Holiday 2017 Guide
Fundraising and Events


Date Night

Date Night provides families with young children the opportunity to drop their kids off at the church and hit the town for a night away from the kids. Your children will enjoy a pizza dinner, games, and a film while being watched by Ascension trained Nursery Team. The December Date Night has been moved! The new date will be December 8th from 6:00-9:00 pm. Donations are gladly accepted to offset the cost of the pizza dinner. Please RSVP to

“Drop ‘n Shop”

“Drop ‘n Shop” will be Saturday, December 9th, from 10:00 am-2:00 pm. Do you need a chance to do some last-minute holiday shopping or other holiday activity? Then come drop off your kiddos for a day of crafts, food, and fun. We will keep them entertained while you get your activities completed. RSVP by December 6th to

The Lunch Bunch: Christmas Carol Sing-A-Long
Tuesday, December 12, 11:30 am

This year, the December meeting of The Lunch Bunch will feature a Christmas Carol Sing-A-Long. Bring $2 along with an appetizer, side dish, or dessert to share for this jolly event. Sign-up in the parish office or email



Giving Tree
Beginning Sunday, November 26

The Giving Tree this year will benefit members of the Lyons View Neighborhood (the community nearest the church). Gift cards in $20 denominations will be available for Food City, Wal-Mart, KUB, Kroger, and Target, and in $10 denominations for CVS, Walgreens, and gas-only Pilot cards. Please make sure to have your gift card donations in by Sunday, December 17.

FISH Christmas Cards

Although we were not there to offer our own gifts to the Christ child that first Christmas, we can offer gifts to Christ as He comes to us today disguised as the hungry poor.

Ascension-led FISH Hospitality Pantries is providing an excellent opportunity for you to give gifts to family and friends while helping to end hunger in our community. When you participate in the FISH Christmas Gift Card project, FISH will send those on your Christmas shopping list an attractive gift card letting them know how many families are being fed in their name. Thanks to special purchases and donated food items, a family of four can be fed for three days with just a $5 gift.

The funds raised each year from this project help to stock our five neighborhood-based FISH Hospitality Food Pickup Pantries. The funds go quickly as our FISH pantries provide nearly 8,000 food bags each month to hungry families in Knoxville. This is more food bags provided than all other Knoxville pantries combined.

In addition to the 91,074 family food packages provided last year, we also distributed nutritious Kid’s Boost food bags to 11,804 children visiting our food relief pantries. Additionally, 3,296 Travel food bags were given out to people homeless or without home electrical power.

Sending FISH Gift Cards helps to raise awareness of poverty and hunger in our community and promotes gift giving that is in tune with the spirit of the season. Many people tell us they consider the FISH Gift Card one of the best gifts they receive.

FISH Gift Cards and information order brochures are available in the parish office. The order form can also be found at

Fair Trade Olive Oil is Here!
Sunday, November 19 and Sunday, December 3, Foyer

The annual olive oil sale is back, and you can make a responsible, fair-trade purchase to benefit Palestinian farmers in the West Bank. Visit or call Jinka McLaurin (865-531-4715) or text (865-414-6447) to reserve your order.

The Christmas Roast Beast is Here!

The Smokin’ Brothers of The Brotherhood of Saint Andrew are smoking pork tenderloins for Christmas feasts. Orders will be taken before and after services on Sunday, December 10. Requested donations are $10 for 1, $15 for 2, or $20 for 3. Donations will be accepted prior to smoking tenderloins. They will be smoked Friday, December 15, and available for pick up the Sunday before Christmas Eve (December 17). Parishioners might consider freezing some for New Year’s celebrations. This fundraising event will help support the various ministries of the Brotherhood of Saint Andrew.

Annual Poinsettia Sale

The Annual Music Department Poinsettia Sale will take place in the Foyer on Sunday, November 26th and December 3rd, with delivery on December 3rd and December 10th.

For more information, email Jim Garvey at: