Pastoral Care & Prayer – Ascension Cares

Caring and compassion for fellow parishioners in need is central to our service to God and each other. Those looking to make hospital visits, deliver flowers, provide food or share prayer with parishioners in times of crisis will find rewarding opportunities within our many pastoral and prayer ministries. All of our pastoral care ministries fall under the umbrella of the “Ascension Cares” ministry of pastoral care leaders called Shepherds.  They see that the pastoral care needs in the community are met with one of Ascension’s many ministries.  All pastoral care ministries are overseen by The Rev. Christopher Hogin. I. You can help show that Ascension Cares.

If you have a pastoral care concern or would like to find out more information, please email the Shepherd email that corresponds with your last name.

For last names A-L: shepherd1@knoxvilleascension.org
For last names M-Z: shepherd2@knoxvilleascension.org

Pastoral Care Ministries-Inreach

Caring Cards
The surprise and joy of receiving mail comes all too infrequently.  Caring Cards seeks to cheer up those in nursing homes, assisted living, and those on the prayer list by sending out true snail mailed cards.  If you would like to find out more about this ministry, contact Judy Thompson, jtgatehouse@att.net.

The Driving Ministry
This ministry seeks to provide transportation to church services for persons who cannot make it to church.  If you would like to volunteer for this ministry, or if you need assistance in getting to church, contact The Rev. Christopher Hogin, christopher@knoxvilleascension.org.

Flower Delivery
Bringing color and life one basket at a time, the Flower Delivery ministry delivers arrangements made from the chancel flowers to members of the parish that are ill, in the hospital or nursing home, home bound, or for a joyous occasion such as baptism or birth of a child.  If you would like to make this one of your ways to serve our community, contact Virginia Branum, virginia@knoxvilleascension.org.

Helping Hands
Helping Hands provides meals to church members when they face stressful circumstances such as death, illness, surgery, etc.  If you would like to help this ministry or if you are in need of help, contact Mardel Fehrenbach, restingmotion@gmail.com.

Hospital Visitors
The Ascension Visitation Ministry, or Hospital Visitors, sends volunteers to visit those members who are in the hospital. If you would like to learn more about volunteering to visit, contact Sallie Gray, jsgray02@comcast.net.

LAMBS Pet Ministry
Formed almost a decade ago, LAMBS’ mission is to support stewardship of our animal companions by offering assistance for their care to their humans in need. LAMBS offers a pet prayer list for church members and their immediate family, pastoral support for pet owners by our clergy, pet foods and funding drives for community-based pantries, animal programs and services, as well as special events for pet owners and their animals including Ascension’s annual ‘Blessing of the Animals,’ a service that opens the doors for our pets to attend church and be blessed. Pet memorials are accepted and contributed to the Pantry for Feeding Pets using space generously provided by FISH Hospitality Pantries. LAMBS also provides transport assistance to parishioners unable to transport their pet(s) to veterinary services, and temporary assistance to parishioners incapacitated and unable to care for their pets. Contact your shepherd (see above) to find out more.

Long-Term Visitation
For those in long term care, in either assisted living or nursing homes, visits by members of the parish make a difference in the quality of life.  If you would like to learn more about this ministry, contact Ellen Lovett, ellenlov@gmail.com.

Prayer Shawls
The prayer shawl ministry provides prayerfully knitted and crocheted shawls for members of the parish in need of prayer, including those with illness, death, or births.  If you would like to learn more about the Prayer Shawl ministry at Ascension, contact Karen Ladd, kladd@utk.edu.

Psalm 139 – New Babies
Psalm 139, a ministry of support for families with newborns, is aimed at showing God’s love in a practical way by providing meals to families with new babies.  If you would like to learn more or to volunteer, contact Mardel Fehrenbach, restingmotion@gmail.com.

Stephen Ministry
For those with a profound desire to provide high-quality, one-to-one Christian care to people going through tough times, we invite you to learn more about our work with Stephen Ministries. Click here to see our Stephen Ministries page.

Prayer Groups

Centering Prayer Support Group
Practicing Lectio Divina and Centering Prayer together, Centering Prayer aims to support the daily prayer practices of the participants according to the guidelines of Contemplative Outreach.  For more information, contact Bill Poppen, poppen@utk.edu.

Daily Office Readers
This group leads Morning and Evening Prayer services each day during the business week in the chapel.  Morning Prayer is at 7:00 am and Evening Prayer is at 5:45 pm.  If you want more information about Daily Office services, or if you would like to begin leading worship, contact Robin Kell.

Daughters of the King
The Daughters of the King is a religious order for women who are communicants of the Episcopal, Anglican, Anglican Evangelical, Lutheran, or Roman Catholic churches pledged to lifelong prayer, service, and evangelism dedicated to spreading Christ’s kingdom and strengthening the spiritual life of the parish.  For more information, contact Donna Riggs, riggsdrh@att.net.

Junior Daughters of the King
Junior Daughters of the King involves girls ages 7 and up.  They are invited to grow in their faith by living into two Rules of this Order: The Rule of Prayer and the Rule of Service.  For more information, Donna Riggs, riggsdrh@att.net.

Labyrinth Guild
The Labyrinth Guild comes together to walk the labyrinth as a group and individually, to share their experiences with others, and to promote walking the labyrinth as a prayer and meditation practice.  For more information, contact Beth Harris.