Parish News

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General Community News

The chancel flowers are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Chuck Schuchart, loved beyond words, missed beyond measure by Janet Kannady.

The white rose on the altar is given in celebration for the birth of Emmalyn Grace Mallard, granddaughter of Lisa and Lanny Cope.

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 // Tomorrow // We’ll drive to Sugarlands Visitor’s Center and hike the easy two mile trail to Gatlinburg where we’ll have lunch at one of the eateries on the west side of Gatlinburg before hiking back to the Visitor Center. A side trip of about a half-mile will take us behind the Visitor’s Center to see Cataract Falls before heading back to Knoxville. This is a great hike for beginners. RSVP to Emily Vreeland at or 865-470-2518.

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 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.

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 (suggested donation of $15 per tenderloin). They also freeze well for future dinners and parties! You can reserve pork tenderloins ahead by signing up at the communications counter.

Missed the Ward Ewing Talks? // Find both sessions online at or, even better, find them on our podcast “AscensionCast” on iTunes.

We are still in need of volunteers! // Make sure to stop by the parish office reception counter to see where you can volunteer for Holy Week, especially the Maundy Thursday dinner. If you are a worship volunteer, sign-ups for Lectors/Intercessors, Ushers, Sound Board Operators, and Acolytes are available. The sign-up sheet for the All-Night Vigil is also available.

Adult Sunday School

All Sunday School classes are open to everyone! It is not necessary to have read the books being studied as all groups present the material in such a manner that everyone can participate. No prior reading or preparation is required! All classes begin at 9:15 am.

The Forum // Old Transept-Parish Hall // We begin “the fascinating and bizarre Old Testament book of Ezekiel.”

The Seekers // Room 102 // We will wind down our discussions of “the purpose of the Church.”

The Sojourners // New Transept-Parish Hall // We will have a reading of the play ‘The Terrible Meek’ with various class members reading the parts. The play is based on the events of Good Friday. Terry Wertz will be the class facilitator.

Contemplative Prayer // Library // A relaxing and loving time of what Jesus referred to as “prayer in secret.” We begin with twenty minutes of silent prayer, letting God come into our hearts, followed by discussion and contemplation from read-aloud portions of the book Tears of An Innocent God by Elias Marechal.

Wednesday Night – Food for Body and Soul

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

Parish Supper // Wednesday, March 21, 6:00 pm, Parish Hall // This coming Wednesday we will have Zuppa Toscana, Tomato-Basil Soup, salad, bread, and light desserts. The pricing is $10/adult and $5/child with a $25/family max. Sign-up in the parish office by Tuesday!

Journeys of Faith: Let It Go // Parish Hall, 6:45-8:30 pm // Our final gathering of 5 for those previously signed-up.

Continuing Centering Prayer // 6:00 pm, OFFSITE at Ebenezer United Methodist Church, 1001 Ebenezer Rd // As a continuation of Fr. Tom Ward’s Centering Prayer workshop held Sat. 2/17, this Wednesday, March 21, will be the third of our 6 follow-up sessions on Wednesday evenings (except during Holy Week) beginning at 6:00 pm, off-site. 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

The Family Easter Service and Easter Egg Hunt // Saturday, March 31st at 3:00 pm // Please join us for this special family event. If you want to donate candy filled plastic Easter eggs for the hunt, please drop them off at Megan’s office by March 30th. Thank you in advance.

The Children’s Sunday school classes continue this Sunday with a combined class for kids’s in grades K-5. We will meet in the Children’s Church 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 // High School AYG meets tonight from 6:00-8:00 pm and Middle School AYG meets Wednesday from 6:30-8:00 pm.

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, 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:

Middle School Dinners:

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.

Holy Week

During Holy Week, a number of meetings and events that regularly occur will be canceled/postponed. Morning prayer will continue through Holy Week, but Evening Prayer will be canceled for the evening services. Sign-ups for worship volunteers and leadership are available in the parish office.

Palm Sunday, March 25 // Services at 8:00 am and 10:30 am // Get ready to celebrate the entry of Christ into Jerusalem and the beginning of Holy Week. Sunday School will not take place on this or the following weekend.

Quiet Eucharist, March 26 & 27 // Service at 5:45 pm in the Chapel // Pace your Holy Week with two services of Quiet Eucharist on Monday and Tuesday.

Tenebrae, March 28 // The encroaching darkness as Holy Week progresses is celebrated in the service of Tenebrae (Latin for “darkness” or “shadows”). This special service features the chanting of psalms, responsories, and the Allegri Miserere Mei, Deus.

Maundy Thursday, March 29 // Service at 7:00 pm // A service celebrating the institution of Holy Eucharist with a dinner in the nave. The service will feature a stripping of the altar. The All-Night Vigil will follow.

All-Night Vigil // Beginning after the Maundy Thursday Service // “Were you not able to keep watch with me for one hour?” Take turns to keep watch during the night before Good Friday. Sign-up in the Parish Office. Morning Prayer will conclude the vigil on Good Friday morning.

Good Friday, March 30 // Noon // A quiet service at Noon observing Christ’s crucifixion.

The Great Vigil of Easter, March 31 // Service at 8:00 pm // This is an ancient service celebrating Christ’s resurrection and the spreading of the Easter light with a kindling of fire and lighting of candles.

Easter Sunday, April 1 // Services at 7:30, 9:00, & 11:15 am // Three services will be offered on Easter Sunday. Make sure to bring flowers for the children to flower the cross. Also, bring your favorite bell from home to ring at special moments during the service.

Please keep these individuals in your prayers this week:

Thomas, Paul and Mary Lee Bergeron, Pam Brock, Mary Chobanian,
Mary Katheryn Crone, Mary Tod Finch, Anna Fraser, Margaret and John Nelson,
Ned and Beth Patterson, Marylin Roddy, Sue Ellen Roehl, The Sleeman Family,
Mary Bartlett-Smythe, Harry and Dottie Stickley, Dick Strehlow, Bethany Wohlford, Steve Yang

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.