Sad News to Report…

Dear Friends and Parishioners of Ascension Memorial Church,

It is with sadness and regret that I share news of the death of Andrew “Drew” Nikas, son of Joanne Brown, younger brother of Randall Nikas and Leigh Flaherty, brother-in-law of Ted Flaherty, nephew of Marcia Inman.  Drew grew up in Ipswich, lived most of his life here, is father to four sons and will be truly missed by his many friends and family.

Calling hours will be held at Morris Funeral Home this Friday evening, most likely from 5 to 7PM.  A memorial service for Drew will be held at Ascension Memorial Church this Saturday, February 18th at 2PM with reception following in St. Matthew’s Parlor.

Please hold in your thoughts and prayers Drew’s many family members.

God’s peace,

Brad+

 

Sad news to share

Dear Friends and Parishioners of Ascension Memorial Church,

I have sad news to share with you this morning.

Our beloved parishioner Gini Player died yesterday evening at her home with Marshall Bowden, her loving companion, at her side.

The memory of her wit and always positive demeanor will remain in our hearts and minds for years to come.

We will celebrate and offer thanks for her life at a service to be held at Ascension Memorial Church this Saturday January 28th at 10:00AM, followed by a luncheon reception at Boone Hall.

May her soul rest in peace and please hold in your prayers Marshall and all the members of Gini’s wonderful extended family.

God’s peace,

Brad+

 

Christmas Services

A reminder for this weekend’s Christmas Services:

 

CHRISTMAS AT ASCENSION

Saturday, December 24th

CHRISTMAS EVE PAGEANT at 4:00 PM

 

Saturday, December 24th

CHRISTMAS EVE HOLY EUCHARIST

Prelude Music at 9:30PM – Service at 10:00PM

 

Sunday, December 25th

CHRISTMAS DAY HOLY EUCHARIST

One service at 9:00 AM

 

Holy Silence Holy Communion Services Cancellations

Our Holy Silence Holy Communion Service this Wednesday, December 21st at 5:30PM will be canceled, as Reverend Clark will be away on a family holiday.

Additionally, our Holy Silence Holy Communion Services next Monday, December 26th, Wednesday, December 28th and Monday, January 2nd, 2017 will also be canceled for Christmas/New Year’s Break.

Our Holy Silence Holy Communion Services will resume on Wednesday January 3rd, 2017 at 5:30PM.

Thank you.

 

Letter from Massachusetts Episcopal Bishops

The bishops of the Episcopal Church in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts have issued a letter to President-elect Donald J. Trump expressing their dismay at his choice of Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency.

“The Episcopal Church stands strongly for the protection of the environment.  We respect the facts of science.  We support the laws and policies that address the reality of climate change,” the bishops say in their letter.

Weakening and dismantling the E.P.A.’s protections of the natural world threaten the common good and compromise national security, the bishops write.

“We wonder why a person who has consistently and adamantly opposed all laws and policies that provide even minimal ‘protection’ to the environment should be entrusted with leading such an agency,” the bishops say.

“As citizens of this beloved country, we intend to write our members of Congress, urging them to block the nomination of Scott Pruitt to lead the E.P.A.  We will pray for a better choice,” the bishops conclude, with an assurance to the president-elect of their continued prayers as he assumes “this office of tremendous responsibility for the good of all.”

The full text of the bishops’ letter follows below.

Dec. 12, 2016

Donald J. Trump
President-Elect of the United States of America Trump Tower
735 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10022

Dear President-Elect Trump,

We, the bishops of the Episcopal Church in Massachusetts, are glad to let you know that all of our 235 churches pray for you regularly in our liturgies with these or similar words: “For those in positions of public trust, especially Barack our President and Donald our President-Elect, that they may serve justice, and promote the dignity and freedom of every person.”

We also pray: “Give us reverence for the earth as your own creation, that we may use its resources rightly in the service of others and to your honor and glory.”

The Episcopal Church stands strongly for the protection of the environment. We respect the facts of science.  We support laws and policies that address the reality of climate change. We are in the process of divesting our financial interest in fossil fuels. Most recently our Presiding Bishop, the Most Rev. Michael Curry, joined Native Americans at Standing Rock in their effort to protect their water and their sacred land. Numerous other Episcopal Church leaders have likewise traveled to Standing Rock.

Our respect for our government leaders and our reverence for the earth as God’s creation impel us to write you to express our dismay about your selection of Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency. We wonder why a person who has consistently and adamantly opposed all laws and policies that provide even minimal “protection” to the environment should be entrusted with leading such an agency.

President-elect Trump, you have promised economic development. Like you, we value a stable and prosperous economy.  However, a thriving economy depends on a healthy environment. The more we weaken and dismantle the E.P.A.’s vital protections of our natural world, the more we threaten the common good.

You have also promised to strengthen our national defense. Like you, we value national security.  However, our country’s top military intelligence have concluded that climate change is a “threat multiplier” that is already creating instability around the world and will likely create significant security challenges in the years ahead.  If someone who casts doubt on the reality of climate change becomes the head of the E.P.A., our national security will be compromised.

As citizens of this beloved country, we intend to write our members of Congress, urging them to block the nomination of Scott Pruitt to lead the E.P.A. We will pray for a better choice.

And we will continue to pray for you as you assume this office of tremendous responsibility for the good of all.

Respectfully,

The Rt. Rev. Douglas J. Fisher, Bishop Diocesan of Western Massachusetts The Rt. Rev. Alan M. Gates, Bishop Diocesan of Massachusetts The Rt. Rev. Gayle E. Harris, Bishop Suffragan of Massachusetts The Rt. Rev. Barbara C. Harris, Bishop Suffragan of Massachusetts (retired) The Rt. Rev. Roy F. Cederholm, Bishop Suffragan of Massachusetts (retired)

 

Cancellations and a Reminder

With this hectic and busy Holiday week we will be cancelling our Holy Silence Holy Communion Service this Wednesday, November 23rd, at 5:30PM.

The Book Group will also be cancelled this Wednesday, November 23rd, resuming Wednesday, November 30th, at 6:00PM.

We will be offering a Thanksgiving Day Prayer Service this Thursday, November 24th, at 9:00AM.  We hope you can attend.