The Bishop is Coming! May 24, 7:00 p.m.

Why is it important?

When a new member joins the church, a bishop welcomes the person by the laying on of hands.  A priest may baptize on behalf of the bishop, but it’s only through the bishop’s hands that one becomes an adult member of the Episcopal Church.  The bishop symbolizes the received wisdom of Jesus’ first apostles who witnessed the Resurrection.  Historically, we can trace a lineage of laying on of hands from our bishop all the way back to the early church.  The New Testament scriptures identify bishops (Episcopal comes from the Greek word “episcopos” meaning “bishop”) as the primary pastor of any Christian community.

For more info on our Bishop:

Our parish church is one of 100 faith communities in Minnesota which make up the Episcopal Church in Minnesota (ECMN).  Our bishop, the Right Reverend Brian N. Prior, leads all these faith communities. Clergy, and other leaders who serve in each place, do so under his direction.  Each of the 120 dioceses of the Episcopal Church is led and pastored by a bishop, who has full authority to guide and direct with no archbishop or other hierarchy over him or her.

For more info on ECMN:

Bishops gather each year or more as a body called, the House of Bishops, to pray for the church, to discuss issues in society that involve the church, and to learn from and support one another.  In this way, they help unify the church, one of their primary tasks, which is specifically identified in their ordination vows in our prayer book.  Every 10 years all bishops from across the Anglican Communion are invited to gather at Lambeth Palace in Canterbury England.  The Episcopal Church is part of this communion made up of 77 million Christians from 500 dioceses in 164 countries.

Quilt Sunday this Sunday

Our graduating seniors will receive hand-made quilts from the Quilt Guild this Sunday. The quilts are always beautifully crafted and the service is memorable to watch.

Bible Women May Discussion

Bible Women will meet on Sunday, May 21, at 9 a.m. and on Tuesday, May 23, at 10 a.m.  We will discuss the Women Who Speak in Exodus – Chapter 4 in the book.  Please come and join in, whether or not you’ve read the book.  Everyone is welcome!

Basic Wilderness Safety Training for Youth

Come spend a day at William O’Brien State Park at Camp Jon. Have fun with your friends while learning all about Basic Wilderness Health and Safety.

This free event will be held on June 10 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sarah DeWolf is taking a group of Ascension Youth there for the day. Depending on the size of the group, additional drivers may be needed. Questions about this event? Visit

If you want to join Sarah, talk to her at church or email her by May 22 at

Vacation Bible School: Come Journey with Us Around the World

The dates for VBS this year will be the first week that Stillwater Schools are off, which is June 5th thru the 8th.

Here is what we know so far:

  • It will be held in the evenings, 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Begin with dinner, drinks, and music for the country we are studying.
  • Intergenerational Family Fun!
  • Make a passport and travel with us around the world.
  • We hope to involve a lot of people who have traveled out of the country and who would like to help.

For registration, please send an email to Mindy, to let her know how many in your family will be attending.

Invitation to Ramadan Iftar Dinner

Through the Ascension Women’s Society we have received an invitation to join the Islamic Society of Woodbury-East Metro for a Ramadan Iftar dinner on Wednesday, May 31, from 6:30 to 10:15 p.m. Click here to see the flyer with all the details. Ascension has reserved the 20 places for this dinner, so registration is necessary.

If you would like to attend, you can register by clicking this link and completing the form:

The event is intended for adults, but youth are welcome. A small play room is available if children attend.

Hope you can join us to learn more about Ramadan!

Summer in a Bucket

Calling all families with children!  Come and pick up your Summer Bucket. Take it home and see what’s all that is inside!

The Amazing Grace Sabbatical Send-off

Come one, come all! Mark your calendars to attend The Amazing Grace Family Great Sabbatical Send-Off following the 10 a.m. service on Sunday, June 4.  Be there to send Buff+ on his way for the 14-week Sabbatical with your prayers and good wishes, and to enjoy a Made in Minnesota brunch featuring comfort-food originating from our great state.  Please contact Katie Keller, 651-351-7032 – –  to let us know what dish you will bring to the brunch.  Thank you!

Episcopal Youth Event 2017 Fundraiser

Karolyn Duke, Scotland Kraker, Chloe Brey, and James Kurtz

Please support our Fundraiser and buy some coffee or chocolate or donate for Mission of the Month, Ascension Youth, by using the envelopes in the pews.

See Mindy with any questions.

Our Community Kitchen’s Kids Cooking and Gardening Course

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.

Let’s Welcome New Office Staff Marie Goebel

We welcome Marie Goebel to Ascension’s staff, who has joined Ruth Meyer in the church’s front office.  Marie will run the office on Mondays and Tuesdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. while Ruth will continue to handle things on Wednesdays and Thursdays (also 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.).  Marie comes to us most recently from Boutwell’s Landing, where she managed facilities scheduling and events.  Prior to that Marie served in attorney offices for many years.  Please give a warm welcome to Marie next time you stop by, call, or email the church office.

Acolyte Recognition, Thank You, and Welcome Newcomers Lunch

Come to Manwaring House on May 21 for Walking Tacos following the 10:00 a.m. service. All acolytes who served this year and their families are invited to this end of the year party. If you are in grades three thru 12 and would like to join the Ascension Acolytes Ministry, please join us. Let’s celebrate the amazing year we had and welcome new friends.

Please RSVP by May 17 to so we know how much food to get. Thank you!

Healing Touch Offering Cancelled for May

The monthly community HTSM (Healing Touch Spiritual Ministry) offering will be cancelled for the month of May.  Please contact Anne Gerber (651) 353-8707 if you are interested in receiving an individual healing touch session from an HTSM member.  Home and hospital visits are welcomed upon request. The next scheduled HTSM community offering will be held in the parish hall June 10th (9:00-11:00).

Ascension’s Summer Sabbatical: Important Dates

Buff’s last Sunday service is June 4 before he departs on a 14-week sabbatical. Here are some important dates and information:

Sunday Services
The 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. services, with Eucharist, will continue through the sabbatical, aside from the one service celebrating Buff’s return on September 10. We’ve scheduled guest priests and lay preachers: Julie Luna, June 25; Rev. Bob Furniss, July 2; Rev. Phil Rose, July 16; Ben Mattson, July 23;  Rev. Yanchy Lacska, August 6; Brenda Hoffman, August 20.

Pastoral Care
Ascension is piloting a Community of Hope pastoral-care team to address the needs of our parish during the sabbatical. Our plan is that all goes well and continues upon Buff’s return.

Thanks to a grant received from the Lilly Endowment Inc., we are able to hire an interim administrator to manage the day-to-day operations of Ascension. Parishioner Jen Truman has agreed to take on that role, working 10 hours a week.

We look forward to joining together as a community to send off Buff, celebrate his return, and enjoy the summer together. Please mark your calendars:

  • June 4, 11 a.m., send-off brunch.
  • June 28, 6 p.m., cookout @ Ascension softball game, Jaycee Fields.
  • September 10, 9 a.m., single Eucharist, celebrating Buff’s return, with brunch following.

If you have any needs or questions, please contact any of us:

  • The parish office (651-439-2609) will be open Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Jen Truman, 651-303-3677.
  • Marilyn Baldwin, 651-246-0840.
  • Monica Davis, 651-278-8866.

Wall of Pictures of Our Youth

Come check out the wall of pictures by youth in ninth grade and by all of our Graduating Seniors!  Loads of beautiful pictures of them, young and old!  Also many youth have graduated from college this spring, so come in and check it all out.

Dates to Remember:
Confirmation with Bishop Prior:  May 24, 7:00 p.m.
Seniors receiving hand-made quilts from the Quilt Guild:  May 21, during the 10 a.m. service.