Parish News

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The chancel greens are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Margaret W. Weeks who is missed every day. How lucky we were to have you. By Katie McHargue.

General Community News

FOMA Presents: Voces8 // This Thursday, March 1, 7:30 pm // Tickets for the Voces8 concert are available in the office after today’s services. Ticket price is $25.

Ascension’s own Scot Williams on CD // KSO Cellist D. Scot Williams, a member of the choir, has recorded a CD of unaccompanied cello works. The pieces were commissioned by or written for Scot, and were composed by Robert Cronin, Mark Harrell, and Lucas Richman. Two of Scot’s own compositions were recorded as well. CDs are available either through the Knoxville Symphony office or from Scot directly, at a cost of $15.

Family Promise Director, Mary LeMense, to Deliver Sermon // Today // Celebrate the work of Family Promise both in Knoxville and at Ascension as Ascension’s own Mary LeMense, Executive Director of Family Promise of Knoxville, delivers the homily to share her experiences. Bring in pillows (not pillow cases) to the parish office for the pillow drive. Make sure to set out to the Foyer to see the hand-sewn pillow cases for those pillows you’ve donated!

Bolivia Mission Trip Interest Meeting // Have you pondered how a trip abroad might change your life and spiritual perspective? Consider going on the Summer Bolivia Mission Trip. An interest meeting will be held this Tuesday, February 27, at 5:30 pm in Room 209.

Community Chest // Community Chest will be in the north parking lot on Saturday, March 3, from 10:00-11:30 am. Spring and Summer items are needed as well as clothing, toys, and small household items.

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

The Seekers // Room 102 // We will continue looking into the Bible to understand more fully God’s  “purpose for the Church”. Drawing from Ephesians 4:12-16, Becky Fuller will lead the class on February 25 to discuss what it means to “become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.”

The Sojourners // New Transept-Parish Hall // We will continue our review of Ascension’s history on Sunday, February 25. Three parishioners (Nancy Butler, Bettie Corey, and Mary Rayson) will share their perspectives and insights as long-time members of our parish.

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.

Wednesday Night – Food for Body and Soul

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

Parish Supper // Wednesday, February 28, 6:00 pm // This week’s Parish Supper will feature chili noodle soup, potato soup, salad, bread, and light dessert. Pricing is $10/adult and $5/child with a $25/max per family. Sign-up by Tuesday, February 27, in the parish office, or email announcements@knoxvilleascension.org.

Children’s News

Date Night // March Date Night is this week, March 2. If you need a night away before Spring Break starts come drop of the kids with us from 6:00-9:00pm. RSVP nursery16@knoxvilleascension.org by Thursday March 1st.

Tweens Youth Group // The next Tweens meeting is Friday, March 2nd from 6:00-9:00pm. Open to kids in grades 3-5. Dinner is served.

Youth News

Sunday School // Teen Sunday School Has been invited to have the Pre-K Sunday School class read to them. They will meet today at 9:15 am in Room 202 (the PreK 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.

Dinner Angels // Dinner Angels is 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: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0e4dada922a5ff2-middle

High School Dinners: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0E4DADA922A5FF2-high

AYG High School Mission Trip 2018: DEADLINE EXTENDED // Our Mission Trip for 2018 will be the week of July 21-27 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 Thursday, March 1. This trip is open to our teens currently in grades 8-12. Please email gigi@knoxvilleascension.org with any questions.

Celebrating Absalom Jones

Church of the Good Samaritan // Today, 5:00 pm, Church of the Good Samaritan // Please join us for The Diocese of East Tennessee’s celebration of the life and work of Blessed Absalom Jones, first African-American priest of the Episcopal Church at The Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan, 425 North Cedar Bluff Road, Knoxville, TN 37923, on Sunday, February 25, 2018, at 5:00 pm. The Rt. Rev. Brian Lee Cole will preside and The Rev. Ronald Byrd will preach. The Rev. Ronald Byrd is the Episcopal Church Missioner for Black Ministries, a member of the Presiding Bishop’s staff. This event is sponsored by the Union of Black Episcopalians.

Distinguished Scholar Series

The Rev. Ed Bacon to appear at St. Elizabeth’s // March 3 & 4 // Former Rector of All Saints Pasadena, CA, and author of 8 Habits of Love, The Rev. Ed Bacon will appear at St. Elizabeth’s on their Distinguished Scholar Series with a presentation of alternatives to fear-based Christianity. Crediting Fr. Henri Nouwen, Fr. Thomas Merton, and Rabbi Edwin Friedman, Fr. Bacon will unpack his understanding of a Christianity deeply rooted in love and grace, free of reward and punishment notions about God. The cost is $30/person or $75/family and includes lunch. Contact the parish administrator at st-elizabeth@etdiocese.net to register by February 27. 

Communication News

Diocese Communication Survey: The Diocese has published a diocesan Communication Survey and we’re asking you to share it with folks in the church. We are taking a look at our diocesan communications and asking for input to help us with our Diocesan Communication Plan, which will guide our communications in the most effective ways for our diocese. Print copies and more information is available outside of Andrew Morehead’s office.

Deadline Reminder: The deadline for weekly publications is Monday at 5:00 pm for the coming Heavenly Post and the Sunday bulletin. The next Parish Paper deadline is March 1 by 5:00 pm.

New Group Emails: The church has acquired a new group email functionality in Microsoft. If you are a member of any group in the church with a group email, you will see a welcome email for the group as Andrew works through each group. If you wish to no longer be a member of those groups, please feel free to hit “leave group” or email Andrew Morehead at andrew@knoxvilleascension.org.

Navigating Lent

“I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church,
to the observance of a holy Lent,
by self-examination and repentance;
by prayer and fasting, and self-denial;
and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word.”

Continue Lent With: Daily Office – 7:00 am & 5:45 pm, Every Day

Daily Office, a twice-daily prayer service of morning and evening prayer led by members of Ascension, provides a still, contemplative time to begin and end your day. Consider attending as often or as little as you are able to discover the rewards of daily praise and prayer.

Praying with Icons: Stations of the Cross – Fridays at 5:45 pm

On each Friday in Lent beginning with Friday, February 16, at 5:45 pm, the officers of Daily Office will lead groups through the Stations of the Cross icons in the Nave. You can also pick up a booklet in the parish office and go through the stations yourself. Visit https://www.knoxvilleascension.org/the-stations-of-the-cross/ to see an online tour of the Ascension icons, meditations, and prayers for each station.

Enhancing Your Lenten Resources: Forward Day by Day

Forward Day by Day is a print/digital resource of daily Scripture and inspiration that aides the reader in reflection, prayer, and action. Instead of giving up something, you can add this easy and short daily Scripture-based meditation guide to your morning, lunch, or evening routine. This and other Forward Movement materials as available in the foyer. You can find booklets on “How to Keep Lent,” “Walking the Labyrinth,” “Centering Prayer,” “Praying with Icons,” and other inspirational materials.

Making Lent Fun: Lent in a Bag

Are you and your family busy this Lent? Looking for a way to engage and explain Lent to your children while at home? This year, Megan Alden has brought back “Lent in a Bag,” a fun, tactile exploration of the themes of Lent. Each bag has an instruction sheet with a brief meditation for one night of each week in Lent (that’s six weeks). Swing by the Christian Education Wing after Ash Wednesday to pick up “Lent in a Bag” for your family. We ask that you take one bag per household.

Centering Prayer: Deepening your Prayer Life

Centering Prayer is a contemplative, quiet prayer method that centers on a segment of Scripture as the grounding of the meditation or contemplation. Centering Prayer is offered on Sunday mornings at 9:15 am in the Library and at 4:30 pm on Thursdays in the Library. For information about the follow-up sessions from the Centering Prayer Workshop, see Pam or Allen Douglass.

Studying Scripture with Brothers and Sisters: Lectionary Groups

Each Sunday is given a specific set of Scripture readings. This collection of appointed readings, called the lectionary, affords the church the ability to cover most of the significant Scriptural passages in a three year cycle. Ascension has lectionary study groups that provide multiple opportunities to delve deeper with the lectionary readings, either in their entirety or certain selections. Consider joining the Wednesday Lectionary Study or the Other Brothers Lectionary Lunch. Also, the Men’s Bible Study on Tuesday Mornings at 7:00 am explores a dedicated Scriptural topic for larger periods of time with engaging conversation and discussion.

Not all Prayer is Stationary: Walking the Labyrinth

Have you wandered up the hill in the back parking lot? If you do, you’ll discover a peaceful garden area with benches as well as a stone and gravel labyrinth. To get your journey started, pick up one of the Walking the Labyrinth pamphlets on the Forward Movement rack, or just begin the labyrinth on your own to see what might happen.

Writing Your Way through Lent: Journaling with John

Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John, while not a dedicated Lenten resource, is an excellent way to spend six weeks with Jesus in the Gospel of John. Each page has a dedicated scriptural passage with ample journaling and meditation space for each day of the week. Stop by Andrew Morehead’s office for a sample, or head to www.meetingjesusinjohn.org for more information. Artistic copies are approximately $3.00 on Amazon, or free printed copies are available from Andrew.

Please keep these individuals in your prayers this week:

VA Branum, Pam Brock, Joe Brown, Mary Chobanian, The Finch Family,
Anna Fraser, Mike Johnson, Genny Ledford, Laura Nichols,
Ned and Beth Patterson, Kay Ray, Harry and Dottie Stickley, Dick Strehlow

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.