Ascension’s mission statement reminds us that we are called to “serve our community as apostles of Christ.”
New to Ascension? Like to Help Others? Ascension takes part in a number of local projects to provide food, health care, and help to troubled youth, including Gaithersburg HELP, the Lord’s Table Soup Kitchen, and the Mobile Medical Care and G-SHARP Suspension programs right here at Ascension House. There are interesting, and important volunteer opportunities for us in all these programs, and in new projects each year.
Outreach Steering Committee
This group of Ascension parishioners meets every month to help guide and direct the parish’s outreach efforts .
A medical van staffed with doctors and nurses is at Ascension House every Tuesday to provide low-cost/free medical care to uninsured patients. Volunteers are needed to serve as hosts for a few hours on Tuesdays.
Lord’s Table Soup Kitchen
This community soup kitchen provides a hot meal Monday through Saturday at St. Martin’s Roman Catholic Church. On the first Saturday and third Monday of every month, Ascension members prepare and serve dinner from 1:00 – 5:30 p.m. Volunteers are needed to help cook and serve. Our youth also help serve on the first Friday of each month.
An Out-of-School Suspension Program serving students in grades 8-12 in the Gaithersburg High School cluster. Under the guidance of a paid director and volunteers, students are able to keep up wit their academic assignments in a safe, structured environment. Ascension members are needed to volunteer. Follow this link to their website. http://g-sharp.org/
This organization provides emergency food to needy families. Food collected at Ascension each Sunday helps to stock the pantry.
Lenten Rice Bowl
Beginning Ash Wednesday and continuing throughout Lent, parishioners may forgo some luxuries and donate the money saved to others less fortunate than themselves. A wooden “rice bowl,” symbolizing the poverty of much of the world, is placed at the steps as you go up to receive communion.
Meals on Wheels
Volunteers are needed to deliver meals to Gaithersburg and Montgomery Village clients at lunch time Monday through Friday.
Linkages to Learning
A program at Summit Hall Elementary School that helps remove barriers to learning. Ascension participates by providing backpacks with school supplies each August.
Committee on Immigration Reform
The goals of Ascension’s Committee for Action on Immigration Reform include:
- To take a public, moral stand for immigrants’ rights
- To reveal, through education and advocacy, the actual impact on and possible suffering of immigrant workers and their families through hate, workplace discrimination, and unjust deportation.
The Ascension Committee for Action on Immigration Reform investigates how we can best support these goals as individuals, as a committee, and as a church community.
Outreach Strategic Plan 11-10