Parish News

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The chancel flowers are given to the glory of God and in memory of Margaret Weeks, our mom and matriarch, by the Weeks family.

General Community News

Vestry Forum is Tomorrow! // Monday, February 20, 7:00 pm, Parish Hall // Please join your clergy and vestry for an open forum to engage in discussion regarding gay marriage at Ascension, which your vestry will consider at its March meeting. If you cannot attend the forum, or if you would rather convey your thoughts in a more private setting, you can attend one of the Vestry Drop-Ins, to be held on Sunday, February 25, and Sunday, March 4, from 9:00–11:00 am. At these sessions, several members of the vestry will be on-hand to listen to your thoughts. You can find contact information for the vestry on the back of this bulletin or at www.knoxvilleascension.org/vestry.

Make a Difference Through Donations// Have you considered donating services (like parties, specialized work, or skills) or desirable items to the Mardi Gras auction? You can be a part of the difference our mission team will make in Bolivia by donating services and items to be auctioned at the lively Mardi Gras party. Drop by the parish office to fill out a donation form and to drop off your item(s). If you have any questions, email Brett Backus, brett@knoxvilleascension.org, for more information. The deadline for donations is Sunday, February 26. Remember, the party is Tuesday, February 28, beginning at 6:00 pm in the Parish Hall. Click here to sign-up online.

Dinner’s Ready // Wednesday, February 15, 6:00 pm // The weekly parish supper will feature balsamic glazed meatloaf, potatoes, green beans, mixed greens salad with walnuts, cranberries, and feta cheese, rolls, and chocolate chip cookies. Sign-up at the reception counter in the parish office or email announcements@knoxvilleascension.org to RSVP by noon on Tuesday. The new pricing is $10 per adult, and $5 per child.

Lunch Bunch featuring The Rev. Jerry Askew // Tuesday, February 21, 11:30 am // This month’s Lunch Bunch meeting will feature The Rev. Jerry Askew, recent recipient of one of the Health Care Heroes awards. Bring $2 and an appetizer, side dish, or dessert for this engaging and delicious pot luck luncheon. Sign-up in the parish office or by emailing announcements@knoxvilleascension.org.

Ash Wednesday // Wednesday, March 1, 7:00 am, Noon, and 7:00 pm // Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, the penitential season leading up to Holy Week and Easter. Three services will be offered in observance of Ash Wednesday. Whether you’re headed to work, taking a lunch break, or finishing your day, stop in during one of the three services to begin your journey through Lent.

Youth and Children News

Holiday Update // Because of the President’s Day holiday and the winter retreat, there will be no confirmation class and no high school youth today.

Tweens Night is Here // Grades 3-5, Tonight, 6:30 pm // All kids in grades 3-5 are welcome to this active group! Questions on what is in store? Email Megan Alden at megan@knoxvilleascension.org for more information.

Middle School Youth // Come out on Wednesday for a special surprise outing! We will meet at the church at 6:30 pm for dinner and then head out for a fun evening. Please arrive at the church at 6:30 pm sharp so that we have time to eat and leave for our activity. Parent pickup will be at the church at 8:00 pm as usual.

Important High School Youth Announcement // This year, we will be heading to Madison, Wisconsin, from July 1-7 to join some incredible churches and ministries in the work they are doing to alleviate poverty and homelessness in their community. Turn in your $99 deposit by TOMORROW to secure your spot and the special early bird rate of $399. Contact chelsea@knoxvilleascension.org with any questions. All current high school students as well as current 8th graders who will be in high school next year are invited to join!

Ministry Opportunities

An Easy Way to Participate in Worship in a New Way: Adult Acolyte Training // Today, February 19, 12:30 pm, Nave // Tired of just sitting in a pew? Looking for a way to serve in worship? Consider becoming an Adult Acolyte (hint: you get to play with fire). Hang out after the 11:15 am worship service to find out more about how you can serve as an adult acolyte.

Sunday flowers are given weekly by members of the parish, often in honor of someone they love, or to say “thank you.” If you would like to donate flowers this year, you can sign-up on the board in the Narthex (main entry hallway). Each Sunday has space for two donors. You can fill one or both spaces for a given Sunday. The recommended donation is $75 for one or $150 for two. Simply print your name on the date or dates you would like. When your date approaches, the church office will contact you about your dedication and donation.

Please keep these individuals in your prayers:

Shaunté Chamberlin, Jon Dittrich, Elizabeth and William Ergen, Jeff Guilford,
Margie Parrott, 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

shepherd1@knoxvilleascension.org

This list is administered by Annette Burton and Bill Perry.

Team 2 Last Names M-Z

shepherd2@knoxvilleascension.org

This list is administered by Bettie Corey and Emily Vreeland.

To volunteer for a caring ministry, contact The Rev. Christopher Hogin
at christopher@knoxvilleascension.org.