Parish News

Click here to view the Parish Calendar for a full listing of events!

The chancel flowers are given to the glory of God and in celebration for my children, Amanda and Eddie, and their spouses, Ryan and Keshia, by Barbara Miller.

An Evening with the Strings: FOMA Presents Selected Violin Works of J. S. Bach // Monday, February 6, 7:30 pm, Nave // Violinists of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Gordon Tsai, Sean Claire, and our very own Sarah Ringer, will present Sonata No. 1 in G Minor, Partita No. 2 in D Minor, and Partita No. 3 in E Major for unaccompanied violin by Johann Sebastian Bach. The evening is open to the public and presented without charge through the generous support of Friends of Music and the Arts.

Parish Supper // Wednesday, February 1, 6:00 pm // The weekly parish supper will feature chicken, artichoke, and rice casserole, roasted tomato and vegetable medley, mixed greens salad and bread, and, finally, cherry-blueberry cobbler with vanilla ice cream. 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 and $5 per child.

Young Families’ Social // Friday, February 3, 6:00 pm, Drink (215 Brookview Centre Way) // Ever wanted to meet some fellow young couples at Ascension? Come to the Young Families’ Social and have a wonderful meet and greet at Drink. Enjoy your night out with small plate appetizers, fellowship, and a little time away from the kids (details on Date Night below). Check out Drink’s website at

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

Date Night: RSVP Soon! // Friday, February 3, 6:00-9:00 pm, Christian Education Wing // Do you need to escape the house? Give yourself a rest from your kids? Need someone to watch the kids while you head to the Young Families’ Social? RSVP for Date Night ASAP as time is running out. Email to RSVP for Date Night, and don’t forget to bring pizza money!

Youth Confirmation Class Continues Today // Today, 12:30 pm, Library // Youth Confirmation Class continues today in the Library. Lunch will be provided.

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. Spots are filling up fast, so turn in your $50 deposit and registration form (available at the front desk) to Chelsea as soon as possible! Email The Rev. Chelsea with any questions at

Middle School Youth // Wednesday, February 1, 6:30 pm, Youth Room // Looking for a fun and engaging night out for your Middle Schooler? Consider Middle School Youth Group on Wednesday nights! This Wednesday there will be pizza, a Bible lesson, and games.

High School Youth // Tonight, Sunday, January 29, 6:00 pm // High School Youth Group will resume tonight with dinner, great discussion, and fun games!

Deadline Soon: High School Mission Trip // This year, we’ll 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 The Rev. Chelsea Krahulik at with any questions.

Sewing for Bolivia // Thursday, February 2, 1:00 pm, Library // There will be an informational meeting about sewing projects for the Bolivia Mission Trip in the Library on Thursday, February 2, at 1:00 pm. We plan to make blankets and ponchos for the children this year. If you are interested in helping with this project, come to the meeting. If you have questions, please call Faye Beach at 865-539-4456.

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. Volunteers range from retirees and empty-nesters to young families with children. 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 // Sunday, February 19, 12:30 pm, Nave // Are you interested in being an adult acolyte? An adult acolyte training session has been schedule for February 19. Contact Dick or Peggy Phelps at or 865-522-0924 for more information.

Ascension Trekkers, Join the Adventure! // Wednesday, February 1, 9:00 am // Just off the I-40 Waterville exit, the Big Creek Trail is just at the North Carolina state line. This is one of the Ascension Trekkers’ favorite trails and we invite you to join us on this adventure. Only a five mile round trip, the Big Creek Trail offers a wide gently sloping trail, a swimming hole, and a waterfall. The adventure begins at 9:00 am in the church parking lot. Email Emily Vreeland at for information and to RSVP.

Community Chest: Goods for Good // Saturday, February 4, 10:00 am, Parking Lot // Ready to clear out that closet or empty those dressers? Do you have goods that could be resold for a good cause? Bring your gently used clothes and home goods to the Community Chest drop off in the side parking lot to make a difference in your community.

Please keep these individuals in your prayers:

Johnny, Kit Barrett, Mary Lee Bergeron, Jay Branum, 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