Small Groups provide members with an opportunity to build relationships around caring, learning, fellowship, and support. These relationships allow for deeper sharing of faith and other life issues.
There are many small groups already going at Ascension, and anyone can start a small group – after a short training session. These groups of 8-12 people may be formed around similar interests, ages, families, etc. All groups will have a leader and meet regularly. All small groups are centered around the 4 keys – devotions, service, caring conversation, rituals and traditions. Each group will have their own unique vision and purpose for meeting, but all will be based around Christ, the mission of the Church, and prayer. Examples of Small Groups at Ascension include: Grace & Gifts Home Communion and Visitation; Sunday Night Live for families with small children; Quilters; Tuesday Bible Study; Peace and Justice Committee. If you are interested in joining a small group, becoming a small group leader, or have an idea for a small group, contact Pastor Michael Mortvedt. Contact the leader or follow the link for more information on the following small groups:
Sunday Night Live - Melissa Ochsner, 605-695-4326 Sunday Night Live is a family fellowship group for anyone looking to connect. SNL gathers monthly, sharing a meal and an engaging activity. Activities are family friendly or children’s programming is provided. All ages are welcome! Knitting & Crocheting Small Group - Nancy Nelson at 692-5312 If you like to knit caps and other things, please consider joining the Knitting and Crocheting group which meets the third Tuesday of each month, except for December, at 7:00pm at Ascension. Since our small group started in 2012, we have donated over 300 handmade scarves, blankets, mittens, hats and other items to local agencies and individuals. Our mission is simply to give our handmade items to others to let them know someone is thinking of them.
Communion Stewards - Becky Ekeland, 692-7934 This group is responsible for preparing Communion for services and for filling home Communion kits. Members are responsible for a month at a time, often teaming up with another person or couple. The Stewards gather for a potluck meal twice a year. Grace & Gifts Home Communion/Visitation - Roberta Wagner, 692-6467 Lay volunteers visit homebound members and offer Holy Communion monthly. The group meets bi-monthly to talk about cares & concerns and scheduling visits.
Caring Meals- Sue Knutzen, 692-7203 Are you wanting to help out someone in need? Caring Meals might be your answer. Delicious homemade meals can be found in the freezer of ascension’s kitchen. All you need to do is stop by, pick up a meal or two, and deliver to anyone who would benefit from and enjoy the meal and your company. If you are interested in helping prepare the meals, contact Sue. Mary & Martha Small Group - Lori Bjorklund, 696-0750 A casual, comfortable group of women who care deeply for each other.
Rebekah Book Group - Kathy Reid, 692-8561 We read several books during the year and discuss them at our meetings. We usually choose religion themed books.
Eve’s Exercisers - Elaine Rietz, 692-8373 Eve’s Exercisers is a small group of senior women who exercise twice a week for about 45 minutes each time. All are welcome! WELCA Circles & Quilters
Ascension Lutheran Church. 2030 Third Street. Brookings. South Dakota. 57006. Phone: 605.692.6565. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Fax: 605.692.6808.