Scheduled Events and News at Christ Church of the Ascension

“Fellowship in the Pines”
2018 CCA Camping Trip

Friday, Sept. 21 – Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018

Pre-Trip Planning Meeting: Sunday, Sept. 16th after the 10:15 AM service.
Topics include: logistics, menu plan, driving directions, what to expect, and Q&A. We’ll also collect your payment for food and beverages for the trip. (See Costs below)

Our Campsite: We’ll camp in the Airplane Flats campground; just below the Mogollon Rim in the cool pines of the Tonto Natl. forest. Canyon Creek runs nearby and fishing is available. There are restrooms in camp, but no drinking water. (We’ll bring our own water in with us.) There’s no fee to use this campground; we’ll have a couple of group campsites reserved for us, which are normally first-come, first serve.

Weather: Usually sunny, with a chance of showers. Average temps: highs in the 70’s to low 80’s, and lows in the mid/upper 40’s to low 50’s.

Who’s invited? Parish families, individuals, and your guests are welcome. Suggest leaving your pet(s) at home. If you do bring pets, please leash/manage them so they do not disturb others or get into food or trash.

*What to bring? Tent, sleeping bag(s), pillow(s), ground cloth, an extra blanket or two, sweatshirts or jackets for chilly evenings/mornings, warm/wool cap, personal bug spray, folding/camp chair, towel and/or hand towel, lantern and/or flashlight. Please bring your own plate and utensils for our Saturday night dinner!

What if I need some camping gear? There’ll likely be others who have some extra gear that you can borrow. We’ll try to get you hooked up to borrow some gear at the Sunday, Sept. 16th planning meeting.

Meals on the trip: We have group meals; it adds to the fellowship, keeps expenses down, and you don’t need to bring any cooking gear! We’ll plan on five meals; Friday casual dinner, big breakfasts on Sat. & Sun., light lunch on Sat., and a big multiple course dinner on Saturday night (incl. s’mores for dessert!) We’ll share the specifics at the planning meeting; if you have any special dietary needs, please let us know then.

Activities: Hiking, fishing, lounging, relaxing, prayer, meditation, try out the rope swing, or visit the fish hatchery nearby, or whatever suits you. We should be able to have a group campfire on Friday and Saturday nights. If you plan to fish, you will need to bring your own gear, license, trout stamp, etc. We may see/hear wildlife early in the morning or around sunset. (Male elk normally “bugle” that time of year; it’s an awesome sound!)

Sign up: Contact Charlie Moody at 602-300-2642 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to sign up.

Costs: $30/person (ages 13+), $20/person (ages 6-12), & Free for kids 5 and under. Saturday dinner only: $20/person. Please pay with cash or checks (payable to Charlie Moody). Payment must be received no later than Sun. Sept. 16th. Also, after that date, there’ll be no refunds if you cancel or don’t show up in camp.

*Please bring a good attitude and willingness to pitch in to help make the weekend a positive experience for everyone involved!!

Join us on Sunday, June 17 for a CCA visit with the Fifth Bishop of Arizona,

The Right Reverend Kirk Stevan Smith, Ph.D., D.D.

Christ Church of the Ascension schedule for 6/17:

9:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist Service, Rite II

10:15 a.m. - Everyone is invited for a
Coffee Hour Reception and
Presentation in Rectors Hall:
“Why Did the Early Church Grow So Fast and what Can We Learn from It”

11:15 a.m. - meeting with CCA Vestry and Staff

Come One, Come All!

Please plan to join us on the following Sundays:

  • June 17 (Bishop’s Visit)
  • July 8
  • August 26 (Celebrating Ann)

Summer Choir is a great opportunity to raise your voice in song! Join us in the church at 8:00 a.m. on the above dates (7:45 a.m. on 8/26) for a quick rehearsal, then sing with us at the 9:00 a.m. service. It’s early, but fun!

Thinking about joining us? Send Music Director Tom Peterson a quick note (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or call the Church office to let him know. Thanks!

Childcare is available in the Nursery for children birth - 3 years of age.

PreK-12th grade Sunday School classes are offered in the following classrooms:

Ascension Chapel Shepherds PreK - Kindergarten
Library Prophets 1st - 3rd Grades
Room 3 Apostles 4th - 6th Grades
Teen Center Disciples Jr. and Sr. High Classes

All children are brought to the worship service at the Peace.

Please be sure to complete a registration form for your children.

I would like to say thank you to all who volunteer here. I can see how tirelessly you work and your love for the Parish. You are invaluable to everyone here at Christ Church of the Ascension. I would like to ask everyone who is currently a volunteer to please fill out a Volunteer Registration Form. Forms are available in the Narthex, in the Church Office, or by clicking on the link below. It will help us to have your most current contact information, any additional volunteer opportunities you may be interested in, and, most importantly, your availability. Please turn in this form as soon as possible.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, we would love to have you! Please fill out the same form so that we can get you started.

Urgent need: The reception desk in the CCA office needs volunteers to cover either full or half day shifts. The office is open from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and needs coverage from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Volunteer shifts can be half-day shifts from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm or 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm. We promise to give you direction and we do have fun!

Click here to download the CCA Volunteer Registration Form

Safeguarding God’s Children and People

CCA is a Safeguarding facility, meaning that every volunteer and employee must complete Safeguarding training. The Church Pension Group and its affiliate companies are proud to offer online training to supplement and broaden the child abuse awareness and prevention education provided by Safeguarding God's Children. Safeguarding Online provides training in short, focused courses that can normally be completed in 30-45 minutes. These courses can be taken from any location with a high-speed Internet connection.

If you have taken these training sessions in the past, please login to your account at as new courses have been added. If you are new to Christ Church of the Ascension as staff or volunteer, you will receive an email with your log in and password information. Courses must be re-taken every 5 years. Please contact me with any questions. Thank you!

Allison Brown
Parish Administrator
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Education for Ministry (EFM) is a parish based program of Christian theological education offered by the School of Theology of the University of the South.  Students sign up one year at a time for this four-year adult class.  About half the class time is devoted to an academic study of the Old and New Testaments, church history, and theology.  (There are no tests, no papers due.)  The other half of our time, we delve into discussions covering many topics generated by the class.  We meet once a week at Christ Church of the Ascension under the guidance of trained mentors.

Participants in EFM study the entire sweep of the Christian tradition, from the earliest period to the present. Students learn the disciplines of biblical exegesis and interpretation, systematic theology, church history, ethics, liturgics and ascetical theology, which form the core of a seminary education. The traditional content is not studied in a vacuum.   EFM creates small "communities of learning" where life events may be examined in the light of the materials being studied. While the academic material is substantial, there is the added focus on life implications and understanding them in a theological context. EFM provides adult Christians with a basic skill -- theological reflection, which sharpens the skills of personal and cultural assessment.

This study is on a back bone of political history, philosophical and theological thought, and the migration of peoples since these factors are interwoven and are virtually inseparable.  The first two years we cover the Old Testament and New Testament.  The third year we study church history, 100CE to the present.  In our fourth year the material covers theological perspectives and their impact on life in the church today.

We are currently registering the new first year class which will begin in September. Please contact us using the form below for more information.

Jean Hawkins, Class Mentor
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Duane Hoole, Class Mentor
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Items Needed to Fill a Basket 

  • Easter Basket
  • Easter Grass
  • Plastic Eggs (Candy Filled)
  • Coloring Books w/Crayons
  • Candy (No Chocolate)
  • Children’s Books/Bible
  • Small Stuffed Animal
  • Small Toys 

*Please bring your baskets to Christ Church by Sunday, April 2, 2017* 
Questions? Contact Barbie Moody at (602) 793-1551 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The Anointing of Jesus
Monday, April 10
Children of Light
Tuesday, April 11
The Betrayal
Wednesday, April 12


6:30 pm – Holy Eucharist

5:30 pm - Dinner
6:30 pm – Holy Eucharist with Choir
Foot Washing – The Stripping of the Altar

GOOD FRIDAY – April 14 at Noon and 6:30PM
Liturgy with Music @ 6:30 PM Service

Saturday Vigil April 15 @ 7:30 PM

8:00 AM & 10:15 AM – Festival Eucharist
With Winds, Strings and Choir

All children are encouraged to worship in church with their families

6:00 PM – Holy Eucharist

Gather together with Father Daniel & our community Wednesday evenings, starting March 8th, from 6PM - 7:15 PM for our Lenten Series:

The Way of Christ Small Group Discussions

  • 6PM in Parish Hall light supper (soup & bread)
  • 6:45PM Small Group breakout discussion sessions
  • 7:15PM Closing prayer & dismissal

Starting March 8th - every Wednesday evening through Lent - ending April 12th

**  The Lenten Series is designed for ALL AGES!!  **

We will have a Children and Youth Program beginning after the soup dinner.                                   

Children and Youth will take part in activities and discussions of their own!                                        

Please plan to bring the whole family!



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