Ascension Jazz & Chamber Series 2018-19

Ascension’s Jazz & Chamber Series is returns for a third year of live music in Old Ottawa East!
Until October 18, save 25% on passes and tickets with discount code LAUNCH.

Schedule of Concerts

October 20 at 7pm: Pianofourte—sparkling duets with Adam Reid and Aidan Shenkman.
November 17 at 7pm: Christian Vachon & Roland Graham(Bach Sonatas for Violin and Keyboard, Vol. 1)
December 14 at 7pm: Christmas Jazz with the John Dapaah Trio
January 26 at 7pm: Django Libre Jazz Manouche
February 23 at 7pm: Garry Elliott & Rachel Beausoleil (Brazilian music for voice, guitar, and percussion)
March 23 at 7pmThomas Annand & Laura Nerenberg (Early masterworks for harpsichord and baroque violin)
Season passes and a Pick-3 Concerts Pass are also available.

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Series Sponsorship

Run by volunteers, Ascension’s Jazz & Chamber Series supports local musicians with fair compensation, and encourages cultural enrichment and community at a price that is affordable for almost everyone. (The series offers free concert passes to music lovers who could not otherwise afford to attend.)
Learn about the range of sponsorship options at series-sponsorship.eventbrite.ca or download the fact sheet, Ascension Concert Series Sponsorship Package 2018-2019.
For more information, contact Pat Howes.
All our sponsors are greatly appreciated and we are thankful for your partnership.


Support for Ascension’s concert series comes from our sponsors:
Word Task
Merriam Print
The Mainstreeter
Bluesky Strategy Group Inc.
ViaCibo Italian Street Food
Capital City Keyboards

Blessing of the Animals

In memory of the love St. Francis had for all creatures, Ascension celebrates a Blessing of the Animals this Sunday. This one time in the year, your fur bundle is invited to church to receive a special blessing! No bundle, no problem: Stuffed pets, pet photos, and memories of pets are also most welcome. House trained appreciated.

Ascension is Hiring a Music Director

Church of the Ascension is seeking a part-time Director of Music to join our diverse and energetic community.

Worship music at Church of the Ascension is varied, ranging from contemporary songs and music with African roots to traditional hymns. The congregation includes a number of talented, skilled musicians and singers. Instruments used regularly include violin, guitar, drums, and saxophone in addition to piano and organ. The focus of the music is on participation and worship rather than performance. There is no permanent choir; ad hoc groups come together seasonally as needed.

Ten hours per week; competitive salary to commensurate with experience.

Responsibilities:

  • Lead music for one Sunday service weekly, plus approximately five–seven special services annually
  • Coordinate the involvement of volunteers
  • Participate in the planning of service music
  • Perform administrative tasks related to music (e.g., copyright reporting)

Candidate Profile

Mandatory skills and attitudes:

  • Keyboard skills   
  • Good coordination and organizational skills
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Flexibility, openness to multiple styles
  • Willingness to learn about the Anglican tradition, as expressed at Church of the Ascension

Desirable skills and capacities

  • Capacities with other musical instruments, including organ
  • Ability to lead vocalists
  • Familiarity with music for a church setting
  • Basic knowledge of sound systems

Short-listed candidates will be invited to an interview, which will include an audition. 

Please send resume and cover letter to rhonda@churchoftheascension.ca

All My Relations

Learning from home: The history and legacy of residential schools

Education has gotten us into this mess, and education will get us out

Hon. Senator Murray Sinclair, Former chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission

The purpose of this program is to deepen our understanding about the impact of residential schools on the lives of Indigenous peoples; the Anglican Church’s role in the schools and; the ongoing commitment of the Anglican Church to reconciliation and justice.

The program is also a continuation of Church of the Ascension’s ongoing efforts to bring to life the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) Call to Action #59 as we agreed at our 2017 Vestry:

#59. We call upon church parties to the Settlement Agreement to develop ongoing education strategies to ensure that their respective congregations learn about their church’s role in colonization, the history and legacy of residential schools, and why apologies to former residential school students, their families, and communities were necessary.

The program consists of two online learning sessions to be experienced at home; a 3.5 hour workshop was presented at Church of the Ascension on March 17, 2018. The online sessions contain a variety of materials. You may find it most convenient to select articles/media of interest, and come back to others later.

Access the Introduction here.

Access the First Learning Module here.

Access the Second Learning Module here.

Ascension’s PAR Program

If you have automatic withdrawals from your bank account to pay your bills, taxes or mortgage, then you already understand the PAR principle: Pre-Authorized Remittances.

Besides being convenient, using PAR for your offering ensures regular monthly givings to help our church’s ministry even when you are away. You will be providing our parish with a dependable flow of contributions, which increases our overall financial stability. Why not participate in PAR?

Your regular giving supports the local ministry of our parish.

Through the Diocese of Ottawa and the national Anglican Church of Canada, your gift helps people overcome poverty, helps train new ministers, equips leaders, sends chaplains into communities. You give support to Aboriginal ministries and remote parishes. In Canada and around the world, your gifts support vibrant and vital ministries for the healing of the world.

If you are already a PAR contributor, you can update your givings or banking information using the Par Changes Form.  Complete it, place it on the offering plate, give it to our designated PAR contact person Adrian Camfield, or leave it at the church office.

Becoming a PAR contributor is an important part of our worshipping together!

  1. Prayerfully decide what you will give each year, and divide that amount by 12.
  2. Fill out the Authorization Form and attach a cheque marked “VOID.”
  3. Enclose both in an envelope and place it on the offering plate, give it to Adrian, or leave it at the church office.
  4. The amount will be transferred from your account to our parish’s account on the 20th of each month. You can modify or cancel your donation, change how it is designated, or change your information at any time.

Adrian is gladly available for guidance and answering questions.

When complete, please return all forms to treasurer Adrian Camfield. Adrian is also available for guidance and answering questions.

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