Eucharistic Ministers-Homebound, Assisted Living and Hospital

Ministry of Care Heart

Spiritual Work of Mercy: Pray for the Living and the dead

Corporal Work of Mercy:  Care for the SickCommunion

We provide prayers and Holy Communion at least 2 times a week in all of the assisted living facilities within our borders and to the homebound. One of our priests visits to celebrate Mass or Sacrament of the Sick every other month, and  we try to gather the residents who are our Parishioners once a week for a communal prayer service with Holy Communion.

We offer Holy Communion daily at St Luke’s South.

We are in need of EMHC’s to help with assisted living facilities, homebounders and hospital. We seek out our Parishioners and provide a prayer and distribute Holy Communion. Historically we each take the same day of the month (for instance the 2nd Tuesday)and that stays the same every month.  Some choose to serve more than 1 day a month.

We NEED you!

 

If you tell me when you are available, I will slot you in.  The greatest part of this ministry is it flexible as to time.  Sundays are pretty routine, but you could do Sat.  I will hook you up to shadow someone.  If you want something place specific like ONLY HOMEBOUND or a specific assisted living or only hospital, tell me that too.  Thanks!  Jean

All of these day slots are one on one visits with our Parishioners, which means you can go at your convenience anytime during your slotted day.  And the day you go on is not written in stone.  The facilities have a binder with the list of Parishioners and their room numbers at the front desks.  Please contact Jean in the office if interested in this very rewarding outreach.  If you have children, this could be a lovely family activity.  If another day fits your schedule better I will “team you up” with the other EMHC going and you can split the load!  Contact Jean in the office for more info.  You must be a commissioned EMHC at Ascension to participate in this ministry.  Next training/commissioning is March 5th.

If you can help in this ministry, contact Jean in the office for open slots.

jhinman@kcascension.org

Covered In Prayer

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Work of Mercy: Comfort the Sick

Covered in Prayer  :Blanket Making   

is the “blanket making” ministry of Church of the Ascension.  We gather one time a month (on the 1st Thursday of the month) to make blankets, talk and generally enjoy each other while we sew.  Bring your machine! You can come and just get material and take it home or you can learn how to make the blankets! We have people willing to teach you! We send over 150 blankets a year to our parishioners who are ill or hurting, along with friends and family members of parishioners, so we need LOTS of sewers!!!.  You don’t have to be an expert sewer (they let me come!). If you are looking for a family or “kid friendly” activity, we also need flannel blankets that we supply to troubled youth in facilities around our Parish  (Come to the Rosary at 6:30 first!!)  We meet in the St Luke’s room!

Questions: or  If someone you know could use a blanket, contact Jean in the office.  We send the blanket and a note and people LOVE them!

Another way to share your knitting talents is to make little cradles for a ministry to parents who have miscarried: Bridget’s Cradle !  And we have donated yarn!

For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

-Psalm 139:13-14

Bridget's Cradle

Join us for the Rosary and Sacrament of the Sick and “Blessing of the blankets” prior to our meeting, beginning at 6:30 in Church.  Covered in Prayer meeting follows in the St Luke Room.

Contact Jean Hinman with any questions or for additional information at 681-3348 x131 orjhinman@kcascension.org.

Click here for more on: Marillac, one of our recipients of Covered in Prayer. We supply the Troubled Children’s Home with blankets which they are given when they enter the facility and keep with them when they get to go home. We volunteered for their Easter Egg hunt also.

 

 

 

Christmas Caroling

Christmas Caroling

GFile:Youth Choir in Healdsburg.jpget a bunch of friends together and go “sing some joy” this Christmas season.

Pick an evening then contact Jean in the office for names of bereaved or ill parishioners and spread some JOY!

The parishioners we visit LOVE THIS!!

AND you can go to Villa St Francis on Christmas Day, in mid afternoon to sing with the residents!  Beautiful, fun, and BLESSED experience for the whole family!

Let Jean  (in the office) know if you are interested…

 

Addiction Support

Ministry of Care Heart

Corporal Work of Mercy: Care for the Sick

Spiritual Work of Mercy:  All of them?

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101- Information and Support:

Periodic support and educational meetings for help

AA- Sunday, 1:00-2:00pm / Wednesday, 7:00-8:00pm St John’s Room: (Farthest door to South and west of Church)

Al Anon- Sunday, 4:00-5:00pm  St John’s Room HELP IS OUT THERE!   Does someone you know drink too much or have a drug problem?  Help IS available by calling 816 471-7229 for ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS meeting or 816 531-2250 for NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS meeting.  Or you can ask for the family support groups called AL-ANON, ALATEEN, or NAR-ANON at 913 384-4653. Or the following web site:http://www.kc-aa.org/

Here is a GREAT article on the need of spiritual healing with addictions:The 12 step Review

Why do people take drugs?

In general, people begin taking drugs for a variety of reasons:

  • To feel good. Most abused drugs produce intense feelings of pleasure.  This initial sensation of euphoria is followed by other effects, which differ with the type of drug used.  For example, with stimulants such as cocaine, the “high” is followed by feelings of power, self-confidence, and increased energy.  In contrast, the euphoria caused by opiates such as heroin is followed by feelings of relaxation and satisfaction.
  • To feel better. Some people who suffer from social anxiety, stress-related disorders, and depression begin abusing drugs in an attempt to lessen feelings of distress.  Stress can play a major role in beginning drug use, continuing drug abuse, or relapse in patients recovering from addiction.
  • To do better. The increasing pressure that some individuals feel to chemically enhance or improve their athletic or cognitive performance can similarly play a role in initial experimentation and continued drug abuse.
  • Curiosity and “because others are doing it.” In this respect adolescents are particularly vulnerable because of the strong influence of peer pressure; they are more likely, for example, to engage in “thrilling” and “daring” behaviors.

So how do I resist peer pressure and live my life in a healthy, smart and uncomplicated way that helps ME be the best I can be?!

Peer pressure will be a fleeting thing in our lives. Peer pressure is largely about insecurity and a desire for acceptance for all involved. Most people eventually realize that intimidating others to feel important is manipulative and immature. Those who have been followers will usually realize it is more important to make their own decisions and be their own person than to be controlled by someone else. We must not give in to peer pressure, whatever the situation. Standing up for what we believe and what the Bible teaches will please God.

Throughout history, those who have been unafraid to stand on unpopular beliefs have been the ones to change the world and make things happen. There is so much in this world that we need to change, and so many people who need to be told about Christ. Letting other people decide what we do and how we behave is exactly what Satan hopes we will do; if we never stand up for what is right because of peer pressure, we are actually standing up for what is wrong.

Choose a Path

The following video illustrates a realistic scenario in which teens might be confronted with a decision about whether to abuse prescription drugs.
How It Works  : Click here for a choices video

First, a video clip sets up the scenario. At the end of each scene, viewers are asked to choose between two different paths. After viewers make their selection, the chosen scenario plays out. The video can be restarted to explore the outcomes of different decisions.

Why are Drugs so Hard to Quit?

 

In addition the following materials are available at no charge from the National Catholic Council on Alcoholism and Related Drug Problems:  “Prayers for the Addicted Persons and Their Loved Ones”, Serenity Prayer Bookmarks, Spirituality and Recovery from Addictions, “When They Won’t (or Can’t) Quit Alcohol or Drugs. 1 800 626-6910  or check out their web site:  Council on addictions

IS YOUR CHILD VISITING STRANGE AND EXOTIC PLACES ONLINE?? Cyber Dangers are EVERYWHERE!  Our primary concern as parents is safety.  Find practical steps to protect computers, cell phones, and wireless devices along with positive resources about love and sexuality to help your family (and marriage) thrive at arch kck

Web sites for alcoholics anonymous and Al Anon:  click here

Effect of addictions on your marriage:  Addictions are often ruinous to a marriage1

Enabling behaviors:  The Enabler

PARENTS 1. Remember our adolescent children are watching us.   Be a good example!

2. At adolescent events, should the adults be drinking alcohol?

3.Get to know your son or daughters friends and their parents.

4. Develop a code to get your son or daughter out of a bad situation.

5.Really question if sleep overs are necessary in the teenage years, especially those last minute sleep overs.(The Johnson county DA’s office reports more problems reach his desk that started with a sleep over.)

6.The average age of first drink in Johnson County is 13!!

7.Drinking before twenty-one is illegal and not a right of passage. The adolescent brain is still developing and in some cases the prefrontal lobe is not fully developed until age 25. Give them time to grow up.

8.Talk to your children about drugs and alcohol.

9.Grab and hug your kids even if they act like you’re smothering them.  A parents love is what they need.

10. Pray! These are hard years because your child is discovering who they are and there will be difficult moments, but be there for them as a teacher of their faith.

Safe Home

Ministry of Care HeartSAFEHOME’s Mission is to break the cycle domestic violence and partner abuse for victims and their children by providing shelter, advocacy, counseling, and prevention education in our community.

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24-Hour Crisis Hotline:913.262.2868

Administrative Phone Number: 913.432.9300

All SAFEHOME services are free and confidential

SAFEHOME is the only accredited provider of shelter and comprehensive support services for victims of domestic violence in Johnson and Miami Counties, Kansas. At the shelter, SAFEHOME offers counseling and services to help victims of domestic violence and their children heal emotionally and physically, find employment and housing, and successfully transition to emotional and financial independence. Outreach Counseling offers support to individuals and families not living at the shelter and to those who are participating in SAFEHOME’s Transitional Living Program. SAFEHOME also provides community education and prevention, legal services provided by an on-site, licensed attorney and on-site advocacy at the Johnson County District Court and all local hospitals.

http://www.safehome-ks.org

IHN – Interfaith Hospitality Network

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Johnson County Interfaith Hospitality Network, Inc.

Corporal Work of Mercy:  Shelter the Homeless,/Feed the Hungry

 

Johnson County Interfaith Hospitality Network, Inc.

**Annual Dinner and Auction on June 22 from 5:30-9:30 at the Overland Park Convention Center.  contact Ellen Johnson (685-2040)  (Ascension sponsors a table)

Come and get trained so you can meet, work with and assist the homeless in Johnson County.  Learn more about IHN at their website. JOCOIHN.org

Next opportunity to help:   early Summer

click here to help (if you’ve been through training ) or to bring food:

A Community Response for Homeless Families”Empowering homeless families by engaging people of faith”

 The people are housed in different churches around the area. The requirements include rigorous education and strict behavioral expectations.  While Ascension does not host the families, we take two evenings and nights in the week that Olathe Bible Church hosts, which is once a quarter. We provide supervision through the evening until morning, meals, snacks and transportation. Training required to provide supervision, (offered several times a year) and help is also needed with providing meals and snacks.  Johnson County Interfaith Hospitality Network, Inc. is a nonprofit organization serving homeless families in Johnson County, Kansas.  Our mission is to unite and enable the faith community to provide homeless families with emergency shelter and meals, as well as compassionate assistance with social services, and relationships with caring people in the faith community.  We hope to return the homeless families to a renewed sense of dignity and hope, and independent living in the shortest time possible. http://www.jocoihn.org Contact Dorothy or Dave dorothy_r_long@yahoo.com or Ellen ellenwade@aol.com with questions.

Hillcrest Transitional Apartments

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Corporal Work of Mercy:  Shelter the Homeless

Spiritual Work of Mercy:To instruct the ignorant ; To counsel the doubtful;To comfort the afflicted; To pray for the living and the dead.

Family Friendly Opportunities:

1)  Hillcrest Transitional Living is a ministry we already support at Ascension.  They are ready to open a homeless adolescent shelter in Johnson County (yes, we have that problem!) They need some help getting it “turn key ready” for the new youth residents.                     Saturday October 7th from  9 am to noon then 1 pm to 5 pm. (Flexible hours within these hours okay also if you only have an hour or two.)  9324 Blue Jacket OP, Ks 66213.   Bring the kids!  There will be plenty for them to do also.      Tasks: Move furniture, Deep clean apartments , Set up kitchens/ stock apartments/decorate, Make beds, Hook up a washer and dryer, Repair and clean up outside trash receptacle, Replace toilet

They also need some items you may have and want to donate:

Small desks and chairs (2), Small TV stand or wall unit,  refrigerator, 2 twin bed frames, 2 twin box springs ,Decoration items (bathroom, kitchen, living area, bedroom)

Please contact   Cara Sanderson (Volunteer Coordinator)  csanderson@hillcrestkc.org  Contact Jean in the office for more info and 

 Needs volunteers for their new thrift store!  FAMILY FRIENDLY!!

MISSION HOPE THRIFT IS LOOKING FOR INVIDIVUALS WITH A HEART FOR SERVING!! WE DIRECTLY IMPACT THE LIVES OF THE HOMELESS IN OUR COMMUNITY!

We need volunteers to help us with the thrift store:

Cleaning and repairing furniture
Working with electronics and appliances
Driving a box truck to pick up donations
Sorting, cleaning, and pricing incoming donations
Stocking shelves
Merchandising and displaying
Cashiering
… And MORE!

Training is available! We welcome your service one time, weekly, or daily. We welcome you on your own, with a friend,
with your family, or with a group! Only certain volunteer roles
require committed scheduling.

To volunteer, or to learn more:                                                                                       Please call 913.831.8222 or email info@missionhopethrift.org.

MISSION HOPE THRIFT is located at:

Regency Park Shopping Center
9148 Metcalf Avenue

Overland Park, KS 66212
(We’re southwest of 9st& Metcalf near New Theatre Restaurant,

Michael’s, Micro Center, and Natural Grocers, in the corner of the shopping center.)

Ascension sponsors 2 apartments (ONE NEW APARTMENT IN JO CO!) through this Kansas City area charity. We restock the apartments when the families graduate. We also sponsor several families for their Christmas needs through the Angel Tree at Ascension. We also help with monetary needs .

Hillcrest Transitional Housing offers homeless families, singles & youth a disciplined educational program within a caring, supportive environment. Unlike many organizations whose focus is one-time or emergency care, Hillcrest’s primary objective is to move clients from homelessness to self-sufficiency within 90 days by addressing the total life situation of the homeless families they serve. Hillcrest also provides a transitional housing program for homeless teens and young adults, ages 16-21, who have an educational goal. This unique program offers housing & supportive services for up to 24 months.

In exchange for rent/utility-free housing, aduts are required by written agreement to find full-time employment, obey program guidelines and attend weekly volunteer-taught classes in life skills, employment, community living and budgeting. Hillcrest also provides to clients in the transitoinal housing programs the following, through a network of community support: auto repair/donation, food pantry, medical assistance, dental work, GED classes, haircuts, glasses, school clothes, work uniforms, etc.  Always looking for volunteers to teach classes!

Video of Hillcrest

Questions: Jean in the office or Andrew and Beth Kay at ebkay03@yahoo.com

Habitat For Humanity

 

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HomeAscension Build dates:

BUILDING ON FAITH:   All below dates are for builds   7:45-3:45 pm.

Sat July 30 (Lunch Angel)
Sat Aug 20
Sat Sept 24
Sat Oct 29 (Lunch Angel)

Volunteer Helpers

Plan to help at one or more of these dates.  No construction experience needed.  Must be 18 or older and PREREGISTERED.  Contact our Ascension chairman:  Greg 780-5889

Waiver and Release Form Adult Build-ReStore (2):  must have for every build!

Call Joe to sign up your volunteers.      913-238-6501.

 

Heartland Habitat Direct Link

  listed below upcoming events that you might be interested in.

 

.How your support helps families:

Decent, affordable housing dramatically changes a family’s life:

  • The cycle of poverty is broken
  • Health, physical safety and security improve
  • Educational and job prospects increase
  • A sense of stability and dignity grows
  • Money is freed up for other essential needs  volunteer helpers!

Information About Habitat For Humanity:

Habitat for Humanity’s mission is to build simple, decent homes and communities in partnership with God’s people in need all over the world using volunteer labor and donations. In fact, Church of the Ascension volunteers have been helping Heartland Habitat for Humanity to build decent homes and communities right here in Kansas City for the past several years, primarily in Wyandotte and Johnson County, KS.

Volunteering With Habitat For Humanity:

Volunteers drive Habitat for Humanity and people from all walks of life and ages are welcomed. Don’t have construction experience or building skills? No worries. There are many different ways to help out. You can help build homes, beautify neighborhoods by cleaning them up, volunteer at one of the Heartland Habitat ReStores, assist in the office, or even serve on committees and help with special projects that benefit the organization. Time commitments vary; some dedicate every day of the week. Others spend just a few hours each year. As a volunteer for Heartland Habitat for Humanity, you choose. All positions are a tremendous help that result, directly or indirectly, in the construction or repair of simple, decent and affordable homes and communities.

Upcoming Events: June 2016

Heartland Habitat for Humanity has reached out to the various churches of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in KS to participate in their “Building on Faith” program. This event involves the construction of one, single family home solely by volunteers from the Archdiocese of Kansas City in KS, including Church of the Ascension. Each church is being asked to provide between 6-8 volunteers for one day.   There are also many volunteer hours needed on an ongoing basis, Tuesday through Saturday.

  • What to bring: Work clothes (long pants, work boots/shoes, work gloves, sun screen, tool belt/tools if you have them)
  • Volunteer Opportunities: Framing, installing siding, installing shingle roofing, installing sheetrock, electrical work, plumbing, painting, cleanup, landscape planting, general assistance, etc.
  • Must be 16 years or older and pre-registered (contact Greg Malmgren to do so)

To donate or shop for construction materials:

Heartland  Restore
9850 W 87th St
Overland Park, KS 66212
Phone: (913) 648-6001

Greg Malmgren, Chairperson
Social Concerns Ministry / Habitat for Humanity
913-780-5889
malmgren@kc.surewest.net

UNBOUND Sponsorships for Kids and Elderly

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Corporal Work of Mercy:  Feed the Hungry/Give Drink to the Thirsty/Shelter the Homeless

is a lay Catholic organization that has served more than 300,000 children, youth and elderly in 20 developing countries since 1981- empowering them to make more choices in their lives, live with dignity, and reach their potential.  UNBOUND’s unique sponsorship program is highly personalized.  It matches a child, youth or aging person at a project overseas with a sponsor in the US who cares about and encourages them.  For about a dollar a day, a sponsor helps to provide much needed nourishing food, medical and dental care, the chance for a child to go to school, livelihood programs for families and much more.  All of these efforts are directed at affirming the dignity of every person in their local community. 

Click here for more info :https://www.unbound.org

 

Support Ministry for those who are ill and their caregivers

Ministry of Care Heart  Corporal Work of Mercy:  Care for the Sick  Spiritual Work of Mecy: Counsel the Doubtful/Comfort the Afflicted

Fear Not!!!!!

 

Do not look forward to the changes and chances of this life in fear; rather look to them with full hope that, as they arise ,God will deliver you out of them.  He has kept you hitherto, do you but hold to his dear hand and He will lead you safely through all things; and when you cannot stand He will take you in His arms.  Do not then look forward to what may happen tomorrow; the same everlasting Father who cares for you today will take care of you tomorrow and every day.  Either He will shield you from suffering or He will give you unfailing strength to bear it.  Be at peace then and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations.                                 St. Francis De Sales

Care for the Sick and the Caregiver:

Are you finding it a struggle, dealing with a major change in health with a spouse, parent, sibling or a friend? Or are you experiencing a change in your own health? Living with a personal illness or having to care for and or love someone who is chronically or terminally ill can be one of the most difficult challenges you’ll ever face. You are not alone.  We offer comfort, support and companionship during difficult times.  Ascension has a support group “Together on a Journey” that meets the 1st Thursday of every month at 7pm, when needed, after the Rosary and Sacrament of the Anointing of  the Sick. We also offer a Respite Ministry where someone can come to your home and give you some much needed time away (and your loved one with a new pal!)  We can help with meals, an ear to listen.  Please contact Jean in the office for more info or with questions.   Together on the journey logo