Parish News

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General Community News

Justice Knox // Justice Knox is a new “justice” ministry in Knoxville. Ascension is partnering with other Knoxville churches on April 24, 7:00 pm, Central United Methodist Church, to promote two very specific and non-political causes with our two mayors. First, we plan to ask that the practice of arresting suspended school students for non-criminal behavior be stopped, and second, that training be provided to law enforcement personnel to recognize mental illness, such as bi-polar disorder and schizophrenia (so affected people will be guided to treatment rather than incarceration, which has been the standard in the past). Join your fellow Ascension members for this very important rally on behalf of our community. Ascension hopes and has pledged to bring 251 people to this rally. Your presence counts!

Joint St. Luke’s-Ascension Work Days // Ascension and St. Luke’s will inaugurate its new and revitalized relationship this Spring with two joint work days. The first workday will be held at St. Luke’s on April 29, and the second at Ascension on May 20 (this is a new date as of this afternoon). You need not be skilled in order to participate! The goal of both days is to build fellowship and relationship among ourselves and to accomplish some basic revitalization projects. Mark your calendars!

Parish Supper // Wednesday, April 19, 6:00 pm, Parish Hall // This week’s parish supper features hot chicken salad casserole, squash and zucchini, salad with strawberries and feta cheese, bread, and dessert. Pricing is $10/adult and $5/child. Please sign-up in the parish office or by emailing

The Lunch Bunch: The Elephant Sanctuary // Tuesday, April 18, 11:30 am, Parish Hall // Todd Montgomery of The Elephant Sanctuary will make his postponed appearance at this month’s meeting of The Lunch Bunch. Come hear about the rescued elephants, their life here in Tennessee, and fun information on the program. Email to sign-up for this engaging afternoon luncheon.

The Sisterhood // Thursday, April 20, 6:00 pm, VietTaste 213 N. Peters Rd. // The Sisterhood is a friendly group of women that invites women and their friends to explore different restaurants around town. This month, the Sisterhood is headed to VietTaste, which has a large selection of appetizers, soups, salads, and entrees that are made with chicken, beef, just vegetables, and seafood. Please RSVP to Laurie Nalle at or 865-216-6588.

Youth and Children News

High School Youth // There will be no High School Youth Group this evening in honor of Easter. We will resume next Sunday, April 23, from 6:00-8:00 pm with a special guest and event! Hope you all can come out.

Middle School Youth Group // We will meet Wednesday at the church from 6:30-8:00 pm. Join in for pizza, a fun lesson on carrying our burdens, and outdoor games.

Tweens Youth Group // Tweens Youth Group will take place next week on April 23 from 6:30-8:00 pm. Snacks will be served along with a good dose of fun!

Calling all graduating high school seniors! // We have special senior events coming up on Sunday, April 30, and we want to include you! Please email Chelsea Krahulik at as soon as possible with your name, high school, and your plans for after-graduation. Chelsea will respond with details about the senior events and how to participate.

Children’s Ministry Teacher Appreciation Day // The Annual Children’ Ministry Teacher Appreciation Sunday is Sunday, April 30. Please be sure to say “thank you” to the leaders who work each week in Sunday School and Children’s Church. We could not have programming without their dedication!

Please keep these individuals in your prayers:

Johnny, Judy Bowers, Annette Burton, Jeff Guilford, Jerry Seavey

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, generally, 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