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

Community of Hope


Community of Hope, 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.  Thank you for all your support!

Android, IPad, IPhone Class


Ascension is offering free classes to help you navigate your new tech appliance.  We are fortunate to have a Cocoa Beach High School IB program student who is offering to teach Tuesdays 10:30-11:30 a.m., and Thursdays 1-2 p.m.  If you are interested in this class, please call the church office at 773-1815.

Youth Happenings



July 14 - 18:  Radius Camp

The focus of Radius Camp is mission work for teens here at home.  You do not have to travel hundreds of miles to do God's work.  There are many tasks here close by that need the work of our hands.  For additional information go to the Radius Camp website,

Space Coast Youth Leader Meeting

This meeting will be held in July to organize the 2014-2015 school year.

Back-to-School Lock-in:  TBA August 2014

Night of Joy:  September 6, 2014

ELCA National Youth Gathering:  Detroit, July 2015

Registration and financial aid request window opened May 15, 2014.

  • Students, young adults, and adults over the age of 19 and 1 year out of high school can apply to serve as a volunteer.  The volunteer application process opened May 15th; several of our youth qualify.
  • Registration is $325, if we sign up early.  This does NOT include air fare, food, lodging, ground transportation, or donations collected at the event.
  • The ratio is 1:5; this is lower than past gatherings.  This just means the more kids who want to go, the more adults will have to commit to going.
  • Ascension has about 8 youth who will be eligible to attend.  With this current number, at least 1 male and 1 female chaperone is needed, and funding for everyone.  As a commitment to the event, parents/guardians are asked to contribute the registration cost of $325.

Mortgage Burning Luncheon Celebration


All were invited to attend a catered lunch on May 4th after worship service to celebrate the retirement of Ascension's 26+ year old debt on our facilities.  As part of the worship service, there was a formal Thanksgiving at the Retirement of a Debt, followed by a catered lunch, culminating with a ceremonial Burning of the Mortgage.  There were 91 in attendance for this very special event.  Thanks be to God!


Servant Ministry


The change collection of $176.00 during the month of April 2014 was donated to The Daily Bread in Melbourne.  The change Sunday collection for May will be donated to Vacation Bible School. This particular opportunity for ministry allows Ascension Lutheran members to help many non-profit agencies and groups in Brevard County.  Additionally, your donations of gift cards and monetary gifts to the  Pastor's Discretionary Fund assists families with basic needs.


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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