Watch 10am Service Jan. 28
Announcements Jan. 28
Sunday Bulletin Jan. 28
First Lesson Deuteronomy 18:15-20
Second Lesson 1st Corinthians 8:1-13
Psalm 111
Gospel Mark 1:21-28


A race is routed thru Harbor Oaks. Orange Ave. will NOT be open to traffic.

HOWEVER, you CAN reach church by taking:

---Ft. Harrison Ave. to Turner St. and Bay Ave.

---or Druid Rd. W. to Oak Ave.

Parking is available:

--- on the Turner lot and grassy area

---under the bell tower (Bay)

--- on the streets (Turner and Bay)

--- at the corner of Bay and Pine (under the big tree)

Only ONE church service this Sunday Jan. 28 at 10am

Annual Meeting

at 11am


Election & Luncheon

11am Sunday, Jan. 28

Click here to read about our 8 candidates for Vestry and 3 candidates for Diocesan Convention!

Please plan to attend this important event in the life of our church!

Pack a Sack Help Wanted

Thank you for all the assistance last Sunday packing our Pack a Sack bags for the Head Start children at the Gulley Center! Our next pack is Feb. 18. We’re looking for volunteers to lead one or more of the tasks necessary to keep the Pack a Sack ministry running. I have prepared an organizational outline (click here) that you can consult to see what might be a good fit for the time and talent you have to offer. The estimated time commitment is listed beside each responsibility; the responsibilities are very manageable. You can also pick up a list in the church office. Please reach out with any questions: Terrie Byrne at


Check the Box! Coming Feb. 4     

Ascension’s Check the Box campaign helps feed hungry families as we “check the box” by writing a check on the first of the month to Hope Villages of America.(Please make checks payable to them.) Cash is also gratefully accepted! A suggested amount of $35 can fill a box with enough food to feed a small family for 2-3 days. Please deposit your check in the little wooden church (modeled on the original wooden Ascension church of 100 years ago!)



Rector’s Forum

9am Sundays Feb. 4-Mar. 24

A Celebration of Discipline by Richard J. Foster

Arguably the most established contemporary spiritual classic by our most profound living religious writer. This timeless classic has helped well over a million people discover a richer spiritual life infused with joy, peace and a deeper understanding of God. The book explores the classic disciplines of Christian faith: the inward disciplines of meditation, prayer, fasting, and study; the outward disciplines of simplicity, solitude, submission and service and the corporate disciplines of confession, worship, guidance and celebration. Join Father Jim for this 8-week series as we journey together to a deeper spirituality.


Next Carillon Concert

Sun. Feb. 11 at 3pm

Music for Valentine's Day with Annie Gao from Bok Tower

Concert Season


Visiting carillon artists:

FREE and outdoors. Great for a tailgate picnic!

Florida Orchestra:

Classical music for smaller ensembles. Tickets online, $25 or at the door.

Tampa Oratorio Singers:

Choral Masterworks

Tickets online

Mar. 17 at 7pm Mozart Requiem

7:30pm Friday Feb. 2

Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances, Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, Paul Hindemith’s Tuttifantchen Suite. Chelsea Gallo conducts.

Click here for full Ascension concert schedule

Help with Concert Receptions and Parking

Volunteers are needed to help with receptions and parking during the Ascension Concert Season. Please check out the concert card in the narthex for more details and contact Matt Estes at or call 727-447-3469 ext. 210.


Ancient Christian Prayer Practices (for ages 16 and up) 

4pm Wednesdays Feb. 21-Mar. 27

Join Brother Thomas Watts, a lay Cistercian monk (and our chef for last year’s Dinner & A Movie!) for this six-week

Lenten class. Topics to be covered include:

-- Centering Prayer: Returning to God

-- Lectio Divina: Prayerful, meditative reading of Scripture

-- Contemplative Prayer: Sitting with & in God’s presence

-- Prayer of the Imagination: Free association with thought, prayer and imagination to journal.

“Hello, my name is Brother Thomas ELC. In 2016, I began undertaking a Lay Monastic Vocation with the Monastery of Our Lady of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, Georgia. In 2020, after completing my discernment process, I accepted the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta’s, Monastic Vocation as Holy Orders. I was placed in

Spiritual Direction with Father Ken Swanson. The program I’ll be presenting, in part, is taken from Father Swansons’ Episcopal Spiritual Direction, and my own personal formation process as a Lay Cistercian Monk over the last six years. Both practices focus mainly on the Wisdom tradition of our Judeo-Christian heritage.


  “Having a deep relationship with God is paramount for the development of joy! Developing a daily prayer practice has been proven as first steps toward a deeper relationship with the Trinitarian God. One of the virtues of a dedicated daily prayer

practice is what Cistercian monks call a Conversion of Manners. This takes place during the development of a spiritual and Godly relationship. At first, outwardly your appearance remains, but Inwardly the change is profound — until the inner soul shines brighter than a city on a hill or a lamp on a stand.”

Reserve Your Spot for Ancient Prayer 

Our Youth Group is ready to serve your Shrove Tuesday pancakes!

Shrove Tuesday Dinner

 5-7pm Feb. 13

Breakfast for dinner! Pancakes with all the trimmings and more, plus a Mardi Gras parade by our Ascension Day School kids! 

Ascension Book Club

1:30pm Tuesday Feb. 13

Look forward to a discussion of The Four Winds by Kristen Hannah! If you haven’t finished reading, please come for a good discussion. All books — current and classic — modest in length and available online or at the library. Contact Susan Simoneau at


Are you new to Ascension (within the past few years)? Do you want to learn more about the Episcopal faith? Would you like to get to know other parishioners? Ascension would also like to get to know you! We have two programs geared towards those new to Ascension:

Newcomer Orientation 9:15am Sunday Feb. 11

No need to sign up in advance. This is an informal meeting and gives participants the opportunity to meet our clergy.


Ascension 101 Lunch 'n' Learn 11am Sundays Mar. 3-17

This teaching series welcomes newcomers and explains what we believe and who we are at Ascension. Participants not only learn more about our faith and church, but get to know other newcomers. To reserve lunch, please register at or 727-447-3469.

Bible Study

10am Tuesdays with Father Leo

The Book of Revelation. These prophetic visions in 95 A.D. of a man named John speak of God's sovereignty over human history and a future for a renewed and peaceful earth. 

10:30am Thursdays Feb. 15-Mar. 21

Social gathering at 10:15am

 He Chose the Nails by Max Lucado. Is your heart unsettled by the world’s chaos? Are you heavy-laden with bad/mad/anxious moments? Rest in God’s self-giving love and leave all your troubles at the foot of the cross. Bette Crown leads the discussion. Book available on Amazon.

Bella Luna

Under the Stars

6:30pm Friday Mar. 1


Dinner by Clear Sky, desserts by Donut Truck, dancing to Andrew Love & the Franchise Players as we celebrate and support our Ascension Day School!

$75 per person, sponsorships also available. Use the QR code to RSVP. Or call the church office 727-447-3469.

We Welcome Little Lambs on Sundays !

God put the wiggle in the wee ones! We welcome them in church: Our Little Lambs Corner of the church chapel is ready, so parents can keep their little ones with them and still attend church. Also, our Little Lambs Nursery is provided across the street for infants through 5 years. They'll enjoy videos, songs and a craft! 10am service only.


8am Rite One Eucharist

with music

10am Rite Two Eucharist

with choir

Nursery available.

5pm Rite Two Eucharist

with music


12 noon Holy Eucharist & Healing


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