ, even now in these troubling times, especially now in these troubling times.

Out of love for one another and responsible concern for public safety, we at Ascension are taking seriously the need to observe the healthy and socially protective practices that are recommended to us as a house of worship, measures that seek to protect us all in these unusual times.   As circumstances change, so will also the level of our response need to change.  

Know that we are monitoring the situation closely and seeking the advice of experts as we make the decisions we need to make.  We have implemented an advisory group consisting of our Council President and Vice President, plus 4 health care professionals who are also members of Ascension.

Please do your part as well.  Remember, if feeling ill yourself, please stay at home in order to protect others.  

UPDATE: 3-15-2020
If you were unable to attend worship on March 15th, here is Pastor Luther's sermon titled "COVID-19 and the 2nd Greatest Commandment."

UPDATE: 5-21-2020

CLICK HERE  for a message from Pastor Luther regarding reopening. 

 

UPDATE: 3-17-2020

From Stuart Korshavn, Ascension Church Council President

We are called to care for one another.  At this time, we are especially concerned about protecting the health of members, visitors, and staff members and slowing the spread of an infectious disease in our community, a disease that can be deadly for some.  Therefore, the Church Council has taken the following actions.  

  1. We will suspend gathering together for worship on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings until further notice, beginning immediately (as of March 16).  The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Governor of the state of Wisconsin, and the Bishop of the East-Central Synod of Wisconsin of the ELCA all discourage gathering together in groups of more than 50 people.  Staff members and mission teams are working together to provide alternatives to gathering together for worship, for example, text, audio or video made available through the congregation's web site.
     
  2. We will close the church building until further notice beginning, Wednesday, March 18.  For the time being, only staff members will be allowed to enter the building until instructed otherwise.  For the safety and health of our staff, the doors will remain locked and access not permitted to anyone other than our staff.  Members and visitors will find all doors locked.  Steps are being taken to make it possible for many of our staff to work from home. Staff members and mission teams are working together to develop alternative means by which we can carry out the mission and ministries to which we are called and on which we depend.
Ministry and Worship Through Technology:

The Ascension staff and leaders are working diligently to keep you connected in worship, education and ministry to others.  Please check back to the website often.  We'll be sharing information as it becomes available.  
Be sure to visit our LENT – Journey to the Cross page. We will continue to minister through text and video when it is available.

If you are a parent with children in Sunday School, Confirmation or Youth Program, please watch your email and group Facebook pages for messages.  Feel free to contact Amber Bishop (Sunday School Ministry Director) or Tracy Bahn (Youth & Confirmation Ministry Director).  Amber and Tracy are hard at work to continue bringing you the Children's Lenten Services, Sunday School, Pre-Confirmation and much, much more.  If you are not already utilizing their private group Facebook pages, please contact them to find out how join.

Great care is being taken to determine ways for us to continue our ministry when we are unable to gather in person.  Updated information will be posted here as it become available.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our pastors, staff or council members.

STAY CONNECTED:

Follow our Ascension Facebook page and visit our website often.  Information will be posted in both of these locations when it is available. 

 


Organ Concert & Celebration Reception Postponed

The big “Celebrate – Thankful and Blessed” Organ Concert and Reception we had been planning for April 4 has been put on hold due to Coronavirus safety precautions.  Our plan is to reschedule the event sometime in the future when we are again able to do so. 

 

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