Parish Notices

Week of March 6, 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. 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 by Ben and Leah McClanahan in celebration of Walker’s first birthday and in thanksgiving for the miracle of having a healthy child.

We’re curious, how do you like the chapel for the 7:45 service? Please see any of our clergy members today and in the coming weeks to give your feedback on holding the 7:45 a.m. service in the chapel. We look forward to hearing your thoughts.

Coffee Hour  See what your friends have in store for you at the Coffee Hour.  Head down to the Parish Hall after the 11:15 a.m. service to catch a bite to eat and meet fellow Ascension members.

Our sympathy goes out to Linda Tisue on the passing of her mother, Dorothy Maxine Ferren; and to Fr. Rob Travis on the passing of his mother, Karen Travis.

Commissioning of New Stephen Minsiters  During our 11:15 a.m. service today, we are commissioning fifteen new Stephen Ministers! Join us in honoring the following:  Elaine Brabson, Jim Campbell, Joe Cate, Larry Crowson, Keith Hnilica, Millie Law, Ernestine Lawrence, Ed Lester, Cole Lewis, Marnie Page, Catherene Petty, Sue Ellen Roehl, Amanda Rowcliffe, Caroline Smith, and Allan Wilson. These individuals recently completed 50 hours of training to become Stephen Ministers and are ready to go! If you or someone you know could benefit from having a Stephen Minister, please contact our clergy or any Stephen Minister.

How to Eat Girl Scout Cookies and Never Gain Weight!  Cringing every time you see one of those sweet Girl Scout smiles politely asking you to buy their cookies? We have just the plan that will help you to say yes to those smiling faces. Purchase the Girl Scout cookies of your choice and bring them to the church. We will use them in our Coffee Hour receptions each Sunday.  If you will turn your cookies into the church office, we will label and date them for future use.

Youth Confirmation class meets today at 12:30 p.m. in the library, and lunch will be included.

High school youth, come out tonight from 6:00-8:00 p.m. We’ll enjoy a meal together, do a Lenten activity, and play some games.

Middle school youth group will be at the church this Wednesday from 6:30-8:00 p.m. There will be pizza, a Lenten activity, and some fun games!

Are your kids interested in participating in worship? Junior Acolyte training will be available today 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? See Dick or Peggy Phelps for more information.

Come back this afternoon at 5:00 p.m. for a concert of special music for choir and orchestra. The Parish Choir, accompanied by members of the Knoxville Symphony, will sing the Mass of Igor Stravinsky and the Requiem by John Rutter.

The Seven Last Words of Christ by Charles Tournemire, sponsored by the Knoxville AGO and offered free of charge, will be presented tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. in the Nave with organist Josh Dumbleton and narration by The Rev. Sally Bates, retired chaplain of Duke University. The concert is open to the public.

The Sisterhood, a gathering of women of the parish, has reserved a private room in the Plaid Apron for St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th, at 6 p.m. The Plaid Apron is one of our favorite restaurants to visit because of their delicious and innovative menu. We think you will find something wonderful to order. Come join us for some lovely conversation and food. Since we are reserving a private room, there is a limit of 12 who may attend.  RSVP to Laurie Nalle at or 865-531-7344. We hope to see you there!

The Trekkers Conquer New Heights!  On Saturday, March 19th, we will go to the eastern side of the Smokies to hike Mt. Cammerer which is 11 miles round trip and rated difficult.  The Mt. Cammerer Lookout is a restored 1930s fire tower on the rocky summit and gives a panoramic view and a place to rest and restore before hiking back down the mountain.

The LAMBS ministry will be selling Easter Cards on March 13th and 20th in the Foyer to benefit the Pantry for Feeding Pets and to help fund a new spay/neuter project we have undertaken. A donation of $5.00 per card is requested.

The Lunch Bunch will meet on Tuesday, March 15th, at 11:30.  Please bring an appetizer, side dish, or dessert along with $2.  Our featured speaker is The Rev. Christopher Hogin.

Please keep these individuals in your prayers this week:

Paul Bergeron, Mary Lee Bergeron, Catherine Brown, Chuck Burton, Larry Crowson, Michelle Fielden, Anne Hillmer, Virginia Hoover, John McCutcheon, George Mears, Rudie Mears, Dottie Stickley, Linda Tisue, Lynn Warren, Rick