The Church Council has called for a special meeting of the congregation on Sunday, May 23, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. The purpose of this meeting is to take a first vote on whether or not to end our affiliation with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and instead to affiliate with either Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC) or the North American Lutheran Church (NALC).

This is a significant decision and one that should not be made without each voting member spending some time in study, dialog, and prayer. Below you will find some information and resources that our members can use to learn more about the various issues at hand. (The dates in parentheses indicate when this item was posted.)

If you have any suggestions of things that could be added to this list, please send an email to:


Cover Letter from the Church Council (mailed 04/21/2021)

Affiliation Resolution (mailed 04/21/2021)

Study Resources (mailed 04/21/2021)

  • How some Christians see the various Lutheran groups? (4 Videos)
  • ELCA Information
  • LCMC Information
  • NALC Information


Ascension’s Constitution While all Chapters are important, you should review: Chapter 2 = Confession of Faith; Chapter 6.05 = Changing Church Affiliation; Chapter 8.02.c = Voting Membership; Chapter 10.02 = Special Congregation Meeting.


Council Notes from the 12 Information & Feedback Meetings with Congregation members. (posted  04/24/21, updated 05/04/21)


An ELCA Ordination Service from January, 2020 [NOTE: Trinity Lutheran Church in Bedford County, PA, learned about this service last June as they were having their own discussion about whether or not to stay in the ELCA.]  (posted 04/24/2021)


Pastor Jeff’s Ordination Vows and Stole Scriptures (posted 04/26/2021)

Q & A with Pastor Jeff after 8:00 a.m. Service (posted 04/26/2021)

Q & A with Pastor Jeff after 10:45 a.m. Service (posted 04/26/2021)


Why are we even considering this?!? Our Council Members share their reasons for calling a special meeting to vote on our ELCA affiliation. (posted 05/04/21, updated 05/08/21)

Q & A with Bishop Anne Edison-Albright after 8:00 a.m. Service (posted 05/04/21)

Unfortunately, the Noon Q & A time with Bishop Edison-Albright did not get recorded. Here are the questions she and the panel addressed. (posted 05/04/21)

Professor Mark Mattes is an ELCA Pastor and the Chair of the Religion Department at Grand View University in Des Moines, IA. In 2010, he wrote this paper to describe his perception of the ELCA and the Authority of Scripture. (posted 05/04/21)

Would you like to see what another ELCA congregation recently went through with their affiliation discernment process? (posted 05/04/21)


Voting Requirements for the Special Congregation Meeting on 5/23/2021 (posted 05/08/21)

Rules of Procedure for the Special Congregation Meeting on 5/23/2021 (posted 05/08/21)


Q&A with LCMC Pastor Sue Gunderson regarding Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (posted 05/10/21)

Q&A with LCMC Pastor Mike Matzek regarding Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (posted 05/10/21)