TIDINGS – May 12, 2019


Sunday, May 19th at 4:00PM

Ascension Hosts 6th Annual Alma Cheney Memorial Concert
“Music at Ascension” – A Celebration of the Music Program at Ascension

On Sunday, May 19, 2019, at 4:00pm, Ascension Memorial Church, 31 County Street, Ipswich, will present the annual Alma Cheney Memorial Concert. Admission is free, with a free will offering welcomed.

Entitled, “Music at Ascension,” and under the direction of Dr. Frank Corbin, the concert will feature Ascension youth and adult choirs, organ, duo piano, and duet flute and voice. The program will include a range of music with a broad appeal. From the classics such as “Cantique de Jean Racine” by Fauré to contemporary pieces such as “Ask Me to Sing” by Sally Albrecht,  the concert showcases the talents of Ascension’s choirs, vocal soloists, and instrumentalists.

Alma Cheney, a much beloved member of the Choir of Ascension Memorial Church and of Chorus North Shore, passed away on November 5, 2012. Donald, her husband of 46 years, and daughters Jessica and Lisa have honored her memory by presenting an annual concert and supporting other musical activities at Ascension.

The Alma Cheney Memorial Music Fund was established in January 2013, and with regular donations from the Cheney family and parishioners of Ascension, it supports the ongoing excellence and development of the music program at Ascension Memorial Church.


May 19th – May 26th

The sign-ups are still happening and we do have an urgent request for the first night our families are here, May 19th. Still needing dinner sides and dessert and a trained parishioner to be with the families during the dinner and clean-up. You may still sign-up on-line.

Your overwhelming generosity is making our Family Promise week a week we are truly looking forward to. Instead of being anxious about: enough volunteers, enough supplies, enough time, enough space and the: what if’s, what if’s, what if’s, we can be confident in knowing the four families we will be hosting, will have all their needs met and more. In fact, you have donated more than the necessary sheet sets and blankets(which is good). May 19th will be here sooner than later and we can’t wait to welcome our guests into our home.


Graduating seniors who are active members of AMC and will be pursuing educational degree programs are eligible to submit an application for a Judith Grant Rice Scholarship. All applications need to be returned to the office by Wednesday, May 22nd. The selection committee will meet during the following weeks. Along with a monetary reward, the 2019 recipients’ names will be engraved on the scholarship plaque displayed at the church.  All winners will be announced at the 10:15AM service on June 9th. Each recipient’s presence is encouraged but not required. Applications are available by contacting the office at 978-356-2560 or on the website www.amcipswich.org

Saturday, June 1st, 9AM – Noon

Only 3 Weeks until Ipswich Community Yard Sale!

Call for Donation of Goods

Spring Cleaning? Decluttering? Getting rid of things that do not bring joy into your life?
Whatever your method or mantra, now is the time to reserve a space and sell your stuff at the Ipswich Community Yard Sale.
Reserve a space for $20 or $25 for space + table by emailing Patti Gorman amcipswich@verizon.net or call the Parish Office 978-356-2560


Donate your stuff for the Ascension Rummage Sale!
Drop-off starts Saturday, May 25 9am – noon; Sunday, May 27, 9am – noon and throughout the week of May 28 leading up to the sale on Saturday, June 1

We are seeking these new and gently used items in good condition:

Jewelry, Home Décor, Kitchen Items, Housewares, Small Appliances, Toys, Tools, Books, Holiday Items, CDs, Clothing, Knick Knacks, Sporting Goods, Garden Items

Please NO gas-powered items, TVs, computers or large, heavy, upholstered furniture.
Thank you!The Fundraising & Events Committee


Lay Eucharistic Visitors (LEVs) Meeting set for June 2nd

The ministry of lay visitation with members of our parish community unable to venture far from home was reactivated earlier this year.  Becoming isolated from one’s community of friends and family can greatly compromise one’s overall health.  LEVs make regular, brief visits with fellow parishioners, bringing communion if desired, but mostly bringing themselves, a listening ear, and a smile.  Consider becoming a LEV and learning more about this ministry by attending the next meeting of Lay Eucharistic Visitors on June 2nd in the Rector’s Office following the 10:15AM service.


Green Initiative Committee –

Let’s Compost and Recycle Responsibly As Ascension continues its commitment to participating in the Ipswich Curbside Composting Program and Recycling, we thank all who have taken the conscious effort to make sure that soiled coffee paper cups, napkins, bamboo stirrers, and food waste go into the organics container in the parlor.  Clean paper like the bulletin and appropriate plastics (#1, #2, and #5) as well as aluminum cans and glass belong in the recycling box. Thanks for helping  to making waste reduction a reality at Ascension

Saturday, June 22
7 pm – 9 pm

Ascension takes to the seas with a fundraising cruise!
A private two-hour charter on the Schooner Thomas E. Lannon

The Fundraising & Events Committee invites you to enjoy a sunset cruise while also supporting Ascension.  We will have the boat to ourselves as we take in the Cape Ann scenery aboard the Schooner Thomas E. Lannon, a genuine Gloucester fishing schooner built in Essex.

Once on board the Lannon, you can take the helm, help the crew raise the sails, or sit back and enjoy the scenery as we sail through Gloucester’s working harbor, nearby rocky coves and beaches.

  • Departs Gloucester House Restaurant, Seven Seas Wharf, 63 Rogers Street, Gloucester
  • Beer, ale, wine, champagne, rum punch, soft drinks and a selection of salty, crunchy snacks available for purchase on board. Cash only sales on board.

Tickets are $65 per person (cash, check) or $67 (credit card)
Tickets go on sale following the 8:00 am and 10:15 am services on Sunday, May 5th, and in the Parish Office, Monday – Thursday, 9:00 am – noon. Due to limited capacity (49 passengers), tickets cannot be reserved in advance without payment.


05.12 Sunday
8:00AM – Holy Eucharist Rite I
10:15AM – Holy Eucharist Rite II

05.13 Monday
12:15PM – Holy Silence

05.14 Tuesday
11:00AM – Ipswich Aware Meeting

05.15 Wednesday
9:30AM – Bible Study – St. Matthew’s Parlor
4:00PM – Outreach Meeting
5:30PM – Holy Silence/Holy Communion
6:00PM AMC Book Group
7:30PM – Adult Choir Rehearsal – Church

05.16 Thursday
4:30PM – Honors Youth Choir – Boone Hall Choir Room
7:00PM – Education for Ministry – St. Matthew’s Parlor

05.17 Friday

05.18 Saturday
8:00AM – Ipswich Garden Club Plant Sale
8:00AM – AMC Men’s Group – St. Matthew’s Parlor
10:00AM – Concert Rehearsal

05.19 Sunday
8:00AM – Holy Eucharist Rite I
10:15AM – Holy Eucharist Rite II

4:00PM – The Alma Cheney Memorial Concert

For additional information and listings,

please visit our website calendar: www.amcipswich.org/calendar

Parish Office Hours:

Monday through Thursday – 9:00am to 1:00pm