Pastor Phil Whitener

Welcome to Ascension Lutheran Church

WELCOME! This community of faith is seeking to make your "welcome" ever more real and new for persons like yourself, whether you hear it on Sunday mornings in our sanctuary complete with an outstretched hand, or read it on a screen as you relax at home, or in a coffee shop. It is a genuine welcome, backed up with the kind of honest openness and friendliness that refreshes the soul, emboldens the heart, and delights the mind.

"You are welcome at Ascension!" We understand that not everyone who is seeking a connection with something deeper and more fulfilling will be able to physically come to Indian Harbour Beach and participate in this congregation's multiplicity of programs, from service to education and from fellowship to worship. So...we have created a website where you can connect! Here are the resources, the links, and conversations you need to feel welcome, and we hope, appreciated and understood.

Thanks for dropping by our website. We hope you'll come back again soon, and often. Bookmark us, and add us to your home screen. We'll keep it up-to-date.

God's Blessings!

Pastor Phil

Mid-Week Services of Lent, 2015


Lenten Worship Services, 2015

Wednesday Evening Worship

(All services begin at 7 p.m.)


February 18

Ash Wednesday - Imposition of Ashes & Communion

"Broken Vessel Restored"

Mark 14:1-9

A broken vessel holds costly perfume; we are broken vessels restored when Christ pays the price for us on the cross.

February 25

"Broken Trust Restored"

Matthew 26:14-25

Judas breaks his trust with Jesus by betraying him; our broken trust is restored through the sacrifice of Christ.

March 11

"Broken Bread Restored"

John 6:48-58

Bread is broken at the Last Supper; we are restored through the Bread of Life, Jesus.

March 18

"Broken Promises Restored"

Matthew 26:69-75

Peter's broken promises to never deny Jesus are restored by the surpassing love of Christ.

March 25

"Broken Justice Restored"

2 Corinthians 5:20-21

A broken justice system put Jesus on the cross; we are restored when by his death we are declared not guilty.

Preceding each of the Wednesday evening services at 6 p.m. (except Ash Wednesday), all are invited to a Soup and Sandwich Supper in the Fellowship Hall.

 Palm Sunday Worship

March 29, 2015, 9:30 a.m.

Palm Sunday Brunch 11 a.m.

Maunday Thursday Holy Communion

April 2, 2015, 7 p.m.

Good Friday Tenebrae

April 3, 2015, 7 p.m.


Easter Sunday Holy Communion

April 5, 2015

8:30 & 10:30 a.m.

Easter Egg Hunt

9:30 a.m.


FREE AARP TaxAide Service


AARP TaxAide volunteers will be preparing 2014 tax returns at Ascension Lutheran Church, 1053 Pinetree Dr., Indian Harbour Beach, Mondays and Tuesdays, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., starting February 2nd, and ending April 14th, 2015.  You must come to the church when the volunteers are there (Mondays and Tuesdays, 9-1) to sign up.  For additional information regarding what you should bring, please read the December 2014 Ascension Lutheran Newsletter that is located on this website.

Servant Ministry


Beginning January 2015, the change collection taken the first Sunday in each month is designated to Ascension Lutheran's Discretionary fund to assist families with basic needs.  Another opportunity for donation is for gift cards as an additional help in this effort. 

Also, Change Sunday is now being carried out by our Kidz 4 Jesus class.  The children look forward each month to participating in this monthly event and have been learning about being a cheerful giver and caring for our community as a congregation.

Many thanks to all for your donations to help an ongoing great need in our community.

Daily Bread

Please remember that every 5th Wednesday is Ascension Lutheran's opportunity/ongoing ministry to help serve the homeless and all those who are unable to provide food for themselves.  Look for a sign-up sheet located in the church narthex.

Food delivery to the Sharing Center is necessary for the donations collected each week.  Please consider making this your ministry.  the Sharing Center is located at 17 East Hibiscus Blvd. near the intersection of Babcock and Hibiscus in Melbourne.

Community of Hope



Community of Hope (COH), a local mission our congregation sponsors, is growing in the ability to provide housing to working families with children.  They need YOUR help.  Do you shop online through Amazon?  Do you order books, movies, tools, anything Amazon sells?  If so, there is an easy way to lend support!  Shop at, select Community of Hope, Melbourne, Florida as the agency to support and order away!  Smile Amazon will donate 5% of every purchase to Community of Hope to help serve families right here in our area.

Community of Hope needs you!  The Ascension Lutheran Church Council accepted COH as part of the mission outreach of the congregation.  The third statement in Ascension's newly adopted mission statement says, "Serve others."  Community of Hope provides a wonderful way to serve others by helping end homelessness in our community.

Community of Hope is a faith-based, ecumenical 501(c)3 that provides housing for families.  In Brevard County the number of families in need is rising.  The resources available for families are NOT increasing.  The Community of Hope mission is focused on working families with children.  Community of Hope provides housing for families, including all the necessities/essentials to make a house a home.  Family coaches and case management are provided to the families to help them reach their goals for self sufficiency.

Community of Hope has gone from managing a small single-family house 9 years ago to managing 28 homes!  The impact COH has on our local community is growing.  The newest houses COH has acquired are located across the Eau Galle Causeway in the Eau Galle area.  This set of houses has been aptly named "Hope Village."  This site, so close to the Ascension congregation, provides many opportunities for service to others.  Service projects are available for both individuals and groups as the need is great!

How can YOU help?  Community of Hope always needs volunteers for many type tasks.  Everything from building maintenance and repair, painting, lawn beautification, office assistance, collecting donated household goods, to coaching/mentoring a family.  There are ways for everyone of every age and ability to become involved, helping to serve our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Call COH at (321) 474-0966, or visit the website at or Facebook at Community of Hope, Brevard.

Thank you for all your support!


The 4th Wednesday at 11 a.m. Fellowship


If you haven't already marked your 2015 calendars for this monthly event, please do so now!  The gathering begins at 11 a.m., and food service will be 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. (or until everyone's  happily fed!).  Bring your friends and neighbors--all are welcome!  The only request is that you please either RSVP on the church bulletin insert each month, or call the church office at 773-1815 by the Monday prior to each event, so we will know how much food to prepare.  Please come enjoy a time of food and fellowship!

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Words from our Pastor

Pastor Phil Whitener

We hope you and your family will have a warm and spirit-filled experience with us as we worship and fellowship together at our services, events, and ministries. Blessings & Peace!  -Pastor Phil Whitener

"Come unto me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest unto your souls."

St. Mathew 11:28