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Ascension Youth News


Education and Youth:  Joan Anderson was elected Chair of the committee.  Twenty-two adults and six confirmands helped twenty children decorate and create Valentines.  The youth mini lock-in is scheduled for Friday, March 9, from 5 to 10 p.m. at Ascension.  Bring a non-perishable food item to the event.  All 3rd through 12th graders are welcome to bring their friends.  The newspaper, letter to the editor, party line, Facebook, websites, flyers, Ascension youth page and FB have been notified.  Jodi Dietz received a Thrivent grant for the event.  The JAM students received a notice on Feb. 7 and a notice will be given to them every week until the event.  Registrations will be handed out closer to the event.  The mini lock-in will also include three year olds to 2nd grade from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.  Christie Ness and Pastor Erica Cunningham will work with them.  Gustavus students will lead the 3rd through 12th grades.  Nordean and Dorothy Krueger would like to make French toast breakfast for Easter on April 1.  All youth are requested to come to help serve and clean-up.  There is brunch following worship on March 11.  Fundraising needs to be done to keep up Ascension’s pledge to ELCA Mission Support.  Bibles will be presented to thirteen children at JAM on Feb. 21.  Baptism Recognition will be done at JAM.

Education and Youth Committee Appreciation
Ascension’s mini lock-in rocked!  A big thank-you to all who participated.  Parents, children and helpers all worked to make this event a big success!  Jodi Dietz wrote the grant and bought pizza and many snacks.  Thirty two 3rd – 9th graders participated in many active games and Bible study with the Gustavus students.  Pastor Erica Cunningham and Christie Ness led eight three-year-olds through 2nd graders with fun and messy crafts!  Fourteen adults supervised, served and cleaned up the church along with Cherrie, Kim, Caston and Darrin.

2018 High School Graduates

Congratulations to Ascension graduates – Lydia Boorsma, Grace Hutchins, Morgan Jellinger, Gona Majiok, Kacy Waltman, Logan Yotter. A brunch in their honor will be held following the worship service on Sunday, May 20, in Carlsen Hall.

Celebrating Baptism

On the fourth Sunday of each month, Ascension celebrates anniversaries of Baptism for children through ninth grade. This month, Baptism Recognition is on Sunday, May 27. Parents and children come to the baptismal font for the presentation. Jaxon Richards and Ramsie Enser celebrate May baptismal anniversaries.

Vacation Bible School

Ascension is participating in an Okoboji-led Vacation Bible School June 18-21 at the Edgewater Park Pavilion. If you have questions or would like a registration form, please contact Joan Anderson at or phone her at 373-7098.


Supplies for Lutheran World Relief School Bags
Supplies for each bag include 4 one-subject notebooks, 5 pencils, 5 pens, metric ruler, eraser, box of 24 color crayons, child’s scissors, and a pencil sharpener (no American or company labels on items).  Any extra supplies not used for Lutheran World relief are given to Albert Lea schools.  On Sept. 10, children assemble school bags for Lutheran World Relief.  Following brunch, please help the children put the supplies into the bags. 

The time for JAM, starting Sept.14, will run like this:

5:10-5:30–Meal, 5:30-6:15 for 3 year olds – KG, (A parent needs to stay and accompany the 3 year olds)

1st-6th grade is 5:10-5:30 Meal, 5:30-6:30 Music/Lesson

If you haven't come to JAM, please give it a try. The curriculum we are using is nicely written and focuses on a variety of Bible stories throughout the year. The kids have a good time and we are trying to add in a few different craft and game nights this year.

Also, if you're able to volunteer, either to help serve a meal (about 1 hour of time - you can be reimbursed for the food you purchase) or teach (it's only for 30 minutes!!!) please let me know.

Join the fun and learning. There are openings for teachers and kitchen help. RSVP or call if you would like to join the JAM program and help. You will receive even more blessings than you give out!

Any questions call Joan Anderson 373-7098 or 402-019

Thank you much! Looking forward to seeing you all soon! Ascension’s Education and Youth Committee: Joan Anderson, Diane Doppelhammer, Jody Olson, Bonnie Jensen, Keli Enser, Jerry Hickman, Sarah Dulitz, and Jodi Dietz

"God's Global Barnyard"

JAM students participate in this project in two ways. The first way is to know the animals they could buy and how much they cost. This information is in the God's Global Barnyard color book. The BarnBank will be assembled and used to store coins until they are full. Then the banks will be brought every week for God's Global Barnyard. Students should assemble the banks soon so they don't forget to start saving up coins.

Ascension’s Education Committee
Joan Anderson, Keli Enser, Nancy Heideman, Jody Olson, Diane Doppelhammer

American Legion Supports Ascension’s Youth
On the last Sunday of each month, Albert Lea’s American Legion Leo Carey Post No. 56 hosts breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  For each Ascension member attending, the Legion donates $1.00 back to Ascension’s youth group.  Plan to attend.

Wednesday School
The Education Committee seeks people interested in helping with Ascension’s Wednesday education program.  Helpers are asked to provide a simple meal or assist with crafts or teaching.  If you have questions or wish to volunteer, please contact Joan Anderson at 373-7098.  Please consider this opportunity to be a part of Ascension’s outreach to children.

Adult education classes
Classes are held occasionally on Sunday mornings between services. Many different topics are discussed during the year.  These classes may be taught by Pastor Boorsma, the Parish Nurse, or others with expertise in various fields such as living wills, weight loss etc. When sufficient interest is shown in a particular topic, a class can be arranged.

Education plays a very important roll in the lives of all the members of Ascension Lutheran Church. If you feel a desire to increase your commitment to God, perhaps you would consider assisting with Family Night or offering a class for the adult members of Ascension.

YOUTH COMMITTEE MEMBERS ARE: Ellen Kohl, Staci Waltman,  Mary Boorsma, Jodi Dietz, Tammy Krowiorz, and Trena Siefken

Also, the committee suggests that if your children have their “Faith Bag” which was given to them at their Baptism, it would be a great bag in which to carry their new Spark Bible.  If you have questions or do not have the bag, please contact Joan Anderson.

Ten Things Children Should Know About Prayer
1. Prayer is Communication It can be spoken or silent. It can be a song or a story. It can be a picture or a dance.

2. Prayer can be done as often as you like. Every week. Every day. Every hour.

3. Prayer can be done however you want. There's no right or wrong way to pray.

4. Prayer can be shared, but doesn't have to be. It can be done alone or wit a favorite toy. It can be done with friends, family or pets.

5. Prayer can be done anywhere. It can be done in your room or at the kitchen table. It can be done out in your yard, at the park or even at the zoo.

6. Prayer can be done in any mood. You can be happy, sad, angry, scared or confused when you pray.

7. Prayer can be for yourself or someone else. If you know someone who could use a little help - add them to your prayers.

8. Prayer doesn't need a certain structure, length or specific words. Whatever words you use, long or short, however your prayer comes out is fine.

9. Prayer doesn't need a special occasion. There are certain prayers appropriate to special occasions, but you don't need to wait for a special time to pray.

10. Prayer doesn't have to be a request. It can be used to give thanks for what you have already received."Thank You" is a perfect prayer. 

Susan Taylor Brown is the author of the children's book Can I Pray With My Eyes Open? Many Children wonder about prayer. This nondenominational, multicultural book offers answers. Whether angry or alone or playing with friends, every child is assured that they can pray when, where, and how they want - and they will always be heard.

From Seeds For The Parish - July-August 2010

Teach us to pray

Here are ideas for leading children and youth in prayer:
Building Block Prayer: Use a stack of children’s building blocks. Place one block on the table proclaiming Christ as the cornerstone of our faith. Invite each person to add one block as a petition is spoken. The finished structure will look differently each time but is always firmly grounded in God’s love.
Cube Prayers: On a wooden block or small square cardboard box, draw or stamp a different symbol on each of the six sides. Each person takes a turn at rolling the cube and offers a prayer according to the symbol on top.
Hand Squeeze Prayer: Hold hands in a circle, with your eyes closed. Someone begins with the first petition. When the person in done, he/she squeezes the hand of the next person and so on around the circle
Paper Towel Prayer: Each child is given a roll of paper towels and asked to write a person’s name or a personal prayer concern on each sheet. Re-roll. Each day tear off one sheet and lift up prayers for that particular concern or person.
Web Prayer: Begin by holding a ball of yarn or string and then offer a sentence prayer. Hold on to the end and toss the ball across the circle. The person who catches the ball offers a prayer, holds on to the string and then tosses the ball to someone else. This continues until all have participated. Close by thanking God for the connected faith community.

Summer Camp weeks are July 5 - August 7. Contact a member of the Education Committee (Joan Anderson, Keli Enser, Diane Dopplehammer, Nancy Hiedeman, Jody Olson) with what week you would prefer, or if you have further questions.

From the ELCA - Living Lutheran - A daily blend of stories, culture and community - web site.

 It's as easy as ABC to give your heart to the Lord.

All you have to do is:
Admit you are a sinner. Romans 3:23
Believe Jesus died on the cross for you. Acts 16:31
Confess your sin to God and turn from it. Romans 10:9

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