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September

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Fall 2016 Ascension Neighborhood Communities (ANC)

By Morgan Reed

We all need a place to belong. We all need to know and be known, to make friends and be a friend. We all want to find a way to live for God in hard times and easy times. We all need a group of people to trust, who will look out for us and… Read More »

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August

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Whales & Harpooners – Dean Miller

By Dean Miller

Dear Ascension Family, I’m thinking today about whales and harpooners. Many of you are familiar with the works of Eugene Peterson, either through The Message, his scholarly and accessible paraphrase of the entire Bible, or some of his other works on Spiritual Theology.  Most of you know by now we’ll be using his book on… Read More »

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August

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Morning Space Update, Summer, August, Misc. – Dean Miller

By Dean Miller

Dear Ascension Family, I’m writing you with a grateful heart for a full and good couple months of summer as a church.  I’m grateful for those of you who are new among us and have joined us for meals, worship, and conversation.  I’m grateful for the new babies born and to be born in the… Read More »

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July

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God and Our Bodies: Further Resources – Dean Miller

By Admin

Dear Ascension Family, I trust this finds you thriving in the midst of this hot week.  I’m at the part of my summer when I’m wishing our neighborhood pool water was icy cold rather than ready to boil an egg, which usually happens this time July. I’m writing to follow up on our parish retreat… Read More »

09

July

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A Sad and Tragic Week

By Admin

Dear Ascension Family, I’m writing to you from a hotel room in Utica, NY, after my arrival this evening from a full-day of driving before I pick our oldest up from summer camp Saturday morning. It was a long drive but gave me the opportunity to pray and consider, like I’m sure many of you,… Read More »

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June

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A couple of thoughts – Dean Miller

By Dean Miller

Dear Ascension Family, A couple thoughts… Orlando I loved our winter series in The Gospel of John, and continue to think on two of the recurrent descriptions of Jesus in the book, that Jesus was/is the Light, and that Jesus was/is the Life. And those lenses of Jesus keep prodding me as like many of… Read More »

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May

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The Unforced Rhythms of Grace – Anna Carrington

By Admin

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on… Read More »

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April

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Choosing Solitude, and Our Neighborhoods – Dean Miller

By Admin

Being silent and still is still a choice. This is what I’m re-learning this spring. I have had the chance now to use Ruth Haley Barton’s Invitation to Silence and Solitude several times as either an impetus to my own life with God or as a recommended resource to others. I have found it a… Read More »

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April

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Around the World: Rest for the Body & Mind – John Lawrence

By Admin

The International Missions and Partnership Council at Ascension wants to find new ways to connect you with our partners around the world. So we reached out to a few of our partners to ask about their experience of solitude. BC and his family are in Ecuador and will be visiting Ascension next Sunday. Our newest… Read More »

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April

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The Incarnation and Offices, Schools, and Warehouses Oh My!: Spaced In and Out

By Admin

Lately I’ve been thinking and praying about space.   I’ve been doing these two things as I’ve been unpacking into our new Ascension office space.  After several (more) months of looking we have settled into a great, two-room office space at 400 North Washington in Falls Church.  One of the real joys of this space… Read More »