Parish News

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General Community News

Christmas Flowers: One correction and one addition should be mentioned: “in thanksgiving for the friendship of Heidi and Michael Brenner by Larry and Faye Beach” and “in loving memory of Elizabeth and Dean Avery, and Jane and Dick Turner by Rick and Marilyn Turner.”

Ascension Endowment Opens Grant Proposals // The Ascension Endowment Fund seeks to enable the congregation to fulfill its mission more completely by developing its ministries beyond what is possible through the annual operating budget. Distributions from the Endowment Fund are used for a variety of purposes such as: outreach ministries and grants; seed money for new ministries and special one-time projects; and capital improvements of the church. The last proposal deadline for 2017 is today! Proposal request forms are available in print in the church office or on the church website at Please complete and return proposals on or before the deadline via fax (865-584-7922) or mail (ATTN: Endowment Committee, 800 S. Northshore Dr. Knoxville, TN, 37919). All mailed proposals need to be postmarked by the deadline.

End of Year Donations // The deadline to have your contributions count for the 2017 fiscal year is Friday, January 5, 2018. They must be dated and/or postmarked December 31, 2017. This includes stock and IRA distribution donations. Please see Linda Hawley or Beverly Hutto for more information, or call 865-588-0589, or email

Save the Date: Parish Meeting // On Wednesday, January 24, a parish-wide meeting will be held after a 6:00 pm dinner in the parish hall. Childcare will be provided in the nursery. Please sign-up for the parish supper should you wish to eat before hand. However, all are invited to attend once dinner finished at approximately 6:45/7:00 pm.

Adult Sunday School

All Adult Sunday School classes are canceled for the holidays and will resume on Sunday, January 7.

Children’s News

Date Night // Date Night will take place Friday, January 12. Please RSVP to Dinner will be served. Please bring pizza donation money.

Tweens are Back! // The Tween Youth Group’s first meeting of 2018 will be January 12, from 6:00-9:00 pm. Kids in grades 3-5 are welcome.

Girls’ Reading Crew is Back! // We will being 2018 with the beloved book, Anne of Green Gables, by L. M. Montgomery. This book group is open to girls in grades 4-6. We will begin on January 28, from 4:00-5:00 pm in the garden room and continue on February 4, 11, and 18. If you need a copy of the book, please let Megan Alden known by January 15 (

Children’s Sunday School // There will be NO Children’s Sunday school or Children’s Church on Dec. 31. This allows our volunteers a much needed break. Please check the holiday schedule for times of services on Sundays so you don’t miss anything!

Youth News

All Youth Sunday School classes are canceled for the holidays and will resume on Sunday, January 7, at 9:15 am in the Youth Room.

Ascension Youth Group // Ascension Youth Group programming will resume on January 7 at 6:00 for High School, and January 10 at 6:30 for Middle School. We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year!

Grace Point Winter Sessions // Grace Point Camp is a camp and retreat center owned by the Diocese of East Tennessee. They are hosting two Winter Sessions for teens: For Grades 9-12, January 12-15, 2018 and for Grades 6-8, February 2-4. To sign up, check out

Wednesday Night – Food for Body and Soul

The weekly Wednesday Night supper and programming is canceled for the holidays and will resume on Wednesday, January 10.

Friday, January 5th Twelfth Night Epiphany Service and Sinner

6:00 PM Service, Dinner in Parish Hall Afterwards

The choirs of Ascension will sing carols of the Renaissance era for a Twelfth Night celebration. A sign-up binder for the dinner, catered by The Entertainer, will be available in the Foyer. Email to reserve your seat.

Sunday, January 7th

8:00 & 10:30 AM Services, 9:15 AM Sunday School

Our new two service schedule commences on Sunday, January 7 with an early service of Holy Eucharist Rite I at 8:00 am in the chapel, Sunday School for Children, Youth, and Adults at 9:15 am, and a later service of Holy Eucharist Rite II at 10:30 am in the nave.

Please keep these individuals in your prayers this week:

Paul and Mary Lee Bergeron, Freddi Birdwell, Jim and Judy Bowers,
Larry Crowson, Jon Dittrich, Joyce King, Chuck Landguth,
Martha and Allen Neel, Margaret Nelson, Ned and Beth Patterson, Donna Riggs

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.

The second list includes additional names as requested by you. The people on this list are prayed for by members of those leading morning and evening prayer at the Daily Office. Names will remain on this list as needed for appropriate prayer support.