Parish News

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The chancel greens are given to the glory of God and in memory of Marcy Peek Baker, by Venice Peek.

General Community News

No Sunday School or Coffee Hour// There are no Sunday School classes today or next Sunday in light of Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday celebrations. There will also be no Coffee Hour after church today or on Easter Sunday.

All-Night Vigil // The All-Night Vigil, which begins on Thursday evening and continues throughout the night, is in need of a few more volunteers, specifically men, who might be willing to spend an hour with a fellow member and companion. For available times, see the sign-up sheet in the parish office.

Early Service Moves to the Nave // Beginning with Easter and continuing through the Great Fifty Days of Easter, the early service will move to the Nave to emphasize the transcendent nature of God. The Early Service will return to the Chapel for Summer Sundays.

Early Service Easter Sunday Time Change // The Early Service will begin fifteen minutes early, 7:30 am, next Sunday to accommodate additional music and the length of the service.

Bring, Ring, and Ding Your Bell // Remember to bring your bells from home to add that extra brightness to Easter morning services. Bells will be available in the narthex for those who may not have some at home.

Justice Knox // Justice Knox is a new “justice” ministry in Knoxville. Ascension is partnering with other Knoxville churches on April 24, 7pm, 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 27. 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 and look for more detailed information in the Heavenly Post and Sunday bulletins.

Membership Directory and Information Update // Sunday, April 23, 30, and May 7 // Drop by the communications area in the parish office to check your directory information to make sure your information is included and correct. Virginia Branum, Cathy Wadley, and their team of volunteers will be on hand to help. Plus! You will receive a treat when you stop by. If you cannot stop by on these Sundays, please email Virginia,, and Cathy,

Parish Supper // There will be no parish supper this week in light of Holy Week.

The Lunch Bunch // 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.

Last Call on Smoked Pork Reservations // Make sure to visit The Brotherhood of Saint Andrew table to reserve your smoked pork tenderloins. Pick up will be in the kitchen on the Saturday before Easter, April 15, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm and after each Easter service. Requested donations are $10 for one, $15 for two, and $20 for three. Your purchase and donations will help support the various ministries of the Brotherhood.

Youth and Children News

No Children’s Sunday School // There are no children’s Sunday School classes this or next Sunday due to Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday celebrations.

Children’s Easter Egg Hunt // Saturday, April 15, 3:00 pm // The annual Children’s Easter Egg Hunt will feature a fun, short worship in the church and an egg hunt across the church grounds. All children are welcome to attend this fun event.

Tweens Youth Group // Sunday, April 23, 6:30 pm // Tweens Youth Group will meet the Sunday after Easter with food, fun, and frolic.

High School Youth // Today, 6:00 pm // Come out to the church tonight from 6:00-8:00 pm for a special Holy Week Event at youth group. Dinner will be included.

Middle School Youth // We will not meet in observance of Holy Week. We hope to see you at the Tenebrae and Maundy Thursday services!

High School Youth: Good Friday Service // Youth Room, 12:00 pm // There will be a special Good Friday service for the youth group at noon in the youth room. This will be a meaningful time to worship, pray, and reflect on the powerful events of Good Friday together. We will go to lunch afterwards.

Save the Date!

Bolivia Wine Tasting Fundraiser // Make sure to put Friday, May 5, 6:30 pm on your calendar to save the date for the annual Bolivia Wine Tasting Fundraiser.

Please keep these individuals in your prayers:

Judy Bowers, Annette Burton, Kathryn Crone,Jeff Guilford

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