Parish News

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General Community News

The chancel flowers are given to the glory of God and in memory of Paul D. Corey by Walt and Barbara Corey. 

FOMA: Edison Trio // Tuesday, April 24, 7:30 pm // The final concert of FOMA’s spring offerings takes place on Tuesday, April 24, when the Edison Trio performs the works of Turina, Musto, and Brahms. Geoffrey Herd (violin), Wesley Baldwin (cello), and Kevin Class (piano), are on the faculty at the UT School of Music. The concert is presented free of charge.

The Lunch Bunch // Tuesday, April 17, 11:30 am // The Lunch Bunch gathering this month will feature a presentation by The Rev. Canon Patricia Grace. Make sure to bring $2 along with an appetizer, side dish, or dessert. Email or visit the parish office reception counter to RSVP.

Ascension Trekkers // The Ascension Trekkers “really easy” hike will be on Monday, April 16 on the Cove Hardwood Nature Trail in the Smokies. This is a one-mile loop at the Chimney’s picnic area and is on a mountain side but has been designed for ease in walking. As interest and time allow, other nature trails may be added. Departure time is 9:00 am and please notify Emily Vreeland by noon on Sunday, April 15 if you wish to go so transportation can be determined (

In addition to the hike above, the Trekkers will head to Porter’s Creek Trail on Saturday, April 21, one of the most popular wildflower hikes. This is an easy/moderate hike with a gradual incline most of the way to the waterfalls. In addition to wildflowers, there are plenty of historical sites to visit along the way. Make sure to RSVP to Emily Vreeland.

Parish-Wide Sunday School Class // Sunday, April 22, 9:15 am // Come hear The Rev. Charles Fels speak on the lack and loss of affordable housing in Knoxville and what we can do as a parish. This is a Justice Knox presentation!

Justice Knox Nehemiah Assembly // Monday, April 30, Central United Methodist Church, 201 3rd Ave. Knoxville, TN 37917 // All parishioners are encouraged to come and stand together with 23 other congregations in Knoxville as we work with Mayor Rogero on the affordable housing crisis. Snacks, the church van, and carpooling will be available. Meet at Ascension at 5:30 pm!

Family Promise Golf Tournament: Change the Course of Homelessness // May 5, 2018, 9:00 am & 1:00 pm // Sign-up to support Family Promise through the annual golf tournament. The format is the four person “power ball scramble.” Cost is $75 per person or $275 per team, which includes golf cart, lunch, golf shirt, and range balls. The putting contest is only $10. Find out more information outside of Andrew Morehead’s office. 

Episcopal Churchmen’s Conference: Registration is Open // August 17-19, DeBose Conference Center, Monteagle, TN // This year’s conference features Randy McLellan, Jack Beers, and The Rt. Rev. Paul E. Lambert. You can participate in the BBQ cooking contest, bluegrass jam, choir, cycling, fly fishing, hiking, lawn games, skeet shooting, swimming, tennis, and a lot of other activities. Details are available at the communications counter or outside of Andrew Morehead’s office. Register in paper or online at 

Parish-Wide 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 will continue our study of “the fascinating and bizarre Old Testament book of Ezekiel.”

The Seekers // Room 102 // We will continue to look into church dynamics and Mark Keck will lead a discussion on the surprising deaths of Ananias and Sapphira in Acts chapter 4 and 5.

The Sojourners // New Transept-Parish Hall // We will watch the video “Dialogue with an Atheist” followed by discussion of how we can live together and celebrate our similarities and our differences in politics, philosophies, and religion.

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 of writings from various sources, including Elias Marechal, Tom Keating, Richard Rohr, Thomas Merton and the Sunday Lectionary.

Wednesday Night – Food for Body and Soul

Parish Supper // 6:00 pm – Parish Hall // This Wednesday Night Parish Supper menu will feature BBQ Chicken, hash brown casserole, green beans, salad and bread, and angel food cake with strawberries. Pricing in $10/adult, $5/child, and $25/family max. RSVP to or sign-up at the parish office reception counter.

“Come Say Good Night to God” // 6:30 pm – Parlor // Join Sr. Anna Kathleen for the daily office of Compline, a service of quietness and reflection at the end of the day. Approximately 15 minutes. For those who desire, a period of approximately 20 minutes for contemplative prayer or meditation will follow.

Acts of the Apostles // 6:45 pm – Parish Hall // Second of a three-part presentation by the Rev. Canon Pat Grace: Acts of the Apostles – Wisdom for the Church in a New Age. Luke the Evangelist wrote the book of Acts for “lovers of God” in the first century. Nevertheless, there is much wisdom in the stories of those first fledgling Christians for people who are striving to follow Jesus in the 21st Century. Come hear tales of shipwreck, miracles, significant conflict, and amazing appearances of the Holy Spirit, reconciliation and redemption in the pages of this amazing book. Bibles will be available at the church, or feel free to bring your own.

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, April 11, will be the fifth of our 6 follow-up sessions on Wednesday evenings beginning at 6:00 pm, offsite (see above). 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 – Beginning April 19th we will resume meeting in the Library.

Children’s News

It’s that time of the year! Registrations for VBS are OPEN! VBS will be June 11-14, 2018 from 6:00-8:30pm.  Please sign up at: or at the VBS table in the foyer. 

Party on the Pavement, a fun family event, will take place April 29 from 4:00-6:00pm. Kids can bring their bikes and trikes to ride on the side parking lot. Cookies and Lemonade served. Come have a fun, relaxing afternoon. 

Tweens Trip! The Tweens will be taking a trip to Putt Putt Golf Saturday April 21st from 6:00-8:00pm. RSVP to to save a spot on the van. 

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.

Dinner Angels // Dinner Angels is a program in which our parishioners and parents provide meals for our hungry teens during youth group. 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:

Sunday High School Dinners: Angels 4/22, 5/6, 5/20)

Wednesday Middle School Dinners: (Need Angels 4/18, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16)

Dogs for Youth: SAVE THE DATE // Join us after church on April 22 at 12:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall for a hot dog fundraiser supporting the youth missions trip. Cost will be $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. There will be food, fellowship and a DOG-GONE good time! Menu includes all beef jumbo dogs, Italian sausages, and chorizo with a condiment bar to fix your hot dog up as well as chips, homemade desserts, and drinks. Sign up at the table in the narthex TODAY!

Scholarship Opportunity // The Diocese of East Tennessee’s ECW is offering a one-time $2,000 scholarship for a confirmed female member of the Episcopal Church that is a high school senior or graduate and a candidate for the first year of an accredited college, business, or technical school. The Scholarship is to be used on tuition, books, or a necessary school expense. Application deadline is May 1, 2018. Contact GiGi at for more info.

Senior Sunday // On Sunday, April 29 we will celebrate our High School Seniors that are nearing graduation and preparing to go off to college. With the blessing of Bishop Brian Cole, AYG member Parker Chadwell will give the sermon, and Haley Chadwell will lead our worship at both services. Following the 10:30 worship there will be a reception to celebrate our graduates.

Please keep these individuals in your prayers this week:

Thomas, Mary Lee and Paul Bergeron, Pam Brock, Mary Chobanian,
Nancy Davidson, Anna Fraser, The Nelson Family, Ned and Beth Patterson,
Sue Peiers, Harry and Dottie Stickley, Dick and Barbara Strehlow

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.