Worship Schedule with Ascension
Worship In-person
-Sunday's at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. 
-Wednesday's at 7 p.m.
Worship will be recorded and published through
YouTube for participating later.
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.
Installation of Council

The Installation of Council will take place during worship services on Sunday, January 16, 2022 and
Wednesday, January 19, 2022
Upcoming Youth Information

Sunday School-Children's Church

Children's Church returns weekly during the 10:30 a.m. worship service on January 9, 2022.

Click here to register your youth age 4 through 5th grade


Confirmation Classes for 1st Year Students are generally the 2nd and 4th Sundays each month at 5:00 p.m.
January 9th & 23rd
February 13th & 27th
Confirmation Classes for 2nd Year Students are weekly on
Thursdays at 2:30 p.m.

Youth Meeting

January 16th @ 5:30 p.m.
in the Youth Room

All 8th-12 graders are invited to join for a light supper and study on Boundless, to grow as a group and prepare for the gathering in Minneapolis.  All youth these ages are welcome, whether attending the gathering or not.

Wellness Warriors
Tuesdays at 6:15 p.m.
*Burn a few calories
*Pick up some health habits
*Improve your diet
Men & Women Welcome and Encouraged
Levels for ALL ages
No Reservations Required (show up when you can)
Tuesday, January 25, 2022
6:30 p.m.
Informational Session on Intuitive Eating.  Learn What is intuitive eating (mindful eating), steps to follow to eat intuitively, what it looks like to move away from dieting with a non-diet approach, and the research that backs this mindful eating concept.
Annual Meeting
Sunday, February 13, 2022
11:30 a.m.
(after the 10:30 worship service)
BY 12 p.m. January 17, 2022
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 until further notice due to social distancing.
Preschool and Elementary Youth Sunday School/Children’s Church
Weekly during the
10:30 a.m. worship service
“Children’s Church”
Click hereto complete the registration form (which includes additional information)
Middle School Youth
Confirmation Classes for 1st Year Students are generally on the 2nd and 4th Sundays each month at 5:00 p.m.
Click here for the schedule
Confirmation Classes for 2nd Year Students are weekly on
Thursdays at 2:30 p.m.
High School Youth
Check out elca.org/gathering for information
Next Meeting:  Sunday, January 16, 2022 @ 5:30 p.m.

Sunday Morning Adult Bible Study AT 9:15 A.M.

Believe – Living the Story of the Bible to Become Like Jesus
Please contact Pastor Julie to get the book, outline, and if you have any questions.

If you are able to offset the cost, $5 would be appreciated. But would welcome any and all who would like to walk this journey together!

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 1 Corinthians


**UPDATE** Begins March 24, 2022 @ 6:30 p.m.

Spiritual disciplines are essential to a more vibrant spiritual life and knowing God more intimately.  Our next Bible Study written by Kelly Minter unpacks the Biblical foundation for these sacred habits along with approachable ways to practice disciplines like prayer, study,  worship, rest, simplicity, generosity, celebration, and many more.   Instead of being just one more thing on your to-do list, you’ll find that these habits of faith can actually create more margins to your life – providing peace and rest as you walk closer with Jesus.

Kelly is a Bible teacher, author, and singer/songwriter with a desire to serve women of all ages.  She also partners with Justice & Mercy International, an organization that cares for the vulnerable and forgotten in the Amazon and Moldova.

Our Mary to Martha Women’s Bible Study is a seven week study that will begin on Monday, March 14, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. in the Digging Dunes room.  Please let Joyce Richardson know if you are participating in the class so we may order enough books.  Sign up by calling or texting Joyce at 989-274-6787.   All women are welcome!

A previous study by the same author as Believe; 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



Education Forms


Special Service Forms and Procedures


 Youth Registration Forms


Endowment Applications (due March 31 each year)



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.
Check back soon for events – or 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.
Jennifer Salowitz
Music Ministry Director
Jennifer, a 2001 graduate of Capac High School, studied piano performance at Northern Michigan University before earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from Saginaw Valley State University, concentrating in psychology. She currently resides in rural Saginaw County with her husband, 4 active boys, 3 snuggly cats, and 2 rambunctious dogs. Jennifer recently obtained certification as a Registered Piano Technician and is a student at Saginaw Valley State University pursuing Social work. She spends her free time fostering dogs and cats, singing in her car while chauffeuring her boisterous boys around town, and volunteering as leadership for Hemlock Cub Scout Pack 3332 and Hemlock Boy Scout Troop 337. Jennifer began her time as Ascension’s staff musician and choral director in the summer of 2017.

Ascension Lutheran Church

Ascension Lutheran Church
8695 Gratiot Road
Saginaw, MI  48609
Phone: +1 (989) 781-2170
Email: ascensionlc@sbcglobal.net


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