Updated October 4, 2021
Now an estimated 90 percent of Indiana families will qualify for the Indiana Choice Voucher Program. That is great news for young families who may not have chosen Lutheran education because of the cost.
A family of four previously was limited to family income of $48,000. The new guidelines allow a family of four to earn up to $147,075. That is a huge change thanks to our legislature. Now CHOICE is truly available for Indiana parents.
Look for more information but more importantly start talking to family and friends about their need to CHOOSE Ascension for next year.
This year a total of $166,888 will come from the State of Indiana to Ascension Lutheran School for the benefit of qualifying families. In addition, we were able to grant $13,080 in SGO funds to families.
Money from the state comes in three payments throughout the school year, paid directly to Ascension. We account for that income for 10 months, $17,837 each month. This month and every month (10), we will have that income included in our statement of revenue.
We are very excited to announce that after a year-long pause, Sunday School will be restarting for our youth in preschool through 8th grade in September.
As you may know, Sunday School is only possible with the help of volunteers. And we are in need of YOUR help! Teachers are needed for this upcoming year. Ideally, we would like to have at least one (if not 2) main teachers for each class (PreK/Kindergarten; 1st/2nd; 3rd/4th; and 6-8th) and several "floating" volunteers to help cover classes on weeks that a main teacher is unavailable.
What is required in a Sunday School teacher? Just a desire to help share God's Word with the youth! Materials, setup and prep work will all be completed prior to each Sunday's classes and ready for you to use. All volunteers will receive a semester's worth of lesson plans so you can look ahead and prepare to share that week's lesson.
We ask that you prayerfully consider giving of your time and talents this year to help make Sunday School a success. Please reach out to Abby Mieritz by email (email@example.com) or phone (260-804-2889) to volunteer. She will be happy to make arrangements around your schedule to meet and share the materials for this year and answer any questions you have.
Beginning September 12, Pastor Gier and Pastor Zieroth will begin a study of "Apologetics" during the Sunday Adult Discipleship Class. In a letter to the congregation, they said:
"Apologetics is about defending the Christian faith as St. Peter exhorts us ... 'But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.' ~ 1 Pt 3:15.
"As we see our society and supporting institutions collapse under the weight of a "woke" culture to everything that stands antithetical to the Christian faith, life, and truth that has served as the founding principles to the whole of Western culture, the need for reasserting those same principles and truth in service to the Gospel for the life of the world has never been greater in our time.
"How often do we find ourselves confronted by a debased culture not knowing what to say or how to say it? Yet, we are strongly commended by God to "make a defense . . . for the hope that is in you." As Christians and truth bearers in Christ, we especially are called to confront the lies and deceptions that eat away at the foundations and bedrock of all civil society. In preparation we need to know WHAT we believe and WHY we believe it!
"This study is to train you to that very end—to ENVISION the Lord's command, ENGAGE the task, EQUIP to act, and EVANGELIZE to save ... speaking the Truth in love. It is about increasing your confidence as a Christian in the proofs and evidence of the faith, and the boldness to speak it.
"We will begin with the questions ... What is Apologetics? and Why should we defend the faith? Here is an outline of the beginning weeks ...
"Please bring your Bible and something to write with. Handouts for notetaking will be provided for study and review, and hole-punched for good keeping in a binder. As St. Paul writes ...
"'Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.' Col 4:5–6
"We are very much excited by this study and what it means in our growth and moving forward in Church, Family, and School. A great thing indeed should the whole of Ascension engage this study and area of witness to our world! Therefore we invite all High School and Adult members to join us!"