News & Notes

Sunday School

Sunday School at Ascension:  The Women's class meets in the Board room.  They are studying the book of Daniel.  Adult Sunday School class meets downstairs in Luther Hall.  Confirmation meets in Room 1 of Taylor Hall.   Preschool-5th grade please join us in the Sanctuary for Opening at 9:45am, w... continue reading

“A Celebration of Song” :: Charlotte Symphony Chamber Singers

On Thursday, June 1, the Charlotte Symphony Chamber Singers present Eine Feier des Liedes: A Celebration of Song, a program that celebrates the heritage of choral music in 19th century Germany, Austria, and the US. Hear Brahms's Zigeunerlieder plus motets by Mendelssohn, Brahms, and Rheinberger.... continue reading

New Adult Bible Class

  Ascension Lutheran Church is a safe haven where all people are wanted, welcomed, and accepted in Christ.... continue reading

Easter Services

Join us in the remembrance of Christ's death and resurrection during Holy Week, the week leading up to Easter Sunday. A variety of worship service opportunities are available to you and your family at Ascension, where all people are wanted, welcomed, and accepted in Christ. Easter Sunday Sunda... continue reading

Lent Midweek Worship — Join Us!

Lent is a time of reflection, contemplation, meditation. It is a time to return to God, who is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love. During Lent, Ascension Lutheran Church invites you to join us for mid-week services on Wednesdays, either at 12:00pm or 7:00pm, to ... continue reading

Ash Wednesday Worship :: March 1, 12:00 & 7:00 PM

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the forty-day period in which the Church remembers the time leading up to Jesus' crucifixion and death. We also await the festival of Easter on which we celebrate Jesus' resurrection from the grave. Ash Wednesday is a more contemplative, penitent service: we a... continue reading

Young At Heart meets Wednesday 2/1

Young At Heart, our seniors' group, will meet on Wednesday, February 1 at Resurrection Lutheran Church. Pastor Leimer will give the program. Please bring your own sandwich for lunch, and beverages will be provided. Board members will meet after the program.... continue reading

Pastoral Installation, Sunday at 4:00 PM

Join us in celebrating the installation of Pastor Steven Newberg on Sunday, January 22 at 4:00 PM in the sanctuary of Ascension Lutheran Church. We welcome Pastor Steven Newberg as our new pastor and rejoice as God has sent us a new shepherd of the flock here in Charlotte. A reception will follow... continue reading

Pastor Newberg Accepts Call to Serve at Ascension

The Call Committee of Ascension Lutheran Church announces that Pastor Steven Newberg and his family have accepted the call to serve at Ascension Lutheran Church. Pastor Newberg will be coming to us from Lutheran Church of the Lakes, in Addison, MI, along with his wife and four children. We give G... continue reading

Mother/Daughter Tea a Success

Our Mother/Daughter Tea was a huge success.  Many thanks to all who supported this event, a special thanks to Kim Cates for putting the whole event together, to Mark Johanson for music, to Robin Domeier for catering, and to the 14 ladies who sponsored a table, each decorated with a theme of their ... continue reading

Ascension Lutheran Church presents Bach & Vivaldi

Join us for an afternoon hour of music featuring the cantata Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme by J.S. Bach (BWV 140), featuring local and regional soloists, the choirs of Ascension and Messiah Lutheran Churches, and orchestra. The message of Wachet auf, taken from the Parable of the Virgins in Mat... continue reading

Charlotte Symphony Chamber Singers presents David Lang’s “Little Match Girl” – Thursday, October 13, 7:30 PM

The Charlotte Symphony Chamber Singers, under the direction of Dr. Kenney Potter, will provide a concert featuring American composer David Lang's "Little Match Girl," based on Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Match Girl." Influenced by J.S. Bach's St. Matthew Passion, the work is based on ... continue reading

Rally Day 2016

Join us on Sunday, September 4 at 9:45 AM on the front lawn for our annual Rally Day missions & ministries fair. We celebrate the work that God is doing with Ascension Lutheran Church in our community, nation, and world by recognizing the various ministries and mission opportunities that are ava... continue reading

New Adult Class for August

"The Journey From Unbelief to Faith" Adult VBS for August will be hosted by Rae and Tim Fangmeier in Luther Hall (church basement) and is titled “The Journey From Unbelief to Faith”. We will join a video series moderated by Rev. Dr. John Nunes the former President of Lutheran World Relief and n... continue reading

Christian Music Theater presents “Don’t Shut Us Out!”

Christian Music Theater (CMT) is returning for its fifth year at Ascension Lutheran Church, and this year's play is called, "Don't Shut Us Out" by Kären Salveson. This cleverly-written musical incorporates fun and memorable music, witty drama, and an important and relevant message, taken from Matth... continue reading

Community Service Opportunity: EOG Proctors Needed

Oakhurst STEAM Academy, a CMS Title I elementary school with whom Ascension has a partnership, is in need of proctors for their EOG (End Of Grade) state testing. Volunteers are needed for May 25, 26, 31, and June 1, from 8:00 AM -- 1:00 PM each day. Volunteers must be a CMS registered volunteer. ... continue reading

Ascension’s 85th Anniversary (1931-2016)

Ascension’s 85th Anniversary will be celebrated on Sunday, May 8th. Please join us for a special 10:00 AM service that morning, followed by a barbecue lunch--there will only be one service on Sunday, May 8th. Our guest pastor that day will be Pastor John Frerking, the son of our found... continue reading

Holy Week & Easter Services

EASTER SUNDAY SCHEDULE Worship with Holy Communion: 8:30 & 11:00 AM, Sanctuary. Easter Brunch Fundraiser: Begins at 9:30 in Luther Hall, to support our Youth on their upcoming trip to the LCMS National Youth Gathering in New Orleans. Easter Egg Hunt for children begins at 10:30 AM on ... continue reading

Christmas Worship Schedule

[embed]https://youtu.be/9K8rk08HwLU[/embed] Join Ascension Lutheran Church, as we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, with a variety of service offerings throughout the week of Christmas. Thursday, December 24, 5:00 PM Our Family Worship Service is especially crafted for families... continue reading

Advent Choir Cantata – Sunday, December 6 (One Service @ 10am)

Join the Ascension Lutheran Church Chancel Choir and soloists from UNC-Charlotte as they present an Advent cantata of hymns, songs, and Scripture readings, as well as selections from Handel's "Messiah," this Sunday, December 6, at 10:00 AM in the Sanctuary. There will only be one worship service t... continue reading

Oakhurst STEAM Academy: Thank You!

Thank you to all volunteers who helped us during our community service day at Oakhurst STEAM Academy, 4511 Monroe Rd., Charlotte. [embed]https://youtu.be/obGTtjIEtVY[/embed] Oakhurst is an elementary-aged school in the Charlotte Mecklenburg School system. Recently, the school facility has se... continue reading

Oakhurst STEAM Academy Workday

Join us in volunteering to help our community on Saturday, November 21 at 9:00 AM at Oakhurst STEAM Academy, 4511 Monroe Rd., Charlotte. [embed]https://youtu.be/6e2-3-wLsFc[/embed] Oakhurst is an elementary-aged school in the Charlotte Mecklenburg School system. Recently, the school facilit... continue reading

UNC Charlotte University Chorale Concert — Sunday, October 25

Ascension Lutheran Church will welcome the 44-member UNC Charlotte University Chorale, on Sunday, October 25 at 3:00 PM in the sanctuary, as they perform a concert of sacred and secular music. The UNC Charlotte University Chorale is under the direction of Dr. Randy Haldeman, Director of Choral Stu... continue reading

Sunday, September 13: Capital Campaign Kickoff

On Sunday, September 13, we are altering our worship schedule and are only having one worship service. Please take note of the following schedule: Sunday School & Christian Education: 8:45 AM Worship Service: 10:00 AM Congregational Meeting: 11:15 AM (in the Sanctuary) The congregat... continue reading

Rally Day — Sunday, August 30

Rally Day 2015 "Where Two or Three Are Gathered..." Missions, ministries, and opportunities for service are three key components of Rally Day at Ascension Lutheran Church. Learn about ways to get involved in God's Kingdom: our neighborhood, our nation, and our world. This year's annual  cele... continue reading

Paul Gerhardt Hymn Festival — Sunday August 2

American Guild of Organists (AGO) Charlotte Chapter -- Summer Recital Please join us on Sunday, August 2 at 7:00 PM for an organ recital at Ascension Lutheran Church. The format of this recital will be a hymn festival, with spoken reflections, organ voluntaries, and congregational singing of hy... continue reading

CMT Presents “I’m Blessed” — July 18

Join parents, family, friends, and community members as the participants of Christian Music Theater present Kären Salveson's "I'm Blessed," a play that teaches the heartwarming story of a young child who unknowingly combats bullying, intimidation, and fear, all the while learning that God blesses e... continue reading

Men’s a Cappella Summer Prelude Series

By popular demand, the Men's a Cappella Summer Prelude Series is returning to Ascension in the month of July 2015. All men are invited to rehearse a simple, easy-to-learn song that will be provided as the prelude for the 11:00 AM service on that same day. The good news? You don't have to commit w... continue reading

Spring Fellowship Event — May 31

Join Ascension Lutheran Church, and local music school music.4.life, for a fun-filled outdoor Spring Fellowship Event on Sunday, May 31, following the 11:00 AM worship service. A fundraiser lunch will be served, and will support the Ascension Lutheran Church youth on their trip to the 2016 LCMS N... continue reading

Sunday May 17 – One Worship Service

Join us on Sunday, May 17 for Christian education, a single, combined worship service, lunch, and our quarterly congregational meeting. Christian education & Sunday school: 8:45 AM Worship with Holy Communion: 10:00 AM, Sanctuary Lunch & Congregational Meeting: 11:00 AM, Luther Hall ... continue reading

Day of Christian Prayer – Thursday May 7

Members of the community are invited to join us for a worship service centered around Christian Prayer on Thursday, May 7, at 7:00 PM in our sanctuary. At this Day of Christian Prayer service, we will lift up intercessory prayers for our nation, governments, armed forces, as well as our local com... continue reading

Holy Week and Easter Worship Services

Holy Week Worship Services Sunday, March 29: Palm Sunday/Sunday of the Passion, 8:30 & 11:00 AM. Worship will begin outside (weather-permitting) with a processional into the sanctuary. Music provided by our Handbell Choir. Thursday, April 2: Maundy (Holy) Thursday, 7:00 PM, Sanctuary. ... continue reading

Ash Wednesday Worship Service

"...for you are dust, and to dust you shall return." -Genesis 3:19 The Ash Wednesday Worship Service will be on Wednesday, February 18, at 7:00 PM. Join us as we observe the beginning of the season of Lent (forty-six days prior to Easter). Ash Wednesday is a worship service of a more somber a... continue reading

Financial Peace University is Returning to Ascension

Financial Peace University teaches God’s ways of handling money. Through video teaching, class discussions and interactive small group activities, FPU presents biblical, practical steps to get from where you are to where you’ve dreamed you could be. This plan will show you how to get rid of ... continue reading

Christmas Worship Services at Ascension Lutheran Church

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Worship Join Ascension Lutheran Church in celebrating the peace and joy of the Christmas season with Word, song, and meal--all celebrating the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Ascension Lutheran Church is a safe haven where all generations and cultures are want... continue reading

Christmas Program – Sunday December 14

Join the Sunday School children and Chancel Choir as we share the story of Jesus' birth in the traditional form of Lessons and Carols. The children will be sharing the story with the congregation through Scripture readings, and the choir will be providing music as we share some of our most beloved C... continue reading

Important Information about Sanctuary Renovations

Renovations to Ascension's sanctuary will commence this week (October 13) and are scheduled to continue for three weeks' time, until November 9. Various aspects of the renovation project include new carpet, new hardwood flooring, a new energy-efficient LED lighting system, and a new sound system. Th... continue reading

Circuit 15 Reformation Conference and Worship Service

On Thursday, October 30, 2014, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary will be hosting a Reformation conference, featuring two afternoon lectures and a panel discussion at the seminary. Gordon-Conwell is an NALC (North American Lutheran Church) house of studies. Dinner will be served at Ascension Lut... continue reading

Sunday School and Christian Education Resuming

September is a time for new beginnings, as summer dwindles down, temperatures begin dropping, and school starts back up. Opportunities, especially those which are education-related, begin appearing in the church, and ours are no exception! Christian Education is vital to the lifeblood of our cong... continue reading

Rally Day 2014 — Not to Be Served, but to Serve

Rally Day 2014 Not to Be Served, but to Serve   Summer is almost over. The rituals and commitments of Fall--school, committee meetings, and so forth--are looming over our heads as August ends, almost as quickly as it began. "Life is a buffet; you have to make choices," my parents would... continue reading

Staying “Organ”-ized: A Temporary Change to Ascension’s Worship Environment

The Ascension Lutheran Church family is blessed to have a wealth of musical gifts, interest, and appreciation--both in sacred and secular contexts. Though we are musically blessed in many and various ways, one of the greatest gifts we possess is our pipe organ, which is used to lead worship on most ... continue reading

Get Off Your Donkey! Tending the Flame, the Southeastern District Outreach Conference

                    Tending the Flame is the annual Southeastern District conference held in Richmond, VA, where all people from LCMS congregations in the Southeastern District (North & South Carolina, Virgin... continue reading

Holy Week and Easter Worship Services

Join us at Ascension Lutheran Church for Holy Week and Easter services: Palm Sunday: April 13 at 8:30 & 11:00 AM. The procession with palm branches will begin in the parking lot and will process into the sanctuary (weather-permitting). Holy (Maundy) Thursday: April 17 at 7:00 PM. Hear reading... continue reading

Discovery Weekend Preliminary Report

  After our Discovery Weekend at Ascension, February 21-23, the Rev. Dr. Bill Seaman presented the following Preliminary Report. Preliminary Report Ascension Charlotte   Please pray that the Lord would send His Spirit to renew our hearts and help us see and respond to His ... continue reading

Congregational Renewal

During the weekend of February 21-23, 2014, Ascension Lutheran Church will be undergoing the next step in its participation of the Congregational Renewal process: the Discovery Weekend. Congregational Renewal is a process via the Southeastern District of the LCMS in which a renewal team develops ... continue reading

A New Year’s Celebration at the Soup Kitchen

Students from music.4.life joined the guests of Ascension Lutheran Soup Kitchen this past Tuesday on New Year's Eve. Music was provided for the guests by the students, who rehearse regularly on Ascension's campus, under the direction of Mr. John Gurske, co-owner of music.4.life. The Charlotte Obs... continue reading

How Is God Calling You?

During both services (8:30 am & 11:00 am) this Sunday, December 8th, there will be an opportunity to come forward with your completed "What's Your Passion?" response and 2014 Financial Commitment Card. As we prepare for the celebration of God's Gift this Christmas it is an opportunity to look... continue reading

Soup Kitchen Partnership — Giving Hands Do Make a Difference

Click on the link to check out a wonderful article and video about an important community partner that has been part of the Soup Kitchen from the beginning... Giving Hands Make A Difference... continue reading

Disaster in the Philippines

I would imagine you have heard that a catastrophic typhoon struck the Philippines on Friday, November 8. The super storm is known as Haiyan internationally, but the tropical cyclone is known as Yolanda in the Philippines. The Philippines is a nation of more than 7,000 islands and tropical storms are... continue reading

Thinking Like Luther

With Reformation fast approaching have you ever found yourself trying to think like Luther? Have you ever asked what Martin Luther's central thought was--his big impetus? Sometimes when you want to think like Luther, you may believe it involves finding an enemy, getting persecuted, and saying her... continue reading

The True Church

Below are a few thoughts from Henri Nouwen we shared in our Staff Meeting this morning: Believing in the Church The Church is an object of faith. In the Apostles' Creed we pray: "I believe in God, the Father ... in Jesus Christ, his only Son - in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic Church, the ... continue reading