Church Office Closed

The Church office will be closed March 27 - March 30th.  Thank you for your patience.

First Communion

There are several youth and parents who have expressed their readiness and desire to receive First Communion. We will plan on these youth receiving their first communion on April 2nd.

First Communion class is Saturday, March 25th, 10am-12pm.
It is preferred that a parent is available to stay for the class as well.
Please let Pastor Julie know if you are planning on your youth receiving first communion.
Lenten Worship
Stories of food and drink are all through the Bible. Jesus calls himself the bread of life. Jesus feeds the multitudes. Jesus eats with tax collectors and sinners. Jesus offers himself at the Last supper as bread and wine are shared. Eating sustains our body and eating with others creates community.  During this season of Lent, we will focus on Meeting Jesus at the Table, exploring and meditating on the Bible stories that feature eating and food. You are invited to join us as we eat together with a simple soup supper before worship, share in the Lord’s supper where we will use different kinds of bread each week, and hear the message of Jesus in new ways.
(all services at 7:00 p.m.)
3/1-The Welcome Table: He Eats with Tax Collectors and Sinners
3/8-Surprised by Grace: Dinner Interrupted
3/15-Relationship and Reciprocity: Making Room at the Table
3/22-Excuses and Invitations: Empty Chairs at the Empty Table
3/29- Hospitality and Discipleship: A Meal with Chosen Family
Maundy Thursday, 4/6-A Meal of Memories: Not the Last Supper
A Lenten Soup Supper will take place at 6pm each date above, offering a simple meal of soup, salad, and bread
Blood Drive
Thursday March 23rd
2:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Ascension Lutheran Church
Fellowship Hall
Appointments Preferred, Walk-ins Welcome
Schedule An Appointment: click here
or call the church office - Lisa can sign you up
Endowment Fund
The Endowment Fund Committee is accepting applications
to fund 2023 Scholarships and Grant Projects
All applications are due March 31, 2023
Applications are found here
or in the church office (they can also be emailed)

Seeking Church Accompanist

Musician Job Description

Position open until filled.  Inquiries and resumes to

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).

Holy Week Worship

4/2/23—8:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.—Palm Sunday
4/5/23—No Wednesday Night Worship
4/6/23—7:00 p.m.—Maundy Thursday (Soup Supper @ 6:00 p.m.)
4/7/23—7:00 p.m.—Good Friday
4/9/23—8:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.—Easter Day (The service will also be the same on 4/12/23 at 7:00 p.m.)
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.
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.

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
Weekly during the
10:30 a.m. worship service
(September – May)
The youth, 4 years old through 5th grade, will begin worship with their families, and after the Children’s Message, be dismissed with their teachers to experience the Word, or message of worship in a more age appropriate way. We will then return to worship as an entire congregation during the peace, so that our youth will still receive Communion/Prayers.
Registration Form (click here)
Middle School Youth
2nd Year Confirmation Classes
5 p.m.-6 p.m.
High School Youth
Our Youth are beginning to prepare for the 2024 Youth Gathering in New Orleans.  Their first major opportunity to earn funds for their trip is serving at the Wednesday evening Soup Suppers during Lent.  They arrive at 5:30 p.m., help setup, serve, and cleanup and should be done by about 7pm.  We also need an adult chaperone each evening.
Sign up on the kiosk at church!
Another opportunity that is still 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.

On Sunday mornings, we are reading together the book “You Are Witnesses of These Things” by Bishop Craig and Chelsey Satterlee. If you need a book, you can purchase on Amazon and there is also a Kindle version, if you would prefer. Join us for a good discussion as we learn and grow more confident in boldly making Christ known in our lives and in our community.

Class will meet in the Digging Dunes meeting room Sundays from 9:15-10:15 a.m.

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:


Sep-Dec and Mar-May on Monday Evenings

Every gift from God reveals his love, but no gift reveals his love more than the gifts of the cross. In this video Bible study, Max Lucado explores the many gifts that Christ provided to us at his crucifixion. The He Chose the Nails Study includes video discussion questions, Bible exploration, personal study and reflection materials.

Our author, Max Lucado, has served many churches in his 45 years of ministry. He currently serves as Senior Minister of Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas. He is a bestselling   author with more than 130 million books in print.

Our Mary to Martha Women’s Bible Study is a five-week study that will begin on Monday, March 6, 2023 at 6:00 PM in the Digging Dunes room. Participant books are $9.00 due the first day of class.  This is a shorter class but, it is a good one! Come and join us!

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; 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.
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