April 2013; page 3

OUTREACH MINISTRIES

Gateway Children’s Services:  Ascension is working weekly with the Gateway children on building life skills, which includes the children preparing dinner once a month after the Wednesday Evening service.  There is always a need of the following items for the Gateway Teens: socks, undershirts (large and extra large), twin sheets, towels, pencils, drawing pads, journals, PG-13 movies, games, puzzles, puzzle books, soap, shampoo, lotion, and hair elastics.

M&M Food Pantry: They always need food, donations, and substitute workers. They especially need baby food, canned fruit, dried beans, Spaghetti O’s, tuna fish, tuna helper dinners and powdered milk.  Please continue to bring your offerings for the plate and our basket.

Other: The American Cancer Society needs volunteers to drive cancer patients in our community to and from their treatment appointments. Or you can become volunteer with St. Claire Hospice. See Sally Purvis for details.

MAJOR FEASTS FOR APRIL

THE ANNUNCIATION (8 April, transferred)  On this day, we commemorate the announcement to Mary that she would bear the Son of God, who would save the world.  Mary accepted the unbelievable statement God made to her as true and accepted the possible shame of conceiving a child out of wedlock.

ST. MARK'S DAY (25 April)   Mark wrote the earliest Gospel. Some think the Last Supper may have been held in his mother's house, and that he was the young man whose robe was torn off as he fled the Garden of Gethsemane. Tradition has it that after the death of Peter, Mark left Rome and went to preach in Alexandria, Egypt, where he was eventually martyred.    

ANNIVERSARIES FOR MARCH

BIRTHDAYS

3 Julia Waller
4 Horton Stull
8 Chris Purvis
9 Jonathan Mills
10 Katherine Jo Ralph
13 Virginia Wilson
15 Cynthia Wilson
16 Nathan Mills
18 Charles Bartels
19 Jennie Moran Lucktefeld
19 Courtney Marye
19 Nancy Roberts
21 Justin Cline
21 Michael Myers
24 Lucie Thurman
25 Lindsey Burdine Davis
25 Byram Ratliff
26 John Balchunas
27 Jennifer Purvis
29 Cooper Myers
30 Elizabeth Malone

WEDDINGS

6 Jim & Mary Ratliff
7 David & DeDe Burdine
10 Pat & Wendy Greer

DEATHS

1 William Hargrave
9 Ed Hickey
12 Elaine Razor
22 Albert Krauss
22 Ted Marye
22 Christina Sykes
24 Henrietta Greene
28 Edith William
30 Lynn Perkins

ASCENSION HOSPITALITY CALENDAR

Here are the coffee hour hosts for April & May:
4/7 Beverly and Joe King 498-2783
4/14 Terry Murphy and Brad Carrington 498-5821
4/21 Marge Neff 498-2548
4/28 John and Shannon Peck 498-6544
5/5 Becky Priest 498-3254
5/12 Sally Purvis 498-1614 or 585-7815
5/19 Jennifer and Byram Ratliff 498-1516
5/26 Judy Ratliff 498-2151