Summer Softball Tailgate and Bat Fundraiser

Join us for a tailgate before our June 28th softball game at the Jaycee Fields for some fellowship and to help us raise money for a new bat. Tom McElin will have his mobile BBQ fired-up at 6 p.m. Please bring your own food to grill, along with your favorite summer drink. The softball team will supply dessert, asking for donations towards purchasing a new bat after retiring a dented one last week. The game starts at 7:15 p.m., but come any time as the grill will remain hot and coaly. -Chris Tardiff, manager

Ascension Women’s Society

New dates to put on your calendar:

Women’s Book Club:

Sunday, August 6, following 10:00 a.m. church or 11:30 a.m., Lori Allaire’s house.

Please read The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah.

Ascension Women Society Day Retreat:

Saturday, October 7, 9:00-2:00 p.m., Camp St. Croix in Hudson.

If you are interested in helping plan the retreat, please contact Mindy.

Ascension Women Society Day Retreat

Saturday, October 7, 9:00-2:00 p.m., Camp St. Croix in Hudson.
If you are interested in helping plan the retreat, please contact Mindy.

“And the Sign Says…”

We would like to share smiles this summer!  We will be updating the sign in front of the church on a regular basis. We welcome your input for short, upbeat messages.  If you have an idea, please send it along to

Updated Vestry Meeting Schedule

Following is the schedule for Ascension Vestry meetings for the remainder of 2017. Vestry meetings begin at 7 p.m. in the parish hall, unless otherwise noted. All are welcome!

* July – no meeting

* Tuesday, August 8 – start time moved to 6 p.m.

* Tuesday, September 12

* Tuesday, October 10

* Tuesday, November 14

* Tuesday, December 12

Hand Across Duluth: Donations needed

Dave Urban and I will be traveling up to Duluth in July with 16 youth from Ascension. One of the things we’ll be doing is volunteering at a hospital for wild animals called Wildwoods.

We’re looking for donations of fleece, bird seed, and suet that we will use at the hospital.   We’ll be  making receiving-size blankets for animals, about 40 x 40.  So fleece remnants would be great.  Could be one-yard size as well.  And then we will make bird seed/suet combo.  We don’t need bags and bags of bird seed; fleece is the priority.

Here is a complete list of items to donate for our  visit:

  • Wildwoods- hospital for wild animals.
  • Pieces of fleece.
  • Gently used fleece blankets or baby receiving blankets.
  • Ceramic or metal pet feeding dishes, new or gently used.
  • Earthworms from your garden.
  • Heating pads without timer switches.
  • Kaytec mealworms wild-bird food.
  • Pet carriers.

Animal Allies shelter for domesticated animals.

  • Dog treats.
  • Kong Stuff N Paste.
  • Mini milk bones.
  • Dog toys that you put treats in.
  • Fleece blankets.
  • Cat toys.
  • Pet baby bottles.

All collections should be left in the Chapel side of the Parish Hall.

Stillwater Chamber of Commerce

Is any Ascension parishioner an active member of the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce? If so, Ascension is looking for that parishoner to report back on events and happenings? Listening at meetings with Ascension in mind, for example. We are members of the Chamber hoping to engage further. Please call the parish office to discuss.

Summer Acolytes Welcome

We will always welcome acolytes for our 10 a.m. service, but we’re not seeking sign-ups during the summer.  If you would like to serve, please try to find a partner, we need two, and see Marilyn+ or Brenda+ or the listed Crucifer.

Ascension Name Tags: Final Shout Out!

As a reminder, the church office staff will soon be ordering name tags for the recent confirmands and new members. We’ll also order a few more for those who were missed or had misspellings of their names. If you did not receive a name tag, or need a new one, please contact either Ruth or Marie in the church office no later than June 25 to have your name added to the next order. Contact information is 651-439-2609 or Thank you to all who have responded to date.

Lost & Found Items

If you have been wondering where that jacket, umbrella, pair of gloves, sunglasses, etc. have wandered off too, please check with the church office to see if the item has been located.  Items found in the church building are brought up to the office waiting for their owner to claim them.

Bible Women Meets Sunday

Bible Women will meet on Sunday, June 18, at 9 a.m., and on Tuesday, June 20, at 10 a.m.  We will wrap up the women of Exodus, in Chapter 4 of the book.

Episcopal Earthkeepers Circle: Engaging God’s Creation

“As a young person, I saw farmers spraying chemicals on all sorts of crops.  I saw deforestation and metal mining and the impact it had on the mountainous landscape. I was unaware and unconscious at the time of the impact these activities where having on the environment and on the people that called it home.  We had little education and/or research about this to put to use.” – Bishop Brian Prior

Read more about what the Episcopal Church is doing to help save the environment by engaging God’s creation.

Summer Fun at Our Community Kitchen

Looking for something fun to do this summer? Interested in learning to grow your own vegetables and then prepare in a  yummy meal? Are you between the ages of six and 15? If this sounds like you, join us for OCK’s Kids Cooking and Gardening Course.

Learn useful kitchen skills and have fun doing it. Classes will be held weekly for six weeks, on your choice of Tuesday or Thursday, from 8-10 a.m. Space is limited. For more information, or to sign-up, call Martha at 651-303-3410 or email at

Classes start on Tuesday, June 20, and Thursday, June 22. There are no classes the week of July 4. Cost for the six-week course is a one-time fee of $25 for the first child in a family and $15 for each additional child. Scholarships are available. Pre-registration is required.

Grace Family Thank You

This evening (Sunday), Amy, Peter, Ella and I took a break from packing for our trip. We sat on our wood floor and spread out the prayer flags, one line at a time. Amy read from one end, and Ella read from the other, and, occasionally, Peter or I would jump in from the middle of the line. We were touched by the time and care you all put into the flags: the artwork, the poetry, the prayers, the guidance, the encouragements.

I was reminded of the pounding that you gave us when we first arrived in Minnesota. Each gift was a useful pound for us and a window into each of you. With the flags, now that we know you, we relished guessing who created each flag. Sometimes we knew after just a few words. Other times we were delighted to have the reader reveal the flag artist as one of our guesses or surprised when it was someone unexpected. Some of the flags were unsigned, giving us some fun mystery to consider for the next several weeks.

Altogether the flags, with the gifts from this morning, the Made In Minnesota pot-luck and decorations, the song re-written in my honor, and the many hugs and good-byes were overwhelming, a great feast of love. I don’t think anything could have prepared us better for our journey.

Thank you all a thousand thousands. To God be the glory. Yours on the journey,

Buff and Family

Mission of the Month: Minnesota Council of Churches Refugee Services

What does Minnesota Council of Churches Refugee Services do and how can you help?

MCC Refugee Services assists refugees and asylees on their path to self-sufficiency. We support them as they work towards achieving their dreams.

From October 2015 through September 2016, we welcomed 459 refugees from 17 countries. We welcomed 13 new arrivals in May and are expecting three arrivals in June.

Services that MCC Refugee service includes are:

  • Case management for new arrivals and extended social service support.
  • Professional employment counseling for refugee and asylee families helping them secure and maintain their first jobs.
  • Educational opportunities including new arrival orientation, financial literacy, computer skills, job readiness, and more.
  • Assistance to help refugees on their path to citizenship and to reunite eligible family members who are overseas.

MCC Refugee Services is a local affiliate of Church World Service and Episcopal Migration Ministries, two agencies contracted by the U.S. Department of State to resettle refugees in the United States.

To hear their stories watch these videos produced by Church World Service and Episcopal Migration Ministries.

EMM – Minneapolis Befrienders (

Episcopal Migration Ministries ( on Vimeo.

During the month of June, you can help support the work of MCC Refugee Services by making a Mission Envelope donation. For addition ways to support, please visit MCC Refugee Services – Get Involved. (