Parish News

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The chancel flowers are given to the glory of God and in honor of Margaret Weeks on her birthday by Katie McHargue.

General Community News

This morning we offer a special Ascension Welcome to The Rev. Elizabeth Embler // “Liz” Embler, a Sewanee seminarian graduating in May, was ordained to the “transitional” diaconate earlier this month. Liz will be ordained priest sometime this coming fall or winter.

Seminarian Sunday // This Seminarian Sunday gives us the opportunity to let you know about Sewanee’s legacy fundraising campaign (“Stronger, Truer Sewanee”) to secure funding for the School of Theology and broader campus for the coming generation. Through resources made available by the campaign, we will move the School of Theology to its historic home on central campus and bolster financial aid, ensuring that all graduates begin their ministries with no debt related to their seminary education. New programs for laity at the Beecken Center will complement ordained ministry by building the church from the grassroots.

The loose offering this morning will be donated in honor of Liz to the campaign. Also, you can give or pledge to this campaign by check (through Ascension, marking your check “Sewanee”) or by pledge (

Last Call, the Mardi Gras Party is About to Begin // Get ready to celebrate Mardi Gras! The Mardi Gras party at Ascension is one of two annual fundraising events for the Summer Bolivia Mission Trip. Chef Gary Harper will return this year with Smoked Cajun Pork Loin with Holy Trinity Sauce, Chicken Jambalaya, Corn Bread Muffins, and Salad, plus dessert and beverages. Wine and beer are available with an additional donation. Pricing is $15 for 6th Grade and up, and $40 max per family. You can find the sign-up book in the narthex this Sunday. Donation forms are available on the reception counter in the parish office and in the narthex.

Ash Wednesday // Wednesday, March 1, 7:00 am, Noon, and 7:00 pm // Mark your calendar to attend one of this year’s Ash Wednesday services, at 7:00 am, noon, and 7:00 pm. These services mark the beginning of Lent and remind us to observe Lent with devotion. Your church invites you to observe Lent this year especially by walking in Christian forgiveness and reconciliation. You can learn more about forgiveness and reconciliation by attending this year’s Wednesday evening Lenten series.  Note: All events, save for the Ascension Trekkers, are canceled for Ash Wednesday.

Youth and Children News

Tweens // Grades 3-5 // Friday, March 3, 6:00-9:00 pm // Tweens will meet during this week’s Date Night. For questions, email Megan Alden at

Youth Confirmation Class // The class will meet in the Library today at 12:20 pm. Lunch will be included.

Middle School Youth // We will not meet this coming week in observance of Ash Wednesday.

High School Youth Group // Sunday, February 26, 6:00-8:00 pm // We will meet at the church from tonight! Join in for dinner together, a great discussion and fun games.

Calling All Youth // We need your help at Mardi Gras next week! Meet in the kitchen on Tuesday at 6:00 pm. We always have a blast serving together, and we get to help out with a great cause—raising money for the Bolivia trip!

The middle school youth spring retreat is coming up! // This year, the “New Beginnings” Retreat will take place March 31st-April 2nd at Grace Point. The total cost is $55 a person, and you must have your $15 deposit and registration form in to Chelsea by March 5th in order to sign up! Registration forms are available digitally or at the front desk. Contact with any questions.

The deadline for the high school youth domestic mission trip is coming up! // Join us on July 1-7 as we head to Madison, Wisconsin! We have the awesome opportunity to work with local ministries that are seeking to address the issues of poverty and homelessness in their community. The deadline to register is March 5th—turn in your $99 deposit and your registration form to secure your spot! The total cost for the week is $429, and scholarships are available.

Ministry Opportunities

Sunday flowers are given weekly by members of the parish, often in honor of someone they love, or to say “thank you.” If you would like to donate flowers this year, you can sign-up on the board in the Narthex (main entry hallway). Each Sunday has space for two donors. You can fill one or both spaces for a given Sunday. The recommended donation is $75 for one or $150 for two. Simply print your name on the date or dates you would like. When your date approaches, the church office will contact you about your dedication and donation.


Date Night: Freeing you from Parenthood for an Evening // Friday, March 3, 6:00-9:00 pm, Christian Education Wing // To register for Date Night, email A dedicated team of nursery staff will be on hand to entertain and feed your little ones so you can escape for an evening. Don’t forget to bring the pizza money.

Ascension Trekkers: Adventures through Hiking // Wednesday, March 1, 9:00 am // Join the Ascension Trekkers for a 5-mile hike on House Mountain on Wednesday, March 1, leaving the church at 9:00 am.  This is a moderately strenuous loop hike with wonderful views of the Clinch Mountains, downtown Knoxville, and the Smokies.  Please RSVP or ask questions to Emily Vreeland at or 865-470-2518.

Please keep these individuals in your prayers:

Martha Bass, Jay Branum, Michelle Chenot, Jon Dittrich, Laurel Elizabeth Ergen,
Jeff Guilford

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