Parish News

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General Community News

The chancel flowers are given to the glory of God and in thanksgiving for the gift of 60 years of marriage by Ann & Jim Lamb; and in honor of Pat Rutenberg, on her birthday, and for her service as Province IV President of Episcopal Church Women.

The white roses on the altar are given in celebration for the birth of Beau McClanahan, son of Ben and Leah McClanahan; and for the birth of Emily Anne Elliott, daughter of Dan and Rachel Elliott, granddaughter of Mike and Susan Elliott.

Our own Scot Williams, KSO cellist who this year celebrates forty years in the Knoxville Symphony, performs at St. John’s Cathedral this Tuesday, January 30, at 7:30 pm in a concert with violinist Sean Claire. On the programme will be unaccompanied works of J. S. Bach for cello and violin, as well as selections from Bach’s “Art of Fugue.” Admission is free.

Chancel Flower Sign-ups // Narthex // The 2018 chancel flower sign-up board is in the narthex. You may sign up for one or two slots. The suggested donation amount for both flower arrangements is $150, or $75 for one. Please provide your name and phone number. You will be contacted at a later time by Linda Hawley for your dedication message. For questions or inquiries, please email Linda at

Taking Donations: Mardi Gras // For this year’s Mardi Gras auction, we are focusing on the donation of gifts, talents, skills, services, or time in addition to items. You may be an expert cook hiding in the back of the transept, a wonderful dinner host waiting to throw the perfect party, or someone with a hidden gem vacation property. Whatever it may be, the Mardi Gras auction would love your donations. Items and services may be brought in to the church or put in written form and dropped off at the parish office. For questions about your donation, email The Rev. Brett Backus at

Young Couple/Young Families Social: Brickyard Beer and Wine // Friday, February 2, 6:00 pm // Dropping your kids off at Date Night but not sure what to do or where to go? Head to Brickyard Beer and Wine to meet other young Ascension couples. Brickyard Beer and Wine is located in Bearden across from Nama and Shuck at 5121 Kingston Pike.

Introducing Dinner Angels! // Introducing Dinner Angels, a program in which our parishioners and parents provide meals for our hungry teens during youth group. Our teens have expressed a desire to add some variety to their meals during AYG meetings. Parents and other parishioners are invited to sign up and share in this service and fellowship opportunity. Want to try out a new recipe? Have a flair in the kitchen? Just want to feed a small crowd? We welcome home-cooked meals and catered meals. Our sign-ups, details, and schedule are available online:

Middle School Dinners:

High School Dinners:

VMC Dinner Outreach Opportunity // The once-monthly Ascension hosted VMC dinner rotation is in need of additional ministries to assist with preparing and serving dinner at the Volunteer Ministry Center. Minimal labor is involved, only food preparation and serving. Imagine, a dinner you can cook without cleaning up! For more information, read the poster outside of Andrew Morehead’s office or email Bert Ackermann at, or Allen Douglass at for further information.

Worship Book Drive // The hymnals and prayer books at Ascension are showing signs of wear from their continual use, and you can help replenish and replace our hymnal and prayer book resources by donating funds for the purchase of a Hymnal 1982 and/or a Book of Common Prayer. You may dedicate each book in honor, memory, thanksgiving, or celebration (or something similar) of someone or something. A dedication sticker will go in the acquired book(s) once you approve of the proof sticker via mail or email. The mostly commonly used book is the Hymnal 1982 , which is used every Sunday and on Wednesdays. This book costs $24.95 per copy. The Book of Common Prayer is used for the Sunday early service and Morning and Evening Prayer for Daily Office. This book costs $22.95 per copy. To participate in this program, please take one of the forms outside of Andrew’s office. Fill it out and return it to the parish office to Andrew Morehead. Please note ‘book drive’ on checks or place cash in an envelope with ‘book drive’ on the outside and deposit in either Beverly Hutto’s or Andrew Morehead’s mailbox, or the safe.

Centering Prayer Workshop // Saturday, February 17, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm // Come hear The Rev. Dr. Tom Ward lead a workshop on Contemplative Outreach. Registration materials and further details are available in the parish office. The cost will be $35/person and will include lunch. For more information, email Pam Douglass at

Quaker Steak and Lube Fundraiser // Come eat dinner at Quaker Steak and Lube on Monday, January 29, from 5:00-9:00 pm, as 20% of all money spent will go to help pay for all children participating in the Ascension Parish-wide Kanuga Retreat this Spring. Quaker Steak and Lube is located at 8355 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN, next door to Rooms to Go. Remember: The Ascension Parish-Wide Retreat is for the entire parish and all are invited to attend!

The Sisterhood Goes to the Chopping House // Wednesday, February 7, 6:00 pm, The Chop House, 9700 Kingston Pike // The next “ladies night out” will be at The Chop House. Please RSVP to Charlotte Wood at or 615-594-1781 by February 5, 2018. We decided to change the date this one time because the regular “ladies night out” is scheduled the week of Mardi Gras and Valentine’s Day, and who would want to miss out?

Safeguarding God’s Children // Ascension will offer Safeguarding God’s Children training on Sunday, Feb. 4, from 12:15-3:00 pm in Room 209. If you work with children or youth in the church or are just interested in being more aware, please register at

Do you need childcare scheduled for your ministry event? Email for information at least one month prior to your event.

Ascension Trekkers Adding More Hikes // In 2018, the Ascension Trekkers are adding another day of hiking each month to the schedule for more opportunities for fellowship, communing with nature, and fitness.  The Monday hikes all will be easy for those concerned about difficulty. If new to hiking, it is recommended that one prepare for the easy hikes by walking at least 2 miles without difficulty. Typically, hikers gather at the church for 9 am departures for each hike (there are exceptions to this depending on the distance to a trailhead).  Here are the hikes for February: Wednesday, February 7 – Hen Wallow Falls from Cosby Campground, 4.3 miles round trip, moderate difficulty; Saturday, February 17 – West Prong near Tremont – 5 miles round trip, easy-moderate difficulty;  Monday, February 19 – Little River Trail at Elkmont – 4-6 miles round trip (distance to be determined by the group, very easy; Contact Emily Vreeland ( or 865-470-2518) if you have questions and to RSVP for any other hikes.

Adult Sunday School

All Sunday School classes are open to everyone!  It is not necessary to have read the books being studied as all groups present the material in such a manner that everyone can participate.  No prior reading or preparation is required!  All classes begin at 9:15 am.

The Forum  // Old Transcept-Parish Hall //  Continuing with our study from last semester, The Good Book by Peter Gomes.

The Seekers // Room 102 // Our theme for this semester is “What does the Bible say about the purpose of the Church?” We will cover various topics including purpose, history, systems theory and more.  Our format will include small group discussion as well as guest speakers.  Rev. Christopher Hogin will be presenting this Sunday.

The Sojourners // New Transept-Parish Hall // Continuing with our study of the book Being Christian by Rowan Williams. Please bring your ideas for a new study to the coming sessions.

Contemplative Prayer // Library // A relaxing and loving time of what Jesus referred to as “prayer in secret”.  We begin with twenty minutes of silent prayer, letting God come into our hearts, followed by discussion and contemplation from read-aloud portions of the book Tears of An Innocent God by Elias Marechal.

Children’s News

Safeguarding God’s Children // A Spring session of Safeguarding God’s Children class will be February 4 from 12:15-3:00pm in Room 209 here at Ascension. PreRegister at:

Date Night // Our February Date Night will be this coming Friday, February 2 from 6:00-9:00pm. Enjoy a special night out while we care for your kiddos.  Dinner served. RSVP please to:

Tweens Youth Group // Tweens will meet next week on Friday, February 4th from 6:00-9:00pm. Kids in grades 3-5 are welcome. Now is a great time to join us! It is never too late.  We have a lot of fun and perform several service projects throughout the year. Questions?

Youth News

Sunday School // Teen Sunday School meets today at 9:15 am in the youth room.

AYG Meetings // AYG for High School will meet tonight at 6:00 pm in the Youth Room. AYG for Middle School will meet Wednesday at 6:30 pm in the Youth Room.

AYG Lock-ins // We are having an AYG Lock-in! Details are still in the works, but there will be dinner, snacks, games, and fellowship! We are asking that all interested teens please RSVP to GiGi by the Monday before their Lock-in is scheduled. The Lock-ins will run from 6:00 pm Friday to 8:00 am Saturday. We will need release forms for all teens attending the lock-in. The High School lock-in will be February 2-3, and the Middle School lock-in will be February 9-10. Please email with any questions.

Super Bowl Party @ Casa de Hogin // On Sunday, February 4th starting at 6:00 pm we will be having a super bowl party for our High School teens at the home of Fr. Chris Hogin. Teens should bring a snack, dessert, or two liter beverage to share.

Confirmation // In anticipation of the Bishop’s visitation in June, we will be starting Confirmation classes in early February. Confirmation is open to teens currently in grades 9-12. Contact GiGi at for more info or to sign up.

Happening #75 // Happening is a spiritual awakening and renewal weekend where high school youth have a face-to-face encounter with Christ through Christian community. This is done through a series of talks given by youth about their experiences in faith and life. It’s honest. It’s up front. Happening #75 is February 23-25. Registration is available online thru January 31:

AYG High School Mission Trip 2018 // Our Mission Trip for 2018 will be the week of July 22-27 and we will be serving communities along the Eastern Shore of Virginia through YouthWorks. Details are still in the works including fundraising. Cost to our teens will be $299 per person. To secure your spot, a $99 deposit and your AYG release forms will need to be turned in no later than Monday, February 12. This trip is open to our teens currently in grades 8-12. Please email with any questions.

Wednesday Night – Food for Body and Soul

Evening Prayer // Chapel, 5:45 pm // Close out the day with Evening prayer.

Parish Supper // Wednesday, January 24, 6:00 pm // The Wednesday evening parish supper will feature balsamic glazed meatloaf, mashed potatoes, green beens, mixed greens salad with walnuts, cranberries, and feta cheese, bread, and dessert. The price is $10/adult, $5/child, and $25/family maximum. Sign-up in the parish office by Tuesday, January 23, or by emailing

Energy Health // Old Transept-Parish Hall, 6:45 pm // What is Energy Health?  What is the Luminous Energy Body and how does it play a part in overall health?  How does spirituality affect one’s energetic field?  What does the Bible say about the laying on of hands for healing?  Come join Reiki Master and Quantum Healing Touch practitioner Rebecca Brabson as she gives an overview of the subtle energy system that runs through and around our physical bodies, and looks at some ways we can cleanse our energy fields leading to greater health and vitality!

Please note that “Compline & Contemplation” or “Say Goodnight to God” has been canceled until further notice.

Please keep these individuals in your prayers this week:

Amy Burge, Annette Burton, Ben Brabson, Pam Brock, Mary Chobanian,
Darlene Clark, Lewis Finch, Elsie Guilford, Jeff Guilford, Caroline Leahy,
Genny Ledford, The Mast Family, Beau McClanahan, Leah McClanahan,
Martha and Allen Neel, Margaret Nelson, Ned and Beth Patterson,
Bobbye Reynolds, Donna Riggs, Caroline Schusterick

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.

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 Anna Fraser.