Parish News

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The white rose on the altar is given in celebration for the birth of Evan Gino Bako, great-grandchild of Margaret Weeks.

Bolivia Mission Trip Information Meeting // This Wednesday, January 25, 5:30 pm, Library // Are YOU interested in participating in Ascension’s 2017 Mission Trip to Bolivia? Get ready for an adventurous and meaningful experience! Dates are June 9th–June 18th and cost will be the price of roundtrip airfare (usually around $1,500). The mission trip is open to youth grades nine and above, and adults. Participants must be able to perform physical labor and keep up with a hectic schedule. We will hold an information meeting for all who are interested on January 25th at 5:30 pm in the library.

Parish Supper // Wednesday, January 18, 6:00 pm // The weekly parish supper will feature BBQ chicken, hashbrown casserole, green beans, salad, bread, and apple galette. Sign-up at the reception counter in the parish office or email to RSVP by noon on Tuesday. The new pricing is: $10 per adult, $5 per child.

Tween Youth Group // Tonight, 6:30 pm, Room 105 // All kids in grades 3-5 are welcome to attend Tween Youth Group. Snacks are served. Email Megan Alden at with any questions.

Safeguarding God’s Children // Sunday, February 5, 12:30 pm, Room 209 // If you work with children or youth in any capacity at church you must take this one-time class. If you have any questions about the course, whether you need to take the course, or if you would like to register, email Megan Alden at

Important Youth Event: Youth Confirmation Classes Start Today! // Our first meeting will be a mandatory youth and parent luncheon in the library immediately following the 11:15 am worship service. All high school aged youth are invited to join. Come out today to hear about what confirmation classes will look like this year, to ask any questions you may have, and to see if this is the right year for you to go through the process of confirmation. Contact The Rev. Chelsea Krahulik at with any questions.

Calling All High School Youth // Our annual winter retreat is coming up on February 17-20. This is always a highlight of the year as we get to stay in a cabin in the mountains, enjoy games and outdoor time, and go deeper in our relationships with God. We will leave Friday evening after dinner and return early in the day on that Monday (a school holiday for Presidents’ Day). To get a special early bird price of $80, turn in your $50 deposit to Chelsea by TODAY. Contact The Rev. Chelsea Krahulik at with any questions.

Middle School Youth // Wednesday, January 25, 6:30 pm, Youth Room // Come out to the church for youth group on Wednesday from 6:30-8:00 pm! There will be pizza, a Bible lesson, and games. Come hear about all the fun things we have in store for the spring.

High School Youth // Tonight, Sunday, January 22, 6:00 pm // High School Youth Group will resume tonight with dinner, a Bible discussion, and games!

High School Mission Trip // This year, the high school youth will be heading to Madison, Wisconsin, on July 1-7 to serve alongside local churches and ministries in their work of alleviating the issues of poverty and homelessness. You won’t want to miss out on this special time to serve together! All youth who are currently in high school or who will be in high school in the fall are welcome to attend. The early bird rate is $399 if you turn in your $99 deposit by February 20th.  Contact Rev. Chelsea Krahulik at with any questions.

The Episcopal Church Women Mollie Hazen Tucker Scholarship Fund-raising Tea // Saturday, January 28, 11:00 am, St. John’s Cathedral, $25 donation // The Mollie Hazen Tucker Memorial Scholarship Fund, established in thanksgiving for the life of Mollie Tucker, helps recipients reach education goals at accredited colleges or technical schools. Your donation will help a young woman attain her education goals. For more information or to register, call or email Mary Sullivan at 865-335-1699 or

Attention all Parishioners! // Our Greeter’s Ministry is always looking for new faces to reach out and greet our parishioners and newcomers as they come through our doors on Sunday mornings.  We have young couples with their children greeting, which I strongly encourage. Our Greeter’s Ministry is composed of people of all ages who enjoy being at our doors on Sunday mornings. You may choose either the 9:00 a.m. or the 11:15 a.m. service and you would greet one Sunday a month. Please contact Sue Peiers, Coordinator of Greeters Ministry at  or  call 671-0152.

Junior Acolyte Training // Sunday, February 12, after the 11:15 am service // Have your kids expressed an interest in being an acolyte? Would they like to begin learning team skills? Junior Acolytes provides a great opportunity to learn team skills and leadership in worship. The Phelps will be leading a Junior Acolyte training session after the 11:15 am worship service on February 12. If you have any questions, contact Dick or Peggy Phelps at or 865-522-0924.

Adult Acolyte Training // Are you interested in being an adult acolyte? An adult acolyte training session will be available soon. Contact Dick or Peggy Phelps at or 865-522-0924 for more information.

Please keep these individuals in your prayers:

Johnny, Margaret Nelson, Jane Phillips, Lindsey Twardy

The Episcopal Church of the Ascension maintains two prayer lists. The first list is for parishioners, staff, and their immediate families, and prayers are offered for these people during Sunday services. Their names can be found on the white prayer board in the office area. Names remain on this list for three weeks.

The second list is called the Supplemental Prayer list and includes additional names as requested by you. The people on the Supplemental Prayer list are prayed for by members of those leading morning and evening prayer at the Daily Office. Copies of this list may be found on the counter in the reception area. Names will remain on this list as needed for appropriate prayer support.

Ascension Cares – No One Walks Alone

Caring and compassion for fellow parishioners in need is central to our service to God and each other. All of our pastoral care ministries fall under the umbrella of the “Ascension Cares” ministry to ensure that ‘No One Walks Alone’ in times of spiritual or emotional crisis. This is facilitated by pastoral care leaders called shepherds. They see that the pastoral care needs in the community are met with one of Ascension’s many ministries. An email to your Shepherd team will go to the clergy as well.

Team 1 Last Names A-L

This list is administered by Annette Burton and Bill Perry.

Team 2 Last Names M-Z

This list is administered by Bettie Corey and Emily Vreeland.

To volunteer for a caring ministry, contact The Rev. Christopher Hogin