This Week At Ascension

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Adult Formation

Please join us for five Sundays in September and October from 9:15-10:00am as we explore the Christian Faith as understood in the Episcopal Church. This is a great opportunity to go deeper into our knowledge and love of God as we prepare to celebrate the All Saints Day on November 1st with Baptism and Holy Eucharist. All are encouraged to participate. If you are unable to attend the class, you are invited to read the book at the same time and email Fr. Vincent Black your thoughts and questions (

  • 9/20   Bible and the Book of Common Prayer (Book Sections 4 & 6)
  • 9/27  The Church (Book Introduction and Sections 7 &8)
  • 10/11  The Sacraments (Book Section 5)
  • 10/18   Episcopal Beliefs (Book Section 1)
  • 10/25  Ethics (Book Section 2)

We will use the Book Episcopal Questions, Episcopal Answers. Books will be provided. They will be available in the office beginning Monday August 31. Suggested donation is $10.

Annual Summer Frankfurter Fridays

Continuing our tradition of food, fellowship, and fun, Frankfurter Fridays returns this summer on the front lawn. Along with free hot dogs, there will be cornhole, frisbee, croquet, and various kids games.

Our next gathering takes place September 4th at 6:00pm and continues semi-monthly through September. See the Upcoming Events calendar for other fun-filled Frankfurter Fridays!

All are welcome to this free, on-going event.

Lunch and Franks

Summer Concert Series

There’s nothing like music to relieve the soul and uplift it.

– Mickey Hart

Free Lunch and Show

The Church of the Ascension is proud to announce a series of four Free Concerts this summer. To warm up for the event, join us for a Free Lunch before the show!

The day will start with the 10:30am Church Service (but come to lunch and the concert even if you can’t make the service). Lunch will be served at noon, with the concerts lasting from 1 – 2pm.

Music was my refuge.

– Maya Angelou

  • September 13th:
    The Baldwin Wallace Alumni Brass Collective

Are you Ready For Brass? The Church of the Ascension is pleased to present the sometimes bold, sometimes mellow, and always bright sounds of The Baldwin Wallace Alumni Brass Collective.

The Baldwin Wallace ABC consists of:

John McAndres, trumpet
Peter Hoekje, trumpet
Linda Gardner, horn
David Betts, trombone
Randy Border, tuba

Other Concerts in the Series

Kasper and the Friendly Ghosts

Performed August 9th

Kasper & the Friendly Ghosts started in the neighborhoods of Lakewood and Rocky River when a demand for Dixieland and Narleans music was requested. I contacted 3 of the most ghostly characters I knew who liked the bounce of the old street-beat, and we started to jam. This has continued for the past 6 years, and not a moment of it goes by without a thought of my grandfather, who used to play Pete Fountain records for me. The Friendly Ghosts and I love this musical tradition and are grateful to continue it.

Davey “Gravy” Kasper, woodwinds (Saxophones, Clarinets, Flutes and EWI) , has been privileged to play with the Temptations, Noel Gallagher, Al Martino, Guy Lombardo, Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra (Playing the role of “Jimmy Dorsey”), Tito Puente Jr., Either Orchestra and has opened up for Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Pancho Sanchez and Tony Bennett. Kasper grew up in the suburbs of Cleveland and received his degree in music from Cleveland State University in the summer of 2006.

Active on the local music scene, Kasper enjoys teaching saxophone, clarinet and flute in Downtown Cleveland and the Suburbs. A journey man musician since his early teens, Kasper regularly plays with many groups in town including: Revolution Brass Band, Velvet Voyage, Ernie Krivda and the Fat Tuesday Big Band, Eddie Brunswick and the Hot Rod Lincoln’s. He also plays special events and enjoys creative projects. Dave always looks forward to putting out new and original music! Keep up with new releases by visiting his website.

Buck McDaniel

Performed July 12th

Originally from Columbia, Mississippi, Buck McDaniel is a composer based in Cleveland, Ohio. He holds the position of Organist & Choirmaster at St Andrew’s Church: an historic, Episcopal parish in the inner-city; Director of Music at St John’s, Ohio City: the oldest church in the city of Cleveland; and Assistant Organist at St John Nepomucene Parish in Cleveland’s historic Slavic Village neighborhood. Recent commissions include an arrangement of Nico Muhly’s Bright Mass with Canons for the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Festival Chorus, and a new work for organist Todd Wilson (Trinity Cathedral, Cleveland) which was premiered at the 2014 Pipeworks Festival in Belfast, Ireland. Organist James McVinnie (Clare College, Cambridge) has performed his work, Three Voices, both in recital at Hereford Cathedral (UK) and as part of choral evensong at Lincoln Cathedral (UK). McDaniel studies composition at Cleveland State University (Cleveland, OH) with Andrew Rindfleisch and Gregory D’Alessio, organ with Todd Wilson, and privately in New York City with Timothy Andres.

Forest Park String Quartet

Performed June 14th

Evan Kleve, Kelsey Fischer (violins), Anna Risch (viola) and John Kokula (cello) are all members of the Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra. They began performing together in 2014 as the Forest Park String Quartet. A diverse group, they offer a variety of musical styles and personalities. A Cleveland native who resides in Lakewood, Evan is a professional music teacher and performer. Kelsey began violin studies at the Music Settlement and now works with the Cuyahoga County Board of Development Disabilities. Anna is a graduate of the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory and works as a nonprofit administrator. John is a retired Cleveland Police officer and also performs professionally with the Black River String Quartet.


All are welcome to find a spiritual home at the Church at Ascension. We are community that encourages questions, seeks answers, and strives to use Jesus’s example in our daily lives.

We’re family friendly and offer the opportunity to find peace, reflect on our spirituality, and experience God’s never ending love, compassion, and grace.

For those wishing to use their time and talents to make the world a brighter place, Church of the Ascension has many active Community Outreach programs.

Join us to begin or renew a relationship with God.

Find out more about the wider Episcopal church, or drop by to connect with our growing community.

God Loves You! No Exceptions!