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

Vacation Bible School 2015


You'll Go Bananas for SonTreasure Island!

June 8 - June 12

9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

This year's program is SonTreasure Island, a week of treasure-hunting adventure in the Caribbean Islands!  Through their adventures children will discover that God's Love Is Giving, God's Love Is Kind, God's Love Is Caring, God's Love is Forgiving and God's Love is Forever!

We will have a great time with lively songs, hilarious skits, creative crafts, exciting games, Bible stories and tasty snacks--all of the things that make Vacation Bible School so much fun for children.  On top of that, we will be helping children learn about God's amazing love.  SonTreasure Island can be an inspirational and educational adventure for your entire family.

Click on, VBS Registration Form, to register, or call the church today at (321) 773-1815.  Plan now to join us for a great time at SonTreasure Island!

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 next event is Wednesday, May 27, 2015.

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!

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.

The monies collected from the 2015 Lenten "Soup and Sandwich" events totaled $423.25, and the proceeds were donated to the ELCA World Hunger effort.

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.

The next opportunity to serve at the Daily Bread is Wednesday, July 29, 2015.

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.

Ascension Portrait Directory


WHEN:  Friday, June 5, 1 - 8 p.m.

                 Saturday, June 6, 10 - 5 p.m.

                 Friday, June 19, 1 - 8 p.m.

                 Saturday, June 20, 10 - 5 p.m.

WHERE:  Ascension Lutheran Church, 1053 Pinetree Drive, Indian Harbour Beach, FL 32937.

WHY:  This event is for members AND non-members!  Invite your friends and neighbors...there is NO COST for a sitting and everyone who schedules an appointment and has a portrait taken gets a FREE 8x10 portrait!  It is an opportunity to create a wonderful picture directory for our congregation and offers a wonderful service to our neighbors and friends.  If you will be out of town during the scheduled times, you can also have an appointment scheduled at any church having a LifeTouch session. Contact the church office to find out how to schedule an appointment at a church that is near you.  Pass the word!!!

Directions for scheduling an appointment:

Use the following link and follow the online instructions to select a time and date:, or call the church office at (321) 773-1815, to schedule OR E-mail Jennifer Lagasca at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your requested date and time as well as a phone number and Jennifer will help you schedule your appointment.  See you ALL there!!!

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!


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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