Student-led Book Drive Inspires Service


These 7th-grade students in the “Right Road Kids” elective are exemplifying our vision of “Lead-Inspire-Serve” by leading a Book Drive! Help them serve a school in our community by collecting 2,000 books that will be donated so that each child can receive the gift of summer reading choices! What an inspiration these students are to our younger students and to us all – encouraging us to take action!

‘Tis the Season to Serve


During this season of Advent, we have focused our service learning efforts on giving gifts of hope. Students have had many opportunities to give meaningful gifts that make a difference in the lives of others:

Gifts of Hope Marketplace – Students grades 3-8 put their entrepreneurial spirit into full gear as they created crafts and projects to sell at the Gifts of Hope Marketplace on December 21. The marketplace offered a wide array of creative gifts and treasures – everything from ornaments, to baked goods, to slime, and painted rocks. All students had an opportunity to shop the market (parents were invited too!).  We raised over $1000 that will all be donated to the South Sudan Juba Center and Clinic.

 

 

Donations for Fire Victims – In response to the outbreak of wildfires in our communities, we had a donation drive at our Christmas Show. Families brought over 500 toiletry items that were taken to  Trinity Lutheran Church in Ventura and will be distributed to those who were evacuated and relocated due to the fires.

 

 

Cozy Christmas – On December 20, students tied over 30 fleece blankets for Project Linus to be donated to children in need of a big hug! We are grateful to Thrivent for the generous grant to help buy blanket supplies.

 

 

Turn Candy into Coins – At Trunk-of-Treat this year, students were given a canister of m&m’s and were challenged to turn candy into coins. They returned the canisters full of quarters to be donated to God’s Global Barnyard. This small gesture amounted to a donation totaling nearly $700! The funds will be used to buy animals that provide communities with food to eat, fertilizer to grow crops, and offspring to sell on the market.

 

 

Adopt-a-Family – As a school, we adopted 6 families in our community to shop for this Christmas. Families, who otherwise may not have received any Christmas gifts, will be blessed with an abundance of gifts this Christmas. We are grateful to all those who generously shopped for people they have never even met!

 

We have truly all been blessed to be a blessing this Christmas season! We pray that our students continue to grow as compassionate leaders who always seek ways to offer hope to others!

Come Help Renovate, Restore, and Refresh our Campus!


Ascension’s Property Committee has identified key projects that will have an immediate impact on beautifying and restoring our campus. We are inviting all church and school members to come together to make this wish list a reality! We’re hoping many volunteers will come out and join us for “Campus Work Weekends”! It’s a great opportunity to get to know others in our community as we all partner to help with these much needed projects! Whether you can join us for just a couple hours or the entire day, mark your calendars and come help make a difference for our church and school!

What: Our first Campus Work Weekend project is to paint all facility doors!

When: Campus Work Weekends will take place one weekend of every odd month beginning July 15. This first project requires some sanding before we can paint.

  • Wednesday, July 12 – 4 PM –7 PM: sanding and prepping doors – please bring your sander, coarse sand paper, and extension cord.
  • Thursday, July 13 – 8 AM – 12 Noon: sanding and prepping doors – please bring your sander, coarse sand paper, and extension cord.
  • Saturday, July 15 – 8AM-4 PM – painting doors – please wear clothes you can paint in

Who: Open to all volunteers (age 14+) from church and school and friends are welcome too!

Where: Meet on the patio in front of the sanctuary. No experience required.

What to bring: We will have light snacks and water for all volunteers, and lunch on Saturday. Please bring your sanders, sandpaper, and extension cords to the sanding days, and wear clothes you can paint in on the painting day.

Questions: Contact Kaylee Searway – (804) 495-0406, [email protected]

6th Graders Helping the Homeless


6th graders gained a greater understanding of the issue of homelessness in our own community as Denise Cortes, from Lutheran Social Services (LSS), shared with them on Wednesday morning.  LSS is an organization that strives to meet human needs with compassion, by providing comprehensive assistance that helps men, women, and families to achieve or sustain independence and become responsible members of the community. Denise, who is the area director of LSS Community Care in Thousand Oaks, engaged the students in a discussion about the extent of homelessness in our community, the root causes of homelessness, and constructive ways to generously help them.

Students then had the opportunity to pack 24 lunches with items they donated. These lunches were distributed to homeless individuals in our community the same day by LSS. Students thoughtfully decorated the lunch bags with encouraging messages and sent the lunches off with blessings and prayers for these people they may never meet.

Help Fight Hunger in Our Community


Project Response Food Drive
Project Response is an effort in collaboration with Ascension Lutheran Church to address the issue of hunger in our community. Each student will receive a collection bag that can be brought back filled with grocery items. Add a few extra items to your grocery list and bring your filled bag back to your classroom the week of May 1.  The donated food will be distributed between the Ascension Food Pantry, Lutheran Social Services, and Manna.

Reminder for Grades 5-7: Please bring your items on Monday before you depart for Outdoor School!

Most Needed Items for Food Drive: Paper towels, toilet paper, toothpaste/toothbrushes, shampoo/conditioner, coffee/tea, oatmeal, canned pasta, canned vegetables, canned fruit, macaroni and cheese, canned beans (all types), canned chili, peanut butter, jelly or jam/honey, ketchup/mustard/mayo, crackers, pasta sauce, instant soups and meals, cereal (hot/cold), rice (white/small bags), pinto beans (small bags), canned meats (tuna, chicken, roast beef, ham), spaghetti (1 lb.)

Family Volunteer Opportunity on May 6, from 8-11 AM – Come help us sort food donations for distribution! 

Help End Hunger One Step at a Time


Join team Ascension and help to end hunger one step at a time by participating in this year’s CROP Hunger Walk. Please support us by making a donation … and join us on the Walk!
CROP WALK
California Lutheran University Sports Center
130 Overton Court
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Registration at 12 p.m.
Walk at 1 p.m.
Walk is 10 km

Help Fight Hunger in Our Community through Project Response


Project Response Food Drive
Project Response is an effort in collaboration with Ascension Lutheran Church to address the issue of hunger in our community. Add a few extra items to your grocery list and bring them to school the week of October 17. Collection boxes will be in each classroom. The donated food will be distributed between the Ascension Food Pantry, Lutheran Social Services, and Manna.

Most Needed Items for Food Drive: Paper towels, toothpaste/tooth brushes, cereal (hot or cold), white rice, soap, pinto beans (small bags), ground coffee, coffee creamer (powder), sugar packets, coffee cups, canned meat (tuna, chicken, roast beef, ham), canned soup, canned pasta, cup of noodles, canned pasta, canned beans, canned chili, canned fruit, macaroni & cheese, canned vegetables, peanut butter, jelly, honey, ketchup, mustard, juice boxes, crackers, pasta sauce, instant soups and meals.

Looking for a Family Friendly Service Project?  Your family is invited to come help and sort the donations that have been collected from our school, church, and throughout the entire community. This project will take place on Saturday, October 22, from 8:00-11:00 AM at Ascension. Please sign up in advance to help with planning – Click Here to Signup.