Jesus said, “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” -John 13:34,35
The Way of Christ
If we are really going to follow Jesus, it is imperative that we live and act in love for others. Love is not about how we feel, but what we do. We love others in our care of creation, those who are in need, and those in our own family. We express that love in acts of service, in communal ministries, and in our giving.
Congregation Parish World
The Episcopal Church is heir to an ancient tradition of being a congregation working with clergy to serve a parish, which is an actual area of land in the tradition. We serve everyone who lives in our territory, whether they are members of our congregation or not. This means both caring for people and land, as well as being involved in local government and institutions. We have clergy serving as chaplains to first responders and visiting local hospitals, lay people in ministries to the homeless and school children, and too many individuals to name living lives committed to Christ in businesses and homes and the streets of our cities and around the world.
This is what it means to live into Service of Christ. “Whatsoever you do to the least of these, you do unto me.”
Ministries at Christ Church of the Ascension
We have a number of ministries at Christ Church for service to the community here and around the Valley and the World. For members, ministry includes leadership opportunities, worship support and teaching opportunities, as well as outreach. For friends of the community we offer partnerships with larger community organizations, the Diocese, and the greater church community.
Rector: The Reverend Daniel P. Richards
Senior Warden: Janene Smith
Junior Warden: Andrew Waite
Treasurer: Gloria Swain
Chancellor: Pedro Miranda
Members: Cathy Arnold, Freda Schenk, Cathie Galloway, Wendy Marshall, Chaz Moody, Rebecca Scarpino, Nancy Shumaker, Peter Spang, Gloria Swaine, Will Reimers, and Thom Rindahl.
Merriam Webster defines the word "vestry" as "an elective body in an Episcopal parish composed of the rector and a group of elected parishioners administering the temporal affairs of the parish". CCA Vestry members are elected in the Annual Meeting in January. Usually members are elected to a term of three years. Also in the annual meeting, the Junior Warden is elected for a term of one year by the parish. The Senior Warden is appointed by the rector. The Vestry votes for the secretary and treasurer during the first meeting of the year.
Top Three Goals & Priorities of Christ Church of the Ascension
- Develop and implement a comprehensive strategy to reach new people and incorporate them into the life and ministries of our parish.
- Make necessary changes to attract families with children and youth to our parish.
- Further develop ministries that work toward healing those broken by life circumstances in our community and beyond.
Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month to discern God's will and purpose for Christ Church and implement that vision in practical ministry through the physical plant, financial stewardship, and policies and procedures to guide the congregation and staff. These meetings are open for any member to attend.
Safeguarding and Background Checks
Ministry Partners through Christ Church
Our mission is to develop the whole child by providing challenging and creative academic, spiritual, and social experiences.
We are committed to delivering:
- Affordable, high-quality private education programs
- Low student-teacher ratios and small class sizes
- The tools to build the foundation for a lifetime of successful learning experiences
Christ Church School's innovative personalized learning community, academic acceleration, state-of-the-art facility, and customizable before- and after-school programs allow each student the opportunity to grow to their full potential!
What We Believe
The teachers, administrators, & staff at Christ Church School are united in their belief that all children:
- Have the power to learn
- Are curious & creative
- Can succeed
No two students have exactly the same skills or learning style. That’s why we create a personalized learning experience for every child. Teachers combine direct classroom instruction, small-group work, and one-on-one tutoring in a way that works best for your student.