Parish Notices

Week of February 21, 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 available 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.

The Flowers are given to the Glory of God an in memory of Terry C. Harris by Natalie Harris; and in celebration of Ryan’s birthday by Barbara Miller.

The white rose on the altar is given in celebration of the birth of Kamryn Joy Flemming, son of Ashley and Neal Flemming, and grandson of Kinta Flemming.

A Special Reception For The Rev. Christopher Hogin will follow the late service today. Please plan on attending this fun event as we give Christopher a warm Ascension welcome.

Today we welcome two new members to the body of Christ, Charles Aaron Stimart, son of Aaron and Hilary Stimart; and Archer Albert Green, son of Daniel and Sissy Green.

A Quicker Sending Forth  You will notice that the Sending Forth prayer nows appears in a shortened form in the Sunday bulletins.  We will use this version of the prayer rather than using the one that is printed in the back of the hymnals.

Questions to Quest! Are you new to Ascension? Curious about Episcopal Christianity? Want to learn more? Join Rob at a two-week Sunday School introduction to all things Ascension and discover what so many of us love about the Anglican tradition: questions are meant less to provide answers than they are to enhance the quest. Sundays, Feb. 21 and 28, at 10:10 a.m. in the Youth Room.

Youth confirmation class meets today in the library from 12:20-1:30. Lunch is included!

High school youth, we have a special event this evening! Come out to Sister Anna’s house from 6:00-8:00 p.m. for dinner, discussion and special activities. Sister Anna’s house is located on Harley Street adjacent to the church parking lot and community garden.

Middle school youth, we are meeting at the church from 6:30-8:00 p.m. on Wednesday. There will be pizza, a fun lesson on Lent, and games.

Moms of Teens and Tweens, a group of  will meet in the church library on Friday, Feb. 26 at 6:30 p.m. Please plan to join us and bring a friend!

Celebration of the Life and Work of Blessed Absalom Jones, the First African-American Priest of the Episcopal Church, will take place here on Sunday, February 28, at 4 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Union of Black Episcopalians and will feature The Rev. Kimberly Jackson, a native of Upstate South Carolina and Chaplain of the Absalom Jones Episcopal Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Please make plans to attend this Diocese-wide event.

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.

Are your kids interested in participating in worship? Junior Acolyte training will be available on Sunday, March 6, after the 11:15 a.m. service. The training is for children in the first through sixth grades. Please meet at the altar rail after the service. Questions? Contact Dick or Peggy Phelps at 522-0924 or at for more information.

Holy Week Sign-ups Are Here! If you would like to serve in any of the Holy Week services, sign-up sheets are now available on the reception counter.

The Ascension Trekkers gear up for a challenge! On Wednesday, March 2, the Ascension Trekkers, an open group to those wishing to experience the magnificence of the Smokey Mountain areas, will hike a 4 mile moderately strenuous round trip hike to The Chimneys. The trail is relatively short and in good condition. For questions about this adventurous hike, please contact Emily Vreeland at or 470-2518.

Friends of Music and the Arts will present a concert for choir and orchestra on Sunday, March 6th, at 5:00 p.m. The program, open to the public, will feature Mass by Igor Stravinsky and Requiem by John Rutter performed by members of the Ascension Parish Choir and the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. All are welcome!

Have an announcement for the bulletin? Please submit all announcements for publication to by 5 p.m. on Mondays.

Please keep these individuals in your prayers this week:

Paul and Mary Lee Bergeron, Michelle Fielden, Virginia Hoover, George Mears, Rudy Mears, Peggy Phelps