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Current Events

       Rise Against Hunger

Help us Rise Against Hunger at our meal-packing event on Saturday, March 14 in Ascension's Community Center (ACC). We will join with our neighbors at St. Andrew’s UMC to pack over 50,000 dehydrated meals which provide nourishment to individuals in disaster-impacted areas. Click here to learn more about the mission of Rise Against Hunger.

    Beach Bags food collections are ongoing to support food-insecure students at Corporate Landing Elementary School (one of our local schools with the greatest need). Beach Bags include:

  • individual-sized cereals / oatmeal
  • shelf-stable single-serving meals (ravioli, spaghetti & meatballs, mac & cheese, etc)
  • 4 oz fruit cups and/or 100% juice boxes
  • snacks (granola bars, raisins, pretzels, etc.)

On the 4th Sunday of each month, we pack the donations into Beach Bags after the 10:30am Mass. Our goal is to provide 100 Bags per month! This program is sponsored by Virginia Beach Schools; visit Beach Bags for more information. Thank you in advance for your donations!


Past Events

In November and December 2019, our Holiday Foods ministry packed and distributed 100 food baskets for Thanksgiving and again at Christmas, and our Giving Tree ministry distributed over 500 gifts to local families. The love of Christ was evident through your donations of time, talent, and treasure, blessing local families and bringing hope and joy to their Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations.

Seniors Expo: A Guide to Community Resources was held Wednesday, May 22 with presenters from Catholic Charities, Senior Services of Southeast Virginia, VA Beach Department of Human Services, and Fleet Family Services. This was a well-attended opportunity to learn about services in the Tidewater area and whom to contact to help you find solutions for yourself or your senior citizen friends and relatives.

Our garden supports our Food Pantry with fresh foods. Thank you to all dedicated gardeners who joined us Friday, April 26 for our Food Pantry Garden Planting Day. A special thank you to Cindy L. for the plant donations! If you would like to assist with garden harvesting Monday - Friday and bring the food to the Ascension Food Pantry, email Amy Petersen or call 757-406-6199.

Soup and Sacrament, Lent 2019  

Our Ascension family gathered on Tuesday evenings during Lent in the ACC for some delicious, homemade soups and fabulous breads, followed by 7:00pm Mass.


Ascension is launching its first OpenTable thanks to many dedicated volunteers. An organizational meeting was held in February 2019 at Memorial UMC. Volunteers enjoyed a presentation by OpenTable staff, including personal stories of impact and inspiration. The City of Virginia Beach is partnering with the faith community to break the cycle of poverty, one family or individual at a time. It's not too late to become involved! Requires a one-year commitment to support the journey toward sustainability. Trainings are ongoing -- contact Teresa at 495-1886 x427 for more information. Visit TheOpenTable website for program overview.

Church of the Ascension hosted 2019 Winter Shelter from February 6 – 13 in the ACC.
We welcomed approximately 60 guests each evening with a hot meal and spent time throughout the week visiting with them, playing Bingo, or listening to our own Frank Cubillo sing Frank. Volunteers greeted our guests early each morning, serving a hot breakfast and providing bag lunches for our guests to take with them each day. Volunteers are crucial to this ministry -- from cooks to clean-up crew, to entertainment hosts and all who provided food donations. We thank you for uplifting our homeless visitors, praying for them, spending time with them, and serving them with the love and dignity they deserve.

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See more photos of our volunteers, ministries, and events in the Social Ministry Photo Gallery.

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