Parish News

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The chancel flowers are given to the glory of God and in memory of Pat’s mother, Mattie Campen, and Mark’s mother, Nancy Newman Medley, by Pat and Mark Medley.

General Community News

Summertime and the Sundays are Easy // Get ready for Breezy Summer Sundays as we end the program year next Sunday, May 21. Sunday, May 28, will be the first summer Sunday with two services at 8:00 & 10:00 am. Nursery care will be available for the 10:00 am service beginning at 9:45 am. Stay tuned to the bulletin announcements, email, or online for the Breezy Summer Sunday schedule and additional offerings for the summer.

Interested in Confirmation? // Bishop George Young, III, will be visiting Ascension on Sunday, June 4, for his last annual visit and confirmation. For more information about adult confirmation, please contact Rob Gieselmann in person or by email,

Volunteers Still Needed: Ascension-St. Luke’s Work Day // Head to the narthex to see available positions for the May 20th Ascension-St. Luke’s Work Day. We have a lot of fun tasks and teams to serve on for the work day. Lunch is included along with fun and fellowship.

It’s Never Too Late to Learn // Whether playing a musical instrument, attempting a foreign language, or even learning how to fix a kitchen sink, how we learn is often as important as what we learn. Parishioner, choir member, and master acoustic guitarist, Byron Moffett, will present a two-week program on Wednesday night (May 17 and 24th) that explores the specific habits and practice techniques that enable us to learn more effectively by sharing his own story, playing original acoustic guitar pieces, and offering theological insights. The talks begin after supper. Please visit the reception counter to sign-up for the parish supper beforehand.

Continuing the Exploration // The Adult Inquirer and Confirmation Class continues today in Room 209 at 10:10 am. Take a journey with the clergy through history, tradition, liturgy, and theology as the class explores the Episcopal Church.

Parish Supper // Wednesday, 6:00 pm, Parish Hall // This week’s parish supper will feature chicken artichoke rice casserole, roasted asparagus and tomatoes, spring greens salad with mandarin oranges and feta cheese, bread, and dessert. Pricing is $10/adult and $5/child. Sign-up in the parish office or email

Graduates // Send in your information about high school and college graduates to Andrew Morehead at so that they may be listed in the summer edition of the Parish Paper.

A Huge “Thank You” // A tremendous thank you to all who participated in the Wine Tasting for Bolivia, our wine sponsors, food donors, all who helped, and especially Priscilla Jenkins, Leo Beale, and Mark Chenot. Over $8,000 was raised and, more importantly, a good time was had by all! Thank you again for all your support.

Youth and Children News

VBS Registration is Open! // Sign-up for our Maker Fun Factory at or by visiting the sign-up workbench in the Foyer. Volunteer opportunities are still available. Come help make the Maker Fun Factory a magical experience for a child at Ascension.

Tweens End of the Year Party // The Tweens end of the year party and 5th grade graduation will be next Sunday, May 21. We will be bowling at Family Bowl beginning at 4:00 pm.

Middle School Youth // Our end of the year party will be on Wednesday from 6:30-8:00! Come out to the church for dinner, games and fun as we celebrate the awesome year we’ve had!

Gatherings and Outings

The Lunch Bunch: Joni and Friends // Tuesday, May 16, 11:30 am // The Lunch Bunch will feature a presentation by Joni and Friends, a summer family retreat program for families affected by disability. Come learn about this local ministry in Knoxville and the East Tennessee area while having great food and fellowship. Bring $2 and an appetizer, side dish, or dessert. Sign-ups are available at the reception counter in the parish office or by emailing

The Ascension Trekkers // The Ascension Trekkers will hike to Siler’s Bald on Saturday, May 20, leaving the church at 8:00 am to drive to Clingman’s Dome for a ten mile strenuous hike. Contact Emily Vreeland,, for more information or to RSVP for transportation.

The Sisterhood // The Sisterhood, a group open to all women of the parish, will hold its monthly meeting NEXT Thursday, May 25, rather than this Thursday. Details to follow in next week’s bulletin.

Ascension Cares – No One Walks Alone

Caring and compassion for fellow parishioners in need is central to our service to God and each other. All of our pastoral care ministries fall under the umbrella of the “Ascension Cares” ministry to ensure that ‘No One Walks Alone’ in times of spiritual or emotional crisis. This is facilitated by pastoral care leaders called shepherds. They see that the pastoral care needs in the community are met with one of Ascension’s many ministries. An email to your Shepherd team will go to the clergy as well.

Team 1 Last Names A-L:

Team 2 Last Names M-Z:

Please keep these individuals in your prayers:

Mary Ellen Bohm, Jeff Curnett, Jeff Guilford, Ellie Jones, Gwyn McKee,
Carolyn Montgomery, Jerry Seavey, Jessie Smith, Sharon Widner