Ascension Lutheran Church

Discover the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ at Ascension!

  • We believe that Christ loves us and has called us together to be a welcoming and serving community.

  • We believe that Christ sends us out into our community to share His compassion and to proclaim His unconditional love for all.

  • He calls us all to make a real difference.  Come and be a part of that difference!

  • Ascension takes its name from the event of Christ being taken up bodily ("ascending") into heaven (Mark 16:19-20; Luke 24:50-53; Acts 1:6-11).


Both Luke 24:50-53 and Acts 1:6-11 describe Jesus being taken up (ascending) into heaven after his resurrection.

However, though Jesus may have been taken away bodily, we believe that he is still very much with us spiritually, and through the power of the Holy Spirit he is still with us, through the sacraments of baptism and holy communion (or Eucharist) and through us as we serve as God's hands and voice in this world (Matthew 25:34-40).

At Ascension, we are Lutheran Christians: we are a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. "Evangelical" means gospel, good news. We never tire of proclaiming that the news of Jesus Christ is just that, GOOD news.

Lutherans described themselves as evangelical in those terms from the very beginning of our history in the early 1500s in Germany. For us, the good news is that God in Christ Jesus has done all that is necessary to save us. We respond to that good news in faith. Faith is trust in the person of Christ who has saved us, as Luther wrote, "with his holy and precious blood and his innocent suffering and death."

Finally, we are the Church. Lutheranism began as a reform movement within the Roman Catholic Church. We continue to value the ancient church's worship practices, especially the Eucharist, Holy Communion, in which we gratefully receive Christ's body and blood in the consecrated bread and wine for the forgiveness of our sins, new life and salvation.

Even though the Church is divided into many different groups and denominations, we strive for unity among all Christians, that all of Jesus' disciples may be one, as he prayed for us to be.

So that is who we are: Ascension Lutheran Church. We invite you to join us for worship and introduce yourself to us!

The peace of the risen and ascended but still ever-present Christ be with you always.

For more on the history of the Lutheran Church, see a video by world-renowned travel host Rick Steves on a brief documentary trip through the part of Germany that was the birthplace of Martin Luther at http://www.elca.org/Who-We-Are/History/Opening-the-Door-to-Luther.aspx