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MUSIC MINISTRIES

Music in the Episcopal Church can be as diverse as its worship services. Our hymnals draw all Episcopalians together musically in the same way that the Book of Common Prayer draws us together in prayer and liturgy. Joining in song unites our voices in a common offering of praise, thanksgiving, a common bowing in prayer and lament, and mutual encouragement and unity. Just as the Eucharist unites us together through one bread and one cup, we demonstrate and experience that unity in one voice with one purpose.

 

While congregational song (that is, “the song of God’s people”) is the chief form of musical expression at Ascension, there are other opportunities for those with a desire and willingness to use their voices and abilities to further enhance and enrich worship through music. 

 

Contact our Music Director, Cory Westby for information!

Interested in seeing some music from Ascension? Find upcoming and past recording musical services at the bottom on this page!

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Upcoming Concerts and Events:

  • Summer Movies at Ascension -- Thursdays at 10:00 AM
    Summer Movies at Ascension -- Thursdays at 10:00 AM
    Multiple Dates
    Thu, May 30
    Hickory
    May 30, 2024, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Hickory, 726 1st Ave NW, Hickory, NC 28601, USA
    Join us every Thursday through August 29 as we bring you an exciting lineup of movies. Bring a friend!
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  • Wednesday Walks with Karla
    Wednesday Walks with Karla
    Multiple Dates
    Wed, Jun 05
    Hickory
    Jun 05, 2024, 6:00 AM – 8:00 AM
    Hickory, Geitner Parking Lot #2, Geitner Trail, Hickory, NC 28601, USA
    All are invited to join Karla for a casual morning walk on Wednesday mornings. The walks will depart the Geitner Park parking lot at 6:00 and 7:00 a.m. Join for one or both one-hour walks whenever you can. All are welcome; we are an open and welcoming community.
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  • Ascension Book Club -- Mondays, June 17-July 7
    Ascension Book Club -- Mondays, June 17-July 7
    Multiple Dates
    Mon, Jun 17
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89338734325
    Jun 17, 2024, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
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    Join Rev. Anita and Melissa Costin to discuss “People of the Book” by Geraldine Brooks. Inspired by a true story, this ambitious, electrifying work traces the harrowing journey of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, a beautifully illuminated Hebrew manuscript created in fifteenth-century Spain.
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  • Ascension & St. Alban's Garden Party
    Ascension & St. Alban's Garden Party
    Fri, Jun 21
    Hickory
    Ascension & St. Alban's Garden Party
    Jun 21, 2024, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Hickory, 726 1st Ave NW, Hickory, NC 28601, USA
    Ascension and St. Alban's will hold a joint Garden Party with live music, kids' activities, fun, and fellowship. Bring your favorite beverage and an appetizer to share. All are welcome so bring a friend.
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  • Vacation Bible School
    Vacation Bible School
    Multiple Dates
    Sun, Jul 28
    Hickory
    Jul 28, 2024, 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM
    Hickory, 726 1st Ave NW, Hickory, NC 28601, USA
    Our Vacation Bible School is designed for ages 3-10. The standalone sessions are held 10:30 AM-1:00 PM on July 28, August 4, August 11, August 18, and August 25. Register for one, two, three, four, or all five sessions. The program is free but registration is required.
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  • Wednesday Walks with Karla
    Wednesday Walks with Karla
    Wed, Aug 21
    Hickory
    Aug 21, 2024, 6:00 AM – Nov 13, 2024, 8:00 AM
    Hickory, Geitner Parking Lot #2, Geitner Trail, Hickory, NC 28601, USA
    All are invited to join Rev. Karla for a casual morning walk on Wednesday mornings. The walks will depart the Geitner Park parking lot at 6:00 and 7:00 a.m. Join Karla for one or both one-hour walks whenever you can. All are welcome; we are an open and welcoming community.
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  • Sunday Adult Forum -- The Not-Yet God
    Sunday Adult Forum -- The Not-Yet God
    Multiple Dates
    Sun, May 19
    Hickory
    May 19, 2024, 9:30 AM – 10:15 AM
    Hickory, 726 1st Ave NW, Hickory, NC 28601, USA
    Join Karla Woggon, Michael Deckard, and Bob Esch as we explore "The Not-Yet God" by Ilia Delio and discuss theology, philosophy, and quantum physics. All are welcome.
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  • Thursday Study Group -- The Screwtape Letters
    Thursday Study Group -- The Screwtape Letters
    Multiple Dates
    Thu, May 16
    Hickory
    May 16, 2024, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
    Hickory, 726 1st Ave NW, Hickory, NC 28601, USA
    Led by Karla Woggon, this eight-week study will begin with a screening of "Affectionately Yours, Screwtape," a documentary offering a comprehensive examination of C.S. Lewis' renowned work, "The Screwtape Letters." Free and open to all.
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  • Wednesday Supper - May 15
    Wednesday Supper - May 15
    Wed, May 15
    Hickory
    May 15, 2024, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Hickory, 726 1st Ave NW, Hickory, NC 28601, USA
    Join us in the parish hall for fellowship and a delicious meal prepared by Chef Chuck Spaller. Meals are $10 per person or $27 per family. We accept cash, checks, or online payments at the door. Menu: Lasagna, veggie, bread, salad, dessert, coffee/tea
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  • Unique World Gifts Pop-up Shop
    Unique World Gifts Pop-up Shop
    Mon, May 13
    Hickory
    May 13, 2024, 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
    Hickory, 726 1st Ave NW, Hickory, NC 28601, USA
    Unique World Gifts will have a pop-up shop in the parish hall. It's the perfect opportunity to find something special for yourself or a gift for Mother’s Day. Unique World Gift is a non-profit fair-trade retailer offering handcrafted products from artisans and farmers around the world.
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  • Wednesday Supper - May 8
    Wednesday Supper - May 8
    Wed, May 08
    Hickory
    May 08, 2024, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Hickory, 726 1st Ave NW, Hickory, NC 28601, USA
    Join us in the parish hall for fellowship and a delicious meal prepared by Chef Chuck Spaller. Meals are $10 per person or $27 per family. We accept cash, checks, or online payments at the door. Menu: Barbeque pork, mac & cheese, cole slaw, baked beans, bread, salad, dessert, coffee/tea
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  • Celtic Contemplative Service
    Celtic Contemplative Service
    Sun, May 05
    Hickory
    May 05, 2024, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
    Hickory, 726 1st Ave NW, Hickory, NC 28601, USA
    This free, casual service without hymnal singing is contemplative in nature. It fosters a contemplative approach to all creation bringing with it healing and awareness. All are welcome.
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  • Wednesday Supper - May 1
    Wednesday Supper - May 1
    Wed, May 01
    Hickory
    May 01, 2024, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Hickory, 726 1st Ave NW, Hickory, NC 28601, USA
    Join us in the parish hall for fellowship and a delicious meal prepared by Chef Chuck Spaller. Meals are $10 per person or $27 per family. We accept cash, checks, or online payments at the door. Menu: Grilled chicken, rice Pilaf, veggie, bread, salad, dessert, coffee/tea.
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  • Soul Sauntering Walking & Camping Pilgrimage in Alexander County
    Soul Sauntering Walking & Camping Pilgrimage in Alexander County
    Fri, Apr 26
    Alexander County
    Apr 26, 2024, 12:00 PM – Apr 28, 2024, 11:00 AM
    Alexander County, Alexander County, NC, USA
    Join The Rev. Karla Woggon for one or two days of sauntering and camping on a private farm in Alexander County among hundreds of wooded acres and trails. This pilgrimage is designed for families, novice campers, and experienced adventurers.
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  • Wednesday Supper - April 24
    Wednesday Supper - April 24
    Wed, Apr 24
    Hickory
    Apr 24, 2024, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Hickory, 726 1st Ave NW, Hickory, NC 28601, USA
    Join us in the parish hall for fellowship and a delicious meal prepared by Chef Chuck Spaller. Meals are $10 per person or $27 per family. We accept cash, checks, or online payments at the door. Menu: Spaghetti & meatballs, veggie, salad, bread, and chef-choice dessert.
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  • Mountains to Sea: Power of Women
    Mountains to Sea: Power of Women
    Tue, Apr 23
    Hickory
    Apr 23, 2024, 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
    Hickory, 726 1st Ave NW, Hickory, NC 28601, USA
    Tap into your power. Tap into your spirit. Tap into YOU! Spend a morning with women empowering women and learn how to create a thriving live through learning to Self-Love.
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  • Wednesday Supper - April 17
    Wednesday Supper - April 17
    Wed, Apr 17
    Hickory
    Apr 17, 2024, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Hickory, 726 1st Ave NW, Hickory, NC 28601, USA
    Join us in the parish hall for fellowship and a delicious meal prepared by Chef Chuck Spaller. Meals are $10 per person or $27 per family. We accept cash, checks, or online payments at the door. Menu: Chicken pot pie, veggie, salad, bread, and chef-choice dessert.
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  • Evensong & Concert featuring NC Baroque Orchestra Chamber Players
    Evensong & Concert featuring NC Baroque Orchestra Chamber Players
    Sun, Apr 14
    Hickory
    Apr 14, 2024, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
    Hickory, 726 1st Ave NW, Hickory, NC 28601, USA
    Join us for an evening of beautiful music and worship in a beautiful sacred space with the NC Baroque Orchestra Chamber Players. The half-hour concert will be followed by a service of Evensong. The event is free and open to the public. A freewill offering will be collected.
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