News & Events

Updated July 9, 2021

Choirs restarting this fall

With the reduction in COVID restrictions, we plan to restart church choirs this Fall. The Adult Handbell Choir plans to rehearse on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. in the church sanctuary.  Please contact Ray Beights (Adult Handbell Choir director) for more information.  

The Adult Choir plans to rehearse on Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m. in the choir room.  However, we are still looking for an adult choir director.  Please contact David Mussmann with any candidates for adult choir director.


Indiana Voucher Program expanded

The Indiana Voucher Program has been expanded and as many as 90 percent of students are now eligible for a School Choice Scholarship. 

Please check out the parent webinar for more information and to find if your student is eligible. 

Parent Webinar: Indiana’s Voucher Program: How could it benefit my child? 

Join us on July 13th at 6:00 p.m. EST for an informational session regarding Indiana’s recently expanded school choice options. Find out if your child qualifies for a choice scholarship to attend a participating K-12 private school under the state’s expanded program and talk directly to experts! Register today at:


Taylor Haese named school principal

Miss Taylor Haese will be assuming Ascension’s Principal duties in the 2021/2022 school year, and Mrs. Tommy Franke will be serving as Assistant Principal. 

Both Miss Haese and Mrs. Franke have an in-depth knowledge of Ascension's school ministry, programs, curriculum, as well as an unparalleled commitment to students and families.


Vacation Bible School Begin July 23; Registration Now Open
Rainforest Explorers--Jesus Leads the Way

At Rainforest Explorers VBS, your children learn that Jesus is the ultimate guide through the rainforest and in life! He leads us to the treasure of eternal life and will never leave us. 

Registration is now open for children entering Preschool through 5th grade VBS is set for Monday, July 19 to Friday, July 23, 9:00 a.m. to noon. 

Come along with us as we sing fun songs, do crazy crafts, eat yummy snacks, play awesome games, and more. Plus, you’ll learn all about Jesus our Savior and how He leads the Way! Can’t wait to see you there! 

Register online at 


Welcome to Ascension's new website

Ascension's new website is still a work in progress. Please bear with us as we add additional information in the coming weeks. 

As with all websites, Ascension's website will try to keep you up-to-date and informed about the activities of the church and our school. You can expect to see new information weekly, so check back with us regularly, 

If you are having difficulties finding information on the website or is there is some feature you would like to see added to the website, we'll be happy to consider your request. Please contact the church office, (260) 486-2226 or

Pastor Zieroth accepts call as full-time associate pastor

A special Voters Assembly was held on June 7, during which Pastor Gary Zieroth was asked to expand his call as part-time assistant pastor to full-time associate pastor. Pastor Zieroth accepted the call. Here is his letter to the congregation, published in the June 20 church announcements.

June 14, 2021


Dear Members at Ascension, “I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the Gospel from the first day until now. And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace …” Phil. 1:3-7d. 

I thank and praise God that the voter’s extended to me an increase of hours to come aboard full-time at Ascension. With prayerful consideration, I was happy and overjoyed to accept this invitation to serve along with Pastor Gier and our wonderful church and school staff, and, of course, all of you dear saints in the months and years ahead. Of course, I have been among you already preaching and teaching these last 4 years, so we are already familiar with each other, already enjoying our “partnership in the gospel” as Paul tells the saint at Philippi. This enjoyment now extends on a daily basis as I look forward to getting to know each of you even better. 

I am leaving the seminary with great sadness. I have enjoyed my time there these last 5 years in the various roles I have served. I worked with wonderful people on both staff and faculty. I will miss serving there. Hopefully, our connections won’t be totally severed as I hope to be on campus for various activities – and of course – our relationship together serving with our field workers. Please continue to keep all at the seminary in your prayers. 

JoAnn, Luke, and I are looking forward now to this new chapter in my life. Someone once quipped to JoAnn recently that now she has to learn to be a pastor’s wife again! She has had no problem in that area. She has constantly been at my side through thick and thin these last 37 years. I thank God for her and my family too! 

Please pray as I make a smooth transition from seminary to Ascension. Pray that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ continue to bless the ministry and growth at Ascension Lutheran Church and School. To God be all the glory! 

Yours, in Christ, 

Pastor Zieroth