Parish Notices

Week of February 14, 2016

“Welcome to Ascension!” If you are new to the Church of the Ascension, please don’t leave until you stop by the Church’s welcome counter in the church foyer. We have a gift bag for you that includes a copy of the latest Church newsletter, plus a few goodies. Long-time Ascension parishioners will be on-hand to answer any questions you might have and to explain how you can become more involved, should you be interested. If you would like to have your name added to the email or street mailing list, simply fill out a pew card (on the back of the pew in front of you), and drop it into this morning’s offering plate.

A special Ascension Welcome to The Rev. Christopher Hogin who joins the staff this week as Assistant Rector. Christopher moves to Knoxville with his son, John Michael, from St. Michael’s in Raleigh, NC. Christopher, who grew-up at Ascension, returns to work in the areas of pastoral care and Christian formation. Next Sunday following the 11:15am service, we will more formally welcome Christopher with a champagne reception!

Coffee Hour  Ready for good food, fellowship, and a time to catch up with your fellow Ascension parishioners? Head down to the Parish Hall after the 11:15 a.m. service to catch a bite to eat and meet fellow Ascension members.

Newcomers! A special dinner in your honor will be held on Friday, February 19th, at 6:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Come meet other new members of Ascension, as well as several long-time members. Please RSVP by Tuesday, February 16th, by emailing or calling Cathy Wadley at or 588-0589 ext. 220.

Terrific Tuesday will present Robert Booker of the News Sentinel as guest speaker in this month’s gathering on Tuesday, February 16th. Please sign-up for lunch on the communication counter in the Parish Office. Please bring $2 and an appetizer, side, or dessert.

Families: Please mark your calendars for this years Vacation Bible School, June 6-9th! More details to follow!

A Lenten Journey Toward the Light—On Wednesdays, beginning February 17th, come join our clergy for a series of short films and discussions on being present with God in the dark times, and how they enrich our lifelong journey with Christ. Class begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall, and dinner is available by reservation in the Parish Office.

“Walking the Dream – a Mending of the Broken Pot” Interested in a new interpretation of Lent through spiritual dreamwork, expressive play with color and art, and walking the labyrinth?  The Labyrinth Guild, Beth Harris, and artist, Barbara Andrew, will be leading a workshop on Saturday, February 20, 2016, 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  The cost of the workshop is $25, payable at the door, which will cover all materials, along with a Lenten breakfast and lunch with water, coffee and tea provided. We have space for 25 participants.  To register email Beth Harris: by February, 15, 2016.

Youth confirmation class and high school youth do not meet today. Have a wonderful President’s Day weekend!

Middle school youth, come out on Wednesday from 6:30-8:00! We will be meeting in Sister Anna’s house for dinner, discussion and fun. Hope you all can make it out for this special event. Sister Anna’s house is directly adjacent to the church parking lot and community garden.

High school youth, registration for Happening is due this Wednesday! Happening is a special Episcopal retreat designed specially for high school youth and the unique things they face. It involves a weekend away at Grace Point that is focused on spiritual renewal, fun with friends, and meaningful discussions. Happening will take place March 4th-6th, and you can register online at Contact with any questions.

The Sisterhood  Janey Maddox has so graciously invited the Sisterhood to her house for our February meeting! We will meet at 6 p.m. on February 18th at 1408 Dunwoody Blvd, Knoxville. Please bring a beverage of your choice (adult or not) and a snack to share. If you are new to Ascension, and have been thinking of coming to one of our meetings, we encourage you to come to this meeting where it will be easy to mingle. Please RSVP to Laurie Nalle at either or 865-523-7344. We hope to see everyone there!

The Ascension Trekkers will head to Anderson County to Hemlock Bluff National Recreation Area near Norris. This area is so-named because of old growth Hemlocks and also features rock formations. The newly opened hike/bike loop trail is rated moderate and is 7.3 miles round trip. We will leave the church by 9 a.m. Please contact Emily Vreeland for questions as well as to RSVP so transportation can be planned at or 470-2518.

Our diocese has provided copies of ‘Growing a Rule of Life’ as an aid to your Lenten observance. You may pick up a copy as you leave in the narthex. It comes from the brothers of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist (SSJE). You can also receive short videos which accompany the booklet; visit to sign up.

Please keep these individuals in your prayers this week:

Paul and Mary Lee Bergeron, Pam Brock, Peggy Phelps