Parish News

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The chancel greens are given to the glory of God and in thanksgiving for her family and in celebration for Michael Twardy’s birthday by Lolita Kressin.

General Community News

A special Ascension welcome this morning to our own Mary LeMense. Mary is the director of Family Promise and is offering the homily this morning.

Family Promise Sunday // Today // Family Promise has more than two hundred affiliate chapters in forty-two states which work to serve and maintain the cohesive unity of homeless families rather than splitting the family apart. The Knoxville Family Promise is the only shelter in our area that can serve parents with boys over the age of twelve, single dads, and families with two parents. We are collecting two offerings today—the regular weekly offering, and a second offering for Family Promise in the wicker baskets. “Behind every life that is changed there is someone who cares.” Family Promise is blessed that our “someone” is you.

FOMA Presents: Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass // Sunday, March 19, 5:00 pm // Make plans next Sunday to hear the Parish Choir sing Haydn’s Missa in Angustiis, popularly known as the “Lord Nelson” Mass, in a concert with orchestra at 5:00 pm. The program is presented free of charge, and makes a perfect avant-délice to whatever your evening plans might be!

The Sisterhood travels to India // Thursday, March 16, 6:00 pm // The Sisterhood is returning to their favorite Indian restaurant, Sitar, located at 6004 Kingston Pike. It has a full bar and large menu with many traditional dishes made with beef, lamb, seafood, chicken, and vegetables. The Sisterhood is a fun group that gets together once a month at a restaurant for good conversation and food. We invite all ladies (and their friends) of the parish to join us. Please RSVP to Laurie Nalle at or 865-216-6588. We hope you see you there!

Ascension Trekkers: Join the Adventure! // Saturday, March 25, 9:00 am // The Ascension Trekkers will hike to White Oak Sinks via Schoolhouse Gap for the annual wildflower search. This is an easy-moderate 6-mile round trip hike with some steep elevation sections going and coming out of The Sinks. Otherwise, it is not a terribly difficult hike and the rewards are great. Contact Emily Vreeland for questions and to RSVP, or 865-470-2518.

The Lunch Bunch // Tuesday, March 21, 11:30 am, Parish Hall // Come hear Ascension’s own Caroline Graber in a presentation on emergent illnesses, vaccinations, and what you should know about these rising problems. To participate in The Lunch Bunch, bring $2 and an appetizer, side dish, or dessert, and your Ascension spirit. Sign-up at the reception counter in the parish office or by emailing

Parish Supper // Wednesday, March 15, 6:00 pm, Parish Hall // This week’s parish supper features Santa Fe beef and bean soup, vegetable tortellini soup, salad, bread, and cookies. Pricing is $10/adult and $5/child. Please sign-up in the parish office or by emailing

Youth and Children News

Children’s Sunday School Will Meet // Sunday, March 12 and 19 // Children’s Sunday School will meet during Spring break from 10:10-11:00 am. We will gather in the Children’s Chapel room to discuss Lent and to do some fun activities. These classes will be for children in grades K-5. Preschool age children (ages 3-4) will remain in the nursery.

No High School or Middle School Youth Group This Week // Due to Spring Break, there will be no High School or Middle School Youth Group this week. Have a wonderful break!

There are still a few spots remaining for the high school summer mission trip! // We are heading to Madison, Wisconsin on July 1-7 to work with ministries seeking to end poverty and homelessness. The total cost is $429. Turn in your $99 deposit and registration form (available at the front desk!) to attend. Scholarships are available, and youth currently in grades 8-12 are invited to join!

Ministry and Spiritual Growth Opportunities

Centering Prayer Sunday School Class // Sundays in Lent, Library, 10:10 am // 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 will be offered on Sunday mornings through Lent at 10:10 am in the Library. Centering Prayer will also meet at its normal time of 4:30 pm on Thursdays.

Vacation Bible School Volunteers Needed // Vacation Bible School (VBS) may be a few months away, but we are looking for volunteers to sign-up as soon as possible to make the magic of VBS happen. If you feel led to volunteer for a few hours (6:00-8:30 pm) in the evening on June 5-8, contact Megan Alden at You can make a difference in a child’s summer. There are also monetary and supply needs for VBS. If you would like to donate, please let Megan Alden know.

Cursillo Weekend // April 27-30, Grace Point // An amazing once in a lifetime experience, Cursillo is focused on reflection, fellowship, and your walk with Christ. Bishop George Young, III, will lead the spiritual team, and it will be his last Cursillo with the East Tennessee Cursillo. Please contact Allen and Pam Douglass (865-207-7503 or 865-207-7110, or if you are interested. Application forms may be found at the communications counter in the parish office.

The Cost of Forgiveness

Wednesday, March 15, 6:45 pm

During his time in office, President Abraham Lincoln experienced betrayal from close friends and advisors and dealt with the bloodiest conflict in American history. Through it all he cultivated a character of forgiveness, believing that personal and corporate acts of forgiveness led to reconciliation and healing. This Wednesday, The Reverend Christopher Hogin explores how President Lincoln practiced forgiveness in his lifetime, and how we as individuals, and as a community, can learn from his experiences.

Please keep these individuals in your prayers:

Jay Branum, Jon Dittrich, Bobbie Frank, Jeff Guilford,
Helen Hafford, Kristi Harper, Jim Johnson, Jill Monroe, Elizabeth Neilson

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.

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