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.
Lenten Soup Suppers
Wednesdays, 6pm
February 14th - March 20th
Join us for a simple meal of Soup, Salad, and Bread
before the 7pm Lenten Worship Service
Wednesday Lenten Series
This season for Lent we are going to focus on five of the I AM statements of Jesus from the gospel of John. Services are at 7pm.
Feb 21st - I AM the Bread of Life (John 6:35-40)
Feb 28th - I AM the Light of the World (John 8:12-20)
Mar 6th - I AM the Door (John 10:1-10)
Mar 13th - I AM the Good Shepherd (John 10:11-18)
Mar 20th - I AM the Resurrection and Life (John 11:17-27)
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
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 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!
Feb 4th – Soup Cook-off & Silent Auction Fundraiser (See Flyer & Registration in Forms)
March 9th – Craft Fair & Bake Sale Fundraiser (See Flyer & Registration in Forms)
Sunday Bible Study
At 9:15 A.M.
Beginning on January 7, 2024 our Sunday morning adult class will begin a six-week study titled Self-Esteem: Made in the Image of God. All are welcome.
Beginning February 18, 2024 our Sunday morning Bible study class will begin a study called Making Sense of the Cross. This is a good study to do during the season of Lent. All are welcome. There is a book that would be helpful to accompany. I do have some books, so if you want one, please let Pastor Julie know. We can order more if needed.
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. On January 2, 2024 we will begin reading through 1 John, 2 John and 3 John. FYI—1 John is one of Pastor Julie’s favorite books of scripture. 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
January—Winter break—no sessions
February 5th—19th: Social Issues Freestyle: Digging into personal concerns and social issues of your choice and studying the Bible verses to guide us through.
February 26th-March 25th: 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 145 million products in print.
Our Mary to Martha Women’s Bible Study is a five-week study that will meet 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!
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.

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


Endowment Applications (due March 31 each year)– forms are being updated & will be back soon!


Education Forms


Youth 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.
Jan 28th & 31st – Installation of Council at all 3 worship services
Feb 4th – Soup Cook-off & Silent Auction Youth Fundraiser after 10:30am worship service
Feb 5th – Grief Share Support Group begins 13-week Session, 10:30am on Mondays
Feb 14th – Lenten Soup Suppers Begin, Wednesdays 6pm (through March 20th)
Feb 14th – Ash Wednesday Worship, 7pm
Feb 21st – Lenten Worship Services Begin, Wednesdays, 7pm (through March 20th)
Mar 9th – Craft Fair & Bake Sale Youth Fundraiser, 10am-3pm
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 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.

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