ASCENSION HAS ADDED "AMAZON SMILE".
We have set up AmazonSmile for anyone who makes purchases through Amazon to have 0.5% of their purchase price to be contributed to Ascension. Please read the information below on how it works.
Additional Information about AmazonSmile...How does AmazonSmile work?
When first visiting AmazonSmile, customers are prompted to select a charitable organization from over one million eligible organizations. In order to browse or shop at AmazonSmile, customers must first select a charitable organization. For eligible purchases at AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the customer’s selected charitable organization.
We have simplified the process for you:
This link will take you directly to smile.amazon.com to support Ascension so you won’t have to search for Ascension among almost a million other organizations. It’s the easiest way for you to find and support Ascension. Just click on the link below. You’ll need to sign in to your Amazon account, or create an account. Then follow the prompts and start shopping. It’s very simple.
They do tell you that you’ll need to go to smile.amazon.com/ch/57-0640508 when you want to make purchases and have 0.5% go to Ascension. If not, then it will just go to the Amazon.com page; please bookmark that page, so it’s easy to access in the future. You’ll see at the top of the page – Supporting: Church of the Ascension. If you sign out of your Amazon account, you’ll need to log back in using https://smile.amazon.com/ch/57-0640508. It’s easier just to bookmark the page for future logging in.
Community Outreach and Mission
Ascension has an active Outreach Program to the community, supervised by an Outreach Committee, that provides both monies and volunteer labor for community needs (which are many). Throughout our congregation there are many members serving in such charitable activities as Habitat for Humanity, Oconee Memorial Hospital, Ann Hope United Methodist Church and Senior Solutions. We have a member who serves on the board for Safe Harbor Domestic Abuse and is our ERD (Episcopal Relief and Development) representative. Another is a chair on the board for the Golden Corner Respite Care Program. Members of our parish assisted with the Diocesan Emergency Response during the floods in 2015. These are some of the ways we serve the world around us; we have representatives on the World Mission Community.
Our Parish Hall (with a full service commercial kitchen) can seat in excess of 200. It serves the needs of a Meeting and Gathering Room for the Lake and Mountain Quilt Guild and the Golden Corner Respite Care. Many area community groups use the hall as an annual meeting room for their HOA meetings. It is used several times each year for church functions and gatherings such as our Outreach Ministry Pancake Breakfast, Spaghetti Dinner, Trash and Treasure Sale, Ecumenical Luncheon and Oyster Roast Dinner. In the past, our Good News Ministry showed their "Movie Night" movies in the parish hall and has had many invited guest speakers give presentations from the local Sherriff's Office on Domestic Violence, and Human Trafficing. They've also held Labyrinth retreats, Painting table retreats and Forums on church safety. Call the church office (1-864-882-2006) if you need a meeting place for your next function.
Our numerous ministries, both internal and external to the parish, are the means by which we live and execute our values. Presently, our parish ministries include, but are not limited to:
Sunday Coffee Hours -- Post-service informal fellowship follows the 10am service.
Christian Education -- Sundays at 11am
Community Garden - always looking for volunteers
Eucharistic Ministers/Acolytes/Greeters/Ushers/Lay Eucharistic Visitors
In November, Our Outreach Ministry annually collects coats, jackets, sweaters, hats and gloves which are donated to the United Way and distributed in Oconee County. This is called "Coats for Christ".
Donations are always welcome for these organizations that we support:
Lions Club - New and slightly used eyeglasses and hearing aids
Little Red Food Pantry - non-perishable food items
BY GREG OLIVER, THE JOURNAL
SENECA - Members of Ascension Episcopal Church on Northampton Road, along with more than 50 community volunteers, recently spent the day packing 10,152 meals for Rise Against Hunger - formerly known as Stop Hunger Now. Tricia Dodge, a member of the church, said more than 40,000 meals have been prepared during the four years the church has participated. "Each meal will feed a family of six and costs us 29 cents," Dodge said. "The organization asks us to provide about 40 volunteers to accomplish the task of packing more than 10,000 meals." Dodge said Rise Against Hunger is an international relief organization that distributes food and life-changing aid to the world's most vulnerable, mobilizing the necessary resources to end hunger by 2030. The meals will be sent to one or more of the 73 countries the international organization serves, including Haiti and Peru. This year, Dodge said heavy rains and flooding left half of those countries in a state of emergency. In 1998, a United Methodist minister named Ray Buchanan founded Stop Hunger Now, and the organization was rebranded as Rise Against Hunger in 2017. During its 19-year history, the organization has enlisted volunteers to produce millions of nutritious meals annually to in-country partners around the world that are working to serve communities. Through a careful monitoring process, the organization ensures the meals distributed by its partners are used as a tool to change lives by promoting education, improving students' health and nutrition, addressing gender inequalities, stimulating economic growth and fighting child labor. Rise Against Hunger meals are provided in schools to encourage increased enrollment and attendance. For adults in community empowerment programs, the provision of meals offsets productive time lost while attending training sessions. Meals distributed in hospitals and clinics may support the nutritional needs of patients and complement their treatments. The organization also seeks to address hunger by bolstering agricultural programs and incomes through programs promoting improved agricultural methods, business skills and market access. That includes training and access to quality seeds and fertilizers, as well as supporting the establishment of fish and livestock production to diversify diets and improve nutritional outcomes. Because one in three people in the world are affected by vitamin and mineral deficiencies, Rise Against Hunger meals are designed to provide an array of micro nutrients. The meals include enriched rice, soy protein, dried vegetables and 23 essential vitamins and nutrients. Among the emergency relief initiatives in which Rise Against Hunger was able to respond in recent years include treatment for severe acute malnutrition in South Sudan and food and hygiene kit distributions in response to Hurricane Matthew and Hurricane Harvey. Dodge credited Liz Metzger, a former parishioner and outreach chairwoman, for working diligently to bring the Rise Against Hunger effort to the church. Metzger worked for Rise Against Hunger for three years before passing away in April. A memorial service was held last week at Ascension to honor her memory. "She had a passion for feeding people who did not have the resources to feed themselves," Dodge said. For more information on Rise Against Hunger, go to riseagainsthunger.org.