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.
Worship will be recorded and published through
YouTube for participating later.
Ascension Lutheran Church Summer Camp K-6th grade
July 26, 27, 28
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Cost $0
Camp Daily Agenda
5:15pm - Arrival - Outdoor Activity
5:30 pm - Workshop 1
6:30 pm - Snack/Children's Church
7:00 pm - Workshop 2
8:00 pm - Group Farewell
For workshop information, click here
Upcoming Youth Information
Sunday School Children's Church
Children's Church is on break for the
Please continue to join us Sunday mornings during the 10:30am worship service for the Children's Message.
Ascension Lutheran Church
Summer Camp K-6th grade
July 26, 27, 28
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Cost $0
Camp Daily Agenda
5:15pm - Arrival - Outdoor Activity
5:30 pm - Workshop 1
6:30 pm - Snack/Children's Church
7:00 pm - Workshop 2
8:00 pm - Group Farewell
For workshop information, click here
Middle & High School Youth
This summer our youth nights will be held on Sunday’s from 6 p.m.— 9 p.m.  Join other youth (6th-12th grade) to play games, chat, eat s’mores, do crafts or anything else we decide to do.  Bring friends.
June 12th, 19th
July 3rd, 10th, 17th, 31st
August 7th, 14th, 21st
Wellness Warriors

We will continue to meet every Tuesday at 6:15 p.m. We may try to walk the neighborhood, weather permitting and if safe.  We can split the group if people can’t or don’t wish to walk.  We are flexible and 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.

Michigan's Adventure Trip

We will be going to Michigan’s Adventure on Thursday, July 14th from 8:00 a.m. until midnight. This event is open to all members of the congregation.  Elementary aged   children must have an adult accompany them.  Middle School and High School Youth must complete a permission slip.  The cost is $65.00 and paid by June 29th.  Checks should be made to Ascension Lutheran Church. 

Friends are welcome!!!  Bring sunscreen, snacks for the bus, and money for food at the park.  Please arrive at the church at 7:45 a.m.

Sign up on the Kiosk in the gathering area and grab a permission slip, they are also on our website.

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
Bulletins and Online Worship
Please subscribe to our YouTube channel. Worship will be posted online on Monday’s.
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 Sunday School/Children’s Church
Weekly during the
10:30 a.m. worship service
(September – May)
Children’s Church is currently on Summer Break, please join us for a Children’s Message during the 10:30 a.m. service.
Middle School Youth
Confirmation Classes are on break for the summer.
If you have a student who is in going into 6th or 7th grade in the Fall of 2022, who  are ready to confirm their faith, please contact Pastor Julie.
Middle & High School Youth

This summer our youth nights will be held on Sunday’s from 6 p.m.— 9 p.m.  Join other youth (6th-12th grade) to play games, chat, eat s’mores, do crafts or anything else we decide to do.  Bring friends. 


Book Study

In Person – Sundays at 9:15 A.M.
Zoom – Mondays at 7:00 P.M
Stranger God:  Meeting Jesus in Disguise

Love, this is how the world is to know who we are as Christians.  It’s great to say they will know we are Christians by our love (by our love) but another thing to actually love people who we find offensive or wrong, or just plain different. 

Richard Beck, the author explores how we engage in welcoming,     embracing, showing hospitality and love in a world that is constantly dividing itself by various labels and objections.  Beck calls us to      welcome Jesus, who comes to us in the guise of the other; remembered and forgotten, known and unknown, friend and stranger. 

You can purchase the book through Augsburg Fortress Publishing or It is also available via Kindle.  Pastor Julie has ordered a few books that will be first come first serve at $11.50. 

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 Philippians


September – May on Monday Evenings
The Women’s Bible Study group is on break for the summer.  If you have any questions, please contact
Joyce by calling or texting 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



Education Forms


Special Service Forms and Procedures


 Youth Registration Forms


Endowment Applications (due March 31 each year)


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.
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


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