Parish News

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The chancel greens are given to the glory of God and in honor of Betty Jane Brock with love by Pam and Jim Brock.

General Community News

Thank you for your support // On Sunday, March 12, you raised over $4,670 for Family Promise! It is not too late to give. Simply bring your check by the church office.

Parish Supper // Wednesday, March 29, 6:00 pm, Parish Hall // This week’s parish supper features Chicken & Wild Rice Soup, Lentil-Vegetable Soup, salad, bread, and light dessert. Pricing is $10/adult and $5/child. Please sign-up in the parish office or by emailing

Combined Adult Sunday School // Today, Parish Hall, 10:10 am // The Adult Sunday School classes will meet in a joint session to share their gleanings and insights as Christopher Hogin interviews select members in a talk show style presentation. While this may not be Saturday Night Live, it truly is the next best thing!

Bonus Choral Concert // Today, 3:00 pm // Today, Church of the Ascension will host a free collegiate concert: the combined men’s choirs of East Tennessee State University and the University of Tennessee. The combined group, totaling 125 men, sings under the direction of Alan Stevens and should fill the nave with sound. Parishioners are cordially invited!

Spring Cleaning // Cleaning out those closets? Getting rid of those old household items that you don’t use anymore? Consider dropping off your gently used clothes and household items to Community Chest this coming Saturday, April 1, beginning at 10:00 am in the side parking lot. Your goods will be sold to benefit the work of FISH Hospitality Pantries.

Youth and Children News

Tweens Youth Group (TnT) // Tonight, 6:30-8:00 pm // Tweens Youth Group will meet tonight. Kids in grades 3-5 are welcome to join us. Snacks are served!

Youth Confirmation Resumes Today // Library, 12:20 // Youth Confirmation will resume today after the Spring Break hiatus. Lunch will be served.

High School Youth Group // Tonight, 6:00-8:00 pm, Youth Room // Join in for dinner, a great discussion, and outdoor activities.

Middle School Youth Group // Wednesday, March 29, 6:30-8:00 pm // We’ll enjoy pizza, a Bible lesson, and outdoor games if the weather is good. Can’t wait to see everyone there!

Volunteer Opportunities

Maundy Thursday // Remember that great feast in the Nave on Maundy Thursday last year? It takes a dedicated crew to make it happen, and we are in need of volunteers to help set up, take down, and clean up the tables and food from the service. Sign-up in the parish office or contact Dick and Patti Brabham,, to see how you can be a part of the party!

Holy Week Sign-ups // If you are an usher, acolyte, eucharistic minister, chancel master, or any other lay minister in worship and would like to participate in worship during holy week, check out the reception counter in the parish office to sign-up. Contact Cathy Wadley,, if you have any questions.

Family Promise Hosting // On April 2, four Family Promise families will be welcomed to join our community of love and shelter at Ascension. Staying for a week, we will provide meals and friendship. If you would like to participate by preparing part of a meal, doing laundry, helping with expenses, playing with the kids, or spending the night, please contact Ann O’Connor at

Spiritual Growth Opportunities

Stations of the Cross // Offered each Friday in Lent at 6:00 pm, Stations of the Cross is led by lay volunteers and offers a time to contemplate the significance of Christ’s passion and crucifixion on the cross. To partake in this journey, come to the chapel doors at the front of the building.

Five Weeks of Forgiveness: Forgiveness in the Age of Anger

Wednesday, March 29, 6:45 pm

Forgiveness can be a difficult thing to give in a society which often times calls for us to be angry or even vengeful. Often times it may seem that it is simply easier to stay angered, place blame, or avoid those situations which produce the feelings of simmering tension and unrest. But, is it easier?

On Wednesday evening, March 29th, The Rev. Deacon Sarai Wender will be facilitating the fourth installment of our Lenten series on forgiveness.

We will be looking at how anger, unforgiveness—and yes—forgiveness affects our bodies and our lives by examining examples from literature, history, and the present time.

End Your Lent with a Delicious Feast

Reservations taken today!

The Brotherhood of Saint Andrew will be smoking pork tenderloins for your Easter celebrations. What could be a better meal to end Lent?

Reservations may be made after services on the three Sundays preceding Easter (March 26, April 2, and April 9).

Pick-up will be on the Saturday before Easter, April 15, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm and after each Easter service.

Requested donations are $10 for one, $15 for two, and $20 for three. Your purchase and donations will help support the various ministries of the Brotherhood.

Please keep these individuals in your prayers:

Mary Ellen Bohm, Elaine Brabson, Jeff Curnett, Bobbie Frank,
Anna Fraser, Jeff Guilford, Kristi Harper, Jim Johnson, Andrea Stengel

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