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.

The ELCA congregations located in Saginaw County have been meeting to discuss strengthening their presence in the community and to work together through the challenges each are facing.  They have a website, Facebook page, and YouTube page. Consider visiting them to see what great things are happening!
Informal Sessions will be at 10:30am at Ascension on the following Mondays:
May 6th, 13th, 20th
June 3rd, 17th
July 8th, 22nd
August 12th
No Requirements
No Pressure
Relaxed and Informal
Come and just listen
or you may share
Everyone is Welcome!
Middle & High School
Youth Nights
Meet on the Sunday's below at the pavilion from 6pm-9pm.
Play games, chat, eat s'mores, do crafts and more!
We will need a parent volunteer with Pastor Julie for each night.
June 16th, 23rd, 30th
July 28th
August 4th, 11th
The Annual trip to Michigan’s Adventure
was RESCHEDULED to JULY 25, 2024
There are a few spots open, if you would like to go, complete the form and turn it in with your money to the church
If you have already paid and your form is in the office - You are all set!
See you on July 25th at 7:45am!
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
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 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.
Middle School Youth
Please contact Pastor Julie Bailey at if any questions
High School Youth
Our Youth are preparing 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 Bible Study
At 9:15 A.M.

Join us Sunday mornings at 9:15 a.m. as we discuss “The Jesus I Never Knew.” This six-session study will challenge or change your perception of who Jesus is. Each week we will see several film depictions of Jesus, his life, and ministry. Some will be funny, some profound, and some might even find them disturbing. We will then have discussion that will help us discover the Jesus you never knew! If you wish you may purchase the book by Philip Yancy, but it isn’t required. They are available at any store that sells books.

May 5th – June 9th

This class is held in the Digging Dunes Room.

At 11:00 A.M.
You are invited to join us at 11 a.m. on Tuesday mornings via Zoom. Join us, and as always friends are welcome.
Let Pastor Julie know if you need the Zoom invite.


Sep-Dec and Feb-May on Monday Evenings

All women are invited!

Our Mary to Martha Women’s Bible Study is open to women of all ages, and stages of faith, members & non-members, as we seek a closer relationship with our Lord. We know that you’ll be blessed by God’s Word and fellowship with other women, and we’ll be blessed by your presence. Direct questions to Joyce Richardson.
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. 


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.
Additional information regarding events can be found in the monthly newsletter
Also click on our calendar

Ascension Lutheran Church


The Team

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 youngest daughter to volleyball, band, and school activities. She also attends band and music performances at Central Michigan University for her oldest daughter. She occasionally carves out time for her passion of scrapbooking.
Jeff Whelton
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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