Parish News

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The chancel greens are given to the glory of God and in thanksgiving for Walker’s second birthday and the blessing of a healthy child, by Ben and Leah McClanahan; and in celebration of Sam and Sherri Swan’s 41st anniversary.

General Community News

Baptism // Today we celebrate the baptism of Anna Markley Hale, daughter of Tom P. and Kate Hale, and granddaughter of Tom and Terri Hale.

Justice Knox Update // Have you wondered what has happened in the Justice Knox program since December? Come hear all about all the community research today at 10:10 am in the Parish Hall. Parishioners and Marjorie Thigpen-Carter, the director of Justice Knox, will join us to explain the program, the process, and how we take the next steps. Please come hear how Ascension is making a difference in our community!

FOMA Presents: Katelyn Emerson // Tomorrow, Monday, March 6, 7:30 pm // Friends of Music and the Arts (FOMA) and the Knoxville Chapter of the American Guild of Organists jointly sponsor Katelyn Emerson in recital. Ms. Emerson will perform works of Bach, Schumann, Vierne, Reger, and Mozart. The concert is presented free of charge.

Family Promise Sunday // Sunday, March 12 // Family Promise week begins on Sunday, March 12. 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. Lastly, twenty-four families (eighty-nine people, and thirty-nine children, of which seventeen were under the age of five) were sheltered in the Knoxville Family Promise program. Please come hear about the work of Family Promise in our community and support them through your contributions.

Youth and Children News

Youth Confirmation // Today, 12:20 pm, Library // Youth Confirmation will meet in the Library today. Lunch is included!

Thank You Youth // Thank you to all the youth who worked hard at the Mardi Gras party this past Tuesday. Your help was invaluable.

High School Youth Group // Tonight, 6:00 pm, Room 107 // We will meet tonight for dinner and a special surprise outing that you won’t want to miss out on. Bring $5 for the outing.

Middle School Youth Group // Wednesday, March 8, 6:30 pm, Room 107 // We will meet this Wednesday night for pizza dinner, games, and a special lesson on the season of Lent.

Today is an important deadline for both middle school and high school youth! // High school youth, turn in your registration form and $99 deposit for the summer mission trip to Madison, Wisconsin that will take place July 1-7. Middle school youth, turn in your $15 deposit and your registration form for the New Beginnings Retreat that will be March 31-April 2 at Grace Point. Registration forms for both trips are available at the front desk. Contact with any questions.

Mark Your Calendars for Vacation Bible School // June 5-8, 6:00-8:30 pm // VBS is here this summer! The theme this year is the “Maker Fun Factory.” Your kids will become hands-on inventors who discover that they’re lovings crafted by God. They’ll sing, tinker, snack, and explore their way through the factory. Email Megan Alden,, with any questions.

Ministry and Spiritual Growth Opportunities

This week: Two Brothers: Family Reconciliation // Wednesday, March 8, 6:45 pm // Come hear the story of Jacob and Esau. Conniving Jacob stole Esau’s inheritance, but Esau found a way to forgive Jacob. Should he have? Rob Gieselmann will tell the story, briefly discuss Christian forgiveness, and open the floor for discussion. This coming Wednesday night, 6:45-7:45 pm. Childcare provided.

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.

Please keep these individuals in your prayers:

Martha Bass, Jay Branum, Michelle Chenot, Jon Dittrich,
Jeff Guilford, Helen Hafford, Kristi Harper, 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.

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