Parish Notices

Week of February 28, 2016

“Welcome to Ascension!” If you are new to the Church of the Ascension, please don’t leave until you stop by the Church’s welcome counter in the church foyer. We have a gift bag for you that includes a copy of the latest Church newsletter, plus a few goodies. Long-time Ascension parishioners will be available to answer any questions you might have and to explain how you can become more involved, should you be interested. If you would like to have your name added to the email or street mailing list, simply fill out a pew card (on the back of the pew in front of you), and drop it into this morning’s offering plate.

The Flowers are given to the Glory of God and with love and honor for Margaret Weeks by Katie McHargue.

The white rose on the altar is given in celebration of the birth of Ada Elizabeth Greenwood, daughter of Andrew and Mandy Greenwood, and granddaughter of Marti and Stuart Greenwood.

Celebration of the Life and Work of Blessed Absalom Jones, the First African-American Priest of the Episcopal Church, will take place here today at 4 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Union of Black Episcopalians and will feature The Rev. Kimberly Jackson is a native of Upstate South Carolina and Chaplain of the Absalom Jones Episcopal Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Please make plans to attend this Diocese-wide event.

Next week we will welcome The Rev. Sarai Wender as the newest member to the clergy panel. Sarai (pronounced SEH-ree) was ordained deacon at Diocese convention in early February and is thrilled to join us. Please welcome Sarai and her husband, Udo, in usual Ascension fashion.

Questions to Quest! Are you new to Ascension? Curious about Episcopal Christianity? Want to learn more? Join Rob for the second part of a two-week Sunday School introduction to all things Ascension and discover what so many of us love about the Anglican tradition: questions are meant less to provide answers than they are to enhance the quest. This morning at 10:10 a.m. in the Youth Room.

How to Eat Girl Scout Cookies and Never Gain Weight!  We have just the plan that will help you to say yes to those smiling faces and still lose your winter pounds. Purchase the Girl Scout cookies of your choice or any of your favorite cookies and bring them to the church. We will use them in our Coffee Hour receptions each Sunday. You not only help the local Girl Scouts but help our parish greet new visitors and members with a great cookie tray. If you will turn your cookies into the church office, we will label and date them for future use.

Tired of the Winter Doldrums and the Cleaning House Drudgery? Then come be part of our Parish Kitchen Cleaning Party! Cleaning is dull all alone, but in a group it’s fun!!  Put on your best rubber gloves and join us Saturday, March 5th in the parish kitchen. We’ll be here from 8:30 a.m. –5 p.m. – but you can choose your own work schedule. You can stay all day (lunch provided) or come for an hour or two. If you can help with this joyful adventure, please email Linda – or give her a call at 588-0589. This will help us know how much cleaning products we need as well as lunch.

Youth confirmation class will meet today in the library immediately following the 11:15 a.m. service. Lunch will be included.

High school youth are meeting tonight from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the youth room. Come out for dinner, discussion and games!

Middle school youth, join us on Wednesday from 6:30-8:00 p.m. for dinner, games and Bible study. We’ll meet in the youth room!

Are your kids interested in participating in worship? Junior Acolyte training will be available on Sunday, March 6, after the 11:15 a.m. service. The training is for children in the first through sixth grades. Please meet at the altar rail after the service. Questions? Contact Dick or Peggy Phelps at 522-0924 or at for more information.

Holy Week Sign-ups Are Here! If you would like to serve in any of the Holy Week services, sign-up sheets are now available on the reception counter.

The Ascension Trekkers gear up for a challenge! On Wednesday, March 2, the Ascension Trekkers, an open group to those wishing to experience the magnificence of the Smokey Mountain areas, will hike a 4 mile moderately strenuous round trip hike to The Chimneys. The trail is relatively short and in good condition. For questions about this adventurous hike, please contact Emily Vreeland at or 470-2518.

Friends of Music and the Arts presents a concert for choir and orchestra on Sunday, March 6th, at 5:00 p.m. The program, open to the public, will feature Mass by Igor Stravinsky and Requiem by John Rutter performed by members of the Ascension Parish Choir and the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. All are welcome!

Please keep these individuals in your prayers this week:

Rick, Paul and Mary Lee Bergeron, Chuck Burton, Larry Crowson, Michelle Fielden, Virginia Hoover, George Mears, Rudy Mears, Dottie Stickley, Lynn Warren