Parish News

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General Community News

The chancel flowers are given to the glory of God and in love and gratitude to those that are caregivers and especially for my husband, Jim, by Pam Brock. 

FOMA: Edison Trio // This 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.

Episcopal Church Women Formation Luncheon // Thursday, May 3, 11:30 am, Home of Pat Rutenberg, 3663 Woodland Dr. Knoxville, TN // Ascension’s very own Pat Rutenberg will host a luncheon at her home to begin the formation of an active Episcopal Church Women (ECW) chapter at Ascension. If you are interested in working toward this formation, please consider joining us for lunch and discussion. We invite all women of the church to come and join in this endeavor. If you wish to attend, please RSVP via email or voice mail to Virginia Branum in the Ascension parish office ( or 865-588-0589 ext. 226). You can catch Virginia on Monday and Tuesday from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm and on Thursday from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm.

Adult Confirmation Classes // Beginning This Wednesday, April 25, 6:45 pm // Your faith is a journey, marked with many stops along the way. For those interested in taking a more serious step in their faith journey by undergoing the sacrament of confirmation, The Reverend Christopher Hogin will offer a four-week course on the fundamental tenets of the Episcopal faith: history, liturgy, and spirituality. Those planning on being confirmed in the church must take these courses. However, all are welcome, even long-time Episcopalians who simply wish to gain a deeper understanding of their own faith. The class will be offered on Wednesday nights from 6:45 until 7:45 pm: April 25, May 2, May 9, and May 17.

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 

Spreading Love Amidst Fear  // All Saints Episcopal Church in Morristown is assisting the local Catholic Church in providing assistance to the hundreds of children and their families, who were affected by the ICE raid at a local meat packing plant in Bean Station on April 5th.  Many of the parents of these children are being detained as undocumented workers, and their children are without care or support.  It is important to remember that these children are United States citizens, but more importantly, that they are our brothers and sisters. Many other adults are not going to work for fear of detainment, even those with green cards and permission to work.  If you are interested in helping, All Saints Episcopal Church in Morristown is collecting funds for gift cards that folks can use for groceries, gas and medical supplies.  Please send your check directly to All Saints Episcopal Church, 601 W. Main Street, Morristown, TN  37814 with a note that your contribution is for Immigrant Relief.  If you have other related skills, such as a legal degree, familiarity with powers of attorney, or a social work background, your skills may be needed as well. Contact the parish for further information about how you can help.

The Lunch Bunch // Tuesday, May 15, 11:30 am // The Lunch Bunch will gather in May for a special, end-of-year presentation by the O’Connor Singing Seniors. Make sure to bring $2 along with an appetizer, side dish, or dessert. Email or visit the parish office reception counter to RSVP.

Save the Date: A Toast to Bolivia // The annual Toast to Bolivia will take place on Friday, May 18, beginning at 6:00 pm. Check our social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, and Google+) and the Foyer in the coming days for information on tickets and sponsorships.

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.

Parish-Wide Sunday School Class // Today, 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!

Wednesday Night – Food for Body and Soul

Parish Supper // 6:00 pm – Parish Hall // This Wednesday Night Parish Supper menu will feature beef stroganoff lasagna, pesto broccoli, French bread, mixed greens salad with cranberries, walnuts, and feta cheese, and chocolate chip bundt cake. 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 // Final 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.

Children’s News

Party on the Pavement // Next Sunday, April 29th, from 4:00-6:00 pm // Come bring the kiddos for a fun afternoon as we block off the side parking lot to let them ride their bikes and trikes. Bring your lawn chair and helmets for the kids. Lemonade and cookies will be served.

Teacher Appreciation Day, May 6th! // If you volunteer in Children’s Ministry, like Sunday school or Children’s Church, this is YOUR special day. CM is one of the largest ministries in the church and we rely on your help and support each week. So come celebrate everyone’s volunteer spirit!

It’s time to sign up your kids for VBS! (And to volunteer, too!) Dates are June 11-14 from 6:00-8:30 pm.Please register at:

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: (Need Angels 4/22, 5/6, 5/20)

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

Dogs for Youth // Join us after church TODAY in the Fellowship Hall for a hot dog fundraiser supporting the youth mission 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.

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 // Next 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, Bob Barnes, Mary Lee and Paul Bergeron, Pam Brock, Mary Chobanian,
Fanny Collins, Nancy Davidson, Anna Fraser, The Nelson Family,
Ned and Beth Patterson, Harry and Dottie Stickley, Dick 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.