Ascension Lutheran Church
7100 N. Mockingbird Lane
Paradise Valley, AZ  85253
480-948-6050
ascluthch@aol.com
www.ascensionparadisevalley.org 

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Ascension is a member congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, reaching out to all people of 
every age and stage who long for God's Word of hope and healing. Our Sunday worship is centered in the expression of the Gospel and the renewal of the Church.

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Worship with us in the season of Pentecost
Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.
Jesus' summary of the law in today's gospel echoes our first reading from Leviticus. We are called not only to love God with heart, soul, and mind, but also to love our neighbor as ourselves. It is out of such deep care that Paul shares the gospel with the Thessalonian community. In the confession of sins, we acknowledge that we have not loved God, neighbor, and self; yet we gather to hear the word of forgiveness and to be strengthened by word and meal to be signs of God's love and mercy in the world.
Readings
Jeremiah 31:31–34
Psalm 46
Romans 3:19–28
John 8:31–36
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The Death Penalty: An Issue For Moral Deliberation
Open Scripture. Join the conversation.
Christians thinking about the death penalty should distinguish between proclamation of the gospel and recommendation of specific public policies. We enter the public realm with humility, in the spirit of "Come, let us reason together (Isaiah 1:18a), with all people. We need carefully and thoughtfully to consider the evidence, the experience, and the arguments. As Christians we must examine the biblical record and clearly lift up the Word of Good News. For a transcript of the discussion for Session One beginning Thursday, September 11 at 9:30 AM in the Choir Room and at 5:45 PM in the Deacon's Study, click here.
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Family Movie Night Friday, October 24
Save the date!  Family Movie Night at Ascension Friday, October 24 at sunset in our garden. Enjoy a FREE family friendly screening of Dolphin Tale under the stars! All families are welcome. Please invite your friends and neighbors for a great night of family fun. We will move to sanctuary in case of rain. Popcorn will be provided. Bring chairs or blankets.

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Oktoberfest Saturday, November 8
4-8 p.m.
(Food served 5-7 p.m.)

OKTOBERFEST IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER! Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 8th!
Be sure not to miss our most anticipated fundraising event of the year!
Tickets $20.00 adults, $10.00 kids 12 and under.
Food, Beer, Wine, Music
Adult Wine and Cake walks and FUN…FUN…FUN!
Friends, neighbors, and the community of Paradise Valley and Scottsdale are welcome!

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Dedication of Homeless Jesus statue
Sunday, November 23 at 10 a.m. worship


Timothy Schmalz’s provocative sculpture, Homeless Jesus, has found a home in metro Phoenix . Thanks to a few very generous donors, the congregation of Ascension Lutheran Church in Paradise Valley will welcome Homeless Jesus to its campus this November.
Though the statue will live on Mockingbird Lane, Homeless Jesus will belong to all the valley’s followers, fans, and friends of the Carpenter of Nazareth. In that spirit, the Ascension congregation is inviting you to the statue’s dedicatory Eucharist this Christ the King Sunday, November 23, 2014, at 10:00 AM. The dedication itself will take place at 11:30 AM, and will be followed by a reception.

A miniature of the statue will be available for purchase at the dedication for $100. Following the dedication, the miniature will be available through the Ascension congregation’s website, ascensionparadisevalley.org, for $125. Proceeds from the sale of the miniature will go to the last, the lost, the least, and the little of the valley.

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Organ Renovation Project


Phase I of the organ restoration is progressing on schedule. This phase addresses the issues of the organ console and restoration of the windchests, reservoirs and pipework. As you see above, the console has been completely disassembled and only the shell remains. The previous interior mechanisms of the console will be replaced with solid state components, bringing the organ console to present day acceptable standards. Our existing keyboards of valuable English Ivory will be retained in the new solid state console. It will also add 32’ digital extensions to the pedal division, providing a deep, rich sound; MIDI; playback capability; and 99 levels of piston memory. Pipes in the Swell and Positiv divisions, located in the south chambers, have been removed for refurbishing of the pipes and windchests.
While the pipes are out of the chamber, new lighting has been installed in the south pipe chamber and the damaged drywall from previous water leaks has been repaired. 
Click here for more photos showing progress of the restoration.

Click here for more information and how to help in this effort.
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Online Donations
You can make one-time donations via a credit or debit card to Ascension Lutheran Church by clicking the button below and following the onscreen instructions. Secure donation services on the site are provided by Vanco Services, the same company that processes electronic donations for Ascension Lutheran Church and more than 10,000 other churches and non-profit organizations.
     

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Listen to Ascension sermons now!
Click here to view our library of sermons listed by date, preacher, title, and scripture reference.  Make your selection and then click "Listen Now" to hear it right now, or you may also download it to save it to your computer.
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Streetlight USA
The mission of StreetLightUSA® is to transition adolescent girls from trauma to triumph. StreetLightUSA® implements its mission through a three-tier strategy of Awareness, Prevention, and Direct Care,
providing a healing and safe environment for adolescent girls age 11-17 who have been rescued from sex trafficking. For more information please visit www.StreetlightUSA.org.
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Paradise Valley Performance Center
Ascension Lutheran Church is the home of the Paradise Valley Performance Center, featuring classes in  the performing arts for all ages.  Classes offered include voice, music theory, piano, guitar, and acting. For more information please visit www.pvperfctr.com.
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The Spirited Heart Community Healing and Wellness Center
Ascension Lutheran Church is also the home of The Spirited Heart Community Healing and Wellness Center featuring classes, workshops and private sessions such as Yoga, Massage Therapy, Qi Gong, Life Coaching, Reiki, Hypnotherapy and much more. Discounts are available for seniors, veterans, military, teachers, youth, police and firemen. For more information, please visit www.thespiritedheart.com 
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We are located ½ mile north of Lincoln Drive and ½ mile west of Scottsdale Road in Paradise Valley, Arizona.

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