THE SHED THRIFT SHOP
The Shed gives our parish an opportunity to share our "gently used" women's/men's clothing and housewares with those in our community for whom a bargain is a necessity. Donations are received at The Shed during operating hours or at the church office during business hours.
Shed Hours: 9am-12pm Thursday/Friday/Saturday. Closed on Fridays June-September.
Contact Audrey Scheidenhelm 727.447.3469 or Sam Murray 727.447.1556
THE HAVEN OF RCS
Through financial donations and gifts of clothing and supplies, Ascension supports The Haven, a shelter for adults and children seeking refuge from domestic violence, sponsored by Religious Community Services. See website for upcoming RCS fundraisers. www.RCSpinellas.org
CLOTHES TO KIDS
Clothes to Kids is a local non-propfit whose mission is to supply low-income families with free new and slightly used clothing for their school-age children. www.clothestokids.org
F.L.A.S.H. (FAITH, LOVE AND SPIRITUAL HEALING)
Ascension's umbrellas ministry for assisting the needy.
Angel Tree: Working with local agencies, we provide Christmas gifts for needy children and adults.
Backpack Sunday: An opportunity for Ascension to help outfit needy children with school supplies.
Cold Night Shelter for the Homeless: During cold winter weather, Ascension provides volunteers, blankets, clothing and sandwiches for a program operated by three neighborhood churches.
Undies Sundays: Twice a year, we collect packages of new underwear for the homeless and RCS.
Contact the church office 727.447.3469
Many children at Belleair Elementary School, who are learning to read, have no one at home to help them practice their reading because their parents don't yet speak English. That's where Ascension Tutors come in --- volunteers who help with reading and other subjects as needed. No qualifications are required other than a love for children and a willingness to give one-on-one attention. Contact Judy McSwine at email@example.com
PEACEMAKERS QUILT GUILD
Our quilters meet the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month in the Parish Hall, creating lap quilts and pillow cases for All Children's Hospital and The Haven of RCS. Contact Molly Womble at firstname.lastname@example.org
RCS FOOD BANK
Donations of canned and other non-perishables are collected in the church narthex, office or parish hall for weekly pickup by RCS. Ascension. Ascension's Baby Food Bank ministry collects small change in baby food jars for RCS to purchase baby food.See website for upcoming RCS fundraisers. www.RCSpinellas.org
PACK-A-SACK FOR KIDS
Our closest neighborhood school, Belleair Elementary in Clearwater, has the highest population of homeless children in the county; in addition, some 95 percent of its students qualify for free or reduced lunch. For many of these children, hunger is a chronic companion. Donations of items that don't require refrigeration are very welcome: Peanut butter/cheese snacks, granola bars, single-size juice and milk boxes, single-size cereals, fruit and pudding cups, chicken vienna sausages, boxes of raisins. Contact Alyce Goldsmith at email@example.com
MEALS OF HOPE
A Meals of Hope food-packing event is one way to tackle a serious problem while having serious fun! Five Episcopal churches, including Ascension, come together with community organizations to package thousands of fortified dried meals (mac and cheese or rice and beans), to be distributed in Pinellas County. Contact Susan Katte, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Marcia Nauman, email@example.com for details.
In cooperation with neighboring Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church, First United Methodist Church, St. Cecelila Catholic Church, and Crossroads Christian Church, Ascension assists with cooking and serving a community Thanksgiving Dinner, offering hospitality to homeless people and others who have no place to celebrate the holiday.
Contact Susan Katte firstname.lastname@example.org
Summer mission teams to our sister parish, San Matias Episcopal Church and School, have renovated the church and school, brought VBS to hundreds of excited children, and linked our hearts with theirs! Other Ascension parishioners underwrite school scholarships. Contact Steve Marcum email@example.com
or Brenda Hiers firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition to traveling to the Dominican Republic, our adult missioners have performed repairs and renovations at the Episcopal Church and School on the Wind River Reservation, Wyoming; and generally accompany our Senior High Youth on their U.S. mission trips. Contact Larry Clem email@example.com
SENIOR HIGH YOUTH MISSIONS
Our Senior High Youth group has helped renovate property at Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Stalybridge, England, has repaired a mountain home in Appalachia; and worked at the Episcopal church on the Wind River Reservation, Wyoming. In summer 2012, they journeyed to tornado-ravaged Joplin, Missouri, to work with Americorp.
Contact Father Mike Branscombe firstname.lastname@example.org
F.A.S.T. -- FAITH IN ACTION FOR STRENGTH TOGETHER
FAST is a coalition of area congregations of all denominations whose goal is to mitigate injustice and poverty in Pinellas County. Thru regular meetings, and its annual Nehemiah Action Assembly in which FAST dialogues with law enforcement and government officials, FAST lobbies to reduce poverty, crime, illness, sub-standard housing, environmental degradation, and to expand education and economic opportunities. Ascension participates as a financial sponsor, while individual parishioners carpool to attend FAST meetings. Contact Father Leo Crawford email@example.com