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

Youth Happenings


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.

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!

Servant Ministry


The change collection of $190 during the month of October 2014 was donated to the Brevard Humane Society, a non-kill shelter.  The change Sunday collection for November 2nd, will be donated to the Brevard Alzheimer's Foundation. 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.

Advent Opportunity

Ascension's Serving Ministries has once again selected the Salvation Army Sue Pridmore House for homeless mothers and children as our church project for the season of Advent.  They were so appreciative of our generous donations last year.  Please help us to make this year even better for the badly needed supplies for the residents' use.  Items needed this year are:  plastic garbage pails for the bathrooms; large towels and wash cloths; white pillow cases; blankets; bathroom rugs; quilts for twin beds; cleaning supplies; and toiletries, which include bar soap, shampoo, cream rinse, deodorant, sanitary products, lotions, body wash, toothpaste and razors.  Cleaning supplies and toiletries can be purchased at a Dollar Store.  They also need used professional clothing for women.

This campaign will begin Sunday, November 30th, the first Sunday in Advent, and end Sunday, December 21st, the fourth Sunday of Advent.  A table will be set up in the narthex for collected donations.  If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Beatrice Showman

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.


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!


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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