Along with being an opening and welcoming congregation, we are deeply involved in our community and do whatever we can to support the needs presented in our area. There are a number of organizations we work closely with and we would love to have you join us!
Within our church there are many opportunities available for all ages to participate in. From baking cookies to knitting hats and stuffing Easter eggs - there is a little something for everyone. Please click the button below to review the current opportunities within our Parish!
Current Items Needed: 1lb/2lb bags of rice , Soups and chili, Peanut Butter, Individual cereals and full box cereals, 8 oz. shelf stable juice boxes, Shelf stable milk boxes, Shelf-stable alternative milks, Meal in a can: chili, ravioli, spaghetti-o’s, Pet food, Hygiene items (soap, shampoo, sanitizer, lotion, feminine hygiene products, etc.), Mac and Cheese, Granola bars’, Individual packages of nuts or trail mix, Single-serve instant oatmeal, Snack size fruit cups (in their own fruit juices)
A HUB FOR HOPE
Ballard Food Bank
Ballard Food Bank has long been part of Ascension’s Outreach ministry and over many years parishioners have faithfully and generously given and helped answer the call to Feed My Sheep. During our Lenten series, Colleen Martinson, Ballard Food Bank’s Director of Development & Communications, gave an overview of their wide-ranging services which go far beyond food distribution. They now have their own building and in May, Colleen led a tour of 17 parishioners during which everyone learned a great deal about how BFB operates and facilitates the needs of the community. If you are interested in volunteering your time at the facility or want more information, please go to: www.ballardfoodbank.org
Ascension now gives quarterly and our next two collections at church will be on July 17th and November 16th 2022. Food hunger touches many lives and particularly now when prices have risen so high, there is an even greater need. Please stock up as you shop and join us in contributing to this most basic and valuable service.
In everything they do, they look for ways to bring relief. Whether this means giving out a sleeping bag, or a bus ticket home, or replacing someone’s ID. If they can get someone back to work or return them to a loved one in another city, Nightwatch will do all they can. Nightwatch also serves late night meals to those waiting for shelter, provides low income housing for seniors and reaches out with friendship, food, supplies and other support to homeless people in a variety of settings through their Street Ministry.
HELPING HOMELESS WITH access to employment, education, healthcare, and housing
Interbay Village has been in operation since 2017 and has served more than 246 households / people with about 35% going to permanent housing. It currently serves about 90 people and offers 24/7 staffing, on-site case managers, behavioral health services, security and a community kitchen laundry and hygiene stations. COA has provided food and clothing for residents for several years and is represented on the Community Advisory Committee that meets monthly to provide community input on operations and concerns.
Volunteers for the 10:15am Sunday service can collaborate in pairs to cover the three roles, such as one audio/video technician and one streaming technician or one audio technician and one video/streaming technician. The assignment is based on each volunteer's level of comfort and training. Volunteers needed ASAP, contact Mtr. Heather, firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Crafty People group meets most weeks on Wednesday at 11:00am, except during the summer. The group focuses on knitting hats to donate to the Seafarers organization. All are welcome whether you want to knit, do other hand work or just visit with crafty folks. We have members who can teach you knitting basics if you need help getting started. We also have yarn and patterns that we can provide to those who want to join us in knitting hats.
PLEASE CHECK BACK FOR THE 2023 ANNUAL ASSEMBLY DETAILS!
This is our major consultative event of the year, at which we seek to deepen these connections, shape strategies, and listen for the leadings and needs of our community for the year ahead. Formal business includes reviewing the budget & affirming the Board of Directors and its officers.