Parish Notices

For the Week of April 17, 2016

The white rose on the altar is given in celebration for the birth of Caroline Braxton Lovett, daughter of Lewis and Maggie Lovett, and granddaughter of David and Ellen Lovett.

We extend our sympathy to Francie Elrod on the passing of her father, Bruce Elrod.

The next TnT-Tween Group meeting will be April 20th from 6:30-8:00 pm. This event is open to kids in Grades 3-5. We will do some Earth Day activities about being good stewards! Dinner is served.

Youth confirmation class will meet today in the library at 12:20 p.m. Lunch will be included.

Today is Senior Sunday! We will be honoring our graduating high school seniors at the 11:15 am service and at a special coffee hour immediately following the service. Come down to the parish hall to meet our incredible seniors, to congratulate them on this special milestone, and to sign up to “adopt” a senior for their first year out of high school. There will be cake and special refreshments!

High School Youth, tonight we are going to eat, hang out, and worship at UT’s Tyson House Campus Ministry! We will be making dessert to share, so come out at 4 pm this afternoon if you would like to help bake. Otherwise, meet at the church at 5:45 pm to ride to the Tyson House together. We will be back at the church for parent pickup by 8:15.

Middle School Youth, come out for youth group on Wednesday from 6:30-8:00 pm! We’ll enjoy pizza, a Bible lesson, and toilet brush hockey! Wear comfortable, active clothing and shoes.

A Program You Won’t Want to Miss  Next Sunday at 5:00 pm, FOMA (Friends of Music and the Arts) presents a program entitled “The Instrument of Kings meets the King of Instruments.”  Guest artist Mark Hughes, principal trumpet with the Houston Symphony, will collaborate with organist Jim Garvey and percussionist Mike Combs in the works of Tartini, Charpentier, Arban, Copland, and others.  The concert (presented free of charge) will be followed by a reception in the parish hall.

The Sisterhood Travels Abroad The Sisterhood is heading down the road to eat at Sitar, located at 6004 Kingston Pike.  The moderately priced menu contains a large selection of Indian dishes made with beef, lamb, chicken, and seafood.  They carry adult beverages, so you do not have to bring your own.  They are very accommodating when preparing your food, and will make it as spicy or not spicy as you would like it.  We invite you to come enjoy the good food and good conversation! Please RSVP to Laurie Nalle at or 865-531-7344.

The Lunch Bunch-A Lot to Munch  The Lunch Bunch, an intergenerational group of lively persons open to all, will meet Tuesday, April 19th, at 11:30 am. The Rev. Amy H. Morehous is the featured guest speaker. Please bring $2 and an appetizer, side dish, or dessert in this fun and festive pot luck luncheon.

Stephen Ministers await!  The newly minted class of Stephen Ministers, having completed 50 hours of course work, are awaiting new care receivers.  If you or someone you know are going through a difficult time, contact The Rev. Christopher Hogin at or Les Hargrove at  Our Stephen Ministers are ready to provide focused, confidential, one-to-one Christian care—to help that person experience the healing power of Christ’s love.

Missing linens on the loose! The church is missing twenty table linens.  These are the white linens used at receptions and dinners.  If you know where these linens may be, or if you have taken them to be cleaned, please let Linda Hawley know at

Looking to get the word out about your group or ministry in the bulletin, weekly email, or foyer TV? Submit your announcements to Andrew Morehead at by Monday at 5:00 pm.

A Toast to Bolivia

An Evening of Wine and Pairings

When: May 13th, at 6:30-9:30 pm

Where: Parish Hall

Ticket Price: $25 per individual

$45 per couple

$100 per wine sponsorship

Spend an evening with friends, family, and fellow Ascension goers as you sample wines, food pairings, and other tasty treats in support of the Bolivia mission trip.  Please remember to bring your checkbook or cash as many wines will be for sale at the end of the evening.

If you are interested in helping with this fun event or supporting the event through beverages or dishes, please contact Mandy Brabham at

Childcare and pizza for children will be provided.

Liturgical Light

Continuing Today at 10:15 am in Room 209!

For those new to the Episcopal Church, seeking confirmation, or long-time members wanting a richer understanding of the faith, consider attending a five-week voyage that mines the depth and breadth of our Episcopal identity. Each week a member of the clergy will facilitate a class emphasizing a specific topic: from theology, history, and spirituality, to our fundamental identity as Episcopalians in the wider Anglican Communion. This class is not only a wonderful opportunity for satisfying the requirements for confirmation, but also an excellent way of orienting newcomers, as well as longstanding members, into the Episcopal Church.

April 17 – From Henry the VIII to Bishop Michael Curry— Our Historical Legacy

April 24 – Sit, Stand, or Kneel? Our Engaging Liturgy

May 1 – Pathway to Prayer—Spirituality in The Episcopal Church

May 8 – To Proclaim Christ to the World: Tying it All

Please keep these individuals in your prayers this week:

George Dixon, Francie Elrod, Carolyn Moser