Parish News

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General Community News

The chancel flowers are given to the glory of God and memory of Kyle C. Testerman, by Jimmy and Muffet Buckner. 

The Lunch Bunch // The Lunch Bunch gathering this month will feature a presentation by The Rev. Canon Patricia Grace on the “state of the church,” a discussion of what is happening at Ascension. 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 am and please notify Emily Vreeland by noon on Sunday, April 15 if you wish to go so transportation can be determined (

The Sisterhood: Correction // The date of the outing this month is Monday, April 16, at 6:00 pm. The Sisterhood is heading to Abuelos Mexican Restaurant for the next “Ladies Night Out.” The restaurant is located at 11299 Parkside Drive (in the shopping center across from the movie theater in Turkey Creek). Please RSVP to Charlotte Wood by Thursday, April 12, at or 615-594-1781. The Sisterhood has moved their regular scheduled gatherings from the third Thursday to the third Monday of the month.

FOMA Presents: The Edison Trio // Tuesday, April 24, 7:30 pm, Nave // Music-making on a more intimate scale will characterize the Edison Trio’s concert this month, when UT faculty musicians Geoffrey Herd, Wesley Baldwin, and Kevin Class present piano trios of Beethoven, Turina, and Arenky. The concert is presented free of charge. Make sure to bring your friends!

Episcopal Church Women Formation Luncheon // Thursday, May 3, 11:30 am, Home of Pat Rutenberg, 3663 Woodland Dr. Knoxville, TN 37919 // 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.

Ordination of The Rev. Amy Morehous // Ascension’s Amy Morehous has completed her many years of preparation for the priesthood and is scheduled to be ordained by Bishop Brian Cole on Saturday, April 14, at 11:00 am at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection in Loudon, TN. This is a momentous occasion for Amy, her family and the Church of the Ascension. She will be the first priest ordination from Ascension in many years. Amy is currently serving as Deacon in Charge at Resurrection Church and will become Resurrection’s Rector after her ordination. She diligently and ably served for many years at Ascension as Deacon and on staff as Director of Christian Formation. We can all be very proud of Amy. It is a tradition that the home church present the newly ordained priest with a stole and a cash gift for the beginning of their priestly ministry. The purpose of this letter is to request that you support Amy with a contribution to her ordination gift from Ascension in appreciation for her dedicated service at Ascension and for sponsorship for her new ministry. You may mail a check made out to Ascension with notation of Amy’s Ordination Gift or put said check in the collection basket this Sunday or turn it in at the reception desk. Please be generous and keep Amy and her new ministry in your prayers. Sincerely, Bert Ackermann

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 // Fr. Brett will join us again to continue our discussion of systems theory and how constructing a genogram can be a helpful tool for examining behaviors and roles in a family or institution.

The Sojourners // New Transept-Parish Hall // We will watch the video “Facing the Future,” then discuss how we can draw hope for the future by walking together through our deepest fears.

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 sausage-rice casserole, roasted asparagus, tomato, and onion, spring greens salad, mixed grains bread, and lemon pie. 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 // 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 fledging 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. Helpful, but not mandatory to bring your favorite version of the Bible to this offering.

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 – will be held in the Old Transept-Parish Hall on April 12th. Beginning April 19th we will resume meeting in the Library.

Children’s News

SAVE THE DATE: Fun Family Event coming! April 29th from 4:00-6:00pm, Party on the Pavement returns! We will block off the side parking lot so the kids can bring their bikes and trikes and ride to their heart’s content! Remember to bring helmets! Lemonade and cookies served.

VBS DATES: June 11-14, 6:00-8:30pm Out theme this year is Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus! Registration is OPEN for kids at:  We also need lots of volunteers so please check the site for all the volunteer opportunities and sign up today.

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 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 and next Sunday!

Scholarship Opportunity // The Diocese of East Tennesse’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.

Please keep these individuals in your prayers this week:

Thomas, Pam Brock, Mary Chobanian, Nancy Davidson, Jon Dittrich, Anna Fraser,
The Nelson Family, Ned and Beth Patterson, Sandi Sleeman,
Harry and Dottie Stickley, Dick and Barbara Strehlow, Strehlow, Bethany Wohlford

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.