Parish News

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General Community News

The chancel flowers are given to the glory of God and in thanksgiving for the Ascension staff and clergy.

FOMA Presents: Duruflé Requiem and Messe Cum Jubilo // Today, members of both the Ascension and Westminster Presbyterian choirs will present Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem and Messe Cum Jubilo with a 40-player orchestra in concert at 4:30 pm. Come support your local choirs and experience sublimely beautiful touchstones of the liturgical choral literature. The concert, lasting fewer than 70 minutes, if free of charge.

The Lunch Bunch // The Lunch Bunch meeting in March will feature Jim Haslam, Sr. The April meeting will feature a surprise speaker from the Diocese. Bring $2, an appetizer, side dish, or dessert to share with your friends! Sign-up in the parish office at the counter.

Ascension Trekkers // On Saturday, March 17, the Ascension Trekkers will return to a favorite and easy trail which offers many photography opportunities.  Big Creek Trail features Midnight Hole (a deep swimming area) and Mouse Creek Falls within 2 miles of the trail entrance.  If the group wishes, there is the option of hiking further up this wide, well maintained trail for another 1-2 miles so the total length of the hike may be 4-6 miles.  Contact Emily Vreeland to RSVP (

Our Parish Weekend at Kanuga is fast approaching! // We have to have our plans set for Kanuga by April 1st, in order for them to be ready for us on April 13th-15th.  For those of you still thinking—we will begin with dinner on Friday followed by Compline and Trivia in the evening.  Saturday we will offer 8 one hour workshops  for you to pick and choose your interest to include: Morning Prayer, Labrinyth, Yoga, and workshops led by Fr. Christopher and Fr Brett. After lunch, enjoy beautiful Kanuga  with hiking, playing bridge, reading a book, kayaking, playing softball or basketball, tennis or taking a mountain nap! We will convene for a wine and beer social at 4:30 before dinner then after dinner we will enjoy the fire at the firepit, roast s’mores, have Compline and meet later for the movie “Wonder”.  GiGi is planning activities for our youth, Kanuga staff will lead our tweens on teambuilding activities and we have childcare for the little ones staffed by Kanuga.  We will have Church on Sunday morning then convene for lunch before returning to Knoxville.  We still have room but you need to act quickly.  Cost is $200 per person with double accommodations and $300 per person for a private room due by April 1st.  See Janet Slabbekorn in the foyer on Sundays or e-mail at to get on board.  Don’t miss this fun and important time together!

The Sisterhood // The Sisterhood had a grand time at The Chop House celebrating friendship and Valentines Day in February. On Monday, March 12, the Sisterhood will celebrate St Patrick’s Day at Charlotte Woods’ home located in the River Sound neighborhood at 10224 S. River Trail, Knoxville, TN 37922. Please wear your green and join us for dinner at 6:00 pm. RSVP to email, or call 615-594-1781 by Thursday, March 9.  “May the luck of the Irish always be with you.”

In April, we will go to Abuelo’s Mexican Restaurant on Thursday, April 19 at 6:00 pm. The address is 11299 Parkside Drive, Knoxville in Turkey Creek! Please RSVP to Karen McKinney, or call 865-548-7429 by April 16.”

Brotherhood of Saint Andrew: Smoked Pork Tenderloins // Smoked pork tenderloins will be available for pick-up on Saturday, March 31, from noon to 2:00 pm and after services on Easter Sunday. These are the larger 2-3 pound tenderloins. The designated benefactor of this round of fundraising is the Ascension Youth Program, so make sure to grab a couple of tenderloins (suggested donation of $15 per tenderloin) before heading home to feed the family. They also freeze well for future dinners and parties! You can reserve pork tenderloins ahead by signing up at the communications counter in the parish office beginning Sunday, March 11.

Parish-Wide Adult Sunday School

Where are we going? What do we want to be? The Very Rev. Ward Ewing to Present at Parish-Wide Sunday School // Parish Hall, 9:15 am, Today // Most church members have assumptions about what the church should be and how we as members should participate.  However, when we begin to share our assumptions, we usually discover that they are highly varied.  Most congregations do not have a clear, shared understanding of how they make decisions together and what is their particular purpose and mission.  In the immortal words of Yogi Berra, “If you don’t know where you are going, you might not get there.”  A shared mission and a clear understanding of how members work together are essential for the unity of the church.  Fr. Ewing will lead us in a discussion about how to work together to develop a clear and embraced purpose.

Wednesday Night – Food for Body and Soul

Evening Prayer // Chapel, 5:45 pm // Close out the day with Evening Prayer.

Parish Supper // There is no parish supper this week due to Spring Break.

Journeys of Faith: Let it Go // Parish Hall, 6:45-8:30 pm // Our fourth gathering of five for those previously signed-up.

Continuing Centering Prayer // 6:00 pm, OFF-SITE at Ebenezer United Methodist Church, 1001 Ebenezer Rd // As a continuation of Fr. Tom Ward’s Centering Prayer workshop held Saturday, February 17, this Wednesday, March 14, will be the second of our six follow-up sessions on Wednesday evenings (except during Holy Week) beginning at 6:00 pm, off-site (see above). These gatherings are intended primarily for those who attended the workshop but anyone else who has had some experience with Centering Prayer is welcome to participate. If you would like to attend but have NOT had previous exposure to this practice, please contact Pam or Allen Douglass at for some basic training, prior to joining the group.

NOTE – CHANGE OF VENUE: Thursday 4:30 pm Centering Prayer – will be held in the Old Transept-Parish Hall from March 1st through April 12th, with the exception of Holy Week.

Children’s News

Children’s Easter Service and Egg Hunt // March 31, 3:00 pm // The Family Easter Service and Egg Hunt will be March 31st at 3:00 pm. Come join us for this annual event. We welcome your donation of candy filled plastic Easter Eggs. Please drop them off to Megan anytime before March 30th.

Spring Break Alert // Children’s Sunday school for the next week (March 11 and 18) will be a combined class (Grades K-5) and will meet in the Children’s Church room, Room 210. Pre-K kids will go to the nursery.

Youth News

Sunday School // Teen Sunday School meets today at 9:15 am in the youth room.

AYG Meetings // There will be no AYC meetings this week.

FISH Pantry Service // AYG will be serving at the FISH Pantry on Saturday, March 24. We will meet at Ascension at 8:45 am to go serve together. Space is limited to 12 teens, so to reserve your spot please sign up with GiGi by March 18.

Jump Jam Trips // The AYG will take two trips to Jump Jam trampoline park, one for High School (3/25 after 10:30 church) and one for Middle School (Meets earlier at 6:00 pm 3/28, please eat dinner before you come). Jump Jam requires release forms which can be picked up from GiGi Logan, and please bring $3 for the purchase of socks, or bring Jump Jam socks if you have them. We will also need AYG Release forms on file for any teens wishing to participate. Please sign up with GiGi to attend by Wednesday, March 21.

Dinner Angels // Dinner Angels is a program in which our parishioners and parents provide meals for our hungry teens during youth group. Our teens have expressed a desire to add some variety to their meals during AYG meetings. Parents and other parishioners are invited to sign up and share in this service and fellowship opportunity. Want to try out a new recipe? Have a flair in the kitchen? Just want to feed a small crowd? We welcome home-cooked meals and catered meals. Our sign-ups, details, and schedule are available online:

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High School Dinners:

AYG High School Mission Trip 2018 // Our Mission Trip for 2018 will be the week of July 21-27 and we will be serving communities along the Eastern Shore of Virginia through YouthWorks. Cost to our teens is $299 per person. We still have a few spaces available—If your teen would like to attend, feel free to email with any questions.

Navigating Lent

“I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church,
to the observance of a holy Lent,
by self-examination and repentance;
by prayer and fasting, and self-denial;
and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word.”

Continue Lent With: Daily Office – 7:00 am & 5:45 pm, Every Day

Daily Office, a twice-daily prayer service of morning and evening prayer led by members of Ascension, provides a still, contemplative time to begin and end your day. Consider attending as often or as little as you are able to discover the rewards of daily praise and prayer.

Praying with Icons: Stations of the Cross – Fridays at 5:45 pm

On each Friday in Lent beginning with Friday, February 16, at 5:45 pm, the officers of Daily Office will lead groups through the Stations of the Cross icons in the Nave. You can also pick up a booklet in the parish office and go through the stations yourself. Visit to see an online tour of the Ascension icons, meditations, and prayers for each station.

Enhancing Your Lenten Resources: Forward Day by Day

Forward Day by Day is a print/digital resource of daily Scripture and inspiration that aides the reader in reflection, prayer, and action. Instead of giving up something, you can add this easy and short daily Scripture-based meditation guide to your morning, lunch, or evening routine. This and other Forward Movement materials as available in the foyer. You can find booklets on “How to Keep Lent,” “Walking the Labyrinth,” “Centering Prayer,” “Praying with Icons,” and other inspirational materials.

Making Lent Fun: Lent in a Bag

Are you and your family busy this Lent? Looking for a way to engage and explain Lent to your children while at home? This year, Megan Alden has brought back “Lent in a Bag,” a fun, tactile exploration of the themes of Lent. Each bag has an instruction sheet with a brief meditation for one night of each week in Lent (that’s six weeks). Swing by the Christian Education Wing after Ash Wednesday to pick up “Lent in a Bag” for your family. We ask that you take one bag per household.

Centering Prayer: Deepening your Prayer Life

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 is offered on Sunday mornings at 9:15 am in the Library and at 4:30 pm on Thursdays in the Library. For information about the follow-up sessions from the Centering Prayer Workshop, see Pam or Allen Douglass.

Studying Scripture with Brothers and Sisters: Lectionary Groups

Each Sunday is given a specific set of Scripture readings. This collection of appointed readings, called the lectionary, affords the church the ability to cover most of the significant Scriptural passages in a three year cycle. Ascension has lectionary study groups that provide multiple opportunities to delve deeper with the lectionary readings, either in their entirety or certain selections. Consider joining the Wednesday Lectionary Study or the Other Brothers Lectionary Lunch. Also, the Men’s Bible Study on Tuesday Mornings at 7:00 am explores a dedicated Scriptural topic for larger periods of time with engaging conversation and discussion.

Not all Prayer is Stationary: Walking the Labyrinth

Have you wandered up the hill in the back parking lot? If you do, you’ll discover a peaceful garden area with benches as well as a stone and gravel labyrinth. To get your journey started, pick up one of the Walking the Labyrinth pamphlets on the Forward Movement rack, or just begin the labyrinth on your own to see what might happen.

Writing Your Way through Lent: Journaling with John

Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John, while not a dedicated Lenten resource, is an excellent way to spend six weeks with Jesus in the Gospel of John. Each page has a dedicated scriptural passage with ample journaling and meditation space for each day of the week. Stop by Andrew Morehead’s office for a sample, or head to for more information. Artistic copies are approximately $3.00 on Amazon, or free printed copies are available from Andrew.

Please keep these individuals in your prayers this week:

Thomas, Pam Brock, Mary Chobanian, Mary Katheryn Crone,
Mary Tod Finch, Mike Johnson, Laura Nichols, Ned and Beth Patterson,
Sue Ellen Roehl, Bill Schall, The Sleeman Family, Harry and Dottie Stickley,
Dick Strehlow, Bethany Wohlford

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. The second list includes additional names as requested by you. The people on this list are prayed for by members of those leading morning and evening prayer at the Daily Office. Names will remain on this list as needed for appropriate prayer support.