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  • Churchill Downs Backside Ministry

    Around 1,000 people, often of low-income Hispanic-Latino heritage, work the Backside.  This ministry helps provide a hot dinner before worship 1-2 times a year to about 60 people at the track's Christ Chapel.  They also participate in supply drives and deliver them to the track.


  • Eastern Area Community Ministry (EACM)

    We collect and deliver food for EACM's food pantry and provide volunteers to assist EACM clients in "shopping" the pantry.  Ascension also supports EACM financially as a congregation and with individual donations.


  • Textile Ministries

    This amazing group has local and global impact by creating Lutheran World Relief quilts, prayer shawls for people facing challenges, small lap quilts and cuddly items for Hosparus, as well as other projects, including Learn-to-Crochet workshops and quilts for refugees.  The group meets every Thursday at 1:00 p.m.

  • Simmons College

    Simmons College is Louisville's only HBCU (historically black college/university) and the first in Kentucky.  We support Simmons with a "Welcome Back" BBQ in August for students and staff, donate to the student food pantry, and make financial contributions to Simmons.


  • Market for Missions

    One of the ways we donate to Simmons College is through donations from the congregation after summer Sunday services.  Ascension gardeners, crafters, and bakers bring in items for the market, and people make a free-will offering for the items they buy.  All proceeds go to Simmons College.

  • American Red Cross

    Regular reminders about the chronic shortage of blood and platelets is made, with an element of fun thrown in from the current Red Cross promotion.


  • Habitat for Humanity

    Ascension participates in Habitat builds with our time, and greatly enjoy the Women Builds.  Our annual promotion, Sponsor-A-Stud, fosters engagement with Habitat and strong donations.


  • Louisville Homeless Outreach

    We partner with The Healing Place to provide needed items to Louisville's homeless.  As The Healing Place offers dormitory-style housing, primary needs are for personal items (soap, shampoo, toothpaste, etc.), linens (washcloths and towels), and socks and underwear for men and women.


  • The Forest Enrichment Center, Berrytown

    Ascension supports Berrytown, a historically black community only six miles from Ascension, in volunteering, providing funds for community activities, and sponsoring family events (Halloween party, Christmas party, and Maundy Thursday dinner).

  • Refugee Ministry

    In 2022, Ascension sponsored two women from Guatemala.  These wonderful women are working, taking ESL classes, and on their way to independence.  In June, 2023, Ascension supported a Ukrainian refugee couple and expects to support more Ukrainian refugee families in the future.

"Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me."

Matthew 25:40