Parish Notices

Week of April 3, 2016

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

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

Party on the Pavement is coming! April 10th, 4:30-6:00 p.m. Kids: Bring your helmets, bikes, skates, trikes or wagons! Parents: Bring a lawn-chair! We will block off the side parking lot for the kids to ride to their heart’s content.

Youth confirmation class will resume today immediately after the 11:15 service. We will meet in the library, and lunch will be included!

High School Youth, come out for our special event this afternoon from 3:00-5:00 p.m.! We will be helping prepare the church for our Family Promise guests. After we finish setting up, we will go out for ice cream. This can count for service hours. Hope you all can make it out for this special time together!

Middle School Youth, come out for youth group on Wednesday from 6:30-8:00 p.m. We’ll have pizza and a Bible discussion, and if the weather is good, we’ll go outside for games! Wear comfortable clothing and shoes.

Also, don’t forget that the middle school retreat is coming up next weekend! We will meet at the church at 6:15 p.m. sharp on Friday to load up the van. Remember to eat dinner before you come.

Finally, mark your calendars for Senior Sunday on April 17th! We will honor our graduating high school seniors in the 11:15 a.m. service, and there will be a special reception afterwards in the parish hall. If you are a graduating senior, be sure to email to let Chelsea know you will be participating. The entire church is invited to attend the reception to honor our seniors and to sign up to “adopt” a senior to send them notes and care packages during their first year out of high school.

The Ascension Visitation Ministry needs your help.  You can make a difference through a brief visit to someone in need of company.  Male volunteers are especially needed for visitations.  If you would like more information about this ministry, please contact Sallie Gray at

New Stephen Ministers are equipped for service!  With the completion of their latest round of training, the Stephen Ministry chapter at Ascension is able to care for a greater number of care-recipients.  If you or someone you know would benefit from Stephen Ministry care, please contact a Stephen Ministry leader or visit

The Ascension Trekkers will hike the Porters Creek Trail in the Greenbrier area of the Smokies on Wednesday, April 6.  This is one of many places people go to for wildflower viewing.  This is a 4 mile RT easy hike.  After a rather wide trail for about 1 mile, there is a creek crossing from which the trail narrows and becomes more rooty with a slight climb before reaching Fern Branch Falls.  Definitely bring a camera for this outing! The adventure begins at 9 a.m. in the church parking lot.  Contact Emily Vreeland for questions and to RSVP (470-2518 or

The Ascension chapter of the Daughters of the King will meet today from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at The Westlands Clubhouse.

The Altar Guild Meeting is April 16th at 10:00 a.m. in the chapel.  If you are a member of the Altar Guild, make sure to mark your calendars and RSVP to Andrew at

The Presiding Bishop has called for a season of prayer for regions of the Anglican Communion which are experiencing violence and civil strife. For more information, visit

Wisdom Tradition-Openness to God  The Church of the Resurrection, Loudon, will host a workshop featuring The Rev. William Redfield on April 9 from 10:00 to 3:00 p.m.  Please see the poster in the communication area for more information.

“God writes the Gospel not in the Bible alone, but also on trees, and in the flowers and clouds and stars.” ~ Martin Luther.  Have you considered sponsoring the chancel flowers for a Sunday? Stop by the communications table to see current openings in the flower sign-up notebook or email for more information.

The Community Garden has moved its first meeting to this coming Saturday, April 9 at 9 a.m.  If you have any questions, please email Sr. Anna Kathleen at

The Empty Nesters tackle a new challenge!  Beginning today, the Empty Nesters will study Barbara Brown Taylor’s An Altar in the World. If you would like more information, email Allie Brown at

Looking for a regular study and fellowship opportunity?  The Wednesday Night Study Group is taking up Uprising of Fellowship.  The course is open to all.  If you would like to join the conversation, email Dick Strehlow at for more information.  Please note: This coming Wednesday, April 6, the group will meet in the staff workroom.

Please keep these individuals in your prayers this week:

Sara Benson, Pat Bolan, Catherine Brown, George Dixon,
Joyce Fowler, Priscilla Hungerford, Tom Hungerford,
Anne Johnson, Jim Johnson, John McCutchen,
Harold Moser, Margaret Nelson, Myra Turner