Scholarship & Grant Opportunity

Upon closing St. John ELCA in downtown Saginaw as a worship center in 11-01-2020, the process began to complete the transformation of their trust into a foundation. They strive to continue the programs that were  established by the church an develop and offer support to programs and organizations that further the Gospel of Christ in the Saginaw Area. They are doing this in two ways:

Scholarships for applicants age 16+, who are a confirmed member/employee of one of the ELCA churches in the Saginaw area and attending K-12, Jr College or University, or payment on their student loan.
Grants for programs such as Christian education, community health and welfare, social welfare, feeding and supporting the needy, supporting and assisting troubled youth, and aiding the poor in the Saginaw Area.

The applications for both are posted on the Kiosk at church and available on our website (here).

Ascension Lutheran Church
8695 Gratiot Road
Saginaw, MI 48609
(989) 781-2170
Office Hours - Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Mission:  As an open and progressive congregation, we boldly make Christ's vision known.
Worship Schedule with Ascension
Worship In-person
Sunday's at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. 
Wednesday's at 7 p.m.
Children's Church during the 10:30 a.m. service
Worship will be recorded and published through
YouTube for participating later.
Grief Support Group
Ascension has a new Grief Support Group. The group meets at the church on Mondays at 10:30 a.m.
It is very easy to feel like you’re all alone. There is also no timeline on grief. A grief group surrounds you with other people going through the same thing you are. There are many types of grief, death, sickness, and divorce are just a few. All kinds of grief are supported in this group.
No Requirements.  No Pressure.  Relaxed & Informal.
Come and just listen or you may share.
Everyone is Welcome!
Wellness Warriors

We will continue to meet every Tuesday at 6:15 p.m. We are flexible with the exercise based on the abilities of those who attend each week.  The goal is to move and support each other!  Come check us out!

Questions? Contact Kris Friend (989) 245-6446 or Rita Hendrickson (989) 482-0271.

As an open and progressive congregation, we boldly make Christ’s vision known.
We welcome you to Ascension Lutheran Church.  We are a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). We are a community of faith who rely on the power and the teachings of Jesus as we navigate this world and life together.  We don’t have all the answers, and we aren’t perfect-and we believe in the one who is!  If you are in a close relationship with Jesus, or just beginning to get to know him–Ascension is a place for you to share your journey.   Come worship with us.  Join us in an event.  Come and see.
Worship With Ascension
All are welcome to worship with us at Ascension.  We are part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.  Our worship tradition means that you are an integral part of our worship–this is not something you watch but that you participate in! 

Study of Scripture is an important part of our relationship with Jesus and God’s people


The Nursery is currently unavailable.
Preschool and Elementary Youth Children’s Church/Sunday School
Children’s Church is on summer break and will return in September 2023.
Please join us Sunday mornings at 10:30am for a Children’s Message before the weekly readings.
Middle School Youth
A new Confirmation Class will begin in September 2023.  If you have student 6th grade or older who would like to begin class, please contact Pastor Julie Bailey at
High School Youth
Our Youth are beginning to prepare for the 2024 Youth Gathering in New Orleans. 
A fundraising opportunity that is available is returning pop cans that are donated.  Remember you get 1/2 of the amount in your account and 1/2 goes into the Youth general fund.  Every little bit adds up.
Sign up on the kiosk at church!
Sunday Morning Bible Study
At 9:15 A.M.

“Spiritual Basics: Becoming a Christian”

All are welcome and each class can stand on its own, so even if you can’t commit for the whole six weeks, join us when you can.

Class will meet in the Digging Dunes meeting room Sundays from 9:15-10:15 a.m., May 7th through June 25th.
No classes on May 21st & 28th
At 11:00 A.M.
This study will continue to take
place on Zoom.
Contact Pastor Julie for the Zoom link.
We are currently reading:
No class on May 9th & 30th


Sep-Dec and Mar-May on Monday Evenings

Our culture tries to convince us there is a way to happiness: aspire, acquire, desire, retire. In this video Bible Study, bestselling author, Max Lucado, looks at several compelling passages in the Bible that reveal the happiest people on earth aren’t those who have the most but those that are willing to give the most away.

Our Mary to Martha Women’s Bible Study is a six-week study that will begin on Monday, April 10, 2023 at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM in the Digging Dunes room. Please let Joyce know if you are participating in the class so we may order enough books. Study books are $9.00.

Sign up by calling or texting Joyce Richardson at 989-274-6787.

All women are welcome!

A previous study; The Story
The Messenger is a monthly publication of Ascension Lutheran Church that includes the ministry highlights and information about upcoming events. 

Forms for Membership

Musician Job Description–Position posted 12/1/22 and open until position is filled

Endowment Applications (due March 31 each year)


Education Forms


Youth Registration Forms


Special Service Forms and Procedures



Miscellaneous Forms

RaiseRight (formerly SCRIP) – Order Form


Ascension Lutheran Church offers the option to give online through Vanco.  Online giving started with one person with a great idea and has grown from there.  Online giving can be set on a schedule  such as weekly, or monthly  or members can give “one time” donations.  Click here to sign up or login today!

Click here to complete our Time & Talents form, letting us know how you might like to serve in our church.

How Can I Serve?
Click here if you would like to find out what options are available to serve in our church.  If you have any questions about serving, please feel free to contact Pastor Julie Bailey.
May 7, 2023 – Celebrating Graduates
May 13, 2023 – Spring Cleanup (rain date 5/20/23)
May 21, 2023 – Confirmation
June 27, 2023 – Michigan’s Adventure Trip
Additional information regarding events can be found in the monthly newsletter
Also click on our calendar

Ascension Lutheran Church



Pastor Julie Bailey
Pastor Julie began her ministry with Ascension in August 2013.  She is a graduate of Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus Ohio, 1999.  She is a native of Nebraska and has an ADN and Bachelors Degree in Nursing from the University of Nebraska Medical Center.  Prior to serving with Ascension, Pastor Julie served another congregation in Saginaw and as the Assistant to the Bishop for Vocation and Education.  In her free time she enjoys spending time with her schnoodle Bailey, cheering on her Cornhuskers, reading, watching TV, and spending time with friends.  
Lisa Whelton
Parish Administrator
Lisa is a 1995 graduate of Swan Valley High School where she met her husband Jeff.  She obtained her Bachelor of Business Administration degree, majoring in finance from Saginaw Valley State University.  She later earned the Certified Financial PlannerTM designation and became a financial advisor.  She worked in the financial industry for over 25 years before accepting the Parish Administrator position in the fall of 2020 with the desire to spend more time with her family.  Lisa was introduced to Ascension Lutheran Church through Jeff and his family and became a member in 2008.  Lisa spends most of her “non-working hours” transporting her two daughters to cheer, dance, music lessons, and school activities, but carves out time occasionally for her passion of scrapbooking.
Seeking Musician!
Ascension Lutheran Church is seeking a musician to accompany the congregation during worship services.  Our instrument is a clavinova.
Click Here for the job posting.

Ascension Lutheran Church

Ascension Lutheran Church
8695 Gratiot Road
Saginaw, MI  48609
Phone: +1 (989) 781-2170
Ascension Lutheran Church Blog


We believe that all people are at the same time a saint and a sinner.  No matter how hard we try, we will fail to do what we are to do; and we will do things we know we should not.  As a community of faith, we believe we are strengthened and encouraged by each other to live out the gospel in every aspect of our lives