February, 2016; Page Three

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 an on-going 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, and tuna helper dinners and powdered milk.  Please continue to bring your offerings for the plate and our basket.

MAJOR FEASTS FOR FEBRUARY

THE PRESENTATION (2 February) This is the fortieth day after the Nativity.  On this day, We celebrate Mary and Joseph's presentation of the infant Jesus to God in the Temple, as required by Jewish law.  When Mary placed Jesus into the arms of Simeon, he prayed the Nunc Dimittis, Canticle of Simeon, which prophesied the redemption of the world by Jesus. Anna praised God and told how Jesus would save His people.

ASH WEDNESDAY (10 February) This, the first day of Lent, is a day for repentance and the beginning of our preparation for Easter.  Imposition of ashes is a symbol of our mourning for the hurt we have done through our sins.

ST. MATTHIAS (24 February) After Pentecost, Matthias was chosen to fill Judas' place as the twelveth apostle. Not much is known about his life and death.  According to the ancient historian, Nicephorus, he carried the light to Cholchis in the Republic of Georgia, where he was martyred.


ANNIVERSARIES FOR FEBRUARY

BIRTHDAYS
01 Michael Frazier      
04 Richard Amburgey        
09 Brenda Skidmore        
12 Greg Camp
12 John Peck        
13 John Allison        
16 Judy Bramblett        
16 Rebecca Razor
17 Becky Razor    
20 Jim Johnson        
25 Bryce Smallwood

DEATHS      
14 Marcella Chiles    
15 Judy Miller        
27 Oldham Green


ASCENSION HOSPITALITY CALENDAR

Here are the coffee hour hosts for February:        

07 Judy Bramblet 498-4164
14 Martha and Darren Payne 498-5894
21 Greg and Mindy Camp 497-0269
28 Jansje Huyck 497-9973

Here are the coffee hour hosts for March:

06Marge Neff 498-2548
13John and Shannon Peck 498-6544    
20Norm and Justin Peck 497-9317
27Becky Priest 498-3254
    
If you know you will not be available to serve at the altar, let Pat Farnell know the month before so she won't schedule you.  If anyone would like to add announcements to the newsletter, let her know or e-mail her at plfarnell@hotmail.com.  Please put "newsletter" in the subject line so she opens it.