Parish News

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Next Sunday, May 6, is Stephen Ministry Sunday  

Stephen Ministry is our congregation’s one-to-one care-giving ministry.  God works through Stephen Ministers to plant a seed of hope and healing in people who are faced with challenging life circumstances.  The ministry of Stephen Ministers has been a blessing to individuals, to the lay ministers themselves, and to our whole congregation.  In order to continue and expand this ministry of care, we are beginning another Stephen Ministry training class this Fall.  An information meeting will be held next Sunday, May 6th following the 10:30 service in Room 209.  Stephen Leaders will be present to answer questions and further explain this vital ministry.  If you are unable to attend the information meeting, you may pick up an application from the communications table located in the office area.  Applications must be turned into the church office by July 1st.  You may also contact Barb Stephens at 859-391-4924 for more information.  Take advantage of this opportunity to share the love that God has given you.

A Toast to Bolivia
Friday, May 18, 6:00 PM • Get Your Tickets!

The annual A Toast to Bolivia will take place on Friday, May 18, beginning at 6:00 pm. Tickets are $30/individual, and $50/early bird couples, and $55/couples at the door. You can purchase tickets in person on Sunday mornings from Priscilla Jenkins in the Foyer. Wine & Food Sponsorships: We’re making it even easier this year to sponsor wine and food at A Toast to Bolivia. Can’t cook a huge dish to share at the event but want to support the food courses? We have a new “Manna Sponsor.” Manna Sponsor – $75: Provides monetary support for the food courses to pair with wines. (Also a great option for those who don’t want to cook!) // Methuzelah Sponsor – $100 Equal to 8 bottles, oldest man in the Bible // Salmanazar Sponsor – $150 Equal to 12 bottles, an Assyrian King // Balthazar Sponsor – $200 Equal to 16 bottles, a Wise Man // Nebuchadnezzar Sponsor – $250 and above Equal to 20 bottles, the King of Babylon. Please let Priscilla Jenkins know if you would like to choose one or more of these sponsorships. Please advise if you wish to contribute anonymously. You can contact her at or 865-660-8455.

General Community News

The chancel flowers are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of my husband, Jeffrey D. Kressin, by Lolita Kressin, and in celebration of our wedding anniversary by Greg and Ann O’Connor. 

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.

Justice Knox Nehemiah Assembly // Tomorrow, 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.

Tickets for Sale: 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 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.

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 // Over the semester, we have explored the history of church on a variety of levels: first with the history of Christianity, and then the national Episcopal Church. This week The Reverend Christopher Hogin will present on The Church of the Ascension’s sixty-plus year history. It will be a time for us to reflect on who we are as a community by exploring our past, understanding our present, and moving forward to the future.

The Sojourners // New Transept-Parish Hall // We will view and then discuss a video produced by Episcopal News Service, the subject of which is ‘Letters from the Birmingham Jail’, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of MLK’s assassination.

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 citrus-marinated grilled chicken, cilantro-lime rice, sautéed vegetables, spinach salad, grain baguette, and dessert. Pricing in $10/adult, $5/child, and $25/family max. RSVP to or sign-up at the parish office reception counter.

BIBLE TEAM TRIVIA with Sr. Anna Kathleen // 6:45 pm, Parish Hall // For an evening of fun, fellowship and PRIZES, come join your friends – and meet new ones! – as we TEAM UP to test and increase our knowledge of the Bible. Some serious thinking, and lots of laughs, will ensue.

NEXT WEEK, MAY 9th // We will present “What is the Gifts and Talents Workshop and What Can it Do for Me?” In preparation for one portion of the class, please consider taking the free, online Jung Typology Test at (Ignore CONTINUE and any ads at the top, just begin selecting your answers after the Instructions.) The test is based on Carl Jung’s and Isabel Briggs Myer’s personality type theory. Bring the results of your test to the class on Wednesday May 9th, 6:45PM to learn how various “types” can translate into the furthering of God’s Kingdom. Discussion of other topics will be included.

NOTE: “Come Say Goodnight to God” Compline and Contemplation has been canceled. 

Children’s News

Fun Event Alert: Party on the Pavement TODAY //April 29, from 4:00-6:00 pm // Bring your lawn chairs to come watch the kids ride their bikes and trikes on the side parking lot. Don’t forget the helmets! Cookies and lemonade will be served. 

Date Night is this week, May 4, 6:00-9:00 pm! // Please get your reservations in for Date Night and let us watch the kids while you have a night out. Email to reserve a spot:

VBS Registration is Open! // The dates are June 11-14 from 6:00-8:30pm. Come join the fun and register your child as a participant and yourself as a volunteer! Sign ups are in the church lobby or at:

Youth News

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:

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

Senior Sunday // This Sunday 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 serve as our officiant at both services. Following the 10:30 worship there will be a reception in the parish hall to celebrate our graduates and an opportunity to sign up to “Adopt a Grad” and send them cards and care packages during their first year at college. 

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.

Dogs for Youth // I would like to publicly thank the following for their help with the Dogs for Youth fundraiser: Joe Johnston, Gary Harper, Danny Maddox, The Brotherhood of St. Andrew, the Ascension Trekkers, The Daughters of the King, and all parents and parishioners who came and ate hot dogs, helped set up or clean up, or otherwise have supported our Youth. Thank you.

Please keep these individuals in your prayers this week:

Thomas, Bob Barnes, Mary Lee and Paul Bergeron, Pam Brock, Mary Chobanian,
Fanny Collins, Anna Fraser, Becky Hare, Ron McPherson, The Nelson Family,
Elizabeth Page, 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.